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  • June 11, 2014

Photo of the Day: Best of May

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Alexa Keefe

Birds, beasts, and a magical moment or two—all scenes that came across the Photo of the Day transom in May. With the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest in full swing and the ongoing contributions to our Your Shot photo community, there were many compelling images to choose from. Here are a selection of my favorites. Enjoy!

Every spring, melting snow creates a dreamscape in Tragöss, Austria. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no more than six feet deep, expands with the inflow of snowmelt, swallowing part of the park that surrounds it: trees, hiking trails, benches, bridges, and all. The lake's depth reaches some 30 feet and provides a unique experience for divers—for a few weeks at least.
Underwater Park. May 31
Photograph by Marc Henauer, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Every spring, melting snow creates a dreamscape in Tragöss, Austria. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no more than six feet deep, expands with the inflow of snowmelt, swallowing part of the park that surrounds it: trees, hiking trails, benches, bridges, and all. The lake’s depth reaches some 30 feet and provides a unique experience for divers—for a few weeks at least.

"A short-eared owl is in stretching and relaxing mode in a Kuwait natural reserve," says Mohn Khorshid, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
Tree Pose. May 14
Photograph by Mohn Khorshid, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Mohn Khorshid captured this shot of a short-eared owl in a Kuwait natural reserve, “in stretching and relaxing mode.”

"Here is a farm in Beyşehir, Turkey," Your Shot photographer Seyit Konyali writes. "Shortly after the birth of lambs, shepherd İsmail [stays with them while they are] running around. He is wearing a poncho made of their mothers' wool. This makes the lambs feel closer to the shepherd while their mothers are out feeding."
A Man in Sheep’s Clothes. May 24
Photograph by Seyit Konyali, National Geographic Your Shot

“Here is a farm in Beyşehir, Turkey,” Your Shot photographer Seyit Konyali writes. “Shortly after the birth of lambs, shepherd İsmail [stays with them while they are] running around. He is wearing a poncho made of their mothers’ wool. This makes the lambs feel closer to the shepherd while their mothers are out feeding.”

This land symbolizes the rhythm of the people, as it was formed through generations of farmers shaping it with irrigation," says John Qu, a member of our Your Shot community. "It is a rare phenomenon of man-made beauty disguised as a natural occurrence." Qu captured the photo of the Yuanyang rice terraces while traveling in China's Yunnan Province. "I've traveled to this place multiple times, purposely in the winter, when the rice terraces are flooded. I've gone through the entire area and observed that the light at sunset, with the reflection and high angle, would make the terraces look more like a piece of abstract art, yet with real trees and huts. The shot was taken from a mountain above. I waited a few days for the perfect moment."
Fields of Old. May 5
Photograph by John Qu, National Geographic Your Shot

“This land symbolizes the rhythm of the people, as it was formed through generations of farmers shaping it with irrigation,” says John Qu, a member of our Your Shot community. “It is a rare phenomenon of man-made beauty disguised as a natural occurrence.”
Qu captured the photo of the Yuanyang rice terraces while traveling in China’s Yunnan Province. “I’ve traveled to this place multiple times, purposely in the winter, when the rice terraces are flooded. I’ve gone through the entire area and observed that the light at sunset, with the reflection and high angle, would make the terraces look more like a piece of abstract art, yet with real trees and huts. The shot was taken from a mountain above. I waited a few days for the perfect moment.”

A cooperative bird finds and eats insects from a buffalo's face in a grooming ritual that pays off for both of them.
Bird Buddy. May 20
Photograph by Akash Das, National Geographic Your Shot

A cooperative bird finds and eats insects from a buffalo’s face in a grooming ritual that pays off for both of them.

