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Photo by @daisygilardini / I am usually away from home in October and November for the early season in Antarctica. But this year, having to reschedule around COVID-19 travel restrictions, I stayed closer to home and returned to Churchill, Manitoba, for the polar bear migration. Every year bears gather around the edge of Hudson Bay. They wait there for the ice to form, then head out onto the ice to hunt for seals, their primary food source. This year, when I returned home in mid to late November, Hudson Bay was still open water, with no ice. The bears were all around, and I could photograph them sparring in the white spruce forests just outside town. It’s quite unusual to see them among big trees. Historic data of the western Hudson Bay subpopulation of polar bears shows the bears are spending more time on land because the ice is forming later in the season and melting earlier the following spring. The average number of days the bears spend on land each year has grown steadily over the past 40 years: 1980-1989: 107 days 2005-2015: 130 days 2021: 156 days The consequences can be dramatic. This particular subpopulation, the most studied in the world, has declined by 30 percent since the early 1980s. #churchill #manitoba #polarbears #conservation #climatechange
Photo by @stephen_matera / At 14,411 feet (4,392 meters), Mount Rainier is reflected in a subalpine lake, also known as a tarn, at sunset in summer. With such great vertical relief over the surrounding mountains, Mount Rainier receives incredible annual snowfall averaging 53 feet (16 meters) a year at Paradise, at 5,400 feet (1,645 meters) on the south side of the mountain. Higher elevations generally will receive more precipitation, allowing for the creation of large glaciers on all sides of the mountain. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #glacier #volcano
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / A cyclist passes by the windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site in South Holland, Netherlands. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Kinderdijk #Netherlands #UNESCO
Photo by @Justin.Jin / A man fishes from a boat north of Brittany, a peninsula on France's northwestern coast. The region, known as Bretagne in French, juts out toward the Atlantic Ocean. It became an independent kingdom and then a duchy before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province governed as a separate nation under the crown. Brittany has been referred to as Little Britain, as opposed to Great Britain; it borders the English Channel to the north. The land area is 34,023 square kilometers (13,136 square miles). Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #bretagne #brittany #france #sea #justinjin
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / Looking down to see up is quite the oxymoron. I found this reflective rain puddle among the cobblestone streets in Rome, Italy. This is a city full of both grand and subtle beauty.
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto / Winter sunrises in the mountains, like this one in Banff National Park, are truly magical.
Photo by @steven_gnam / Mountain bikers pause above the city lights of Wenatchee, Washington.
Photo by @emilypolar / A cycle rickshaw driver rests on his stylish bike frame while waiting for the next ride in Kathmandu, Nepal. To see more of the magnificence in the mundane, follow me @emilypolar. #Nepal #Kathmandu
Photo by @daisygilardini / Sunrise sailing along the Greenland fjords / One of the things I love the most while on assignment in the polar regions is the isolation from the modern world. I simply love to wake up just before the sun and get out to breathe the fresh air while observing giant icebergs passing by. Those icebergs might be hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. Once they’ve calved off from the glaciers that produced them, they’re free to float in the polar waters until they melt completely and become one with the oceans. It’s in these moments that I realize how important it is to preserve these delicate ecosystems. #greenland #sunrise #iceberg
Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav / The "sky islands" of the Western Ghats, India, are a mesmerizing ecosystem to witness. On the day I took this photograph, it was magical to see a waterfall emerging from the clouds. The slow-blowing wind and the sun's rays gave the waterfall a surreal appearance. It reminded me of James Cameron's floating Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora. I hope to get back to this place again someday to experience this spectacle. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more photos from the extremely biodiverse states of India and Central Asia.
Photo by @gretarybus / Fruit is displayed at a small stand in the narrow alleyways of Zanzibar City’s Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe. The newer part of the Tanzanian island city is called Ng'ambo (“the other side” in Swahili). Follow Maine-based photojournalist @gretarybus for stories about human connections to the natural world.
