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Photo @lucianocandisani (Luciano Candisani). On assignment in Central India. These two ladies were going home with fresh fruits and vegetables from a local market near Jabalpur. After ten days working with Madhya Pradesh tigers it is the beginning of my long journey back home, in the forests of the Ilhabela, southeastern brazilian coast. Thank you very much India , see you soon.
Photo by @schaferpho // Maleo on the breeding ground, Sulawesi, Indonesia – Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho@natgeo. The island of Sulawesi, one of the largest in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, is full of natural wonders. These include some 67 bird species found nowhere else in the world. Possibly the most remarkable of all of these is this bird - the Maleo. Superficially resembling a large blue-black chicken, with a rosy breast and a weirdly knobbed head, it is one of a group of birds called megapodes - literally “big feet.” Those oversized feet are critical for these birds, which are champion diggers. When breeding, Maleos dig deep pits in the sand in which to lay and bury their huge single egg, relying on the hot tropical sun for incubation. No need to build a nest, sit on the egg, or, indeed, play any role in the care or feeding of their young. (In some places on the island, lacking sand, Maleos use geothermal heated soil to achieve the same result.) When the egg hatches, the chick must claw its way to the surface where - astonishingly - it emerges fully-feathered and capable of flight. Within minutes, the hatchling will fly straight up into the safety of the trees, having never seen one before. For more than five years, I have served on the board of the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation, created to save the endangered Maleos of Sulawesi, which are disappearing across the island. To learn more, visit www.tompotika.org. #tompotika#maleo#endangeredspecies#vanishing
Photo by @robertclarkphoto // The #Superstarling's wing feathers are an eye catching green & blue, a beautiful sign of structural coloration.....The color is produced by microscopically structured surfaces that scatter the visible light. These iridescent birds live in large flocks where the females interbreed with multiple males for larger genetic diversity, while the males pair with a single female for life. See more about the amazing diversity of feathers in my book, #FeathersDisplaysofBrilliantPlumage
Photo by @salvarezphoto
The ancient artwork in Chauvet cave is beyond compare. It is 36,000 years old yet seems so fresh. Standing in front of this artwork is a moving experience. It is as if the artist is talking straight to you across an unimaginable gulf of time. We don't have to wonder what paleolithic people thought, they tell their stories on the cave wall.
I founded the Ancient Art Archive to help preserve and explore humanity's first stories (there is a link at @ancientartarchive that takes the project page).
Follow the new @ancientartarchive feed for more #rockart#cave#paleolithic
Photo by @migeophoto // Guanaco are the red-haired llamas that dominate the landscape in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. Their greatest enemy is a bit of a surprise to most people: the puma. The Patagonia Puma is the largest land carnivore in Chile, and are often called the Ghost cat because farmers find guanaco, sheep, and other large animals only after they've been attacked. They never see the cat. We saw two during a ten-day trip to the park, but they were far off in the distance, chasing horses. To hear more from my trip to Patagonia, pick up the latest issue of @natgeotravel // #guanaco#torresdelpaine#patagoniachile
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - A 50 year old Japanese maple tree: bonsai, the art of miniature trees takes tender loving care. Today is National Arbor Day, the annual observance on the last Friday in April to celebrate the importance of trees and to encourage their planting and nurturing to make our world greener and healthier. Hard to imagine a world without trees! #arborday#trees@nature_org@natgeocreative@natgeo
Photo by @FransLanting “Jungle River” It's Arbor Day and I share this image in celebration of trees. A primeval forest in northern Borneo shows why people comparing the architecture of forests on different continents have called those of Southeast Asia the most majestic. Their stately appearance is dominated by towering dipterocarp trees that reach heights of 200 feet. We’re all dependent on trees—what they exhale, we inhale. We are linked together in the cycle of life. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our amazing earth.
Photo by @gordonwiltsie // A storm clears over the western slopes of the #Bridger#Mountains near #Bozeman, #Montana. For almost 20 years this was the view from our window and even after shooting this scene in countless conditions I never tired of its ever-changing wonders. #clouds
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Bengal tiger tree scratching – I took this image on my last trip to India when I was privileged to be able to spend 2 months working with these astonishing creatures. It goes without saying that the unpredictable nature of working with these animals means that every aspect of the photography is purely reactive as we simply have no idea when or where we will encounter them, in what light or what behaviour they might be displaying. On this evening we had travelled to an area of Bandhavgarh National Park where we knew that a well-known tigress, named Tulsi, would leave her three sub-adult cubs whilst she went off to hunt. She would usually leave them next to a water hole and at 20 months old there was little in the park that could present any real threat to their safety. Our hope would be, as they often would, that they would start playing and chasing, often jumping into the water or playfighting. On this evening however they decided to walk away from the lake and directly up to where our, and several other vehicles were parked. Within moments we suddenly had three tigers all around our jeep and I had no idea where to point my lens. One had settled down on the track in front of us and so, in order to minimise the feeling of looking down on the tiger I selected my weighty 600mm F4 lens and started working on some intimate compositions. Then one of our guides whispered to me, ‘tiger scratching’ and so I wheeled around and found myself looking up at one of the, now apparently massive tigers clawing at a tree right next to our jeep. With failing light and zero time to make any ISO adjustments I had to shoot the frame handheld, and at a paltry 160th/sec which, when your handholding a 600mm F4 is less than ideal. Nevertheless I got lucky and of the two frames that I managed to squeeze out this was at least useably sharp. Looking at this image now I often have to remind myself that I have been so lucky to be in the company of these incredible creatures and the sound of his claws tearing into the bark of that tree is a memory that I will always cherish. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto.
