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860-290699 - A leopard (Panthera pardus) snarling and looking at the camera, Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana. I spent a lot of time with this green eyed leopard, always keeping my distance so as not to disturb him, until he gave me this warning. I therefore gave up following him. It?s important to know their behavior and respect them.
1350-6277 - Close up of the eggs of a common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) in an advanced state of maturation; the eyes of the small octopuses can already be seen. The mother takes care of the eggs, protecting and aerating them without stopping, not eating anymore after laying them, and dying immediately after hatching.
1350-5273 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1350-5140 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1350-5072 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1350-5257 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1350-5088 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1350-5254 - Among them there are also differences Nazarenes, some are barefoot and harder doing his penance, others bearing crosses, there are those who carry various representative elements of the brotherhood, musical objects, candles, etc,
1116-52245 - Two caucasian women walk barefoot across a creek with moss in it towards the other shore where a man is waiting for them on a sunny summer day in the Brooks Range, Marsh Fork Valley, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Alaska, United States of America
1116-52085 - Moose cow and calf (Alces alces) standing together at the water's edge with mist rising off the surface of the water behind them, Waterton Lakes National Park; Alberta, Canada
1116-51784 - A Collared Pika (Ochotona collaris) sounds an alarm to nearby Pikas to alert them to a possible danger or to simply communicate with others. Pikas do not hibernate and are actually small members of the rabbit family. Hatcher Pass area near Palmer, Alaska in South-central Alaska, late summer; Alaska, United States of America
1116-52086 - Moose cow and calf (Alces alces) standing together at the water's edge with mist rising off the surface of the water behind them, Waterton Lakes National Park; Alberta, Canada
1116-52048 - Common loon (Gavia immer), an adult loon carries two babies on his back when the other adult feeds on of them with a damselfly larva, La Mauricie National Park; Quebec, Canada
1350-3514 - A diver films whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, under a fishing platform, these sharks are friends with the fishermen who hand feed them at Cendrawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-3516 - A diver films whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, under a fishing platform, these sharks are friends with the fishermen who hand feed them at Cendrawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-3515 - A diver films whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, under a fishing platform, these sharks are friends with the fishermen who hand feed them at Cendrawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-3593 - Two whalesharks bump each other while feeding on baitfish being fed to them by local fishermen, Rhincodon typus, Cendrawasih Bay, Papua Province, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-3534 - A snorkeler dives down with a whaleshark, Rhincodon typus, under a fishing platform, these sharks are friends with the fishermen who hand feed them at Cendrawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-3522 - Whale Sharks, Rhincodon typus, under a fishing platform, these sharks are friends with the fishermen who hand feed them at Cendrawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
1350-675 - Crab spiders do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators.
1350-318 - Polar Bear (Ursa maritimus) on sea ice off the sub-arctic coast of Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Bears come to the coast of Hudson Bay in Fall waiting for the ice to freeze, and looking for a careless seal or dead whale to wash up. Global warming has shortened their winter so they are increasingly anxious as they wait for winter. While they wait, they engage in frequent wrestling matches to determine a mating hierarchy for the breeding season in March and April, and regularly check on the ice to see if it will carry them out to sea.
1350-13 - The centre of the galaxy area of the Milky Way toward Sagittarius and Scorpius, with the Sagittarius Starcloud right of centre, and the Lagoon Nebula (M8) left of centre. The Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC 6334) in Scorpius is at upper right, the Swan Nebula (M17) and Eagle Nebula (M16) are at lower left. To the right of them is the Small Sagittarius Starcloud (M24). At the very top is the Snake Nebula (B72). The main mass of dark nebula is the Pipe Nebula (B78). Above M24 at left is the open cluster M23 while below the M24 star cloud is the cluster M25. The globular M22 is at the bottom edge. At right of frame are the open clusters M6 (in the dark area of the Milky Way) and M7 (in the bright starcloud).
