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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the passing of the winter solstice means the slow creep of longer days as we begin to move farther from the sun. I'm in awe that scientists recently "touched" the sun for the first time by flying the Parker Solar Probe through its upper atmosphere (corona)—the glowing outer ray of our closest star, seen this eclipse from a few years ago. For more, follow @pedromcbride. #space #sun #light #eclipse #nature #science #stars #petemcbride
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Photo by @gerdludwig | Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a devout Russian briefly submerges herself into the icy waters of Yekaterinburg. On January 18—the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany (according to the Julian calendar)—thousands of Russians prepare for an annual tradition. They gather on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy, priest-blessed waters. This ceremony is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. @thephotosociety #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox
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Photos by @carltonward | The Suwannee River flows 240 miles (385 km), from tannic headwaters in the Okefenokee Swamp of southern Georgia through vast pine forests of northwest Florida before feeding salt-marsh estuaries in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. There has been major progress for conservation along the Suwannee River within the Florida Wildlife Corridor by our partners at @theconservationfund and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through their Gulf of Mexico Forest to Sea Project, they recently announced the protection of over 13,000 acres (5,300 ha) adjacent to Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, in partnership with Lyme Timber, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others. “Conserving large, intact watersheds is one of the most effective solutions we have for protecting the Gulf of Mexico and creating climate resiliency,” said Lauren Day, the Conservation Fund’s Florida State director. “Also providing connectivity for wildlife and maintaining sustainable timber operations, this project benefits both the environment and the economy." These photos were produced by the @PathofthePanther project, with support from the National Geographic Society (@insidenatgeo), working to inspire conservation of the Florida Wildlife Corridor (@fl_wildcorridor). #KeepFLWild #ConnectTheCorridor
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The Okavango Delta teems with life in a balanced ecosystem, but it’s part of a larger connected landscape that needs to be protected. // Now, through a five-year partnership, @debeersofficial is joining National Geographic to help protect the source waters of the Okavango Delta, which is a lifeline for endangered species and more than a million people. #OkavangoEternal https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/paid-content-a-circle-of-life-in-the-okavango-basin
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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | This is one of my favorite shots of a jaguar, taking a Superman-style leap into the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. Jaguars are not only the most proficient swimmers of the big cats, they actively hunt in the water. They target capybara (the world's largest rodent) and caiman, following them into the water. When they eventually catch their prey, they kill through an immensely powerful bite, usually to the back of the skull (unlike other big cats, which target the neck). #jaguar #pantanal #brazil #beauty #swimmer #jaguars
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Photo by @daviddoubilet | A near-perfect ring of barracuda surrounds a diver in Papua New Guinea. The living carousel made three complete circles before turning downward, forming a silver river. Schooling behavior offers safety in numbers and protection from predators. Papua New Guinea is a cornerstone of the Coral Triangle, an area of the Pacific known for its extensive marine biodiversity. The moment I saw this image it reminded me how connected we are to the sea. #CoralTriangle #PapuaNewGuinea #MoreOcean #AsTheOceansGoSoDoWe
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Photo by @estherhorvath | When I'm on assignment to cover a scientific expedition, I'm often searching for inspiration to bring to my photography. During my last voyage, on Germany's Polarstern research vessel—used for polar expeditions—I channeled filmmaker Wes Anderson, known for his visual framing, colors, and compositions. After I woke up to this pastel scene framed by my cabin window, I vowed to get up each day before sunrise, a time that changed as we sailed on, to capture the view. Please follow @estherhorvath for research stories.
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Photo by @williamodaniels | Fishermen on the Mbomou River, near Zemio, in the Central African Republic, 2016. The Central African Republic, which gained independence from France in 1960, has been in the throes of civil war since 2013. I've traveled there 10 times, photographing various subjects including the fighting and its impact on civilians, regions abandoned by the state, the gold and diamond mines controlled by armed groups, and the country’s faltering health-care system. So I appreciated being a witness to such a peaceful scene. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more stories around the world.
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Photo by @paulnicklen | This little chick has held a special place in my heart since we met more than a decade ago on the shores of Antarctica's Ross Sea. Emperor penguins have a variety of evolutionary adaptations that allow them to survive the harsh conditions of Antarctic winters, where wind chills can be as cold as -76℉. Small bills and flippers help regulate their body temperature, and special nasal chambers minimize the heat they would otherwise lose via exhalation. Even their circulatory systems have slowly optimized over millennia to help recycle precious warmth. I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to spend so much time with them over my career. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn about other marvels of evolution living at our planet's poles. #HappyFeet #Penguin #EmperorPenguin #RossSea #Antarctica #Evolution #Survival #Love #Beauty #Gratitude
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | One of the most iconic images in Chauvet Pont du Arc cave is of these four horses, painted so evocatively more than 30,000 years ago. The age was confirmed by radiocarbon dating of the charcoal used to make them. That image is part of a long and sophisticated composition that covers an entire wall of the cave. Scroll right to see more. At the time Europe was an unimaginably different place—where lions and rhinoceroses roamed. I had the privilege to photograph the artwork in Chauvet for a @natgeo story. Standing in front of the paintings was a life-changing experience; an ancient artist spoke to me across that gulf of time—the enduring power of visual storytelling. Being in that cave led me to start the nonprofit @ancientartarchive to share and preserve humanity's oldest stories. Follow me @salvarezphoto and @ancientartarchive for more.
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Photo by Brendan Hoffman @hoffmanbrendan | Abdul Qadir Palari, 51, checks his product as he processes indigo dye, made from the leaves of the indigo plant, along the shores of Lake Keenjhar in Sindh, Pakistan. Indigo is a native species that grows without excessive use of irrigation, pesticides, or fertilizer, providing an alternative for locals following the collapse of the fishing industry on Lake Keenjhar, which is fed by the Indus River. Follow me @hoffmanbrendan for more stories from around the world. #indigo #sindh #pakistan
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Time-lapse by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | About 80% of Americans can't see the Milky Way from where they live due to light pollution. Besides obscuring the beauty of the night sky, artificial light can have other adverse effects, such as confusing wildlife as they try to navigate or mate. All the more reason to protect the dark skies that remain—as one of the few places in the country where artificial light doesn't cover up the stars, Grand Canyon National Park has been designated as a "dark sky park" by the International Dark-Sky Association. For more of our night skies, follow @pedromcbride. #grandcanyon #timelapse #confluence #stars #nature
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Photo by @paoloverzone | The Lenin statue in the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg, in Svalbard, Norway, stands as a reminder of the town's Soviet past. After arriving by boat in almost complete darkness, I spent a few days documenting life here during the dark season, also known as the polar night. The town is named after Dutch seafarer Willem Barentsz, who is credited with discovering Spitsbergen—the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago where Barentsburg is located—in 1596. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories.
