What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXII

Published July 24, 2015

The Stories Behind The Stunning Stock Nature Photos We Know You’ve Seen

Grizzly Bear Eating Fish

Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Source: National Geographic

You’ve seen them on posters, in offices, and floating across the stock screensaver on Apple TV. And though those contexts have made these incredible nature photos famous, they have probably also robbed the photos of much of their power. Through repetition and oversaturation, these wondrous images have become largely lifeless. But in their original context–features for National Geographic–and taken with the stories behind them, the blood starts to return to these photos. See the photos, like never before, and read the stories at National Geographic.

Namib Desert Orange Sand

The sand dunes of the Namib Desert, formed by wind over thousands of years, are some of the tallest in the world. Big Daddy, a dune near the one pictured here, rises 1,200 feet above the ground. Source: National Geographic

Lake Reflection Mist Mountains

The pristine waters and forest of the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the mountains of Sichuan Province, China. Source: National Geographic

America’s Eight Most Incredible Castles

American Castles Oheka Grounds

OHEKA Castle. Source: All That Is Interesting

When you think castles, you think Europe. And while there are indeed many more, and much older, castles across the sea, there are plenty of astonishing examples right here at home. There’s the California castle with 165 rooms and almost as many acres of perfectly manicured gardens. There’s the medieval Italian reproduction that’s accurate right down to the replica torture chamber. Then there’s the castle hiding in plain sight right in the middle of New York City. For more, bask in this vivid photographic tour.

American Castles Hearst Library

The library at Hearst Castle. Source: All That Is Interesting

American Castles Lyndhurst Castle

Lyndhurst Castle. Source: All That Is Interesting

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.