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Retro: From my photo essay on Nairobi in 2004. "I like school,” says 11-year-old Mary Akinya, smiling shyly in her Sunday best just after church in Kibera. “I like reading in Kiswahili [Swahili].” Chances are, Mary wouldn’t be attending school except that Kenya’s newly elected government introduced free primary school education in 2003. About 1.7 million children previously excluded from the system are now enrolled. “I am reading a story about a cheetah, elephant, zebra, and lion. They are fighting over who is strongest. But the zebra is the smartest and he wins."
Photo by @GerdLudwig // On April 26, 1986 at 1:23 am, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up after operators botched a safety test, triggering an explosion and a fire that burned for 10 days. Thirty-one years later, the long shadow of Chernobyl continues to darken lives - socially, environmentally, and physically. The town of Pripyat, less that 3 kilometers away form the reactor had been constructed for the plants personnel.
An amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day Celebrations when reactor # 4 of the nuclear power plant exploded. Thirty-one years later, this amusement park has become an attraction for tourists who have started flocking to the zone in droves.
You can learn more about Chernobyl from my book and iPad app The Long Shadow of Chernobyl.
Photo by @gordonwiltsie // A Peruvian arriero blindfolds a semi-wild pack #horse so that it won't buck and run as he loads it with supplies for an archaeology expedition in the #Andes. Even today these hardy animals are still the best way to get around and ferry loads in this rugged, mountainous country. #Peru
Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo. Two-year-old female giant panda cub, Hua Jiao, and mother YeYe explore their forested enclosure at the Wolong Natural Reserve and China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Baby pandas wean from their mothers between 8-9 months and a year old and generally stay with their mothers for 2 years.
Photo by @camdavidsonphoto. Thinking about the mighty Mississippi River on Earth Day. The Mississippi and its watershed drain half of North America. Back in the pre-EPA days, the Mississippi river was heavily polluted, less so now, but still not where it should be. Funny how the current administration is trying to weaken the EPA, yet it was started by the Republican President, Richard Nixon. #aerial#epa#earthday#mississippiriver@camdavidsonphoto
Elder indigenous lady in colca canyon, Peru - photo by @shaulschwarz
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz#onassignment for @NatGeo on Saturday I happened to be in the right place at the right time, the 34th International Kite Festival in Weifang, China. They had flying cows, frogs, and horses, plus a synchronized aerobatic kite team in pink uniforms. Still kicking myself for not coughing up the money to buy the 100m long king cobra. I've got the guy's WeChat and may have to reconsider! Visit @geosteinmetz to see more from my assignment in China.
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Backlit mute swan and cygnet – Backlighting is never the easiest form of lighting to use but it can often be one of the most effective. The challenge is being able to shield your lens from the sun, to prevent annoying lens flare, and to be able to shoot your subject against an appropriate background. To maximise the dramatic effect of backlighting it’s best, wherever possible, to shoot your subject against a dark background as this allows the rim lighting to really shine. In this image, which starkly contrasts the difference in form between an adult and her cygnet I have exposed entirely for the golden fluffy highlights on the edge of the cygnet. This brightly lit fluff required an exceptionally fast exposure (1/1600sec at F8, ISO 400) and by exposing solely for this this, and by referencing my histogram to check, it has allowed the distant forest, itself in shadow as the sun is setting behind it, to fall into massive underexposure. I also set my exposure manually so that I had complete control over this and as the sun slowly set, and thereby required incrementally slower exposures I would check every now and again and adjust my exposure accordingly. The reason that I was shooting on manual is because the light was completely consistent but I was zooming in and out on my 200-400mm lens, shooting varying compositions which sometimes included more cygnets. Even though the required exposure remained the same on aperture priority I would have gotten varying exposure readings and therefore more inaccurate exposures. In this image the adult is feeding on some algae growing on the weir whilst the cygnet is stretching his little wings. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety#muteswan#backlighting#ethicsbeforeimages#phototips#educateandinspire#nature#naturelovers#wildlifephotography#donoharm#wild_animalsgram #animalonearth#wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals#EarthDay
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