10 Beastly Photos From a Very Civilized Wildlife Photo Contest

Mother nature is beautiful and mysterious. The natural wonders that are available to the human eye are almost too magnificent and sublime to be seen and believed at the same time. That astounding reality is part of what drives the best nature photographers to travel outside the typical person's comfort zone and bring back evidence of the awesome forces that we are all connected to, that we have been shaped and created by, even as we sit back, relax and marvel at a collection of photographs on an Internet news and culture site.

Special thanks to the Natural History Museum of London, England, for placing these and other super natural visions within reach of anyone with broadband.