Removing ourselves from our surroundings often brings us closer to them. Astronauts speak of the Overview Effect, passing over Earth and seeing it only as a fragile speck in a massive solar system. The desire to protect and preserve is felt, as national boundaries evaporate and a global interdependency is realized. These satellite images are fascinating, overwhelming and thought provoking.
Our public lands give some of the most spectacular views, like this one of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Now’s your chance to give America’s public lands something in return. This Saturday, join volunteers of all ages by lending a helping hand to spruce up public lands. Find events in your area: www.publiclandsday.org
The terrestrial orchid Epidendrum schweinfurthianum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), native to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is a large to giant sized plant that can exceed 4 m tall, it flowers profusely with beautiful branching heads of blooms, purple on the outside and orange-purple inside with yellow tips and a purple multi-lobed lip.
At least 130,000 refugees have poured into Turkey over the past three days, escaping an Islamic State offensive in Syria. On Friday, Turkey reopened its border but forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurdish protesters who accuse Ankara of favoring Islamic State against the Kurds. —Thea Breite (20 photos total)