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The sky is fascinating. Just above our heads is a dynamic river of ever-changing complexity, and somehow nature can take this chaos and create beautiful clouds and weather phenomena—some peaceful and calm, others terrifyingly destructive. A supercell thunderstorm twists its way through the atmosphere, bringing damaging winds and baseball-sized hail to Leoti, Kansas. For the
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Inuit sacred site, Siberian Russian Far East. In ancient times, the Inuit would gather on special occasions, often after killing a whale, and use the long whale bones to erect a tent with fur hides of killed animals. Inside, they would build fires against the bitter cold of the Arctic and have sacred drum dances.
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A scientist walks along the edge of a melt pond in the Arctic Ocean to take a water sample. My eye was immediately drawn to the strong landscape composition made by the ice “island” in the melt pond. I anticipated the scientist’s route and started shooting as she walked into the frame. Photo credit: Woods
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Needles Overlook above Indian Creek Canyon, Utah. Another example of why you want to wait for a turbulent weather pattern before you head into the field. The summer monsoon season on the Colorado Plateau always presents great opportunities for dynamic compositions, but I certainly couldn’t have imagined my luck when I watched this rainbow appear
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It’s cold, and I’m shivering under the dark night sky. Out of breath from hiking up the mountain above 9,000 feet elevation, I set up my camera for a shot. I enjoy creating compositions of the night sky; composition is my favorite aspect of photography. I choose a horizontal view to include the arch of
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I shot most of this project with a longer lens, but to create a more immersive feeling in this image, I used a 24mm equivalent. I was initially focused on the beautiful sky, but by using a wider lens and a 13-second exposure, I was able to frame the image to softly reflect the brilliant
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Autumn in the Canadian Rockies is brief but dramatic; the leaves change seemingly overnight. When you live in the Canadian Rockies, where autumn is best measured in days not weeks, chasing fall colors can be a challenge. Driving through Canmore with an eager group of photographers last year on day one of a seven-day autumn
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Our group had landed a prime campsite just across the Colorado River from Deer Creek Fall, and we weren’t about to let a little rain dampen our spirits. The rain continued as I spread my tarp, assembled my cot and looked skyward for relief. While the sun was still buried in dark clouds, a patch
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“Prairie rats.” “A nuisance to farmers, ranchers, developers.” “Overpopulated.” Does the prairie dog really deserve this reputation? A prairie dog takes a strong stance on its burrow. This prairie dog’s colony was relocated out of the way of development in Fort Collins, Colorado. These fluffy, charismatic animals play a complex and important role in the
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Burnt trees line the Bruthen-Buchan Road, south of Buchan, Victoria. Over 30 million acres burned during Australia’s 2019-2020 summer of hell. That’s 12 times the recent Amazon fires and more extensive than ever before in recorded history. The intensity (how much heat was generated) and the severity (the amount of damage to vegetation) were both
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A tricolored heron inches toward the muddy shores that a rival snowy egret has claimed for the afternoon. I lift my lens through my car’s sunroof and take aim. The mid-afternoon sun perfectly silhouettes them in the silvery water. Suddenly, the snowy egret takes off with a flurry of motion toward the tricolored heron. The
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After finally witnessing a total solar eclipse and declaring it the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, I started hearing people say things like, “Wait until you see the northern lights.” So when fellow pro photographer Don Smith and I planned an Iceland photo trip to prepare for our upcoming photo workshop, we chose January
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Arrow Dynamic. The relationship that sand verbena have with dunes is truly remarkable. Somehow this hostile, wind-blasted environment is exactly where the delicate pink blossoms thrive. As someone who spends most of her time in wilderness environments, I felt a strong affinity for the small, vulnerable plant toughing it out in an inhospitable area. Not
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It really is true that most of an iceberg is underwater. The ship pitches and rolls among the swells that send sea spray high into the air as the metal prow slaps against the water. My eyes are fixed straight ahead, straining to see the horizon, lost in the endless span of blue-white. An albatross
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You never realize how the pieces of your life are fitting together as it’s happening. Then one day, you find yourself swimming through a world-class wave making photos of the world’s best surfers, and you take stock of how you got there. So many little things in my life, from where I was born to
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The University of California Santa Cruz sits nestled amongst towering redwood trees, flanked by maritime chaparral, oak savannas and coastal wetlands teeming with life. It was here, while falling in love with the rich biodiversity of this place, that I began my career in conservation photography. In the classroom, I studied how animal behavior is
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In the springtime, R Lazy S ranch and surrounding Jackson Hole valley erupt in multiple tones of vibrant green. The sliding glass door in my parents’ room began to rattle, bowing and flexing inward toward their bed. Champ, their elderly Australian Shepard and lover of all animals, let out an uncharacteristic growl that turned into
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