As we enter the last day of 2011 it is perhaps timely to look ahead to 2012.
One of the big events coming our way is the 2012 London Olympics. Here are a few photos of the Olympic site.
This is not the kind of cloud formation that we see when we look into the skies every day.
These are lenticular clouds and they were recently seen hovering over Yorkshire in the UK.
And here are some other examples:
If you want to see what Japanese university students really think and feel about life, the universe and everything then watch this: http://youtu.be/WPW4Lawq6d4
It will soon be Olympic year, and the next Olympics will be in London. The Olympic stadium has been completed and now all that remains is the landscaping around the Olympic Park.
A great deal of money and resources has been spent on the Olympics, and it is hoped that the legacy is wisely and widely used.
Erawan National Park in Thailand is a place of outstanding natural beauty.
The Monas is the national monument of Indonesia, and is to be found in the capital city, Jakarta.
A desert can be a hot, dry, terrifying place.
But it can also be a place of beauty and tranquility, like the Erg Chebbi desert in Morocco.
Out of all the places in the whole world it is Machu Picchu which is top of my list to visit.
It was built by the Incas, but was only in use for about one hundred years.