Video by @renan_ozturk // Lucky strike. This was the first shot on location for the @natgeochannel#Explorer show "The Yellow Brick Road" which airs tonight at 10pm EST /9 Central! The show exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. Our journey started here in Goma and went on to visit warlords deep in the jungle of North Kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines and other parts of the supply chain. In this particular location we saw the drastic differences in wealth in the community generated from the gold and other minerals. The official stats in how much gold comes out of North Kivu is zero, but we filmed quite the opposite. There is a lot to this important story, watch the show tonight night to find out more! #conflictgold#DRC#congo ~
Image by @joelsartore | On this #pollinatormonday we are shining the spotlight on the rusty-spotted genet, which is perhaps the least-known pollinator. This cat-like carnivore is from Sub-Saharan Africa and is primarily a meat eater, but is also known to frequent nectar-laden flowers for a sweet treat after a big meal. Due to its large home range, the genet can transport pollen on its fur to other nectar-bearing plants of the same species. Researchers don't think it frequents flowers as often as other pollinators, but its ability to move pollen around makes it valuable in fertilizing plant species over great distances. In other words, the rusty-spotted genet helps save the forest!
To see another image of this genet, check out @joelsartore!
Photo taken @millerparkzoo in Bloomington, Illinois.
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Video by @bertiegregory. A wild peacock displaying in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Despite his incredible tail fan, the peahens just didn't seem interested. It's amazing to think that this male will shed and a grow a new fan each year, all in the name of reproduction! Shot during a leopard assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory to see a closeup and for other wildlife adventures!
Photo by @FransLanting Earth and water interact on a grand scale where the Malaspina Glacier slowly grinds past Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains, pushing lines of rocky sediments crushed from the rugged slopes by the pressure and movement of ice. At an altitude of 17,000 feet I shot through an open window of a small plane to get an overview of this gigantic river of ice. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wild places and wildlife around the world.
A juvenile trevally seeks cover in a night sea as it rides a drifting leaf. Our "black water" team guided by Scott Gutsy Tuason, lowered a scaffold of light into the dark currents in a deep channel off Moalboal, Philippines and waited to see what might come to investigate. Many creatures from the depths rise to feed at night, some are attracted by the light, others liked this little trevally were just passersby trying not to be noticed by predators. His magic carpet leaf passed through our lights quickly back into the safety of the dark.
From on assignment with @natgeo for Philippines: An Ocean Nation with #LeandroBlanco and @jenniferhayesig #ocean#Philippines#coraltriangle#beauty@thephotosociety
For #moreocean follow this assignment at @daviddoubilet
Photo: @andy_mann // Lemon Sharks gather at the surface during dusk in the Bahamas. This particular species enjoy the many benefits of group living such as enhanced communication and courtship. It's a true honor to spend time in the water with these amazing apex predators. // #followme@andy_mann to go into the depths at night with our finned friends.
Photo by @chamiltonjames words by @chrisfagan_uac on assignment in the Peruvian Amazon. Huni Kuin girls patiently await breakfast in the community of Curanjillo near Peru’s Alto Purús National Park. Contacted by missionaries in the mid-1900’s, the Huni Kuin live in small villages in the Peru—Brazil borderlands and survive mainly on subsistence hunting, fishing and tending small gardens. Peccary, tapir, monkeys and giant catfish provide a protein-rich diet, but living in the most remote part of the Amazon if not the world has its challenges. Access to medicine, proper schooling and other government services is limited. Plus, they reluctantly share the forest with still-isolated tribes who raid the Huni Kuin’s gardens and occasionally villages during their seasonal migrations.
Photo @ladzinski / With an estimated 10,000 thermal features, there is no place on earth like #YellowstoneNationalPark. This photo here is of #LakeShoreGeyser on the fringe of the iconic #YellowstoneLake, a long exposure giving it this ethereal feel. In many ways, #MemorialDayWeekend in the United States is the kick-off of the season for National Parks, especially in higher altitudes where many of the roads have been covered in snow. It's a time where these roads are re-opened and the season for visitors from all around the world begins. @yellowstonenps
On this day (28th May) in 1936 Alan Turing published his paper, “On Computable Numbers…”
Turing was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.
Here, an image from inside Microsoft’s mega data centre in Quincy, Washington.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain) lava tube system on the Canary island of Lanzarote is one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, a cave explorer wades through one of the many long lakes deep inside Cueva Los Lagos lava tube. Although surface temperatures are stiflingly hot on this Spanish Canary island, the water is icy cold and comes as quite a shock.
