Flamingos

Pedro Szekely

It is a small and delicate flamingo, approximately 3 feet in height. Its plumage is pale pink, with bright carmine streaks around the neck and on the back. When perched a small amount of black can be seen in the wings. There is bright red skin around the eye. The legs are brick-red and the bill is bright yellow with a black tip. Immature birds are greyish.

James’s Flamingo is similar to other South American flamingoes, but the Chilean Flamingo is pinker, with a longer bill without yellow, and the Andean Flamingo is larger with more black in the wings and bill, and yellow legs.

The James’s Flamingo (Phoenicopterus jamesi), also known as the Puna Flamingo, is a South American flamingo, named for Harry Berkeley James. It breeds on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. It is related to the Andean Flamingo, and the two are often placed in the genus Phoenicoparrus.

Photos Mar 2016

A pedestrian walks through snow covered trees at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Heavy snow and strong winds have shut down some highways and schools in Colorado and canceled flights at Denver's airport.
A pedestrian walks through snow covered trees at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Heavy snow and strong winds have shut down some highways and schools in Colorado and cancelled flights at Denver’s airport.Picture: Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP
Butterflies lap up some orange juice at the Natural History Museum's latest exhibition, Sensational Butterflies in London
Butterflies lap up some orange juice at the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition, Sensational Butterflies in LondonPicture: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph
Hundreds of people line the beach north of the Cocoa Beach Pier in Florida to watch launch of the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft off the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Hundreds of people line the beach north of the Cocoa Beach Pier in Florida to watch the launch of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force StationPicture: Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP
Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's light installation for Art Basel Hong Kong entitled 'Time waterfall' is projected onto the facade of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) (centre) on the Kowloon waterfront
Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima’s light installation for Art Basel Hong Kong entitled Time Waterfall is projected onto the facade of the International Commerce Centre on the Kowloon waterfrontPicture: AFP
Southern azaleas in peak bloom under a canopy of centuries old Live Oak trees covered with Spanish moss on the first day of spring at Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Azaleas in bloom on the first day of spring at Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South CarolinaPicture: Planetpix/Alamy Live News
A performer dressed as a Hello Kitty poses inside a Hello Kitty-themed Taroko Express train in Taipei, Taiwan
A performer dressed as Hello Kitty poses inside a Hello Kitty-themed Taroko Express train in Taipei, TaiwanPicture: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Lightning streaks across the sky over 6th Street during South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Lightning streaks across the sky over 6th Street during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TexasPicture: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP
The newest cruise ship of the Meyer dockyard called 'Ovation of the Seas' sails into the harbor of Hamburg, Germany. The cruise liner will undergo final completion works at the 'Blohm + Voss' shipyard after two years of construction.
The newest cruise ship of the Meyer dockyard called ‘Ovation of the Seas’ sails into the harbor of Hamburg, Germany. The cruise liner will undergo final completion works at the ‘Blohm + Voss’ shipyard after two years of construction.Picture: EPA/DANIEL BOCKWOLDT
Easter bonnet: An adventure into the outdoors for this newly-hatched chick at West Lodge Farm Park at Desborough, Northamptonshire.
Easter bonnet: An adventure into the outdoors for this newly-hatched chick at West Lodge Farm Park in Northamptonshire.Picture: John Robertson

Photo of the Week 2016

Highlining in Yosemite National Park, California

Highlining in Yosemite National Park, California

Photograph by Fred Pompermayer

 

 

Highlining in Tasmania, Australia

 

Highlining in Tasmania, Australia

Photograph by Krystle Wright

 

Kayaking a Waterfall on the Jalacingo River, Veracruz, Mexico

Kayaking a Waterfall on the Jalacingo River, Veracruz, Mexico

Photograph by Jasper Gibson

 Kayaking Off a Glacier in Svalbard, Norway

Kayaking Off a Glacier in Svalbard, Norway

Photograph by Alexandre Socci

Kayaking Over Celestial Falls, White River, Oregon

Kayaking Over Celestial Falls, White River, Oregon

Photograph by Tyler Roemer

Surfers Along the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Surfers Along the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Photograph by Eric Sterman

 

Water Skiing in Maui, Hawaii

Water Skiing in Maui, Hawaii

Photograph by Frederico Pompermayer

 

Self-Portrait While Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Self-Portrait While Skiing in the Canadian Rockies

Photograph by Paul Zizka

 

 

Russia’s Psychedelic Salt Mines

When you think of a mine, you may picture grimy, black soot and sickening dust. But the walls of Berezniki, Russia’s sylvinite mine hold layers of red, blue and orange. The rainbow walls are created by potassium-rich sylvinite deposits that formed millions of years ago, when ancient underground oceans dried up, leaving beind rock and salts.

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Sylvinite is found on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica, National Geographic reported. It is an important component in potash, and is widely used in crop fertilizers.

Photographer Viktor Lyagushkin ventured into the mine to photograph the psychedelic underground world and the daily work of the miners.