Photo by @juancristobalcobo / I'm not particularly known to be a nature photographer, much less a bird photographer, but as a street photographer I never know what I might run into. I had the chance to walk by this hawk one morning in Riverside Park, New York City. #hawks #manhattan #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @francescolastrucci / A woman boils milk on a stove in her kitchen on a farm in the Haryana rural state of northern India. The family farm production consists mostly of milk, butter, and cheese coming from buffalo. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #haryana #india #dailylife
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / On December 13 I visited the Dutch city of Gouda and captured this picture at the market square. It was decorated with festive lights and a Christmas tree in front of the town hall for the holiday season. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Gouda #Netherlands #HolidaySeason #Christmas
Photo by @Jonathan_Irish / That moment when the snow is dumping down and you just have to close your eyes, open your beak, and try to catch a few flakes. For more images of the wild, follow @Jonathan_Irish. #Antarctica
Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / Below Mount Everest giant ice sculptures tower as high as 150 feet (46 meters). This incredible view is experienced near Interim Camp (19,000 feet/5,791 meters), the midway point between Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp. This area is known as Miracle Highway, a place where the East Rongbuk Glacier has created an upheaval of rock, dirt, and ice, placing you dead center between jagged ice sculptures on your left and right. Without this upheaval, the path would be incredibly treacherous and require mountaineers to navigate between the unstable ice sculptures. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, and I was in absolute awe the entire way. To see more photos and videos from this part of the world, please visit @ladzinski. #miraclehighway
Photo by @gretarybus / This is the view from a commuter plane over Maine's Penobscot Bay at sunset. Many of Maine's inhabited islands are reached only by ferry, private boat, or airplane. Follow Maine-based photojournalist @gretarybus for stories about human connections to the natural world.
Photo by @AnushBabajanyan / People gather at Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem. The Edicule, on the right, was built over what is believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ.
Photo by @daisygilardini / Mother polar bears in the Hudson Bay region exit maternity dens with their newborns in February and March. Once cubs leave the warmth of the den, they have to face frigid temperatures that can easily drop to minus 50°C (-58°F) with windchill. Mother bears are particularly attentive and caring with the little ones while heading to Hudson Bay to hunt seals. They often stop to nurse and rest. #polarbear #manitoba #conservation #motherhood #wapusknationalpark
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta / The "oak of the witches" is a monumental tree located in the province of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy. The tree is 600 years old and has impressive dimensions: The trunk measures over four meters (13 feet) in circumference and its crown extends into the sky for over 40 meters (131 feet). Its shape has captured the popular imagination. According to the legend from which its name derives, the oak was the meeting point for witches who used to dance and perform magic rites on its branches. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta. #Italy #Tuscany #phonephotography
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / After breaking out from the tight, meandering entrance series of Phantom Pot into a large river passage, we were lucky to have the option of exploring both upstream and downstream. Here, you see downstream in a 40-by-40-meter (130-by-130-foot) river passage. Unfortunately, the experience was somewhat ruined by millions of small midge flies. I don’t know how they got there, but they seemed very happy to see us and swarmed our lights. I swallowed many of them and others crawled up my nose. The passage finished after 200 meters (656 feet) in a sump, only 132 meters (433 feet) away from Ora cave. This photo was taken at 2:25 a.m. at the end of a very long and tiring day. Nearly everyone else who I had been with on the trip had headed out at 10:30 p.m., aware that they still had to get through the tiring entrance series followed by a two-hour hike back to camp. Only two people stayed to help me take this final photograph. Short on assistants, I had to get in the photo and hold a flashbulb. This photo is one of the few self-portraits that I’ve ever taken. We also had to de-rig the cave and take all the ropes out. Between us, we carried six huge bags of equipment out of the cave. All in all, our trip underground was 23 hours, but closer to 30 hours away from camp. It was one of the most tiring experiences of my life. Toward the end, I felt like I was taking two steps forward and one step back, pulling myself along on almost every tree branch.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / Backcountry hikers walk along the edge of Lacs des Chéserys, alpine lakes perched high above the iconic mountain town of Chamonix. The area is well known to backpackers as a prime destination to catch a reflected view of Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest mountain, and the expansive massif it's connected to.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto / Sandhill cranes move to a more protected area at sunset in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. #bosquedelapache #sandhillcranes #newmexico
Photo by @Justin.Jin / After trekking 80 kilometers (50 miles) across Baikal, the world's biggest lake by volume, in Siberia, we pitched a tent near the cliff of Olkhon Island to spend the night. During the day in March the temperature hovered around freezing point, but at night it plunged below minus 15°C (5°F). Baikal contains one-fifth of Earth's freshwater. The lake is frozen from November to April, allowing people to cross by car and on foot. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #baikal #lake #ice #snow #justinjin
Photo by @gretarybus / Small, historic cabins sit at the foot of Montana's Madison Range. Follow Maine-based photojournalist @gretarybus for stories about human connections to the natural world.