Photo by @shaulschwarz - Rudy the dog rests on a table after an ice cream social celebrating Mountain Film Festival on Main Street in Telluride, Colorado.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Excited to share the @natgeochannel#Explorer show "The Yellow Brick Road" which airs this Monday, May 29 10/9C! The show exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. It was one of the most exciting shoots of our lives as we documented as many sides of the story as possible, visiting warlords deep in the jungle of North Kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines. The man pictured paused for a moment in the middle of his manual labor in one of the government mines we visited. There is a lot to this important story, watch the show Monday night to find out more! #conflictgold#DRC#congo ~
Photo by @petekmuller. Ben Van Der Waal, a South African Ichthyologist (fish biologist) climbs out of the Cubango river in Angola after an evening collecting specimens. Ben has been collecting fish species in southern Africa for nearly 40 years. He and a team of other field biologists and botanists form a critical component of the @intotheokavango Wilderness Project which aims, in part, to chart biodiversity along the major tributaries leading into the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Evening sampling with Ben and his colleague, Paul Skelton, is one of my favorite activities on the expedition. #intotheokavango#cubango2017#expedition#biodiversity#science#Angola#Cubango#river#Africa#adventure
Photograph by @thomaspeschak In the Galápagos some groups of sea lions have learned how to hunt yellowfin tuna. In small bands they intercept the schools and drive them into convoluted dead end bays. The sea lions trap them in crevices or push them onto rocky shores where they dispatch the fish with a bite to the head. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in 2016. I believe this is the first time that this behavior has been photographed. Check out the June 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on Galápagos and climate change. In collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark@fonassociation#paulmangellfoundation To see a close up of this Galápagos sea lion guarding its catch follow @thomaspeschak
A crocodile enters Kariba Lake in Zimbabwe - photo by @shaulschwarz - Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam , it is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. Before Lake Kariba was filled, the existing vegetation was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that would become the lake bed. As a result, the ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine-like kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile crocodiles and hippopotami.
Photo by @dguttenfelder
A Cuban man parks his red Russian car along the sea in the fishing village of Cojimar, #Cuba.
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A large Tiger Shark swims alongside a diver in the Bahamas. With the Tiger Shark once considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters, researchers are just now beginning to understand behaviors that were once a mystery.
Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and these creatures face many challenges in order to survive. As with all species of shark, the Tiger Shark faces declining populations worldwide due to the continued demand for shark fins. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
This photo appears on the back cover of my new book - entitled ‘SHARK’ - which will be available on June 13th wherever books are sold. This book is filled with photos of sharks, and it chronicles my personal journey of photographing sharks worldwide over the past 40 years.
Video by @bertiegregory. A wild peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. These amazing colours are surprisingly not caused primarily by pigments, instead by tiny crystal-like structures in the feathers. These structures, spaced at different distances apart, cause different wavelengths of light to be absorbed and reflected, creating the amazing iridescent patterns our eyes see. Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory to see this male in action trying to impress a potential mate!
Photo by @gerdludwig
After a spectacular wildflower season, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Center in the Mojave Desert closed its doors, scheduled to reopen in February 2018. Here is a selection of 4 images I have taken during short trips to Antelope Valley last month. Due to the heavy precipitation during the rainy season, the poppy bloom blanketed the rolling desert hills of the valley but often closed early as a result of cold winds.
You can see additional photographs from my visits to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at @gerdludwig
Brighton West Pier, East Sussex, UK
by @simoncroberts from the series #Pierdom
For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Today its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront. The British pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks. See more from the series at www.simoncroberts.com #simonroberts#pleasurepier#brightonwestpier
Photo by @pedromcbride // Corridor of transport: Glenwood Canyon near my home is a maze of train tracks, an interstate, a hydro-electric dam and the lifeline of the American West — The Colorado River which quietly provides water to 40 million folks. Amazing it all fits in this narrow rock alley, and equally amazing it was under snow recently due to a cold may shower. Follow @pedromcbride to see more images from the Colorado and and rivers. #chasingrivers#coloradoriver#colorado#nature#light#petemcbride
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. In a world where we focus only on the challenges and things that divide us, it's important also to talk about the solutions. Very excited to share an important and hopeful story in Northern Kenya. We can empower these people and their incredible mission by visiting and contributing to the sanctuary — the link is at end of the story. Follow Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and help the local Samburu community save what is left. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain) lava tube system on the Canary island of Lanzarote must rank as one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, a team of Italian cartographers survey the lava tube using a high precision 3D laser scanner. Such a high level of accuracy means that each drip of solidified lava that can be seen in the roof of this tube will be individually scanned and projected into the final 3D map.
Photo @coryrichards | Eventually, when there is nothing left to do, when the wind promises to die, when the temperature looks to raise... then, you move up. We are on our final summit push on Everest now. The season will be closed out by the monsoon in the coming weeks. The next 48 hours will see some succeed, and others fail. A year of preparation will coalesce into a singular moment... or it won't. At the end off the day, it won't matter much who climbs the mountain and who doesn't. What will matter, at least to me, are these moments. Moments when the world appears new again and opens up in unimaginable ways... when it's quiet and whole. To me, climbing is as simple as that. Wishing good luck to all those on the mountain. Follow the final hours of our No O's attempt on Snap at #EverestNoFilter and at @adrianballinger and @coryrichards
Photograph by @thomaspeschak During April/May 2017 I spent almost a month on remote Marion Island on assignment for @natgeo magazine. This South African Sub-Antarctic outpost is a true global seabird hotspot, with 28 species breeding there. These Southern rockhoppers are one of four different penguins that nest on Marion Island. Photograph shot on expedition with the South African Antarctic Program and the SA Department of Environmental Affairs. #southafrica#seabird#marionisland#penguin Follow #natgeo photographer @thomaspeschak for more photographs of penguins.
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