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Photo by @ismailferdous | Laila, a Pahari, is dressed in traditional fashion for Christmas Day Mass in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. The Pahari are a thinly dispersed ethnic community in northwestern Bangladesh and some parts of India. Though Pahari culture is close to Hinduism and many identify as Hindu, in recent decades a large number of Pahari have converted to Christianity. Laila is Catholic.
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Photo by @stephenwilkes | One of the most exciting parts of a total solar eclipse: as day turns into night there’s not only the physical collapse of what we see as time but also color cues that make us feel time has changed. As the moon began to reach totality, I noticed the side of an Antarctic mountain range suddenly turn a color that reminded me of a Maxfield Parrish painting. This dramatic switch lasts only a few seconds as day turns into night. This is the second time I was fortunate to view a total solar eclipse of the sun, which was visually astounding on a multitude of levels. To see more from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #eclipse #antarctica #color #photography
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A lone buoy bobs on 20-foot (6 m) swells in the Bering Sea waters of Alaska. The buoy is anchored to an 800-pound (350 kg) crab pot resting on the sea floor. On a good day in January, a single pot can fetch 200 to 500 legal Opilio (snow) crab for a commercial fisherman. For some, this bounty is worth the risk of fishing through the all too common Bering Sea storms. Follow @arni_coraldo for more life at sea. #crabbing #wave #beringsea
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Video by @joelsartore | As a form of protection, the skin of the Sira poison frog secretes small amounts of pumiliotoxins, which can trigger pain and muscle spasms in any person or animal that comes into contact with the frog. However, because the toxin is mild, this species relies heavily on its agility and speed to escape potential predators, taking shelter in nearby leaf litter or dense foliage. Video taken @joshs_frogs. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #frog #poison #poisonfrog #toxin #colorful #amphibian #wildlife #video #footage #PhotoArk
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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Wild horses are on the move under stormy winter skies in the Great Basin Desert in the Western U.S. Living within this harsh and arid landscape requires true grit, a quality these feral horses are quite acquainted with. It's not uncommon for wild horses to travel upwards of 20 miles (30 km) a day to find food and water; their lean and sturdy build is a product of the work required for survival. I came across these two here unexpectedly while hiking through the wilderness of the Colorado Plateau, an encounter that didn't last long before they trotted off over the rolling, sage-filled hills.
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Photo and video by @camillaferrariphoto | Shanthi, 35, is part of a nomadic community of blacksmiths, nearly a hundred people, living in the area of Rajapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. In 2018 and 2019, photographer @johnstanmeyer and I traveled through northern India, retracing the path that journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek had walked in previous months, following the immense river systems and experiencing everyday life around them as part of the Out Of Eden Walk—a journey in the footsteps of our ancestors' global migration. Follow Paul @outofedenwalk and his dispatches as he walks through China in the following months.
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Photo by @paoloverzone | The mysterious beauty of the EISCAT radar in Svalbard, Norway. The ionospheric radar, composed of two antennae (32 m/104 ft and 42 m/138 ft), is used to study the polar cusp and polar cap regions. It's also a perfect research tool for aurora borealis (faintly seen here) because of its proximity to the North Pole. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories.
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Photo by @daviddoubilet | This image is from my latest book, Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea. Southern stingrays soar through North Sound, off Grand Cayman Island. When I photographed them for a National Geographic assignment, these seven stingrays appeared like clockwork every day for fish scraps, thrown overboard from fishing boats. Fast-forward to the present: the population of rays has grown to about 150 ocean ambassadors that greet hundreds of tourists each day in one of the most popular snorkel sites on the planet. Conservation grew with ecotourism, and now stingrays, manta rays, eagle rays, and other species are protected here. For more about #TwoWorlds visit @daviddoubilet. #Stingrays #MarineEcotourism #MoreOcean
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | This is Porjai, 3, in Bangkok, Thailand. Toy Stories is an ongoing project; wherever I travel in the world, I take portraits of children with their favorite toys. I've spent more than five years visiting over 60 countries, and I've recorded the spontaneous and genuine joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the children own a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toy #toystories #toys #guitar #music #thailand #asia #bangkok
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Photo by @johnstanmeyer | Today is the 134th anniversary of National Geographic. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our most memorable photos through the years. Migrants raise their mobile phones in an attempt to pick up a signal from neighboring Somalia while standing on Khorley Beach in Djibouti. They're trying to stay in contact with family and friends as they make their way on foot from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somaliland to boats headed toward Europe. In order to catch a signal, the migrants purchase a Somalia SIM card from the black market in Djibouti, placing it in their phones and going to certain areas known for coverage. The best time is at night. This act of communication and migration occurs for thousands each year in hope of a better life.
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Photo by @erikalarsen888 | Today is the 134th anniversary of National Geographic. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our most memorable photos through the years. Destiny Buck, part of the Wanapum tribe, rides her mare, Daisy, for the annual princess competition in Pendleton, Oregon, in 2011. Embraced first for war, hunting, and transport, horses became partners in pageantry and a way to show tribal pride.
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Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | Today is the 134th anniversary of National Geographic. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our most memorable photos through the years. The ancient city of Uxmal, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, continued to flourish well after other Maya centers of the Classic period. Lighting the ruins like a movie set and shooting them at night illuminated the ornate roof combs and other details of the ninth-century House of the Doves. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archive material. #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #yucatan #mayaruins #uxmal
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Photo by @amivitale | Today is the 134th anniversary of National Geographic. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some of our most memorable photos through the years. Gao Xiaowen poses with the stuffed leopard that keepers at China’s Wolong Nature Reserve use to train young pandas to fear their biggest wild foe. A cub’s reactions to the “predator” and its recorded growls help determine if the bear is prepared to survive on its own. My book, Panda Love, features my long-term work on these adorable ambassadors. See more on my feed @amivitale. #china #pandas #panda #empathyiseverything
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | Diyo Majok, 13, walks into the front gates of Panyagor Primary School, which was surrounded by water along with most of the town of Panyagor on October 23, 2021, in Jonglei state, South Sudan. With flooding shuttering schools in nearby villages, the school was being used for all grade levels. According to the United Nations, 27 out of the 78 counties in South Sudan were impacted by floods last autumn, affecting more than 630,000 people. Parts of South Sudan saw the worst flooding in six decades. #climatechange #floods #southsudan #lynseyaddario @insidenatgeo
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Photo by @williamodaniels | A street in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in winter 2008. I've visited the country many times to work on my project Faded Tulips, which chronicles its fragile democracy. Follow me @williamodaniels for more stories.
