I found the National Geographic publication Visions of Paradise while I was shelving a book right next to it. I was struck by the photograph on the cover and decided to take it home to enjoy with my family.
National Geographic asked its many photographers, "Where - or what - is heaven on earth?" Visions of Paradise is a compilation of the photos taken to answer this question. Some have very short descriptions and others have longer explanations of where the photo was taken and why.
My favorite picture is what appears to be a tree submerged in otherworldly blue-green water on page 166. The caption explains that it was taken in the Jiuzhaigou Valley in China and that "Jiuzhaigou" means Fairyland.
My kids loved the brightly colored emperor shrimp crawling on a sea cucumber near the Fiji Islands on page 177.
Check this one out and choose your favorites.
Visions of Paradise