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  • Sparks Fly

    National Geographic Photo of the Day
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Your Shot member Steve Bradburn used wire wool and a long exposure to create this fiery effect in Salcombe, England. Above, stars wheel in the night sky. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
  • “Return to Paradise” Film Premiere in Palau on Earth Day

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    Maggie Hines
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    It was standing room only by the time the film got rolling on Earth Day last Wednesday night for the premier screening of “Return to Paradise” at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center in Koror, Palau. The President, ministers, governors, women’s network members, families, tourists and other members of the Palauan community packed the house in anticipation for the unveiling of the movie. President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. presents the Pristine Seas team with a certificate of appreciation for their support of Palau’s 2015 Earth Day events. The Earth Day Committee planned a lively…
  • Adventure 101: Surfing Costa Rica

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    Intelligent Travel
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Surfers and wannabes have been flocking to Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province since the film The Endless Summer 2—documentarian Bruce Brown’s follow-up to his 1966 surf classic—popularized it two decades ago. The region, on the country’s northwestern coast, is a meteorological sweet spot between the northern and southern swells generated in the Pacific. “Nowhere on Earth has as many surf-able days each year as Guanacaste, and the waves rarely get over a few feet,” says Ru Hill, founder of Surf Simply, an instructional resort outside of Nosara. “So while you won’t find many…
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    National Geographic Photo of the Day

  • Sparks Fly

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Your Shot member Steve Bradburn used wire wool and a long exposure to create this fiery effect in Salcombe, England. Above, stars wheel in the night sky. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
  • Boatman of Mathura

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    While taking pictures of Hindu holy men in the Indian city of Mathura—birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna—Your Shot member Andrew Louis Kleynhans came across a boatman on the Yamuna River who asked to have his picture taken. To get this angle Kleynhans got on his stomach in the boat’s stern, his feet dangling in the water. “In the end ... the boatman was very happy with his image,” he writes. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
  • A Stretch of Luck

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Red lanterns create a decorative canopy during the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, a significant holiday during which millions of Chinese travel home to be with family. In China the color red traditionally symbolizes good fortune and is said to bring happiness and prosperity. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
  • The Fiercest Form

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    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A young girl’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman, “the fiercest form,” evoked in participants’ expressions. The festival is held every year in the village of Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu, India. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
  • Christmas in Kolkata

    ABIR
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Families celebrate under a corridor of twinkle lights on Christmas Eve in Kolkata’s Bow Barracks. “This auspicious occasion is celebrated in a very colorful way,” writes Abir Choudhury, a member of our Your Shot community. “I [tried] to highlight them with black and white.” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
 
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  • “Return to Paradise” Film Premiere in Palau on Earth Day

    Maggie Hines
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    It was standing room only by the time the film got rolling on Earth Day last Wednesday night for the premier screening of “Return to Paradise” at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center in Koror, Palau. The President, ministers, governors, women’s network members, families, tourists and other members of the Palauan community packed the house in anticipation for the unveiling of the movie. President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. presents the Pristine Seas team with a certificate of appreciation for their support of Palau’s 2015 Earth Day events. The Earth Day Committee planned a lively…
  • “Things R Elephant”: Heated Debate in Kenya Gets to the Heart of What It Will Take to Save the Species

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    27 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    By Paula Kahumbu In Kenya, when you hear that “Things are Elephant,” it means there’s a major problem. That’s why we chose this as the title for the first ever debate of its kind, organized by WildlifeDirect, on the future of elephants. On the afternoon of April 25, in a school hall in Nairobi, two highly charged teams—who had traded emotional Tweets the days before—went head to head. The only thing they agreed on was the need to save elephants. The need to save our elephants has never been greater: Only today, in Thailand, three tons of illegal ivory from Kenya was seized at a…
  • Deaf Priorities in Cambodia: Planning for the Future

    Erin Moriarty Harrelson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — By the end of the day, the lime green wall was covered with fluttering pieces of white copy paper, some with expressive drawings, others with words in Khmer script. Some of the paper was taped together in groups based on their thematic content. Tired participants sat in clusters, some checking Facebook, others chatting with friends from distant provinces they hadn’t seen in some time. It was a long but important day for deaf people in Cambodia. On Tuesday, participants from three of the NGOs serving signing deaf people in Cambodia, Deaf Development Programme, Epic…
  • Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest in Samburu

