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Photograph by @thomaspeschak One of the most expressive eyes in the animal kingdom zeros in for a closer look. I have photographed marine mammals for almost 20 years but never before have I experience an encounter this close. Can you guess what ocean animal this is just by looking at its eyeball? To find out and see a photo of this curious and playful giant #followme@thomaspeschak Shot #onassignment for @natgeo magazine
Video by @BertieGregory. A flamingo takes flight to spend the day feeding in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed from a blind with special permission from the reserve authorities. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a drone aerial of the whole flamboyance!
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia shot on assignment for @natgeo This incredible rainforest fills me with awe and great humility. Remarkably diverse place and one of my personal hotspots on Earth! Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see my first @natgeo cover (Aug 97) from this incredible place! This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places in the world deeply stuck in my heart!
Please support rainforest conservation and try to stay away from products containing uncertified palmoil! #borneo#danumvalley#malaysia#wwf#conservation#mattiasklum#rainforest#protectbiodiversity@natgeo@mattiasklumcollection@thephotosociety@alexandrovklumofficial
Photo and caption by @petekmuller. As I wander the valleys of southern Norway, I consider the residual influence of Scandinavian culture in my own life. Seeking upward mobility, my paternal grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1920’s. As a matter of priority, he joined with other relatives to purchase a small cabin in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The cabin became a refuge for the family over several generations. As a boy, my father spent portions of his summers at the camp, where his father imparted a love for hiking and exploration of the outdoors. My father, in turn, shared that world with my sister and me. On my first visit to Scandinavia, I now realize how characteristic my grandfather’s relationship to the outdoors was and how much of his influence persists in me. Norway is defined by cabin culture and a voracious engagement with nature. A pleasant and unexpected discovery of connection. #Norway#Scandinavia#adventure#outdoors#mountains#hiking#nature#Sunndalsora#innerdalen
The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa-photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about the quagga's behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30–50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
After the Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted as it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were unsuccessful. The last wild population lived in the Orange Free State, and the quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate the phenotype of hair coat pattern and related characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. They have a rhino too, it's not yet marked 'extinct' - to see more as of my work and projects follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid #hunters#karoo#southafrica#conserving#conservation#quagga#zebra#extinct#fightingextinction#withbutterfliesandwarriors
Image by @joelsartore | An American crow, photographed at the @suttoncenter, whose mission is finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.
A familiar face to many of us, crows can be seen all throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They are considered one of the most intelligent bird species, thriving not only in forests, orchards and fields, but also in suburbs and inner cities. They’re opportunistic hunters, feeding on anything from worms to seeds to human food scraps. The American crow is extremely sociable, gathering in familial groups to feed, roost and protect their territory. They are cooperative breeders, all members of the group aiding parents in raising and protecting their young.
To see a video of this bird, check out @joelsartore.
Video by @bertiegregory. A 15,000 strong flamboyance (actual technical term!) of flamingoes on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed with special permission from the reserve authorities and we were under constant supervision from the amazing flamingo experts that monitor this colony. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a closeup takeoff!
Black cats have fascinated me for the better part of 20 years,
I photographed this orphaned black jaguar on my travels throughout Peru for @natgeo and my worldwide jaguar story (out in @natgeo magazine December 2017). This jaguar is one of eight rescued cats given a home at the San Juan (a famous Peruvian brewery) headquartered in Pucallpa! She was rescued from the pet trade and is now spending her days here and can never be released into the wild. Which is sad for the species. If you kill a mother and she has cubs, you take mom and cubs out of the ecosystem.
Melanism (the black you see in this jaguar) is thought to help big cats blend into thick forests and jungles, an important trait for hunting success! Scientists also believe melanism in cats could be an ancient genetic response towards disease. Black jaguars exist in the wild in pockets across the America's, including Brazil and Peru but I am yet to photograph one in the wild! This is my holy grail!
Follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my travels. Thanks @natgeo@natgeocreative@natgeowild#jaguar#bigcat#bigcatsforlife#lookingforjaguars#peru#pucallpa#jaguars#bigcatsinitiative
Image by @joelsartore | Did you know that the black and white-ruffed lemur is the world’s largest pollinator? This #pollinatormonday features our curious friend from the @LincolnChildrensZoo. The black and white-ruffed lemur is the primary pollinator of the travelers palm, a species of tall, flowering plant native to Madagascar. The lemur will climb the palm, skillfully pry back the sturdy leaves to reveal the flower, and reach its muzzle into the blossom to drink the nectar. The pollen that gets trapped on its fur is then moved along to the next flower. This process simultaneously pollinates the traveller’s palm and nourishes the lemur. Scientists even speculate that the black and white-ruffed lemur and the travellers palm may have co-evolved because they suit one another's needs so perfectly. The traveller's palm is unique in that it produces enough nectar to sustain a pollinator of the lemurs size, and the lemur has the dexterity to open the palm’s sturdy leaves, as well as a long, tapered muzzle perfect for reaching down into the flower. Now that’s a perfect match!
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto here we are at CERN - LHC experiment. At CERn the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Physicists from the ATLAS experiment have found today the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a very rare process in which two photons – particles of light – interact and change direction. The result, published today in Nature Physics, confirms one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics.
This is a milestone result: the first direct evidence of light interacting with itself at high energy. I love to document this kind of tech stories, please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about #Cern#energy#technology#innovation#science#sustainableliving#renewableenergy#transition
Video @ladzinski & @andy_mann / The hallmark of any grueling expedition is the ability to laugh along the way with your friends as much as possible. It makes the hard times tolerable and the good times even that much better. We just returned from a 6 week expedition to Southeast Greenland, a mission led by @mikelibecki, where @ethan_pringle and Mike climbed the hardest route in the country up an unnamed mountain. A burly first ascent on un-chartered terrain. On the long boat ride back to Tasiilaq, Ethan wasn't done with "firsts" and decided to ride an inflatable slice of pizza down a 300 foot iceberg, launching into the icy waters. This trip was peppered with moments like this, the ones that make you feel like a kid again and keep you and your friends laughing. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did in person @connor_seybert
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania - An herd of buffaloes is crossing one of the few roads inside the Ngorongoro crater while a 4x4 car with tourist is watching them and waiting to keep on driving that road. - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsidence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. The construction of tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access "the unparalleled beauty of one of the world's most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries", according to a government brochure, even as thousands of Maasai have suffered forcible eviction and have been denied access to water sources for their livestock. #ngorongoro#tanzania#ngorongorocrater#buffalo#africa#wildlife#crater
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Ironically when climbing mountains you don't actually see much of the size and scale of the peak you're on. You're either looking at the few features in front of you that you are climbing, up at a foreshortened series of obstacles looming above or at the mountains around you. From the west side of Denali you spend most of your time gazing at the tremendous Sultana ridge on Mount Foraker 14 miles away....or the marching below....
More from my recent work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Badakhstan province in northern Afghanistan is located at the convergence of the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, with the previous district centre (seen here in the distance) placed at the crossroads of smaller valleys headed towards Tajikistan, China and Pakistan.
Follow me @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects
Photo by @amivitale. Elephants roam near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Lewa is a catalyst and model for community conservation, in which wildlife are protected from poaching as their habitats are preserved and expanded to allow them to move freely. At any one time, the Lewa-Borana landscape provides a safe home to approximately 400-600 of northern Kenya's migratory elephants. Lewa and other community conservation organizations are helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. Follow us, @amivitale, @lewa_wildlife and @nrt_kenya to support and learn more about these initiatives.
