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Photo of the Day: Best of June

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Alexa Keefe

Campy, sublime, playful, dazzling, graceful. Each moment chosen as a Photo of the Day is a story unto itself. The fun of the monthly round-up comes with seeing visual echoes which you otherwise might not—shapes, tones, and moods coming together to tell a new tale. Here is a selection of images from June that speak to me. Which ones would you choose?—Alexa Keefe

Growing Grouper. June 26 This ten-inch-long juvenile goliath grouper in the Florida Keys may spend five years among mangroves, relatively safe from predators, before venturing out to the reefs. The species’ survival depends on mangrove forests, which are contending with coastal development.
Growing Grouper. June 26
Photograph by David Doubilet

This ten-inch-long juvenile goliath grouper photographed in the Florida Keys for the July 2014 issue of National Geographic may spend five years among mangroves, relatively safe from predators, before venturing out to the reefs. The species’ survival depends on mangrove forests, which are contending with coastal development.

Sulking Tulips.  June 7 Your Shot contributor Cheryl Bezuidenhout captures this photo at RoozenGaarde in Washington State. "It was the last weekend of the Skagit County Tulip Festival, which [the gardens] hold every April," she writes. "It was a rainy morning when my family and I arrived, but the rain held off as we made our way around the gardens. These tulips were unusual in that all the others in the garden were upright, perfectly formed, and vividly colorful, while these seemed to be sulky and past their best, drooping and heavy from the rain. The original photo is of pink tulips, but I converted it to black and white. I felt the lighting and moodiness of the flowers to be the most important message of the image."
Sulking Tulips. June 7
Photograph by Cheryl Bezuidenhout, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot contributor Cheryl Bezuidenhout captures this photo at RoozenGaarde in Washington State. “It was the last weekend of the Skagit County Tulip Festival, which [the gardens] hold every April,” she writes. “It was a rainy morning when my family and I arrived, but the rain held off as we made our way around the gardens. These tulips were unusual in that all the others in the garden were upright, perfectly formed, and vividly colorful, while these seemed to be sulky and past their best, drooping and heavy from the rain. The original photo is of pink tulips, but I converted it to black and white. I felt the lighting and moodiness of the flowers to be the most important message of the image.”

A Fragile Livelihood. June 25 In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near Shiikh in the Somaliland region of Somalia. Though big farms make headlines—a subject explored as part of our Future of Food series—small farmers still produce most of the food in Africa. Both are crucial for the continent to be able to feed its own growing population—much less the rest of the world.
A Fragile Livelihood. June 25
Photograph by Robin Hammond

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic, a girl tends goats in the mountains near Shiikh in the Somaliland region of Somalia. Though big farms make headlines—a subject explored as part of our Future of Food series—small farmers still produce most of the food in Africa. Both are crucial for the continent to be able to feed its own growing population—much less the rest of the world.

Warm and Fuzzy. June 12 A cygnet peers out from its mother's wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Your Shot member John Halvorson, the adult swans arrived in February, during an unusually bad winter. "I followed them daily through the mating cycle and the nest building," he says. "When we had a brutal series of ice storms and there was little for them to eat I took them cracked corn. I became a trusted friend, so when the chicks hatched I was allowed to sit close by and photograph the adults and the newly hatched chicks. I stop by frequently to check on them. Of six eggs, four hatched, and today only two survive. They are beautiful birds."
Warm and Fuzzy. June 12
Photograph by John Halvorson, National Geographic Your Shot

A cygnet peers out from its mother’s wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Your Shot member John Halvorson, the adult swans arrived in February, during an unusually bad winter. “I followed them daily through the mating cycle and the nest building,” he says. “When we had a brutal series of ice storms and there was little for them to eat I took them cracked corn. I became a trusted friend, so when the chicks hatched I was allowed to sit close by and photograph the adults and the newly hatched chicks. I stop by frequently to check on them. Of six eggs, four hatched, and today only two survive. They are beautiful birds.”

