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Now & Then Falls in Amnicon Falls State Park, Wisconsin, is a lovely waterfall that lives up to its name: in drier years, it disappears.  Tannins from dead leaves turn the water root beer brown.
Regrowth in a burned forest is begun by fireweed, so named because it is often the first plant to return after a forest fire.  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Houses overlook an iceberg-laden fjord of Baffin Bay in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
An ancient Inuit inukshuk serves as a landmark for seafarers in a fjord of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.  This inukshuk is estimated to be at least one thousand years old.
Houses overlook an iceberg-laden fjord of Baffin Bay in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
Geologic strata are obvious in the cliff face of a mountain range in Baffin Bay, Nunavut, Canada. The range juts abruptly out of the brilliant glacial water, creating a mesmerizing contrast of colors.
A massive iceberg sports a double arch, creating a passageway completely through the berg, in Baffin Bay, between Canada and Greenland.
A female polar bear faces the evening sun as she takes a nap on a melting ice floe in Baffin Bay, between Canada and Greenland.
Steam rises from the now-defunct Excelsior Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, proving that it is still very much a geothermal hot spring.
A female polar bear jogs toward the evening sun on a melting ice floe in Baffin Bay, between Canada and Greenland,
An exhausted mother lioness takes a nap in an acacia tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A polar bear appears to smile contentedly into the warm sun on an ice floe in Baffin Bay, Nunavut, Canada.
A male ostrich completes his mating ritual with a flourish of his large wings in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
A curious polar bear perches atop a chunk of ice on an arctic ice floe, not far from snow-free, solid land on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.
A lone bison trudges through deep snow trying to find food during a snowstorm in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
A hippopotamus appears to smile as it rests its head on the back of a herd mate in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.
An acacia tree is silhouetted against a vibrant, low sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A park bench flooded by a river overflowing its banks.
A stone path strewn with autumn leaves is surrounded by the bright colors of Japanese maples, moss, and other plants in a Japanese garden in Seattle, Washington.
There is nothing quite like being stared down upon by tree climbing lions to remind you that you are not the top of the food chain on the African savanna.  Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa.
An ancient Inuit inukshuk serves as a landmark for seafarers in a fjord of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.  This inukshuk is estimated to be at least one thousand years old.
A harbor seal on the Oregon coast appears to be laughing at a particularly funny joke.
A greater flamingo takes on the colors of flames as it skims the surface of a lake in the Galapagos Islands at sunset, looking for krill, mollusks, and other goodies to eat.  Ecuador, South America.
A llama in Peru sports a rangy, over-the-eyes hairdo well known to parents of many teenagers.
A male lion stretches out to his full length to take a nap in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa.  He looks as though he wants a scratch under the chin.
A young lion cub perches on a limb of an acacia tree, surveying its future realm, in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A lone house overlooks an iceberg-laden fjord of Baffin Bay in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
An oxpecker searches for prey while perching on a very calm cape buffalo's face.  Oxpeckers pick ticks, mites, larvae and other pests off of large animals and in return, get a nice meal.
A yellow-billed stork lifts a long leg and dips its long neck to scratch an irritating itch while balancing on the other foot in a hippo pool in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A harbor seal on the Oregon coast, during a pause in its ascent up a rock to sun itself,  gazes over its shoulder bashfully with soulful eyes.
An adult lion watches over his territory, unconcerned but alert, in the hot evening sun of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A cape buffalo resembles a prize fighter after a particularly nasty fight -- worn, haggard, ears torn.  Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
An oxpecker moves in for a bite while perching on a very calm cape buffalo's face.  Oxpeckers pick ticks, mites, larvae and other pests off of large animals and in return, get a nice meal.
A female polar bear hunting seal on an ice floe in Nunavut, Canada.
A klipspringer, a tiny antelope found only in eastern and southern Africa, stands tall atop a rock in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A lioness, looking like a regal and patient queen, waits for her companions at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa, while the gray clouds behind her announce an approaching storm.
A black bear sits happily atop a small rock bluff on the shore of Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada, looking out toward the lake.
A mountain goat considers his next leap.
A lone butterfly with the colors of a monarch gathers nectar from the top of a bush in a garden in Peru, South America.
The fiery red of a Japanese maple provides a stunning backdrop for a stone bridge and lantern in a Japanese garden in Seattle, Washington.
A polar bear wanders a completely ice and snow-free slope on the tundra of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.
A smaller member of the heron family, this snowy egret perches on a branch in a Louisiana marsh as early sunset light gives him a halo effect.
Wind blowing from behind it stands fur on a bison's neck straight up, causing it to sport a stylish, punk-like hairdo -- while it licks the inside of it's nose.  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
An extreme close up of a bison reveals details in its fur, eye, and horn, as ice clings to its face in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Built on a moraine, a modern inukshuk, or stone cairn serving as a signpost or landmark, marks the path forward on a scenic trail in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
A blue and yellow macaw eats popcorn from his dish at the Santuario Animal de Ccochahuasi near Cusco, Peru.
A harbor seal appears to be smiling, looking as though it just heard a groaner of a joke while sunbathing on a rock on the Oregon coast.
A yellow-billed stork rests on one leg, like a flamingo, while standing in a hippo pool in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Galapagos mockingbirds are common throughout the archipelago.  This one sits atop a bush, calling to other, nearby birds.  Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America.
