Life is an adventure - enjoy the ride and the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
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Photo @ladzinski / A #crabEaterSeal resting on a small iceberg under a fiery sunset on the #AntarcticaPeninsula. Over the last two decades, the Antarctica Peninsula region has warmed significantly, directly contributing to substantial ice loss. Sea ice is critical to not only the large animals in this ecosystem, but to the lower food chain as well. It's where bacteria grows that krill feed on. Predators in turn, like this crab eater seal here, feed heavily on krill. The loss of sea ice creates a struggle from the bottom up leaving with it a lot of unanswered questions to what this means for the abundance of animals that live here and how it's affecting ocean sea rise globally. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy
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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keeper Rimland Lemojong plays ball with Pokot, a seven-month-old male elephant, in front of the elephant enclosures at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Pokot arrived in November 2016 and is one of a dozen elephants being rehabilitated by these dedicated keepers in the hopes of releasing him back to the wild herds of Northern Kenya, which is home to Kenya's second largest elephant population. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69
This image taught me that I could be a powerful voice for those that cannot speak. Mirithi was very young and one of the first gorillas to be habituated for tourism. Revenue from tourism is ultimately what saved the mountain gorilla and the fabulous land they inhabit. His father was shot and he had to takeover is family which was led by his mother while he gained confidence. He was famous for sideways bluff charges though he never hurt or even touched a tourist.
Sadly he was shot in his prime by frightened soldiers that were patroling the park for rebels in the years before the Rwanda genocide.
author Melissa Harris spent 5 years exploring my life for A Wildlife just out from Aperture and accompanied by WILD michael nichols an exhibit running from June 27 - Sept 17 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Galápagos cormorants lost the ability to fly in favor of being more streamlined underwater hunters. Now faster and more agile in the pursuit of fish, their remnant stubby wings are only useful as flippers. Unfortunately these unique birds can be severely impacted by climate change. As ocean waters warm their fish prey migrates away from the islands in search of colder water, out of reach of these flightless cormorants. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark@fonassociation@pelayosalinas#paulmangellfoundation
Photo by @anandavarma. Ivar Vleut releases a wooly false vampire bat (Chrotopterus auritus) into its home in a Mayan temple in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This is one of the largest bat species in the Americas.
Ivar caught this bat to remove a GPS tracker he had glued onto its back a few days earlier. The GPS data helps the research team understand where the bats go to hunt at night.
Video by @joelsartore | The BUGarium, located in the Botanic Garden of the @ABQBioPark, is one of the largest insect zoos in North America with over 60 species of insects and other arthropods on display. Some of the most popular exhibits include a massive colony of leafcutter ants that travel over guests’ heads along a vine, a closet-sized enclosure filled with foot-long stick insects, and a collection of praying mantis species from across the globe. While most people are familiar with the typical green mantises seen in gardens, BUGarium visitors encounter bizarre and beautiful species like this giant golden mantis (Hierodula sp.) from southeastern Asia. Close relatives of the often maligned cockroaches, praying mantises are strictly predatory - larger species like this one can even subdue small birds.
To see a portrait of this mantis, check out @joelsartore! .
Photo by @petekmuller. A young boy dashes through tall grass on his way to fish in the Cubango River in Angola. The Cubango, which is a critical tributary to the pristine Okavango Delta, starts as a meandering stream in central Angola. There, rural communities rely on it for a variety of daily needs including water and food. Boys in rural communities fish as a means of supplementing their diet--which is largely derived from subsistence farming and expensive imported goods--as well as way to make some additional money by selling fish to other members of the community. #intotheokavango#cubango2017#Angola#Cubango#River#Africa#expedition#science#biodiversity#conservation#fishing
Photo @andy_bardon /// The last light on the Teton Mountains. With over 30 feet of snow this season the rivers are raging, the local creeks are overflowing and the valleys are lush and green. The mountain snowpack persists and was the deepest ever recorded, while snowfall and water amounts were only beat by the Winter of 1996-1997.
Photo @ladzinski / #DevilsTowerNationalMonument in Wyoming is a playground for rock climbers. The unique fluted columns of Phonolite porphyry rock are littered with cracks, perfect for finger jams and placing gear for protection. @rob_pizem seen here climbing up one of the towers more notorious routes "El Matador" at sunset.
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Photo by @pedromcbride // Reflective Silence: During our 700-mile +, 71-day walk through the length of the Grand Canyon, we often depended on shallow puddles of rain water to survive. Not only do they provide life, but they reflect the stillness, silence and river of stars that for me, define this wild realm more than its rich geology and humbling landscape. To see more #followme@pedromcbride#chasingrivers#grandcanyon#nature#reflection
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier
As her older sister inspects the nearby tide pools in the coastal community of Makaha, young Keānuenue DeSoto, a native Hawaiian girl, examines a tiny crab she just pulled from the sea. Her family is rich with history and tradition and they come from a long line of legendary surfers and watermen; people who have been working hard to recover the lost pieces of their Hawaiian culture for decades. One of their best contributions is the Nã Ka Ma Kai; a non profit organization dedicated to connecting the children to the sea through waters safety, conservation and fun. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // No rest for the wicked as climber @alexhonnold - who just completed his dream of climbing Yosemite's El Cap rope-less - joined me last week in Alaska's Great Ruth Gorge to attempt one of the largest walls on earth. Although conditions were too dangerous we were able to put up a few new climbs with @freddiewilkinson and explore the crevassed lateral moraines of one of the largest glaciers on earth. In the 10 years I've been coming here I've seen a huge changes - hundreds of feet of glacial retreat and gaint melt water lakes like this that used to be tiny pools. ~
Image by @joelsartore | On this #pollinatormonday we are celebrating the intrigue of the great monarch migration, one of the most spectacular, beautiful, and mysterious of the world’s natural phenomena. Each March and April, millions of monarchs arrive in the southern states of the U.S. from the warmth of Mexico, where they stay during the winter. The monarch lays its eggs on milkweed plants as it moves northward, and the the adults that hatch will continue the migration. It takes 2-3 generations for these butterflies to make it to the northern states and southern canada before they return in the fall to their wintering sites in October. Many people visit these sites in Mexico to experience the beauty of the fields of monarchs, providing ecotourism dollars to Mexico, and awareness of the migration to the world. Monarchs that survive the fall migration, the 4-month overwintering period, and the migration northward, may live up to 9 months.