860-288878 - Black water and Jellyfish (Mastigias papua) of Lenmakana lake. This lake is isolated from the rest of the ocean by ramparts several tens of meters high. It is connected to the ocean by terrestrial channels but it prevents the entry and exit of living organisms. These jellyfish have therefore found refuge in what is for them a haven of peace. They have proliferated to reach millions of people. Misool, Rajat Ampat, Indonesia
860-288880 - Flying Jellyfish (Mastigias papua) of Lenmakana lake. This lake is isolated from the rest of the ocean by ramparts several tens of meters high. It is connected to the ocean by terrestrial channels but it prevents the entry and exit of living organisms. These jellyfish have therefore found refuge in what is for them a haven of peace. They have proliferated to reach millions of people. Misool, Rajat Ampat, Indonesia
860-288879 - Jellyfish (Mastigias papua) of Lenmakana lake. This lake is isolated from the rest of the ocean by ramparts several tens of meters high. It is connected to the ocean by terrestrial channels but it prevents the entry and exit of living organisms. These jellyfish have therefore found refuge in what is for them a haven of peace. They have proliferated to reach millions of people. Misool, Rajat Ampat, Indonesia
1116-49171 - Female Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) grooming each other while one of their babies sits between them in Mahale Mountains National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
1116-46831 - Much of the North side of the island of Molokai in inaccessible. Trade winds blow onshore regularly bringing with them piles of plastic that has been floating around the Pacific Ocean for years and years, Molokai, Hawaii, United States of America
860-287450 - Tara Oceans Expeditions - May 2011. Tara with deployed plancton nets. On "station", the boat is drifting without engine or sails. Tara Oceans, a unique expedition: Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton, a form of sea life that includes organisms as small as viruses and bacterias, and as big as medusas. Our goal is to better understand planktonic ecosystems by exploring the countless species, learning about interactions among them and with their environment. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. In a context of rapid physico-chemical changes, for example the acidification observed today in the world's oceans, it is urgent to understand and predict the evolution of these particular ecosystems. Finally, plankton is an astonishing way of going back in time ? a prime source of fossils. Over the eons, plankton has created several hundred meters of sediment on the ocean floors. This allows us to go back in time, to the first oceans on Earth, and better understand the history of our biosphere. More than 12 fields of research are involved in the project, which will bring together an international team of oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, geneticists, and physicists from prestigious laboratories headed by Eric Karsenti of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Galapagos
1174-4966 - A leopard mother, Panthera pardus, and her cub, stand on the branch of a tree with the spotlight on them, looking away, touching heads, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
1174-5141 - Two buffalo, Syncerus caffer, wallow and lie in the water, eyes closed, red-billed oxpeckers sit on them, Buphagus erythrorhynchus, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
857-96033 - Each summer the Sami reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia face the challenge of ear-marking each of the new calves born to their herd. Using the ancient mark of their family, the small carvings made in the ears allow the herders to recognise their herd whilst they graze. It's a daunting task given the number of reindeer they are responsible for and the vast distances they cover as they graze across the mountain pastures north of the Arctic Circle.Sweden?????s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer?????s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. The Swedish government this week announced five major investigations aimed at preparing the country for the kind of extreme heatwave it experienced in July, when temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) and forest fires raged inside the Arctic circle.
857-96034 - Each summer the Sami reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia face the challenge of ear-marking each of the new calves born to their herd. Using the ancient mark of their family, the small carvings made in the ears allow the herders to recognise their herd whilst they graze. It's a daunting task given the number of reindeer they are responsible for and the vast distances they cover as they graze across the mountain pastures north of the Arctic Circle.Sweden?????s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer?????s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. The Swedish government this week announced five major investigations aimed at preparing the country for the kind of extreme heatwave it experienced in July, when temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) and forest fires raged inside the Arctic circle.
857-96032 - Each summer the Sami reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia face the challenge of ear-marking each of the new calves born to their herd. Using the ancient mark of their family, the small carvings made in the ears allow the herders to recognise their herd whilst they graze. It's a daunting task given the number of reindeer they are responsible for and the vast distances they cover as they graze across the mountain pastures north of the Arctic Circle.Sweden?????s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer?????s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. The Swedish government this week announced five major investigations aimed at preparing the country for the kind of extreme heatwave it experienced in July, when temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) and forest fires raged inside the Arctic circle.
857-96031 - Each summer the Sami reindeer herders of Northern Scandinavia face the challenge of ear-marking each of the new calves born to their herd. Using the ancient mark of their family, the small carvings made in the ears allow the herders to recognise their herd whilst they graze. It's a daunting task given the number of reindeer they are responsible for and the vast distances they cover as they graze across the mountain pastures north of the Arctic Circle.Sweden?????s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer?????s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north. The Swedish government this week announced five major investigations aimed at preparing the country for the kind of extreme heatwave it experienced in July, when temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) and forest fires raged inside the Arctic circle.
857-95822 - Basilica Cistern is a huge underground Roman water source held up with 336 marble columns, on some of them Medusa heads and decorations covering 9, 800 sq. meters, Istanbul, Turkey
832-379619 - Volunteers at dawn at the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, waiting for the start of the immature Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) capture event in order to ring them, Malaga province, Andalusia, Spain, Europe
857-95438 - Smashed concrete sea defenses at Ulrome near Skipsea on Yorkshires East Coast, UK. The sea has eroded past the barriers and left them stranded further down the beach. The coast is composed of soft boulder clays, very vulnerable to coastal erosion. This section of coast has been eroding since Roman times, with many villages having disappeared into the sea, and is the fastest eroding coast in Europe. Climate change is speeding up the erosion, with sea level rise, increased stormy weather and increased heavy rainfall events, all playing their part.
