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Video by @melissalesh and @tbfrost |
Very excited that in the coming days National Geographic will be publishing online my photographs of the complex relationship between saltwater crocodiles and people that was shot over nearly 4 years, starting in 2013. It was a hard story to tell because of some of what I saw and it will undoubtedly make some angry and sad because there are hunting photos and hunting is controversial. But I implore you to consider how the hunting is done and how it is involved in the successful conservation of crocodiles in Australia . I have plans to go back and keep documenting how the lives of crocs and people intertwine in Australia but for now enjoy the upcoming article and keep your eyes out for brand new video of wild crocodiles on the nat geo instagram stories. I can't tell you exactly why I love crocodiles because there are too many reasons. For example, look how this crocodile, aptly Named jaws, disappears under the surface , scarcely creating a ripple.  Is there are animal out there that is seemingly as choreographed as a crocodile? I'm not sure there is. Please head over to @tbfrost to see more videos and photos that didn't make the cut where I'll also be sharing stories about why i decided to do this story and what it took to make this happen. #followme @tbfrost

Video by melissalesh and tbfrost | Very excited that in the coming days National Geographic will be publishing online my photographs of the complex relationship between saltwater crocodiles and people that was shot over nearly 4 years, starting in 2013. It was a hard story to tell because of some of what I saw and it will undoubtedly make some angry and sad because there are hunting photos and hunting is controversial. But I implore you to consider how the hunting is done and how it is involved in the successful conservation of crocodiles in Australia . I have plans to go back and keep documenting how the lives of crocs and people intertwine in Australia but for now enjoy the upcoming article and keep your eyes out for brand new video of wild crocodiles on the nat geo instagram stories. I can't tell you exactly why I love crocodiles because there are too many reasons. For example, look how this crocodile, aptly Named jaws, disappears under the surface , scarcely creating a ripple. Is there are animal out there that is seemingly as choreographed as a crocodile? I'm not sure there is. Please head over to tbfrost to see more videos and photos that didn't make the cut where I'll also be sharing stories about why i decided to do this story and what it took to make this happen. followme tbfrost

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Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans cling to each other in northern Borneo. Like humans, they need affection and care from their mothers in order to become healthy adults. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive outside of Africa. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Baby orangs are also victims of the illegal pet trade—captured by poachers who kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend upon to insure that our next of kin on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our lifetime. I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting them, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Wild Aid. I share this image in honor of World Orangutan Day, Saturday August 19. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of endangered animals around the world. 
@wildaid @world_wildlife @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Love #Twins #Orphans

Photo by FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans cling to each other in northern Borneo. Like humans, they need affection and care from their mothers in order to become healthy adults. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive outside of Africa. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Baby orangs are also victims of the illegal pet trade—captured by poachers who kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend upon to insure that our next of kin on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our lifetime. I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting them, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Wild Aid. I share this image in honor of World Orangutan Day, Saturday August 19. Follow me FransLanting for more images of endangered animals around the world. wildaid world_wildlife natgeotravel thephotosociety natgeocreative WorldOrangutanDay InternationalOrangutanDay Borneo Family Love Twins Orphans

August 2017 3829
Photo by @ciriljazbec / Story about my hometown Trzic in Slovenia that I worked on for @natgeotravel is published online. 
World-renowned ice climber @klemenpremrl descends the Dovžan Gorge in Trzic. Just a short drive from Tržič in the heart of the Karavanke mountain range lies the fossil-covered, 300 million-year-old Dovžan Gorge. The older folk of Tržič say that dragons once roamed there and that one of them is responsible for the creation of Tržič. Follow more from this story @ciriljazbec and @natgeotravel. #Trzic #Slovenia #climbing #dragons #dovzangorge

Photo by ciriljazbec / Story about my hometown Trzic in Slovenia that I worked on for natgeotravel is published online. World-renowned ice climber klemenpremrl descends the Dovžan Gorge in Trzic. Just a short drive from Tržič in the heart of the Karavanke mountain range lies the fossil-covered, 300 million-year-old Dovžan Gorge. The older folk of Tržič say that dragons once roamed there and that one of them is responsible for the creation of Tržič. Follow more from this story ciriljazbec and natgeotravel. Trzic Slovenia climbing dragons dovzangorge

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Video by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodríguez ) on assignment for @natgeo in Colombia.

Returning from my assignment in Tame, Arauca, where we traveled in the region known as Llano Colombiano, we found this group of white herons. White herons, also known as great egrets, are widely distributed across most tropical and temperate regions of the world and they build nests in colonies near the water. Like a story from Gabriel García Márquez, in the very last hours we were given a treasured memory from of one of Colombia’s most beautiful regions.
Video by @christian_foto on assignment for @natgeo in Colombia.
#elllano #colombia #gabo

Video by christian_foto ( Christian Rodríguez ) on assignment for natgeo in Colombia. Returning from my assignment in Tame, Arauca, where we traveled in the region known as Llano Colombiano, we found this group of white herons. White herons, also known as great egrets, are widely distributed across most tropical and temperate regions of the world and they build nests in colonies near the water. Like a story from Gabriel García Márquez, in the very last hours we were given a treasured memory from of one of Colombia’s most beautiful regions. Video by christian_foto on assignment for natgeo in Colombia. elllano colombia gabo

August 2017 1404
Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Alcohol is dumped into the mouth of a dead woman to preserve her body in Indonesia. To see what happens next follow @brianlehmannphotography.

Photo by brianlehmannphotography - Alcohol is dumped into the mouth of a dead woman to preserve her body in Indonesia. To see what happens next follow brianlehmannphotography.

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Photo by @jimmy_chin 
Our quiet, unassuming camp below Shivling and Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya. At the time we had no idea where the journey would take us. Grateful we got a glimpse of the other side, and grateful for everyone who took it with us.

Photo by jimmy_chin Our quiet, unassuming camp below Shivling and Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya. At the time we had no idea where the journey would take us. Grateful we got a glimpse of the other side, and grateful for everyone who took it with us.

August 2017 2061
Video by @bertiegregory. A 12ft wide oceanic manta ray comes blasting out of the blue with an entourage of baitfish. Last July I was lucky enough to swim with these incredible creatures as they aggregated off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The baitfish use the manta's enormous body as a shield from aerial predators, allowing them to feed safely near the surface. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!

Video by bertiegregory. A 12ft wide oceanic manta ray comes blasting out of the blue with an entourage of baitfish. Last July I was lucky enough to swim with these incredible creatures as they aggregated off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The baitfish use the manta's enormous body as a shield from aerial predators, allowing them to feed safely near the surface. Shot for natgeo and stevewinterphoto. Follow bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!