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Photo by @nadiashiracohen | In 2015 I met Boneco. He's not just any old donkey in the backcountry of northeastern Brazil, known as the Sertão. Boneco dons a custom-made beekeeping suit tailored by his owner, Manuel Juracy, who also trained the donkey to help him in the hives and with hauling honey. Yet elsewhere in the region, the donkey has become redundant with the modernization of the country. People who once relied on the donkey for transportation now own cars or motorcycles, and with access to running water, families no longer need them to haul gallons of water. The donkey's value has decreased to the equivalent of less than a dollar in some parts of the region; many owners find it easier and more cost-effective to release the animals into the wild, which has caused an excess of feral donkeys throughout northeastern Brazil. You can see more of my work @nadiashiracohen.
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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | After fleeing Afghanistan, hundreds of Afghans landed in Doha, Qatar, where they're waiting for an offer of asylum. Here, refugees are leaving Qatari government housing for a U.S. military base with their families. They expect to be at the base for up to five weeks, until their documents are completed and they are green-lit for travel to the U.S. The refugees are not allowed to leave either the Qatari compound or the base during their stay.
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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | Is there anything more spectacular than a breaching baby whale? With a mighty flourish of fluke and fins, this juvenile humpback rocketed from the depths and launched his nearly 50,000-pound (20,000 kg) body into the sky. For a brief moment, he felt the rush of crisp sea air and then crashed back into the deep blue, flinging showers of seawater with a great hiss. Scientists aren’t sure why whales engage in this sort of behavior. Questions that start with “why” are difficult to quantify, and it’s important not to jump to conclusions based on our own experiences. But as I watched this magnificent giant fling himself into space over and over, I had no doubt that what we were witnessing was indisputable, quintessential joy.
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Photo by @ismailferdous | Fishermen wait in their boat after setting a net in a mangrove canal. The Sundarbans in Bangladesh is a delta region woven with mangroves, rivers, creeks, and canals.
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Photo by @estherhorvath | Ny-Ålesund, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, was the starting point for many polar expeditions. The airship mooring mast seen in the distance was built in 1926 for Roald Amundsen's North Pole expedition in the airship "Norge." Today the Amundsen Mast, as it's called, is part of the area's cultural heritage. It's located outside the town settlement, so a visitor must proceed with caution and protection (a rifle and a signal pistol are required)—polar bears have been quite common in recent years. During my last trip there, Bettina Haupt, a leader at the AWIPEV Arctic research station, escorted me to the mast so I could photograph the area in the Arctic darkness, which fascinates me. Please follow @estherhorvath for more polar stories.
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Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero | An elephant dusts itself at the end of the day, in Taungoo, Myanmar. Elephants love rolling in sand and spraying it over their bodies, which can protect them from insect bites and heat. Myanmar is home to the second largest population of Asian elephants after India. The Asian elephant is slightly smaller than its African relative, and can be differentiated by their round and much smaller ears. Follow me on @rubensalgadoescudero to see the world through my lens. #myanmar #elephant #asianelephant #nature
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Photos by @dina_litovsky | Night scenes from Fremont Street, Las Vegas. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
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Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The Moroccan seaport of Essaouira is a mecca for musicians, surfers, and seagulls. Some scenes from the Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds were filmed here. #Essaouira #Morocco
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Photo by @laurakmorton | With many jobs still being conducted remotely, I’ve been thinking about what the future of the office will look like. While documenting the culture of the Silicon Valley technology industry, I photographed many coworking spaces, where people from different companies come together to share a large office environment. They became popular in Silicon Valley as a way for individuals and companies with small teams to have a place to work, as well as socialize, network, and collaborate. Many of the coworking spaces I visited were set up to encourage mingling, with shared dining spaces and amenities like ping-pong tables. Here, participants in an event hosted by the coworking space Hacker Dojo take a break to play ping-pong and eat dinner. For more from this story, follow along @laurakmorton.
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Videos by @camillaferrariphoto | The waters of the Yamuna River gently flow around a boat belonging to a landlord who owns a parcel alongside the river in Rajapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Illegal sand mining takes place up and down the Yamuna, with gangs controlling the shoreline, many with connections to government officials. The sand is used for India’s exploding construction business, to the point that it recently began to import sand for cement for the first time ever, causing a rise in sand prices. In the second video, on a foggy morning along the Ganges in Prayagraj (Allahabad), workers prepare the floating pontoon bridges for Kumbh Mela, the world's largest religious festival, which took place in here in January 2019—at the spot where the Yamuna, Ganges, and mythic Saraswati rivers converge. Controversy arises around the Kumbh Mela relating to the pollution of rivers and the government investing huge sums to build bridges, riverside roads, and facilities for millions of visitors. In 2018 and 2019, photographer @johnstanmeyer and I traveled through northern India, retracing the path that journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek had walked in previous months, following the immense river systems and experiencing everyday life around them as part of the Out Of Eden Walk—a journey in the footsteps of our ancestors' global migration. Follow Paul @outofedenwalk and his dispatches as he walks through China in the following months.
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Photo by @jasperdoest | In our March 2020 issue, we explored the controversial practice of sarumawashi—Japanese macaque performances that, hundreds of years ago, celebrated the monkeys as messengers of the gods. Today the spiritual significance has disappeared, and most acts instead are commercial entertainment in which monkeys are made to wear costumes and do acrobatics, such as water skiing over a ramp (pictured here, at Nikko Saru Garden). I saw this act several times, and the monkey usually wasn’t able to land, falling into the water. The trainer admitted to me the monkeys don’t like the cold water, but this and other shows will continue as long as audiences are willing to pay to see them. This caption has been updated.
