Cage divers are confronted by a great white shark.

Capturing the Whole Story
At National Geographic, our photographers are driven by a passion to document the world in all its complexity. To inform. To inspire. Meanwhile, hazards large and small await them. They have had to overcome arrest and detention, malfunctioning scuba gear, elephant charges, shark attacks, lava burns, muggings, malaria, and dengue fever. All for the sake of bringing you the one image that helps you grasp the whole story… the big picture.

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A glacial torrent pours over a 40-foot-high ledge at Gođafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” After the Icelandic assembly adopted Christianity in 1000, its leader threw his pagan idols into the falls. The mossy island, notes geographer Guđrún Gísladóttir, “is protected from sheep.”

National Geographic’s photo of the month is by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg, from the May 2012 story “Iceland’s Resilient Beauty.”

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If The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has taught us anything, it’s that while a magapod of dolphins is awesome, we’re also likely in the path of an interstellar highway, so make sure you grab your towel and don’t panic

A megapod of dolphins stampeding off the coast of Dana Point, California, not on Leap Day, but perfect for today anyway

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If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you should buy this.

I’m joining the Daily Post crew, and as part of that I’m participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Here’s how it works:

Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

This week’s theme is Peaceful. The photo below captures a sunrise taken from across a lake in Michigan.