August 2017 2829
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Video by @JimRichardsonNG  Making the run from Tobermory to Inverie off the west coast of Scotland. Great swelling seas outside my cabin. Aboard the Lord of the Glens. @natgeotravel #scotland @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative

Video by JimRichardsonNG Making the run from Tobermory to Inverie off the west coast of Scotland. Great swelling seas outside my cabin. Aboard the Lord of the Glens. natgeotravel scotland natgeoexpeditions natgeocreative

August 2017 2181
Video by @pedromcbride Pete McBride // The weather of the summer monsoons roll through the Grand Canyon providing precious moisture to this arid landscape. We welcomed storms for water but feared them  because of flash flooding and lightning  during our 800-mile hike through this remote landscape. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #chasingrivers #grandcanyon #timelapse #nature #humility

Video by pedromcbride Pete McBride // The weather of the summer monsoons roll through the Grand Canyon providing precious moisture to this arid landscape. We welcomed storms for water but feared them because of flash flooding and lightning during our 800-mile hike through this remote landscape. To see more, follow pedromcbride. chasingrivers grandcanyon timelapse nature humility

August 2017 1329
Photograph by @paulnicklen // We sat quietly in our small boat while a young female polar bear contemplated our presence.  It is fun to watch how they deal with the fine balance between curiosity and fear.  She wanted to come close and check us out but she was also a bit nervous.  She must have started to walk away over thirty times before immediately turning around to come and inspect us. Eventually, she wandered off down the beach.  She was an incredibly healthy looking little bear and it was great to see a bit of animal fat still stuck to her nose as she would have feasted recently. #followme on @paulnicklen to see another young bear floating by on a chunk of sea ice.  #bear  #NMCA #nature #ice #beauty #glacier #ice #marine #beauty #instagood #picoftheday

Photograph by paulnicklen // We sat quietly in our small boat while a young female polar bear contemplated our presence. It is fun to watch how they deal with the fine balance between curiosity and fear. She wanted to come close and check us out but she was also a bit nervous. She must have started to walk away over thirty times before immediately turning around to come and inspect us. Eventually, she wandered off down the beach. She was an incredibly healthy looking little bear and it was great to see a bit of animal fat still stuck to her nose as she would have feasted recently. followme on paulnicklen to see another young bear floating by on a chunk of sea ice. bear NMCA nature ice beauty glacier ice marine beauty instagood picoftheday

August 2017 2372
Photos @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo on the #climatechange issue. Here we are at  Wanderland in the northwest of Germany where an old nuclear cool tower that never operate is now used  as amusement ride. This futuristic image represents the hopes of Germany. By 2050 Germany aims to be a new kind of wonderland, an industrial country that will use at least 80 percent from renewable energy. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more tech solution about #climatechange #renewableenergy #innovation #sustainableliving #transition #energy #future #space #earth #nuclear

Photos lucalocatelliphoto for natgeo on the climatechange issue. Here we are at Wanderland in the northwest of Germany where an old nuclear cool tower that never operate is now used as amusement ride. This futuristic image represents the hopes of Germany. By 2050 Germany aims to be a new kind of wonderland, an industrial country that will use at least 80 percent from renewable energy. Follow me lucalocatelliphoto to see more tech solution about climatechange renewableenergy innovation sustainableliving transition energy future space earth nuclear

August 2017 1429
Photo by @amivitale. Female elephant Shaba leads the herd of orphaned elephants living at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned or abandoned elephant calfs into the wild. Rehabilitating these elephants so close to where they were found helps improve the chances of them being able to reconnect with their family herds once they are ready to leave the care of the attentive wildlife keepers. You can learn more about Reteti in this month's National Geographic. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife  @natgeocreative @thephotosociety  #retetielephants #kenya #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by amivitale. Female elephant Shaba leads the herd of orphaned elephants living at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( r.e.s.c.u.e). Part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned or abandoned elephant calfs into the wild. Rehabilitating these elephants so close to where they were found helps improve the chances of them being able to reconnect with their family herds once they are ready to leave the care of the attentive wildlife keepers. You can learn more about Reteti in this month's National Geographic. Follow r.e.s.c.u.e and amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. DontLetThemDisappear nrt_kenya lewa_wildlife natgeocreative thephotosociety retetielephants kenya everydayafrica photojournalism amivitale

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Video by @renan_ozturk // Rain wisps dancing over Wolf's Head peak in the Wind River mountain range of Wyoming. This designated wilderness is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is also one of the most intact temperate/alpine ecosystems in the world. ~

While spending the last week here climbing with @taylorfreesolo, we saw the effects of climate change induced beetle kill that has swept over most other parts of the Rockies within the last few decades.  The forests throughout the Winds used to be the last vestige of safety for trees like the Whitebark Pine because it stayed colder here. But now even in this high alpine range the winters are warmer, the cold snaps fewer, and the beetle populations are flourishing. #windriverrange #actonclimate @treefighter @austin_siadak @jackrees20

Video by renan_ozturk // Rain wisps dancing over Wolf's Head peak in the Wind River mountain range of Wyoming. This designated wilderness is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is also one of the most intact temperate/alpine ecosystems in the world. ~ While spending the last week here climbing with taylorfreesolo, we saw the effects of climate change induced beetle kill that has swept over most other parts of the Rockies within the last few decades. The forests throughout the Winds used to be the last vestige of safety for trees like the Whitebark Pine because it stayed colder here. But now even in this high alpine range the winters are warmer, the cold snaps fewer, and the beetle populations are flourishing. windriverrange actonclimate treefighter austin_siadak jackrees20

August 2017 1291
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Photo by @andreabruce : Hello, I’m posting images from this month’s NatGeo story on sanitation. More specifically, open defecation. An uncomfortable topic, but an important one for people, especially children, all over the globe. I spent much of the year awkwardly asking people if I could follow them to the bathroom, whether that was in a house or in a field. 
Bottomline: If we don’t have healthy systems for sanitation, we won’t have clean water. 
About half of the Indian population defecates outside without using toilets. The result is that children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients — causing 117,000 Indian children die each year from diarrhea, according to Unicef. The current Indian government is trying to change this. Here, a man takes a bucket for washing with him as he takes a walk to defecate in the fields in Uttar Pradesh. #sanitation #india #cleanindiacampaign @noorimages

Photo by andreabruce : Hello, I’m posting images from this month’s NatGeo story on sanitation. More specifically, open defecation. An uncomfortable topic, but an important one for people, especially children, all over the globe. I spent much of the year awkwardly asking people if I could follow them to the bathroom, whether that was in a house or in a field. Bottomline: If we don’t have healthy systems for sanitation, we won’t have clean water. About half of the Indian population defecates outside without using toilets. The result is that children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients causing 117,000 Indian children die each year from diarrhea, according to Unicef. The current Indian government is trying to change this. Here, a man takes a bucket for washing with him as he takes a walk to defecate in the fields in Uttar Pradesh. sanitation india cleanindiacampaign noorimages

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Photo by @edkashi As a rainbow colored sunset ends another day in the Old Port, the people of Marseille, France go about their business on Sept. 14, 2010. NASA states that industrial activities that the modern civilization depends on have raised atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million in the last 150 years. These increased concentrations have caused the greenhouse effect to occur where heat that was radiated from earth toward space becomes trapped, and subsequently @everydayclimatechange ensues. #ECC #everydayclimatechange #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #actonclimate #NASA #rainbow #marseille #france #atmosphere #carbondioxide #CO2 #greenhouseeffect #globalwarming #transit

Photo by edkashi As a rainbow colored sunset ends another day in the Old Port, the people of Marseille, France go about their business on Sept. 14, 2010. NASA states that industrial activities that the modern civilization depends on have raised atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million in the last 150 years. These increased concentrations have caused the greenhouse effect to occur where heat that was radiated from earth toward space becomes trapped, and subsequently everydayclimatechange ensues. ECC everydayclimatechange climatechange climatechangeisreal actonclimate NASA rainbow marseille france atmosphere carbondioxide CO2 greenhouseeffect globalwarming transit

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Photo by @FransLanting The afterglow of a fiery sunset in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is turning the water of a placid lagoon purple while my strobe illuminates the face of a caiman floating along. Millions of caiman were killed in the Pantanal for their skins, but since they were granted protection their numbers have rebounded and today they may be as numerous as they once were. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wildlife around the world.  @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Pantanal #Caiman #Protection #sunset #wildlife #wildlifephotography

Photo by FransLanting The afterglow of a fiery sunset in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is turning the water of a placid lagoon purple while my strobe illuminates the face of a caiman floating along. Millions of caiman were killed in the Pantanal for their skins, but since they were granted protection their numbers have rebounded and today they may be as numerous as they once were. Follow me FransLanting for more images of wildlife around the world. natgeocreative thephotosociety Pantanal Caiman Protection sunset wildlife wildlifephotography

August 2017 1104
Photo by @patrickwitty | Post-thunderstorm sunset near @natgeo headquarters in Washington, DC. #sunsets #washingtondc

Photo by patrickwitty | Post-thunderstorm sunset near natgeo headquarters in Washington, DC. sunsets washingtondc

August 2017 1735
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 @natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with @maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall @erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks #followme @thomaspeschak

Photograph by thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks followme thomaspeschak

August 2017 1073
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for @natgeo @natgeocreative

Photo by andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for natgeo natgeocreative

August 2017 792
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Video by @joelsartore | This Malay eagle owl was photographed at Jurong Bird Park, part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (@wrs.ig). This species can be found in the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia and prey on large insects, birds, small mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that they mate for life and they’ve been known to become very attached to their nesting locations. In many instances the owls will return to their site year after year, and if one mate dies the other will continue to maintain the same territory.
For a portrait of this owl, check out @joelsartore.
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#owl #owls #birds #malayeagleowl #eagleowl #cute #cuteanimals #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Video by joelsartore | This Malay eagle owl was photographed at Jurong Bird Park, part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore ( wrs.ig). This species can be found in the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia and prey on large insects, birds, small mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that they mate for life and they’ve been known to become very attached to their nesting locations. In many instances the owls will return to their site year after year, and if one mate dies the other will continue to maintain the same territory. For a portrait of this owl, check out joelsartore. . . owl owls birds malayeagleowl eagleowl cute cuteanimals wildlife nature wildlifephotography naturephotography animalfacts natgeo photoark SaveTogether

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Photograph by @paulnicklen // After seeing a few very skinny  bears while on this expedition through the Arctic it was a beautiful moment to spend time with this healthy looking mother and her 8 month old cubs.  They had just finished eating a seal and a nap seemed to be in order after consuming so many calories.  #followme on @paulnicklen to see how they use their black tongues to taste the air.  For  @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier and @natgeopristineseas seas.  #nature #naturelovers #adventure #polarbears #family #love #ice #arctic #MPA #marineprotectedarea

Photograph by paulnicklen // After seeing a few very skinny bears while on this expedition through the Arctic it was a beautiful moment to spend time with this healthy looking mother and her 8 month old cubs. They had just finished eating a seal and a nap seemed to be in order after consuming so many calories. followme on paulnicklen to see how they use their black tongues to taste the air. For sea_legacy with cristinamittermeier and natgeopristineseas seas. nature naturelovers adventure polarbears family love ice arctic MPA marineprotectedarea

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Video by @bertiegregory. The biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) and
weigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see this huuuge individual sucking in a big mouthful of water to extract the plankton. This whale shark was part of the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto. Follow at @bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!

Video by bertiegregory. The biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) and weigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see this huuuge individual sucking in a big mouthful of water to extract the plankton. This whale shark was part of the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Shot for natgeo and stevewinterphoto. Follow at bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!

August 2017 3179
Photo by @chien_chi_chang Facing the Bay of Bengal from Sittwe, Myanmar. The scrappy mood and the 2012 violence in the city mean that most foreign visitors use Sittwe as a transit point for the ruins at Mrauk U. #Sittwe #Rohingya #BayofBengal #cccontheroad

Photo by chien_chi_chang Facing the Bay of Bengal from Sittwe, Myanmar. The scrappy mood and the 2012 violence in the city mean that most foreign visitors use Sittwe as a transit point for the ruins at Mrauk U. Sittwe Rohingya BayofBengal cccontheroad

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // After a long, hot day shooting on the western coast of Madagascar, I came upon these adorable girls. They laughed and giggled, dragging their fishing net in the shallow waters of the tidal break in front of the fishing town of Maraonsetra. In broken French, and with a lot of sass and pride, they explained that they belong to the Vezo people, a semi nomadic tribe whose life is tied to the sea.  After school they go fishing for their family’s dinner. A pretty big responsibility, I thought, reflecting on the questionable abilities of my own children to provide for my family. Like most kids in Madagascar and thanks to foreign aid from western countries, these girls have access to primary school, but as they learn to read and write, they also have to learn to become providers for their family. 
I look forward to sharing more images of my work with the