A harbor seal on the Oregon coast stretches its neck to get a good scratch of a bothersome itch, while the tail of the seal in front of it has fluffed out as it has dried in the sun.
An Andean cloud forest is the spectacular view that visitors to Machu Picchu get when they look outward from the ruins, to see the surroundings as the ancient Inca would have.  Peru, South America.
A mother elephant and her baby seem to be posing with the intent to demonstrate scale as they forage for lunch in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
The matriarch of a small herd of elephants keeps her family close as they forage for food during the dry season in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Acacia trees are silhouetted against a vibrant sunset in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A tiny, solitary klipspringer sports an enigmatic, Mona Lisa smile -- that is almost a smirk --in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa.
An exhausted, tree-climbing mother lioness takes a nap in an acacia tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A lioness casually strolls toward the photographer in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A black bear yearling chews on a metal box attached to the side of a road sign in Ontario, Canada.
A group of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies create the image of a larger butterfly while "puddling" -- gathering salts and minerals from newly wet ground.  There are seven butterflies here!
A sleepy-looking, baby African elephant uses a fallen tree as a scratching post in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.
The trunk of a lone pine tree seems particularly straight and strong when surrounded by its own draping needles and the flaming reds of a Japanese maple in autumn.  Seattle, Washington.
A small waterfall in autumn draws visitors in with its peaceful, meditative motion in a Japanese garden in Seattle, Washington.
A sea lion makes a meal of a fish on the Galapagos Islands
A mother polar bear and her dripping wet, two-year-old cub inspect a hole in the sea ice off Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.
A young big horn sheep lamb strikes an adorable pose as it looks over its shoulder at family members in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
A lone house shows its rusted roof and the canted layers of rock that form its foundation in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
Colorful houses face the warming sun in front of a steep cliff face in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
An ancient shelter shows off its modern improvements, including glass windows, a reinforced roof, and an updated chimney, in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland.
The Templo de los Guerreros (Temple of the Warriors) and the Plaza de las Mil Columnas (Plaza of a Thousand Columns) at the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, Mexico.
A juvenile black-tailed prairie dog is knocked off its feet by its sibling during a wrestling match as a parent looks on.
A scarlet macaw perches with a tin can atop a branch protruding from the adobe walls of the Santuario Animal de Ccochahuasi near Cusco, Peru.
A missing tail reveals this lava lizard from the Galapagos islands to have been attacked by a predator.  Lava lizards will detach their tails when attacked in order to distract the predator.
Rows of valves and gauges in the "B" Reactor, the first fully functional nuclear reactor in the world, at the Hanford Site in Washington state.
An alpaca in Peru can be distinguished from llamas by its short snout and very furry face.
A trio of big horn sheep lambs huddle together as they learn to navigate roadway shoulders in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Steam rises from a colorfully flowing, yet terraced hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
The sky darkens as a storm covers San Cristobal Island, the Galapagos. Trees, shrubs, and tall prickly pear cacti line the lava rock strewn beach.
Bacterial mats form abstract patterns in a hot spring
One of many small waterfalls
Rows of gauges and controls in the "B" Reactor, the first fully functional nuclear reactor in the world, at the Hanford Site in Washington state.
An ancient Inuit inukshuk serves as a landmark for seafarers in a fjord of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada.  This inukshuk is estimated to be at least one thousand years old.
An emaciated bison shows how difficult survival can be in the harsh winters of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
As large as a bison's head is, it is still quite small compared with the rest of the animal's body, as shown in this image from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
A bison looks tired as it trudges through a snowstorm during a harsh winter in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
A bison gives the photographer a tired look as it trudges through a snowstorm during a harsh winter in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
A bison makes an effort through deep snow to summit a ridge, trying to reach flatter ground in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
A sea lion makes a meal of a fish on the Galapagos Islands
A Nasca booby sits on its nest in the middle of a trail in the Galapagos Islands, with the Pacific Ocean behind it.
 A fiery Japanese maple tree anchors the fall colors of the Seattle Japanese Garden in Seattle, Washington.
The seasons appear confused on Mount Rainier -- the flowers suggest spring, while the snow and ice claim winter.  The cold elements are receding glaciers, however; spring wins.  Washington State.
A pink rose swallowtail butterfly, native to the tropics of southeast Asia, sports an almost neon-bright body as a warning to predators: "Don't eat me!  I'm poisonous!"
A greater flamingo slowly wades through a lake in the Galapagos Islands, looking for krill, mollusks, and other goodies to eat, as the setting sun highlights its beautiful pink colors.  Ecuador.
A juvenile red-footed booby in the Galapagos Islands looks like a child who has experimented with mom's eye shadow.  In adulthood, the bird's bill will turn completely blue.  Ecuador, South America.
A female Galapagos Tortoise in the Galapagos Islands sports a naturally grumpy look, in spite of the beautiful colors and markings that adorn her face and neck.  Ecuador, South America.
An adult female elephant looks as though she is ready to fall asleep on her feet in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A lioness sprawls on her back, asleep, as if stretching out to have her belly scratched.  Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A bull elephant patrols his territory, exhibiting threat gestures such as ear flapping in order to keep other males away from the vicinity of his females, in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A young lion cub makes funny faces unintentionally as it climbs a limb of an acacia tree for a better view of the plains in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A small herd of elephants sticks close together for protection during the dry season in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
A vervet monkey sits in a low bush, resting, during the dry season in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa.