National Geographic : 2010 Mar
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC Society Updates PHOTOS: RANDY OLSON TOP LEFT ; KARIN FOBERG BOTTOM NG BOOKS More than a thousand plants and animals hover dangerously close to extinction in the U.S. Learn what's being done to save them in Rare: Portraits of America's Endangered Species, a book featuring 68 compelling portraits by longtime Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Rare is available in bookstores March 16 ($24). NG FILMS City of Life and Death, a film by acclaimed director Lu Chuan, uses stark black-and-white cinematography to powerfully portray Japan's 1937 seizure of Nanjing, China. A National Geographic World Films Release, City of Life and Death is now playing in select theaters. NG CHANNEL Can a high-tech map help decipher an ancient Peruvian mystery? Watch Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets, a one-hour special airing February 21 at 8 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel, and find out. GeoPuzzle Answers ALOE SAEZRAATAUT NINTHADUELAALTO IFTHEA INFOAKEEN AEVOLUTIONKEEPS AAASLRAAREEL AAA ETAASCRAMA REOSA MY THAH ICAURANUS UPWEMIGH TL IVEIN SEAMANAOUTAENTO AERICAMO TIFADEW AAANAVYAAMA A AAA ADOGWOOD EATDOGA DRAWAUPONAWO RLD ANKAAC ITYAAPNEA ROSYAHAHAASTEED ON ASSIGNMENT Cattle Tale Heading around a bend along Ethiopia's Omo River, writer Neil Shea and his guides Lale (above, in red polo shirt) and Bache (at left of Lale) spotted an odd situation. A Kara man (at right of Lale) and a Hamar woman (at far left) were struggling to haul a cow from the water after it had slipped and fallen in. "The cow was fully submerged, except for the top of its head, when we arrived," recalls Shea, who then pitched in with his guides to help heave the beast up the hill. Between the river's plummeting banks and the animal's slippery hide, the rescue was challenging---but not insurmountable. "Eventually," says Shea, "we managed to shove the cow to a flat spot, where it stood up and trotted off. It didn't even thank us." ON ASSIGNMENT Plant Manager For Swedish photogra- pher Helene Schmitz (below, at right, with assistant Karin Foberg), showcasing the "surreal quality" of her carnivorous subjects was key. To achieve this she set them against colored backdrops and used a macro lens with ring flash plus a second flash to illuminate insects. Greenhouses in Germany and Sweden served as studios; bugs were collected. The shoots required planning, but spontaneity prevailed when Foberg snapped this lighthearted shot in Frankfurt. "It looks like we have two beers," laughs Schmitz, "but actually they are jars of roaches." Neil Shea, his guides, and two villagers rescue a cow from the Omo River.