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Grumpy toad in Glen Helen Nature Reserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Reflecting Pool

A spectacular aerial view of the World War 2 Memorial and reflecting pool sweeping down to the Lincoln Memorial. This was taken from the top of the Washington Monument.
Inca Legend

The dramatic lost city of Machu Picchu near the Inca capital of Cusco in Peru. These ruins are one of the most compelling destinations in all Latin America. They encapsulate the mystery
Historic Prague
An aerial view of the market place in the square of old town. The unique atmosphere of caf tables spilling out onto the cobbles has been retained and the area is ringed with historic
A rainy day at Glen Helen nature reserve.
Up Market

This bustling Japanese market in Takayama is the perfect place to discover the diverse variety of exotic foods and ingredients on sale. A world of kaleidoscopic gourmet pleasures to give
Palace Urn

The largest silver urn in the world cast from 243 kilograms of silver resides in Jaipur Palace. Used by Madho Singh II to carry water from the holy Ganges to London in 1902. He was reluc
Decay
In 1956 Ampol gifted this truck to Albert Namatijira, a landscape artist and the first aborigine to be granted Australian citizenship. Now derelict the truck lives at the heritage precinct of t
Crazy Ohio weather. Photo take September 18, 2010 in Piqua Ohio. Very chilling day....
Light Fantastic 

The drama and beauty of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) unfolding. Celestial entertainment to awaken the spirit of adventure. At only 16F the temperature, ice forming on the
On your marks

This family of wild African elephants lined up as though they were about to start a race. The matriarch at the end was clearly giving direction. I like the side perspective and decide
Speak no Evil.

This savanna baboon is sitting on a termite mound in Africa. As I stopped to gaze at him the early sun caught his eyes as he looked back. He placed his hands over his mouth as though
Flight of fancy

This hummingbird hawkmoth (macroglossum stellatarum) was visiting flowers in my garden. The wings beat so fast they emit an audible hum. The speed it flitted between flowers made it
Leap of Faith

A critically endangered species there are less than 400 Scottish Wild Cats (felis silverstris grampia) left in the wild. Agile and powerful this animal is part of a captive breeding p
Give me five!

Once common in woodlands throughout Britain, a glimpse of a red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) is now a rare sight. This cheeky chap sat on a post and stretched up as if it wanted a high
Fledgeling
This young barn owl (tyto alba) will grow rapidly. Chicks are covered in snow white down until the primary flight feathers show on the wings in 21 days. Complete growth is in about 8 weeks
Autumn Flight

In the late afternoon a barn owl glides silently across the English countryside. The fall of the light shows off the distinctive heart shaped face which directs sound to the asymmetri
Supreme Court self-supporting spiral staircase.

Made of marble and bronze. Like a twisted arch it ascends five stories and is supported only by the over lapping steps and their extensions into the
Drive by

A slow shutter speed was used to capture a slow moving vehicle at twilight. The motion and lighting of the overtaking vehicles gives a psychedelic effect. The iconic Washington Monument an
Monumental Sunrise

The sun rises majestically behind the Washington Monument to bath everything in a warm orange glow. A flock of geese can be seen silhouetted in the distance.
Reflection

The early morning light shows the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool of the Mall. This tranquil setting was enhanced by a flock of geese that flew over to be silhouetted in the s
Mr. President
The early morning light falls on the statue of Abraham Lincoln. An icon in US history revered for his honesty, integrity and humanity. Made from Georgia white marble his expression of d
Capitol Building by night

The building and its stately dome are symbols of the American people and their government. It also represents international democracy. I was enthralled by the night lights
8th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Speak no Evil. This savanna baboon is sitting on a termite mound in Africa. As I stopped to gaze at him the early sun caught his eyes as he looked back. He placed his hands over his mouth as though

Speak no Evil. This savanna baboon is sitting on a termite mound in Africa. As I stopped to gaze at him the early sun caught his eyes as he looked back. He placed his hands over his mouth as though he is trying to keep a secret!

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Friston, United Kingdom
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© Nigel Picknell.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2009
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 23, 2010, 9:35 a.m.
Camera Make:
Camera Model: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO400
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