Nick Zantop

Forest Gem

Forest Gem

Woodside, California

Photograph by Nick Zantop      Oregon Beaked Moss (Eurhynchium oreganum) is seen here in the early evening light as the last hour of golden sunlight illuminates the forest.  Mosses are an often overlooked, but extremely important part of coastal forest ecosystems, preventing erosion by buffering the soil against rain and runoff. Moss absorbs and temporarily […]

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Polar Sunset

Polar Sunset

Polar Sunset, Dovre Kommune, Norway Photograph by Ola Dration Polar sunset on the Miho mountain, Dovre kommune, Central Norway. The sun stays in the sky almost all night in early July so it almost as light as at the daytime.

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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, United States Photograph by Nick Zantop      Frozen in time since the Late Triassic, a lone petrified log rests in the sand of Petrfied Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona. Petrified Forest National Park is famed for its fossils, particularly those of fallen trees that grew about […]

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Wilderness Stream

Wilderness Stream

Wilderness Stream, Near Lake Ann, Wenatchee National Forest, Washington Photograph by Megan Weber   A stream trickles down from the stunning Lake Ann in the Teanaway Wilderness of Wenatchee National Forest in Washington state. Wenatchee National Forest has an area of 1,735,394 aces, extending for approximately 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range.   […]

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Dragonfly Hide & Seek

Dragonfly Hide & Seek

Dragonfly Hide & Seek, Satara, Maharashtra, India Photograph by Raj Dhage    This dragonfly seems to be playing hide and seek, hiding behind a small twig. It was photographed with a Nikon D90 at 200 ISO, f/5.6 and a 1/30 second exposure.    

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Bombylius

Bombylius

Bombylius, Cervelló, Barcelona, Spain Photograph by Pepi Martin Calero Bombylius major, the large bee fly, is a bee mimic. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs.  

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