First Light

Photographer Theerasak Saksritawee submitted this photo of birds taking flight in a golden sky over Taiwan’s National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The memorial, dedicated to the former president of the Republic of China, includes gardens, ponds, and this sprawling plaza, a popular spot for national celebrations. 
Reblogged from National Geographic

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Just another day at the health spa

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A struggle to navigate a mud-bogged road in China’s Yunnan province turned out to be a photo opportunity for Your Shot member Attila Balogh when a curious water buffalo calf studied his lens. “We were driving down a supposedly province-level highway,” he writes. “As it turned out, it was an unpaved road. June is rainy there, so we had a very difficult trip, with small lakes forming in the middle of the road, where we had to stop to [determine] if we [could] pass with our tiny car. At one of these stops we came across this water buffalo family … taking a dip in the deep mud at the roadside. They were practically immobile and very relaxed. I took out my fish-eye lens and slowly walked up to the calf, who was very interested in the shiny thing in my hand—his nose was about two centimeters from the lens.”

Reblogged from National Geographic