Video by @bertiegregory. Yacare caiman are capable of making water dance! When displaying to potential mates and showing members of the same sex who’s boss, they sink down into the water so their backs are just below the surface. They then produce a spooky low frequency booming noise which causes this bizarre spectacle. Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeowild and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures.
Photo by @andywcoleman // We spent a few days at the Kantishna Roadhouse, deep in the heart of Denali National Park in Alaska, which afforded us several opportunities to head over to Wonder Lake to see if the clouds would part to give us a view of the park's signature peak - Mount McKinley. It is estimated that only one out of three visitors to interior Alaska get to see the entire mountain. We didn't see Mount McKinley on this evening, but were treated to a stunning view of the Alaska Range turning red as the sun set behind us. #FindYourPark
Photo by @FransLanting Emperor penguins raise their young on the sea ice surrounding Antarctica where there is no vegetation or rocks with which they can build nests. So when the young are born, parents brood them on their feet, but a few weeks later they start wandering around on their own. I came across this adorable chick at the edge of a colony, where it was awaiting the return of its parents who shuttle in food from open water. It’s a race against time, because they have to fledge their young before the sea ice melts later in the summer. Nobody knows yet what the exact effects of climate change will be for these remarkable birds, but the worst-case scenario is that the sea ice will start melting from under the feet of young emperor penguins before they are ready to go to sea. Just like polar bears in the Arctic, emperor penguins are totally dependent on sea ice for their survival. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories from the Southern Ocean.
Photo @materas// Washington State has five very prominent volcanoes which, for my purposes, are volcanoes that are heavily glaciated and significantly higher than their nearby peaks. These five include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Glacier Peak, and Mt. Baker. They're all beautiful, inspiring, and stand head and shoulders above the non-volcanic peaks of the Cascades. At 10,781' Mt. Baker, pictured here, is a bit isolated all the way up North near the Canadian border and is one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. #volcano#washington#cascademountains#glacier#ringoffire
Video by @tobyharriman // One of my favorite places to visit during fall is Ridgway, Colorado. The whole area, especially the San Juan Mountain Range, it is just incredible. I will share a bit more of my footage from this area over the next few posts, but I wanted to start with this more abstract shot first. I was incredibly lucky to see the morning sun rising above the distant peaks at the same time my drone took to the sky. The combination created a natural gradient and popped the beautiful yellow of aspen trees.
Music by @jteveringham #colorado#ridgway#aerial#travel#natgeo
Photo by David Santiago Garcia, Getty Images // Sponsored by @visitutah // Bryce Canyon visitors should plan their visit for early morning or late evening for the most dramatic views of this popular park. Visit natgeotravel.com to learn more about Bryce Canyon National Park and visiting Utah.
Photo by @babaktafreshi, The World at Night photography
On this starry night of #California the constant Earth rotation during an hour-long exposure shows itself in form of star trails around the north star Polaris, marking the direction of the Earth rotation axis. I have immense respect for these trees. Each kept several thousands of Earth history, being one of the longest living life forms on the planet. They grow at about 10,000 ft (3300m) high. This twisted Bristlecone Pine is frequently visited by tourists and photographers. I hope the travelers do respect these impressive trees by not climbing them or walking on the soil around their extended roots. @natgeo@natgeocreative#bristleconepine#ancient#nightsky#earth#planetearth#astrophotography#nightscape#startrails
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. The sun rises over Arenal volcano and the well manicured Kioro Hotel gardens in Costa Rica. In addition to incredible views of the nearby volcano, this resort also offers relaxing hot springs. Sunrise is well worth getting up for and I highly recommend stargazing and astrophotography if the sky is clear. Photo taken on a recent @natgeoexpeditions assignment. For more photo adventures from Costa Rica and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.
