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Photo @ladzinski / A baby #WhiteRhino, adorably grazing at sunrise in the dry African #savanna. It's small little keratin horn is already beginning to develop, a key feature for defense and foraging. Rhino's are living relics, they have been roaming the earth for millions of years, survived ice ages and prehistoric times when predators like giant hyena and crocodile roamed the earth. Through all of this, their biggest threat in this long history of survival is poaching by man. Let's hope that we can continue to make better decisions when it comes to the senseless rhino horn trade so species like this can continue on.
Photo by @stephenwilkes: Day To Night, Grand Canyon National Park.
While other images from my Day to Night series have proven to be quite challenging, this image was made even more complicated by sheer logistics. How would I create an image that showed one of the most photographed places in the world in a completely unique way? My goal was to create an image that showed the majesty and vastness of the Grand Canyon, incorporating a human scale and narrative within the scene. I photographed from the top of the Desert View Watchtower at the South Rim - in the late summer so that I could capture the summer storms - where my team and I worked for 27 hours scanning this amazing vista for all the unique moments from Day to Night. The long hours paid off and I was able to capture a single bolt of lightning just before the storm retreated into the canyon. #NationalParks#NPS#GrandCanyon#SouthRim#StephenWilkes#DayToNight#NatGeo#brycewolkowitzgallery#peterfettermangallery#monroegallery
Photo by @michaelmelford It's still Earth Day as far as I'm concerned! Witnessing retreating glaciers on a year by year basis is a bit alarming to me so let's continue to do what we can to love the earth and take care of our home. Retreating 100 meters per year, Glacier Grey at Largo Grey, Torres del Paine National Park reveals these rocks not seen before for thousands of years. Go and take the boat cruise to see for yourself. #photography#climatechange#patagonia#nature#glacier#chile
Photo by @jodicobbphoto
Because every day should be #earthday...
Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Place) in Venice during the seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta (high water). That iconic square is the lowest place in Venice, and becomes deceptively beautiful when flooded. Acqua Alta is caused by when seasonal rain, astronomical tides and strong winds combine to interfere with the water outflow from the lagoon. The first record of this phenomenon was in the year 782 and it has been documented ever since, with the record level in 1966 of 6.4 feet. Human activity has accelerated natural causes: subsidence (natural sinking of soil level) and rising sea levels. Taken on assignment for @natgeo on “Vanishing Venice.” For more images of the world and its people, follow me @jodicobbphoto. #earthday#Venice
Two Years ago the Yemeni crisis took a deadly turn. According to the United Nations, 16,200 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015 including 10,000 civilians. The humanitarian situation in what was already one of the world’s poorest nations, is now, after Syria, the most critical on the planet, with 20% of Yemenis severely food insecure.
Here photographed the village of Al Hajjarayn in Wadi Daw'an, the ancestral home of the Bin Laden family.
Photo by @dguttenfelder
A farmer in a tractor works a field near the U.S. town of Van Meter, Iowa. I spent the day with gratitude beside my family on my sister's rural Iowa farm.
#earthday#savetheplanet Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. Alaskan mountains stand near #Fairbanks, #Alaska on August 2, 2015. In villages around Alaska, winter is arriving later than usual and rushing into spring. The rising ocean temperatures are decreasing the offshore ice and slush that have acted as a storm buffer for the villages in the past. Last winter had no offshore ice at all. Alaskans are debating relocation and have the big storms to consider. According to Robert E. Jensen, a research hydraulic engineer at the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center, storms on Alaska’s west coast can carry the force of a Category 1 hurricane, but the diameter can be up to 10x greater, affecting a larger area and lasting longer. #everydayclimatechange#ECC#actonclimate#climatechangeisreal
Photo by @chien_chi_chang
The North Korean defector who escaped from China, traveled through Laos and reached Thailand for political asylum, is finally accepted by South Korean government and ready to start a new life in his empty apartment in Seoul with a bag of rice from the Red Cross. The video Escape from North Korea based on the images from @natgeo assignment will be screening at Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul starting in April, 2018. #EscapefromNorthKorea#MagnumPhotos#cccontheroad
Video by @bertiegregory. A female leopard and her little cub relax in a dried up river bed in the Sabi Sands, South Africa. 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. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures! #earthday
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! @stevewinterphoto@natgeo
Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we need for all life.