1116-39957 - A close look at night of Chameleon Parrotfish (Scarus chameleon) sleeping in a mucus bubble that is secreted from large glands in the gill cavity and protects them from parasites, Fiji
1116-39688 - Much of the North side of the island of Molokai is inaccessible. when trade winds blow onshore regularly bringing with them piles of plastic that has been floating around the Pacific Ocean for years and years, Molokai, Hawaii, United States of America
1116-39928 - Much of the north side of the island of Molokai in inaccessible. Trade winds blow onshore regularly bringing with them piles of plastic that has been floating around the Pacific Ocean for years and years, Molokai, Hawaii, United States of America
832-378965 - Group of Red Sea garden eels (Gorgasia sillneri), feeding on plankton floating by them leaning out of the sandy bottom, Eel Garden, Red sea, Dahab, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, Africa
857-94843 - The original lighthouse at Cape Spear in Newfoundland sits dark, with the new lighthouse nearby. The original lighthouse started operation in 1836, and in 1955 a new concrete light tower was built. The original lighthouse has been restored to the period of 1839. This was tricky to shoot because the green light of the active lighthouse would flash every 7 seconds and wash out the scene in intense green. I didn't like the harsh shadows from the light, myself and my tripod being one of them, so I took a bunch of 6 second exposures and used stacking to get pinpoint stars and low noise in the sky and foreground. Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm and f/2.8. Six shots with the ISO between 12,800 and 25,600, as I was playing around with the camera to get a feel for its performance, stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker for Mac.
857-94285 - A boat of tourists huddle under blue plastic ponchos to keep the drenching waterfall spray off as the boat, ?Maid of the Mist? brings them to the base of Niagara Falls, on the Niagara River.
1225-91 - A nomad woman gathers her herd together in the morning to collect milk and brush them to extract wool in the remote Himalayan region of Ladakh in north India, India, Asia
1174-4063 - Two people with rucksacks on a narrow path rising to a dramatic landscape of rock pinnacles on the skyline towering above them, under an overcast sky with low cloud, Scotland, United Kingdom
797-12895 - Norway, Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Traditional style, modern accomodation block, Ptarmigan hanging from the window, Due to cold temperature locals hang recently shot gamebirds outside as the cold air keps them fresh.
911-10906 - The Black House village at Garenin near Carloway on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. These ancient traditional houses have been preserved, after they were abandoned finally in the 1970's until then people were living in them.
911-10494 - Workers washing the dust off solar panels at a 1 MW solar power station run by Tata power on the roof of an electricity company in Delhi, India, to make them more efficient.
857-91048 - August 18, 08 A Coho salmon is caught off the coast of Prince of Whales Island Alaska. Trolling for salmon is considered the "high-end" fishery because the way they catch is not harmful to the fish, in fact any by-catch or non-keeper salmon can be tossed back with little damage to the fish. So since the fish are in such good shape when caught, on individual hooks on long lines, they can be brought in and prepared or dressed (gutted and bled) and then iced within minutes and then within hours are on the troll tender that fillets and vacume pacs and then flash freezes them, so that most of the fresh caught fish for pricier consumption is troller caught, United States of America
857-88773 - A mountain ranger is digging out tents after a snowstorm covered them during the night in 14k camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Climbers are advised to spare no expense on a expedition-quality tent as it can mean the difference between life and death during a ferocious storm on Denali. Extra poles and repair materials are important in case of damage caused by storms. Plan to take extra pickets, wands or deadmen for tent anchors. Never leave a tent without anchoring it securely. Tents are lost each year due to sudden gusts of wind while the tent was left unattended or drying. Every climbing season High Mountain Rangers of the Denali National Park Service are called to help climbers in need. If possible the patient is brought down to base camp on foot, only in life threatening conditions a helicopter is called to evacuate the patient to a hospital in Anchorage.
857-88636 - Two climbers dig out their tent after a snowstorm covered them in 14k camp on Mount McKinley, Alaska. Climbers are advised to spare no expense on a expedition-quality tent as it can mean the difference between life and death during a ferocious storm on Denali. Extra poles and repair materials are important in case of damage caused by storms. Plan to take extra pickets, wands or deadmen for tent anchors. Never leave a tent without anchoring it securely. Tents are lost each year due to sudden gusts of wind while the tent was left unattended or drying. Every climbing season High Mountain Rangers of the Denali National Park Service are called to help climbers in need. If possible the patient is brought down to base camp on foot, only in life threatening conditions a helicopter is called to evacuate the patient to a hospital in Anchorage.
911-10360 - Abandoned dead and dying Orange trees that no longer have water to irrigate them near Bakersfield, California, USA. Following an unprecedented four year long drought, Bakersfield is now the driest city in the USA. Most of California is in exceptional drought, the highest level of drought classification. 428,000 acres of agricultural land have been taken out of production due to lack of water, thousands of agricultural workers have lost their jobs and one third of all children in California go to bed hungry.
911-10359 - Abandoned dead and dying Orange trees that no longer have water to irrigate them near Bakersfield, California, USA. Following an unprecedented four year long drought, Bakersfield is now the driest city in the USA. Most of California is in exceptional drought, the highest level of drought classification. 428,000 acres of agricultural land have been taken out of production due to lack of water, thousands of agricultural workers have lost their jobs and one third of all children in California go to bed hungry.
911-10337 - Almond groves being chopped down as there is no longer water available to irrigate them, in Wasco in the Central Valley of California following the four year long drought in the Western USA. 80% of the world's almonds are grown in California, and it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow each nut. Many farms have run out of water, and $2.2 Billion has been wiped off the agricultue sector annually. Currently one third of all children in California go to be hungry, as a direct result of job losses connected to the drought. 428,000 acres of farmland have been taken out of production as a result of the drought, in the Central Valley.