Stairway – Musée du Louvre
Sassafras tree trunks, Bluff Point State Park. I've always been fascinated by the strange, twisted forms of sassafras groves.
Birth of a Common Tern
A sequence (on Flickr) of photos of a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) hatching from its egg. Shot in 1981 when I was a volunteer on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tern banding project on Falkner Island, off Guilford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
When you look at a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in isolation it looks boldly-striped—the antithesis of what you'd expect from an animal trying to blend into its background. But in natural settings the black-and-white stripes work very effectively to break up the silhouette of the bird, making it surprisingly hard to spot against the background. At Hammonsasset ...
Great Blue Heron
“Your sigh, I am told, is like the sound of rain driven against tower bells. You smell like wild ginger. When you lift your foot from the river, water doesn't run off it to spoil the transparent surface of the shallows. The water hesitates to offend you.” —Barry Lopez, The Search for the Heron, River ...
Now you know why their toes are so long. Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida.
The City of Light
Swing band, Pont Saint-Louis, Paris. The band pictured here is wonderful: SwingInParis. More Paris pictures from last year's visit.
A year-old Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeds on schools of Atlantic Herring (Clupae harengus) and Sand Lance (Ammodytes americanus) on Stellwagen Bank, just north of Race Point on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The birds are Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) of various ages.