NG editor Susan Welchman selects a handful of excellent professional, and non professional photos from the week. There are some amazing photographs, as well as some awesome stories.
Like this one from Melissa Brandts
August 7, 2009 : My husband and I were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada, when we stopped for a timed picture of the two of us. We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot! A once in a lifetime moment! We were laughing about this little guy for days!
Or this one from Peter Allinson
August 11, 2009 : Andrew saved this young sperm whale's life when some false killer whales attacked it. The sperm whale, now a seven-year-old adolescent male, is called Scar. I was lucky enough to witness the two of them playing together. Scar has been known to come to Andrew when called. He has been very gentle with people in the water with him, but is reaching the time when he will leave his pod and travel to other locations, looking for food and a mate.