• March 4, 2015

Photo of the Day: Best of February

Alexa Keefe

The leaping springbok in the photo above makes me smile every time I see it. I particularly love knowing there is such a word as “pronking,” which is how this acrobatic behavior is more colorfully described. I hope this month’s round-up of highlights from February’s Photo of the Day brings a smile to your faces.

Picture of fireflies streaking through a forest in Tennessee
Flashes of Summer
Photograph by David Liittschwager, National Geographic

Ah, summer in the mountains! The magical light show put on by these fireflies in the woods of Tennessee to attract mates is an example of bioluminescence, a phenomenon explored in the March 2015 issue of National Geographic. In addition to more photographs of lightmaking creatures, there is a very cool video about the mysterious glowing mushrooms of the Amazon.

Picture of a man selling bamboo fish traps in Vietnam
The ‘Do’ Seller
Photograph by Ly Hoang Long, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot photographer Ly Hoang Long sent in this photograph of a Vietnamese fisherman selling fish traps, known as do. After the harvest, according to Long, farmers in the village of Tat Vien in Vietnam’s Hung Yen Province spend their spare time knitting the beautifully shaped do from bamboo.

Picture of an ermine in the snow in Italy
Winter White
Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner, National Geographic

Gran Paradiso National Park in the Italian Alps is where, as a teen, Stefano Unterthiner first fell in love with wildlife and photography while hiking with his uncle. He returned recently to photograph the park for a story in the February 2015 issue of National Geographic, happening upon this ermine in its white winter coat.

Picture of a village in Cappadocia, Turkey as seen from a hot-air balloon
Turkish Air
Photograph by Francois Nadeau, National Geographic Your Shot

Many times, photographs of Turkey’s Cappadocia region are instantly recognizable by the presence of at least one, if not an entire flotilla, of hot-air balloons. On such a ride himself, Your Shot photographer Francois Nadeau decided to focus on the patterns below him, capturing a view of this village seemingly carved out of the landscape. Nadeau’s shot was also picked for the Daily Dozen, a round-up of editors’ favorites taken by members of the Your Shot photo community.

Picture of a paraglider descending behind highand cattle in Denmark
Photograph by David Bengtsson, National Geographic Your Shot

Googling “paragliding denmark highland cattle” did not get me any closer to finding out whether this kind of thing happens often, but judging by the cow, the photographer is of more interest than the man floating by in the background. Lucky for us, we get the whole picture.

Picture of a beaver in snow
Winter Lodgings
Photograph by John Warner, National Geographic Your Shot

Photo editor Kurt Mutchler spied this photograph of a beaver on Montana’s Lake Elmo while curating the First Light assignment, during which the Your Shot community was invited to venture out at the crack of dawn, cameras in hand, to capture the fleeting rays of the first sun. Mutchler combed through the thousands of submissions to put together a 19-photo story.

Picture of a woman with a cheetah at a conservation center in Namibia
Sunset Walk
Photograph by Terry Allen, National Geographic Your Shot

“I’ve long had a romance with wildlife and admired the work done by Marlice van Vuuren and her husband at the N/a’an ku sê Foundation in Windhoek, Namibia, especially in the area of cheetah conservation,” writes Terry Allen, who shared this picture with our Your Shot community. “Marlice hand-raised an orphan cheetah as part of her conservation efforts and enjoys educating visitors by providing the opportunity to walk with her and her cheetah. At the end of a sunset walk, [they] were interacting at the top of a small rise. I took several shots to get just the right positioning of both heads, conveying the great trust between the two.”


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.

See which pictures were featured in our last round-up, Photo of the Day: Best of January.

There are 23 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. aditya patil
    August 11, 2015

    Best I ever seen …..fab!!!!
    the the sun set one it put to think be a wild saver ….!!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Stephen Atchleyy
    July 6, 2015

    Wonderful Job Everyone.

  3. farrha
    June 8, 2015

    amazing splendid and love u

  4. raj valvala
    May 15, 2015

    the “do” seller-Gratitude towards Ly Hoang Long

  5. Poet
    May 1, 2015

    Pronking also means “to show”. In Afrikaans, the word “pronk” means a flamboyant display, such as a peacock male. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Pronking

  6. shar
    April 12, 2015

    just like u’ve told….a smile on my face…so beautiful!!

  7. K.P.Mishra
    April 11, 2015

    Pronking of Springbok brings smile on face.

  8. mohammed
    March 28, 2015

    upload more intra-sting photos

  9. Jonathan Kendrew
    March 23, 2015

    beautiful. yes the effort and skill is admirable.

  10. Deepika
    March 22, 2015

    Wawwww….amazing photo’s

  11. mike
    March 15, 2015

    superb! thank you for sharing

  12. Vikram
    March 13, 2015

    My dream’s to be come in that field

  13. ARVIND
    March 12, 2015


  14. Ryan Donna
    March 10, 2015

    Very beautiful. WOW. Dank.

  15. Terry
    March 8, 2015

    Sunset Walk … amazing picture

  16. shyam
    March 7, 2015


  17. shyam
    March 7, 2015

    i want to upload my photos

    • Becky Harlan
      March 7, 2015

      Hi Shyam, you can upload your photos to Your Shot, where they have the possibility of being considered for Photo of the Day as well as the Your Shot Daily Dozen. If you haven’t already, join the community here: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/

  18. jabmyeyes
    March 7, 2015

    How can you not love the effort and the time spent to capture these

  19. Amelia
    March 6, 2015

    It takes my breath away. I fell for Sunset Walk.

  20. mei
    March 5, 2015

    Wonderful pictures enough to make someone say ” wow” 😉

  21. Kira
    March 4, 2015

    Awe inspiring……

  22. Noreen
    March 4, 2015


Add Your Comments

All fields required.