Curious Clouds in the Transantarctic Mountains
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On December 29, 2020, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired these images of soft-edged clouds hovering over the Eisenhower Range of Antarctica’s Transantarctic Mountains. The clouds have the hallmarks of lenticular clouds that can form along the crests of mountain waves. In the United States, lenticular clouds are particularly common around the Rocky Mountains. This natural-color image has been enhanced with infrared light to separate the white clouds from the white snow and ice below. Still, a few people have witnessed lenticular clouds in Antarctica firsthand.

2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record
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Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 for the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA. The bar chart below shows this year in the context of the past 140 years in the modern temperature record. Tracking global temperature trends provides a critical indicator of the impact of human activities—specifically, greenhouse gas emissions—on our planet. Scientists from Europe’s Copernicus program also have 2020 tying 2016 as the warmest year on record, while the UK Met Office ranked 2020 as the second-warmest. NASA’s full 2020 surface temperature data set and the complete methodology used to make the temperature calculations are available online.

2020 Year in Review
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Robert Ballard, Ocean ExplorerRobert D. Ballard is Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust; Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He is an Explorer-At-Large at the National Geographic Society, Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and a Research Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years and continues to work with the Office of Naval Research. He has also discovered hydrothermal vents and “black smokers” in the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise in 1977 and 1979. His honors include 22 Honorary Doctorates, National Geographic’s highest award, the Hubbard Medal, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal.

Smart cameras keep lookout for endangered whales
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With numbers hovering around 360 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered. Authorities in the U.S. and Canada use spotter planes to search for North Atlantic right whales so they can issue warnings to nearby ships. But planes can’t be used at night or in bad weather, nor can observers detect whales swimming in deep water. The cameras are linked to artificial intelligence that Zitterbart's team has trained on examples of waves, birds, vessels and whales. Unlike human observation from planes and boats, these cameras don’t require ambient light, so they can spot whales around the clock.

Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway by Janet Burdon
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Picture StoryThe light of a winter dawn illuminates Mount Olstind on the Lofoten Isles with the pretty village of Reine in the foreground. We had arrived in Reine the previous evening after a long and arduous journey. Three flights with three different airlines, and then a long drive over snow covered roads to our accommodation. A short walk along the road took us to a viewpoint where we set up for this shot. 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.

Saint-Irenee, Quebec, Canada by Jacques Geoffroy
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Picture StoryIn February 2020, I was walking on the train tracks following the gorgeous St-Lawrence River near Saint-Irénée, Quebec, Canada. The river has tides that can reach seven meters, so it sculpts fabulous ice blocks. I approached my model and composed the image including other less seductive ice blocks in the frame. When the sun rose, I was blown away by the shape, texture and transparency of my model. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Yosemite Falls, California, USA by Phillip Rubaloff
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Picture StoryThis is a picture of Yosemite upper and lower falls taken across the valley floor in late January. My first visit to Yosemite was earlier in my life. It was with my family when I was in my teens. 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.

Haukland Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway by David DesRochers
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Picture StoryTraveling to a winter destination always carries the risk of an extreme weather event interfering with travel plans. My flight canceled, my only option was to board a ferry that was scheduled to stop in Leknes. My four-hour journey turned into 6 hours before I arrived at Svolvær where I found shelter for the night. I arrived in Leknes the next day where the snow was measured, not in inches but in feet. Create your own portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 700,000 members and followers.

Eagle River, Alaska, USA by Ray Bulson
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A favorite atmospheric phenomenon of mine is called the Belt of Venus. The Belt of Venus is more pronounced during the winter months. Living in the subarctic region of Alaska, I have observed that the color of the band intensifies as the temperature drops. The pink of the Belt of Venus is a beautiful, rich magenta which contrasts nicely with the dark green spruce. 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.

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.

St-Donat-de-Montcalm, Quebec, Canada by Jacques Geoffroy
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Picture StoryIn mid December on a snowshoe trek at St-Donat-de-Montcalm, Quebec, Canada, I was hoping to find a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the top of the mountain. I was entranced by the snow covering the trees in the foreground and the mountains in the background. 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. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

Nuns Cross Farm, Dartmoor, Devon, England by Chris Marshall
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Picture StorySnowfall in the Southwest of England is a rarity because the weather is generally very mild. My final plan was to photograph Nuns Cross Farm in the snow for the first time. It wasn’t long before the dense fog cleared revealing a band of ethereal mist above the old farm building about four hundred metres away. The layer of mist was moving quickly from left to right so I had to find an attractive composition swiftly. 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.

Loo, Gelderland, Netherlands by Ronnie Brinkhuis
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Picture StoryI was on my way to a beautiful house in our area to capture it on photo, when I suddenly came face to face with this beautiful tree, the tree stands along a dike in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. Due to the many melt water high in the mountains of the Alps, the water in the rivers of the Netherlands was higher than normal and this tree was therefore in the water. Because it had also snowed in the Netherlands it looked all in all wintry and I thought it was time to take my nikon out of the bag and take this picture. Snow can no longer be taken for granted in the Netherlands, so this photo is a beautiful reminder of a beautiful winter in our small country. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers.

Buron, Aubrac, France by Fabien Guittard
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Picture StoryFailing Lapland, I plunged a few days in the snow of the Aubrac plateau, where a few isolated burons (huts) are waiting for the end of winter under a thick layer of snow. A \"buron\" is a stone building, covered with lauzes or slates, found on the \"montagnes\", high altitude pastures that valley stockbreeders own and exploit seasonally in the Cantal, Aubrac, Cézallier and Dore mountains. They are used to make cheese: Cantal, Laguiole or Fourme d'Aubrac, and Saint-Nectaire during the summer months (from mid-May to mid-October), and to house the cheese makers. Create your personal portfolio page and let us share it monthly to over 400,000 members and followers. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

Weser, Weyhe, Germany by Vivien Renziehausen
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Picture StoryThe coldest day since about 4 years! This morning we had -17°C and my fingers froze within seconds when I took my gloves off to change the lens. 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. Benefits of VIP membership:• Your personal portfolio page – click here to see sample• We promote your portfolio monthly to over 400,000 followers• Download 12 new issues of the magazine every year• Download ALL back issues• Download 2 premium eBooks worth £19.45.

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.

Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada by Larry Day
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Picture StoryTrudging through heavy snow in the mountains, I had expected to come across some stunning wide vista. Instead, the heavy fresh snow had made unique images throughout the fallen trees. I reminded myself as I trudged on that the beautiful nature I was in was home to much more than people visiting National Parks. 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.

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