Sunset at Xingping. June 4 The sun sets over the mountaintops in Xingping, China, in this photo by Your Shot member James Bian. "Guilin and the Li River are famous for their beautiful landscape," he writes. "Visiting this area [has been] my dream. Before the trip, I selected a couple of locations to photograph sunrise and sunset, and Laozhai mountain was one of them. On a clear afternoon, I hiked to the peak an hour before sunset on a trail built and maintained by a Japanese gentleman (which saves a lot of energy for photographers). The view was overwhelming, with the Li River making a 180-degree turn right under my feet. I spent most of my time focusing on a wide-angle view until I realized that leaving the river out and just zooming in on the peaks and sun was a much better composition."
Sunset at Xingping. June 4
Photograph by James Bian, National Geographic Your Shot

The sun sets over the mountaintops in Xingping, China, in this photo by Your Shot member James Bian. “Guilin and the Li River are famous for their beautiful landscape,” he writes. “Visiting this area [has been] my dream. Before the trip, I selected a couple of locations to photograph sunrise and sunset, and Laozhai mountain was one of them. On a clear afternoon, I hiked to the peak an hour before sunset on a trail built and maintained by a Japanese gentleman (which saves a lot of energy for photographers). The view was overwhelming, with the Li River making a 180-degree turn right under my feet. I spent most of my time focusing on a wide-angle view until I realized that leaving the river out and just zooming in on the peaks and sun was a much better composition.”

Where the Antelope Play. June 6 "We were driving around the Savute plains in northern Botswana, searching for a group of lions that had killed a very young female impala a few minutes before," writes Your Shot member Chris Schmid. "After [we'd been] observing the lions, a group of impalas got my attention. A young male was jumping around just a few meters away from the lions that had just killed one of its kind. The contrast between life and death made this moment unique. The other impalas were observing the lions, but this young male didn't care one bit about them. He was just enjoying being alive."
Where the Antelope Play. June 6
Photograph by Chris Schmid, National Geographic Your Shot

“We were driving around the Savute plains in northern Botswana, searching for a group of lions that had killed a very young female impala a few minutes before,” writes Your Shot member Chris Schmid. “After [we'd been] observing the lions, a group of impalas got my attention. A young male was jumping around just a few meters away from the lions that had just killed one of its kind. The contrast between life and death made this moment unique. The other impalas were observing the lions, but this young male didn’t care one bit about them. He was just enjoying being alive.”

Night Lights.  June  11 "I've always been fascinated by the magic of fireflies in the Sele Valley of southern Italy, where I live," says Massimo Gugliucciello, a member of our Your Shot community. "There are many during the months of May and June, a [sign] of a healthy habitat."
Night Lights. June 11
Photograph by Massimo Gugliucciello, National Geographic Your Shot

“I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of fireflies in the Sele Valley of southern Italy, where I live,” says Massimo Gugliucciello, a member of our Your Shot community. “There are many during the months of May and June, a [sign] of a healthy habitat.”


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

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There are 53 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Seyan Hameed
    October 12, 2014

    Fantastic shots!

  2. ravi
    October 6, 2014

    i’m loving it….. wow

  3. chumainiali
    September 22, 2014

    nice picture,so amazing for looking thanks to our god for give us living

  4. carmello
    September 14, 2014

    amazing photo woooow

  5. Kailash neupane
    September 5, 2014


    all are so realistic …
    These photos have really da great power….

  6. José Manuel
    September 3, 2014

    Fotografías maravillosas, insuperables, que me inspiran mucho para hacer las mías… y meditar. ¡GRACIAS!

  7. arman
    September 3, 2014

    خیلی زیبا بودن

  8. andrew gaturi
    September 2, 2014

    Thats beautifully magnificent…

  9. Sheri Burkhardt
    September 1, 2014

    All of these photographs are beautiful. I think Cheryl made a good choice in changing the tulip photo to black and white.

  10. Barbara Anderson
    August 20, 2014

    Amazing photography – a real inspiration

  11. Giancarlo
    August 17, 2014

    Nat. Geog. Magazine makes us love the world. Thank you

  12. jose
    July 19, 2014

    Buena actividad

  13. osika gurung
    July 14, 2014

    i’m so glade that my birthday was on june and these pictures are fantastic

  14. Marek Klimas
    July 14, 2014

    Zdjecia ladne , ale gratuluje fotografom , kazdy z nas obserwuje zycie wokol nas , ale Oni wiedza ,ktore z tych wydarzen zatrzymac w kadrze , jeszcze raz gratuluje :).

  15. Aparajita Raj
    July 12, 2014

    Simply wow!!! Beautiful Pictures!

