Take a 3-Minute Vacation Right Now to a Wildlife Photo Exhibit

National Geographic has just announced its 2008 Best Wild Animal Photos of the Year . . . including beautiful, funny, breathtaking and disturbing photos. The world has so many wild, wonderful creatures in it -- spend 3 minutes in the company of these strangers who haven't spent any time at all in a cubicle.

WARNING: some of these pictures are upsetting.

"The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." -- Aldo Leopold, 1949

Comments (4)

  • I forwarded this to my staff so they could take a 3-minute vacation. Unfortunately, the picture of the monkey being cooked was not what they were expecting.

    Dec 02, 2008
  • I'm so sorry. We debated quite a bit before posting the photo series. Finally we decided that it was actually good for us to be jolted into realizing that "best animal photos" doesn't necessarily mean "best cute animal photos," although that's certainly what I at least thought when I first saw the National Geographic announcement. We had hoped to warn people by using the word "disturbing" in the intro, but obviously it wasn't obvious enough. Thanks for writing, and my apologies. Jan

    Dec 02, 2008
  • "Disturbing" doesn't begin to describe the feeling that the monkey photo elicited. Far from having a "three-minute vacation", I'm still upset and haunted by the pain and horror of that picture.

    Dec 03, 2008
  • Thank you for sharing these. Although the photo was upsetting for me as well, I am glad I saw it and all the others.

    Dec 15, 2008

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