Sands and Mats at Padre Island
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An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) shot this photograph of a portion of Padre Island, a long barrier island along the southern Texas coast. For this reason, the beach appears wider and extends farther seaward on South Padre Island. Stretching north from the channel, Padre Island National Seashore protects nearly 80 miles (130 kilometers) of beaches for nature and recreation. North and South Padre Islands are well known for attracting tourists and beachgoers, but they have also intrigued scientists. Extensive microbial mats—multi-layered sheets of microorganisms such as bacteria—take advantage of this natural protection and thrive in the protected tidal flats along the backshore of Padre Island.

WHOI establishes new fund to accelerate microplastics innovation
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Early microplastics research by WHOI scientists was mostly funded through small grants that allowed them to explore very limited facets of the issue. In 2017 and 2018, WHOI awarded Catalyst Funds—an incubator program funded by private donations—to form the Marine Microplastics Initiative. With the backing of a handful of family foundations, WHOI is launching a Marine Microplastics Innovation Accelerator to help drive innovation and support projects that will have the most impact. “Currently, there are many more questions than answers about the fate and impacts of microplastics in the ocean,” he says. “The growing support from private foundations is critical in enabling the interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research that is needed to understand and solve this global problem.”

Yucca at Sunset, New Mexico, USA by Chip Carroon
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Picture StoryI suppose sand dunes are the essence of a desert environment in many peoples’ minds. While that may be the case, sand dunes occupy only two percent of desert landscapes in North America. However, owing to the stark reality of the desert, images depicting the simplicity of the environment may also be interesting. That was the idea in this picture of one of the yucca species in the southwestern United States. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Bow Lake, Canada by John Pedersen
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Picture StoryLast winter before the pandemic shut down travel, I ventured to Canada to photograph the area around Lake Louise and the Icefield Parkway. On this particular day we were traveling back from a sunrise shoot at Abraham Lake and the methane bubbles. However, when we came upon Bow Lake and saw the way the clouds were in the sky and the broad unbroken expanse of the frozen lake, we knew we had to stop. With a lot of work, I managed to stomp out a trail down to the edge of the lake were I set up my tripod and camera. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA by Jonathan Steele
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Picture Story\"Komorebi\" a Japanese term that translates as “the scattered light that filters through when sunlight shines through trees\", Captured while hiking in the Back Basin of the Norris Geyser Basin. We had hiked to the Steamboat Geyser and decided to continue on into the Norris Geyser Basin. It had snowed over the past several days and we had to break our own trail in the fresh snow. I have visited Yellowstone in both winter and late spring, by far Yellowstone is best in the winter. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Free Feature • Landscape Photography as a Fine Art
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Follow us Follow usThe case for landscape photography as a fine art is not a hard one to make. Photography as Fine ArtKnowing the history leading to current-day art and understanding what constitutes “fine art”, we see some challenges facing artistic landscape photography. Clearly, landscape photography is capable of meeting the criteria for being considered a fine art. To start with, many photographers self-apply established art terminology, such as “fine art”, without understanding fully what it means. The case for landscape photography as a fine art is not a hard one to make.

Mastbos, Breda, The Netherlands by Fabrizio Micciche
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A winter scene with a deer in the middle of the frame looking at me. It was the second day of snow in The Netherlands and took my chances to capture some shot while snowing early morning. I decided to go deeper into the woods hoping some wind shielding offered by the tall trees. I couldn't wish for a better winter shot! Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

West Montrose, Ontario, Canada by Tracey Saraceni
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Follow us Follow usPicture StoryWest Montrose is a small village in Southwest Ontario that is home to the famous Kissing Bridge, the only remaining covered bridge in Ontario. Built in 1881, it spans the Grand River at an impressive 200ft. The bright red paint is a stark contrast to the white snow coating the fields and trees which surround it. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your own portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 700,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

St Charles, Idaho, USA by Juan Pablo Spicer-Escalante
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I quickly pulled over and grabbed my gear. As soon as I finished taking a series of images, a light snowfall began once again, ending the brief photo session...Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your own portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 700,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45. • Upload and share up to 48 images per year via our monthly assignments• Upload and share up to 24 images per year via our picture submission form• Fast Support – we aim to reply within 24 hours• Submission Priority – your submission goes to the front of the queueDimitri Vasileiou • EditorSubscribe to VIP now

Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada by Larry Day
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Picture StoryAs I sit in -40 degrees Celsius weather, I often wonder why we venture out. This picture was taken just before a polar vortex hit and the snow and cold hit all at once. I view small snippets of a larger picture to be just as valid as the sweeping grandeur of mountains. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Crater Lake, Klamath County, Oregon, USA by Gary Weyandt
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Picture StoryWhile taking a short hike on the Discovery Point Trail at Crater Lake National Park, reflections in the water provided the perfect opportunity to capture the majesty of the park in winter. The glassy water reflected the island, crater rim, and sky like a mirror. The edge of a snow drift helped frame the scene, clearly announcing this was winter. Crater Lake is magical in winter when the park is nearly deserted. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Cave Point, Door County, WI, USA by Daniel Anderson
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Picture StoryI am fortunate to live in Wisconsin at the tip of an 80 mile long peninsula that extends out into Lake Michigan. There are wonderful photographic opportunities in every season but my favorite time is winter. That does not mean that it is always easy or pleasant to photograph at this time and this image is a perfect example of that. Time of the day is important here and since this area faces east, sunrise is the obvious most optimal time to be here. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

North Cascade NP, Washington, USA by Gary Blatter
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Picture StorySnowshoed in the dark to an elevated position to capture sunrise and sunset light on two of the prominent mountains in the North Cascades National Park. After a four hour drive and a two hour hike in the light did not disappoint. If you are ever in Northwest Washington state do not miss a trip to this park. It is truly one of a kind location regardless of the season you can visit. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Extreme Winter Weather Causes U.S. Blackouts
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A potent arctic weather system chilled much of the United States with frigid weather in mid-February 2021, shattering low-temperature records in the middle of the country. The extreme cold combined with several snow and ice storms to leave millions of people without power. According to news reports, natural gas shortages were already limiting power generation across Texas prior to the mid-February storm. He noted that Texas is the only state that has isolated its power grid from the rest of the country. The map above provides a view of the extreme cold associated with the arctic air mass.

New observation network will provide unprecedented, long-term view of life in the ocean twilight zone
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All of these components will connect to the network’s buoys using acoustic signals underwater and an Iridium satellite link at the surface. All of these components will connect to the network’s buoys using acoustic signals underwater and an Iridium satellite link at the surface. “It will cover a really huge piece of the ocean,” says WHOI ocean ecologist Simon Thorrold, a Principal Investigator for the network. “Now, we’ll be able to get continuous measurements from a large chunk of the ocean twilight zone over significant periods of time. We play a leading role in ocean observation, and operate the most extensive suite of data-gathering platforms in the world.

Sandakphu, West Bengal, India by Debarshi Das
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Picture StoryKangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world. It lies between Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three of the five peaks (Main, Central, and South) directly on the border, and the remaining two (West and Kangbachen) in Nepal's Taplejung District. Allowing for further verification of all calculations, it was officially announced in 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. This is the last light of the sun touching the grand view of Kachnejunga from the highest point of West Bengal state of India. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Yosemite NP, California, USA by Anca Popa
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Picture StoryYosemite National park is always a great place to visit, but during winter it just transforms into a magical place. As it always happens in photography, sometimes you just need a bit of luck to be at the right moment in time to take a good photo. The snowstorm clouds cleared at the right time to let the sunset rays hit the Sentinel Rock and give it the perfect glow. Hey VisitorDid you know that now we offer a VIP membership? Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Long Valley, Idaho, USA by Shane Davila
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As I drove along a road in the country side I spied these willows all alone in the distance. I need to look harder but not necessarily with my eyes but instead with my vision. Recognizing these elements as components to my vision the scene called to me, urging me to find it. It is often the simplest of things that can speak with the loudest voice as this simple scene did to me. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Deep Creek, Idaho, USA by Nancy Russell
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Picture StoryOne of my favorite places to photograph close to home is at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in northern Idaho. This December day was cold and foggy and the trees on the mountains were covered with a fresh snow fall. I was hiking along Deep Creek and photographing many different scenes with wide angle and zoom lenses. I came upon these two trees with snow on the bark and then noticed the distant scene. I felt like I was looking through a window into Deep Creek and the Selkirk Mountains in the background.

Pontal do Parana, Brazil by Luc Stadnik
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Picture StoryIn 2019 we had two main astronomical events in Southern Brazil. In the first one it was absolutely impossible to shoot, even driving as far as 300km from home, once it was completely overcast. In the second, on the other hand, the forecast was great and my plane was to shoot the eclipsed full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean. At the location I've found the right place and waited until the right time. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

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