For most of us young ones, the National Geographic Society means weeknights spent in front of the TV watching Locked Up Abroad, Mudcats, or Doomsday Preppers. But many of us don’t know that National Geographic spans 125 years of exploration, discovery, and learning. One of their great contributions is their innovations in photographic technology that brought us amazing, breath taking, and historically-relevant images.
No, you aren’t drunk: those are real, technicolour elephants on parade. Thanks to photographer Charles Freger, we have these lovely photos taken in Jaipur, India at the start of the annual Painted Elephant Parade.
‘It’s the whalers who are headed for extinction,” observed Roff Smithr in National Geographic of Norway’s seafaring Lofoten Islands, where the scene is fast changing as the next generation of Norwegian kids don’t want to carry on the family business. The feature came with equally evocative photographs by Marcus Bleasdale.
Here are some of the most spectacular photos which formed part of this year’s National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. May this inspire us all to explore and protect our natural world, as soon as we manage to pry our collective jaw off the floor.
Nature is great. Some animals have the art of camouflage down pat, disappearing right into their surroundings. Christian Ziergler captured some amazing pictures of these creatures at their mimicry best for National Geographic, and you can try to locate sneaky leaf-little toads and the such in this interactive image gallery.
Domestic cats have been getting bad press lately for as one of the world’s top invasive species. Now, thanks to evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr — whom National Geographic dubbed a ‘cat detective — we know they can make us all a bit cuckoo too. The guy discovered that the toxoplasma gondii parasite that’s pervasive in […]
The winning shots of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 are awe-inspiring. We especially like the one of the Matterhorn in the Pennine Alps by Nenad Saljic (Places category, winner) and Eric Guth’s shot of glacial ice washed ashore along Iceland’s eastern coast (Nature category, honourable mention). So ethereal.
Why did the kitten cross the river… nah, how? Why, it had the help of a giant water lily — specifically, the Queen Victoria (Victoria regia) water lily, a monstrously huge plant that can reach up to 8 feet in diameter and hold up to a hundred pounds. The National Geographic notes that the ‘air […]
Our friends at National Geographic have just published a series of amazing photos of new fossil species found in the Atlantic Ocean, including this one above, the Sea Cucumber Mountaineer, which is ‘normally found on the ocean floor’. Says marine biologist Monty Priede of the discovery: ‘We’ve always thought of them as slow-crawling animals, but they are actually capable of swimming. This is quite important on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, because otherwise there’s a risk of starving if they get stuck on a ledge somewhere’.