Photo by CristinaMittermeier // After a long, hot day shooting on the western coast of Madagascar, I came upon these adorable girls. They laughed and giggled, dragging their fishing net in the shallow waters of the tidal break in front of the fishing town of Maraonsetra. In broken French, and with a lot of sass and pride, they explained that they belong to the Vezo people, a semi nomadic tribe whose life is tied to the sea. After school they go fishing for their family’s dinner. A pretty big responsibility, I thought, reflecting on the questionable abilities of my own children to provide for my family. Like most kids in Madagascar and thanks to foreign aid from western countries, these girls have access to primary school, but as they learn to read and write, they also have to learn to become providers for their family. I look forward to sharing more images of my work with the "people from the sea" on my instagram feed at CristinaMittermeier ocean nativepride fishing girlpower girlup followme cristinamittermeier

August 2017 1833
What's on your menu for lunch? If you are a brown snake eagle, it would be an olive grass snake. We were driving through the bush in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, when I spotted a bird under a small tree. After watching for a few minutes, I saw the twitch of a snake tail, so I knew the eagle had its prey. It wasn't long and the eagle ripped the snake in half and proceeded to slowly swallow the tail half. Unable to devour the entire section, the eagle flew off with 8 inches of snake still hanging from its mouth. 
Follow @kengeiger to see more images from South Luangwa—shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions  #natgeoexpeditions

What's on your menu for lunch? If you are a brown snake eagle, it would be an olive grass snake. We were driving through the bush in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, when I spotted a bird under a small tree. After watching for a few minutes, I saw the twitch of a snake tail, so I knew the eagle had its prey. It wasn't long and the eagle ripped the snake in half and proceeded to slowly swallow the tail half. Unable to devour the entire section, the eagle flew off with 8 inches of snake still hanging from its mouth. Follow kengeiger to see more images from South Luangwa—shot on assignment for natgeotravel and natgeoexpeditions  natgeoexpeditions

August 2017 4205
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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah.  This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling.  These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand.  By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area.  These could go back to 1 AD or earlier.  Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks.  Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it

Photo by argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah. This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling. These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand. By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area. These could go back to 1 AD or earlier. Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks. Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Will rescinding open up huge tracts of land to oil and gas development spoiling this beautiful landscape? Hard questions on the ground here. For more images from this assignment follow argonautphoto.

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Photo by @timlaman of @tbfrost recovering from anaphylactic shock (stinging ants 🐜 got me!) in the remote rainforests of Borneo while On assignment documenting the lives of wild orangutans. (BTW - This was taken 3 yrs ago and I'm fully recovered :)) Despite such incidents, Like the one in this photo, Fieldwork is what photographers live for: time out in the world, in the quiet of the wild, or those few hours on some street corner sharing a meal with a remarkable person whose story is as of yet unknown. Sometimes though things go wrong: cars breakdown , permits aren't granted, you get lost, cameras break, natural disasters occur , and sometimes it's just tiny, tiny black ants in Borneo that turn a great day following Orangutans into one where you worry for your life. But that is life in general, sometimes things go great and sometimes things go wrong. I like to think we photographers, especially those of us lucky enough to work with National Geographic, are beyond privileged even when you consider the difficulties of field work because people and animals all over the world share their stories with us, they let us into their lives. I'm excited to be in Bangalore, India for the next week to share such stories of what it is like to be a young photographer telling stories about wildlife and people at the non profit @naturein_focus photography festival, India's largest gathering of dedicated wildlife and conservation photographers taking place August 18-19. For more stories about what it is like to be a young photographer trying to make it , follow me @tbfrost !

Photo by timlaman of tbfrost recovering from anaphylactic shock (stinging ants 🐜 got me!) in the remote rainforests of Borneo while On assignment documenting the lives of wild orangutans. (BTW - This was taken 3 yrs ago and I'm fully recovered :)) Despite such incidents, Like the one in this photo, Fieldwork is what photographers live for: time out in the world, in the quiet of the wild, or those few hours on some street corner sharing a meal with a remarkable person whose story is as of yet unknown. Sometimes though things go wrong: cars breakdown , permits aren't granted, you get lost, cameras break, natural disasters occur , and sometimes it's just tiny, tiny black ants in Borneo that turn a great day following Orangutans into one where you worry for your life. But that is life in general, sometimes things go great and sometimes things go wrong. I like to think we photographers, especially those of us lucky enough to work with National Geographic, are beyond privileged even when you consider the difficulties of field work because people and animals all over the world share their stories with us, they let us into their lives. I'm excited to be in Bangalore, India for the next week to share such stories of what it is like to be a young photographer telling stories about wildlife and people at the non profit naturein_focus photography festival, India's largest gathering of dedicated wildlife and conservation photographers taking place August 18-19. For more stories about what it is like to be a young photographer trying to make it , follow me tbfrost !

August 2017 1764
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A whale shark travels through the seas off La Paz #Mexico. Whale shark numbers normally peak in this part of the Sea of Cortez when the ocean is green, murky and rough. In 2015 however unusual climatic and oceanographic conditions resulted in calm and clear water, making this unusual picture possible. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards written by @erikvance In collaboration with the Mexican conservation NGOs @maresmexicanos and @whalesharkmexico

Photograph by thomaspeschak A whale shark travels through the seas off La Paz Mexico. Whale shark numbers normally peak in this part of the Sea of Cortez when the ocean is green, murky and rough. In 2015 however unusual climatic and oceanographic conditions resulted in calm and clear water, making this unusual picture possible. Shot on assignment for natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards written by erikvance In collaboration with the Mexican conservation NGOs maresmexicanos and whalesharkmexico

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Photo by @jimmy_chin 
This is what it looks like when you have strength, power and poise in spades. @sonnietrotter can basically do anything on rock. A fine day out in the Canadian Rockies. #humanflag

Photo by jimmy_chin This is what it looks like when you have strength, power and poise in spades. sonnietrotter can basically do anything on rock. A fine day out in the Canadian Rockies. humanflag

August 2017 1754
@natgeo @stevewinterphoto

Two lion cubs looking up as the pride takes a stroll in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest! 
We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! 
Follow me @stevewinterphoto @natgeo #instawild #instashooters #wildlife #wildlifephotojournalism @ngwild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #NatGeoCreative #onassignment #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlifephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsintiative #photooftheday #beauty #lion @africanparksnetwork

natgeo stevewinterphoto Two lion cubs looking up as the pride takes a stroll in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest! We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy! Follow me stevewinterphoto natgeo instawild instashooters wildlife wildlifephotojournalism ngwild natgeowild thephotosociety NatGeoCreative onassignment wildlifeconservation inthefield wildlifephotojournalism BCI bigcatsintiative photooftheday beauty lion africanparksnetwork

