10 Views People Wake Up to Around the World

People scattered across the globe were asked to share the views from their windows, and the responses might surprise you. Below are 10 of our favorites; visit The View From Here for the full photo series.

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Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It's the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn't seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby Jökulsárlón Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon's coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris' website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Photographer Kenji Croman risks his life in pursuit of the perfect wave in his native Hawaii. Take one look at his photos and you’ll understand why he keeps heading back into the dangerous surf. 960 1280

  

Getting the Shot

Getting the Shot

Croman, a competitive bodysurfer, explains that there is a lot that goes into getting the shot in big wave photography, including strong swimming skills and a lot of patience. Croman also advises wave photographers to have a solid understanding of the ocean: “How it breaks, where it breaks. The tides, the rips, the undertow. It’s dangerous, but knowledge is key.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Waimea Shore Break

Waimea Shore Break

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Kenji Croman  

Glassy Wave in Slow Motion

Glassy Wave in Slow Motion

How does Croman capture waves in slow motion? “I used a slow shutter speed for this image, the sun was positioned in a way that made the wave look very illuminated, plus the motion of the wave all came together for this photo,” he explains. 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Diamond Head Sunset

Diamond Head Sunset

Croman recalls the happenstance of some of his photos: “I thought the camera’s focus looked really cool in this shot. I didn’t alter or do any tilt shift effect for this photo. It was accidentally taken this way and I liked it.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Duck Diving a Passing Wave

Duck Diving a Passing Wave

“I saw a bodyboarder ducking through a wave when I captured this shot. The colors looked very refreshing,” says Croman. 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Green Wave North Shore

Green Wave North Shore

As the sun was setting, Croman captured this mesmerizing green wave at Keiki Beach on Oahu’s famed North Shore during a very big swell. 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Keiki Beach in Slow Motion

Keiki Beach in Slow Motion

One of Croman’s favorite beaches on Oahu is Keiki Beach. “This was taken after the sun set behind the mountains. I used a slow shutter to create the movements of the man walking and the waves.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Milky Wave Beach

Milky Wave Beach

Croman remembers another instance when patience (and a bit of luck) paid off: “I made so many attempts over the years to photograph the Milky Way here in Oahu, but found it very challenging since there’s not too many very dark places that do not have a lot of cloud coverings. I got very lucky on this clear night.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Pipeline Breaking

Pipeline Breaking

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Pipeline is considered one of the most famous and dangerous surf breaks in world. “This shot was taken in April when ‘Pipe’ was going off. This was a big set that rolled in that I happened to snap while in the water,” Croman remembers. “This was the same day, just hours earlier, where the famous whale surfing photos at Pipeline went viral.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

“I took this shot while free diving with sharks on the North Shore,” recalls Croman. “Amazing experience swimming with dozens of sharks with no protection.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Flying Turtles

Flying Turtles

A less daunting animal to swim alongside than a skark? A “honu,” which means “turtle” in the Hawaiian language. “These beautiful creatures look like they are flying under water. They’re very graceful,” expresses Croman. 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Underwater Vortex

Underwater Vortex

“I love this photo,” shares Croman. “ I took it while the sun was in a perfect position above me and it just really lit the wave up well. You can see the vortex bands in the wave. Not many people know they exist, and if you don’t have goggles on you won’t see it either.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

The Spit Effect

The Spit Effect

“Spit, that’s what surfers call it,” explains Croman. “When the wave is so big and the wind that follows it passes you, it creates this effect.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Wave Falls

Wave Falls

Croman captions this shot: “A wave crumbling to create a waterfall effect; the sun was positioned perfectly to illuminate the wave and the falls.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Maui Dolphins

Maui Dolphins

Another instance when Croman says patience paid off for him: “I made so many attempts to catch this school of dolphins when I lived in Maui. I would wake up early so many mornings to try and catch the school of dolphins. The morning I moved back to Oahu, I gave it one last attempt. I was successful and swam with the dolphins for a few hours. A great experience.” 960 1280

Kenji Croman  

Beach Huts at Sunset

Beach Huts at Sunset

"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280

  

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

A small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280

  

Celebrating the Sunrise

Celebrating the Sunrise

"Taken at Wildwood Beach, NJ." -- DPK 960 1280

  

Hiking up High

Hiking up High

"Hiking up high by Silverton, Colorado, requires a little extra oxygen. Taken this summer while hiking outside with a group of women." -- MANelson 960 1280

  

Mr. Turtle

Mr. Turtle

"While snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii, I got this shot of Mr. Turtle staring right at me. It truly captures the experience of swimming with dozens of turtles in the Pacific Ocean." -- Jewell 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial at Night

"It was a rare summer night in our nation's capital when the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze. This was just after sunset." -- LMAN 960 1280

  

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

"I was enjoying a fun afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make 'bubble cheeks.'" -- Susan 960 1280

  

Nantucket Sunset

Nantucket Sunset

"Nantucket Summer Sunset 2013 taken with a Samsung S3 phone camera." -- jig 960 1280

  

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280

  

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

"Tintern Abbey, is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthsire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England." -- Tintern Abbey 960 1280

  

Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

"Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at 11PM on July 11, 2013. The lagoon is located on the southeast coast of Iceland. These are photos from a recent two week backpacking trip in Iceland." -- MikelDallas 960 1280

  

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

"Cute cub. Very aware of mom. We grabbed this close-up while on safari at Tanda Tula. Thought the cub was very cute. Noticed later that mom was much more observant than we initially believed." -- Patrick M. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bryce

Beautiful Bryce

"A view from below. My husband and I spent a day at beautiful Bryce Canyon. The views were spectacular." -- Casper 960 1280

  

Mingling With the Natives

Mingling With the Natives

"Making pals along the way on our trip in South Africa. Hanging out with our pal, Abby (Adorably Big Baby)." -- Danielle 960 1280

  

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

"Two years old and already has a great back swing. Arms straight, head down, eyes on the ball, pasy in the mouth. Playing Maui, HI. What more could you ask for?" -- Ryan 960 1280

  

The Harbor

The Harbor

"On the bridge, going into Kennebunkport, looking up the river." -- TH 960 1280

  

Color-Splashed Sunset

Color-Splashed Sunset

"My husband and I were on a romantic diner cruise in Cabo, beautiful views!" -- SICSL 960 1280

  

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

"Most photographed church in Italy … don't mind if I do. Chapel of The Madonna de Vitaleta." -- Sybil 960 1280

  

Winner: Sun Catcher

Winner: Sun Catcher

"My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!" -- Heather B. 960 1280

  

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

"Hawaii is one of our top destinations. We love to go there every year. This picture was taken at Big Island, HI, on a beautiful day. Look at that sunset -- it's so peaceful." -- Annie L. 960 1280

  

African Dream

African Dream

"An unforgettable journey that lasted 6 months through Africa." -- Rochi 960 1280

  

Winner: Floating in Paradise

Winner: Floating in Paradise

"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280

  

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

"Two 'blondes' having a moment at Irvine Park Zoo, Chippewa, WI." -- Kimberly 960 1280

  

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

"Emerald Lake and Cilantro Cafe in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada." -- EL & CC 960 1280

  

Mediterranean Marvels

Mediterranean Marvels

"Sunshine over the Colosseum! My adventure to the Mediterranean this Summer was life-changing. I was captivated by the history and beauty of several of the amazing sites throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey!" -- Sable's Travels 960 1280

  

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