Monday, October 10, 2016

Looking at Nature



National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year contest

A white-tailed eagle swoops in on a red fox after it stole a fish on frozen Lake Furen in Hokkaido, Japan. The fox escaped with the fish. See the contest page and Prisby’s profile. Karen Prisby/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A lioness refuses the advances of the male during a prolonged courtship under a light rain in the Masai Mara national reserve, Kenya. See Schmid’s profile. Chris Schmid/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A pack of African wild dogs chase a giraffe early in the morning in Zambia, but their prey was too big. See Schmid’s profile. Chris Schmid/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A yellow-billed ox pecker sits on the back of a zebra. See Schmid’s profile. Yaron Schmid/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A bird against a sunset after her family members already returned to the nest. See Tanita’s profile. Hiroshi Tanita/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The Blue Pond in Biei-cho, Japan. See Shiraishi’s profile. Kent Shiraishi/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Lava flows into the ocean in Hawaii. See Lake’s profile. Mason Lake/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Wild horses tussle in Colorado. See Tyson’s profile. Cheryl Tyson/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A hippo charges in Botswana’s Chobe River in April 2016. This very territorial bull made a charge whenever a boat (driven by a local guide) passed his patch of the river. See Kurtul’s profile. Sam Kurtul/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

A great horned owl returns to her nest in an urban area near the Citrus County sheriff's office in Lecanto, Fla. See Strickland’s profile. Robert Strickland/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The Hawaiian garden spider has a fresh catch. See Lake’s profile. Mason Lake/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Cotylorhiza tuberculata, or Mediterranean jelly, is common throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Its stings are harmless to humans. See Spezi's profile. Stefano Spezi/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

The northern lights glow above the wilderness of the Yukon. See Kazemi's profile. Ramtin Kazemi/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

In Greenland's pristine landscape is a U.S. air base that was abandoned in 1947. Everything was left behind, including vehicles, asbestos-laced structures, and over 10,000 aviation fuel barrels. The Inuits who live in the region call the rusted remains “American flowers.” See Bower’s profile. Ken Bower/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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