August 2017 1301
I-phone video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Two kilometers of Riviera Romagnola - Italy. During the whole summer and especially around the 15th of August, almost all the Italians try to get some days off from work and go to vacation, mostly at the sea. Riviera Romagnola, around 50 kilometers of coast in the region of Emilia Romagna, in the east side of Italy is for sure one of the top five destinations for Italians and foreigners that want to visit Italy.  The towns on the Riviera Romagnola are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea. The beaches are full of people from 8:00am until sunset and find a free space for your towel in this period can be really difficult. #summer #rivieraromagnola #romagna #italy #beaches #beach #sea #vacation

I-phone video by gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Two kilometers of Riviera Romagnola - Italy. During the whole summer and especially around the 15th of August, almost all the Italians try to get some days off from work and go to vacation, mostly at the sea. Riviera Romagnola, around 50 kilometers of coast in the region of Emilia Romagna, in the east side of Italy is for sure one of the top five destinations for Italians and foreigners that want to visit Italy. The towns on the Riviera Romagnola are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea. The beaches are full of people from 8:00am until sunset and find a free space for your towel in this period can be really difficult. summer rivieraromagnola romagna italy beaches beach sea vacation

August 2017 669
Photo by @edkashi Residents in Messiah Village, a Christian retirement community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, compete in a favorite pastime activity of shuffleboard in 1997. #AgingInAmerica #TBT #FromTheArchives #EdKashi

Photo by edkashi Residents in Messiah Village, a Christian retirement community in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, compete in a favorite pastime activity of shuffleboard in 1997. AgingInAmerica TBT FromTheArchives EdKashi

August 2017 799
@robertclarkphoto Chasing a thunderstorm in western #Nebraska near Ogallala. It is almost time to harvest the #corn.

robertclarkphoto Chasing a thunderstorm in western Nebraska near Ogallala. It is almost time to harvest the corn.

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Photo by @PaulNicklen // We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time.  I want the images to be able to tell his story.  I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame.  He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad.  We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy. 
It breaks my heart, but the @Sea_Legacy team is shifting into high gear to connect the world to our ailing  ecosystems. #followus @PaulNicklen @Sea_Legacy  @natgeopristineseas  and @CristinaMittermeier to learn about our mission to create healthy and abundant oceans for us and our planet. #bear #polarbear #nature

Photo by PaulNicklen // We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time. I want the images to be able to tell his story. I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame. He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad. We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy. It breaks my heart, but the Sea_Legacy team is shifting into high gear to connect the world to our ailing ecosystems. followus PaulNicklen Sea_Legacy natgeopristineseas and CristinaMittermeier to learn about our mission to create healthy and abundant oceans for us and our planet. bear polarbear nature

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Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale, to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #kenya #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69 Follow us, r.e.s.c.u.e and amivitale, to support and learn more about these initiatives. DontLetThemDisappear nrt_kenya natgeocreative thephotosociety elephant saveelephants retetielephants kenya photojournalism amivitale

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photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - lightning strikes in the sage brush sea between Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming yesterday evening. Lightning storms are frequent throughout the summer and a major case of wild fires. Sage brush has suffered severely from increased burning due to invasive cheat grass, which when dry turns the landscape into a tinder box. The sage brush eco-system is the dominant landscape of the west and a hugely important eco-system - home to sage grouse, golden eagles, bobcats, rattlesnakes and many more. Shot on assignment for @natgeo

photo by chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - lightning strikes in the sage brush sea between Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming yesterday evening. Lightning storms are frequent throughout the summer and a major case of wild fires. Sage brush has suffered severely from increased burning due to invasive cheat grass, which when dry turns the landscape into a tinder box. The sage brush eco-system is the dominant landscape of the west and a hugely important eco-system - home to sage grouse, golden eagles, bobcats, rattlesnakes and many more. Shot on assignment for natgeo

August 2017 1162
Photo by @GerdLudwig. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or off stages. The characters stem from comic books and anime, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared last year in @natgeo in a story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia.

You can see the couple in a different set of masks at @GerdLudwig.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Russia #Moscow #cosplay #youth #costume #apartment #portrait #PutinGeneration

Photo by GerdLudwig. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or off stages. The characters stem from comic books and anime, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared last year in natgeo in a story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia. You can see the couple in a different set of masks at GerdLudwig. natgeocreative thephotosociety Russia Moscow cosplay youth costume apartment portrait PutinGeneration

August 2017 1884
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Color and culture: the annual Mount Hagan Sing Sing is about to begin. 90 plus tribes from all over Papua New Guinea gather together for song, dance, and showing off in one of the most spectacular and wildly colorful festivals that I've ever experienced.  #mthagen #singsing #papuanewguinea #festival #tribe @yamashitaphoto @natgeocreative @natgeo.media

Photograph by Michael Yamashita yamashitaphoto - Color and culture: the annual Mount Hagan Sing Sing is about to begin. 90 plus tribes from all over Papua New Guinea gather together for song, dance, and showing off in one of the most spectacular and wildly colorful festivals that I've ever experienced. mthagen singsing papuanewguinea festival tribe yamashitaphoto natgeocreative natgeo.media

August 2017 1024
Video by @joelsartore | Aptly named, the cliff chipmunk spends most of its time near cliffs foraging for berries, seeds and acorns during dawn and dusk. They communicate using three different calls-- a bark during normal activity, a sharp chirp indicating excitement, and a mixture of high-pitched sounds that are emitted when threatened.
This chipmunk is a resident of @southwestwildlife where he helps with their education programs. Southwest Wildlife is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing animals back into their wild habitats as well as educating the public about the importance of conservation.
To see a portrait of this chipmunk, check out @joelsartore.
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#cliffchipmunk #chipmunk #cute #cuteanimals #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Video by joelsartore | Aptly named, the cliff chipmunk spends most of its time near cliffs foraging for berries, seeds and acorns during dawn and dusk. They communicate using three different calls-- a bark during normal activity, a sharp chirp indicating excitement, and a mixture of high-pitched sounds that are emitted when threatened. This chipmunk is a resident of southwestwildlife where he helps with their education programs. Southwest Wildlife is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing animals back into their wild habitats as well as educating the public about the importance of conservation. To see a portrait of this chipmunk, check out joelsartore. . . cliffchipmunk chipmunk cute cuteanimals wildlife nature wildlifephotography naturephotography animalfacts natgeo photoark SaveTogether

