The Shortcut

A surfer exits a beach cave into the open ocean off Piha Beach, New Zealand. “This shortcut allows the surfers to land directly in the line-up without paddling through all the waves,” explains Your Shot photographer Yohan Dumortier explains. “This spot is also known to be very dangerous due to unpredictable currents.”
Reblogged from National Geographic

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Simply Irresistible

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A New Zealand silvereye stretches toward a Puya alpestris, a dramatically colored flowering plant that is native to Chile and very attractive to nectar-sipping bird species. “When the flowers bloom, the silvereye is intoxicated. I spent a delightful afternoon capturing [images of] these fleeting birds at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand,” writes Your Shot community member Chew Yen Fook, who shared this photo.

Reblogged from National Geographic