Photo by @juancristobalcobo/ Deep in La Guajira desert at the border between Colombia and Venezuela live the Wayuu, known as the people of sun, sand, and wind. Here, women gather at a ranchería near the town of Uribia. #wayuu #colombia #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @steven_gnam / Bison gather along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta / Following the local wedding tradition, a young bridesmaid waits for newlyweds to take a picture on the paved path of the Appian Way in the central square of Terracina, Italy. The Appian Way is the most famous Roman road still in existence. At 360 miles (580 kilometers), the route connects Rome to Brindisi. It was one of Europe’s first highway systems and inspired the phrase "all roads lead to Rome." This picture is part of National Geographic's best travel photos of 2021. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta. #Italy #appianway #lastrada
Photo by @stephen_matera / A sea stack is seen through an arch along the Washington coast in Olympic National Park. The Washington coast bears the brunt of the relentless power of the Pacific Ocean, which erodes the rocky coastline into a series of sea stacks, pillars, and arches. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #OlympicNationalPark #sunset #arch #coastline
Photo by @francescolastrucci / It was late afternoon in Playa del Carmen, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Menacing clouds were approaching the beach, and the fishermen who had just come back from offshore in the Caribbean Sea were in a hurry to haul their boats. Yet when some big frigate birds gathered to ask for leftover food, two fishermen allowed themselves a moment of joviality and serendipity to throw fish at the birds. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #quintanaroo #mexico #serendipity #dailylife
Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / Sea ice ebbs in and out of the fjords from the change of the tide in the Svalbard archipelago. I shot this time lapse from our ice-locked boat as we waited for a path for safe departure.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Greece, is best known for its clifftop monasteries. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Meteora #Greece
Photo by @Justin.Jin / Ethnic Dong minority singers perform a Grand Song inside a drum tower at their mountain village in China's Guizhou Province. A popular saying among the Dong people in southern China has it that rice nourishes the body, and songs nourish the soul. UNESCO lists the Grand Song as an intangible cultural heritage. The Dong tradition of passing on culture and knowledge in music is exemplified in the multipart singing performed without instrumental accompaniment or a leader. The repertoire includes a range of genres such as ballads, children’s songs, songs of greeting, and imitative songs that test performers’ virtuosity at mimicking the sounds of animals. The Grand Song is still performed today, with each village boasting various choirs divided by age and sometimes sex. In addition to disseminating their lifestyle and wisdom, it remains a crucial symbol of Dong ethnic identity. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #china #guizhou #dong #song #justinjin
Photo by @BabakTafreshi / On Spaceship Earth / The entire sky appears in this fish-eye view of the Milky Way in the early morning twilight from an altitude of 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) on Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. The bright central core of the galaxy, in the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, is in the middle, exactly overhead at zenith. In the Northern Hemisphere the galactic core is closer to the horizon and not as spectacular as in the southern sky. On the lower left, in the morning light, is planet Venus. Explore from Earth to the universe with me @babaktafreshi. #twanight #astrophotography #earth #outerspace
Photo by @sarah_stacke / Kasey Lake is one of more than a hundred lakes in Itasca State Park, the oldest state park in Minnesota. Established in 1891 to protect stands of virgin pine from logging, today the park totals approximately 32,000 acres (12,949 hectares). Itasca is located on the ancestral lands of the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Follow @sarah_stacke for more views of northern Minnesota. #Minnesota #Anishinaabe #ItascaStatePark #Dakota #PineForests
Photo by @gretarybus / Cowboys wait for their turn to ride at the annual Fourth of July rodeo in Ennis, Montana. Follow Maine-based photojournalist @gretarybus for stories about human connections to the natural world.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto with lighting by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto / National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez takes a photo of the newly discovered Myo Lake in Phantom Pot, Papua New Guinea, in 2006. On this day Stephen had asked me if I wanted to help him, and of course I jumped at the chance. Stephen set up to take a photo on a small island. My job was simply to help him out when needed. Once he finished, I got to work dutifully assisting, as I knew I should. The tripod seemed like an obvious thing to pack away, so I headed for that. Things went wrong when I spun the tripod head a bit too much. It flew straight out of my hands into the depths of the lake. There was only one thing to do. I couldn’t lose the tripod head of a National Geographic photographer. I took off my buoyancy aid and dived in headfirst. In the clear water, against a white limestone background, the shiny black tripod head was easy to spot, though it was several meters down and situated in a canyon. I wasn’t going to be defeated. I swam as hard as I could, worried that the ropes on my harness might get snagged on a sharp rock. I was relieved when I grasped it in my hand and rose to the surface. My arm came out of the water in a pose like the Statue of Liberty. I said to Stephen, "You might need this." He looked shocked. I don't think he realized what was going on until it was all over. Thanks, Stephen, for a great memory and a great story—and for providing the lighting setup for this photograph.