August 2017 2285
Photograph by @thomaspeschak One of the most expressive eyes in the animal kingdom zeros in for a closer look. I have photographed marine mammals for almost 20 years but never before have I experience an encounter this close. Can you guess what ocean animal this is just by looking at its eyeball? To find out and see a photo of this curious and playful giant #followme @thomaspeschak Shot #onassignment for @natgeo magazine

Photograph by thomaspeschak One of the most expressive eyes in the animal kingdom zeros in for a closer look. I have photographed marine mammals for almost 20 years but never before have I experience an encounter this close. Can you guess what ocean animal this is just by looking at its eyeball? To find out and see a photo of this curious and playful giant followme thomaspeschak Shot onassignment for natgeo magazine

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By @drewtrush // The hoodoo's of Bryce Canyon are formed in layers of limestone rock known as the Claron formation made up of an ancient sea floor. 
#nature #landscapes #hoodoo

By drewtrush // The hoodoo's of Bryce Canyon are formed in layers of limestone rock known as the Claron formation made up of an ancient sea floor. nature landscapes hoodoo

August 2017 2730
Video by @BertieGregory. A flamingo takes flight to spend the day feeding in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed from a blind with special permission from the reserve authorities. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a drone aerial of the whole flamboyance!

Video by BertieGregory. A flamingo takes flight to spend the day feeding in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed from a blind with special permission from the reserve authorities. Shot for stevewinterphoto and natgeo. Follow bertiegregory to see a drone aerial of the whole flamboyance!

August 2017 3289
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial 
Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia shot on assignment for @natgeo  This incredible rainforest fills me with awe and great humility. Remarkably diverse place and one of my personal hotspots on Earth! Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see my first @natgeo cover (Aug 97) from this incredible place! This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places in the world deeply stuck in my heart! 
Please support rainforest conservation and try to stay away from products containing uncertified palmoil!
 #borneo #danumvalley #malaysia #wwf #conservation #mattiasklum  #rainforest #protectbiodiversity @natgeo  @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial

Photo by mattiasklumofficial Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia shot on assignment for natgeo This incredible rainforest fills me with awe and great humility. Remarkably diverse place and one of my personal hotspots on Earth! Please go to mattiasklumofficial to see my first natgeo cover (Aug 97) from this incredible place! This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places in the world deeply stuck in my heart! Please support rainforest conservation and try to stay away from products containing uncertified palmoil! borneo danumvalley malaysia wwf conservation mattiasklum rainforest protectbiodiversity natgeo mattiasklumcollection thephotosociety alexandrovklumofficial

August 2017 1394
Photo by @FransLanting World Elephant Day is behind us, but we still honor the matriarchs who are lending their strength and passing on their wisdom to the next generation. And we salute the people and organizations dedicated to ensuring there will be a future for these magnificent creatures. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our living planet. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #respect #dignity #wisdom #mother #elephant #awesome #protection #wild #WildAid #SaveTheElephants #WorldElephantDay

Photo by FransLanting World Elephant Day is behind us, but we still honor the matriarchs who are lending their strength and passing on their wisdom to the next generation. And we salute the people and organizations dedicated to ensuring there will be a future for these magnificent creatures. Follow me FransLanting for more images of our living planet. thephotosociety natgeocreative respect dignity wisdom mother elephant awesome protection wild WildAid SaveTheElephants WorldElephantDay

August 2017 2429
Photo and caption by @petekmuller. As I wander the valleys of southern Norway, I consider the residual influence of Scandinavian culture in my own life. Seeking upward mobility, my paternal grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1920’s. As a matter of priority, he joined with other relatives to purchase a small cabin in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The cabin became a refuge for the family over several generations. As a boy, my father spent portions of his summers at the camp, where his father imparted a love for hiking and exploration of the outdoors. My father, in turn, shared that world with my sister and me. On my first visit to Scandinavia, I now realize how characteristic my grandfather’s relationship to the outdoors was and how much of his influence persists in me. Norway is defined by cabin culture and a voracious engagement with nature. A pleasant and unexpected discovery of connection. #Norway #Scandinavia #adventure #outdoors #mountains #hiking #nature #Sunndalsora #innerdalen

Photo and caption by petekmuller. As I wander the valleys of southern Norway, I consider the residual influence of Scandinavian culture in my own life. Seeking upward mobility, my paternal grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1920’s. As a matter of priority, he joined with other relatives to purchase a small cabin in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The cabin became a refuge for the family over several generations. As a boy, my father spent portions of his summers at the camp, where his father imparted a love for hiking and exploration of the outdoors. My father, in turn, shared that world with my sister and me. On my first visit to Scandinavia, I now realize how characteristic my grandfather’s relationship to the outdoors was and how much of his influence persists in me. Norway is defined by cabin culture and a voracious engagement with nature. A pleasant and unexpected discovery of connection. Norway Scandinavia adventure outdoors mountains hiking nature Sunndalsora innerdalen

August 2017 1247
The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa-photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like

The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa-photograph by David Chancellor chancellordavid - This is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about the quagga's behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30–50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa. After the Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted as it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were unsuccessful. The last wild population lived in the Orange Free State, and the quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate the phenotype of hair coat pattern and related characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. They have a rhino too, it's not yet marked 'extinct' - to see more as of my work and projects follow me here natgeo and chancellordavid hunters karoo southafrica conserving conservation quagga zebra extinct fightingextinction withbutterfliesandwarriors

August 2017 763
Photo by @TimLaman.  Frost on pine needles on the shore of Walden Pond.  Sometime on my visits to the pond, I take a macro lens, and search for details of nature to photograph.  You can find beauty in nature at all scales. In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from Walden Pond.  #HenryDavidThoreau, #Thoreau, #WaldenPond, #WaldenPondProject, #NewEngland, #Massachusetts, @NatGeoCreative

Photo by TimLaman. Frost on pine needles on the shore of Walden Pond. Sometime on my visits to the pond, I take a macro lens, and search for details of nature to photograph. You can find beauty in nature at all scales. In celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from Walden Pond. HenryDavidThoreau, Thoreau, WaldenPond, WaldenPondProject, NewEngland, Massachusetts, NatGeoCreative

