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125 years of National Geographic – in pictures

1995, India: by setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in Bandhavgarh national parkPhotograph: Michael Nicholls/

Somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled grey bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end... ~Robert R. McCammon, "Boy's Life"

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National Geographic picture of the year…

Beautiful! The National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 Grand-Prize Winner and Nature Winner. Photo by: Ashley Vincent. Subject: an Indochinese Tigress named Busaba, shaking herself dry after enjoying her private pool at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand.

from National Geographic

Old soul - Traveler Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic Yellowstone Trip | tweet photo and caption by dylan brown it s yellowstone national park ...

And you think you can climb!!! Mountain Goat. Glacier National Park in Montana. Using splayed, rubbery hooves that grip rock surfaces, this female started by placing all four feet on the tiny ledge where her back feet are shown in the photo. She then pushed out and wedged into the crevice using her front hooves to bridge the gap, licking any salt on the rocks around her. To get out, she reversed the procedure, turning around slowly until she could exit, uphill. You just can't believe it.

from the Guardian

Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year – in pictures

Chobe National Park is one of the great wildlife destinations of Africa. Famed for its massive elephants and enormous elephant population, Chobe, which encompasses nearly sq km, is itself the size of a small country and an important epicentre of Bo