Gemma Critchley: This planet is awesome

Posted on November 16, 2011 by


If you needed visual proof of how wonderful the world is, take a look at these photos from the National Geographic Photography Contest 2011.

national geographic photography contest 2011 nature spiders trees pakistan floods

“An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water took so long to recede, many trees became cocooned in spiders webs. People in the area had never seen this phenomenon before, but they also reported that there were less mosquitos than they would have expected, given the amount of standing water that was left. Not being bitten by mosquitoes was one small blessing for people that had lost everything in the floods.”
(© Russell Watkins)


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