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Photo by @CarltonWard // This gray eyed tree frog is one of four hundred different species I had the privilege of photographing in my field studio while documenting the biological diversity of Gabon, Africa with the Smithsonian Institution. Situated along the equator between the Atlantic Ocean and Congo, Gabon retains much of its historic tropical rainforests, thanks in part to a system of 13 new national parks that were created following advocacy by the National Geographic Society and Wildlife Conservation Society. #gabon#biodiversity#frog#rainforest@smithsonian
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Photo by @FransLanting A newborn chimp baby lies cradled on her mother’s chest. To be this close to wild chimpanzees requires trust. It took us several weeks of following one group of chimps on foot in a remote part of Senegal before they felt comfortable enough with us to allow this proximity. The day I made this photo was a breakthrough: The little chimp and her mom both dozed off in front of us—less than 60 feet away. Chimps and bonobos are our nearest relatives on the great tree of life, but we’re not treating them like family—they are all endangered. Habitat loss and the bushmeat trade are impacting their lives wherever they occur in west and central Africa. We urge you to support the organizations that are trying to make a difference, including the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Institute, and Neighbor Ape, founded by primatologist Jill Pruetz, an Emerging Explorer for National Geographic with whom we worked on assignment for @natgeo. And we encourage you to visit chimps in the wild, if you have the opportunity—at places like Mahale and Gombe in Tanzania or Kibale in Uganda, among others. Money earned through chimpanzee tourism provides funds for conservation projects and brings jobs and other benefits to local communities. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories of great apes in the wild.
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Varanasi. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities on earth and easily one of the most fascinating. From the vibrant colors and pulsating culture to the ancient ghats it has something new to show you at every turn. #India
São Paulo (Saint Paul in English) is an alpha global city—as listed by the GaWC—and is the most populous city in Brazil as well as in the rest of Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the largest in the Americas and Earth's 12th largest city proper by population. The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, one of 26 constituent states of the republic. It is Brazil's most populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city's metropolitan area of Greater São Paulo ranks as the most populous in Brazil, the 11th most populous on Earth, and largest Portuguese language-speaking city in the world.
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. An Atlantic puffin stands amidst Sea pink in full bloom on the isle of Staffa. This island which is part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, is well worth a visit, both for the abundant wildlife and also for the incredible columnar basalt that's found throughout this uninhabited island. For more adventures from Scotland and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.
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Photo by @babaktafreshi
As the night ends the “morning star” rises above a little island of tufa in Mono lake, this past weekend while I was on a night photography teaching project in California. The dazzling light is Planet Venus. On the right is bright star Capella and at top right is the Andromeda Galaxy (zoom in to see them). Mono Lake is known for its tufa towers; limestone formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals in water. Mono Lake has no outlet and trapped salt made the lake very alkaline and salty. But the lake has an unusually productive ecosystem including a strange bacteria capable of “digest” poisonous arsenic, almost like an alien living form. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world at night photography. @natgeo@natgeocreative#monolake#california#nightphotography#astrophotography#longexposure#nightscape#venus#capella#pleiades#starrynight
Video by @tobyharriman // One of my favorite places in Alaska (so far) is at the end of a multi-day backpacking trip into the Talkeetna Mountains- just out of the Hatcher Pass area. Witnessing these clouds flow through the valley around Snowbird Glacier Hut was surreal. We stayed here for two days waiting for and capturing these scenes.
Video taken in June 2015
Music @jteveringham #alaska#viewak#travel#natgeo
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // South Africa, Kruger Park. South Africa is considered as the primary custodian of Africa’s rhinos.
The Country is battling a rhino poaching crisis, with over 1,000 animals slaughtered for their horns in 2016.
According to the rhino poaching statistics South Africa is losing three rhinos a day to poachers despite law enforcement in the Kruger National Park reducing the losses there.
