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19 of Our Favorite Baby Animal Photos From the Offset Collection

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Emperor Penguin Chick on Adult’s Feet, Snow Hill Island, Antarctica © Radius Images / Offset

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Mother and child Manatees underwater © Jimmy White / Offset

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A polar bear cub rests on her mother’s legs at Wapusk National Park © Richard Wear / Design Pics / Offset

There are few sights as miraculous as that of a baby animal learning the ropes from his mom- and in some cases, his dad. According to evolutionary biologists, humans are genetically hardwired to respond to infants, even when those little ones are of another species. We’re made to register cuteness, to feel an urge to protect and nurture small creatures, so it’s no wonder that photos of baby animals can inspire even the most curmudgeonly person to crack a smile.

Tender Portraits Tell the Sad Story of Abandoned Spanish Greyhounds

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For Where Hunting Dogs Rest, London-based photographer Martin Usborne tells the story of the Spanish greyhound, an ancient sighthound breed once revered and cherished by the Spanish nobility. As the winter months begin to settle and hare hunting season draws to a close, countless hunting dogs are abused and forsaken along roadsides, in car parks, and on the peripheries of town. Many do not survive, but the photographer encountered a lucky few, spent time with them, and captured their portraits, which he paired with somber landscapes taken at the location at which they were abandoned.

Photographer Petros Koublis Discovers a Mysterious (Non-Touristy) Side to Santorini

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Santorini, Greece is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, ancient cities, and its location in the Aegean Sea. The most popular images of the island are of its whitewashed cubical houses that scatter its steep and rugged caldera, formed from an enormous volcanic eruption in the sixteenth-century. Greek photographer Petros Koublis reveals a different, more mysterious side to Santorini in Vedema: a fire harvests the stone. Koublis’s photographs capture the nature and origins of Santorini through the prism of Greek mythology. Koublis states, “The series investigates the traces of the island’s volcanic origin only to reach for something more personal and universal; our very own origin.”

Arresting Mythical Creatures Created Using Stock Imagery

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Andreas Lie lives in Bergen, along the western coast of Norway, enveloped by feral terrain that is dotted with mountain peaks and engraved by deep fjords. He shares the land with creatures as diverse as wild reindeer, grey wolves, red deer, and moose, majestic beasts who only emerge from their hideaways at dusk and dawn. Lie marries these critters with the landscape that nourishes them, digitally fusing two photographs into a single image.

Beguiling Photos Capture the Beauty of Antarctica’s Icebergs

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In Antarctica, says London-based photographer Anna Vlasova, snow comes in more shades than white, coloring ancient icebergs in pastel shades of blue and green. Seventy percent of the planet’s water is held precariously within these floating monoliths, bodies of frozen fluid that can tower as high as our lofty skyscrapers and extend well below sea level, where they are blanketed in a fuzzy layer of ice algae. For The Character of Snow, Vlasova tells the story of these enigmatical and volatile bodies, glancing back thousands of years to a time when they roamed the seas, uninhibited and unbroken by the will of mankind.

Father Documents His Daughters’ Childhood in a Remote Village in Australia

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“We live in a paradise,” says photographer Sam Harris of the tiny southwestern Australian village that he, his wife Yael, and his two daughters, Uma and Yali, have come to call home. In 2002, the family, composed at that time of mother, father, and three-year-old Uma, left behind the hustle and bustle of London in search of a life spent close to nature. After backpacking through Thailand, India, and Australia, they nested in a forest near the town of Balingup with the newly arrived infant Yali, amongst the wild kangaroos and surrounded by the chuckling birdsong of Kookaburras.

Touching Portraits of Injured Birds Photographed at a Wildlife Shelter

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Holland-based photographer Anjès Gesink spends her evenings nursing wounded chicks and administering pain medication to older wild birds who have been wounded and left behind in the hustle and bustle of city life. She volunteers at Vogelklas Karel Schot, a bird shelter in Rotterdam that rehabilitates a variety of severely injured and ill birds in hopes of releasing them back to their homes in the wild. For Birds Don’t Cry, the photographer documents the animals as they are held and examined by compassionate hands at the shelter.

Astonishing Time-Lapse Captures the Development of Baby Honeybees

For Berkeley-based photographer Anand Varma, saving the planet’s bees means learning their stories from birth. He keeps a community of bees in the backyard of his own home, where he meticulously records them at astonishingly close range from their infancy as eggs through their development into larvae, pupils, and at last, adult insects. For this one-minute film, he encapsulates the initial three weeks of a bee’s lifetime to capture not only beauty but also the vulnerability of these creatures whose numbers are shrinking at an alarming rate.

15 Irresistible Photos of Dogs in Cars

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For humans, a car ride is a means to an end, a way of getting from Point A to Point B. For dogs, however, the trip itself is the destination, a curious adventure wherein wonder and intrigue linger at every turn. For our canine friends, whether they be wide-eyed goofballs or a bashful pups, each road brings with it a new set of smells to inhale, each pit stop a chance for some extra snuggles and wags. In the end, the best part of a dog’s journey isn’t the sights and sounds or even the ecstatic feeling of ears flopping in the wind, but the chance to be on board, to be included, and to serve as our furry co-pilots.

Mystical Photos Capture a Fairytale Universe Dreamt Up by a 7-Year-Old Girl

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Fairytale, says Polish photographer Marta Berens, is co-authored by her seven-year-old daughter. The distinction is important; Tosia is not her subject but her collaborator, and this is the story they have written together.