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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - This pine tree in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden wears a rope wrapping to protect its trunk from winter weather. The boughs have been pruned for horizontal growth and attached to wood crutches for support. The art of Japanese gardens requires 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#japanesegarden#koishikawakorakuen#tokyo#japan@nature_org@natgeocreative@thephotosociety
On Arbor Day we need to celebrate the amazing mangrove tree, which prevents the salinization and erosion of coastal soils, creates wildlife habitat, and acts as a barrier for storm surges – among its many attributes. Unfortunately the world has lost more than 50% of its original mangrove forests, due to coastal development, shrimp aquaculture, and charcoal production. These trees are on the forefront of mitigating climate change, so if you are inclined to plant a tree for Arbor Day – this would be a good one to choose. Happy Arbor Day!
It is National Arbor Day!!! This annual tree planting holiday is all about celebrating trees!!!
Trees help clean pollutants in the air, pull carbon from the atmosphere slowing climate change, keep our rivers and streams clean. Provide 50% of the oxygen we need to breathe and grasslands and forests
provide us with 75% of fresh water!!
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.
Video by @ronan_donovan // Seasonal change is one of my favorite parts about living in the north. The winter is a great equalizer in the natural system. The frozen Yellowstone River becomes a torrent in spring as the high elevation snowpack melts, nourishing the landscape below. Hop on over to @ronan_donovan for some sounds of spring. #montana#picoftheday#nature
Photo by @daviddoubilet // Table corals compete for space on Sno Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. This is a picture of a healthy robust Great Barrier Reef but today the worlds largest coral reef is literally in hot water and struggling to survive. Rising temperatures are causing coral bleaching, a process that occurs when thermal stress causes the coral polyp to lose its algae that provides its color and supplemental nutrients. Sequential back to back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 have affected nearly 900 miles of the reef giving the reef little time to recover. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo // @natgeocreative // @thephotosociety . #ocean#greatbarrierreef#australia#moreocean . To see a Gallery of Life on the Great Barrier Reef follow @daviddoubilet
On Arbor Day we need to recognize the important role that trees play keeping our planet healthy. During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange. In this era of human induced climate change we need them more than ever.
Video by @Renan_Ozturk@coryrichards // It's Everest season! Here is a jovial photo-booth portrait sequence of Sherpas and other Nepali high altitude workers (and western volunteers) who help deliver climbers to the summit each year. Shot during a session of the @khumbuclimbingcenter - This program conducted each year in the offseason helps educate these brave workers to do their jobs more safely and also embraced the positive spirit of climbing! @conrad_anker@mreverest7x@jenniloweanker
Photo by @dguttenfelder
A North Korean soldier stands at Kim Il Sung Square in the capital Pyongyang.
Video by @tbfrost | Oceanic white tip sharks , one of the most endangered - filmed off Cat island in the Bahamas just 3 days ago. Photographer and conservationist Hussain Aga Khan is seen here photographing the sharks as part of his efforts to help protect the ocean - and sharks - through his conservation fund : @fonassociation
To see more video of this amazing dive and to see a video where one of these curious sharks swims right next to me, follow @tbfrost
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A #Leopard tries dragging an Impala higher up her tree as another Leopard approaches below. #MoremiGameReserve, #Botswana. The red light is used because it causes much less stress than a white spot light. She was later able to get the Impala to a higher branch but almost dropped it on this attempt! Can you imagine carrying something close to your own weight by your teeth while climbing a tree!?
Image by @joelsartore | A critically endangered red ruffed lemur at the @millerparkzoo. These lemurs are very clean and spend a large amount of time grooming themselves with their specialized incisor teeth, hind claws, and tongues- which are colored black. They live in matriarchal groups and forage for food together during the abundant wet season. Unlike most lemurs, red ruffed lemurs will often divide and find food on their own during the dry season.
Red ruffed lemurs live in a very small range in the forests of northern Madagascar and are threatened by the huge surge of illegal rosewood logging that began after an undemocratic change in political power in the area in 2009. These lemurs are also threatened by hunting, burning of habitat, the illegal pet trade, and frequent cyclones.
To see an image of a red ruffed lemur sticking out its tongue, check out @joelsartore!
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Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
As a photographer one of the things I practice is noticing small things, details. Occasionally it pays off in unexpected ways and I sometimes see the strangest things. I often photograph red efts that I see in the forest. They are the juvenile form of the Eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens). But I had never seen this before. A bright green caterpillar crossing the newt like a bridge. Funniest thing was that the newt waited patiently for the insect to cross before moving on. There is a whole wild world on the forest floor. #forestunseen#home#redeft
Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade@brianmoghari and @mckenziebarney | While they’re excellent natural pollinators and extremely beneficial to their environment, the ruby-throated hummingbird makes it quite a challenge to get a great shot. But it’s a fun challenge. For this adventure we wanted to film them on their migratory path back to Central America for the winter. We knew that at that point on their migration they would be extra aggressive and territorial over food sources since they have to travel over 500 miles without stopping. There was a lot of coffee and a lot of nectar drank on this shoot. Check out the entire sequence in my series #WildUntamed on natgeowild.com/untamed or click the link in my personal bio.