I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story. Here is Scarface running after a caiman which he did not get this time. Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid@bertiegregory
My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have-kids hang out and play like these 2 cubs.. Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats!
Video by @ronan_donovan // I can't think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get outside and shake off the winter chill. These male Greater Sage-Grouse are strutting in the new day across the western United Sates hoping to impress the females. Crank the for the full effect. Check out @ronan_donovan for more photos and videos that celebrate the magic of our shared Earth.
Photograph by @Paulnicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo // Nature never ceases to amaze, impress and inspire. As a biologist and naturalist I have had a long fascination with the stories that wildlife footprints tell. When I look at these two sets of tracks of polar bears in Svalbard, Norway, I see the zig-zag pattern of a female bear who is in estrus during the spring. She would have been walking during a heavy downfall of snow. She would have compressed that snow with her weight and later, strong winds would have removed the excess snow leaving a set of elevated tracks as if they were cast in plater. Next to her tracks are those of a much larger male bear who would have been sniffing the polar wind in search of a mate. With his powerful nose, he would have caught her scent and followed her in a much more direct and determined nature. I am so excited to be able to share these images as fine art in my gallery in SoHo, New York city. The grand opening is today from noon until 9pm. #followme on @paulnicklen to get more details. I hope to see you there. #fineartwithpurpose#nature#naturelovers#adventure#gratitude@sea_legacy#polarbear#snow#ice#beauty
Photo @coryrichards // Dorje, a Tibetan yak herder, stands for a portrait at 19,000 ft. on the north side of Everest. For a number of nomadic yak herders in Tibet, the Everest season provides the largest piece of annual income. With hundreds of thousands of lbs of gear and food to be moved up and down the mountain from basecamp to Advanced basecamp, the season is non stop from April thru June. This income can last individuals and families thru the year. It's a taxing livelihood on both man and animal. That said, it's welcome work for the community. Dorje does not have a last name as we recognize them and did not know his age. He simply said thru a knowing smile that he'd been doing this a long time. For more images from our no Os attempt on Everest's north side, follow @coryrichards and @adrianballinger as well EverestNoFilter on Snapchat. We'll be checking in via FB Live on @natgeo channels as well throughout the expedition. Image shot on phone.
Photo by @christian_foto
In the Zapotec cultures of Oaxaca, Muxe is an assigned male at birth, who dresses and behaves in ways otherwise associated with the female gender. They are considered the third gender. It is believed that the term Muxe comes from the Spanish word "Mujer", a phonetic derivation that the Zapotecs began to use in the sixteenth century.
From pre-Columbian times, the Zapotecs considered the Muxes as a third gender, no better or worse than men and women, simply different. Some Muxes form monogamous couples with men and get married, others live in groups, and others marry women and had children.
Within contemporary Zapotec culture, reports vary as to their social status. Muxes in village and communities may not be disparaged and highly respected, while in larger, more westernised towns they may face some discrimination, especially from men, due to homophobic attitudes.
Photo by @christian_foto / @prime_collective #muxes#oaxaca#mexico
Photo by @FransLanting The spiny desert of southern Madagascar is a world unto itself. Ninety-five percent of its plants are found nowhere else—not even elsewhere in Madagascar. A waxy coating on its leaves helps this aloe minimize moisture loss. I kneeled down to silhouette it against a sunset sky reddened by dust from a volcanic eruption in the Philippines, 5,000 miles away. To learn more about the creative techniques I use to photograph plants, follow me@FransLanting.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // This skua was such a wonderful mother, she almost made me cry with emotion. When I accidentally got too close to her chick, she first die-bombed me while squawking loudly. Not being able to convince me of how frightening she was, she tried a second strategy: she started flapping one wing and limping away in the opposite direction. It took me a second to understand that she was trying to get me to chase her away from where her baby was hiding. A great example of how mothers everywhere are willing too sacrifice themselves to protect their children. #Onassignment for @NatGeo@natgeopristineseas. and @Sea_Legacy with @PaulNicklen, @Ladzinski, @Andy_Mann and @CraigWelch.