Photo by @AnushBabajanyan / A view of mountains in Madan village, northern Armenia. #Armenia
Time-lapse video by @BabakTafreshi / An ultra-close-up view of sunrise from the Atlantic Ocean shoreline near Boston reveals how our atmosphere distorts the objects on the horizon and creates mirages. Music by composer Barbad Bayat. Explore more visual stories of Earth and sky @babaktafreshi. #sunrise #ocean #earth #nature
Photo by @daisygilardini / Costa Rica and other countries are leading great efforts to protect scarlet macaws by making ownership illegal. Thanks to its bright colors and large size, this species is probably the best known parrot in the world. Macaws are widely sought after as caged birds because of their beauty, personality, and intelligence. Their popularity has pushed them to the point, however, that their numbers have been severely depleted in the wild. #macaw #scarletmacaw #costarica #rainforest #conservation
Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / Evening traffic passes by under a full moon along the iconic canals of Venice, Italy. There are over a hundred islands that make up this beautiful city, where boats are the primary way of commuting.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / A view of the Greek island of Hydra. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Hydra #Greece
Photo by @gretarybus / In Saint Louis, Senegal, Ali, a musician from Guinea-Bissau, shows off Senegalese street style. Follow Maine-based photojournalist @gretarybus for stories about human connections to the natural world.
Photo by @BabakTafreshi / Swipe to see the entire view of the Grand Canyon after sunset. I was waiting for the moment when the light of early twilight appears on the canyon and the blue-purple color of the rising Earth shadow becomes visible on the opposite horizon (east, right). An extinct volcano is also visible near the edge. At 446 kilometers (277 miles) long, the Grand Canyon is the longest canyon on Earth (not the deepest). The steep-sided canyon has been carved by the Colorado River steadily over several million years. Explore more of the national parks from dusk to dawn @babaktafreshi. #bluehour #atmospheric #grandcanyon #earth #arizona
Photo by @dina_litovsky / People watch the famous fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by @Justin.Jin / Gray and common seals gather on a sandbank near the town of Berck in northwestern France. This has been their natural habitat for at least a century, as proven by drawings that date back to 1890 of their ancestors in the Baie d'Authie. Tourists come to see the seals every day at low tide. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #seal #berck #baiedauthie #justinjin
Photo by @steven_gnam / A path winds along the Columbia River in Washington.
Photo by @paoloverzone / The Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg in Svalbard, Norway, is seen during the polar night. I visited the city for five days after arriving by boat in almost complete darkness to document the life of this settlement during the dark season. 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.
Photo by @francescolastrucci / Near the town of Yangshuo, rafts follow the stream of the meandering Li River, fringed by gigantic peaks emerging like ghosts from the mist. The province of Guangxi is another China—that of an ancient Chinese print; that of the thousands of foggy, cloud-submerged karst peaks emerging from the rivers and the plain, all covered by an intense green, with the clouds suspended in the middle. Over the centuries the dreamlike landscape has inspired generations of artists and has become so iconic that it has been reproduced even on the Chinese 20 yuan banknote. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #china #mountains #landscape #guangxi
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / The highlight of the 2006 expedition to Papua New Guinea was finding the huge river passage in Phantom Pot. But it was extremely hard and painful for me because I had a cracked rib. The first 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) of the cave were tight and meandering. When we broke into the river passage, we first headed upstream. Swimming 300 meters (984 feet) was difficult with the pain in my chest, but it was well worth it. We were rewarded with the discovery of this stunning and beautiful lake. It is quite simply one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen underground. The passage in the distance on the other side of the lake is the one that we came from. We named the lake Myo after the newly released Petzl Myo head torch, which was revolutionary at the time. Most of the expedition members were using one. Myo Falls, which is the 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) waterfall on the right, was climbed with the aid of a piton that we discovered in Ora cave. The piton had been left behind by the original explorers in 1972, creating a rather nice homage to that first pioneering expedition to Ora.
