Color in Nature
Assignment Open From
Aug 26 - Sep 25, 2014
The Himalayan monal is striking. All the more so on its home turf, high in the mountains of Asia, against a backdrop of rock and snow. “Once seen,” wrote WCS’s founding ornithologist William Beebe, “it is never forgotten.” Have you seen a similarly stunning color combination? Send us the best burst you can find in nature, be it from your backyard or the back of a Himalayan pheasant.
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Sunset, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
The Butterfly Garden at the Bronx Zoo.
Reflections in the blue water of Nova Scotia.
Equal armed sea star, Dolphin Point, Vashon Island, Washington.
Bird of paradise, Central Park Zoo.
Imbabura tree frog, Ecuador.
Helmeted guineafowl, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Red-throated bee-eaters, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.
A cluster of colorful succulents at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in California.
Scrub jay, Deltona Scrub Jay Preserve, Florida.
Bee on a Flower, Blank Park Zoo.
Green Violet-ears near Quito, Ecuador.
Jelly at the Monterey Aquarium.
Honduran emerald hummingbird is considered one of the most endangered birds in Central America.
Green long-legged fly.
A sharp nose puffer, Cape Fear Ledge exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Iguana in the US.
Red-eyed tree frog, Costa Rica.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York.
Sea Apple Tunicate, Cannibal Island, Indonesia.
Peacock courting peahens, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York.
Rainbow lorikeet, Philadelphia Zoo.
Flamingo Lagoon, Isabella Island, Galapagos.
The blue poison arrow frog has bright warning colors. Zoo Miami.
Organic garden in Paris, Tennessee.
Lady bugs, a gift for a garden.
Lubber grasshoppers, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida.
Robin hatchling, Westchester, New York.
Beautifully colored bird in butterfly museum.
Clownfish, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Lorikeet, San Diego Zoo.
King penguins, Gold Harvour, Islas Goergias del Sur.
Orchid, New York Botanical Gardens.
Peacocks roaming the grounds at the Bronx Zoo.
Native wildflowers attract a real beauty in the suburbs outside Chicago.
Evening on the beach, Ormond Beach, Florida.
Flamingo, Bronx Zoo.
Peacock, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Red-eyed tree frog, La Fortuna, Costa Rica.
Wildflower meadow, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia.
Purple flower, Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Flamingo, Hertfordshire, England.
Red crossbill, Puget Sound.
Wisteria grows and blooms every March.
Swallowtail butterfly flower hopping.
Praying mantis, Bangalore, Karnataka , India.
Himalayan Monal at the Bronx Zoo.
Trogon in the Pantanal.
Blue-crowned motmot builds its burrow in the cliffs of Los Amigos Conservation Concession, Madre de Dios, Peru.
Daylily, a "Malachite Prism."
Golden-winged skimmer. Breeding males of this species are a vivid red.
Zebras at sunset in Botswana.
Tulip Explosion at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Bud is glistening in the sun.
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight, Botswana.
Insect and flower, Bronx Park.
Botanical Gardens, Bogotá.
Sally Lightfoot crab on the shoreline of the Galapagos.
Lilac breasted roller in Tanzania.
Flower close up.
Field of gold with wildflowers and Eastern tiger swallowtail.
Titan arum in bloom near the village of Air Putih, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Bee on a sunflower.
A peacock with plumage that appears to be studded with living jewels.
Butterfly and bee share a thistle.
Breeding season for the ocellated turkeys in Belize.
Flowers look ablaze in Denmark.
Orange-winged Amazon parrot feathers show fantastic colors.
Atala caterpillar feeds in a butterfly garden.
Tiger swallowtail on a purple blossom.
Ocellated turkey at the Bronx Zoo.
The lilac-breasted roller might just be one of the earth's most beautiful creatures.