Good bye old friend

Good Bye Old Friend
Photo and caption by John Chaney

    Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion.
We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals.
From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace.
She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk.
She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend.



Honeycomb Coral, Indonesia
Photograph by Mark Pickford

In waters off the Raja Ampat Islands, a honeycomb coral glows green.
The archipelago is a hot spot of coral diversity—some 75 percent of all known coral species can be found there.


Lake Natron, Tanzania
Photograph by George Steinmetz

An airplane casts a shadow over the red waters of Lake Natron in Tanzania, part of the East African Rift Valley.
The water's red hue is due to algae that live on salts spewed from nearby volcanoes. The East African Rift Valley system begins in northern Syria and extends across East Africa into Mozambique.


Volcano, Tanzania


Grasshopper, Georgia
Photograph by Bulent Erel

A nearly translucent green gem of a grasshopper climbs on a flower petal.
North American grasshoppers range in size from the minuscule to the largest, which can measure three inches long.


Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Photo by Patrick de Fruscia




Salt Cones, Bolivia
Photograph by George Steinmetz, National Geographic

Salt from the world’s largest salt plain in Salar de Uyuni waits for transport to surrounding Andean villages.
It’s one of Earth’s flattest places; relief varies by less than 16 inches across some 4,000 square miles.



Frog and Crocodile
Photograph by Jonathan Blair

A year-old Nile crocodile attempts to snap up a frog in the St. Lucia Estuary.
Part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which UNESCO named a World Heritage site in 1999, the protected area is Africa’s largest estuarine system


Fishermen, Indonesia
Photograph by David Doubilet

See dusk in the Dampier Strait through a half-submerged lens and glimpse two distinct worlds.
Under a cloud-slung sky, fishermen work on wooden boats. Beneath a mirror-calm surface, waters flash with baitfish.


Lupins, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.




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