Every summer, for twenty years, the Italian photographer Valter Binotto has gone to a secret location in the Venetian Prealps, where a colony of Apollo butterflies (Parnassius apollo, in the photo) gathers. "I admire this butterfly as if it were a queen, " said Binotto, who has not revealed the place of the shot in fear it could be reached by some collector (these butterflies are at risk of extinction). "It's my favorite butterfly, and for me it's the true symbol of the Alps. For this photo I took advantage of a low cloud that created the white background. Using a telephoto lens allowed me to isolate the subject well. More photos of butterflies (watch)
He traveled to Victoria Island, Canada, to photograph arctic wolves. But while he waited to meet one, the Frenchman Eric Pierre came across a herd of musk oxen running frightened, perhaps chased right by a wolf. The photographer stopped just a kilometer from the group: «I could hear the rumbling of their hooves» he declared «it was one of those situations in which it is essential to find the right balance between technical accuracy, aesthetics and safety». Among the most appreciated photos in the category dedicated to the behavior of mammals.
He pushed himself a few meters from the photographer who was watching him sheltered behind a bush. And once there, he remained with his limbs in plain sight for a few minutes, just to clarify who was the strongest. Behind the behavior of Akarevuro, a young mountain gorilla from the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, there was - now it's clear - a "sentimental" reason. In this way the ape wanted to impress a female who was watching, with whom she started mating shortly after.
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To reach a crystallization of salt encrusted between the rocks of Glacier National Park, Montana, this goat must calibrate every single movement with precision. One false step and could fall into the void. Want to know how it turned out? According to the photographer's testimony, fine. After finishing the dinner in style, the goat retraced her steps, slowly and very carefully, until she reached her companions.
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Some scenes of wild life would remain totally hidden, were it not for the resourcefulness of passionate photographers. To immortalize this scene, for example, Louis-Marie Préau, from France, procured diving equipment and loaded himself with ballast to remain anchored to the bottom of the Loire river. Only in this way did he capture the moment when a beaver (Gen. Castor) drags a poplar branch towards his dam with difficulty. "It seemed like hard work" the photographer explained "a long journey, and moreover in apnea". The beavers' jaws are equipped with a membrane that allows them to bite the wood without letting water enter the mouth.
When it is said to be courted. This turtle (at the base of the "tower") has certainly had no problem finding a partner. A row of potential mates gathered above his shell and others, the photographer said, were added later. The scene was shot in the waters of the island of Sipadan, in Borneo, by the Spaniard Marcel Gubern, who could not believe his eyes. The female green turtle (Chelonia mydas) can mate with multiple partners and choose which sperm to use to fertilize the eggs, preserving the seminal fluid in special oviducts for long periods. More beautiful photos and curiosity about turtles
Imagine being in the French Alps at 2000 meters, next to an ice-covered lake, and hearing the croaking of frogs. It happened to the French photographer Cyril Ruoso, but it was not a hallucination. The singers were really there, and they were probably caught between a layer of water and one of ice. At the thaw they peeked out of the lake showing themselves to the goal. In the photo, two males clinging to each other, waiting for a female willing to mate.
When it is said to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This swan of a famous London park, the Richmond Park, has been reluctantly involved in a fight between two rival deer. The poor bird was crossing a pond when the most aggressive of the contenders threw themselves into the water to decorate the opponent, located on the opposite bank. The other deer is certainly not left to look and in the middle of the big horns the swan that was trying to get away is finished. The story had a happy ending: at least for the bird, which somehow managed to break free, leaving the two litigants to their brawl.
The most beautiful photos of wild nature (see the gallery)You may also be interested in: Wild nature, the 5 most spectacular shots Wild nature Wild nature … in English The 2008 Nature Oscar Every summer, for twenty years, the Italian photographer Valter Binotto has gone to a secret location in the Venetian Pre-Alps, where a colony of Apollo butterflies (Parnassius apollo, pictured) gathers. "I admire this butterfly as if it were a queen, " said Binotto, who has not revealed the place of the shot in fear it could be reached by some collector (these butterflies are at risk of extinction). "It's my favorite butterfly, and for me it's the true symbol of the Alps. For this photo I took advantage of a low cloud that created the white background. Using a telephoto lens allowed me to isolate the subject well. More photos of butterflies (watch)