Sunday, December 17, 2017

Still Life with Robin: Nature's Showstoppers

National Geographic Image
At least once a year Still Life with Robin gives space to recognize some beautiful scenes from nature – and all you have to do to see these amazing pictures is to click on this link:

Don’t stop with the winners of this year’s National Geographic Nature Photographers Contest. Keep going and you’ll see all the nominations for the weeks running up to the gallery of the winners. You may think that clicking through picture after picture on the internet is the very definition of wasting time. Not this bunch! You will see something new and beautiful in every shot…..every one of them well worth the time it takes to click through.

But where is the DC hook? After all, this column is supposed to be about some aspect of life here in DC. And so it is, because National Geographic has its National HQ and Museum right here, at 17th and M, and you can hike yourself down there and see the exhibitions going on now. No, these photo winners are not on display, but here’s what you will find in the current exhibitions: The work of wildlife photographer Michael Nichols; The Tomb of Christ; and the permanent exhibition, featuring some of the most famous pictures ever featured in National Geographic. More info and ticket available here:

Explore and enjoy!
Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays (and sometimes posted so late that it’s Sunday already!)


  1. If you like nature photography, you may also enjoy the exhibition at the Natural History Museum:
    Discover Nature through The Art of Photography
    From more than 26,000 entries submitted to the 2017 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards, 60 images were selected to showcase the work of photographers in 59 countries. United by their creativity and technical skill with a camera, these artists of all ages and experience share visions of nature to inspire its preservation.

    Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 22nd annual Nature's Best Photography Awards exhibition presents fine art prints accompanied by HD video. Not only may visitors enjoy these stunning photographs and the diversity of flora and fauna they represent, but the competition is also open to the public for submissions.

  2. I go to a lot of museums. Always have. I’ve never seen anything as amazing as these two exhibits at the National Geographic Museum.

    They are very different - Wildlife photography like you’ve never seen before, and short videos of the photographer (Mike Nichols) telling and demonstrating how he got those images provide further enrichment and understanding of the photos.

    Tomb of Christ has the highest of high-tech visuals: you’re surrounded by the church, ‘flying’ though and above different parts of it, with exceptionally coherent narration. There’s a 3-D experience of being moved through the church (while you’re standing still), and next, with virtual reality goggles you can move about the church at your leisure and your own pace.

    The modest amount of text and image on the walls in yet another section is descriptive and informative; you learn about some of the technology used to restore the church.

    I went to each on a separate day. Both are intense experiences which I studied in some detail. You might absorb it quicker. But don’t miss either one.