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The Best from National Geographic

Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia

Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

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Blue Pond, Hokkaido

Photograph by Kent Shiraishi, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The “blue pond” of the famous tourist resort in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan is a place where many tourists gather in spring, summer, and autumn. However, since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period. This photograph was taken during the first snow of the season as it fell over the blue pond.

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Art, Environment, Nature, Photography, Snow, Tutorial


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Simply Beautiful Moments from National Geographic

Silverback Gorilla, Africa Photograph by Ian Nichols, National Geographic

Some photographic moments are memorable because they are so unlikely. It is impossible to look at this wonderful image by Ian Nichols and not smile. The juxtaposition of the giant silverback gorilla holding a delicate leaf is a delightful surprise and a unique moment. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: The phrase “wait for it” must have been coined by a photographer, because it is such an essential part of what we do. When photographing wildlife, capturing the perfect moment is just as important as it is with humans—and requires even more patience. Link here.

African Lion Mother and Cub, Tanzania – Photograph by Mitsuaki Iwago, Minden Pictures

Everything about this photographic moment is tender. The light, the gesture, the color are perfect. But there is also a small detail that completes the intimacy of this scene by photographer Mitsuaki Iwago. It is the small catch-light in the lion cub’s eye. Perfect. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: Capturing the catch-light in a subject’s eye can take a photograph from lovely to sublime. Eyes are the windows to the soul, so when the eye reflects a beam of light, it draws viewers in and makes them feel a greater intimacy with the subject. Link here.

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Posted by on November 25, 2011 in Art, Environment, Nature, Photography, Travel


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National Geographic’s Best

Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic

A polar bear sleeps on the ice in Canada.

Photograph by Chris Johns, National Geographic

Burchell’s zebras nuzzle at the Ngorongoro Crater in the Great Rift Valley, Tanzania.

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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Art, Current Events, Nature, Photography, Travel


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Veteran’s Day – Hope for Peace


Veteran’s Day: Keeping Faith With The Original Intent of Armistice Day

WASHINGTON – November 10 – A veterans’ organization ask the nation to remember the original intent of Veterans Day.

The original Armistice Day ended World War I on November 11, 1918, but not before nearly 30 million soldiers had been killed or wounded, and over seven million taken prisoner.

Congress responded to a universal hope that this would never happen again and passed a resolution calling for “…exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding…inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches…with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”  Congress later resolved November 11 was to be “…a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

Of the many veterans’ organizations in the U.S., one exists specifically to carry out the original purpose of Armistice Day, now celebrated as Veterans’ Day.  In word as well as action, Veterans For Peace, a national organization with 120 chapters, is dedicated to the cause of peace.

“Unfortunately Veterans Day has turned into a day to support war rather than a day to reflect on the horrors of war and the need to work for peace,” said Veterans For peace Executive Director Michael McPhearson. “Veterans For Peace has over 120 chapters around the country, many of whom will be commemorating veterans day by marching in traditional parades, conducting solemn ceremonies and vigils to give an alternative view about war and the meaning of the day,” McPhearson went on to say.

“Our statement of purpose is clear and direct when it says we intend to ‘abolish war as an instrument of national policy.’  We want this generation of veterans to be the last,” said VFP president Elliott Adams.

The former Army paratrooper and Viet Nam veteran added, “We not only speak out for peace, our organization works towards it every single day. We will continue to do so and in fact increase our efforts as VFP seeks to raise awareness of the human and monetary cost of war in the face of the global economic crisis.”

Please visit to learn more about VFP Veterans Day activities.


Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and includes veterans of all eras and wars from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts cold or hot.  It has participated in every major demonstration against the war in Iraq.  Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent.  VFP is represented at the UN as an official Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).


Posted by on November 11, 2008 in Art, Photography


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National Geographic Top 15 Photos

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National Geographic- Camels & Shadows – Updated!

I’ve had so many people interested in this fantastic photograph so there is a way to download it for your desktop wallpaper.

Here is the official link: National Geographic with easy instructions. Enjoy!


Posted by on October 12, 2006 in Art, Inspirational, Nature, Photography


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National Geographic – From the Heart & Catching Some Rays


From the Heart
Photograph by Theo Allofs

Rising from turquoise waters, Heart Reef is one of many whimsical natural formations found in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Catching Some Rays
Photograph by Tui De Roy, Minden Pictures

In prehistoric splendor, a marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) at Ecuador’s Galápagos National Park warms up by basking atop lava rocks.

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Posted by on October 12, 2006 in Art, Environment, Meditation, Nature, Organic, Photography


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