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Photos by @babaktafreshi | The new moon is seen at dusk. When I arrived at this spot, the vivid red horizon clouds were about to hide the setting moon, which gave me just a few seconds to enjoy it. The air was clear, with great visibility of the Boston skyline, 10 miles away. The next night (slides 3-4), the moon was paired with a dazzling Venus in a beautiful celestial conjunction. Explore more of the world at night photography @BabakTafreshi. #twanight #newengland #boston #moon #astrophotography
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Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav | Living root bridges are a wonder of bioengineering. Found in the Khasi Hills of northeast India, these bridges are grown over decades and centuries by the local tribes using a Ficus elastica tree. As fantastical as they appear, these bridges face very real problems. Some have become tourist spots, and hundreds of people visit them during the rainy season when the forests are lush and inviting. Tourism, here as everywhere else, is a double-edged sword. It has undoubtedly brought in steady income for these villages: Locals make money from homestays and guiding, and the state government has begun to fund tourism development. But these bridges are built to withstand the weight of occasional local pedestrians, not hundreds of tourists scrambling for selfies. Some bridges have begun to show signs of damage. Besides this, in some places government funds have been used to build concrete stairs, walls, and ticket collection stands, often right next to these bridges, posing a long-term threat to their stability and sometimes blocking the roots. Fortunately, many locals are increasingly aware of these threats and are working toward developing a more sustainable model of tourism—for example, by considering a limit on the number of tourists. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more photos from India and Central Asia.
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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Smoke fills layered mountains, carved by ancient glaciers, in Montana's Glacier National Park. The smoke originated from both local wildfires and those in Washington State. The signs of an everchanging climate are all around us, amplified each year through record-breaking temperatures, wildfire incidence, and elongated drought.
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Photo by @davidemonteleonestudio | Volgograd, Russia, 2018. Vladimir Domanki is a permanent resident of Sarpinsky Island, on the Volga River, which is known as Europe's largest river island. This piece of land, whose nature reserve measures more than 11 square hectares (27 acres), has a long history, full of mysteries and legends. One holds that treasure is buried somewhere on the island, put there by Stepan Razin, who led a 17th-century rebellion against the nobility. The story has naturally drawn adventurers and archaeologists, who go digging in search of it from time to time. Follow @davidemonteleonestudio for more about this and other stories. #russia #volga
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Photo by @katieorlinsky | Every year, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies journey several thousand miles from the United States and Canada to escape the cold and overwinter in the oyamel fir trees of Michoacán, Mexico, in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Here, an estimated 70% of the total overwintering monarch butterfly’s eastern population can be found. The monarchs and their spectacular migration are at risk of becoming extinct from rising temperatures, drought, loss of habitat, the eradication of milkweed—the plants that nourish and host their eggs—and toxic pesticides. Meanwhile, both the butterflies and the locals who work as guides at the reserve and care for its surroundings are also under threat, both from agricultural proponents as well as organized crime targeting the land for illegal logging.
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | Children pull up to a makeshift dike in the village of Pawel, in South Sudan, on October 23. According to the United Nations, 27 out of the 78 counties in South Sudan are affected by floods, impacting more than 630,000 people. In most of Twic East County, where this village is located, the only sustenance is fish. In most villages, there are no latrines, and many residents are suffering from water-borne illnesses, diarrhea, malaria, and upper respiratory infections. #southsudan #LynseyAddario @insidenatgeo
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial | A baobab tree and the Milky Way, Botswana. Baobab trees store water in their trunk (up to 120,000 liters, or 32,000 gal) to endure drought. They produce faint growth rings, most likely annually, but they're not reliable age markers because they're difficult to count and usually fade with time. Radiocarbon dating, however, has provided data on a few individuals. A Namibia specimen called Grootboom was found to be at least 1,275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees in the world. But that baobab and at least 12 others that were among the largest in Africa have wholly or partly died, and quite abruptly, according to researcher Adrian Patrut. The cause of the die-off remains unclear, though scientists suspect the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated with significant changes in climate conditions that affect southern Africa in particular. Please check out @mattiasklumofficial for more stories from around the world. #baobabtree #protectbiodiversity #botswana #africa #ancient #tree #stars #milkyway
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Photo by @ismailferdous | A family frolics on the bank of Mahananda River in Chapai Nawabganj, Bangladesh.
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Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A small herd of horses gallops across the landscape at sunrise while being moved from one pen to another by the Stephens family in Colorado's Western Slope. This family of cowboys is no stranger to hard work, specializing in training and wrangling feral and pedigree horses.
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | This is Luc, 4, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Toy Stories is an ongoing project; wherever I travel in the world, I take portraits of children with their favorite toys. I've spent more than five years visiting over 60 countries, and I've recorded the spontaneous and genuine joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the children own a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toys #play #kids #child #children
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Video by @joelsartore | Inside a cocoon that’s just inches in length, one of the most incredible transformations in the animal kingdom takes place. The biochemistry of the caterpillar concealed inside is being completely rewritten, as its body is broken down and reconstructed into its adult form. This Madagascar moon moth may not look like much now, but when it emerges from its cocoon and dries its wings, it will claim its title as one of the largest moths in the world, with an impressive eight-inch (20 cm) wingspan. Video taken @theomahazoo. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #moth #moonmoth #cocoon #transform #transformation #Madagascar #metamorphosis #emerging #video #wildlife #wildlifephotography #PhotoArk
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Photo by @lynseyaddario / Firefighter Melissa Bell, 36, helps conduct an operation to clean up the remaining brush in order to prevent the Dixie fire from spreading to other areas of the forest near Westwood, California, on August 27. The Dixie fire started on July 13 and burned roughly 965,000 acres (400,000 ha) before it was contained at the end of October. With increasing levels of drought across the state of California, fires are more common and burn for longer periods of time. Shot on assignment with the help of a grant from the National Geographic Society. @CALFIRE #climatechange #LynseyAddario #Nationalgeographicexplorer
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Video by @joelsartore | We are sad to share the news that Rilu, an 11-year-old snow leopard @millerparkzoo, has died from COVID complications. Snow leopards are proving extremely susceptible to the disease, and it’s often fatal. #PhotoArk #snowleopard #bigcat #covid #vaccinate #video #saveourwildlife
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Photos by @louiepalu | "Washington on Edge" examines the path to insurrection in Washington, D.C., from the first impeachment of President Trump to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and the aftermath. For the full project, including a 50-photo essay and video, see the link in bio. 1: A U.S. marine rehearses opening doors at the Capitol the day before the inauguration of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. This was one of several doors that were damaged after a mob of Trump backers broke into the building. 2: The description beneath a painting depicting the surrender of Lord Cornwallis’s troops to George Washington in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, draws the attention of a National Guardsman. The last major campaign of the Revolutionary War won the U.S. nation its freedom. 3: A National Guard soldier stands behind a fence erected around the Capitol after the January 6 attack. 4: Two activists wear beaked masks like doctors wore in the 17th century during times of plague, attempting to draw the attention of spectators around Capitol Hill. Their message: Refusing to be vaccinated will prolong the COVID-19 pandemic. On the same day, March 25, 2021, two House subcommittees held a joint hearing titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation.” 5: Vice President Harris walks to the Senate chamber trailed by several senators after President Biden delivered his first address to a joint session in the House chamber. The nation was still reeling from the coronavirus, social justice protests, and baseless claims of election fraud. Typically about 1,500 people, the audience was limited to 200 because of the pandemic. Project supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society @insidenatgeo. #jan6 #washingtondc #politics #democracy #insurrection
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Photos by @IsmailFerdous | Portraits of passersby I met on a walk in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
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Photo by @katieorlinsky | You might need to look twice, but under all that snow is one incredible creature that has been adapting to the coldest, harshest climates on our planet for millennia. A recent study found that sled-dog breeds like this Alaskan husky stem from a common Arctic ancestor that diverged from other dog lineages more than 9,500 years ago. The dogs have a unique ability to highly regulate their own body temperature and thrive in cold weather; this dog uses its own double-coated fur tail and the snow itself for insulation while napping in Unalakleet, Alaska, during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The tradition of dog sledding has existed across the northernmost parts of the globe for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the 1960s, when both highways and snowmobiles became widespread, that sled dogs were no longer needed for day-to-day travel up north. Yet dog sledding remains a cultural and recreational activity in Indigenous communities across the Arctic and a competitive sport.
