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meerkats looking into the distance
May 26, 2015

Staring at the Sun

A meerkat family warms up at sunrise in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. “Shortly after waking up, a meerkat family—also called a gang or mob—will warm in the sun to harvest energy for the day,” writes Your Shot member Clemens Capek. The animals are normally shy, but one family in the area became accustomed to humans in close proximity, allowing Capek to capture them in their natural surroundings. Capek’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.
Photograph by Clemens Capek, National Geographic Your Shot

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