National Geographic has countless superb images, so it’s my pleasure to do another post sharing their superlative photographs with you all. While my last post focused more on landscapes, this time I’m concentrating on the wide array of animals their photographers have captured. Do you have a favourite? What makes it stand out?
My current desktop background. This photograph by Joel Sartore captures sandhill cranes as they pause to fatten up on corn waste, worms and other food on their spring flight from Mexico and the southern US.
An all-over protective halo for this blacktip reef shark in the Maldives, courtesy of Paul Wilkinson. I think the surrounding fish can hear the Jaws music too.
Who can’t love this (24-carrot gold) parrot photograph taken at the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden?
Named the Blue-tongued Skink after its most obvious feature, which is used to ward off potential enemies. The (rather brave) Kathy Parker got close enough to the menacing looking creature in South Australia to share its most notorious trait.
Befitting an image of joy and excitement, springboks have increased in number to some 160,000 since the 1980s. This fantastic photograph was taken by Frans Lanting in the Sperrgebiet National Park.
I’m guessing this shy gecko, surrounded by the ridges of a palm frond, isn’t named Gordon. It’s certainly a similar shade to Kermit mind.
Thanks to the wonderful vision of Mark W. Maffett, we are able to see the cactus bee pollinate a barrel cactus in Tucson Arizona.
Stunning photos (as always). Personally I’m with the shark!
It is sea royalty. It is being given a sort of fish police escort 😉
Love the school of fish giving the reef shark a wide berth. Wise decision! 😃
And they outnumber it so much as well haha.
Sea Turtles…. my favorite!
I looked at its expression and I keep thinking it was sceptical/suspicious. The parrot was sneezing I believe 😉
awwww~ a sneezing parrot– cute.
Aww bless 🙂
Excellent choice for your desktop background, my fav! These shots are just fabulous… Right there at the right moment.
Thanks 🙂 I’m going to get rid of a few icons to appreciate it fully.
The palette in your desktop background makes it the winner for me
What a lovely thing to say. What’s on yours?
Mine’s a picture of granddaughter Alice walking across shingle on seashore
Those can be the nicest ones 🙂
You should see the ones I left out! I’ll definitely have to do a third one now 🙂
Gorgeous! Love these posts. 🙂
Thanks. I wanted a range of cute and cuddly to striking and sinister.
Oh that lizard with the blue tongue is adorable!
I didn’t see it as adorable haha but I do like how you look at things 🙂
Wow mate some of these look incredible. I think I used a pic from your site before for my PC background, but I had to format my computer and reinstall Windows. Do you have full-res versions of these pics?? I love to use one for my background, especially that green one with the little lizard
Send me your email and I’ll send you over what I have
sweet mate, that’d be awesome
dodd (dot) jordan (at) gmail (dot) com
Check your email 🙂
thanks mate! 🙂
the parrot is my favourite 🙂 why? I love birds in general, think they’re beautiful and full of character.
True. And if you talk to them intelligently, they’ll be intelligent back 😉
I was listening to a green woodpecker all weekend! I couldn’t see him in the maze of trees though 😦 I get lots of wildlife where I live, I hear the cuckoo regularly too.
It was probably peckish 😉
Yes I imagine so!
Nice! Parrot for the win!
It is totally rocking that pose!
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I hear the Jaws music everytime I get into the water, the pool too 🙂
I’m humming it right now in fact.
That movie scarred me for life Alex!
It was scary! Especially when the skull came out of the dark water. I still jumped the second time. The book was very enjoyable too.