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Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Lion cubs play fight on a termite mound in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve. Play fighting is a crucial part of learning and growing for most predators, arming them with the rudimentary skills they'll need for conflict in adulthood. Lion cubs often fall prey to other predators like hyenas, leopards, and martial eagles. These cubs lost at least one sibling to cape buffalo—perhaps the greatest threat to lion cubs as they are very aggressive and dislike lions. Shot for the December issue of @natgeo magazine. #campaignfornature
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Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Vervet monkeys play in the trees above the grassy savanna of Kenya's Masai Mara reserve. Vervets are highly social, living in groups of 50 or more, which allows them to watch over one another when faced with predators or competing tribes. To see more from Kenya, please visit @ladzinski.
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Photos by @robertclarkphoto | I am saddened to hear of the passing of Lawerence Brooks, the oldest known WWII veteran in the United States, at age 112. I was so very lucky to meet him and shoot his portrait for the July 2020 cover story, "The Last Voices of World War II." Mr. Brooks passed peacefully at his home in New Orleans. He served from 1941 to 1945 in the Pacific with the Army's predominantly African-American 91st Engineering Battalion as a support worker to its officers. Brooks said he had good memories of his Army days and bad ones, such as being "treated so much better in Australia" than by white people in America. Brooks was born when William Howard Taft was president and lived through 20 different men holding that job. While photographing Brooks in his Lower Ninth Ward home, I talked to him about Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As the waters were rising in his home, then 95-year-old Brooks and his daughter swam to his church a few blocks away. They climbed to the roof and were rescued by a helicopter a day later. At the end of our time together, I asked him what he thought was the most important lesson that he had learned in a century-plus: "Love, that really is the most important thing."
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Photos by @louiepalu | These images are from my project examining the path to insurrection in Washington, D.C.—from the first impeachment of President Trump in the fall of 2019 to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. To view the full article, including a 50-picture essay, see the link in bio. 1: On January 6, a pro-Trump mob attacks police at the north entrance of the Capitol, seen in a cloud of tear gas and fire extinguisher powder. More than 10,000 Trump supporters surrounded the Capitol in a day of mayhem that included the discovery of two pipe bombs with timers near the Republican and Democratic national headquarters. 2: Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, and Senator Mitch McConnell lead senators in a procession to the House chamber as Congress prepares to count the electoral vote. Soon after, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee. 3: Ejected from the Capitol, a Trump supporter pumps his fist. Earlier, at a rally on the Ellipse, Trump had told the crowd that he’d won the election by a landslide and encouraged his supporters to take bold action. 4: Capitol and Metro Police fight off a group of pro-Trump attackers in a hallway using batons and rubber projectiles after they assaulted police and vandalized offices on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, causing a lockdown of the building and evacuation of staff and elected officials, including the vice president. 5: In the aftermath of the attack, National Guard soldiers rest inside the Capitol. In a time of great unrest and uncertainty, the troops were called in to help protect the complex from a future attack by militants. They stayed for five months, reaching a top deployment of almost 26,000 service members from across the country. This project was supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society @insidenatgeo. #jan6 #washingtondc #politics #democracy #insurrection
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just in museums. Today they're also in homes and businesses, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. Known in some circles as the “dinosaur cowboy,” rancher Clayton Phipps (top) explores part of the Hell Creek Formation near his home in Jordan, Montana, with his son Luke. The layers of fossil-rich rock date to the end of the Cretaceous period—a valuable record of the world just before dinosaurs became extinct. Many key fossils have been found here, including the world’s first identified T. rex, in 1902. In the United States, fossils found on private property usually belong to the landowner, and collectors may strike deals with owners to dig on their land. Phipps says fossils generate the bulk of his income, so when he’s not tending to ranch duties, he works his land in a more lucrative way—scouring it for dinosaur bones. #dinosaurs #dino #dinosaur #montana #trex #hellcreek
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Photo by @davidemonteleonestudio / In Gloucester, United Kingdom, the Spirit of Innovation is an electric aircraft built by Rolls-Royce. With a target speed of 300 mph (480 kmh), it's set to be the world’s fastest zero-emissions airplane. A few weeks ago, the aircraft was flown over the Gloucester ​airport​ for 15 minutes, marking the beginning of an intense testing phase. Its battery cells are packaged for maximum lightness and thermal protection.The Spirit of Innovation can fly up to 200 miles on a single charge. Follow @davidemonteleonestudio for more. #greeningaviation #spiritofinnovation
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Photos by @louiepalu | This image is from a project examining the path to insurrection in Washington, D.C.—an inside view of the nation’s capital from the first impeachment of President Trump in the fall of 2019 to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. For the full project, including a 50-picture essay and video, see the link in our bio. 1: An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjusts flags in front a painting of George Washington at the Capitol, preparing for Democratic leaders to speak after the December 2019 vote to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for trying to get Ukraine to investigate presidential contender Joe Biden. 2: Mounted riot police clear mostly peaceful protesters near Lafayette Park in June 2020, before Trump crossed the road to St. John’s Church for a photo op. The building was damaged by protesters angry over George Floyd’s murder by a police officer. 3: A statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, lies in Judiciary Square after protesters pulled it down. The toppling came on June 19, which is celebrated as Juneteenth, marking the emancipation of enslaved people. The statue was one of many Confederate monuments torn down around the country to protest racism. 4: Capitol police face thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators at the Supreme Court on November 14. The “Make America Great Again” march was organized to protest the election results. 5: Members of the neo-fascist Proud Boys parade on November 14 at the “Million MAGA March,” challenging Biden’s election victory. Trump had raised the group’s profile when he declined to condemn its actions in a presidential debate. Instead, he said, “Stand back and stand by.” The group embraced his words as a slogan. This work was partly supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society @insidenatgeo. To see more, follow @louiepalu. #jan6 #washingtondc #politics #democracy #insurrection
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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | So much is written about the cheetah, and yet nothing can prepare you for its arrival in your life. It appears cloaked in a pebble-printed garment, as if born from a mirage. One thinks of resting in the heat of the day, but the cheetah knows such an hour is not for rest but the time to hunt. It was with an unguarded flick of the ear that the cheetah announced her presence and that of her three cubs. Once you have the key to her code of invisibility, you have the eyes to see her. Stretching out the coiled spring of her body into its hunting form, she moves off, leaving her young to watch and learn from the shade of a whistling thorn tree. Snarling mouth and paw possess cutting swords and slender spears. It clings to the neck of its gazelle prey, like the embrace of a spurned lover. And then with the slightest cry it calls out for its young to join in at the table. To see more follow me @chancellordavid.
