Spectacular photos show Mother Nature at her best – and terrifying

This spectacular collection of photos from around the world showcases the natural beauty of planet Earth, from incredible underwater caves to the tops of icy mountains.

A photographer captured a beautiful photo of Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Daisuke Uematsu, 31, who is based in Japan, said: “It is a symbol of my environment and a beautiful building in Japan. “Matsumoto Castle is a national treasure – these buildings can be found all over Japan, but each is loved locally.”

Extreme athlete Alexander Schulz crosses the fiery crater of Mount Yasur in Vanuatu with a 2.5 cm wide, 260 m (853 ft) long 'lavaline'

Extreme athlete Alexander Schulz crosses the fiery crater of Mount Yasur in Vanuatu with a 2.5 cm wide, 260 m (853 ft) long ‘lavaline’

This stunning photo of Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, was taken by Daisuke Uematsu

This stunning photo of Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, was taken by Daisuke Uematsu

The paradise of Seychelles

The paradise of Seychelles

LEFT: This beautiful photo of Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, was taken by Daisuke Uematsu. RIGHT: The paradise of Seychelles

All over the world, photographers have gone to great lengths to get the perfect shot by getting up close and personal with Mother Nature in her most beautiful and terrifying places.

A photo of Trolltunga (Trolls Tongue) by Robert Godwin shows just how far thrill seekers will go.

This world-famous rock formation in Norway is an abyss of rock that rises above a sheer cliff and a picturesque lake. Thrill seekers perform incredible backflips, handstands and yoga poses against the stunning backdrop.

The eye-catching view from above: a spectacular drone shot taken near Invergarry in Scotland

The eye-catching view from above: a spectacular drone shot taken near Invergarry in Scotland

The eye-catching view from above: a spectacular drone shot taken near Invergarry in Scotland

Trolltunga (Trolls Tongue) - an abyss of rock that rises above a steep cliff and a picturesque lake in Norway

Trolltunga (Trolls Tongue) - an abyss of rock that rises above a steep cliff and a picturesque lake in Norway

An ice hockey game on frozen Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, with glowing ice bubbles just below the surface

An ice hockey game on frozen Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, with glowing ice bubbles just below the surface

LEFT: Trolltunga (Trolls Tongue) – a rock precipice rising above a steep cliff and picturesque lake in Norway. RIGHT: An ice hockey game on frozen Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, with glowing ice bubbles just below the surface

And some people sit down and dangle their legs over the edge.

The flat cliff edge, 700 meters (3,000 feet) above the ground, juts horizontally from a mountain on the north side of Ringedalsvatnet Lake.

Meanwhile, away from the crowds of tourists, Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier is bathed in an orange glow, as photographed by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson, who took his breathtaking photo in an enchanting ice cave.

Iceland's Vatnajokull Glacier bathed in an orange glow as photographed by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson

Iceland's Vatnajokull Glacier bathed in an orange glow as photographed by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson

Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier bathed in an orange glow as photographed by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson

Martin Broen explores the alien underwater caves and cenotes along Mexico's Riviera Maya

Martin Broen explores the alien underwater caves and cenotes along Mexico's Riviera Maya

Martin Broen explores the alien underwater caves and cenotes along Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Martin describes the experience of being in the Riviera Maya caves as 'floating through another planet'

Martin describes the experience of being in the Riviera Maya caves as 'floating through another planet'

Martin describes the experience of being in the Riviera Maya caves as ‘floating through another planet’

Anna von Boetticher freediving under huge icebergs in Greenland

Anna von Boetticher freediving under huge icebergs in Greenland

Anna von Boetticher freediving under huge icebergs in Greenland

Another isolated natural beauty is a little harder to find, hidden under -27C icy water.

Tobias Friedrich, 39, an underwater photographer from Germany, captured Anna von Boetticher, a free diver, in Tasiilaq, Greenland.

His shot shows the brave diver braving the frost and swimming beneath huge icebergs.

The couple said, while challenging, it was a unique experience.