Despite their amazing endurance over thousands of years, today the monarch population is dwindling each year. We may lose the migration within five years if we don’t act fast. The reason for this decline is because there are fewer milkweed plants (the only plant upon which they lay their eggs) available to monarchs as a result of changes in agriculture, excessive mowing, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. Fortunately, if we all pitch in, we can reverse this downward trend and can keep monarchs flying. Help the monarch by planting your milkweed today.
For a complete interactive how-to guide on ordering, planting, and caring for your milkweed, click the link in my bio (@joelsartore). Don’t forget to post a picture with the hashtag #pollinatorhero to show us how you’re helping to #SaveTogether!
@FransLanting His name is Mushamuka. He was a silverback eastern gorilla, a male in his prime. I met him after tracking through dense forest in the eastern Congo with rangers who knew every gorilla by face and name in this protected area, Kahuzi-Biega National Park. We salute the people who have made it their calling to protect these remarkable great apes. All gorilla populations are under threat. We encourage you to support those who are doing what they can to ensure our next of kin survive in the wild—and we encourage you to visit the gorillas, if you have the opportunity. Money earned through gorilla tourism provides funds for conservation projects and brings jobs and other benefits to local communities. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories of great apes in the wild. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@world_wildlife@thewcs#Gorilla#Congo#Primate#Jungle#GorillaTourism
Photo by @amivitale#sponsored by @HillsPet | A rancher and his Australian Shepherds relax after a long day herding cows at a ranch in the Centennial Valley of southwest Montana. These ranchers love their work. They’ve sought to balance the needs of their livelihood with reverence for the land and respect for the animals. Check out our Instagram Story for more photos of dog's around the world.
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Up up and away! I've been filming cheetahs in the heart of South Africa's Free State province with my assistant @alexbraczkowski. New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers! Did you know that cheetahs have good hunting success! These two males along with one other female ate 80 blesbuck, nearly 100 springbuck and some hartebeest calves in just five months!
Video by @bertiegregory. A female leopard and her cub perch majestically in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Leopard cubs are born blind and start to develop sight after 10 days. Cubs will stay then stay with their mothers until they're around 2 years old. Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Muslim women pray on the baseball field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Thousands of people gathered for the early morning prayer. Photograph by @lynseyaddario, on assignment for @natgeo. #onassignment#eid
Photo: @andy_mann // A territorial Triggerfish attacks a Red Jellyfish off the coast of Southern Thailand. A once vibrant and heathy coral reef now lay barren and lifeless below them, leaving a whole cast of colorful characters racing to adapt to this rapidly changing environment. // #followme@andy_mann on a journey of our world's oceans and mountains through the lens of adventure and conservation. @waittfoundation@sea_legacy
Video @ladzinski / Waves, played in reverse, rolling under a vibrant sunset on the stunningly beautiful island #Martinique at the foot of Mont Pelée. Mont Pelée is the island's prominent volcano and last erupted in 1902, destroying Saint-Pierre and killing over 28,000 people in 2 minutes! 🇲🇶
BASE jumpers jump off a 1000 meter cliff in Kjerag, Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world participated in the event completing over 1100 jumps in the three days. Video shot by @shaulschwarz with @christinaclusiau
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A scalloped hammerhead cruises past a school of steel pompano on a rocky reef in the northern Galápagos Islands. Warmer sea temperatures can lead to higher parasite loads in sharks and also cause infections, visible as white patches on their flanks below the dorsal fin. These hammerheads are normally skittish but the need to visit cleaning stations serviced by various reef fish (they remove and feed on the shark's parasites) trumped any shyness. They completely ignored my presence and allowed me to record visual evidence of skin infections in dozens of hammerheads. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the June 2017 story Galápagos: Life in the Balance. In collaboration with @darwinfound@saveourseasfoundation@pelayosalinas#galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel#photooftheday#sharks#climatechange
Floating effortlessly above the stormy waters of Lake Ontario a kaleidoscopic sphere of perfection defies time. Every fragile second of its existence warping reality–a circle leading back to place of youth and friendships unbroken. Then past, present and future collapse, the gate to another dimension closes—yet it remains more extraordinary than reality, a memory. Photo by @kengeiger
Photo by @anandavarma. A wooly false vampire bat (Chrotopterus auritus) in flight. This species is one of the largest bats in the new world and hunts birds, rodents, and other bats. I photographed this male in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Rodrigo Medellin (aka the “batman of Mexico”, @rodrigomedellin1223) trained it to fly across a flight cage on cue. For a behind the scenes look at carnivorous bat training, check out my feed @anandavarma.