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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.

13 Strange and Otherworldly Photographs of Wild Mushrooms

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Thousands of distinct mushroom species pepper the surface of our planet, growing singularly or in dense colonies from the rain forests of New Zealand and the Blue Mountains of Oregon. Along the forests and meadows of Western Europe, they grow in circles, sometimes called “fairy rings,” believed to cast spells upon all who enter their midst.

Photographer Captures the Magnificent Live Oak Trees of Ossabaw, Georgia

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Atlanta based photographer Diane Kirkland has been documenting Ossabaw, an island off the coast of Georgia, since the 1980s. As the state’s first heritage preserve, with no bridge or ferry access, the remote island is used only for educational and environmental purposes. Her series Live Oaks of Ossabaw is a way to preserve and interpret the natural beauty here.

Photographer Beautifully Captures Growth and Decay Through Sheets of Plexiglass Filters

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Photographer Krista Steinke spends her summers at Purgatory Road, a wooden region of rural New York that is divided by an infamous dirt-covered path. On one side of the road is a cavernous slope that is ominous, damp, and bug infested. On the opposite side lies a lush, peaceful forest. The intersection of this unusual landscape sets the tone for her series, also titled Purgatory Road. Here, she uses her camera to explore a metaphoric state of “in-between”.

Photos of Winter Waves Capture the Power of Mother Nature

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For his series Wave Pacific, photographer Scott Hoyle captures that chaotic and sublime moment when two opposing forces simultaneously collide together in a burst of emotion. In stark black and white, each violent crash is unique in shape and form. The dark background in contrast with the whiteness of the wave indicates an absence of location and environmental reference. These waves could be anywhere.

Hayato Wakabayashi’s Majestic Photos of Frozen Waterfalls and Caves in Japan

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Japanese photographer Hayato Wakabayashi finds his inspiration in natural elements. While photographing his last project, which involved documenting the intensity of volcanoes and typhoons, he started to become interested in the slow and organic variations of nature. For his most recent series, Gravity, he ventured out into the bitter cold of Japan’s mountainous regions to capture one of natures most beautiful phenomenon. These frozen caves and waterfalls can only be found in the coldest months of the year.

Australian Photographer Captures the Most Beautiful Images of Waves You’ll Ever See

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Australian photographer Ray Collins stumbled into his career as an ocean photographer almost by accident. Eight years ago, while working as a coal miner, he and some surfer friends ventured out to the beach to take photos. He began taking images of the ocean, seascapes and surfers in his spare time. A later knee injury led him to take up ocean photography full time. He has since found his passion, and returns to the beach every morning before dawn to capture the breaking waves for his series, and recently published book, Found at Sea.

Awe-Inspiring Photos of Holland’s Starling Murmurations

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Standing at the outskirts of a forest in the North of Holland, Belgium-based wildlife photographer Luc Roymans captures thousands of starlings as they ascent into the heavens, forming intricate and densely packed hordes across the painted sky.

Forming at dusk when the starlings set out to roost, the mysterious masses of fluttering birds are known as murmurations. Although science is just now catching up with the elusive phenomenon, we now know that starling murmurations can ensure safety for the small birds, serving as an instinctual defense against birds of prey. The changes in the birds’ movements happen at an almost imperceptibly fast rate, with each individual of hundreds or even millions maintaining a keen awareness to the slightest shifts in his fellows.

Through Roymans’s eyes, it seems almost impossible that these magical winged formations could ever be explained away by simple physics. The starlings emerge beneath his gaze as fairies, emissaries from another world, nimble dancers engaging in what he calls “a ballet by the birds.” While shooting, he was most struck by the variations in density of the murmurations, tracing the ways in which the birds alternately fanned out and huddled together. The swarm, he suggests, resembled not the sum of many individual creatures but a single, fluid mass blanketing the evening sky.

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is a category partner on Feature Shoot.

Photographer Michael Benson Talks Astronomy, Infinity, and Existential Crises

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Enceladus Geysers Water into Space, Cassini, December, 25, 2009 [2012]

I don’t have to say how much I love Michael Benson’s work. These photographs were pulled together from NASA and ESA space probes. They are composites of two or more black-and-white images that have been mosaicked through Benson’s own computer work. They are pictures of how we see the universe, not the universe itself. What I see in them is a hunger for beauty in an infinity of space. That’s the greatest mystery. No matter how violent and strange the universe, at the heart of us is beauty.

Photographer Jessica Hines Discovers Beauty on the Surface of a Swamp

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On a particularly sunny day in the early weeks of January, photographer Jessica Hines noticed something peculiar happening in the swamp near her house. Due to the suns reflection on the water and a natural combination of plant oil and pollen, an intense spectrum of rainbow colors appeared on the entire surface. After photographing the colored swamp from the waters edge and loving what she captured, Hines purchased a pair of chest-high waders the very next day so she could get an even closer look. The result is an abstract and otherworldly photo series titled Spirit Stories.

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