Top Shot: Rays in Flight

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A large school of mobula rays migrates off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Photograph by Eduardo Lopez Negrete

Area of #rotation in Palo Pinto County, #Texas a couple of weeks ago on a HP #supercell #thunderstorm. #weather #nature #natureaddict #natgeo #clouds #cloudlovers #earthpix #earth #bestoftheday #beautiful #texassky #spring #clouds #skylovers #igsky #blue #orange #mothernature #mothernaturebeauty #adventure #angryplanet #plains #planetearth #fb

New from National Geographic: - - Photo @coryrichards On assignment with @intotheokavango for @natgeo The water of the upper Cuito is crystal clear and winds its way seemingly aimlessly towards the delta. For the past few days we’ve encountered large human triggered burns, common practice in much of Africa, and especially Angola. The problem with repeated burning is it robs the landscapes capacity to hold water, instead draining more quickly than is natural and promoting a flood cycle and more erosion. If The water is not held and released slowly, but instead drains unnaturally quickly, the delta downstream can face drought cycles. The more this area is made accessible, the more it is inhabited and the more burning is observed. We don’t yet fully understand why the burning is occurring so often and so much in this region, but we hope to find answers today as we visit the first village we’ve come across. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @eddiebauer #okavango15 posted from the field ◕‿◕ Link: http://bit.ly/1BIpsuD ◕‿◕

Top Shot: The Best Seat in Yosemite

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A man sits on the edge of the “diving board” rock formation at Glacier Point under a blanket of stars, taking in all the greatness Yosemite has to offer. Photograph by Christian Fernandez

New from National Geographic: - - Photo by @stephenwilkes: St. Marc’s Campanile, a staple of the beautiful city of Venice, was erected in the early 1500’s. One of the most fascinating parts of this tower is it’s five ringing bells. Each bell of the Campanile rang with a different purpose.
The Renghiera announced executions, the Mezza Terza announced sessions of the Senate, the Nona signified midday, the Trottiera called members of the Maggior Consiglio(a 2,000 member branch of the government) to council meetings, and the Marangona, the largest and loudest bell, rang at the beginning and end of each work day.
I am incredibly excited to return to a city so rich in history in just a few months to photograph my next #DayToNight. #Venice #Italy #SanMarco #iphoneonly #nofilter #AvgCamPro ◕‿◕ Link: http://bit.ly/1BIpqTA ◕‿◕

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#SmallCats

National Geographic is often known for photographing the large and the untamed—the #BigCats of the world. But I knew when I asked the Your Shot community to treat house cats with that same photographic prowess, to make feline photos that were more than internet memes, that I wouldn’t be disappointed.

We received almost 4,000 cat photos. Many of them were beautiful, lots of them were funny, and let’s be honest, all of them were cute. When selecting which images to feature, however, I wanted to make sure that there was more than just a cute cat in each photo. I wanted the images to be well-composed, intriguing, and original. Things that were too cutesy or typical, I tended to pass over.

Shameem Sha’s bird’s eye view of a cat who refuses to abandon its dilapidated home speaks to the lovable stubborness of cats. I also loved the colors and the fact that despite everything going on in the frame the main focus of the image is obvious

Pauline Maisonneuve’s abstraction of her cat playing behind a curtain was a shoe-in. Even though no part of the cat is even displayed, I instantly knew what was going on. It’s a beautiful wisp of an image, giving us just enough to know what we need to know.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor’s grumpyesque cat charmed me with its cattitude. It’s casting a regal “do not disturb” glare at the bejewelled hand that’s petting it, which is so classically cat.

Becky Harlan, Assistant Photo Editor

Imagine If trees gave of WiFi signals, We would be planting so many trees and We’d probably save the planet too.
Too bad they only produce the oxygen to breathe.
Stop deforestation.
#stopdeforestation #plants #trees #environment #afforestation #planting #mothernature #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #nature_perfection #naturelover #greenery #florals #incredibleindia #lonelyplanet #natgeo #instanature #garden #gardening #earth #oxygen #indiapictures #ig_worldclub #treeporn #air #portrait #vscoindia #tree_captures #🌴 (at save Planet)

Top Shot: Stars Glow, Waters Flow

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

The Milky Way glows over Palouse Falls in Washington State. This image was created using a 25-second exposure for the stars and hten exposing the canyon for around 10 minutes to create a composite. Photograph by Craig Goodwin