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National Geographic Magazine December 2012

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the snow tree

It’s practically a given among photographers that bad weather makes a better picture. it adds mood, nuance, and sometimes, mystery. in the case of the 3,200-year-old, 247-foot-tall sequoia known as the president—the centerpiece of our cover story on giant sequoias—it also added challenges and a few headaches. The stakes were raised. Nick planned to shoot in a blizzard. The image of the snow-covered sequoia is a cousin of the photo of a 300-foot-high redwood tree on the foldout poster we ran in our october 2009 issue. it’s a testimony to the passion of Michael (nick) nichols, who made both images, that no sooner had he finished photographing the redwood than he started wondering, What next? We wanted a different look this time, and the sequoia provided the platform. the stakes were raised. nick…

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in the shadow of wounded knee

The Oglala used to thrive in that country because it gave them the richness of the prairie. They lived where the buffalo lived, and the buffalo gave them food, robes, a fierce and exciting occupation, and a spiritual connection to the land. Others killed off almost all the buffalo and with their guns squeezed the people into a small corner of the buffalo range. The land was amputated and the heart torn out. Now the people live on the body of a corpse. How can we restore the spirit of the buffalo? Perhaps we should restore the buffalo. CHRIS TOLKING Sherborn, Massachusetts Alexandra Fuller’s article contains several quotes from Native Americans but omits what is probably the most evocative of all said in relation to their relationship with the whites. A Sioux elder…

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visions

Afghanistan Overnight snowfall slows the pace of a Monday-morning commute in residential Kabul. The street is lined with flags heralding the opening of the Afghan parliament. Russia Rosy from the bitter cold, the children of reindeer herders pause during play on the windswept tundra of Russia’s Yamal Peninsula. Their coats, called malitsas, are sewn from reindeer hide, with the fur facing inward. United Kingdom A merlin turns momentarily from the snipe in its grip after an attack on moorland near Whitby, in northern England. The raptor eats small birds, along with occasional mammals and insects.…

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your shot

This page features two photographs: one chosen by our editors and one chosen by our readers via online voting. For more information, go to ngm.com/yourshot. EDITORS’ CHOICE Li Xin Beijing, China One summer evening Li was snapping shots of clouds from his Beijing rooftop when lightning (at center left) lit up this towering thunderhead. The effect, says the 31-year-old photojournalist, reminded him of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion. READERS’ CHOICE Lisa Franceski Glen Cove, New York Ever mindful not to disturb baby birds, Franceski crawled through goose poop to photograph this flapping gosling at a pond on Long Island, New York. “I couldn’t stop laughing,” says the registered nurse, 48. “It looked like a football referee calling, Touchdown!” National Geographic Photography Contest Winning Photos More than 20,000 images were submitted to the 2011 annual National Geographic Photography…

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industrial wonderland

Toby Smith Dozens of power stations dot the English countryside. Like many people who live here, I find them oddly beautiful: architecturally alluring icons of our past that burn fossil fuels, polluting the present. Since 2008 I’ve explored that double layer of symbolism by photographing them at night, using large format and long exposures to show the ceaseless production occurring on the fringes of our landscape—and consciousness. Before this series I was fishing for a timely topic that would clarify things for me as an artist. I’ve found it here, as well as a personal confluence. For instance, I used to do recon work in an infantry regiment; while I never trespass to get a shot, I did draw on that experience to scout locations. And I used to study environmental science,…

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pop culture

SKYCAST Overhead this month in parts of the world December 13-14 Geminid meteor shower December 21-22 Ursid meteor shower Before they even had pots to cook it in, ancient Peruvians knew the joys of eating popcorn. So says a team of scientists who have found fossilized cobs, husks, stalks, and tassels dating back 6,700 years —ahead of the arrival of ceramics—along the northern coast of Peru. The remains, the oldest ever identified in South America, help put the now ubiquitous crop’s chronology in order. According to study co-author Tom Dillehay, the findings place maize in the area 2,000 years earlier than previous discoveries had indicated. So how did these people pop kernels without cookware? Burned cobs suggest they used heated stones (which were also found with scorch marks). As to consumption practices, Dillehay says popcorn likely wasn’t…