30 riveting pictures from the Nat Geo photo archives
In past trips through the National Geographic archives, I’ve looked for photos that show some of the ways we celebrate events or that draw parallels between the past and present. For this month’s curation, I didn’t focus on one specific theme—rather, I chose images that provoke a sense of wonder and discovery.
Take Sisse Brimberg’s profound image of the 17,000-year-old animal paintings of Lascaux Cave in southwest France, which were found by accident in 1940. Or Maria Stenzel’s photo of two biologists suspended over Antarctic ice, searching for rare life-forms, which gave me a chill to see. And in Michael “Nick” Nichols’s 15-year-old image of Tai Shan—the first giant panda born