    Paul Steyn
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    While on a game drive in the Samburu National Reserve in north-central Kenya, we came across a leopard relaxing in the forked branches of a tree on the banks of the muddy Ewaso Nyiro River. She was fast asleep in the branches, and after some time photographing the lazy feline, we prepared to move on. But just as we started the Land Cruiser, the leopard stood up and began to stretch on her perch. “Let’s wait a bit to see what she does,” said our guide, Jacob, from the nearby Sasaab Lodge, where I was staying for the weekend. The leopard made the usual sleepy cat…
  • Elephants on the Ground, Bats in the Sky, and Rivers Running Underground

    Theresa Laverty
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    One of our netting sites is on the Huab River, where Archie and I perched unnoticed above a family of seven elephants on the rocks above the pool. (Photo by Theresa Laverty) Finding water isn’t the easiest when studying in a hot desert. Ironically, we’re here studying waterways specifically, and how their seasonal activity affects one of Africa’s less-often-considered animal groups: the bats. An Afternoon With the Ellies Our first day on the Huab River went great. We turned upstream from the gravel road and found a huge pool of water a few kilometers later. Archie Gawusab,…
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    Intelligent Travel

  • Adventure 101: Surfing Costa Rica

    Intelligent Travel
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Surfers and wannabes have been flocking to Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province since the film The Endless Summer 2—documentarian Bruce Brown’s follow-up to his 1966 surf classic—popularized it two decades ago. The region, on the country’s northwestern coast, is a meteorological sweet spot between the northern and southern swells generated in the Pacific. “Nowhere on Earth has as many surf-able days each year as Guanacaste, and the waves rarely get over a few feet,” says Ru Hill, founder of Surf Simply, an instructional resort outside of Nosara. “So while you won’t find many…
  • The Continuing Glow of Vietnam

    Intelligent Travel
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    By Andrew Lam Twenty years ago, I stepped onto a Hanoi street and into darkness. The electricity was out, and clouds obscured moonlight. The faint smell of incense wafted in the air, and I saw shadows flitting about and red dots spinning in circles on the streets. My eyes adjusted: Local bicyclists had tied burning joss sticks onto their bikes’ spokes as a way to avoid one another. The heart of Vietnam had turned into a phantasmagorical temple, full of ghosts. That Hanoi, that city shrouded in incense and shadows, is but a distant memory. Now neon lights up the night. Forty years after…
  • Adventure 101: Climbing in the Colorado Rockies

    Avery Stonich
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Rocky Mountain National Park is an ideal alpine playground, complete with sheer rock walls, steep couloirs, and craggy peaks—everything a budding climber needs to cut his or her teeth. Climbing is a surefire way to get intimate with the park. Searching for handholds on a granite slab, swinging an ice axe into a frozen flow, or kicking steps up a snowy slope, you transform from a mere observer to become part of the landscape itself. And, as as a result, you can find deep inner tranquility. Take it from Enos A. Mills, the father of Rocky Mountain National Park: “Among the serene and…
  • Travel Lens: Anthony Bourdain’s World

    Hannah Sheinberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    Television host, author, and former executive chef Anthony Bourdain has licked his plate clean all over the world, from soup dumplings in Shanghai to piranhas in Peru. The New York City native’s CNN show, Parts Unknown, heads to locales such as South Korea, Madagascar, and Scotland during its fifth season, which debuts April 26. Bourdain’s busy in his hometown, too: he plans to open an Asian-style hawker market in Manhattan this fall. Here’s a look at the world through his unique lens (and appetite): Hannah Sheinberg: In your opinion, what’s the world’s most underrated…
  • I Heart My National Park: Olympic

    I Heart My National Park
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding scenery, the United Nations has declared Olympic both an international biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site. Barb Maynes knew she wanted to work for the National Park Service when she was just 13, owing to a chance run-in with a kindly ranger at the Grand Canyon who took time…
 
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