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Video by @joelsartore / The nose of this screaming hairy armadillo is hard at work inspecting its surroundings. Though you won’t hear it vocalize in this clip, this species got its name because of the high-pitched squealing noise individuals emit when surprised or threatened. Video taken @elparquedelasleyendas. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #armadillo #hairy #screaming #carapace #cute #PhotoArk
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Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Two male cheetahs apply the kiss of death to a young adult wildebeest on the plains of Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve. The two cheetahs are part of a coalition of what was five adult males but is now four, known locally as the Tano Bora, which in the Maa language means "Magnificent Five." Cheetahs, despite being incredibly fast, are actually quite delicate cats— a single one would rarely attempt to tackle a large prey like a wildebeest but as a coalition they can bring it down. #campaignfornature
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Photo by @davidemonteleonestudio / In April I visited the legendary Maserati plant in Modena, Italy, where the team showed me some innovations in the pipeline. The company is developing its first fully electric sports car. Here the prototype is tested on a roller bed, which simulates speed and road resistance. The zero-emissions MC20 will be heavier than the gas-powered MC20, but still much faster: it will hit 62 mph (100 kph) in two seconds flat. Follow @davidemonteleonestudio for more. #greeningcars #electricvehicles
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Photo by @stephenwilkes | I recently returned from one of the most amazing experiences: I witnessed the only total solar eclipse of 2021, in Antarctica, which occurred early in the morning on December 4. This photograph was taken on Union Glacier located near the Ellsworth Mountains, the highest range in Antarctica. This eclipse was unusual in that the path moved from east to west instead of from west to east. This reversal is only possible in polar regions. The totality for this eclipse was only 39 seconds, but it was 39 seconds of magic. Swipe to see the sun rays that create the rare event called shadow banding. To see more from my travels near and far follow me @stephenwilkes. #eclipse #solar #antarctica #glacier #photography
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | Polar bears clamber their way up a rocky cliff along the shore of Russia's Herald Island, located in the Chukchi Sea. During this trip, in early September, hundreds of polar bears could be seen searching for marine mammal carcasses, guarding their young, and generally waiting around for winter, when the sea ice grows back. The pack ice had either melted or traveled over 400 miles (600+ km) north of the island, effectively leaving the bears high and dry. Polar bears are far more efficient hunters and obviously a bit more camouflaged when sea ice and snow are present. Follow me @arni_coraldo for more of life in the northern latitudes. #polarbear #arctic #waterfall #bear
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | Fires burn in the Amazon on Indigenous Kayapo land in Brazil's Para state, in September. Deforestation continues at extraordinary rates across the Amazon, led by land-clearing for meat producers and cattle ranchers along with illegal mining. The most common means of deforestation is by fire; ranchers burn the land in order to create space for farms and grazing cattle. Roughly one-quarter of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed since the 1960s, which means it can no longer absorb as much of the world's carbon emissions as it once did—and that accelerates climate change. Photographs made with a grant from the National Geographic Society. @insidenatgeo #climatechange #the Amazon #LynseyAddario #Brazil
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Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Checkups are given at a mobile dental clinic organized by a safari lodge group, on the outskirts of Kenya's Masai Mara reserve. Dental care is almost nonexistent in these remote Maasai communities. After a tooth extraction, this woman spoke of the pain she had endured for years and the relief she felt after the procedure—a common reaction as people here often live with such chronic problems. The collective comprises dentists and technicians from all over the world, including Kenya, India, U.K., U.S., India, Portugal, and Poland.
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Photo by @katieorlinsky | Every fall the Rosario Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, in Michoacan, Mexico, becomes home to millions of monarch butterflies that migrate from as far away as Canada to overwinter in the oyamel fir forests of Michoacan. According to UNESCO, which declared the reserve a World heritage Site in 2008, the reserve—an area of over 216 square miles (560 sq km)—protects an estimated 70% of the overwintering butterfly’s eastern population. However, the monarch butterfly is an at-risk species, threatened by pesticides, pollution, climate change, and a complicated array of local social and economic dynamics, such as illegal logging—the migratory habitat is located near one of Mexico's most dangerous regions.
