Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Photographic Ark



  
Feather in the Flames:

Winged Life FinalistFarmers in Singur, West Bengal, India, burn off the stubble left after harvest, and black drongos swoop to eat the insects fleeing the flames
Photograph: Kallol Mukherjee


Kamokuna Lava Firehose 25:

Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora WinnerDuring a week in January, a steady stream of lava, called a firehose, suddenly gushed from an underground lava tube at the base of Hawai’i’s Kilauea volcano and spilled into the Pacific Ocean. As the molten rock met the cooler seawater, steam, sand, and chunks of cooled lava were thrown explosively into the air
Photograph: Jon Cornforth

  
Snow Globe:

Winged Life WinnerBosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is home to a huge population of snow geese, in part because of the sprawling fields of grain that have cropped up along their migration route over the past 60 years. Descending in vast flocks, the geese leave a wake of mowed-down plants and exposed ground that can take decades to recover
Photograph: Denise Ippolito

   
Mantis Mom: Aquatic Life Winner

Surrounded by black volcanic sands, a peacock mantis shrimp stands guard over her ribbon-like mass of fertilized eggs in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Photograph: Filippo Borghi


The Salmon Catchers:

Terrestrial WildlifeTo capture this view of a mother grizzly bear and her cub, photographer Peter Mather set up a camera trap on a log that he knew the bears tended to traverse while fishing for salmon, in the Yukon River watershed in Canada
Photograph: Peter Mather

    
Roundup at Revillagigedo: Aquatic Life Finalist

The nutrient and plankton rich waters of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico, create an unusually healthy ecosystem. Here over 1,000 top predators, including a variety of sharks and yellowfin tuna, gather to eat
Photograph: Ralph Pace


Ecosystem:

Terrestrial Wildlife WinnerA termite mound in Emas National Park, Brazil, glows with the light produced by the larvae of click beetles
Photograph: Marcio Cabral

   
The More the Merrier:

Terrestrial Wildlife FinalistMacaque monkeys huddle together on Shōdoshima Island, Japan, pooling body heat as temperatures drop
Photograph: Alexandre Bonnefoy


Sea Jewels:

Art of Nature WinnerDozens of by-the-wind sailors, measuring up to three inches long, viewed in a bucket of water at the Monteray Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California
Photograph: Jodi Frediani

  
Beirut, Lebanon

A horse stands in front of a bullet-riddled wall at the Beirut hippodrome.
Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters


Siena, Italy

A horse from the Torre parish is escorted through the crowds after the first practice session for the Palio horse race through the medieval city
Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters


Budapest, Hungary

A newborn bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) is nuzzled by her motherat the Nyiregyhaza Animal Park
Photograph: Attila Balazs/EPA


Leipzig, Germany

Amur leopard cubs explore their enclosure in the zoo
Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP


Lake Bogoria, Kenya

A flock of lesser flamingos on the lake, which is home to one of the world’s largest populations of the bird
Photograph: Imago/Barcroft Images

Photos sourced from The Guardian

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