Photo by @stephen_matera / The patterns of the varnished desert sandstone are reflected in a perfectly still pool of water in southern Utah wilderness. Water in the desert can be magical, especially in autumn. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #Utah #desert #autumn #reflection
Photo by @sarah_stacke / Trees stand on the shore of Red Lake, the largest lake entirely within the state of Minnesota. The Red Lake Reservation encompasses all of Lower Red Lake and a major portion of Upper Red Lake. Follow @sarah_stacke for more views of northern Minnesota and the countryside of the Midwest. #Minnesota #RedLake #Midwest #Anishinaabe #RedLakeReservation
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / Tourists ride camels along the desert of Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, in southern Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan #الاردن #WadiRum
Photo by @AnushBabajanyan / A view of Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan. #kazakhstan
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero / People enjoy sunset in the Hackescher Markt area of central Berlin while a party ferry passes by. Areas like this along the Spree, the main river of Berlin, are gathering places for Berliners and tourists, especially during warm months. Follow me @rubensalgadoescudero to see the world through my lens. #berlin #summer #spree #hackeschermarkt
Photos by @juancristobalcobo / The Serranias de Coraza and Montes de María are located in the Colombian Caribbean region. Seen here is the Altamira forest reserve, with its biodiverse tropical dry forest ecosystem. #montesdemaria #reservadealtamira #colombia #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @dina_litovsky / Fremont Street is a busy and colorful tourist hub in downtown Las Vegas. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by @steven_gnam / A skier travels uphill at a ski resort in western Montana.
Photo by @sarah_stacke / The slow-moving Tamarac River flows into Red Lake, the largest lake entirely within the state of Minnesota. Historically, the river was used by the Anishinaabe for travel, trade, and as a source of wild rice, which grows in the river’s shallow waters. Follow @sarah_stacke for more views of northern Minnesota and the countryside of the Midwest. #Minnesota #TamaracRiver #WildRice #Anishinaabe #RedLake
Photo by @BabakTafreshi / An impressive display of lenticular clouds appears right after sunset in northern Iceland. Swipe to see a wider angle view. Sometimes lenticular clouds are reported as UFOs thanks to their flying saucer shape and bright reflection of the setting sun, moonlight, or city lights. Pilots try not to fly near these dense clouds to avoid turbulence. Explore more Earth and sky photography with me @babaktafreshi. #weather #nature #iceland #lenticularclouds
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / As the sun sets, a young girl runs toward her parents on the main square in Skopje, North Macedonia. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Skopje #Balloons #DailyLife #Sunset
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto / Toner Mitchell fly-fishes on the Rio Grande in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Questa, New Mexico. #riogrande #flyfishing #wildrivers #newmexico #questa
Photos by @JimRichardsonNG / Sunrise in Portree, on the Isle of Skye, finds the fishermen heading out early. The harbor here is particularly pretty, sitting snug among the surrounding hills and mountains beyond, the town wrapping itself around the bay. This natural shelter has attracted people since Neolithic times. Bonnie Prince Charlie lingered here. Many Scots left from Portree for America during the Clearances and the later potato famine. It gets busy with tourists these days, so plan on getting out early to catch scenes like this. For more Scotland follow me @JimRichardsonNG. #Scotland #IsleOfSkye #Hebrides
Photo by @joshuacogan / Brilliant rainbows fade in and out of thundering clouds in upstate New York. For more images of journeys inward and outward, follow me @joshuacogan.
