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Photograph by Oliver Klink

Grizzly cubs are unpredictable. At one moment they look at you with their intrigued eyes, and suddenly run away scared by unknown behavior. These two seven-month-old cubs thought that holding hands would make the danger disappear.
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Victoria Coast Sunset, Victoria, Australia, 1998

"The stone spires off Victoria's coast are called the Twelve Apostles ..."

—From "Closing the Circle: Australia by Bike, Part Three," April 1998, National Geographic magazine
Photograph by R. Ian Lloyd

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A balance of playful yellow and passionate red, orange commands attention without overwhelming. This often flamboyant color brings to mind citrus and sunsets, fall leaves, and jack-o'-lanterns. Orange has even been found to stimulate appetite and creativity in humans.
Photograph by Chris Johns

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In a nocturnal rendezvous, two green tree frogs meet face-to-face atop a leaf in Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Delta. Green may be the most common color found in nature—it's everywhere from leaves, grass, and moss to snakes, butterflies, and even the northern lights. Green represents life, vitality, nature, and, of course, environmentalism.
Photograph by John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk

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Red, the color of human blood, symbolizes passion, fire, love, and anger. In Eastern cultures, it also connotes luck and prosperity. Red occurs throughout nature, from dying stars to dying leaves, and humans have evoked its powers for everything from politics to sports.
Here, a brilliant red sea fan coral spreads behind a golden damselfish in waters off Fiji’s Namenalala Island.
Photograph by Tim Laman

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The yellow hues of a small home in Lanai City, Hawaii, are matched by its owner's vintage Plymouth. Many residents of this village live in such pastel-painted cottages, first built for pineapple plantation workers.
Photograph by Jim Richardson

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White-bellied kingfisher (Alcedo leucogaster)

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1. Island of Surtsey, Iceland

— Photograph by Pierre Vauthey/Corbis

The island of Surtsey, found 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the southern coast of Iceland, was formed by volcanic eruptions during the 1960s.
Named this week as a new World Heritage site, the island provides scientists with a unique laboratory to study the process of colonization by plant and animal life. Borne by ocean currents, the first seeds arrived in 1964. Molds, bacteria, and fungi arrived the following year. Plants and invertebrates are now relatively abundant, as are bird species—89 and counting.
Chosen by a committee of the UN's Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage sites denote natural and cultural areas recognized for their universal value to humanity.
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Purple is a versatile color. Combining the fire of red with the serenity of blue, it has the ability to soothe as well as excite passion. Purple is prevalent in nature in everything from eggplants to amethysts, and humans have adopted it as a symbol of royalty.
Here, Ross Bridge in Tasmania is cloaked in a mauve sunset. The beautiful sandstone span, built by convicts in 1836, is one of Australia's oldest and is decorated with an impressive array of carvings.
Photograph by Sam Abell

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Blue morpho butterflies, inhabitants of Central and South America's dense forests, can be up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) wide, and the male's iridescent sheen can been seen by humans up to a thousand yards (one kilometer) away. Here, a female floats through a cloud forest in Costa Rica.
Photograph by Michael and Patricia Fogden/Minden Pictures
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A gossamer parasol spreads its feathery arms to catch plankton in the Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands.
Photograph by Emory Kristof

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Icicles drape the sides of an iceberg in the waters around Antarctica. Fifth-largest of the world's continents, Antarctica comprises 5,500,000 square miles (14,245,000 square kilometers) of snow-topped glaciers and ice sheets with less than 5 percent ice-free.
Photograph by Ralph Lee Hopkins

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Из моих любимых фотографий:
(из недавнего репортажа Брента из Конго, полный репорт - по ссылке на сайте National Geographic)

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My favourite city on this planet!

Затамуйте подих і........



A breathtaking view from the top of Golden Gate Bridge reveals the span far below where it enters Marin County.
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Rushing water creates deep-blue waves at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Illinois.
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A favorite of brides, the ethereal calla lily is often called the wedding flower.
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A wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) contracts its wings during a mating ritual on South Georgia Island, Antarctica. This arduous traveler has one of the greatest known wingspans of any bird, measuring up to 11.5 feet (3.5 meters), and has been recorded flying 500 miles (805 kilometers) in a single day.

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Mmm-hmm. And I suppose that's not a rat trap. (Shopping center in Creve Coeur, Missouri)
Photograph by Gary Gottesman
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