"Warm inland. Cold at sea. So fog rolls in," writes Your Shot member Cedric Delves, who captured this image in Folkestone, along the English Channel coast. "Cricket is prone to any and all even faintly adverse weather conditions (presumably why we English play it outdoors). Anyway, it fails to stop play this day. That said, she looked ready to quit, asking her brother over and over whether it was time to go and look for an ice cream!"
Playing Through. May 29
Photograph by Cedric Delves, National Geographic Your Shot

“Warm inland. Cold at sea. So fog rolls in,” writes Your Shot member Cedric Delves, who captured this image in Folkestone, along the English Channel coast. “Cricket is prone to any and all even faintly adverse weather conditions (presumably why we English play it outdoors). Anyway, it fails to stop play this day. That said, she looked ready to quit, asking her brother over and over whether it was time to go and look for an ice cream!”

With my police escort I had arrived at my lodgings at dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment in Yemen' Wadi Doan," says Your Shot contributor Paul Nevin. "In the fading light and on the valley floor I could see this fortresslike village. Having imagined how it might present under a rising sun, I was up at first light. Below me, shepherds and their goats made the only sounds. The sun rose, bathing the escarpment in golden light. It seemed like an eternity before it finally gilded the top of the village—magic."
Sunrise at Wadi Doan. May 10
Photograph by Paul Nevin, National Geographic Your Shot

“With my police escort I had arrived at my lodgings at dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment in Yemen’s Wadi Doan,” says Your Shot contributor Paul Nevin. “In the fading light and on the valley floor, I could see this fortresslike village. Having imagined how it might present under a rising sun, I was up at first light. Below me, shepherds and their goats made the only sounds. The sun rose, bathing the escarpment in golden light. It seemed like an eternity before it finally gilded the top of the village—magic.”

 

Alexa Keefe is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography around National Geographic. The full archive is accessible here.

Related story: Photo of the Day: Best of April

Editor’s Note: The buffalo in this post was originally misidentified as a water buffalo. It is a Cape buffalo. This post has been updated to fix the error.

There are 53 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. zafar ahmad
    July 28, 2014

    most lovely and impressive

  2. ROSIE
    July 25, 2014

    WONDERFUL PICTURES. GREAT SELECTION LOVE IT!

  3. M RODEN
    July 24, 2014

    BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

  4. meg mycelium
    July 22, 2014

    wow,awesome i think like nature but these pictures have metaphor my like to love:all glory to God n shout out to my out outstanding photographers,good job,superb!

  5. Heidi
    July 17, 2014

    Wow!! Compilments to the Creator!

  6. andrea
    July 15, 2014

    these photographs have taken my breath away, what beauty in the world!!

  7. M Macca
    July 10, 2014

    Amazing nature, amazing photography! Only wish I had been there :)

  8. sandhyashobhiraj
    July 8, 2014

    really wonderful

  9. Richard
    July 1, 2014

    I am a photographer and I have to say the underwater park sounds so mysterious and amazing. I wish I could scuba dive to appreciate it. It’s like an american Atlantis.

  10. Ranjit Chettri
    June 30, 2014

    Pics are b-u-t-ful

  11. Azan karam
    June 27, 2014

    I really love it.Amazing

  12. Wayne Norman
    June 26, 2014

    I sincerely believe these are the kinds of photos we all want to make. What beautiful experiences these wonderful photographers have had and how cool is it that we all get to share via this media. Wow. Thanks so much.

  13. Dorla Castro
    June 26, 2014

    I love and enjoy National Geographic magazines with photos of people, places, events and animals.

  14. Viveca Joy Skyles
    June 25, 2014

    All of the photos are amazing!

  15. Sanjula Madurapperuma
    June 25, 2014

    The photographs have been taken with utmost skill and precise timing.

  16. Rajendra Sharma
    June 24, 2014

    wonderful photogaphy!!!

  17. David Yang
    June 23, 2014

    What beautiful pictures they are,which is impossible without photographer’s hard work!

  18. Puja
    June 22, 2014

    The rice fields pic is unbelieving! truly a piece of art

  19. littledarling
    June 20, 2014

    Those pictures was so inspiring to me and made me wanna take my suitcase and go.

  20. Vanie Nagashima
    June 16, 2014

    What a unique phenomenon to capture & share-Thank you. Simply a beautiful place-Underwater park in Austria. Nature at it’s best. Wish list a definite!

