• September 9, 2014

Photo of the Day: Best of August

Alexa Keefe

A windy boat ride in Maine, a stand of snow-dusted aspen trees in New Mexico, the muscular curve of a crocodile’s tail thrashing through the water, firecrackers painting a summer night. These are some of my favorite images from last month’s Photo of the Day. And while these photographs were taken at all different parts of the year, there is something about the mix of movement and calm, of vibrant color and monochrome, that speaks about transitions—from celebration to reflection, from movement to stillness, from summer to fall.

Winter Wilderness. August 21
Winter Wilderness. August 21
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Photographer Michael Melford captured breathtaking landscapes for the the September 2014 National Geographic story, “50 Years of Wilderness.” What I like most about this frame of snow-covered aspens near Taos, New Mexico, are the knots in the trunks, looking like perfectly drawn eyes.

Picture of correfoc revelers in Spain
A Devilish Display. August 25
Photograph by Anibal Trejo, National Geographic Your Shot

Getting this close to the raucous revelers wielding firecrackers during a Catalonian celebration of Correfoc, or “fire runs,” is not to be taken lightly.

“The shooting conditions are really dangerous for the photographer,” writes Your Shot photographer Anibal Trejo. “I had to protect myself to avoid burnings, dressing up with long sleeves, protective glasses, a hat, handkerchief, and even gloves.”

Thanks to Trejo’s intrepitude, we get to be right in the midst of the shower of sparks.

Picture of achilles tang fish in the southern Line Islands
Achilles Tang. August 20
Photograph by Brian Skerry

The Southern Line islands, the subject of a story in the September 2014 issue of National Geographic, are among the last wild places in the ocean. Photographer Brian Skerry brings this underwater world to light, including a school of wonderfully bright and bold Achilles tang fish.

Picture of people out for a walk on a beach in England
The Weather at the Sea. August 11
Photograph by Cedric Delves, National Geographic Your Shot

On a bracing November afternoon in the town of Deal on England’s North Sea coast, Your Shot member Cedric Delves was one of the few people out for a walk.

“These three came from different directions, at differing speeds … Fortunately all came together: the two people deep in their thoughts, going their separate ways, but the dog at ease, even giving me a direct, open, and sort of knowing look.”

Picture of a crocodile underwater
Croc Tail. August 13
Photograph by Mike Korostelev, National Geographic Your Shot

“I met this crocodile face-to-face underwater,” writes Your Shot member Mike Korostelev. “There was only my underwater camera between it and me.”

Korostelev made this shot in a biosphere reserve of the Mexican coast in the Caribbean Sea. “We lived in a fisherman’s hut that stood right on the sea on stilts. During the day we searched for crocodiles, which swam out of mangroves to hunt fish. This one was quite friendly and showed its beauty all around.”

The proximity is impressive, but what I like most is how the curve of the tail draws my eye right to the back of its head, and the row of sharp teeth. That really is beautiful.

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

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There are 35 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Saini Manju
    December 10, 2014

    Awesome photography, i would surely bare in mind your photography technique as i am just a beginner.

  2. sarath kumar
    November 22, 2014

    Nice clicks…..beautiful

  3. Abdeljabbar Mustafa
    November 10, 2014

    Amazing,very nice

  4. Birbal Verma – India
    November 9, 2014

    Please request the photographers to mention about the Camera, Lens and exposure settings they used as well as the type of film or digital back they used. This will transform these pages into an academy of photography for the world of photography. A very good effort indeed.

  5. lightsunami
    September 16, 2014


  6. lucy
    September 15, 2014

    The photographs are beautiful and amazing.

  7. Rabia Naeem
    September 15, 2014

    beautiful pictures, i also want to send u a pic but don’t know the procedure

  8. lihle
    September 13, 2014

    Beautiful nature…

  9. Grace
    September 13, 2014

    Great photos!
    Makes me want to go outdoors lol

    September 13, 2014

    great shots all 3 have right toe on ground amazing capture love it

  11. Janelle Bales
    September 12, 2014

    Another day with more of our amazing world to look at thanks to all of you and your devotion to making great shots that we can all enjoy!

  12. Jitendra
    September 12, 2014

    Beautiful pictures

  13. Elsy
    September 12, 2014

    ! Amazing !The photographers are spectacular.

  14. Recta Via
    September 12, 2014

    Fenomenalno, svidja mi se.

  15. Charles Iroham
    September 11, 2014

    …….i like this forum.

  16. Mary Anne Byrne
    September 11, 2014

    I am inspired and in awe of the amazing photographs posted here. These photographers are truly masterful!

  17. Stephen
    September 11, 2014

    Inspirational. Everytime I look at photos in NGM I want to grab my camera and explore the world.

  18. Tan Chen
    September 11, 2014

    Awesome! Nature is always this impressive!

  19. ahmed abdallah
    September 11, 2014


  20. Rachel Colebrook
    September 11, 2014

    Every one of them…..a work of art!

  21. Charity Dawn Villazorda
    September 11, 2014

    This is phenomenal

  22. magali
    September 11, 2014

    These pictures are great, love the snowy landscape, the crocodile looks amazone with that movement

  23. AC Khoo
    September 11, 2014

    Love that the angle of the shot was from the tail vs the usual frontal/side shot – Great!

  24. shohag
    September 10, 2014

    Nice photosoot.very nice

  25. Arif Hasan
    September 10, 2014

    beautiful photograph…good shots are not easy to come by-needs a lot of effort and time .Well done sir….

  26. Aleksandar Kumanov
    September 10, 2014

    This is truly spectacular capture!

  27. manohara
    September 10, 2014


  28. neha
    September 10, 2014

    Amazng photography…

  29. gopas
    September 9, 2014

    amazing actresses, sniper, shooter, how can all of you hv nice angle like this

  30. SAMUEL
    September 9, 2014


  31. Federico Serrano
    September 9, 2014


  32. Patricia Hild
    September 9, 2014


  33. Steve Hopkins
    September 9, 2014

    The crocodile always looks like a relic of the Mesozoic era. How did it survive that meteor!

  34. murrey kipleting oswald
    September 9, 2014


  35. Isabel Hernández Tibau
    September 9, 2014

    Espléndidas fotos de la mano y “el ojo” de excelentes fotógrafos!! Gracias!Felicitaciones!

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