Photo by @AnushBabajanyan / Mane Hakobyan plays outside her home in Madan village in northern Armenia. #Armenia
Photo by @acacia.johnson / Evening light falls over Rabbit Lake, Alaska, a few hours' hike from the nearby city of Anchorage. Chugach National Forest, behind Anchorage, features over 500 miles (805 kilometers) of hiking trails—one of the things I love most about living there. Follow me @acacia.johnson for more stories from Alaska and beyond. #alaska #mountains #hiking #chugach
Photos by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / A view of the Jordanian city of As-Salt at dusk. In July the UNESCO World Heritage Committee designated As-Salt: The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality as a World Heritage site. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #AsSalt #الاردن #UNESCO
Photo by @juancristobalcobo / The Alto de Ventanas in northern Antioquia, Colombia, is one of the most feared roads in the country because of its almost permanent fog conditions, poor visibility, and steep terrain. But in brief moments like this one, it provides a chance to gaze at its spectacular views. #altodeventanas #colombia #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @daisygilardini / Images of African sunsets trigger a longing in me. I feel as if I can hear the sounds and smell the fragrances, and I’m immediately overwhelmed with feelings of nostalgia and a desire to return. Images can be extremely effective at stirring old memories. I look forward to being able to go back in the not too distant future to see old friends again and sip sweet Amarula around a bonfire in Chobe National Park. #chobenationalpark #africa #elephant #cute #conservation
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero / People enjoy a ride along the river en route to an open-air dance festival in Berlin in September. Negative COVID-19 test results, proof of vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus were required to board the ferry to the event. This photo was part of my assignment recently published on natgeo.com addressing how Berlin’s music club scene was weathering the pandemic this summer. Follow me on @rubensalgadoescudero to see the world through my lens. #berlin #summer #boat #party
Photo by @Justin.Jin / A fisherman rows his boat around Beanjavilo, a village set among mangroves in the western coastal region of Madagascar. Mangroves, shrubs or small trees that grow in coastal saline or brackish water, are key to a healthy marine ecology, providing shelter to crabs and shrimps and reducing soil erosion. Birds, sea turtles, and dugongs, an endangered marine sea mammal, all use mangroves. The natural sea barrier is also an extremely efficient way to retain carbon dioxide, thus contributing to climate protection, according to @wwfmadagascar_ and @wwffrance. Yet rising sea levels, human activities, and cyclones have harmed these valuable ecosystems, leading to decline everywhere in Madagascar. The community of Ambakivao works daily, with the support of WWF, for the sustainable management of nearly 3,000 hectares of mangrove forests. WWF teaches fishermen who hunt for crabs living in the mangroves to maintain or increase their food production without destroying the delicate habitat. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #justinjin #madagascar #mangrove
Photo by @francescolastrucci / The docks at Fondamente Nove in Venice are the starting point to embark on a trip to the lagoon’s northern islands. I had just gotten off the ferry coming from Torcello and Burano when I took this image. I was enjoying the silence and the twilight’s multicolored gradient of the water and the sky when a training group of traditional Venetian rowers passed by, with Murano Island in the background. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #venice #sea #landscapephotography #dailylife
Photo by @daisygilardini / Shooting during the golden hour in Antarctica often means being up in the middle of the night. Even if it’s sometimes hard, it always pays off in the end, on many levels. Photography pushes us to witness some of the most spectacular wonders of nature. These moments of pure quietness are simply priceless. I love every minute in the field. Drone photography has opened a whole new avenue of different viewpoints. It can cause a disturbance, though, to both animals and other humans. It’s important to respect a set of strict rules while flying. Always make sure to follow safety regulations. Acquire the necessary permits (national and local) beforehand. Respect flying distances and height restrictions, and pay attention to animal behavior. And make sure not to disturb any people who may be close by. #sunrise #Antarctica #iceberg #landscapephotography #dronephotography
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / A man bathes under a waterfall, part of the hot sulfur springs in Thermopylae, central Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #MuhammedMuheisen #Greece #Thermopylae
Photo by @KristaRossow / In November I had the opportunity to walk on fast ice, or sea ice that is attached to land, in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. The sea ice had locked icebergs and smaller ice formations, like bergy bits and growlers, into its blue and white landscape. It created a sparkling natural sculpture garden shaped by the elements. For more images from all around the world, follow me @KristaRossow. #Antarctica #ice #iceberg #weddellsea
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto / A mixed flock of blackbirds create a murmuration above the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico. #murmuration #blackbirds #bosquedelapache #newmexico
Photo by @Justin.Jin / A ship carrying coal travels along the Saarschleife, the iconic river bend along the river Saar in the Saarland state of Germany. While Germany has set 2038 as the latest date to phase out coal-fired power generation, the country remains reliant on the dirtiest fossil fuel as one of Europe's heaviest users. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #justinjin #germany #Saarschleife #climate
Photo by @AnushBabajanyan / Inside a home in Fioletovo village, Armenia. #Armenia
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / After each long day of bashing through the thick jungle and exploring caves, we would retreat to the comfort of our jungle camp. Pictured here is the camp we used for Ora cave, which the locals built on the rim of the Ora doline with our help. Papua New Guinea is notoriously wet, and each night the rain would batter down so loudly on the tarpaulin roof that it made it virtually impossible to do anything that required concentration. In this photo, James is taking the opportunity to do some reading during one of those rare moments without rain. We spent about a month living in this camp. One night, after we'd all gone to bed, we were woken up around 2 a.m. being shaken violently in our sleeping bags during a magnitude 6+ earthquake. It was loud, exciting, and a little bit scary. Trees—big ones—were crashing down all around us in the forest. For some minutes we sincerely hoped that one wouldn't fall on the camp. During the earthquake, I remember looking across and seeing one team member in his underwear trying to catch pots and pans as they fell off the shelves in the kitchen area: first one in the right hand, then the left. Then he ran out of hands, and everything just fell to the floor. I still laugh now when I think about this funny sight in the middle of the night.
