Milky Way, New Zealand
Photograph by Stefan Mutch, My ShotThis was taken on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand. I was hoping to capture some aurora activity. There was no aurora that night, but there was high humidity, so the light from the city was reflected over the entire sky, even though we were well away from the city. Instead of the usual gold or orange glow, the sky took on a red hue that was clearly visible to the naked eye.

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Watching, Waiting

Photograph courtesy Stephen Richards, Conservation International

A feather-tailed opossum clings to a tree branch in Papua New Guinea’s Muller Range in September 2009. Though it has yet to be scientifically documented, the elusive species has been reported once before before, on a nearby mountain in 1985.

The possum may have been attempting to catch moths, the researchers said, as it was found near a light trap intended to lure nocturnal insects. Not much is known about the creature, though the structure of its tongue suggests a diet including nectar.
South Island, New Zealand
Photograph by Rob Blakers/Photo LibraryVines reach for the southern sky on a raised trellis system in the Marlborough region of New Zealand’s South Island. Marlborough, the largest of the Kiwi wine districts, is world renowned for using white grapes like these to turn out remarkably crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Waikawau Bay, New Zealand
Photograph by Steve Burling, My Shot
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and EnvironmentThis photo was taken at Waikawau Bay, Coromandel, New Zealand. After a gorgeous drive up the coast I was greeted with this scene. It kind of reminds me of the symmetrical paintings I did at primary school where you painted one side then folded the paper in half. The weather always seems to provide unique opportunities up this end of New Zealand.

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Peacock, New Zealand
Photograph by Rina Caffarella
This Month in Photo of the Day: Your PhotosA very cranky peacock from Kawau Island, New Zealand.

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