  16. Sheba Taraz
    July 12, 2014

    Marvelous photographs – I m use to admire National Geographic since my childhood , even when very people in our country Pakistan were knew about it – my uncle was good amateur photographer and he taught me to love nature – now I have my own professional camera with some lenses and I learn a lot from National Geographic -

  17. MoorToo
    July 11, 2014

    Excellent Photography !!!

  18. Auwal Aliyu Adam
    July 11, 2014

    Nature is the most beautiful so why humans destroy it?

  19. JAIMIL DAVE
    July 11, 2014

    Tremendous photography i would like to salute the person who was taken this photos.

  20. armena
    July 10, 2014

    I can remember the national geographic magazine on the coffee table my dad always bought them, as a child I was always interested by the magazine and still am, the best

  21. farhan
    July 10, 2014

    Divine photography

  22. MUSSIE
    July 10, 2014

    WOW GOOD TO SEE.

  23. Daniel S. Imperial
    July 10, 2014

    it inspire me to serve God more and to humble my self that i don’t have anything to exalt for him,Thanks be to God :)

  24. Zubair Khalid
    July 10, 2014

    Thank You for sharing these amazing photographs, Nature at its best

  25. Marijana
    July 10, 2014

    Beautiful nature!

  26. Rae Watson
    July 10, 2014

    I so enjoy the wonderful photos on your site, thank you for sharing them. They inspire me

  27. John Wich Khawsang
    July 10, 2014

    Amazing natural

  28. labin gurung
    July 10, 2014

    i wonder how the light are so balanced ? amzing !

  29. pavan
    July 10, 2014

    All of these photographs are so artistically inspiring. Thank you for sharing them

  30. sidick
    July 9, 2014

    لاشك قمة الروعة ولكن ؟من يستطيع ان يساعدني لكي اوثق عن قبيلتي في تشاد

  31. Rosalia L. Cortez
    July 9, 2014

    refreshing to see, come to think of it what a great world we lived in

  32. Ted Samsell
    July 9, 2014

    Magnificent!!! What words will not adequately describle!!

  33. Dave Bosse
    July 9, 2014

    The question was asked “which one would you choose” yet we are not given an opportunity to “vote”. Personally I loved the one of the child tending the goats although all were excellent.

  34. Valerie Hrozny
    July 9, 2014

    I love to look at this wonderful photography! It makes me wish I were there.

  35. slvi
    July 9, 2014

    kindly tell, Where is the photo of the field of limeyellow flowers with some people in it below the elevated highway leading to the groups of skyscrapers on dark hills?

    • Alexa Keefe
      July 9, 2014

      Hi Slvi,

      The photo was taken in Busan, South Korea.

  36. silvi
    July 9, 2014

    yours are the best

  37. Sarah Deems
    July 9, 2014

    So inspiring to see all these photos…love them!

  38. Debbie
    July 9, 2014

    I love “warm and fuzzy” I love animals n there babies

  39. JI Kim
    July 9, 2014

    Beautiful! Fantastic!!

  40. Barb
    July 9, 2014

    All were very nice but I loved Night Lights best because it reminded me of when I was a kid chasing fireflies :)

  41. Leeloo
    July 9, 2014

    It is unfortunate that very few people Enjoy nature anymore.

  42. Rubel Rony
    July 9, 2014

    great !!

  43. Praful Kalpna
    July 9, 2014

    Beautiful photos

  44. Ushakant Shirur
    July 9, 2014

    Nature brings peace to your mind excellent pictures.

  45. Linda Soutar
    July 9, 2014

    All of these photographs are so artistically inspiring. Thank you for sharing them : )

  46. suma rai
    July 9, 2014

    Oh…divine but of course that is Nature!

  47. Lemma Tolessa
    July 9, 2014

    I Like It Very Much Indeed .Thanks

  48. Ashraful Kabir
    July 9, 2014

    Excellent!!

  49. Barbara Davis
    July 9, 2014

    Thank you for sharing these magnificent photos.

  50. Asadirew
    July 9, 2014

    Majical pictures of nature! Look how nature is beautiful…..but a man is destroying it!! Oh nature!

  51. Diane Beguely
    July 8, 2014

    Awesome photos. I aspire to take great photos like these so I can share images of New Zealand .

  52. Lucy Gonzalez
    July 8, 2014

    Simply amazing!!!

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