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What the River Knows: Nisqually River, Washington State

Changing Planet<p>Photographs by Basia Irland<p>Birthed in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington from glacier melt on the southern slope of Mount Rainier, I flow seventy-eight miles into the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and on into Puget Sound, a fast and galloping ride from …

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Life on Hold: A Photographer Explores What It Means to Wait

One day, while photographer Jason Larkin was driving around Johannesburg, South Africa, he noticed a sight that made him pause. On the side of the road was a man waiting at a bus stop, shading himself behind the narrow shadow of the sign. Larkin stopped, chatted with the man a bit, took his …


The Real Tropical Island Experience on Aride

Changing Planet<p>Aride Island is the wildlife highlight of a visit to the Inner Granitics of the Seychelles, with more bird species than any other island. Ten species of seabird are found on this tiny 68 hectare island. Aride Island’s isolation has contributed to its protection – it is the furthest …


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Post 9

For the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I asked seven New York-based National Geographic photographers to share an image of theirs that they considered emblematic of the city post 9/11. I wanted to know if New York had changed, and if so, how it was manifested visually. The …

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A Snapshot of Samburu

An elephant is between my tent and the Wi-Fi. I watch it wander from bush to bush. Pulling twigs off trees, munching on leaves. Looking around.<p>What else do you expect when you’re staying at a place called <b>Elephant Bedroom Camp</b>?<p>And yet, I catch myself actually upset (for a second) that this elephant …


Surrendering to the Flow of the Congo River

Photography is Pascal Maitre’s medium—he loves the magic of photographs and is fascinated by color. But above all, he sees himself as a reporter. The key to his work, he says, is the human connection. He tells me the photographs themselves are easy to take. Gaining access to people is the hard …


In Africa, Those Who Bet on China Face Fallout

Economic slowdown in China exacerbates strain for trading partners in Africa<p>JOHANNESBURG—As the global oil-price slump passed its one-year anniversary in June, Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos booked a trip to Beijing.<p>The long-serving autocrat hoped fresh loans and investment from China, …


Exploration Isn’t Dead: A Photographer Captures the Ultimate Adventure

In a world where it feels like everything has been seen and every peak summited, explorers long for uncharted territory. That’s what one climbing team was searching for in their attempt to measure the peak of Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi. The quest of expedition leader Hilaree O’Neill, author Mark …


China celebrates World War II victory

12,000 troops, 200 fighter jets and 500 pieces of military hardware roll through the ancient heart of Beijing under clear, smog-free skies on September 3, 2015 to showcase China's rising might.


China parades huge military - CNN Video

Tanks, jets and 12,000 troops parade through Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.


Chinese navy ships entered U.S. waters off Alaskan coast

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chinese navy ships entered U.S. territorial waters off of Alaska last week, coming within 12 miles of the coastline, multiple defense officials told CNN on Friday.<p>The Chinese ships were doing operations "consistent with international law," U.S. officials said, under the maritime rule of …


China's new 'carrier killer' missile - CNN Video

China has a massive military parade displaying the latest long-range weapons. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.


Photo of the Day: Best of August

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are some highlights from August.<p>“Pay attention,” Your Shot member Fran Virues Avila was told by the diver seen above, before he leapt into the waters off La Caleta Beach in Cádiz, Spain. “My jump will be worthy of …


10 Easy Pieces: Fragrant Roses

Our favorite Parisian florist in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Odorantes, where flowers are arranged by scent. Where better to turn for a list of the 10 …

Pictures of the Week 3.12.15

Do You Have These Deadly Plants at Home?

Keep your kids and pets away from these popular picks.<p>We're not saying you can't keep them. But watch pets and kids closely — they might get sick (or worse) from eating these leaves and flowers. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.

Looking for Hungry Grizzlies—on Purpose

Fall was in the air that September, and the grizzly bears I was attempting to photograph in the Beartooth Mountains were hungry, getting ready for their long winter’s sleep. A week had already gone by since the last time I had gotten anything close to a useable picture.<p>Waking up, making coffee, and …


15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

Pictures of the Week 3.5.15

World Falls in Love with Quokka, Australia’s Most Adorable Animal

Photo: Imgur<p>The world has spoken: the always-smiling quokka is both the happiest and the most photogenic animal on the planet. Known for its charismatic grin and friendly disposition, the quokka is the perfect selfie co-star, as made apparent by the popularity of the hashtag: …

#GardenistaTravels: Global Greenery From Gardenista Readers

To wrap up our week of Instagram Inspiration, we’re sharing our readers’ favorite gardens around the world.<p>We asked readers to share gardens they’ve …

Pictures: 8 Amazing Animals at Risk From Wildlife Crimes

In observance of the World Wildlife Day's mission of highlighting wildlife crimes, here are some of the animals that fall prey to people's thirst for trophies and exotic cures.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School: A Charming Catalog of Excuses and an Allegory for How Human Imagination Works

A playful parable about the stories we tell to avoid being wrong and the combinatorial nature of human creativity.<p>Psychologists and behavioral economists now know that there is a strong positive correlation between creativity and dishonesty — the more intelligent and imaginative we are, the better …


David the Dreamer: Extraordinary Philosophical 1922 Children’s Book Illustrated by Freud’s Cross-Dressing Niece Named Tom

The kind of book that reads you as you read it.<p><i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary before our nocturnal fancies became the subject of science — an inquiry catalyzed by the publication of Freud’s seminal 1900 book <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i>, which the …

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12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

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Photo of the Day: Best of February

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are some highlights from February.<p>The leaping springbok in the photo above makes me smile every time I see it. I particularly love knowing there is such a word as “pronking,” which is how this acrobatic behavior …