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giraffes

The Great Kenyan Giraffe Rescue

It took a custom-built barge and a whole lot of patience to get these rare animals off a shrinking island.
February 16, 2021
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abstract wonder

Myanmar's Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas Lives Up to Its Name

Centuries of devotion line the walls.
January 28, 2021
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microscopes

The Microphotographic Wonders of Vermont’s 'Snowflake Man'

Wilson Bentley was the first to claim that each snowflake is unique—and provided evidence.
January 13, 2021
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abstract wonder

2020 Might Be a Year Best Looked at From Above

A collection of curious and wondrous views from around the world.
December 29, 2020
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electricity

Peep These Wondrous Holiday Light Displays Around the World

Even in 2020, the world is aglow.
December 18, 2020
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falconry

How a Young Eagle Huntress Kicks Butt at a Kazakh Tradition

10-year old Aimoldir Dayanbek is out there beating grown men.
December 4, 2020
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preservation

See America's National Parks—Before They Were National Parks

Landscape photography like this helped create the National Park system.
November 20, 2020
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abstract wonder

A Glimpse of Iran's 'Rainbow Island' From Above

It's easy to see why the island attracts artists and geology lovers.
November 13, 2020
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telephones

Meet the Artist Who Does Extreme Close-Ups of Utility Poles

Rosamond Purcell finds stories, landscapes, and more on their mottled surfaces.
October 16, 2020
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murder

A North Carolina Artist’s Search for a Lost Sound Uncovered a Dark History

Freeman Vines honors a lost Black life with his ‘Hanging Tree Guitars.’
September 29, 2020
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immigration

Capturing Ellis Island's Lost Period

The famous gateway to the United States lay abandoned for years before it was restored.
September 18, 2020
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astronauts

Surprising Objects That Have Been to Space—Some to the Moon—and Back

These little gems are not your typical images of space travel.
August 20, 2020
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masons

Caring for the Soaring Beauty of a Centuries-Old Stone Cathedral

The stonemasons of the Freiburg Minster in southern Germany go to great lengths—and heights.
August 10, 2020
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dark skies

Savor the Sight of Comet NEOWISE From Some Wondrous Places

Our latest celestial visitor has a starring role in some out-of-this-world photos.
July 24, 2020
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abstract wonder

The Brazilian Desert That Turns Into a Thousand Lagoons

These otherworldly landscapes are no mirage.
July 16, 2020
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abstract wonder

The Lingering Legacy of America's First Cookie-Cutter Suburb

Inequality was built-in.
July 10, 2020
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anthropocene

How a 'Flying Photographer' Sees the World From Above

The perspective made George Steinmetz an “accidental environmentalist.”
June 10, 2020
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flowers

Meet the Artist Making Fauna Out of Flora

Raku Inoue is now finding inspiration for his precise, ephemeral works in his backyard.
May 28, 2020
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abstract wonder

China's Water Forests Bring an Artificial Order to Nature

And offer tranquility among "living fossils."
May 25, 2020
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obscura academy

Fun Ways to Get Kids Into Photography

"Invite them to capture the way they see the world."
May 15, 2020
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coronavirus

How a Photographer Recreated Outdoor Adventures With Household Stuff

Think of it as the Great Indoors.
May 8, 2020
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pandemic

Around the Globe, Face Masks Are a Canvas for Creativity

Personal protective equipment can be a source of personal expression.
April 29, 2020
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pandemic

Around the World in Pandemic Street Art

Messages of respect, hope, and frustration have appeared in our largely empty public spaces.
April 16, 2020
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sanitation

The Surreal Sight of Disinfecting Historic Sites

Unsung workers around the world on the front lines of the pandemic fight.
April 9, 2020