Photo by @joepetersburger // FROM THE FLOWERBED // I was invited to La Palma Island, Canary Islands to hold a #presentation about my main message: „travel less, discover your backyard”. Beside showing award-winning photos from my neighborhood, I took pictures on site. Without any preparation and local knowledge, I had some really exciting shots. Like this one about a red-veined #darter #female #dragonfly (Sympetrum fonscolombii) perching on a twig. This twig was just couple steps away from the museum I presented! No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #earthfocus #simple #macro #macrophotography #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #canaryislands #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #lapalma

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"Spring in Weinheim, Germany often passes in the blink of an eye; you fall asleep in winter, and when you wake up the next day summer has already swooped in the door. When I took this photo, I stood under the tree and thought of how grateful I am to live near a place like this. For me, photography isn’t about seeking beauty elsewhere; it’s about discovering the beauty that already exists beneath your own two feet, and distilling that beauty into an image. . As I write this, spring has arrived in Weinheim — for now at least — and it has brought with it the anticipation of new life. A fleeting and fragile green bud and stem that can’t be rushed — only appreciated. I have a small son, and as he grows older, I plan to take him to this tree each spring and teach him to see the beauty in front of him. If I can do that, I can only imagine how the world beyond Weinheim will appear to him when he’s ready to explore it." . Photo credit goes to @hatcat_photography for this amazing image and story, and a big thanks to @alamorentacar for joining us for #TPSMySpring. Lastly, thanks to everyone who shared their springtime stories and images with us!

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Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Arctic tern in aggressive posture – This image was taken as part of a commission that I worked on many years ago for the National Trust. I had special permission to land early on the larger of the Farne Islands, Inner Farne before the packed tourist boats began to arrive. Part of the unique experience of these islands is that upon landing you then have to make your way up the boardwalk which takes you through the arctic tern colony. These birds are notoriously protective of their territories and in a scene almost reminiscent of the birds all of the tourists are flown at and pecked as they wander through the colony. On many occasions I have seen terrified young children arrive on the island in floods of tears, doubtless left with a lifelong fear of birds, such is the aggressive nature of these beautiful birds. Under the watchful eye of the warden David Steel I was able to spend some time alone working with these birds and so all of their ire was directed solely at me. The time that I with them spent was extremely brief but part of their defensive strategy, as well as pecking at ones head with their needle sharp beaks is to defecate on any interloper as well. In no time at all I was covered in faeces with one particularly accurate bird even managing to defecate in my mouth. Having never eaten meat in the 20 years previously I can still remember the distinctive fishy taste of that runny, white liquid so for anyone who thinks that the life of a wildlife photographer is glamourous then think again! 😀 Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #arctictern #farneislands #nationaltrust #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #educateandinspire #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #donoharm #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez (@salvarezphoto) The glory of public land is that it belongs to all of us! Right now the Department of the Interior is reviewing National Monument designation for 26 monuments. They are doing it with an eye to roll back or eliminate protection for much of our public land. Research has shown that anytime public land is given to the states it results in less protection and limited public access. The Bears Ears -where this photo was made- is on the top of the chopping block. The Bears Ears contains over 100,000 archeological sites. The Monument was developed with extensive local consultation and a groundbreaking coalition of Native American Tribal Governments. Lend your voice with a letter to the Department of the Interior or a phone call 202-208-7351 The Comment period ends tomorrow. #bearsears #monumentsforall #keepitpublic

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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // RISING KING // #kingfisher #male emerging with #fish from the #water. They still amaze me, how large fish they can catch and carry. Just compare the size of this fish with the bird... Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @thephotosociety @canonusa @canonuk #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #capture #moment #educateandinspire #findbeautyeveryday #Romania #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #1frame4nature #danube

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Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho @natgeo – This is the rare and delicate Bolander’s Lily, found only in the mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California - and nowhere else in the world. This is just one of a vast number of plant species unique to this ecoregion, considered one of North America's most botanically rich. This level of biodiversity was behind the creation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000, and expansion in 2017. Now, just months later, this monument is under review by the Trump Administration to assess whether they should remain in their current form and size. All this week, I am posting images from some of the monuments on that review list, to help inform the discussion and to encourage readers to weigh in on the process. If you care about places like this, and value their continued protection, make your voice heard at the Dept. of Interior public comment page: #siskyiou #nationalmonuments #biodiversity

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Photo by @jeff_gusky// Nearby this underground French WWI chapel are stairs leading directly up to the trenches. Soldier would stop by this chapel, pray and then ascend the stairs to fight knowing that many of them would never return to the relative safety of the underground. This photograph is part of an 18 month exhibition of my work on The Hidden World of World War I at The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC #history #hiddenwwi #wwi #hidden #smithsonian #Europe #France

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