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“The miners work in one of the most beautiful places in the world, which they created themselves, but they have no time to see and understand how stunning the mine is,” Lyagushkin told weather.com. “They see just the darkness and dust in the light of their torches and driving light. When I did my photo shooting, I [was] looking for the best spots and I asked miners where was the most beautiful place in the mines, and they answered that all the places looked equally ugly. When they saw the resulting photographs, they were overwhelmed.”

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Lyagushkin said that every minute he spent in the mine cost the company about $4,000, as the heading machine, which cuts nearly 10 tons of ore in one minute, could not be used in his presence for safety reasons.

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One ton of ore costs about $400. However, he was allowed to continue his process for hours because even Uralkali, the company that owns the mine, had no idea how colorful the walls of the mine were until they saw Lyagushkin’s photos.

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While the photographer is inspired by the stunning rock formations, he admits that the life of a miner is not an easy one.

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While the photographer is inspired by the stunning rock formations, he admits that the life of a miner is not an easy one.

“They have good money, their salaries are very high, their families and children have everything they need. On the other hand, it is very hard work. There is a driver of a heading machine in one of my photographs. He is about 40, but hard work and rock dust [aged his skin] and made him look like an elderly man.”

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A pyramid of salt is gathered in the sylvinite mine in Berezniki, Russia.

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Caked sylvinite ore is sawed and loaded for transport.

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Jungle

A delicate waterfall in Mauritius

PHOTOGRAPH BY VICTORIA KOMAREVYCH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Picture of a waterfall in Mauritius

 

 

Picture of a hiker in the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam
A Jungle Down There

PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHIAS HAUSER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT
A hiker is dwarfed by the massive proportions of Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam. It is more than two miles long and, at some places, more than 600 feet high. Where the ceiling has collapsed, allowing sunlight to spill in, vegetation grows heartily.

Picture of a hiker in the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam

Kookiest Roads

By Weather.com

Hitting the open road with the top down has been a sign of freedom for generations — but for many, faster is not better. According to recent survey by Expedia, more than 30 million people are expect to take road trips over Memorial Day weekend, and about 62 percent of those people preferring taking the “the scenic route.”

If beautiful coastlines and brilliant sunsets start to get tiresome, check out these kooky roads.

Stelvio Pass has been called one of the world’s most dangerous roads, but it is absolutely breathtaking. Located on the border of Italy and Switzerland in the Alps, the winding road has an estimated 48 hairpin turns. It’s considered the fourth largest paved road in Europe, and the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps.

The Hanshin Expressway in Osaka, Japan brings new meaning to the term drive-through. The highway goes right through the 16-story Gate Tower Building. The property’s owners reportedly planned a redevelopment of the building in the 1980s, but was halted because an overpass was already approved. The property owners didn’t want to sell the land, so it took five years of negotiations to agree that to build a tunnel through the high-rise.

Don’t even think about bringing a manual car for this drive. Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand holds the title for the world’s steepest road.

This one is not for the faint of heart. Yungas Road in Bolivia is a beautiful — but deadly — drive. It’s considered one the the most dangerous roads in the world, and has been nicknamed “death road.”

Travelers drive through the rainforest on a single-lane winding road with no guard rails. The road has recently gained popularity among cyclist looking for the thrill of a lifetime.

Uphill drivers have the right of way on this road. It’s up to cars going downhill to yield and scoot to the outside, so that other cars can pass safely. It’s been estimated that the road is only about 10 feet wide.

Lombard Street in San Francisco one of the world’s most crooked streets, and it’s been enchanting the city’s dwellers since the 1920s.

The residential road features eight quick hairpin turns that is said to be designed to reduce speed of cars going down. The one-way street is rarely closed, so tourists can drive down anytime. However, it’s probably easier to take a trolley to the top of the street — cars must line up on a steep hill before going down.

Traffic jams are not an tourist attraction, but 9 de Avenue Julio is a sight to see. The world’s widest street is located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Named in honor of the country’s independence day, the avenue has up to nine lanes in each direction.

Don’t get dizzy trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout in Swindon, U.K. This busy intersection has five mini roundabouts that are connected together — Dramamine not included.

This road is literally carved out of a mountain. Guoliang Tunnel connects villagers in the remote Taihang Mountain with the outside world.

Drivers can get a glimpse of the scenery from the “windows.”

Ebenezer Place in Wick, Scotland may be better for walking than driving. It holds the Guinness World Record for shortest street. At 6 feet 9 inches, the road has only one address — No 1 Bistro at Mackays Hotel. The hotel was build by Alexander Sinclair in 1883, and was instructed by the city council to name the short street at the end of the building. Ebenezer Place appeared in the town’s record in 1887.

Summer Sunsets

By Linda Lam

Sunset in Lido Beach, Fla.

Vibrant sunset in California City, Calif.

Sunset after storms over the Umpqua River on the Pacific coast of Oregon.

Sun dips to the horizon in Montego Bay.

Pink billows in the sky over Bachman Lake near Dallas, Texas.

Vibrant orange fills the sky in Oak Island, N.C.

Gorgeous end to the evening in Bayfield, Wisc.