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Photo by @andywcoleman // The waters of Havasu Falls plunge 100 feet into the striking blue-green pools below. The cascading areas around the falls are formed when the calcium carbonate in the water deposits on the rocks, creating these travertine dams. Most of the time this is a tranquil place, but these pools have changed quite often over the years due to flash floods. To get to the campground near the falls, you need to hike nearly 10 miles (or take a quick helicotper ride). There is much to see in the canyon, so plan on staying several days to take it all in.
Photo: @ChrisBurkard The road up from the valley was closed to vehicles, and despite the letdown we decided to hike up through knee deep snow. It was still worth the freezing pain to get a new perspective on the iconic Odle/Geisler range crowning the Val di Funes.
Photo @tylermetcalfe | A traveling cyclist rides towards the towering mountains of Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. Last year I embarked on a cross-country bike ride from the headquarters of @natgeo in Washington, D.C. to the shores of Olympic National Park in Washington State. The trip took me through ten states, four national parks, and 4290 miles over the course of 107 days. Check out the feature "American Bike Project" at natgeo.com for more.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // An abstract reflection in the pools surrounding the brilliant white arches of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Grand Mosque is an amazing architectural feat and it also houses the world's largest carpet. #uae#abudhabi#grandmosque#abstract
Video by @bertiegregory for my wildlife adventure YouTube series for Nat Geo. See link in my personal bio to watch. A black bear catches a male chum salmon in a small river on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada. After navigating 100s if not 1000s of miles of open ocean dodging orca, seals and sea lions to the exact the river in which it was born, this salmon then had to fight the flow of water up rapids and waterfalls. Even after achieving all of that, it fell short of its target as a rest in a little side pool proved fatal. What’s even more frustrating for this salmon is that it’s in great condition and about half a second into this video you can see the pressure applied by the bear causes sperm to fly out showing it was ready to breed. An amazing scene to witness but you’ve got to feel sorry for the salmon! Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures.
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // South Africa, Kruger Park, a group of Giraffes silhouetted in the golden light of the sunset.
The giraffe is the tallest terrestrial mammal in the world. The males stand about 5m tall - as high as a single-story house - and the females are just a little shorter.
Giraffes are gentle and timid animals and live in loose social groups. The giraffe's long neck enables it to browse on the leaves of trees. Thus, it does not need to compete with other leaf-eaters feeding lower down. Giraffes eat leaves of many kinds of trees, but acacia trees are their favourites.
The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq miles) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. @andrea_frazzetta@instituteartist#Africa#Southafrica#Kruger#Giraffe#natgeotravel
Photo @materas// There's nothing like a face to face meeting with a 200 foot high wall of ice to help understand how big the glaciers are in Alaska. And by Alaska standards, the Dawes glacier, at about half a mile wide, is a small glacier compared to some others that are as much as 15 miles wide. Follow me @materas for more images like this form Alaska and around the world. #tongassnationalforest#SEAlaska#EndicottArm#fjord
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Happy #WorldPenguinDay everyone! If you love penguins as much as the rest of us celebrating on the @natgeotravel account today, then consider a visit to South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic island that's home to several million King penguins. The sights, sounds and oh yes, smells, can be quite overpowering! For this view at Gold Harbor, I hiked up a little higher and used a telephoto lens to zoom into this incredible beach scene. For more photo adventures from South Georgia and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.
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Photo @ChrisBurkard Pictured in at least 30 major films, Monument Valley looks straight out of the old west, or even an alien planet. Unsurprisingly, it has been used as a filming location for both! An alien planet in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the old west in John Ford’s Stagecoach. The imagination runs wild with stories here, making it easy to see why it has been the stomping ground for so many creative minds.
photograph by @susanseubert // In honor of World Penguin Day, here is a Chinstrap penguin as it makes its way from its nesting site to the ocean at Half Moon Island, located in the South Shetland Island group off of the Antarctic Peninsula. This island is popular with not only Chinstrap penguins, it also supports nesting habitat for Antarctic terns, Skuas, Wilson's and Black bellied storm petrels as well as Kelp gulls and shags. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeotravel@natgeoexpeditions#worldpenguinday#pengiun Follow @susanseubert for more!
