Come on snow!
No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals … but rather as uniformly fluffy flakes. And! When we try to get a better look at the true intricacy of snow by capturing one of the flakes … the thing melts. Snow is a cold and fickle thing.
A calcified dove found along Tanzania’s Lake Natron, whose blood-red waters are so toxic they turn wildlife to stone. From Nick Brandt’s series “Across the Ravaged Land” via HuffingtonPost.
Swimming with jellyfish, another one of the amazing National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest entries.
Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains. From the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.