a room with a view. photos by oleg grigoryev camping out in tajikistan’s fann mountains

three orphaned baby black rhinos — hope, kilifi and nicky — are being raised in kenya’s lewa wildlife conservancy by rangers who haven’t left their side since their mothers were killed by poachers. from a population that used to number in the hundreds of thousands only a century ago, less than 5,000 black rhinos now remain. photos by (click pic) luca ghidoni, suzi eszterhas and ami vitale. (similar posts)

photos from dubai’s 828 meter tall burj khalifa (save the first and last photos, which show the building) by (click pic) daniel cheongkarim nafatnibjoern lauen and dave alexander. duabai only experiences this in september and march, when seasonal changes in temperature creates an abundance of early morning fog. (see also: fog over new york, london and chicago)

male mouthbrooding jawfish — such as the mottled (seen in the fourth photo with spikes on the side of its head from a fireworm attack), the yellowhead, the banded, and the cardinalfish seen here —  use their mouths to protect their eggs until the fry hatch. 

mouthbrooding fish are able to produce smaller numbers of offspring with a higher chance of survival than species that offer no broodcare. the males, however, are not able to eat during this period of incubation (which can last anywhere from one to three weeks), but will open their mouths, spitting the eggs out and then sucking them back in to keep them clean and aerated. 

photos by (click pic) nicolas terryshigeru harazaki, steven kovacs, keri wilk, michael patrick oneilll and marcello di francesco 

wyoming’s grand teton mountains, photographed by glen hush

aurora borealis over the april 2010 eruption of iceland’s eyjafjallajokull volcano, photographed by (click pic) ragnar th. sigurdsson, james appleton, mike herbertdavid martín castán and kristinn r. kristinsson

mike korostelev gets up close and personal with a salt water crocodile off the mexican island of banco chinchorro in the caribbean sea

photos by colin cameron from his home in the isle of lewis, in the outer hebrides. the island is home to the callanish standing stones, seen in several of the photos, which were erected about five thousand years ago.

an abandoned, one week old duckling, whose mother was killed by a fox in bristol, england, was found by a labrador named fred. the ducklling, who has since been named dennis, “was quite frail and he clearly would not have survived another day on his own,” explains jeremy goldsmith, fred’s owner.

but he adds,”fred, who has always been extremely loving, went straight up to the duckling and began to lick the little bird clean. since then, dennis has not stopped following him around. dennis snuggles up to fred at night for warmth, he will clamber up on top of him and they even go swimming together.”

photos by (click pic) michael poliza, dennis fast and matthias brieter of polar bears amongst the fireweed in churchill, manitoba. the area has the largest, and most southerly, concentration of the animals on the planet. in late summer and early fall the polar bears make their way to the hudson bay, waiting for it freeze over so they can hunt for seals on the ice. but every year, the ice is forming later and later, forcing the polar bears to go hungry for longer. (more polar bear posts