Photo @pedromcbride // The art of flight. Lesser flamingos fly over Lake Bogoria in Kenya. This saline, alkaline lake that lies a little north of the equator is at times home to one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingos. #birds#aerial#africa#beauty
Photo by @FransLanting California’s Big Sur coast has been hailed as "the greatest meeting place of land and sea” by poet Robinson Jeffers. His classic metaphor inspired me to capture this image as an interplay between land, sea, and sky after overnight rain had drenched the coast and dawn broke in a glorious spectacle. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from the California coast.
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The United States Senate to be briefed on the North Korea crisis at the White House. I'm sure a picture of Panmunjom will be part of it. Here's what you see from the South Korean side of the DMZ at the Joint Security Area. The United Nations blue buildings where discussions still take place between North and South, straddle the military demarcation line. Soldiers closest to the camera are South Korean, chosen for their size and demeanor. North Korean soldiers stand guard from their positions on the other side while Chinese tourists view the proceedings from a building in North Korea. The south side also gets 100,000 tourist visits per year. They must sign a waiver which states: "The visit to the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom will entail entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action." #panmunjon#korea#southkorea#northkorea#DMZ@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
Emperor penguins, weighing approximately 70 pounds hurl themselves out of the Ross Sea and onto the sea ice. From here, they will waddle, slide and travel another ten miles to where their hungry chicks impatiently wait for them. These literally are the toughest birds in the world who have evolved to withstand the most extreme conditions on the planet. The one thing they do not have an answer for is climate change. A changing polar climate affects sea ice, ice shelves, and food production. #followme on @paulnicklen to celebrate penguins and learn more about these exceptional birds. #nature#naturelovers#penguinscanfly#tough#beautiful#picoftheday#photography
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Nature is full of surprises! Here on the 10,000-ft high summit of Haleakala on Maui, #Hawaii, near sunset two atmospheric phenomena known as the glory (or Brocken Spectre) and fogbow, form by fog, low angle sunlight, and my own shadow. Being a science photographer I have captured them many times in the past but not as clear as this occasion. In mythology the Glory was often represented the observer's personal enlightenment (Buddha's light in China for instance). @natgeo@natgeocreative#atmospheric#glory#science#maui#haleakala#brockenspectre
Photo by @andywcoleman //When spending time with the king #penguins on South Georgia, you can easily get a bit overwhelmed - tens of thousands of penguins in one place can do that to you. My goal was to try to get away from the main colony and find some individuals hanging out in this unique landscape. Taken during an Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer. @NatGeoExpeditions#NatGeoStaff
by @drewtrush // The stars above Kodachrome Basin State Park reminded me of illustrations in the kids books that I would read to my daughter at night in our camper as we made our way through southern Utah.
photograph by @susanseubert // A woman rides her horse through a field of tulips in Woodburn, Oregon. Every year at the Wooden Shoe tulip farm tulip festival, anyone can wander through the seemingly endless fields of these colorful flowers and enjoy this beautiful symbol of spring. @natgeocreative#tulips#oregon Follow @susanseubert for more travel pictures from Oregon and around the world!
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The sunsets behind a baobab tree in #Madagascar. The baobab is an impressive tree. Native to the African savannah they grow up to 35 meters and may be several thousand years old. For centuries, the people of Africa have turned to the baobab tree as a source of natural wellbeing and health. They are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived in these areas. As the forests are cut to make way for farming, fewer of these beautiful giants remain. @natgeocreative#africa
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Located at 3,800 meters above sea level, #QuilotoaLagoon, is housed in the #crater formed by the violent eruptions of the volcano of the same name, located on the slopes of the river Toachi. The Quilotoa laguna is one of Ecuador’s most spectacular sites. The #AndesMountains are the dominant topographic feature of #Ecuador and occupy the central third of the country from the northern to southern borders. Ecuador is one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world according to Conservation International, and it has the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation. @andrea_frazzetta@instituteartist#ecuador#andes
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