Photo by @daisygilardini / The Drake Passage is one of the wildest bodies of water in the world. It separates South America from Antarctica and connects three oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern. In all, I have spent more than five months of my life negotiating these waters, with nearly 40 expeditions to Antarctica behind me. The crossing is often rough. Waves can reach 10 meters (32 feet) high and often give us what experienced seafarers call the Drake shakes. Occasionally the water is calm, and we call those moments the Drake Lake. During one such rare crossing, I took this image of a cape petrel gliding along the glassy water’s surface, reflecting like a mirror. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #Antarctica #birdphotography #conservation #drakepassage
Photos by @christopheviseux / Expo 2020 is currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, until the end of March 2022 after being postponed by one year because of the pandemic. In total 192 nations are participating, and the large-scale site is divided into three themed districts: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. The bold architecture of the pavilions, the innovations, and the cultural diversity make for an amazing experience. (Seen here, in the order they appear, are the Mobility Portal, UAE Pavilion, Energy Trees at the Sustainability Pavilion, China Pavilion, and UK Pavilion.) The coming together of nations at Expo 2020 makes it a travel destination in itself. Follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures and daily life from the Middle East. #dubai #expo2020 #uae #architecture
Photo by @steven_gnam / Mount Index looms over the Skykomish River in the Pacific Northwest. #PNW #mountains
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto / Mumbaikars and tourists visit the Bandstand Promenade, a popular destination along Mumbai's western coast overlooking the Arabian Sea. The promenade feels like a small village, with vendors selling snacks and cold drinks, families and groups of friends waiting to catch a sunset, young couples finding the quietest corners to get a moment of silence, and exercise enthusiasts sweating it out. For more stories about culture and travel follow me @sarahyltonphoto. #Mumbai #bandra #sea #India
Photo by @stephen_matera / Established in 1938, Olympic National Park contains an incredible diversity of terrain including rocky coast, temperate rainforest, old-growth forest, rocky alpine, and massive glaciers. Ninety-five percent of the park is wilderness. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #OlympicNationalPark #sunset
Photo by @justin.jin / This must be one of the most challenging pictures I ever took. With the sledge speeding on the uneven snow, I bounced precariously and had only the hood of the reindeer herder to hold on to as he rounded up his reindeer in the vast Arctic tundra. I could not place my eyes near the camera viewfinder, let alone compose the picture and focus the lens. Meanwhile, the minus 40°C (-40°F) wind froze my fingers and nose. The Russian Nenets herder, on the other hand, said this was a warm winter. The Nenets were the original inhabitants in the Russian Arctic before being displaced by Soviet collectivization and modern gas and oil exploration. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #justinjin #arctic #nenets #russia
Photos by @emilypolar / Prayer flags flutter in the wind, spreading auspicious wishes in all directions beyond any concept of distance. The first image looks to the east over the Dudh Koshi valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The second shows a pulled-back view of where I was standing, next to the stupa, when I took the first photo. To see more of the magnificence in the mundane, follow me @emilypolar. #Nepal #Himalaya #EBC
Photo by @juancristobalcobo / How much can we learn from a person just by looking at his attire and body language? I photographed this man in Barranquilla, Colombia. #barranquilla #colombia #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @KristaRossow / The fine white tail feathers of a great egret stand out against the dark water of the Ucayali River in the Pacaya–Samiria National Reserve in Peru. For more images from all around the world, follow me @KristaRossow. #peru #amazoniaperuana #bird #wildlife
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero / Groups of friends enjoy a warm summer day in front of the Berlin Cathedral in the German capital. Areas like this along the Spree, the main river of the city, are hubs for community gatherings for Berliners and tourists. Follow me @rubensalgadoescudero to see the world through my lens. #berlin #summer #berlinerdom
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto / Katherine Mast walks her dog, Yuki, in the Santa Fe National Forest on the Alamos Vista Trail above Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a cold day. #newmexico #santafe #aspens