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Video by @joelsartore / The transparent Yuruani glass frog gives us an impressive view of its inner workings, with its internal organs, bones, and muscles on full display. These remarkable frogs reside along streams and rivers in the tropical forests of South America. Video taken @wwtslimbridge. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #glass #frog #transparent #southamerica #PhotoArk
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Photo by @kiliiiyuyan | I don’t know about you, but fireflies take me back to childhood. Here, in the space all around me, a thousand tiny green-yellow lights are miniature lanterns, blazing long enough to be seen but always escaping my cupped hands. These synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) flashed at early nighttime in the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This image is a composite of long exposures, a technique used to reduce the amount of noise in the final image. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more of the natural world’s beauty. #firefly #greatsmokynps #tennessee
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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Even in the darkest hour there is beauty, particularly here in northern Kenya. For the past weeks I’ve been working on a story about the drought here in the north, looking at communities such as the Samburu, who live side by side with their livestock and the wildlife of this extraordinary, challenging landscape. Here, a young Samburu moves livestock along a dry riverbed toward a well. I heard yesterday about an elephant calf that had fallen into a well. Having spent over 12 hours in the water, it was finally pulled clear by a combined team from @r.e.s.c.u.e and @kalepocamp. The elephant could barely stand due to exhaustion and the cold from the water within the well, and yet the rangers managed to guide it toward a herd located on the opposite side of the riverbed. They would be the first to admit that the possibility of this being the calf’s family was extremely slight—and yet it was. In complete darkness the rangers sat and listened to the herd gather around the calf and loudly celebrate its life and its return to them. Once the vocal chorus subsided, all that could be heard was the entire herd rubbing their bodies against the lost calf, nature’s version of emotional osmosis. On the same day I watched the family of a young goat herder mourn her death; she was killed by an elephant while they both traveled for water. Sitting and watching a butterfly pull itself clear of the burden of its metamorphosis, dry the moisture from its wings, and lift tentatively into the warm air for the first time, I can’t help thinking that each and every day we should consider the beautiful magnificence of nature’s first flight as if it was our last. In awe of those who walk this landscape, hand in hand with their past and their future. To see more, follow me @chancellordavid.
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | As winter snows arrive, a reindeer herd crosses a fjord in Norway during the polar night in search of grazing land farther south. These 600-plus reindeer quickly and efficiently swam in a synchronized stride across a one-kilometer-wide fjord in 38°F (2°C) water temps—and then casually shook off and trotted up the icy rocks on the shore to start grazing. For environmental and cultural reasons, the herding tradition is legally reserved for the Indigenous Sami people across some regions of the Nordic countries. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #reindeer #north #nature #sami #cold #reindeer #petemcbride
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Photo by @edkashi | Firefighters train in the Angeles National Forest, outside Pasadena, California. California depends on incarcerated labor to fight wildfires, which saves the state approximately $100 million annually. But when these men and women come home from prison, access to information, legal barriers, and social stigma make getting jobs as professional firefighters almost impossible. Brandon Smith and Royal Ramey met while incarcerated at the Bautista Conservation Camp, one of the 35 fire camps—minimum-security facilities—in California. They grew close through friendly competition and a mutual realization that they wanted to pursue firefighting professionally after release. After coming home in 2014, it took them each about two years to gain the certifications and connections necessary to get their first jobs as wildland firefighters. When they went out to a fire and ran into their old inmate crew, they were inspired to turn their hard-won knowledge into a training program for people with experiences similar to their own. They founded the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP) and have helped hundreds of men and women get jobs. I had the privilege to meet these two extraordinary men last week while working on a short documentary film about their organization. #forestfirefighters #california #formerlyincarcerated #heroes #stigmaofincarceration
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | Deforestation continues at extraordinary rates across the Amazon, led by land-clearing for meat producers and cattle ranchers along with illegal mining. The most common means of deforestation is by fire; ranchers burn the land in order to create space for farms and grazing cattle. Roughly one-quarter of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed since the 1960s, and it can no longer absorb as much of the world's carbon emissions as it once did, which accelerates climate change. Photographs made with a grant from the National Geographic Society @insidenatgeo #climatechange #the Amazon #LynseyAddario #Brazil
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Lucas, 3, in Sydney, Australia. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is an ongoing project for which I've visited more than 50 countries, capturing children and their favorite toys. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toys #play #kids #child #children
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Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A pair of pumas nestle in sage bushes near a small cave in Torres del Paine, Chile. This area is home to the highest concentration of pumas, a cat found from the far reaches of North America to the southern reaches of South America. To see more photos and videos from the beautiful part of the planet, please visit @ladzinski.
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Photo by @andreabruce | As 2021 comes to a close, I continue to think about the people of Haiti, who suffered another earthquake this year, taking the lives of over 2,000 people and damaging or destroying 137,000 homes. Events all over the world have an effect that is far-reaching: Haitians continue to migrate to other countries, risking their lives to do so. In Corail, families huddle together on mattresses and sheets wrestled from the wreckage of their homes days after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in August. #haiti
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Photo by @jasperdoest | Joel Westerveld dances during the Roller Skate Jam in Rotterdam's Museum Park, where a new art space for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen recently opened. With the arrival of the futuristic building, which houses over 151.000 works, the city had proposed to replace the asphalt surroundings with lawns and fountains, but the idea was met with protests. “The park is a great place to gather and enjoy the sun, music, dancing, and skating,” says Joel. “This place means a lot to the Rotterdam community.” This image was made on assignment for the Dutch edition of the magazine @natgeonl. Follow @jasperdoest to see more photographs from this and other stories. #Rotterdam #MuseumBoijmansvanbeuningen #travel
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Photo by @acacia.johnson | A red fox leaps past a pair of walrus skulls on Round Island, Alaska. This remote area in the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary is a haven for Pacific walrus, an endangered group of Steller sea lions, and over 250,000 nesting seabirds. By studying the island's marine wildlife over time, field technicians stationed on the island each summer get insight into what's going on in the broader marine ecosystem. They also spend a lot of time with the island's curious foxes, which prey upon nesting seabirds. This mother fox was bringing up a litter of kits underneath the field techs' cabin floor! See the link in bio to learn more about the Walrus Islands, and follow me at @acacia.johnson for more stories from the natural world. #alaska #conservation #fox #walrus #travel
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial | An abandoned alpine farmhouse near Oasi Zegna reserve, in the Italy's Piedmont region. It's one of my favorite spots in Italy. Please follow @mattiasklumofficial for more pictures. #protectbiodiversity #biella #oasizegna #italy #alps #farmhouse #white #snow #abandoned
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Photo by @katieorlinsky | Hundreds of walrus rest on the Arctic Ocean sea ice near Utqiagvik, Alaska, after an abnormally rapid spring thaw in June 2015. It was a rare privilege to observe hundreds of these marvelous creatures so close to town, something scientists and local hunters told me was unusual during that time of year. Sadly it was most likely the result of warming weather and shrinking sea ice. Like so many species across the Arctic, pacific walrus are increasingly challenged by the realities of climate change.
