Photo by @petekmuller. Two rising sophomores from Saint Benedict's Prep School rest in the grass during school's annual wilderness expedition. Each year, as an enshrined rite of passage, the outgoing freshman class must complete a grueling five-day, 55-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. “The experience teaches kids to help one another,” explains Edwin Leahy, the school’s headmaster. “It creates a sense of community that is frequently not taught to young men. It’s this rugged individualism that gets communicated.” The all boys’ prep school in Newark, New Jersey aims to impart an emotionally aware and expressive form of masculine identity. “If young guys don’t find constructive means of expression, their anger either gets expressed outwardly in poor behavior or inward as self destruction,” Leahy adds. #boyhood#gender#masculinity#hiking#appalachiantrail#SBP#saintbenedicts#newjersey#newark
Photo @ladzinski / A little colorado winter magic. Seeing this herd of horses grazing in the gently falling snow was a nice way to start the morning. Photographed outside of #EstesPark Colorado
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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Kamchatka brown bears are the largest carnivorans in Eurasia. Here photographed emerging from steam in the Valley of The Geysers in Russia's Kamchatka peninsular. The first Europeans who went to Kamchatka observed that the bears here were relatively harmless compared to their Siberian counterparts. However, in 2008, a platinum mining community in the region was besieged by a sleuth of bears who killed two guards and prevented workers from leaving their homes. Kamchatka remained closed to Soviet citizens until 1989 and to foreigners until 1990 and the bear population thrived to that point, but since the demise of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the region to mineral exploitation and international trophy hunting, the bear population has been put under pressure.
I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story. Here is a jaguar running to a caiman it hopes to eat for dinner. 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
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.
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.
National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit CauseAnUproar.org to find other ways to become involved to save big cats!
Photo by @woods_galimberti@gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Jersey. A guide with Jersey Walk Adventures leads a group of tourists for a “Moonwalk,” on a patch of seabed that can only be explored at low tide. The British crown dependency of Jersey experiences tides of up to ten meters, some of the world’s most dramatic, exposing kilometers of land that are covered by the ocean the rest of the time. #jersey#tide#walk#moonwalk#lowtide#ocean
Video by @joelsartore | Fez, the three-banded armadillo from the Lincoln Children's Zoo (@lincolnchildrenszoo) searches our photo studio for tasty tidbits such as grubs and other treats. In his native Brazil, he would be bustling about the forest floor searching through leaf litter, dining as he sniffs along with a hard, protective shell on his back. The three-banded armadillo can close its shell the tightest of all of the armadillos, which comes in handy if they run into any predators in the wild. #Follow@joelsartore to see more cool animals! #armadillo
Photo by @stephenwilkes: In 2013, I had the incredible opportunity to capture President Obama's second inauguration. It was an overwhelming day, with estimates of 1 million people in attendance.
I spent 20+ hours--from setup to breakdown--above the sea of waving flags in a scissor lift. As planes landed at Ronald Reagan Airport gusts of wind shook the lift, threatening to blur my exposures.
The final image was worth the stress and more as I was able to create an image that captures the sentiments of the day, and years, of Obama's continued presidency.
For further details on this print, including how to obtain a copy, contact email@example.com. #DayToNight#StephenWilkes#inauguration#Obama#TASCHEN#BryceWolkowitzGallery#Artitled#PeterFettermanGallery#MonroeGallery
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo
America's national symbol, the Bald Eagle, is not always the stoic postal service mascot fearlessly plucking salmon from the pristine rivers of Alaska that many of us imagine. I found this eagle scavenging old fish from the deck of a pollock trawler and many others rooting through garbage dumpsters around town. Reality can be easily overshadowed by what we believe to be true. This eagle is not blind but instead captured mid-blink. I'll be spending the next month in the Aleutian Islands exploring the relationship between industry and nature adding to my eagle-centric series #AleutianDream . Follow the journey here and learn about upcoming exhibitions at @arni_coraldo #blind#american#baldeagle#symbol#leader#america#alaska#eagle
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In the forest high above the canyons of Utah, Clint Mecham a predator specialist from the State of Utah Dept of Natural Resources, gently lowers a sedated mountain lion onto the forest floor. For more than 30 years he's consistently collected data from lion across the entire state, and collared in excess of 400 mountain lion, allowing both the health and numbers of lion present to be accurately monitored by researchers. To see more of my personal work and projects follow me @chancellordavid@natgeo
Photo by @FransLanting Flying home to California, I saw more snow cover on the Sierra Nevada than I’ve seen in many years, thanks to the recent storms that have pummeled the state. It’s great for skiers, and great for all the creatures that depend on spring runoff into our streams. The long-term drought prospects may not have changed, but it’s a great relief for the time being. Follow me to see more images of what winter weather does to the Golden State. @natgeotravel@thephotosociety@natgeocreative#SierraNevada
Photo by @andy_mann // While out searching for new dive sites off Selvagem Pequena Island, a remote archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, we observed this seemingly random wave rise from the depths. A true sea monster. We decided to have a look under it and quickly found an amazing sea-mount full of life. Always expect the unexpected at sea. Photographed on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, whose efforts have officially helped to protect this special place.
