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Sacred Land

Patos Island, one of Washington’s San Juan Islands, is part of a thousand-acre national monument created last year by President Barack Obama. Wilderness, a higher form of land protection, covers 350 acres of the San Juans.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

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

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Tip of the Iguana

Not quite as threatening as some sea monsters, a spiny-backed iguana floats by photographer Lorenzo Mittiga in the Bonaire Caves of the Dutch Caribbean.

“There I was, fully equipped with my camera, its underwater housing, and a wide-angle lens, preparing for the final setting of the sun, when a friend interrupted my solitude,” writes Mittiga, a member of our Your Shot community. “He had dived into the water above my head and was swimming around the entrance of the cave, as if to say ‘hello’ to me.”

Mittiga’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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

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Under the Hill

The successors of Roman Emperor Nero largely buried his legacy from view. Beneath the Oppian Hill (at left) the remains of the palace—the Domus Aurea, or Golden House—built by and for Nero are closed to the public. By contrast, the Colosseum receives more than 10,000 visitors a day.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “Rethinking Nero.”

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

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On the Rocks

Greenland’s Inuit survived for generations eating almost nothing but meat in a landscape too harsh for most plants. Today markets offer more variety, but a taste for meat persists.

The 64 residents of the remote east Greenland village of Isortoq, pictured here, still hunt and fish but combine traditional Inuit foods with purchases from the supermarket, the large red building in the foreground. A favorite dish: seal dipped in ketchup and mayonnaise.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “The Evolution of Diet.”

See more of National Geographic’s coverage on the Future of Food »

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

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Hoop Dreams

A performer with Switzerland’s Swiss Dream Circus nimbly twirls hula hoops around her arms and legs. “In Malaysia, it’s really hard to see a circus show … without animals involved,” writes Your Shot member Aizuddin Saad. “When I heard that a group of circus performers was doing a show in Kuala Lumpur, I took a chance to document circus life.”

Saad’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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

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Gila Wilderness

This rugged wilderness was the precursor to the 1964 Wilderness Act. Forty years before the act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, 755,000 acres in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, including the Middle Fork of the Gila River, became the world’s first designated wilderness.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

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

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A Devilish Display

Firecrackers douse raucous revelers in a steady stream of sparks during a celebration of Correfoc, or “fire runs,” in Sant Quintí de Mediona, Spain. A Catalan tradition, the festival features groups of participants known as “devils” running wild among the narrow streets, igniting fireworks along the way.

“The shooting conditions are really dangerous for the photographer,” writes Your Shot photographer Anibal Trejo. “I had to protect myself to avoid burnings, dressing up with long sleeves, protective glasses, a hat, handkerchief, and even gloves.”

Trejo’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment How Close Can You Get?

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

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Knowledge Most Awesome

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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in The Front Page of the Internet

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Tree of Life

Tourists flock to a lone tree along the path of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Built between 122 A.D. and 128 A.D., the wall spans a 73-mile neck of land between the Tyne and the Solway Firth—a solid northern boundary for the entire Roman Empire. It’s often considered the most important relic of Roman rule in Britain.

“I wanted to get the photo without people, but that wasn’t possible,” says photographer Jeff Nelson. “In the end, I feel they give the photo better perspective.”

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

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Spider Hole

“The Dallas Arboretum in Dallas, Texas, is my ‘happy place’ to spend time photographing the flowers and garden critters,” writes Your Shot member Fay Stout. “I was fascinated by the webs covered with water droplets on a low hedge in the Women’s Garden but didn’t immediately see the tiny spiders that were crawling out of the holes in the webs’ centers. When I looked more closely, I saw them and tried to capture one with my macro lens.”

Stout’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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