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Image by @markosian: In the isolated hills of southern Georgia, a religious dissident known as a Spirit Wrestler, or Doukhobor, in the village of Gorelovka, Georgia.
Originating in Russia, the pacifist group believes God resides within every person, rendering the need for the church. Gorelovka was once the spiritual center for Doukhobors. Today there are less than 100 of them left. #georgia
A pride of lions takes a stroll on one of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s dirt roads. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest!
We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy!
Photos by @jenniferhayesig, Mark Thiessen, and @marcogrob | National Geographic and @Rolex have supported the history-making endeavors of some of the world’s most distinguished explorers. Among them: photographer @daviddoubilet, filmmaker James Cameron, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
A message from National Geographic Society President and CEO, Gary E. Knell: National Geographic is synonymous with exploration. Similarly, Rolex has long been driven by the spirit of exploration, and continues to support pioneering ventures in discovery and conservation. This month, we are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with Rolex—the first of its kind in National Geographic history—that further unifies the efforts of our two organizations. Our shared goals in this new partnership are to advance human knowledge. To raise awareness of the planet’s challenges as well as its marvels. And to inspire the next generation of explorers as they seek solutions that will ensure a healthy and sustainable future. How will we pursue these goals? By focusing, during the next five years, on three critical attributes of our planet: the oceans, the poles, and the mountains. We will enable and participate in expeditions that lead to scientific discovery, foster research and invention that will yield new exploration technologies, and convene summits and activities that generate public support for conservation. We invite you to explore with us, as we dive into this exciting future.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A Quechua girl from the highlands of Ecuador, proudly shows me her most prized possession: a cute pup named Hector. Girls in rural areas have very limited access to education, job opportunities, or participation in local, regional, national or global economies. Efforts to narrow down the gender gap in corporate America are already underway. However, at the pace we are going, it will take 115 years for women to reach the same earning power as our male counterparts! What can you do today to empower the women around you? This week I was proud to participate in #TheGirlsLounge on behalf of @NatGeo with @AmiVitale.
How are women changing the world? #Followme on @CristinaMittermeier to learn more.
* @WeAreTFQ | #girlpower | #genderequality | #inspired | #grateful | #GirlsUp| #mujeres | #igualdad | #mascota | #pet
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities.
Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative.
Photo by @FransLanting Half an hour from where I live on the coast of California, sea lions haul out by the thousands on Año Nuevo Island, a rocky outcrop at the northern tip of Monterey Bay. It’s a great testimonial to the natural abundance and the resurgence of life that happened here after the protection of the California coast and the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which covers more than 6,000 square miles and harbors 34 species of marine mammals, including these sea lions. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from Monterey Bay.
Photo: @andy_mann // A large Polar Bear chases fleeting summer sea ice in Southeast Greenland. Those bears who miss the ice drifts North in the spring are often caught in a difficult situation, foraging for unsustainable food sources until the seals return with the ice later in the year. It's a fragile ecosystem and struggle to survive in the Arctic. #followme@andy_mann as I travel to remote Greenland this summer in hopes of spending time in the icy waters with these amazing animals on a climbing expedition with @ladzinski@mikelibecki@ethan_pringle.
Video by @ronan_donovan // The lingering twilight in the far north illuminates the evening commute of this Atlantic puffin colony in Scotland. The adults spend most their day at sea, sometimes flying more than 60 miles in order to find shoals of small fish to dive on. They'll then bring home a beak full of fish for their single chick that's been tucked away in a burrow. Turn the sound on for this one and listen to the wings and bodies whizzing by!! Follow along with @ronan_donovan for more wildlife images from around the world.
Pleased to see my work on the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya featured at the f2 Fotofestival ( @f2_fotofestival ) in Dortmund which opened yesterday, (22 June) and runs until 16 July.
Here, from that series, a visualisation of glacial retreat using long exposures made in the middle of the night. The resultant images stem from the simple act of walking with a flaming torch along the glacier’s previous boundaries to illustrate a ‘layered’ history of glacial recession on the mountain.
Photo by @kirstenluce.
Eduardo Ortiz releases a lantern during Day of the Dead celebrations in the old cemetery in Allende, Mexico, near the Texas border. Allende was the site of a deadly Massacre in 2011 by the Zetas drug cartel. Story and pictures are in the July issue of the magazine.
Video by @joelsartore | A critically-endangered female northern white-cheeked gibbon named Polly at the @EndangeredPrimateRescueCenter in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. She was a youngster, and instead of sucking her thumb, she actually sucked on her big toe during our photoshoot.
Because they are hunted for meat, used in traditional “medicines” and sold into the illegal pet trade, Northern white-cheeked gibbons’ main predators are humans. Their forest habitats in China, Vietnam and Laos are steadily being destroyed as logging continues, causing their populations to diminish along with it. In fact, there hasn’t been a Northern white-cheeked gibbon sighting in China since the 1990s.
The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not-for-profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam's endangered and critically endangered primate species. Their final aim is to reintroduce and release these animals as stable family groups into well-protected natural areas.
To see a portrait of this gibbon, check out @joelsartore!