Photo by @joelsartore | An eastern mole shows off why he's so good at digging--his giant, paddle-shaped front feet!
This little mammal was nursed back to health by Nebraska Wildlife Rehab (@newildliferehab) in Louisville, Nebraska.
He's one of thousands of injured and orphaned native animals saved by this place each and every year. #Follow@joelsartore to see more amazing animals! #PhotoArk#mole#teeth#claws
@renan_ozturk photo // Exploration isn't just about seeking the places that haven't been found. It's just as much about creating things that haven't been created, especially when that art and those stories can give voice to things unheard. Unfelt. That's an adventure in itself. ~
photo by @chien_chi_chang/@magnumphotos The time was 1996 and the location Hsinkang, in central Taiwan. Rain or shine, each spring in Taiwan, followers of Taoist saint Matsu make a pilgrimage to commemorate her birthday (she would have been 1062 this year). The procession creeps along from temple to temple on a seven-day, 280-kilometer (174 miles) journey through central Taiwan. Upon reaching their destination, performers wearing lion masks dance in front of the temple. This is one of the images to be exhibited by the RATP (Paris public transportation) in its metro stations and in collaboration with Magnum Photos to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Magnum. The exhibition will start on the 28th of February 2017 and on view for four months. #LionDance#cccontheroad#MagnumPhotos
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Our good friend and guide Youssef waiting patiently for our crew. We would have been lost without Youssef helping show us the short cuts and traverses through and around the endlessly steep, chaotic and unforgiving terrain. #desertwandering#onlocation#onassignment@natgeo
Photo by @GerdLudwig. On the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany, January 19th (as the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar) hundreds of thousands of Russians prepare to do what they do on Epiphany every year. They gather – like here in Moscow - to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. In many places, the first faithful arrive before sunrise and the ceremony continues throughout the day and well into the night. You can find more photographs from Russian Epiphany events at @gerdludwig and on my website: http://www.gerdludwig.com/?p=2114
Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg)
Siberian spruce has a slender crown which is an adaptation to protect it from the heavy snowfall it withstands. During the summer, the individual trees blend together into infinite green forests amidst the rolling landscape of Swedish Laponia. In early winter, however, the candle-like crown of the trees becomes distinct against the white snow covering the ground. The low winter Sun casts a beautiful warm light on the highest tree tops while the white snow develops a blue tone on the lower tree crowns and on the shaded forest floor.
photo by @daviddoubilet A small but mighty Pygmy goby defends its chosen shelter, a discarded glass bottle resting in the silty bottom of Anilao, Philippines. The sloping sea beds near Anilao are a barren empty seascape with little cover for marine creatures trying to escape predation. Any discarded object or natural debris becomes priceless real estate. Nearly 102 million people live in this island nation defined by the sea. The Philippines are a cornerstone of the Coral Triangle, the richest marine diversity on the planet, geographically defined by Phillippines,Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. More marine stories to come from current assignment Inside The Coral Triangle with @natgeo. #ocean#Philippines#coraltriangle#life#laugh#hope#home for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
In slow motion they are almost graceful! Armadillos are a recent addition to life here on the Cumberland Plateau. They first appeared about 4 years ago and now seeing them out is fairly common. I was out last week enjoying a bike ride in the temperate weather when I saw this one by the side of the trail and followed it through the woods. #slowmotion#armadillo
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Mumbai, India. A view of Sant Dnyaneshwar Nagar and Valmiki Nagar, two of the slums in the neighborhood of East Bandra, seen from the 11th floor of a constructions site which will soon become luxury apartments and offices. Mumbai is referred to by many as the global slum capital. Mumbai was home of around 13 million residents in 2016, about half of them lived in slums. However, in the past few year the city has been growing and developing really fast. #mumbai#india#slum#slums#city#bombai
A young Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) stands near by its nest. In the background, the famous ‘Sassi’ of Matera: a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Matera holds one of the largest colony of Lesser Kestrel - about a thousand couples nest in the ancient town.
Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo. #Sassi#young#Matera#bird#unesco#Italy
@joelsartore | My what big eyes you have! This spectral tarsier at the Singapore Zoo (@wrs.ig) is one of the world's smallest primates and is entirely carnivorous, hunting insects at night in the forest. #Follow@joelsartore to see another video of this creature!
Image by @beverlyjoubert. A young lion drinks deeply after a successful hunt on an exceptionally hot day in the Selinda Reserve in Botswana. He is one of 6 cubs - all of whom have been successfully raised to this age; a most unusual occurrence. There was a day in their young lives when we weren't sure that they would all make it. They were being guided by their two mothers across a deep channel as small cubs, when two panicked and turned back. The lionesses swam between their cubs for the rest of the day, trying to coax the scared two into swimming back to the others. Scared of crocodiles and hippos, they refused and eventually spent a long and undoubtedly nervous night on their own. At first light the following morning, the lionesses appeared again and this time the cubs had little hesitation in hanging on and swimming the channel to join their siblings. Now this young male is at an age when he is about to head off on his own and try his luck as an adult. With the strong lessons he would have learned from those determined lionesses, his chances may possibly be better than others of the same age. #bigcats#selindapride#lions#thisismytrophy