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Video by Stratton Hatfield | Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames photographs two male lions at dawn in Kenya's Naboisho Conservancy. Lions roar to announce their presence and location to other members of the pride and as a confirmation of their territory to any possible intruders. As part of the Serengeti coverage for the December issue, Hamilton James photographed lions extensively. Here, a strobe adds a little light to the lions, which are indifferent to the use of flash—it's thought that most animals see it as lightning and ignore it. Swipe to see the image taken. #campaignfornature
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Photo by @paoloverzone | View of the Adventdalen Valley, near Longyearbyen, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. I took this picture in the only half hour of light during the polar night, with a 13-second exposure. The polar night in Svalbard starts gradually in October, lasting until late February. During the darkest two months (mid-November to mid-January), with the sun sitting even farther below the horizon, there is no light at all. The days at the beginning and the end of the polar night are filled with incredible and magical color. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories.
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Photo by @davidemonteleonestudio | Adjabiya, Libya, 2011. Vestiges of war are seen around the eastern gate of the city. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the uprising in Libya that ousted longtime leader Muammar Qaddafi. The country then descended into civil war, and despite the passing of time, it has never fully recovered from the consequences of the conflict, facing political and military instability that is far from over. Follow @davidemonteleonestudio for more about this and other stories. #libya #libyanwar
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Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav | Snow leopards have evolved to live in high-elevation deserts and cliffs, and every part of their body shows signs of these unique adaptations. One is its long furry tail. I had the chance to see a snow leopard chase an ibex on a cliff—and that's when I witnessed how essential as well as incredible their tails are. Snow leopards have the longest tails proportionally of the big cats—nearly as long as the rest of their body. They can be up to one meter (yard) in length, and help the leopard to balance on steep, rocky slopes. The thick tail also protects against the cold—the leopard can wrap it around its nose and legs while resting. Snow leopards patrol their territory, and one of the ways they mark their land is by spraying urine and scent on stones. In this image, a snow leopard approaches a scent-marking location in India's Himalayan Spiti Valley, triggering a camera trap that captured the moment. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more from India.
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Video @lucalocatelliphoto | This ultramodern building is the home of CopenHill, in Copenhagen, which claims to be the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant. (That's steam being pumped out of the stacks.) It's a design icon: with a ski slope and a hiking path on its roof, the plant doubles as a public gathering space. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto for more high-tech solutions that may redesign our future. #solutions #environment #future #denmark #waste #energy #transition #lucalocatelliphoto #circulareconomy #industrial #amagerbakke #climatechange #climateaction
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Macro cinematography shows us the fascinating world that we can discover if we just look a little bit closer. Artist Clemens Wirth explains how he created the unique miniature sequences seen in #WelcomeToEarthSeries, including the water cycle and the Venus flytrap in action. Welcome to Earth with Will Smith is now streaming on @DisneyPlus.
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Photo by @robertclarkphoto / Saddened to hear of the passing of the brilliant, humble, genius scientist and writer E.O. Wilson. I have read much that this legend in the field of evolution biology had written, but still have a hundred articles and a dozen books to go. I gave him a copy of a book that I produced and was so pleased with his “review.” One of the great honors for me was that he asked to publish one of my pictures in his last book. Wilson was the first writer I read that made science interesting and accessible to me. A winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his writing, the Alabama native will be missed but his influence will go on. E.O. Wilson 1929-2021. RIP Ed.
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Photo by @renan_ozturk | A polar pyramid: More than anything else I saw on a recent Antarctica expedition, this windswept peak captured the imagination. The 24-hour sunlight tracked around this icy sun dial, with the pastel color of the horizon casting a moodscape behind it. See @renan_ozturk for more from this landscape. #vinsonmassif
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Video by @joelsartore | These frenzied hummingbirds may remind you of last-minute Christmas shoppers at the mall, but they're competing for something far more precious than a gift. They're looking for the fuel that keeps them in flight: nectar! You're witnessing some of Costa Rica's most stunning species—the fiery-throated, volcano, lesser violetear, and Talamanca hummingbirds. Listening to their melodic chirps and watching their colorful bodies in motion, it's hard not to lose yourself in the magic of feeding time. Found only in the the country's Cordillera Talamanca Mountain Range, these natives have learned to survive temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) by entering a state known as torpor—when they reduce their heart rate from 1,260 beats per minute down to just 50-80 beats per minute, conserving energy in order to endure cold nights in their mountain habitat. Video taken @quetzalsparadise. To learn more about other fascinating creatures featured in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore.
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Photo by @acacia.johnson | Before a camping trip, a homemade tent airs out on the sea ice in Canada's Arctic Bay. Every spring, when the school year comes to an end, Inuit families in this remote community take to the land to camp, hunt, and fish for weeks at a time. These trips are a way for young people to learn traditional skills from their elders, some of whom were raised in outpost camps far from the nearest towns. Follow me at @acacia.johnson for more stories from the Arctic. #arctic #nunavut #camping #seaice
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Photos and video by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Running for the sea: Turtle nesting is one of nature's many wonders. A mother sea turtle will lay as many as 100 eggs, which will incubate for 60 days. The babies then hatch all at once and sprint for the sea, boosting their odds of surviving waiting predators. This ridley turtle hatchling (first image) could grow into an adult (second image) and return to this exact beach years later to repeat the cycle—if it survives the treacherous dash to the water and many more perils ahead. For more wildlife, follow @pedromcbride. #turtles #ocean #nature #costarica #conservation
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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A new Samburu generation is part of Kenya's Kalepo community conservancy, which is at the forefront of cultural and environmental sustainability. The group's tourist camp, which is privately funded, is built on community-owned land and staffed by Samburu from the surrounding landscape, allowing them to directly support and benefit from the preservation of this ecosystem. Their future is quite literally in their own hands. To see more follow me @chancellordavid @kalepocamp. #communityconservation #samburu
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Photo by @lynseyaddario | Fires burn in the Amazon on Indigenous Kayapo land in Brazil's Para state, in September. Deforestation continues at extraordinary rates across the Amazon. The most common means of deforestation is by fire; ranchers burn the land in order to create space for farms and grazing cattle. Roughly one-quarter of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed since the 1960s, and thus it can no longer absorb as much of the world's carbon emissions as it once did, which accelerates climate change. Photos made with a grant from the National Geographic Society. @insidenatgeo #climatechange #the Amazon #LynseyAddario #Brazil