Photo by @jimmy_chin
The Atlas cedars in Taghia, Morocco, are a constant point of fascination. They perfectly depict the dichotomy of beauty and harshness here. #onlocation@natgeo
Video by @maggiesteber. In Havana, Cuba, laundry hanging from the balconies of beautiful old buildings in the city center dries in the breeze. I was in Havana a couple of weeks ago leading a wonderful group of people in a @natgeoexpeditions photographic exploration of one of the worlds most beautiful cities, uplifted after years of neglect. Cubans know how to make the best of difficult situations. It is in their character to create beauty. I have been to this city countless times since 1982. Havana always reminded me of a beautiful woman who tried to hide her aging by putting on a little lipstick to brighten her face. For years paint was scarce as were building materials. Now thanks to her being named as a world heritage site Havana is re-claiming her bright and shiny self. This is the time to see this beautiful city before things change too much because they will. They will take a more modern turn and that's good for Cuba but I hope Cubans can hold onto the memory of a past that reflects their remarkable resilient character. The whole city is a museum of great architecture, history, nostalgia, and courage. Havana is still as beautiful and accessible as ever and this is because of her great people. Even the laundry hanging from the beautiful Art Deco balconies knows how to move with the sensuality that inhabits the whole country and its people. #natgeoexpeditions#havana#cuba#reduxpictures#natgeotravel#natgeocreative#thephotosociety#seeforyourself#traveltheworld
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Currently in the DRC on assignment for @natgeochannel - Self protection and resilience after hundreds of years of conflict. This community deep in the jungle in North Kivu seemed at peace. They had schools, agriculture and mineral mining all in place. Plus AK 47s just in case... ~
Let me set this up for you; while on assignment for @natgeotravel, I get to stay at one of the coolest lodges on the planet, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge (@sabisabireserve), just outside Kruger National Park in South Africa. I came to shoot big cats, but unfortunately for me, my arrival coincides with the most rain the region has seen in over two years. But rain or shine, tracker Candy Hlatshwayo (in front) and Ranger Chanyn-Lee Zeelie (driving) were ready to hit the bush at sunrise. This time lapse compresses four hours of soaked to the bone wet, into one minute. I spent more energy keeping my cameras dry than I did shooting. At the end of the video you'll see why I came to Sabi Sabi–leopards! #sabisabi / #EarthLodge / #sabisabireserve / #natgeolodges / #natgeoexpeditions / #kruger
Photo by @kengeiger
Video by @bertiegregory. Wait for it, wait for it, boom! As their name suggests, giant otters really are giant growing up to 6 ft/1.8m in length. Whilst they are the longest otter, the sea otter is heavier. Giant otters are extremely social, living in family groups of up to 20 individuals. I filmed this family playing and grooming in the Northern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!
Photo by @FransLanting This is Lana, a feisty female bonobo making eye contact with me. She’s a captive individual, and I spent time with her for a series of portraits aimed to reveal personalities and attitudes, to combine with the images I made of bonobos in the dark jungles of the Congo Basin on assignment for @natgeo. Bonobos are our closest relatives on the great tree of life, along with chimpanzees. Lana has lost most of her facial hair, and that makes it easier to see ourselves in her. After all, we as humans are truly "naked apes,” as Desmond Morris once called us in his classic book by that title. To see what Lana does when she really wants to get my attention follow me @FransLanting. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#Attitude#GreatApe#Bonobo
Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg)
Last week, mist appeared as ribbons of smoke, colored red by the sunset in the frost-covered spruce forest of the Muddus National Park. It has been a strange winter up here in North Sweden. The last big snowfall reached us in November and since then there has been little snow and we experienced regular huge fluctuations in temperature instead of stable cold winter weather characteristic to this area. Last week we were camping in the forest in -26 degrees C (which was without doubt cold enough in the sleeping bag), returning back to our house the temperature rose to +4 C within 48 hours. Record high temperatures have been measured for February over much of Lapland. What is going on? Based on statistics, climate warming is a fact.
How far will it go before we realize that we are all responsible for the climate change and to all that it is doing not only to the planet but also to our life on this planet? Do you try to travel less? Do you eat less meat, produce less rubbish, save energy? Does it ever cross your mind that we are truly too many on this planet?
It has been calculated that we only have 27% of the total amount of carbon pollution to emit (73% has already been emitted since 1870) if we want to keep global warming under 2 degrees C (relative to the period from 1861-1880). Are we going to manage this? And if we make it, is it enough to avoid the serious consequences of the changes we have already induced?
Video by @joelsartore | A behind the scenes look at Joel capturing images of a mother koala named Augustine with her young ones Gus and Rupert (one is her own offspring and one is adopted) at the @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital.
Everyday, this wildlife hospital receives up to 100 emergency calls and treats up to 30 different species of animals. On average, about 70 koalas come in for care each month. The dedicated veterinarians, nurses and volunteers work here around the clock to provide treatment for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals of all kinds. They also conduct research in order to learn more about koala diseases, migration and wildlife health management.
