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April 13
Eastern Gray Squirrel

An Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) eating a nut in St. James's Park, London. Although native to eastern North America, the species has been introduced into a variety of locations. In England, gray squirrels have mostly replaced native Red Squirrels and have no natural predators, which has added to their rapid population growth and has led to the species being classed as a pest.

Photo credit: Diliff


April 14
RMS Titanic wreckage

Wreckage of the RMS Titanic's bow as seen from the Russian submersible MIR I. The shipwreck had been underwater for just under 95 years at the time of the photo, and has decayed considerably. It was discovered in 1985 at a depth of 12,500 feet (3800 m), 13 nautical miles (24 km) from where the Titanic was originally thought to rest. The bow section, which had split from the stern, had embedded itself more than 60 feet (18 m) into the silt on the ocean floor and was mostly intact.

Visits by tourists in submersibles and the recovery of artifacts are hastening the decay of the wreck. It is estimated that the hull and structure of the ship may collapse to the ocean floor within the next 50 years.

Photo credit: NOAA and the Russian Academy of Sciences


April 15
Planum Boreum

False-color Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image of a side of the Chasma Boreale, a canyon in the polar ice cap of the Planum Boreum (north pole of Mars). Light browns are layers of surface dust, greys and blues are layers of water and carbon dioxide ice. Regular geometric cracking is indicative of higher concentrations of water ice.

The Planum Boreum's permanent ice cap has a maximum depth of 3 km (1.9 mi). It is roughly 1200 km (750 mi) in diameter, an area equivalent to about 1½ times the size of Texas. The Chasma Boreale is up to 100 km (62.5 mi) wide and features scarps up to 2 km (1.25 mi) high. For a comparison, the Grand Canyon is approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) deep in some places and 446 km (279 mi) long but only up to 24 km (15 mi) wide.

Photo credit: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter


April 16
Da Vinci cartoon

Leonardo da Vinci's cartoon The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist combines two themes popular in Florentine painting of the 15th century: the Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist and the Virgin and Child with St Anne. St Anne's enigmatic gesture of pointing her index finger towards the heavens recurs in two of Leonardo's last paintings, his St John the Baptist and his Bacchus, and is regarded as the quintessential Leonardesque gesture. It currently hangs in the National Gallery in London.

Artist: Leonardo da Vinci


April 17
Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge, a bascule bridge that crosses the River Thames in London, England, at twilight. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London and is sometimes mistakenly called London Bridge, which is the next bridge upstream. The bridge replaced the Tower Subway for carrying pedestrian traffic across the river.

Photo credit: Diliff


April 18
Focus bracket example

A series of images demonstrating a focus bracket, a technique useful in situations with limited depth of field, such as macro photography, where one combines the in-focus portions of multiple exposures digitally. The image on the left shows a single shot taken at f/11 with the features of the Wolf spider closest to the camera. The center image shows the features farthest from the camera. The image on the right shows a sequence of 8 incrementally focused images of the spider assembled to make a composite image in Adobe Photoshop.

Photo credit: Fir0002


April 19
Power house mechanic working on steam pump

Lewis Hine's 1920 Power house mechanic working on steam pump, one of his "work portraits", shows a working class American in an industrial setting. The carefully posed subject, a young man with wrench in hand, is hunched over, surrounded by the machinery that defines his job. But while constrained by the machinery, the man is straining against it—muscles taut, with a determined look—in an iconic representation of masculinity.

Photo credit: Lewis Hine


April 20
Pinkerton, Lincoln, and McClernand

Allan Pinkerton (left), President Abraham Lincoln (center), and Major General John A. McClernand (right). This photo was taken not long after the Civil War's first battle on northern soil in Antietam, Maryland on October 3, 1862. Pinkerton was the head of Union Intelligence Services at the time. He also, allegedly, foiled an assassination attempt against Lincoln. His wartime work was critical in Pinkerton's development, which he later used to pioneer the American private detective industry when he formed the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

Photo credit: Alexander Gardner


April 21
Cartographic relief depiction

Cartographic relief depiction showing the varying age of bedrock underlying North America. This image combines a geologic map and a shaded relief image. This combination reveals the geologic history of North America through the interrelation of rock type, topography and time. Regional surface processes as well as continent-scale tectonic events are exposed in the three dimensions of space and the fourth dimension, geologic time. From most recent to oldest, age is indicated by color: yellow, green, blue, red.

Image credit: United States Geological Survey


April 22
Bell pepper

A whole and cross section of a red bell pepper (pepper in the UK and capsicum elsewhere in the Commonwealth). This cultivar of Capsicum annuum has a recessive gene that eliminates the capsaicin in the fruit. The pepper scores zero on the Scoville scale, meaning it has none of the "heat" that other chili peppers do.

Photo credit: Fir0002


April 23
Rock Pigeon

A male Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) in flight. This species of pigeon, native to western and southern Europe and North Africa, is known throughout the world, although pure Rock Pigeons are increasingly rare, having been displaced by the domesticated version. Some pigeon breeds such as homing pigeons have been extremely useful to humans.

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson


April 24
Crystal Mountains

This image features the Crystal Mountains within the Desolation Wilderness in the U.S. state of California with Lake Aloha in the foreground. This range is a subrange of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The southernmost and highest peak seen here on the left is Pyramid Peak, reaching 9,987 ft (3,026 m). The northernmost summit in the range is Tells Peak, however the peak all the way to the right in the image is in the middle of the range and is called Little Pyramid Peak. These mountains are visible from the city of Sacramento on clear days viewed from the other side.

Photo credit: Mike Grindstaff


April 25
Black-bellied Whistling Duck

A Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) in mid-flight. This species of whistling duck breeds in the southernmost United States and tropical Central and South America. As the name implies, these are noisy birds with a clear whistling waa-chooo call.

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson


April 26
Persian Walnut

A whole and a half-shelled Persian Walnut (Juglans regia), also known as Common Walnut or English Walnut. This species of walnut is native from the Balkans, east through southwest and central Asia and the Himalayas to southwest China.

Photo credit: AndonicO


April 27
Boulevard du Temple

Boulevard du Temple, the first photograph of a person, taken by Louis Daguerre in late 1838 or early 1839 in Paris, France. The scene is of a busy street, but the city traffic does not appear due to the ten-minute long exposure time. The exception is a man in the lower left corner, who stood whilst getting his boots polished for long enough to show him in the picture.

Photo credit: Louis Daguerre


April 28
Great Red Spot

False-color detail of Jupiter's atmosphere, imaged by Voyager 1, showing the Great Red Spot and a passing white oval. The wavy cloud pattern to the left of the Red Spot is a region of extraordinarily complex and variable wave motion. To give a sense of Jupiter's scale, the white oval storm directly below the Great Red Spot is approximately the same diameter as Earth.

Photo credit: Voyager 1


April 29
Whaling in the Faroe Islands

Atlantic White-sided Dolphins, on a concrete-floored dock at the port of Hvalba, which is in the Faroe Islands, north of the United Kingdom. Whaling in the Faroe Islands has been practised since at least the 10th century. It is strongly regulated by Faroese authorities and is approved by the International Whaling Commission.

Photo credit: Erik Christensen


April 30
Dust storm

A dust storm rushes towards a military camp as it rolls over Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, just before nightfall on April 27, 2005. A dust storm (or sandstorm) is a meteorological phenomenon common in dry, arid and semi-arid regions, usually the result of convection currents created by intense heating of the ground. These currents then carry clouds of sand over large distances.

Photo credit: Corporal Alicia M. Garcia, USMC



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