Photo by @shaulschwarz - BASE jumpers jump of a 1000 meter cliff at Kjerag in Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world are here celebrating the Art of human flight. Absolutely amazing to see what people can do when they put their heart and mind into it.
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Green sea turtles have declined in many parts of the Pacific Ocean, but the populations off the Galapagos have remained remarkably stable. In fact I have never encountered and photographed so many turtles as in the seas off Galápagos. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the June 2017 story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound and #galapagosnationalpark
Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - On a rooftop in Brooklyn, Marky hangs with his pigeons. Yesterday I worked with Marky and his nephew Stevo (and their buddy George) as they worked their pigeons over the New York skyline. Their passion and knowledge for he birds was beautiful. Shot on assignment with the help of Brooklyn boy @georgemckenziejr
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Happy #WorldGiraffeDay! The giraffe population has plummeted more than 40 percent over the past 30 years. To make matters worse, scientists know relatively little about giraffe behavior. But a group of scientists and wildlife experts are working to untangle the mystery behind these animals' rapid decline. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba (@loisaba_conservancy) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more in my National Geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sW5XVb
Video by @bertiegregory. Ever seen a peacock's backside?! This wild peacock was 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 for more wildlife adventures!
BOOM!!!!!! Look at this sequence of a jaguar swimming, diving and hunting after a caiman on the banks of the pantanal river, Brazil! This was shot as part of my worldwide @natgeo jaguar story (it comes out December 2017!). Jaguars are the most incredible swimmers and are very comfortable in water! We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals like this jaguar have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also.
We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families,
they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet.
They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves!
Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever
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Photograph by @Paulnicklen // Sometimes they look over at you and instantly grab you by the heart. Approximately one in a thousand fur seals are born as ‘blonde' variants. The Antarctic fur seal was very heavily hunted in the 18th and 19th centuries for its dense fur by sealers from the United States and Great Britain. By the early 20th century, the seal was regarded as commercially extinct, and perhaps completely extinct. Today, their numbers have returned to near historic numbers. We as humans are capable of doing great harm but we are also capable of great compassion. #follow me on @paulnicklen to see my favorite images from #antarctica. #nature#naturephotography#naturalhair#gratitude#greatness#MPA#explore
Video by @joelsartore | Two Limosa harlequin frog at the Panama @AmphibianRescue and Conservation project in Gamboa. These frogs are a part of a study to better understand the influencing factors that determine the survival of frogs that are bred in human care and then released back into the wild. Recently, ninety Limosa harlequin frogs were given tiny numbered tags and glow in the dark markings in order to differentiate them from other frogs in the wild. Smithsonian researchers then sent them into the wild as a part of their first-ever release trial. The goal is to gain knowledge about the lives of human bred frogs in the wild so that programs can provide the most promising futures for them in the wild.
To see a portrait of these two, check out @joelsartore!
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. How will you celebrate the summer solstice? Pictured, a group of people celebrate Sonnwendfeuer, or midsummer atop the Nordkette mountain near Innsbruck, Austria. Across the Alps at this time of the year, bonfires and torches light up the night in celebration. Happy Solstice one and all!
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // The village of Yimas, along the shores of the mighty Karawari River, in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, is nothing more than a handful of grass huts. With very little in terms of economic activity and fewer than 100 speakers of the Yimas language left, it is not surprising that women have very little power. If we want to solve the big issues of our generation, like Climate Change, we need to make sure that the 50 percent of the population of the planet who is currently disenfranchised to participate in the solutions, is empowered. This week I join my @natgeo fellow @storyteller and amazing photographer the talented @amivitale to speak on behalf of natgeo at @thegirlslounge; the largest community of corporate women who connect, collaborate and activate change together to empower women around the globe.
To see more images and stories from women around the world, #followme at @cristinamittermeier
@FransLanting Look at this black rhino calf—frisky and curious, ears pointing my way as I watch its mother laboriously raising herself. Only one of her ears is pointing in my direction. The other one is checking what is happening behind her. Rhinos rely on their sharp sense of hearing and an acute sense of smell to make up for not seeing very well. In Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, they’re relatively protected, but that is not the case for most rhinos elsewhere in Africa and Asia. They’ve been hammered by poachers, and it’s more important than ever to draw attention to their plight, and to the people and organizations that are trying to turn things around, including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Rhino, and WildAid. Help them help rhinos survive. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#rhino#endangered#Tanzania#WorldWildlifeFund#SavetheRhino#Wild_Aid#AfricanWidlifeFoundation
Barrier Canyon Style paintings, San Rafael Swell, Utah video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) "What do these images mean?" That is the question people most ask. What do they mean? The only honest answer is "we don't know." These images are likely 2,000 years old or older and their meaning may well be lost to time. But the delicate paintings on the roof of an alcove in the San Rafael Swell are clearly a story. Their ambiguousness meaning adds to the mystery. It increases our curiosity and maybe gives the images even more power.
What does it mean? I don't know, but I do know that images, stories as beautiful as these are worth preserving and sharing. This video is extracted from a 3D model that I made for my @ancientartarchive project. The aim of the project is to help explore and preserve our common visual heritage. Our ancestors wrote their story -our story- on rock and cave walls across the world. #rockart
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