What do you know about Vikings? Big Cats? and Haiti’s Karneval

What You Don’t Know About Vikings
Photograph by David Guttenfelder
We’ve all seen Vikings as brutal, seafaring warriors, but who were they really? Scientists and archaeologists are finding some surprising new answers and telling a more complex story about this ancient society.
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The Spirits of a Japanese Forest
Photograph by Tomasz Lazar
There’s a forest at the base of Mount Fuji that is known both as a place of great natural beauty and great sadness. Tourists hike along the trails of the Aokigahara forest and others use the dense trees as a place to commit suicide.

The forest has long captured the imagination of writers, filmmakers, and, recently, photographer Tomasz Lazar. Lazar used infrared film to create an ethereal, white glow and asks us to envision the final walk of those who died there—as well as the spirits that remain.

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The Soul of Haiti’s Karnavale
Photograph by Corentin Fohlen
“We talk about Haiti in terms of poverty, but for me, this island is one of the [richest]. Not with money, but with human creativity,” says photographer Corentin Fohlen.

Fohlen was disheartened by the continuous stream of bad news coming out of Haiti, so he set up a mobile portrait studio in the small town of Jacmel—at the height of Karnavale season. His subjects quickly showed off Haiti’s inextinguishable spark.

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Big Cats, Big Moments
Photograph by Steve Winter
What’s it like to be face to face with a tiger, jaguar, or lion? A powerful photograph can put you there. In celebration of our Big Cats Initiative, we asked six National Geographic photographers to share a moment in the field that will stay with them forever.
See the pictures.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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