Good morning everyone. Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. I’ve been suffering a lot this past week with my Fibromyalgia and M/E, so I’ve been in quite a bit of pain, to the point where I’ve had to use two hot water bottles to try and help ease the pain. One thing that did lift my spirits was having a Face-Time with Kim, Chris & Isaac, we had a really long chat which was lovely and definitely lifted my mood and made me forget about the pain (even if it was just for a little while). 😄
Today’s post is about National Geographic Day, it’s a day for us to pay tribute to the incredible National Geographic Magazine. The magazine has been going strong for many years now; over three decades! It originally contains articles about world culture, history, geography, and science. It is known for having a glossy format, a rectangular and bright yellow border, and some of the most incredible and dramatic photographs , and here are 20 of them…
Somalis on a beach
Somalis on a beach in Djibouti wave mobile phones to pick up service from a phone tower in neighboring Somalia. To stay in contact with family and friends back home, they buy SIM cards on the black market.
Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. It’s the third largest in the world, behind New Zealand’s Frying Pan Lake and Dominica’s Boiling Lake.
The Callanish Stones rise from the ground in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Construction of the site took place between 2900 and 2600 B.C., and the monument’s overall layout recalls a distorted Celtic cross.
The green-tinged Cascade Room leads divers deeper into Dan’s Cave on Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtles
Once or twice a month during Costa Rica’s rainy season, female olive ridley sea turtles come ashore by the tens of thousands and lay eggs in a mass nesting event known as an arribada. Hatchlings begin emerging about 45 days later.
Clay, Daniel, and Enzo
Clay, Daniel, and Enzo, three of 39 tigers rescued from an animal park in Oklahoma, gather at a pool at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. These cats will live out their lives here, with proper nutrition and vet care.
The Marble Caves of Patagonia
Over 6,200 years, the huge marble deposits on the edge of the General Carrerra Lake have been worn away by the water, creating caves, tunnels, and huge columns of pure marble. Marble at the surface of the water dissolved the fastest as the water penetrated small cracks, widening them into fractures which were gradually worn away. The result is a marble maze just above the water level, and some islands including the famous ‘marble cathedral’ and the ‘marble chapel’.
Sunrise over the Erta Ale lava lake
Sunrise over the Erta Ale lava lake created a dramatic dichotomy between the power and intimidation of the angry volcano and the childlike innocence of a dancing stick-figure. The spewing and showering of molten lava, the charred, cracking of the newly formed black basalt, and the fiery sunset within the sulfuric haze created for a dramatic, ethereal experience akin to a “gateway to hell.” The volcano had erupted only three weeks before this image was taken.
A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America.
Color show in the sky of Tuyajto Lagoon. Located in the Atacama Desert, Chile, this place is a spectacle of nature. The pond floor is formed by salt. The small formations are due to action of microorganisms that for thousands of years feed on the nutrients present there.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
The photo was taken at 11pm on a night of full moon at Iguazu Falls, Brazil. The moonlight and the spray from the falls created this magical sight of a rainbow at night.
A School Of Barracudas
A battery of barracudas circle a diver in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea.
Kyrill Vselensky poses atop the main tower of Moscow University while Dima Balashov photographs him. The two 24-year-old Russians are “skywalkers,” a group of roof-climbing thrill seekers who document their death-defying escapades for their large social media audience.
Every year during late March, Tokyo’s beloved cherry blossoms burst from the boughs. But the breathtaking display is short-lived. Here, fallen petals create pink swirls on the river below.
Old And New
When it opened in 2016, King Power MahaNakhon was the tallest skyscraper in Thailand. In a marriage of eras, it stands behind the brightly lit Grand Palace, built in 1782.
The original caption for this photo, published in December 1941, boasted that the drive-in movie screen was 53 feet wide. The picture was part of a story examining the role of American roads in times of war and peace.
National Geographic photographer Robert Sisson set out to find a way to preserve the shape of snowflakes, long after they melted. He succeeded, using a form of casting, and captured the results—which appeared in the January 1970 issue.
As an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sand-hill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River.
Ruins Of Worship
Twilight bathes the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at Delphi. Pilgrims in ancient Greece may have offered sacrifices here before consulting the oracle of Delphi.
Yosemite National Park
On a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.
Thank you for reading my blog. Until next Wednesday, I hope you all mange to enjoy the rest of the week!