Photo of the Day

May 12, 2018

Deadly Blooms

It's not a marble painting—it's an aerial photograph of cyanobacterial blooms on the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. "These blooms are deadly to people, fish, and animals and require treating the drinking water before it comes out of the lake," explains Your Shot photographer Matt Champlin. "I think it's important to sometimes show in our photography the perils that this planet faces because of human actions." This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Matt Champlin, National Geographic Your Shot

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