Africa’s white rhino species is the largest of any living rhinoceros species, weighing up to 3,600 kilograms (7,920 pounds), and is the continent’s third-largest species. The lifespan of a wild rhinoceros is unknown, but expected to be 35-50 years for any species. @andrea_frazzetta@instituteartist#Africa#Southafrica#Kruger#Rhino#natgeotravel
Photo by @dguttenfelder On Assignment for Nat Geo Travel
When visiting San Francisco, I stayed at an amazing spot in the North Park area of San Francisco. As I walked around this small, changing neighborhood, I got a true feel for my home for the night and morning. North Park is a diverse but rapidly gentrifying area that’s unique, quirky, colorful. Many people might overlook this kind of area, but with a little effort, I was able to see awesome spots that I might have missed and really feel like I belonged in an area that I wasn’t familiar with. Check out today’s Story to see more of @dguttenfelder’s San Francisco adventures.
Photo: @afarrar // Summer flowers are in bloom near Spruce Lake in the Chilcotin Mountains in southwestern British Columbia. An adventurers playground, the backcountry is known for horse and mountain bike riding along with hiking and fishing. Never far behind is the chance to see a grizzly, wolf or moose in the wild. #backcountry#canada#mountainadventures#britishcolumbia
Time lapse by @PaulNicklen. I have always struggled with trying to capture the majesty of the aurora borealis in a single photograph. This time-lapse is comprised of nearly 1000 images taken over a couple of different nights. The most powerful moment for me was when a pack of wolves stood around me howling at two in the morning while the aurora borealis danced across the night sky. Just when I thought the experience could not get any more amazing the Mir space station flew overhead. What are some of your most incredible memories from being in nature? #nature#wolf#beauty#aurora#northernlights#yukon#adventuretime#instagramhub
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @CharlieBoscoe - The wartime ruins which line many of the Dolomites via ferratas are incredibly well hidden and with good reason; they were designed to be difficult to find and (ideally) impossible to conquer. The effort it must have taken to transport building materials to these high and remote ridges is hard to imagine, but the hard work would still have been preferable to the idea of being vulnerable to enemy attack.
Video by @bertiegregory. A male Hanuman Langur bounces around the trees in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. This species has a tail longer than their own body which they use to balance as they leap from branch to branch. Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @FransLanting A ribbon of water winds across dry plains surrounding Botswana’s Okavango Delta as morning mist shrouds the contours of the landscape. The delta is an intricate tapestry of dry land and wet land, with ever shifting boundaries defined by the ebb and flow of water. Fed by a river that begins a thousand miles away in the highlands of Angola, the delta spreads out across the Kalahari Desert sands of northern Botswana. The miracle of water in the desert attracts animals from antelopes to elephants—and supports a thriving regional economy based on high-quality, low-impact tourism. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wild places around the world.
Photo by @christopheviseux // Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Hikers are descending Mount Kinabalu through the world’s highest Via Ferrata. Part of the Kinabalu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia (4,095m / 13,435ft). Follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures around the world. #malaysia#mountains#viaferrata#borneo
It's true what they say... the only thing better than experiencing the northern lights is to share it with someone else for their first time. .
Deep in Iceland's Westfjords region a group of traveling surfers watches natures fireworks. This photograph was taken in October during some of the first auroras of the year. This celestial event can often be seen until around April.
