Tragic Portraits of America’s Endangered Species (12 pics)

Representing a 20-year-long mission of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore to record North American species facing extinction, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species is a beautiful book filled with tragic stories. Sartore showcases 69 creatures from snails to wolves to whooping cranes, capturing haunting portraits that make us remember how mankind is negatively impacting other forms of life. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the book from National Geographic. (The book came as part of a press kit for Nat Geo’s new cable network, Nat Geo Wild…more on that later.) It starts off with Sartore’s foreword, which was a moving cry for help. “Maybe people don’t care about a rare bug, but seeing a cute little mouse, or a charismatic icon like a polar bear, may move them. By photographing the most endangered of our plants and animals, I can make the most dramatic plea to get folks to stop and take a look at the pieces and parts that we’re throwing away. Putting them on black and white backgrounds gives all equal weight and consideration from snail to sea turtle.”

I’d highly recommend the book. Haunting, tragic but beautiful and moving, Rare’s one of those books you’ll want to share with all of the future generations to come. You can get a special, signed copy of Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species on Sartore’s website. Other Amazing Animal Photography: Hi-Def Pics – Best Animal Pictures of 2008 (13 Photos) Incredible Animal Photography – Stefano Unterthiner (12 pics) Incredible Wildlife Shots by Rob Kroenert (13 photos) Amazing Wildlife Photography – Suha Derbent (18 photos) Animals in Stunning Clarity (12 photos)

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Interview: Fearless Dancers Bare All to Strike Vibrant Poses Under City Lights

For photographer Jordan Matter, humans have always been a subject of fascination. Even after accumulating multiple accolades, filming headshots for countless celebrities, and having his work featured on major media outlets such as the Today Show and the BBC, Matter demonstrates that there is always more of humanity to discover and celebrate.

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November 29, 2016

New Dad Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer Makes Every Moment Count With His Young Son

Like many people, Jay Clark and his partner Caroline Donoghue longed to be parents. With a lot of hope and rounds of IVF treatments, they learned in 2015 that their wish had come true—they were expecting a healthy baby boy. But just three months before their son’s due date, the couple received some devastating news. After intense stomach pains and jaundice skin, Clark was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer.

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