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National Geographic: Best Photos of September 2013

Japan—Magma bombs explode, forked lightning flashes, and ash clouds billow as the Sakurajima volcano erupts in Kyushu. Dried lava flows from a massive blast in 1914 connect the former island to the Osumi Peninsula.

Splashtacular Photo - by Ben Allen

Splashtacular Photo by Ben Allen — National Geographic Your Shot

Fotografia da Raja Subramaniyan, National Geographic Your Shot  Il volto di una giovane ragazza è dipinto per un festival in onore della divinità Angalamman, "la forma più feroce", viene evocata nelle espressioni dei partecipanti. Il festival si svolge ogni anno nel villaggio di Kaveripattinam nel Tamil Nadu, in India.

The fiercest form (II) Photo by Raja Subramaniyan — National Geographic Your Shot A young girl’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman. The festival is held every year in the village of Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu, India.

alkhoba milky way Photo by Al-nahdi Mohammed -- National Geographic Your Shot

alkhoba milky way Photo by Al-nahdi Mohammed -- National Geographic Your Shot

It's just another beautiful day! Photo by Varun Ramamurthy -- National Geographic Your Shot

It's just another beautiful day! Photo by Varun Ramamurthy — National Geographic Your Shot

Cloudy Reflection Photo by Anthony Byrne -- National Geographic Your Shot

Killarney National Park Photograph by Anthony Byrne August as the clouds lay low in the mountains.

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The Still Life In an art history class you may hear of Dutch masters like Willem Kalf—painters of dark, rich-colored fruit bowls and flowers swathed by thick, folded fabrics.

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"A rare and jaw-dropping anticyclonic tornado touches down in open farmland, narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado in this winning image by James Smart.

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