Photo Blog

The Photo Blog is MNN’s curated collection of photography and visual art that focuses on everything that makes our world beautiful, strange, and — at times — extraordinarily cute.

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A young orca whale named J50 executes a gravity-defying breach in the waters between San Juan Island and Vancouver Island.
July 30, 2015, 9 a.m.
You've never seen a young whale as happy as one that's just learned how to propel its whole body out of the water!
Hidden Lake
July 29, 2015, 1:10 p.m.
Glacier National Park has some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, but you'll have to lace up your hiking boots to see these views.
Blue, green and yellow spotted lanternfly on a tree
July 29, 2015, 9 a.m.
These strange bugs with long 'noses' are some of the most peculiar insects in the world.
Broccoli tree with yellow foliage
July 28, 2015, 9 a.m.
​Ever since this photographer began documenting the "broccoli tree," he's witnessed it transform many times — even as the roots remained planted in the ground.
Aloe polyphylla, also known as spiral aloe, naturally grows in this distinctive spiral shape.
July 27, 2015, 9 a.m.
The universe may be chaotic and unpredictable, but it's also a highly organized physical realm shaped by the laws of mathematics.
Cactus flower time-lapse
July 24, 2015, 9 a.m.
There are many exquisite succulent plants out there, but none are quite as spectacular as those belonging to the Echinopsis genus.
Ticonderoga #2 pencil matched with Pantone 143
July 23, 2015, 9 a.m.
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is widely regarded as a standard for color identification in the graphic design world.
Cup of coffee on porch rail
July 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
The Southern tradition of front-porch sitting is about more than relaxation.
Earth, as viewed from one million miles away in the DSCOVR satellite.
July 21, 2015, 11:54 a.m.
Upon seeing this new portrait of our planet, President Obama took to Twitter to say it's 'a beautiful reminder that we need to protect the only planet we have.'