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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // For decades, the Tibetan minorities of Southwestern China, like these women from the Mosuo ethnic group in Yunnan, have endured marginalization and ethnocide. I felt privileged to spend time with the Mosuo people, an ethnic group that is particularly interesting because they are a matriarchy in which women are often the head of the house. Inheritance is decided through the female line, and women are he ones who make business decisions. In every matter of life, it is the matriarch who decides the fate of everyone in her household. As someone who really appreciates strong female leadership, I really enjoyed the time I spent in the company of these gentle and beautiful women. Their dresses, their language, their relationship to each other and to nature, hold great fascination for me.
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!
@johnkernickphotography beach chairs and umbrellas cover the beach in Positano on Italy's Amalfi coast. It's a busy town and very popular with tourists durning the summer months. For a time during the early twentieth century Positano was a relatively poor fishing village. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, partly due to John Steinbeck publishing his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar in May, 1953: "Positano bites deep", Steinbeck wrote. "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.
Photo: @ChrisBurkard Alaska has always captured my attention due to the extremities of its landscapes. The string of the Aleutians islands is located in one of the world’s most dramatic volcanic regions, the Ring of Fire. This peninsula houses 29 active volcanoes, ancient villages, and some of the best fishing opportunities. These islands are home to around 8,000 natives. If you find yourselves out here and are daring enough, take a jump in the ocean, watch the waves, or take a boat trip around the strand of volcanoes.
A Buddhist monk enters the formidable doors of Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan's monarchy. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has sat in isolation for thousands of years and only recently been thrust into the glare of modern times after centuries of solitude. This Buddhist kingdom, high in the Himalayas, had no paved roads until the 1960s, was off-limits to foreigners until 1974, and launched television only in 1999. In 1972, the country stop relying on Gross Domestic Product as the best indicator of Bhutan’s progress in favor of “Gross National Happiness.” So if you want to visit the happiest place on earth, put Bhutan on your travel bucket list.
Bhutan has put environmental conservation at the heart of its political agenda. It’s pledged to remain carbon neutral, made it law that 60% of the country must remain forested for future generations, banned plastic bags, instituted a monthly pedestrian day that bans all private vehicles from its roads, and announced its intention to become the world’s first 100-percent organic-farming nation. It goes without saying that the countryside is breathtakingly beautiful and pristine. Follow me @amivitale for more stories from around the world. #bhutan#buddhism#asia#amivitale@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#seetheworld#photooftheday#photojournalism
Photo @stephen_matera // The Alaska Range and tundra in the fall, Denali National Park, Alaska. Fall comes early in the arctic. Beginning in early September the tundra and dwarf willow begin to change color, creating a mosaic of amazing color. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #denali#nationalpark#autumn#alaskarange
Photograph by @paulnicklen.
Land of the midnight sun. At 12:38AM the sun slowly skims across the horizon only to climb again to mark the beginning of a new and endless day at 73 degrees North in the far Canadian Arctic. Since growing up in the Arctic as a young kid, this world of ice, snow, vast vistas, aurora borealis and the nomadic existence of great species like polar bears has lived deep in my veins. When I am in the polar regions I am home. I have seen this place I love change over the past 25 years. #followme on @paulnicklen to learn more. #arctic#climatechangeisreal#nature#naturelovers#sunset#instagood
Photo by @jeffmauritzen / Words by Justin Kavanagh. // Glendalough is one of Ireland’s great monastic sites, where St. Kevin became abbot in 570 A.D. Kevin actually went deep into Wicklow to live as a hermit, but his followers did what followers do. Here and at other sites like the Skellig Islands, the Irish “saved civilization” (according to Thomas Cahill’s famous bestseller) by transcribing the scriptures into words and illustration, while the forces of darkness threatened to overrun Europe.
The 110-feet (33 m) high round tower, built in the 10th century, allowed the monks excellent lookout views and the stairless door some 12 feet (3.5 m) above the ground meant they could beat a retreat heavenward whenever Vikings invaded.
After Kevin’s death, such disciples sought holiness in the acquisition of relics. In our modern, secular world, this practice is echoed in the bidding for sports stars’ uniforms in online auctions and in the collecting of celebrity memorabilia. If you'd like to hear more stories from our assignment updating the 5th edition of the #NatGeoTravel guidebook, please follow @jeffmauritzen.
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A leopard, with a treed impala kill, warns a hyena that it is getting too close. Ever thought about doing a self-drive safari? This image was made out of a rental car window in Kruger National Park, South Africa. For a totally affordable taste of African wildlife, check out this months issue of Traveler magazine, on newsstands. It has tips for traveling to and where to stay in Kruger and Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.