Photo by @edkashi The Loners of America are “mature” singles with #wanderlust. This RV enthusiast club travels around the country, combating the loneliness of divorce and widowhood by embracing life on the road. A man and his dog enjoy the sunshine in Banning, California in 2000. #AgingInAmerica#TBT#FromTheArchives#EdKashi
Photo by @JimRichardsonNG Friday evening in the Fiddichside Inn finds pub owner Joe Brandie treating Craggan to a dog biscuit. Joe’s been pulling pints in this tiny pub for decades, more since he retired from being a fishing guide. His wife Dorothy holds the record. Her parents bought the place when she was six weeks old and Dorothy spent her whole life here. But she’s been gone ten years now. She was a legend and I was honored to photograph her on my first Scotland assignment 25 years ago — feeding a biscuit to dog over the bar. May it ever be so. @natgeocreative@natgeotravel#scotland
Photo by @renan_ozturk // A villager from the MAC rebel group in North Kivu, Congo during the filming of the "Yellow Brick Road" episode for @natgeochannel#explorer following the path of conflict gold.
The night before was one that could have ended the story - a reaction to a black wasp that had my body going into a allergic reaction during the final 4X4 mud fight to our destination. In the morning I woke up next to @taylorfreesolo, alive but dehydrated and with an epi-pen/Benadryl hangover, confirming it was not all a dream. We didn't rest long since the warlord had a selection of the community lined up to sing and welcome us for this rare visit from the outside world, each of them carrying an AK47. ~
Sometimes there are moments of suffering #onassignment that make you question if it's worth it and the answer presents itself quite obviously. Always. After the songs finished we toured the schools and agricultural sites of this self-sufficient community redefining stereotypes of the ruthless rebels that many outsiders wrongly assume they are. @j.j.kelley
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Two days left to submit to @natgeoyourshot assignment - “EPIC" - This photograph captures a time and place that to me has left a lasting memory of being truly epic. In 1980, the year I was born, a team of British cave explorers embarked on a 3 month expedition to Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia where they discovered Sarawak Chamber, which for many decades was widely regarded as the world’s largest cave chamber. The chamber is so big, eight Boeing 747 aeroplanes can fit nose to tail across the width of this vast chamber! Hearing about this for the first time left me mesmerised. For me, photographing pitch black spaces is what I live for, I just love the challenge, and this was literally the biggest challenge of all!
This picture is a panoramic photograph of five portrait images blended together showing the lower half of Sarawak Chamber. In 2011, I remember setting up my tripod on a massive rock located on the upper slopes of the giant boulder field. It reminded me of an iceberg, just the top was sticking out above a sea of smaller boulders - who knows how deep it went! I started photographing in the morning, beginning on the left side of the image, where mist and wisps of thin cloud lingered. By the evening, when I had worked my way across to the right of the image, the air was crystal clear. It took over eight hours from when I first opened the shutter to when I closed the shutter to capture this image. It was a long time with just a bag of peanuts! I had five assistants with me, and for each photograph I would reposition them. In some cases this took 40 minutes for the assistant to travel from one position to the next. One photographic assistant thought ahead and brought in a book to read in between shots. Once the assistants were in place, the next challenge was to get the lighting to match the previous photograph so that an even blend would be made when stitching together. For this reason, this is one of the hardest photographs I’ve ever had to take. The whole thing was an epic experience, from the huge size of the chamber, to the epic efforts by the team that made this happen.
Image by @beverlyjoubert. The exuberance of youth. An elephant calf strides out with early morning energy and play on his mind. He is closely watched by his mother who is relaxed with us but over the years will have seen what people can be capable of. With a seventy year life span and excellent memories, any herd will have met with the dark side of humanity. Currently around 30 000 elephants are lost to ivory poachers and habitat destruction each year - around 8% of the population. While ivory remains an object that people desire, elephants will continue to be killed and their populations crash, so the future is an uncertain one for this little calf. This #WorldElephantDay make a stand for elephants by letting others know that ivory only has any worth on a live elephant. Let's end this trade and create a future that is far more certain for these incredible animals. #worthmorealive#saynotoivory