An amazing self-portrait of Paul Zizka at Canada's breathtaking Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park

An amazing self-portrait of Paul Zizka at Canada's breathtaking Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park

An amazing self-portrait of Paul Zizka at Canada’s breathtaking Wapta Falls in Yoho National Park

Bangladeshi women workers tirelessly harvest and sort red chili peppers in the hot sun, preparing them for delivery to spice companies

Bangladeshi women workers tirelessly harvest and sort red chili peppers in the hot sun, preparing them for delivery to spice companies

Bangladeshi women workers tirelessly harvest and sort red chili peppers in the hot sun, preparing them for delivery to spice companies

The adventurous couple Jarrod Andrews, 35, and Jess Fiona, 29, said they've always loved getting up close and personal with nature and thought this beautiful place - South Australia's magically tinged Lake MacDonnell - would provide. for some incredible shots of them holding hands

The adventurous couple Jarrod Andrews, 35, and Jess Fiona, 29, said they've always loved getting up close and personal with nature and thought this beautiful place - South Australia's magically tinged Lake MacDonnell - would provide. for some incredible shots of them holding hands

The adventurous couple Jarrod Andrews, 35, and Jess Fiona, 29, said they’ve always loved getting up close and personal with nature and thought this beautiful place – South Australia’s magically tinged Lake MacDonnell – would provide. for some incredible shots of them holding hands

This spectacular shot shows Jeff Mercier, a champion ice and mixed climber and Chamonix mountain policeman, climbing an icy wall in Iceland

This spectacular shot shows Jeff Mercier, a champion ice and mixed climber and Chamonix mountain policeman, climbing an icy wall in Iceland

This spectacular shot shows Jeff Mercier, a champion ice and mixed climber and Chamonix mountain policeman, climbing an icy wall in Iceland

Tobias said, “It was absolutely impressive to see these large structures and shapes of icebergs from a view where you normally don’t see them at all.”

New York photographer and diver Martin Broen re-examines our underwater world and explores caves in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

His eerie yet magical photos show part of a venerated Maya world – a glimpse of the world’s longest underwater cave system, formed millions of years ago during the Ice Ages.

A self-portrait of Paul Zizka on the Greenland ice sheet.  Often traveling alone, Paul uses an intervalometer built into his camera that determines how many shots are taken, how often and for how long

A self-portrait of Paul Zizka on the Greenland ice sheet.  Often traveling alone, Paul uses an intervalometer built into his camera that determines how many shots are taken, how often and for how long

A self-portrait of Paul Zizka on the Greenland ice sheet. Often traveling alone, Paul uses an intervalometer built into his camera that determines how many shots are taken, how often and for how long

Martin described the experience of being in it as “floating through another planet.”

On dry land, female harvesters work tirelessly to harvest and sort red peppers in the hot sun, preparing them for delivery to spice companies in Bangladesh.

An aerial view shows a chili crop in all its glory. The photo was taken by photographer Azim Khan Ronnie, who visited a chili farm in Bogura, Bangladesh, which supplies local businesses with chili spices.

There are just under 100 chili plantations in Bogura employing more than 2,000 female workers.

Azim said: ‘Thousands of bright red chillies are harvested in the hot sun before being sorted, ready to be delivered to spice companies.’

Meanwhile, the internet has fallen in love with romantic snapshots a couple took of a pink lake that looks like something out of a fairy tale.

While you might think these photos were Photoshopped, this incredible lake in Penong, South Australia, is completely natural.

Pamukkale in Turkey, a place famous for its gleaming white terraces formed by mineral-rich geothermal spring water

Pamukkale in Turkey, a place famous for its gleaming white terraces formed by mineral-rich geothermal spring water

Pamukkale in Turkey, a place famous for its gleaming white terraces formed by mineral-rich geothermal spring water

After heavy rains, tannic acid builds up, creating a colorful neon green hue and a great backdrop for the water lilies at Cenote Car Wash in Tulum, Mexico

After heavy rains, tannic acid builds up, creating a colorful neon green hue and a great backdrop for the water lilies at Cenote Car Wash in Tulum, Mexico

After heavy rains, tannic acid builds up, creating a colorful neon green hue and a great backdrop for the water lilies at Cenote Car Wash in Tulum, Mexico

Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, in Peru can receive more than 1,500 visitors per day

Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, in Peru can receive more than 1,500 visitors per day

Colorful salt flats in Australia

Colorful salt flats in Australia

LEFT: Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, in Peru can receive more than 1,500 visitors per day. RIGHT: Colorful Salt Flats in Australia

The adventurous couple Jarrod Andrews, 35, and Jess Fiona, 29, said they’ve always loved getting up close and personal with nature and thought this beautiful place would make for some incredible snaps of them holding hands.

The water is called Lake MacDonnell, with its magical hue caused by high salt concentrations, plus a special kind of algae and bacteria.

A self-portrait of Paul Zizka on the Greenland Ice Sheet is just one of a collection of epic self-portraits captured during a world trip from Asia to Antarctica in search of the world’s most stunning locations.

Often traveling alone, Paul uses an intervalometer built into his camera, which determines how many shots are taken, how often and for how long.

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