Follow @kengeiger to see more images from Kruger National Park #krugernationalpark#kruger
Photo: @andy_mann // Northern Lights performing their cosmic art under a Greenland sky a few evenings ago. I spent this night bivied on the roof of our small boat as the 7 of our crew along with 38 overpacked expedition bags fought for space on the cramped 20 foot Viknes which was giving us a lift back to the airfield at Kulusuk. I definitely made the correct decision, despite almost being rocked off into the Arctic icy waters a few times in my sleep. // #followme@andy_mann for more images from this 40 day climbing expedition to remote Southeast Greenland // @ladzinski@mikelibecki@ethan_pringle@connor_seybert
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!
An unknown climber begins his rappel atop the 'Svolværgeita'. A 500 foot tall granite pinnacle on the southwest face of Fløyfjellet in the Lofoten Archipelago. A popular climb in the region that was first summited in the early 1900's. The route got its name 'The Goat' because of its two adjacent horns.
Shot at 11:30pm during the fading midnight sun with a mobile phone camera.
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
A futuristic view in the Middle East, with this single telephoto exposure of the new moon at dusk. Tehran is the most populous city in Western Asia with 15 million people in its metropolitan area. While the ancient Rey in the southern end dates back to 6000 BCE, the elevated northern end reaching the Alborz Mountains is mainly modern constructions including the 435-meter Milad communication tower which has an excellent viewing platform to the city when the air is not too polluted.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world’s landmarks at night. @natgeocreative@natgeo#nightphotography#tehran#iran#newmoon
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // San Blas Archipelago, the beach of Guanidup Island. The archipelago of San Blas consists of hundreds of small islands. Approximately 365 islands and cays, of which only 49 are inhabited. They lie off the north coast of the Isthmus of Panama, east of the Panama Canal.
A part of the comarca (district) Guna Yala along the Caribbean coast and home to the Guna Indians.
San Blas and its surrounding area is a haven for ecotourists because of its pristine environs.
Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects. #Panama#sea#ocean#sanblas
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Morning on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness, Scotland. And it's the first day of our travels aboard the Lord of the Glens. Delighted to be back aboard and seeing the history unfold. The canal was built in the early 1800's and was plagued by gross cost overruns. Never made money. But two centuries later it's a delightful way to see the Highlands and Islands. On assignment for National Geographic Expeditions. @natgeo@natgeocreative#scotland@natgeoexpeditions
Video by @tobyharriman // I wasn't really planning on shooting the moon rise this day. It was after I finished a timelapse of clouds moving through the peaks when all of the sudden, there the moon was rising through my shot above some of my favorite spots in Hatcher Pass and above the Reed Lakes area, completely unplanned. Just one of those situations where everything comes together! Follow me @tobyharriman for more.
Music: @jteveringham #alaska#viewak#natgeotravel#timelapse
Photo by @TimLaman. Great Blue Heron at Walden Pond photographed at dusk during an early fall snowstorm. One of my favorite shots from my #WaldenPondProject due to the atmosphere created by the long exposure, blurred snowflakes, and blue light of near darkness. In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday on July 12, I’m sharing a series of photos from Walden Pond. Also see link in my profile @TimLaman to see the full Walden Pond gallery and read Kennedy Warne’s story “See why Thoreau’s Walden Still Inspires” on the @NatGeo website.
#TL_WildlifePhotoTips: Add atmosphere to your travel photos by shooting in bad weather, using slow shutter speeds and a tripod.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Cathedral Peak and the surrounding area reflected in Upper Cathedral Lake at sunset along the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California. A few years back a friend and I blitzed though a huge section of the John Muir Trail in just four days going ultralight and doing the equivalent of a marathon every day. It is one of the most enjoyable areas to backpack in that I have ever seen. #johnmuirtrail#sierras#california
Photo by @christopheviseux // Pulau Sibuan, a beautiful Malaysian island in the Celebes Sea and part of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Popular among snorkelers and divers alike, the island is accessible by speedboat. It is still inhabited by a small community of nomadic Sea Gypsies (Bajau Laut), living in and around the island. Follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures around the world. #malaysia#island#sea#sibuan#borneo
Photo @materas // Recently the Northwest has been blanketed by a layer of smoke from wildfires in British Columbia. I'm happy to say the smoke has cleared and just in time to get photos of this year's wildflower display at Mt. Rainier National Park. Follow me @materas for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #wildflowers#volcano#glacier#wilderness