Photo and caption by Tugo Cheng

As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan (‘sky-mountain’ in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colorful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature. Source

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“It was a stunning scene—a 45-foot-long, 70-ton right whale hovering over the bottom just a few feet away from a diver standing on the bottom. … At some point I stopped and kneeled on the sand to catch my breath, and I was certain the whale would just keep swimming. Instead, the whale also stopped, turned, and hovered over me as it stared with that soulful eye. A few seconds later, I resumed swimming alongside the whale, making pictures, and savoring every second.”

- Brian Skerry, Diver & Photographer.

Check out Brian Skerry’s prints here.

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“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” - Charles M. Schultz

There are over 400 million dogs in the world today. Most breeds are only a few hundred years old, many even younger than that. Some, however, derive from the most ancient stock. There are several primary “types” that gave rise to our current breeds. Today, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies all breeds into ten groups.

  1. Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
  2. Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossoids and Swiss Mountain Dogs
  3. Terriers
  4. Dachshunds
  5. Spitz and Primitive Types
  6. Scenthounds
  7. Pointers and Setters
  8. Retrievers, Flushing Dogs and Water Dogs
  9. Companion and Toy Dogs
  10. Sighthounds

The Book of Dogs: An Intimate Study of Mankind’s Best Friend. Ernest Harold Baynes and Louis Agassiz Fuertes for the National Geographic Society, 1919.