A solitary Masai Giraffe is showered by light in a magnificent sun burst at Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Giraffes!
The photographer is Andy Rouse; thank you Deprise Brescia for sharing this beautiful image on Facebook.
Andy Rouse's photo was the African Wildlife Winner of Nature’s Best Photography Awards 2014:
I like how the sunlight comes through the clouds.
Of all the subspecies, the Masai Giraffe has the largest population size, estimated at almost 40,000 in the wild. The photographer, Andy Rouse:
I took this photograph in the Masai Mara (Kenya) late one afternoon when a ray of sun burst through the clouds—it was incredible. The problem was that I could not find anything to put in the foreground. Just when I needed them, the elephants, giraffes, and interesting trees were nowhere to be seen. Eventually, just as I was about to burst with frustration, a young giraffe strode over the hill and made all my dreams come true.
We've put 10 of our favorite images on display here. Large format versions of these — plus 50 more — were on display at the museum through April 20, 2015.
These photos were chosen from more than 20,000 entries submitted from more than 50 countries.
They show mountaintops at dawn as well as life under the sea and in the most extreme environments on the planet.
See the other favorite images: