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"The Milky Way appears over a bizarre geological formation (called Panaca formation) in Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. This place was covered by a lake nearly a million years ago. The richly colored canyons are remnants of this ancient lakebed. Over centuries the lake began to gradually drain. Erosion on the exposed parts of sediment and gravel carved rivulets, splitting tiny cracks and fissures into larger and larger gullies and canyons."
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January 20, 2013
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This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures
"Icelandic horses gathered on top of this hill within their paddock beneath this stunning cloud formation. The combination seemed positively heavenly. This photo was taken at the breeding farm in northern Iceland called Ibisholl."
"An early 1900s a photographer called Edward Curtis had a big idea: to capture on film the last remaining American-Indian tribes before they disappeared completely.
Backed by President Theodore Roosevelt and funded by financier JP Morgan, the charismatic Curtis spent the next three decades circumnavigating the United States documenting the customs of more than 80 tribes.
Ultimately Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings and is credited with making the world's first documentary film.
In his book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, author Timothy Egan follows the pioneering photographer's journey.
He reveals how Curtis' obsession cost him his marriage and left him penniless. "