Photo by @kcalandro This barn owl must have joined the ship in the Falklands and rode with us until we reached the mainland of South America. We saw it flying off the back of the ship and while I ran to get my camera, the owl flew right up to Keith Calando who got this shot with his iPhone. I got back in time to see it fly away toward shore. #photography#birds#natgeotravel#owl
King Penguin checking out the surf at Right Whale Bay. It’s a long way to travel, but well worth the effort to get to one of the most unique wildlife experiences on the planet. Today we visited a colony of 10,000 Kings, tomorrow it will be some 100,000 kings. #photography#natgeotravel#natgecreative#natgeofineart#penguins
A black-browed albatrosses Colony on the island of Steeple Jason. In fact may be the largest colony in the world. These chicks are about a month away to taking flight and not returning to land until they have reached sexual maturity. The adult albatross were retuning here to regurgitate what they had caught at sea to feed the chicks. It was an amazing sight!
See how the color and light changes in one hour! Taj Mahal in Agra, India. An Ivory-white marble mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Travel here to see this amazing complex, and when you do, line up to one of the first to enter at sunrise. One of the “New7Wonders of the World” it was described as “the tear-drop on the cheek of time”. Agreed. @natgeotravel#natgeoexpeditions#photography#india#tajmahal#sunrise
Pacific Humpback Whale, Maui. Every year the humpbacks migrate from Alaska where they feed to Hawaii for making season, and to get away from the cold maybe.
They are not eating here, but have only one thing on their mind, and will display in the form of breaching, or tail slapping, or other delays. Went out for just two hours on a whale watch boat, and was lucky to get this one breach just after sunset. #maui#hawaii#whale#photography#marine#bhphoto@natgeocreative#natgeofineart@natgeotravel
Angkor Wat, Cambodia- Arriving in the dark, I was doing some exposure tests but didn't realize that someone was actually "painting with light" until I saw this image on the computer later yesterday. I hope their image looks as good as mine! The largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat at dawn. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple for Vishnu, it was transformed into a Buddhist temple at the end of the 12th century. It was not much of a sunrise, so by slowing down the shutter speed to 4 minutes, I was able to capture the moving clouds and made something of it. When you come here for sunrise, you will not be alone, as there are large crowds every morning. Arrive at least an hour or more before sunrise! #photography#angkorwat#cambodia#natgeoexpeditions
The Great Barrier Reef as we flew into Cairns. 1,400 miles long with 2,900 individual reefs. Just amazing. We went out the next day (yesterday) but were greeted with weather and wind. It was still great to snorkel with the coral and fish, and even a gray reef shark. The coral along the reef had a disastrous die off last year with the warm waters of El Niño, up to 67% of the coral died in the north. The south was spared, and where we were off Port Douglas, it wasn’t too bad either, but it will take years for the coral (animal, not plant) to reestablish itself. #photography#greatbarrierreef#australia#oceans@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@natgeoexpeditions@natgeofineart
Evening time exposure as the clouds are moving at Ahu Tongariki on Rapa Nui or Easter Island. Another amazing stop on this around the world expedition. Fifteen moai line the shore here, near the quarry they came from. They were all toppled over by a tsunami in 1960, but by the efforts of an amazing team of Cloudio Cristino and Patricia Vargas, they were all restored and erected for us to experience this amazing site. So remote, Easter Island is little changed in the 9 years that I have been coming here. One of the most amazing places on earth! Put it on your bucket list!! #photography#chile#easterisland#natgeoexpeditions
Machu Picchu at last light. Well last light before they close and everyone has to leave. This image is from a camera on loan, the new Fuji mirrorless camera XT-2 as it is lighter than my dear Nikon 810. Machu Picchu, 8,000 feet above sea level, this 15th century Inca citadel believed to be built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachachiti around 1450 and abandoned a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 as it was covered by the jungle growth. The central buildings use the classical Inca architectural style of polished dry-stone walls of regular shape. The Incas were masters of this technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Travel here if you can afford it, and travel here if you can not! #peru#photography#machupicchu#light@bhphoto