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Return to Nature

During World War I, the deadlock of trench warfare led both the French and German sides to tunnel beneath enemy positions. Here, the scars of artillery barrages still pockmark the ruins of a fort at Chemin des Dames, France, where some 30,000 French troops died during ten days in April 1917. Underground, French and German forces tried to penetrate each other’s tunnels, sometimes fighting hand to hand in pitch-black passageways.

See more pictures from the August 2014 feature story “The Hidden World of the Great War.”

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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Celebration

Local children wave flags to celebrate Victory Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a plane passes overhead. Victory Day, which occurs each year on December 16, honors the victory of the Allied High Command over Pakistani forces in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Spotted

A leopard gingerly crosses the branch of an acacia tree in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. “We were almost back to camp when someone in our party spotted this solitary leopard from well over a hundred meters,” writes Your Shot member Logan Watts. “As we slowly approached, it seemed relaxed and began to move up a branch in profile. The dappled foliage and powerful limbs of the acacia paired with the spotted muscular pose of the cat seemed fitting for black and white.”

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Standing Guard

The Stones of Stenness may be Britain’s most ancient stone circle. Erected during the Stone Age on the Orkney Islands at the northern tip of modern-day Scotland, the stones likely formed part of a larger complex linked by religious ritual.

See more pictures from the August 2014 feature story “Before Stonehenge.”

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in The Front Page of the Internet

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in The Front Page of the Internet

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Gold Dust

Pollen dusts the petals of a flower in Galway, Ireland, in this close-up by Your Shot member Kinga Sztok. “What I love about macro photography is that it reveals the amazing details that are not visible to the naked eye, or things we’re too busy to notice each day,” writes Sztok.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Shades of Green

Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, takes on an ethereal quality in the light of a streetlamp, emanating deep hues of jade and emerald. “It reminds me of somewhere magical out of a fairy-tale story, a small piece of tranquility in the middle of a bustling city,” writes Luke Aveil, a contributor to Your Shot. Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, the gardens receive over two million visitors each year.

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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Surf and Turf

A surfer rides a wave as it crashes onto the shore at Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia, giving the ocean an otherworldly appearance. Palm Beach, a northern suburb of Sydney, is home to two Surf Life Saving clubs—one dating back to 1921.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Family Time at Gombe

The oldest chimp in Gombe and undisputed matriarch of the S family, Sparrow, a 56-year-old female (second from the right, looking up) and two generations of offspring enjoy a tight-knit grooming session. “Sparrow is a tough old bird,” observes Carson Murray, who followed her for several seasons. “She raises strong, competent daughters,” Murray says, “but her sons are mama’s boys.”

See more pictures from the August 2014 feature story “Gombe Family Album.”

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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