National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary
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In this dazzling book of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public; animals that are among the last of their species on Earth; volcanic lightning; giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons; the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, natural wonders, and little-seen objects from the far reaches of the globe.
human convenience? Time alone, and our choices, will tell. But if the answer is yes, the answer is Yellowstone. The Author’s Flight BOZEMAN YELLOWSTONE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ne RA GALL A TIN Ye llo ws to NG E THE BEAR THAT EATS FLOWERS AB SA R A OK ABSA R O Yellowstone Lake KA RA w Yello YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK GE RAN lley Va Norris Geyser Basin Lam ar NG E st o e n GRAND TETON N.P. Thorofare Plateau 20 0 mi 0 km 20 Writer David Quammen toured Yellowstone with pilot
meadows of grass and sage—the rich yellow of balsamroot, the paler yellow of biscuit-root, which signals a tuber that bears eat. Lacking geysers and a great canyon, the Lamar Valley isn’t for everyone, but to some eyes it’s the most exquisite corner of Yellowstone. We ﬂew down the east shore of Yellowstone Lake into a roadless area, protected on one side by water and on another by the crest of the Absaroka Range. Near the south tip of the lake’s Southeast Arm is the delta of the upper Yellowstone
90 percent are from May through September. 8 million 6 Grand Teton* 3.1 4 2 1904 Yellowstone 4.1 million visitors 1960 2015 *Accurate Grand Teton data unavailable before 1983 SOURCE: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) ellowstone nowadays is a great sanctum for wild animals. The wolf is back. The grizzly bear population has rebounded since a perilous nadir in the 1970s, now ﬁlling areas of the ecosystem, including Grand Teton National Park, where it hadn’t been seen in decades. The beaver has
due to the killing by the white men. But today we still use the buffalo in all our ceremonies. As a sweat lodge owner, I use the buffalo skull in my lodge. I place the buffalo skull in front of my doorway on a dirt mound. This altar represents strength and good, long, healthy life to all those who enter. I got this buffalo skull in a hunt we had in Wyoming in the winter. Once the buffalo was down, we gave the buffalo a good blessing with tobacco and drank the blood from the heart for blessings
whole thing, I thought: all the processes, all the players. The photosynthesis and the herbivory and the predation and the competition and the migration and the parasitism and the decomposition, everything downstream, everything that moves into Yellowstone and across it and back out. Seems almost like this is where the ecosystem begins, I said. “If an ecosystem ‘begins’ anywhere,” Arthur agreed, “this would be it.” For every beginning in the natural world, there is an ending, and then a beginning