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Image by @joelsartore | An American crow, photographed at the @suttoncenter, whose mission is finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.
A familiar face to many of us, crows can be seen all throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They are considered one of the most intelligent bird species, thriving not only in forests, orchards and fields, but also in suburbs and inner cities. They’re opportunistic hunters, feeding on anything from worms to seeds to human food scraps. The American crow is extremely sociable, gathering in familial groups to feed, roost and protect their territory. They are cooperative breeders, all members of the group aiding parents in raising and protecting their young.
To see a video of this bird, check out @joelsartore.
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#crow #americancrow #birds #birdwatching #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Image by joelsartore | An American crow, photographed at the suttoncenter, whose mission is finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. A familiar face to many of us, crows can be seen all throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They are considered one of the most intelligent bird species, thriving not only in forests, orchards and fields, but also in suburbs and inner cities. They’re opportunistic hunters, feeding on anything from worms to seeds to human food scraps. The American crow is extremely sociable, gathering in familial groups to feed, roost and protect their territory. They are cooperative breeders, all members of the group aiding parents in raising and protecting their young. To see a video of this bird, check out joelsartore. . . crow americancrow birds birdwatching wildlife nature wildlifephotography naturephotography animalfacts natgeo photoark SaveTogether

August 2017 1563
Photo by @edkashi Frankie Manning was one of the original Lindy Hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1930s. Here, he celebrates at his 84th birthday party in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. #AgingInAmerica #TBT #FromTheArchives #EdKashi

Photo by edkashi Frankie Manning was one of the original Lindy Hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1930s. Here, he celebrates at his 84th birthday party in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. AgingInAmerica TBT FromTheArchives EdKashi

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Video by @bertiegregory. A 15,000 strong flamboyance (actual technical term!) of flamingoes on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed with special permission from the reserve authorities and we were under constant supervision from the amazing flamingo experts that monitor this colony. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a closeup takeoff!

Video by bertiegregory. A 15,000 strong flamboyance (actual technical term!) of flamingoes on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed with special permission from the reserve authorities and we were under constant supervision from the amazing flamingo experts that monitor this colony. Shot for stevewinterphoto and natgeo. Follow bertiegregory to see a closeup takeoff!

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Black cats have fascinated me for the better part of 20 years, 
I photographed this orphaned black jaguar on my travels throughout Peru for @natgeo and my worldwide jaguar story (out in @natgeo magazine December 2017). This jaguar is one of eight rescued cats given a home at the San Juan (a famous Peruvian brewery) headquartered in Pucallpa! She was rescued from the pet trade and is now spending her days here and can never be released into the wild. Which is sad for the species. If you kill a mother and she has cubs, you take mom and cubs out of the ecosystem. 
Melanism (the black you see in this jaguar) is thought to help big cats blend into thick forests and jungles, an important trait for hunting success! Scientists also believe melanism in cats could be an ancient genetic response towards disease. Black jaguars exist in the wild in pockets across the America's, including Brazil and Peru but I am yet to photograph one in the wild! This is my holy grail! 
Follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my travels. Thanks 
@natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeowild #jaguar #bigcat #bigcatsforlife #lookingforjaguars #peru #pucallpa #jaguars #bigcatsinitiative

natgeo stevewinterphoto Black cats have fascinated me for the better part of 20 years, I photographed this orphaned black jaguar on my travels throughout Peru for natgeo and my worldwide jaguar story (out in natgeo magazine December 2017). This jaguar is one of eight rescued cats given a home at the San Juan (a famous Peruvian brewery) headquartered in Pucallpa! She was rescued from the pet trade and is now spending her days here and can never be released into the wild. Which is sad for the species. If you kill a mother and she has cubs, you take mom and cubs out of the ecosystem. Melanism (the black you see in this jaguar) is thought to help big cats blend into thick forests and jungles, an important trait for hunting success! Scientists also believe melanism in cats could be an ancient genetic response towards disease. Black jaguars exist in the wild in pockets across the America's, including Brazil and Peru but I am yet to photograph one in the wild! This is my holy grail! Follow me stevewinterphoto to see more images from my travels. Thanks natgeo natgeocreative natgeowild jaguar bigcat bigcatsforlife lookingforjaguars peru pucallpa jaguars bigcatsinitiative

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Image by @joelsartore | Did you know that the black and white-ruffed lemur is the world’s largest pollinator? This #pollinatormonday features our curious friend from the @LincolnChildrensZoo. The black and white-ruffed lemur is the primary pollinator of the travelers palm, a species of tall, flowering plant native to Madagascar. The lemur will climb the palm, skillfully pry back the sturdy leaves to reveal the flower, and reach its muzzle into the blossom to drink the nectar. The pollen that gets trapped on its fur is then moved along to the next flower. This process simultaneously pollinates the traveller’s palm and nourishes the lemur. Scientists even speculate that the black and white-ruffed lemur and the travellers palm may have co-evolved because they suit one another's needs so perfectly. The traveller's palm is unique in that it produces enough nectar to sustain a pollinator of the lemurs size, and the lemur has the dexterity to open the palm’s sturdy leaves, as well as a long, tapered muzzle perfect for reaching down into the flower. Now that’s a perfect match!
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Image by joelsartore | Did you know that the black and white-ruffed lemur is the world’s largest pollinator? This pollinatormonday features our curious friend from the LincolnChildrensZoo. The black and white-ruffed lemur is the primary pollinator of the travelers palm, a species of tall, flowering plant native to Madagascar. The lemur will climb the palm, skillfully pry back the sturdy leaves to reveal the flower, and reach its muzzle into the blossom to drink the nectar. The pollen that gets trapped on its fur is then moved along to the next flower. This process simultaneously pollinates the traveller’s palm and nourishes the lemur. Scientists even speculate that the black and white-ruffed lemur and the travellers palm may have co-evolved because they suit one another's needs so perfectly. The traveller's palm is unique in that it produces enough nectar to sustain a pollinator of the lemurs size, and the lemur has the dexterity to open the palm’s sturdy leaves, as well as a long, tapered muzzle perfect for reaching down into the flower. Now that’s a perfect match! . . pollinators lemus primates animalfacts savetogether photoark natgeo

August 2017 2022
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto here we  are at CERN - LHC experiment. At CERn the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Physicists from the ATLAS experiment have found today the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a very rare process in which two photons – particles of light – interact and change direction. The result, published today in Nature Physics, confirms one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics. 
This is a milestone result: the first direct evidence of light interacting with itself at high energy. I love to document this kind of tech stories, please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about #Cern #energy #technology #innovation #science #sustainableliving #renewableenergy #transition

