Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // The Lake Castrovalva area of Lechuguilla (cave) in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, is very special. It is abundant in very delicate and unique cave formations, and for this reason it is very rarely visited. These formations are simply perfect and pristine. Here lies a fine set of rimstones and gours. For millions of years, the cave has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave is so beautiful and so important to science that access is strictly controlled in order to keep the cave in as pristine condition as possible. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today. @natgeocreative


Photo @tbfrost | Words by @paulrosolie | What makes anacondas so hard to study is they spend most of their time below water or mud. This means that even giant individuals can be impossible to detect. We had been searching for over thirty-five days in swamps and on rivers, without finding a single one. This 7-8ft individual came to us, strangely enough, by way of Instagram! First sighted by researchers who posted the photo, it was then discovered by Ecuadorian photographer @luksth , who alerted us. We traveled for 2 hours up the Tambopata River here in Peru to observe her. What made it extra exciting is she had just eaten an agouti (a house-cat-sized Amazonian rodent) below a mammal colpa or clay lick. It wasn’t the largest anaconda we’ve ever seen, but what is significant here is her behavior. Anacondas appear to travel long distances up forest streams to access mammal colpas (salt deposits) where the prey is abundant. This is a new behavior for an apex predator that we still know very little about. Just part of an ongoing effort to better understand the numbers, habits, ecology, and intelligence of these mysterious giants.

To see a photo of the ENTIRE snake with food in her belly, follow @tbfrost


Photo by @toddler777
Catching some air along the California coast. 🤙 #WHPplay


Holding the Tracks | Photograph by Kyle Miller (@wyoming_hotshots)
“Firefighters work to control the 416 Fire burning on the San Juan National Forest near Durango, Colorado. Pictured here, a member of the Wyoming Hotshots is monitoring the unburned or ‘green’ side of the fireline,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kyle Miller. “Firefighters often use natural fuel to set back fires, and here the railroad tracks work nicely for them to burn off from. A few people are at the front, while the rest of the crew holds the line, making sure no adverse winds throw hot embers across onto the green side.”

“Kyle, thank you so much for sharing this series. I love learning about the lives and careers of these firefighters. I love how you composed this image, to show the destruction of the fire on the left and contrasting with the lush, untouched green on the right. I’m looking forward to learning more through your story-telling images. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemnicholas). Check out our Instagram Story to see more of Kristen’s favorites from last week.


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SENIOR SUNDAY! @susiesseniordogs thinks five years is five too many. Jake and Jill went up the hill...looking for their forever home! These two cuties are a bonded brother and sister pair who have been at the shelter for the last 5 years. Yes, you read that right: FIVE years at the shelter. They are both friendly with other dogs and gentle with children. They both love human attention, head scratches and belly rubs! The only reason they haven't been adopted in so long is due to so many dogs needing homes. Jake and Jill are inseparable and looking for their one special-someone who understands the connection that some animals have with each other and will adopt them both together.

@bornfreepetshelter wrote, "Jill and Jake are medium sized dogs who were adopted out from our shelter as puppies. However, after 5 years their owner became ill and was no longer able to keep them. And they were returned them to our shelter. Jake and Jill have been in the shelter another 5 years. They are now 10 years old. Jake is 39 pounds and Jill is 49 pounds. They are not very big, just chubby.

Jake and Jill haven't received any interest at all. It's very sad to hear, they are so sweet and loving. It's really hard for us to find people who want to adopt older dogs. They are both are even-tempered, friendly, laid back and sweet dogs. Jill is the outgoing one of the two, Jake is more calm but also very sweet. They are both very good with other dogs and kids. These two are such a great pair. They are super well mannered and well behaved that you will be happy to have them around. They are brother/sister and it would be great if they were adopted together.
Jill needs to lose a lot of weight and once she does she will be able to walk better. Other than that, Jake and Jill are both healthy." To adopt Jake and Jill, please email bornfreepetshelter@gmail.com to apply!
@bornfreepetshelter is located in Homestead, FL.a


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