To see how this family portrait turned out, check out @joelsartore! .
photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
It is an awe inspiring sight, one straight out of the pleistocene, thousands of huge birds filling the sky. Spring is coming and the Sandhill Crane migration is coming through my home in Tennessee. I photographed these cranes at a wildlife refuge along the Hiwassee River in the eastern part of e state. Without a system of refuges these birds would likely have nowhere to go and this sight would disappear from our skies. The system of protected public land we have in this country is amazing. These sights and our public land belong to all of us. #crane#bird#publicland#keepitpublic
A film by @mattiasklumofficial
Some manta rays glide inches over me and my camera in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see this incredible ecosystem from above! Mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. The largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". In 2014, Indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. A dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. Indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. Mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you. The coral reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on Earth. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine ecosystems! Shot with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar#thecoraleden#mantaray#rajaampat#indonesia#marine#ecosystem#protectbiodiversiry#paradise#divers#instagood#photooftheday#mattiasklum#wwf#iucn#conservation@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov
Photo by @amivitale. A baby panda explores its enclosure at Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Part of what makes pandas so cute is their round faces, which are an adaptation for the powerful jaw muscles they need to help them chew through tough bamboo stalks.
Pandas are now known throughout the world, but they were hidden from the western world until the last century. Thanks to the work of scientists to help pandas breed in captivity and to habitat conservation, China is on its way to saving its most famous ambassador.
Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world!
Video by @joelsartore | Male and female black lemurs snuggle up at the @stlzoo.
Like most lemurs, this species’ diet consists mainly of fruit and leaves. They have also been known to seek out toxic millipedes, but not to snack on. These lemurs will gently bite the millipede, stimulating the insect just enough so it secretes defensive toxins. The lemur will then rub the toxin all over its own body and will usually release the millipede relatively unharmed. These toxins are believed to function mainly as a deterrent for biting insects, however they are also known to produce quite an intoxicating effect for the lemurs.
To see a portrait of these two, check out @joelsartore!
A baby Sulawesi crested black macaque seems intrigued by my presence in the forest, while its mother is grooming another individual. Mother macaques bear one baby every 20 months or so and do most of the parenting.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the upcoming Magazine story ‘Fight for Survive’ (March issue)
Photograph by @thomaspeschak As a photographer I often come across a scene that has the potential to make a great image (see pic on the right) With the caveat that there is usually an important element missing. I then have two options, walk away with a kind of OK photograph or wait for the "missing" element to materialize. My mantra is Patience beyond stupidity. This time I only had to wait for over an hour submerged in freezing 7 degree C water for this fur seal to swop in and complete the frame on the left. @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Another great day underground in Devils Hole #2, Nevada supporting American cave diver Brian Kakuk dive to 95m (310ft) to collect water samples for scientists from the Universities of Innsbruck and Minnesota. This was the first time a dive had taken place in this cave for many years due to the strict control on access. The scientists are testing the chemistry of the water column at different depths.
fallen tree, ballochbuie forest, braemar, scotland - photograph by David Chancellor @chancellodavid for @natgeo Ballochbuie Forest is one of the largest remaining areas of old Caledonian pine growth in Scotland, consisting of approximately 3,000 acres, it is managed with only minimal or no intervention. Bird species inhabiting the surrounding moorlands include red grouse, black grouse, ptarmigan, and the capercaillie. Principal mammal being the red deer. It's a very very special place. To see more of my personal work and projects follow me @chancellordavid and @natgeo#ballochbuie#scotland#braemar#balmoral
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Southern Right Whale glides through the frigid, sub-Antarctic waters of New Zealand’s Auckland Islands during the wintertime. The creature pictured here totaled more than 30-feet in length and likely weighed over 50 tons (100,000 pounds!). Swimming with these beautiful animals in such a remote place was a surreal experience.
Video by @joelsartore | A beautiful Chilean flamingo at the @gladysporterzoo in Brownsville, Texas. These birds cannot drink salt water. If they do ingest some with their food, they can excrete excess salt through specialized glands in their nostrils. To get enough water these flamingos drink from freshwater springs and puddles. They even have the ability to absorb rainwater through their feathers!
To see a full body portrait of this flamingo, check out @joelsartore!
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Tylos is a giant isopod that inhabits the wild beaches of South Africa's west coast. It's activity cycle, centered primarily on munching on decaying seaweeds, is governed by tides and the phase of the moon. Off-road beach driving is detrimental to these critters, so they are most abundant far from human "civilization", especially in the Namaqua National Park. #southafrica@natgeo@thephotosociety@natgeocreative Follow @thomaspeschak for more photographs of rarely seen marine and coastal wildlife.
Phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Terme San Filippo, Tuscany, Italy - Located between the Mount Amiata, the highest mountain in Tuscany, and the Orcia valley, San Filippo takes its name from the Florentine hermit who retreated here in the 13th century. The water gurgle out of the ground at 50°C and is rich in sulphur, magnesium, calcium and sulphur bicarbonate, believed to be good for skin conditions and respiratory disorders. On the way that brings to the town a small wooden bridge on the right leads into the woods and the to the green water that fills the pools that the river flows into. Most spectacular of all is the Fosso Bianco also known as La Balena (the whale), a series of calcareous rock formations that hang over the water in a series of stalactites. San Filippo's milky mineral water flows through the pools and along the river, banked by bamboo, for miles. #sanfilippo#hotspring#tuscany#water#terme#italy#amiata#relax#nature
An adult male Sulawesi crested black macaque plucks ants from a tree for a snack. These monkeys are opportunists, feeding mostly on forest fruits but willingly chowing down on insects when the nutritious morsels present themselves.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the upcoming Magazine story ‘Fight for Survive’ (March issue)