Photo lucalocatelliphoto here we are at CERN - LHC experiment. At CERn the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Physicists from the ATLAS experiment have found today the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a very rare process in which two photons particles of light interact and change direction. The result, published today in Nature Physics, confirms one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics. This is a milestone result: the first direct evidence of light interacting with itself at high energy. I love to document this kind of tech stories, please follow me lucalocatelliphoto to see more about Cern energy technology innovation science sustainableliving renewableenergy transition

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Video @ladzinski & @andy_mann / The hallmark of any grueling expedition is the ability to laugh along the way with your friends as much as possible. It makes the hard times tolerable and the good times even that much better. We just returned from a 6 week expedition to Southeast Greenland, a mission led by @mikelibecki, where @ethan_pringle and Mike climbed the hardest route in the country up an unnamed mountain. A burly first ascent on un-chartered terrain. On the long boat ride back to Tasiilaq, Ethan wasn't done with

Video ladzinski & andy_mann / The hallmark of any grueling expedition is the ability to laugh along the way with your friends as much as possible. It makes the hard times tolerable and the good times even that much better. We just returned from a 6 week expedition to Southeast Greenland, a mission led by mikelibecki, where ethan_pringle and Mike climbed the hardest route in the country up an unnamed mountain. A burly first ascent on un-chartered terrain. On the long boat ride back to Tasiilaq, Ethan wasn't done with "firsts" and decided to ride an inflatable slice of pizza down a 300 foot iceberg, launching into the icy waters. This trip was peppered with moments like this, the ones that make you feel like a kid again and keep you and your friends laughing. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did in person 😂 connor_seybert

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania - An herd of buffaloes is crossing one of the few roads inside the Ngorongoro crater while a 4x4 car with tourist is watching them and waiting to keep on driving that road. - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area  is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsidence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. The construction of tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access

Photo by gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania - An herd of buffaloes is crossing one of the few roads inside the Ngorongoro crater while a 4x4 car with tourist is watching them and waiting to keep on driving that road. - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsidence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. The construction of tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access "the unparalleled beauty of one of the world's most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries", according to a government brochure, even as thousands of Maasai have suffered forcible eviction and have been denied access to water sources for their livestock. ngorongoro tanzania ngorongorocrater buffalo africa wildlife crater

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Photo by @jimmy_chin 
Ironically when climbing mountains you don't actually see much of the size and scale of the peak you're on. You're either looking at the few features in front of you that you are climbing, up at a foreshortened series of obstacles looming above or at the mountains around you. From the west side of Denali you spend most of your time gazing at the tremendous Sultana ridge on Mount Foraker 14 miles away....or the 🐜 marching below....

Photo by jimmy_chin Ironically when climbing mountains you don't actually see much of the size and scale of the peak you're on. You're either looking at the few features in front of you that you are climbing, up at a foreshortened series of obstacles looming above or at the mountains around you. From the west side of Denali you spend most of your time gazing at the tremendous Sultana ridge on Mount Foraker 14 miles away....or the 🐜 marching below....

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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio

More from my recent work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Badakhstan province in northern Afghanistan is located at the convergence of the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, with the previous district centre (seen here in the distance) placed at the crossroads of smaller valleys headed towards Tajikistan, China and Pakistan. 
Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects

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#landscape #afghanistan #simonnorfolkstudio #igtravel #visualarchitects #badakhstan #simonnorfolk

Photograph by simonnorfolkstudio More from my recent work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Badakhstan province in northern Afghanistan is located at the convergence of the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, with the previous district centre (seen here in the distance) placed at the crossroads of smaller valleys headed towards Tajikistan, China and Pakistan. Follow me simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects natgeo akdn simonnorfolkstudio photojournalism documentaryphotography simonnorfolk landscape afghanistan simonnorfolkstudio igtravel visualarchitects badakhstan simonnorfolk

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Photo by @amivitale.  Elephants roam near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Lewa is a catalyst and model for community conservation, in which wildlife are protected from poaching as their habitats are preserved and expanded to allow them to move freely. At any one time, the Lewa-Borana landscape provides a safe home to approximately 400-600 of northern Kenya's migratory elephants.  Lewa and other community conservation organizations are helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care.  Follow us, @amivitale, @lewa_wildlife and @nrt_kenya to support and learn more about these initiatives.

@nature_africa @natgeocreative @thephotosociety  #elephant #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica  #photojournalism #amivitale #DontLetThemDisappear

Photo by amivitale. Elephants roam near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ( lewa_wildlife). Lewa is a catalyst and model for community conservation, in which wildlife are protected from poaching as their habitats are preserved and expanded to allow them to move freely. At any one time, the Lewa-Borana landscape provides a safe home to approximately 400-600 of northern Kenya's migratory elephants. Lewa and other community conservation organizations are helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. Follow us, amivitale, lewa_wildlife and nrt_kenya to support and learn more about these initiatives. nature_africa natgeocreative thephotosociety elephant saveelephants stoppoaching kenya northernkenya magicalkenya whyilovekenya africa everydayafrica photojournalism amivitale DontLetThemDisappear

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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A Galápagos hawk lands on the crater's edge of Alcedo Volcano. In the absence of mammalian land predators this bird of prey sits on top of the Galapagos terrestrial food web. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark #nature #birds For more photos from the #galapagos islands #followme @thomaspeschak

Photograph by thomaspeschak A Galápagos hawk lands on the crater's edge of Alcedo Volcano. In the absence of mammalian land predators this bird of prey sits on top of the Galapagos terrestrial food web. Shot on assignment for natgeo magazine in collaboration with darwinfound galapagosnationalpark nature birds For more photos from the galapagos islands followme thomaspeschak

August 2017 1711
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo Here, we see a group of expats ride horses along the man-made Al Qudra Lake that is 30 miles away from Dubai. Such artificial islands are quite popular in Dubai but they come at a high environmental cost. Dubai's ruler is on a mission to make this notoriously unsustainable city one of the greenest in the world. We were there to document this ambitious process. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more more about #dubai #greencity #energy #transition #renewableenergy #sustainableliving #uae

Photo lucalocatelliphoto for natgeo Here, we see a group of expats ride horses along the man-made Al Qudra Lake that is 30 miles away from Dubai. Such artificial islands are quite popular in Dubai but they come at a high environmental cost. Dubai's ruler is on a mission to make this notoriously unsustainable city one of the greenest in the world. We were there to document this ambitious process. Follow me lucalocatelliphoto to see more more about dubai greencity energy transition renewableenergy sustainableliving uae

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