Photo by @francescolastrucci / I took this image during a cold winter sunrise while on the hour-long ferry boat crossing the lagoon from Venice to the island of Torcello, where I had an assignment. I remember the silence and stillness while I photographed the colors of the early morning, which reflected on the waters of this remote and peaceful corner of the Venetian Lagoon. Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #venice #sea #landscapephotography #gradient
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / Al Khazneh ("the treasury") is one of many facades carved into the mountains in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Petra #الاردن
Videos by @MichaelGeorge / I grew up by the ocean, but I never learned to surf. I almost drowned in high school when a rip current pulled me to the other side of a rock jetty into very deep water. Since then, whenever I am swimming where I can’t touch, I get terrified pretty quickly. Something about the sedentary life of lockdown last year led me to think about how I’ve taught myself a lot of things as an adult, but my body has learned nothing new. There’s only so many different things you can teach these limbs to figure out: riding a bike, throwing a basketball, accidentally falling face-first into the snow when getting off a ski lift. I’ve always wanted to surf, but the waves in New York aren’t the best, and the nagging fear of the power of water kept me from making any progress. Earlier this year I headed back to Costa Rica, a country I first discovered while working on a coffee story. One of my best friends and I decided that together we’d see if I could get over my fear, and if my love for the sun and the beach could extend to the water as well. As our surf instructor said, “God blessed you with itty bitty legs,” and I somehow managed to get up on my first wave. Being attached by a leash to a floating object really helped me trust in my ability to survive. Santa Teresa is a place that feels like it was built for surfing and surfing alone. The ocean produces perfect wave after perfect wave, and the beaches stretch on for miles, with nothing but jungle and the occasional hammock lining the shore. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #santateresa #costarica #surfing #sunset #beachlife
Photo by @BabakTafreshi / Slowly swipe to see the entire image. I have lived on the shore near Boston for several years, and this was one of the most stunning scenes I have experienced in my neighborhood. A storm cloud was moving across the ocean above the island of Nahant. Behind me the sun was almost set, but the last rays were shining on the clouds like a red spotlight on the storm. Explore more from dusk to dawn @babaktafreshi. #fineart #earth #ocean #boston
Photo by @daisygilardini / A grizzly bear grazes for sedges among British Columbia’s beautiful fjords. Late morning light can be harsh and can pose a special challenge. By underexposing this image 1 1/3 stops, I was able to black out the busy background in the shade. My goal is always to simplify as much as I can. In this instance I did that by drawing attention to the grass and the rim light around the bear. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #grizzlybear #britishcolumbia #conservation #wildlifephotography
Photo by @Justin.Jin / I was in the middle of Lake Baikal, in the heart of Siberia, in late March. It‘s the world’s deepest and biggest freshwater lake by volume, and I was crawling on its frozen surface to photograph the underside of this huge chunk of emerald ice that was hanging off a cliff. I don’t know how many tons it must have weighed, but it would break off sometime in the coming weeks. I moved carefully. Crowned the "jewel of Siberia," Baikal holds 20 percent of the world's freshwater. In the winter the lake's 31,722-square-kilometer (12,247-square-mile) surface is entirely frozen with ice averaging two meters (6.5 feet) thick. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #baikal #lake #ice #snow #justinjin
Photo by @juancristobalcobo / Usually cloudy and rainy, the weather in Bogotá, Colombia, changes drastically during the months of December and January, giving way to sunny skies and warm days. #bogotá #colombia #juancristobalcobo
Photo by @beckythale | In 2017 naturalist E.O. Wilson was in our photo studio in Washington, D.C., for a total of about 10 minutes. We’d been promised a half hour, but when someone like E.O. Wilson visits National Geographic, the list of people who want to see him is long. We’d been setting up all morning and had three scenarios ready to go. We raced through all of them, and he was gone in what felt like moments. Wilson passed away on Sunday, December 26, at 92.
Photo by @steven_gnam / Bear grass blooms under a full moon in Montana. #beargrass #moon