As a dog handler in the Marines, it was Jose Armenta’s [pictured on the right] job to walk ahead of his platoon and search for roadside bombs with his dog, Zenit, a German shepherd trained for explosives detection and patrol.
In 2011, while searching for IEDs planted by the Taliban in Afghanistan, a bomb they didn’t detect exploded and Armenta was thrown 20 feet. He narrowly survived, but both his legs had to be amputated above the knee. Zenit was uninjured and redeployed with a new handler. Jose Armenta talks with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about missing Zenit after the IED explosion —-
"After I was injured, my dog was assigned to another dog handler and they went on and completed the six-month deployment, because I was at the half way point, about three months, when I was injured. And so Zenit went on for another three months doing missions with another dog handler [in Afghanistan]. …
It was surprising because, up until that point, I had made sure I was emotionally detached from Zenit. I tried to keep it strictly professional since I knew it was very likely that one of us would be injured performing our job. … But after the fact, after I was out of the battlefield and recovering and found out that he was assigned to another handler, I was angry. I didn’t want him in danger anymore; I wanted him back home with me. And so that’s when it became evident that my emotions were evolving from a professional relationship to more of a partnership and a friendship.”
In this image from the June issue of National Geographic, Jose Armenta, and his wife, Eliana, relax with their Boston terriers, Oreo and Sassy, and Zenit, a German shepherd they adopted from the Marines.
Photo via © Adam Ferguson/National Geographic
Carezza Lake [in Italy] is a pearl of the Dolomiti. Nestled between an ancient forest of grand firs and the Latemar Mountain is place of legends and beauty. A nymph lives under its emerald waters. I threw a little stone in the water to add a little mystery to the scene.
by Antonio Chiumenti
Generally speaking mirrors on the ceiling is not a great idea, but in this case it’s pretty cool.
Observation Deck, Tokyo by Trisha Ratledge.
"Thirteen can be a brutal age, with some days feeling like pressure is coming from every direction: academics, peers, athletics," writes My Shot photographer Trisha Ratledge. "On a quiet summer afternoon, finally relaxed, Emma twirled without a care 250 meters above Tokyo. Her laugh echoed across the floor. A beautiful day."
As we approach this heatwave in Philadelphia I find myself looking longingly at photos of cool colors as it is a cheaper alternative to buying an air conditioner. - Molly
The Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, is pictured at twilight. Dating to the first century A.D., the well-preserved structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Summer Cottage, Spain
This shot was taken in Villa Luisita, a 19th-century house on the outskirts of Cortegana near Huelva in southern Spain. We were spending a few days in the countryside. At the end of the day, the summer light changes continuously and the activities around the house get a different significance every minute.
Keywords: “explorer”, “gallops” “steppes of northern Mongolia,” and “Ghengis Khan’s tomb.” File under: “Badass.”:
Research scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Albert Lin gallops across the steppes of northern Mongolia as he searches for Genghis Khan’s tomb and other archaeological sites. (Photo by Mike Hennig)
Nobody had ever done it before: Hike, ski, and raft 4,679 miles through eight national parks, dozens of mountain ranges, and the length of the Yukon territory. Then along came Andrew Skurka.Circling Alaska in 176 Days
Long lens? Or photographer with nerves of steel?
A deleted scene from The Last Lions, a film by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The documentary filmmakers will be on Fresh Air tomorrow to discuss their movie, which follows a lioness and her cubs left to fend for themselves after the father of the cubs is killed. (Another deleted scene)