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Photo @materas// Lake Mackenzie along the Routeburn Track, South Island, New Zealand. The Routeburn is a popular 20 mile trek through the Southern Alps. There are four maintained huts along the Routeburn, including one right next to Lake Mackenzie. The trek crosses through both Mount Aspiring National Park and Fjordland National Park. Follow me @materas for more images like this from New Zealand and around the world. #routeburn#wilderness#lakemackenzie#newzealand
Photo by @jonathan_irish || On a recent road trip down the east coast of the U.S. to visit my family I stopped in Savannah, Georgia to camp for the evening. As I was driving to the campsite I saw this beautiful sunset start to take place and I knew I had to capture it some way. Without much time to find a good location to setup my camera, I decided to fly my drone instead. And I am so glad I did, as the sky exploded in color just as I got it in the air. I love how drones can get you into locations you couldn't otherwise reach to capture really unique views. || Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images from around the world.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. There are very few narrow canyons that are as beautiful or as easily accessible as Antelope Canyon. The biggest issue these days are the crowds and booking a guide to go see it. Back when I shot this image in the early 2000s you could just walk in and if you went on a weekday you might even have it all to yourself. Nevertheless it is still a geologic wonder and well worth a visit. #antelopecanyon#pagearizona#slotcanyon
Photo: @andy_mann // Only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the water. The vast majority is hidden in the icy depths. With enough exposure to the elements the top will eventually whither away and top the scales, sending the whole monster barreling upside down. We discovered this first hand while #onassignment for @natgeo & @natgeopristineseas when this exact iceberg flipped on us while we were in the water. Luckily, we escaped with some lessons learned and a good story. Shot in Franz Josef Land, Russia 2013. // #followme@andy_mann for stories from the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our blue planet. @sea_legacy
Photo by @CarltonWard // I set a camera trap at this location in South Florida's Fakahatchee Strand aiming to capture a Florida panther navigating the swamp forest. This spot was dry from February through the first week of June. Then 17 inches of rain fell in a single week. Panthers will be seeking higher ground but this gator must be happy to have the freedom to roam through its watery wilderness. Please follow @carltonward to discover the #pathofthepanther. @fl_wildcorridor#gator#swamp#floridawild#keepflwild
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @CharlieBoscoe - The fact that a cold, dark tunnel can look welcoming towards the end of a freezing autumn day tells you everything about how hostile the Dolomites can be. In the height of summer, the prospect of temporarily living in these tunnels, as thousands of soldiers did, seems unappealing but conceivable. Come autumn, it is horrifying. As for winter…
A small plane flies above a glacial river in Iceland's highlands. Tightly woven braids of shallow water mixed with glacial sediment & islands of black sand give this landscape an alien look. Best viewed from above, this landscape Is often hard to gain perspective on, a yellow piper cub helps do the trick. For more images of these rivers follow @chrisburkard
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Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // South Africa, Limpopo province, Night in the Village of Baleni. The Milky Way as seen through the tree branches that overhang the village. The village of Baleni is situated near the banks of the Little Letaba River, on a land belonging to the Mahumani traditional community.
Baleni is an environment where nature and spiritualism have a rich integration. To the local salt makers women, the warm water, the rising bubbles and the sulphurous smell that emanates from the swamp are all signs that bind Baleni with the spiritual world. @andrea_frazzetta@instituteartist#Africa#Southafrica
@FransLanting His name is Mushamuka. He was a silverback eastern gorilla, a male in his prime. I met him after tracking through dense forest in the eastern Congo with rangers who knew every gorilla by face and name in this protected area, Kahuzi-Biega National Park. We salute the people who have made it their calling to protect these remarkable great apes. All gorilla populations are under threat. We encourage you to support those who are doing what they can to ensure our next of kin survive in the wild—and we encourage you to visit the gorillas, if you have the opportunity. Money earned through gorilla tourism provides funds for conservation projects and brings jobs and other benefits to local communities. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories of great apes in the wild. @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@world_wildlife@thewcs#Gorilla#Congo#Primate#Jungle#GorillaTourism
Photo by @ronan_donovan // A sunset gondola cruise with the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore behind - Venezia, Italy. Who's had the pressure of exploring this enchanted city!?
Photo @materas // An 11 mile hike at over 10,000' in elevation will get you to Island Lake in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. The Winds, as they are known, are a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains. They are less known than their Teton siblings but a bigger range that also contains the highest peak in Wyoming, Gannett Peak at 13,804'. The Winds are also mostly wilderness area with over 150 alpine glaciers and over 1,000 lakes. Follow me @materas for more images like this from the Wyoming and around the world. #windriverrange#wyoming#islandlake
Video by @bertiegregory. Leopards are one of the most adaptable animals on the planet, able to live in mountains, savannahs, deserts, jungles and even cities. Part of the key to their success is their amazing ability to disappear. For example, during a leopard assignment for @natgeo and @natgeowild, @stevewinterphoto and I found that most of the people who walked the same trails as leopards in the city parks of Mumbai had no idea the leopards were there! Certain species are able to find a way to live alongside us, we must use aspire to do the same. I filmed this beautiful leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
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