Monday, March 26, 2012

Wall Paper

Tannin–rich runoff from Fraser's interior stains the sea in the aftermath of a summer storm.

When chicks are a few weeks old, parents leave them in a crèche and go in search of food, taking turns coming back day and night to feed them. Though watched by a few adults, the young are vulnerable to predators such as dogs and jaguars.

A full moon illuminates the north face of K2. 

Rarely visited, the reefs off Saudi Arabia in the northern Red Sea are some of the most undisturbed in the region. Sunlight penetrates deep into the clear waters, enabling lush gardens of corals to flourish along these wave–washed coasts. 

Quiver trees stand like eerie sentinels under the stars in the Namib Desert. The flowers of these desert–tough varieties of the aloe plant provide nectar for birds and insects. 

Buried under an elevated highway for decades, the Cheonggyecheon stream once again flows in the open air through downtown Seoul. A 3.6–mile–long stretch of the stream was restored in 2005. 

Two sorrels belonging to Buster and Helen Brown have gone AWOL in the snow. 

Ridges of peat and pools of dark, acidic water form a patterned peatland near Moon Point. 

Front-yard floods are routine for fishermen and their families living on islands in the Jamuna River. Known as char dwellers, they have become world-class experts at adapting to whatever life—and a changing climate—throws at them. 

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