Check out @CristinaMittermeier to see more photos of Antarctica including a leopard seal dancing around an iceberg.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown.
Kahambo Kilonge Denise narrowly escaped an ambush by the ADF rebel group near the village of Eringeti, located north of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Denise was relocated to a village nearby, where she stands here outside her hut. One of over 69 rebel groups in North Kivu, the ADF, or Allied Democratic Forces, was formed in Western Uganda and was initially thought by some to be a solely Islamic militia. It is now likely composed of several different groups, including local populations, who terrorize in the North Kivu and Ituri territories mostly to the north of Beni. Mass executions and beheadings have become more common, including among women and children. While working in this region we were forced to stay near the main road though attacks were unpredictable, both in villages and offroad, at all times.
Video by @joelsartore | A Panther chameleon at the @lincolnchildrenszoo.
Over time, chameleons’ five toes have evolved into a fused pair of two and three, leaving feet that are perfect for clutching onto the branches they live on. Their eyes move independently from one another, allowing a 360 degree view of the world around them. Chameleons are very territorial, living in isolation with the exception of mating. If two males cross paths, it’s common for them to have a standoff wherein they both change colors and make themselves appear larger by inflating their bodies. Usually, these displays end with one of the two backing down, and changing into a dark, dull color.
Chameleons change colors depending on mood, light and temperature. It’s a common misconception that chameleons can change into any color under the sun. Species are born with a certain range of colors and are unable to stray from those. Panther chameleons have been known to exhibit some of the most vibrant variations.
To see up close portraits of this panther chameleon, check out @joelsartore! .
video by @shaulschwarz - Elephants walk and swim in lake Kariba, Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. African elephants are in trouble. Their numbers have fallen from as many as ten million a hundred years ago to as few as 350,000 today.
Photo: @andy_mann // The critically endangered Atlantic Oceanic Whitetip Shark is one of our most elusive and misunderstood pelagic shark species. Famed oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, once described the Whitetip as the "most dangerous of all sharks", a misconception that along with overfishing and the fin trade and have plummeted their numbers by over 99% in some areas. // Follow me @andy_mann as I head down to the Bahamas for a 10 day expedition with the world's best shark experts to find out where these pregnant females go to give birth. If we can find and protect their nurseries we have a better chance at protecting this amazing species.
Photo by @jodicobbphoto. Asaro Mudman, Papua New Guinea, 1998.
In advance of Earth Day, the mudmen of Papua New Guinea remind us of how far from the natural world so much of the globe has drifted. They traditionally dug up clay from creeks near their villages to coat their bodies and make these ferocious masks, embedded with pigs’ teeth, to scare their enemies. But now the masks are used mostly in performances at the “sing sings” in the highlands, where tribes gather to perform their traditional dances. There are over 800 distinct language groups on the island, and these communities have lived for hundreds of years with their unique history, knowledge and cultural practices. But they were often at war with each other, and the sing sings were organized by the government in 1957 in an attempt at pacification—with mixed results. The mudmen dance in slow motion with no music or sound at all—creating a ghostly and ghastly sight. But I was enchanted by their courtliness and graciousness to the strangers in their midst. From my archives, photographed for a National Geographic article on beauty and what it means in various cultures around the world. For more photographs of world cultures please follow me @jodicobbphoto. #PapuaNewGuinea@thephotosociety
Photograph by @chamiltonjames | I made this photo while on assignment for @natgeo of the Rio Pini Pini from a small airplane whilst looking for isolated tribes in Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. Some say the Lost City of Paititi could be in the forests around the Pini Pini, but it is so remote and impenetrable that few outsiders have ever explored it.
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@marcusbleasdale This is what it looks like when a village has to seek shelter in an African Union compound during a rebel arrack in Central African Republic. Learn more about the conflict and the people of CAR in the new edition of the magazine which includes a reportage shot by me over four years in the Central African Republic. It represents the people of CAR and their struggle for survival during the #carcrisis. The iPad or iPhone edition will include additional photos. Incredible text by @petergwin. Thanks to all the staff at National Geographic Magazine and @humanrightswatch and all those in CAR who helped to make this piece a reality. Special thanks to @bouckap