  21. assaf
    June 15, 2014

    yemen is a beautifull country,i always knew it,pity that as a yemeni-israeli im not allowed to visit this amazing country

  22. Hailey
    June 15, 2014

    I love the underwater park, wish I could go there.

  23. Atiq
    June 15, 2014

    I love my dreem one day I’m good photographer like this

  24. Bernie Weiers
    June 15, 2014

    Why are some people so eager to criticize an (I’m sure) innocent mistake? Life is too short! Just enjoy the beauty of it while you are here!

  25. marye’ harper
    June 15, 2014

    My fav is underwater pic of Green Lake in Austria, then pic of owl preening itself. I imagined myself on the beach in Folkestone, England playing cricket as the fog rolled in. All the pics are uniquely beautiful and educational. When my surroundings get ugly i can go to these images in my mind. Thank you.

  26. Joseph Elias
    June 15, 2014

    Unbelievable underwater park

  27. AL CABUS
    June 15, 2014

    lovely photos, especially the underwater park…

  28. Bob Butler
    June 15, 2014

    The picture of the Scuba Diver in the lake is beautiful on so many levels. It tells a wonderful story.

  29. dip
    June 15, 2014

    very nice pic

  30. Cynthia
    June 15, 2014

    Absolutely Beautiful

  31. melanie de guzman
    June 15, 2014

    The Under River Park is so unbelievably beautiful!

  32. Sung Yun Um
    June 14, 2014

    Amazing photos. I’d love to go diving in that underwater park…!

  33. virgilio crespo
    June 14, 2014

    EXELENTES FOTOS Y VALIOSO APORTE EN ESTE MEDIO DE DIFUSIÒN .LA CALIDAD ES LA PRECISIÒN Y LA SENSIBILIAD ,OPORTUNAS EN TODO TRABAJO PROFESIONAL

  34. GRACE NEFF
    June 14, 2014

    All of the photos are amazing.

  35. Bello Jimoh
    June 14, 2014

    Brilliant and awesome images.

  36. Rosario Boavida
    June 14, 2014

    Love your selection of photos . Thank you .

  37. Doreen Basque
    June 14, 2014

    I’m truly grateful to have the chance to see such beautiful photos… a true feast for the eyes !

  38. Yehee
    June 14, 2014

    Wonderful! Amazing!

  39. V.Balaram
    June 14, 2014

    Nature captured with the brilliance of the human technology’s to showcase it to the WORLD…Awesome photographs…sure is a Cape buffalo and a oxpecker doing it’s rituals..

  40. suresh
    June 13, 2014

    Hi i love it and brilliant photo and thank you

  41. animals
    June 13, 2014

    i like buffalo’s face

  42. Jackie De Bruyn
    June 12, 2014

    Love it ! Beyond beautiful! Love nature

  43. Juan Carlos
    June 12, 2014

    What a great picture selection

  44. Caroline Armitage
    June 12, 2014

    All these photos are fantastic! Particularly love the rice terraces.

  45. Emilie CHICH
    June 12, 2014

    It is obviously a cape buffalo, not a water buffalo, and the bird is an oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus), both are african species.

  46. John
    June 12, 2014

    national Geographic, what is going on???
    You decided to include a picture of a Cape Buffalo and an Ox Pecker on it’s face but you claim it is a Water Buffalo living in Asia.

    I am both surprised and shocked that the National Geographic can not tell the difference between the two species!!!

    • Becky Harlan
      June 12, 2014

      Thank you for helping us spot this. We’ve updated the caption.

  47. reyman
    June 12, 2014

    Tus fotos son de una.exquisita seleccion

  48. S.M.J.Neangoda
    June 12, 2014

    All photographs are fascinating;gives a glimpse of life around the world. them

  49. Prenita
    June 11, 2014

    Absolutely brilliant foray into different worlds!

  50. Shahid Hunzai
    June 11, 2014

    “Love it. Loving Nature”

  51. Shahid Hunzai
    June 11, 2014

    “Love it”

  52. H. Y. Teh
    June 11, 2014

    That isn’t a water buffalo. It’s a cape buffalo with an oxpecker on its face. Neither of which live in Asia.

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