The photos below were voted by readers as the best images of the past year...

以下這些是去年被讀者投票選出的最好的圖片。

1. Swallowed whole活吞

A rainbow trout fingerling peers out from the gullet of a northern pike at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game aquarium in Anchorage.

一隻虹鱒魚從白斑狗魚的喉嚨媗摰ㄕa向外看著,這是來自美國阿拉斯加州安克雷奇水族館的圖片。

Swallowed whole

2. A romp in Russia俄羅斯的嬉鬧

A polar bear cub plays near his mother at the Moscow Zoo.

在莫斯科動物園堙A一隻小北極熊在他媽媽身邊嬉耍。

A romp in Russia

3.Moonshot月球之箭!

Flying at nearly 35,000 feet, a jet passes over the disk of a winter half moon above Boston on Jan. 3.The jet leaves contrails in its wake due to the temperature difference between the hot engine exhaust and the cold air.

一月三日,在波斯頓上空35,000的高空,一架噴氣式飛機飛過冬季甲暈的月球。
這架噴氣式飛機飛行時留下的凝結尾是由於其發動機與冷空氣之間的溫差造成的。

Moonshot

4. Red Square reflection莫斯科紅場的映象

The Kremlin's Spassky Tower and passers-by are reflected in the wet cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square on Feb. 13.

克里姆林宮的斯巴斯克塔和旅客的身影倒映在潮濕的鵝卵石牆上。二月十三日攝於莫斯科紅場

Red Square reflection

5. A galaxy's sharp edge星系利刃

An image produced by the Hubble Space Telescope, released March 1,shows a perfect "edge-on" perspective of the galaxy NGC 4013,with huge clouds of dust and gas extending above the galaxy's main disk.

這是一幅來自哈博望遠鏡的圖片。4013星雲星團呈現出一幅精美的利刃透視圖。
巨大的由灰塵與氣體構成星雲星團在星系主軌道上漫延開去。

A galaxy's sharp edge

6. Light of the world世界之光

This composite image shows what Earth looks like at night. City lights highlight developed areas of the planet.

這張合成圖片向我們呈現出地球夜晚的樣子。城市的燈光輝映出我們這個星球比較繁榮的區域。

Light of the world

7. Mother and child母與子

An ethnic Albanian refugee from Selce, Macedonia, and her child look through the window of a bus as they arrive in Prizren in Kosovo on March 27, after fleeing the fighting in Macedonia two days earlier.

巴士窗堛漸擊P子

3月27日,一個來自馬其頓的阿爾巴尼亞難民和她的孩子,為逃避兩天前的馬其頓戰火而來到了科索沃。

Mother and child

8. A useful lesson有用的訓練

A German Shepherd named Pepper sits with two endangered Bengal tiger cubs and a cougar cub, far right, at the home of veterinarian Rob Zammit outside Sydney, Australia.

在悉尼一個名叫羅布的獸醫家中,
一隻叫貝波的德國牧羊犬極其溫柔慈愛地坐在兩隻瀕危的孟加拉幼虎和一隻美洲幼獅中間。

A useful lesson

9. Great white whale大白鯨

A beluga whale swims in a tank at the Vancouver Aquarium.

一頭白色大鰉魚或叫大白鯨在北美洲的範庫弗峰水族館媢C弋著。

Great white whale

10.Puppy love初戀

Crystal, a year-old black Labrador-Dalmatian mix, peers through a heart-shaped hole in a fence.

一隻年邁的叫水晶的黑色拉布拉多混血獵狗,從心形的洞中凝視著他的戀人?!

Puppy love

11.The gathering storm風雨欲來城欲摧

Dark clouds roll over Blair, Neb., on May 9, bringing thunder and flashes of lightning.

5月9日,黑雲挾著閃電路過蘇格蘭布萊爾。

The gathering storm

12. The little duckling who could小鴨子們誰主沈浮?

Mallard ducklings wait their turn May 14 as a sibling struggles to make it up a curb in South Bend, Ind. The mother, who had already cleared the obstacle, flirted with traffic for 20 minutes before leading her offspring safely across the busy road.

5月14日,小野鴨們排隊過上路沿。媽媽早已跨躍了障礙在那邊等著他們。
20分鐘媽媽不顧車水馬龍的危險,前帶領著她的後代們安全地穿越了繁忙的馬路。

The little duckling who could

13. Mideast flare-up中東在濃煙閃光

A Palestinian youth uses a slingshot to fire stones at Israeli soldiers from behind a barricade of burning tires May 23.

一個巴勒斯坦青年躲在躲在燃燒著的路障後面,用他的小彈弓向以色列士兵射擊。

Mideast flare-up

14. Rainbow times two雙虹

An afternoon storm brought a double rainbow over downtown Chillicothe, Ohio, on May 27.

5月27日,俄亥俄州的一個小鎮在雨過天霽後,天空同時出現了兩道彩虹。

Rainbow times two

15. Fury from above仰視中的復仇女神

Lightning ripples over the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 14.

6月14日,閃電撕破了德克薩斯州復仇女神的上空的天際。

Fury from above

16.Grand old night美麗的夜晚

Tanner Mann, 8, of Hortonville, Wis., gets a good seat on top of his mother's car July 4 for the fireworks show at Riverside Park in New London.

7月4日,威爾斯在他媽媽的車頂上找到了一個好位子,觀賞著紐約倫敦河畔公園的煙火盛況。

Grand old night

17.Un-bear-able heat怕熱的熊

Koluk the polar bear goes headfirst into the pool at the Albuquerque Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M., on July 15.

7月15日,在美國新墨西哥州格蘭惠河動物園堙A一隻北極熊把頭伸進水塘堻雂禲C

Un-bear-able heat

18. Stellar light show甯P秀

From ground-based telescopes, the "ant nebula" resembles the head and thorax of a garden ant.

透過地面望遠鏡,“螞蟻星雲”看上去像一隻花園螞蟻的頭與胸。

Stellar light show

好友清轉給我的電子郵件,本來是Word檔,我將它轉成 HTML 和大家一起分享,這裡所謂的去年,我想應該是2003年吧。