Camel Thorn Trees in Namibia


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Photoshop? Despite what you may think, this is actually a real photo.
Taken by Frans Lanting, a photographer for National Geographic, a soaring dune is tinted orange by the morning sun, and is the backdrop for these camel thorn trees in Nimibia-Naukluft Park. You can read more about the story of Nimibia’s coastal parks here and check out more photos in this series from Frans in the gallery above. If you’re interested in acquiring this photo as a fine art print, email

The elephant and the giraffe


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Today we wanted to highlight these incredible nature and wildlife photos from Susan McConnell. We encourage you to check out her website for more great photos.

About Susan (from her website):

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been interested in animal behavior. Like many girls who eventually became scientists, I wanted to be Jane Goodall (or someone like her) when I grew up. However, rather than studying animal behavior in the field, I now study brain development in the lab. As a Professor of Biology at Stanford University in Stanford, California, I am trying to understand how neural circuits get built with exquisite precision during fetal development. In addition to my research, I teach courses on brain development and conservation photography to undergraduate students.

I feel that wildlife photography has an important purpose: powerful images help connect people with our natural heritage and stimulate a commitment to conservation. Our planet is an amazing place, and we need to preserve its wonders for future generations. My images have appeared in Smithsonian magazine,Nature’s Best PhotographyOutdoor PhotographerExpressionsCurrents, and the American Kennel Club Gazette. My photographs of elephants in Namibia were featured as the cover story of the November 2010 issue of Smithsonian magazine, and one of these is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

The Orange Battery


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This unique Orange Battery was built by photographer Caleb Charland, who works to create alternative energy photographs using fruit, vegetables, and any other object that can create light for his long-exposure photos. In this photo, the lightbulb inside the orange is powered by a chemical reaction between citric acid and the zinc nails in each of the orange slices. Although it’s a stunning shot, the amount of power produced here was so minimal that it required a 14 hour exposure to get the results shown in this photo. We encourage you to check out a few other really unique photos from Caleb’s project in the gallery above.


Pool with a view


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Today’s photo of the day is of the poolside view on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore. Photo by green_kermit on Flickr. This is a stunning example of an infinity pool, which provides the visual effect of water extending to the horizon (to infinity). Also included in the gallery are a few other photos of this beautiful pool.

Traditional Fishing in New Caledonia

This photo shows how traditional fishing is done on the island of MARE in New Caledonia.
It was submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2011.

If you’re interested in other examples of traditional fishing, the video below shows how a Bajau fisherman holds his breath for minutes and walks along the ocean floor to catch fish. The Bajau people are an indigenous group of southeast Asia who live a maritime lifestyle.