Concepts

Abstracts
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Abundance
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Adversity
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Affection
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Nuzzling, snuggling, hugging and kissing critters populate this gallery of thirty images. Courting adults, parents bonding with their young and affectionate siblings remind us of the tenderness that exists in the wild world. To see a larger selection of images just search for 'affection' as a keyword.
 
Albinism
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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An albino animal is born without the ability to produce color pigment in its skin, hair, feathers, scales, or eyes. As a result they color ranges from snowy white, pink to an off-white straw color. Being light colored is certainly not an advantage in the wild - animals are more visible to both predators and prey and the lack of melanin negatively affects their vision by affecting development of the eyes in addition to causing extreme photosensitivity making survival even less likely. If you have seen an albino animal in the wild you are lucky, especially if it has matured into an adult.
 
All Aglow
 
16 Oct 2019 11:15 am
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Glowing rainforest mushrooms, light-generating masses of Fireflies and deep sea fish attracting prey are included in this gallery of fascinating photos. When the sun disappears these species rev up their adaptations to signal potential mates, fish for their dinner and challenge rivals. Did you know that dried sea-fireflies were used as a light source by the Japanese army during World War II to read maps in dim light?
 
Amazing Eggs
 
5 May 2021 12:00 am
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The essential casing of life, eggs can be rigid, spiked, transparent and leathery. Bird eggs are instantly identifiable but can you guess what creatures hatch out of these other examples? Sharks create collagen based 'mermaid's purses' that are sometimes spiraled to easily wedge into safe rock crevices. Some frogs lay strands of thousands of transparent eggs to hedge the chance of them surviving. Tiny lacewing eggs are perched on the tip of a hairlike stalk that is about 1/2 inch long. This helps to reduce cannibalism of the eggs by sibling larvae. Any way you crack them, eggs are pretty amazing.
 
Animal Antics
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Animal Queendom
 
27 Jan 2021 12:00 am
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A study published by researchers at Mills College in The Leadership Quarterly highlights female-biased influence which is pervasive in killer whales, lions, spotted hyenas, bonobos, lemurs, and elephants. In these species leaders emerge without coercion and followers benefit from the social support and ecological knowledge from elder females. The collective wisdom of the matriarchs assist the group in collective movements, foraging, conflict resolution within the group and with other populations. Cheers to the animal queendom!
 
Animal Selfies
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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The selfie craze has spread to our wildlife friends. Check out these images that look like animals have gotten their hands on some critter cams - a crab makes a big reach, a koala mom takes a family portrait and a kangaroo takes a shot with his bestie...
 
Animals in the Landscape
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Apple Season
 
15 Sep 2021 12:00 am
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Who doesn’t like to have a bite of a sweet and juicy apple? This highly nutritious and tasty fruit is also one of the most popular fruits in the world. Apples are rich in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants and make it a perfect diet not just for humans, they are great forage for animals as well. In the fall wild animals benefit from a bounty of cultivated fruit from orchards or wild crabapples.
 
Approaching
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Arachtober
 
15 Sep 2020 02:49 pm
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Arachnids + October = Arachtober~What better way to celebrate our arachnid friends than dedicating a gallery to their furry, leggy, colorful photos? Spiders perching atop mushrooms, consuming crickets and displaying their various colors and shapes are included in this edit of images. Check out the largest spider in the world (Goliath birdeater), a nest of Black Widow spiderlings (when the females grow to adults their venom with be fifteen times as poisonous as a rattlesnake's) and the remarkable size difference between a female Banana Spider and a tiny male.
 
Aw Nuts!
 
15 Sep 2020 03:16 pm
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With winter around the corner many animals are bulking up and stashing supplies to survive the cooler season. Full of calories and prolific, nuts are a prime autumn food source for many creatures. Squirrels, birds and deer gorge themselves on tasty acorns, walnuts and pecans in this gallery of hungry creatures. To prepare for leaner months both acorn woodpeckers and squirrels store their nutritious treats in larders, granaries, middens or caches. The birds average 325 nuts each in their storehouses while grey squirrels have been recorded hording over 3,000 a season!
 
Backlighting
 
13 Jan 2021 02:58 pm
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Backlighting in photography happens when the main light is behind the subject and is facing the camera. Using this technique highlights details such as the bristle of fur, delicate layers of feathers and veins in tiny leaves found in this gallery of images. The effect adds a luminosity and warmth to photos.
 
Bad Hair Day
 
15 Sep 2020 03:20 pm
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With the summer humidity some days it's impossible to get your hair to behave. Check out this gallery of animals who seem to be suffering from serious bad hair days!
 
Balance
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Beginnings
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Sunrises, pathways, hatchlings and sprouting leaves reaching for the sun are included in this gallery of thirty images that illustrate the concept of beginnings.
 
Berry Breakfast
 
19 Jul 2017 12:00 am
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Bears, birds and Barbary Macaques all enjoy a mouthful of berries from time to time. Packed full of flavor, vitamins and sugars these fruits are irresistible to hungry waxwings and gorillas alike. Although they are small, berries add important calories to animals diets.
 
Big Ears
 
19 Nov 2019 02:57 pm
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Check out this gallery of impressive animals including Jerboas, Fennec Foxes and Bush Babies. You will notice that many of the species are desert animals which use the ears not just to amplify hearing but to dissipate heat in their arid habitat.
 
Bloodsuckers
 
15 Sep 2020 03:42 pm
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Hematophagy is the practice of feeding on blood. Since blood is a fluid tissue rich in nutritious proteins and lipids that can be taken without great effort, hematophagy is a preferred form of feeding for many small animals such as the familiar mosquito, leech and bedbug. This gallery features some of the expected hungry creatures but some unusual ones as well. A Dracula Ant worker punctures the skin of a larva to sip its trickling blood, Galapagos Vampire Finches feeding on the blood of boobies from wounds the finches have created and parasitic isopods that latch onto fish puncturing their skin and feasting on their blood. Yes, some photos could be considered gross but all animals must survive!
 
Blue Animals
 
15 Sep 2020 02:33 pm
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The 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk.~~"It's a color that anticipates what's going to happen next," said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Institute, "Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."~~This description may be lost on the group of animals featured in this gallery. Indigo-colored birds, butterflies and even slugs are featured in this selection of stylish creatures...
 
Bubbles
 
15 Sep 2020 12:00 am
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In the animal kingdom creatures use bubbles to their benefit as well - for defense, protection and fun!~~Grasshoppers aerate their bitter blood to create a foamy deterrent from predators. Mass mating frogs make a mat of frothy bubbles to protect their fertilized eggs. Water spiders fill their aquatic silken nests with a bubble of oxygen making a cozy and inhabitable home.~~In the ocean whales use bubble nets to corral fish while cooperative feeding and as an aggressive display while courting. Bubbles are for fun too! Belugas and dolphins blow round (toroidal) rings from their blowholes as a source of entertainment.
 
Camouflage
 
22 Jun 2016 12:00 am
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Seahorses that mimic coral, moths that copy the leaf litter in which they live and snowshoe hares that are almost invisible in their winter habitat are included in this gallery of camouflaged animals. Whether it is to hide from predators or to ambush prey these creatures melt perfectly into the background.
 
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