Photo by @jimmy_chin
A view of Cerro Corcovado, part of the system of 11m acres committed by @tompkins_conservation and President Bachelet to become national parks in Chile. The protected acreage would be three times the size of Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park combined. #onassignment
Photo @ladzinski / A young #lion cub hiding in a #shepardsTree waiting for mom to show up, hopefully with a meal. The first few months for new born lions is the most dangerous. This cub, along with his siblings, are too young to bring back to the pride, there is a risk they could be accidentally killed by the family. It's moms responsibility to hide them from predators, hunt and get them strong in the meantime. #kalahari
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Photo by @jenniferhayesig // Elkhorn Coral glows like gold beneath the setting sun in Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park, Cuba. Elkhorn Coral is an important reef building coral in the Caribbean that is now critically endangered and drastically diminished throughout its original range. Populations of Elkhorn coral have managed to survive and even thrive in this protected remote archipelago located fifty miles off the souther cost of Cuba. Descending into this marine sanctuary, the largest in the Caribbean, is like descending into a time machine to see a vintage Caribbean Sea. Photographed for @natgeo story Caribbean Crown Jewels in Tourisms Path. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#coral#cuba#endangeredspecies#nationalpark#beauty#followme for #moreocean@daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
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Photo by @TomasVH. Are we at a point in the evolution of photography where the medium has become weaponized? Cameras are increasingly deployed for surveillance, spying, or targeting. I often wonder whether these uses have already eclipsed traditional ones, such as portraiture and fine art. I'll be exploring these questions in the year ahead with a @CatchLight.io Fellowship in partnership with the @PulitzerCenter. Follow me at @tomasvh as the project develops. Read more thoughts on this subject on the NatGeo website: http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/15/tomas-van-houtryve-a-sky-full-of-cameras/ #everydayeverywhere#catchlightfellows#catchlight
by @drewtrush // President Trump has instructed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review up to 40 national monuments that have been created during the terms of three preceding presidents. Included is the recently created Bears Ears National Monument, sparking outrage in much of the outdoor community. Click on the link in my bio to learn more on the web @drewtrush
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.
@marcusbleasdale War is not always about death and destruction. In the middle of a conflict villagers return from their farms with food for their families. Despite the violence and constant oppression, they have time for fun with a photographer. Learn more about the conflict and the people of CAR in the new edition of the National Geographic Magazine which includes a reportage shot by me over four years in the Central African Republic. It represents the people of CAR and their struggle for survival during the #carcrisis. The iPad or iPhone edition will include additional photos. Incredible text by @petergwin. Thanks to all the staff at National Geographic Magazine and @humanrightswatch and all those in CAR who helped to make this piece a reality. Special thanks to @bouckap
Photo by @GerdLudwig
31 years ago, on April 26, 1986 reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up. The radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. It remains the worst nuclear accident to date.
In 2011, the Ukrainian government legalized trips to the Chernobyl exclusion zone allowing it to become a disaster-tourism destination. The most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of Pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting, paint is peeling from the walls, and gas masks litter-evacuated schools.
Pripyat today bears less than honest witness to its abrupt abandonment as visitors have changed its landscape: first the scavengers, who stripped the rooms of valuables and now the tourists. With limited time in the zone, the visitors often alter the abandoned environment, making compositions to be photographed close-up by countless cameras and phones.
The ever-falling chips of chalk from the ceilings have blanketed some of these “still-lifes,” often creating the illusion for the next visitors that this is how the evacuees hastily abandoned the scene.
You can learn more about Chernobyl from my book and iPad app The Long Shadow of Chernobyl. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#TheLongShadowOfChernobyl#Chernobyl#nuclear#environment#disaster#dolls#tourism
Video by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti @woods_galimberti@gabrielegalimbertiphoto | More than 1.3 million people are estimated to visit the David in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy. The David is a marble sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Michelangelo Buonarroti. It represents the Biblical hero David and is considered a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and has become one of the most recognizable icons of the history of art as well as the incarnation of Michelangelo’s #genius. Check out the latest issue of @natgeo to read more about what makes a genius.
Don’t miss the premiere of #Genius TONIGHT 9/8c on @natgeochannel, as we delve into the life of Albert Einstein - the man behind the mind.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown.
A baby chimpanzee observes visitors to the Kisangani Zoo. Despite being among the most minerally rich countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations, largely due to corruption. The Kisangani Zoo receives just enough funding from visitors to stay open but not enough to maintain healthy conditions for the Chimps, Crocodiles, Snakes, Monkeys, Birds and other creatures that populate the grounds. Organization such as the @janegoodallinst are active in pursuing proper conditions for chimps in the region. For more from Congo follow me at @michaelchristopherbrown
Photo by @FransLanting It’s World Penguin Day and we’re celebrating the true natives of Antarctica—emperor penguins, who never set foot ashore on anything but the frozen seas around Antarctica, where two parents can raise one chick under heroic conditions. It’s a race against time, because they have to fledge their young before the sea ice melts later in the summer. They can do that on their own, but they depend on us to keep the ice under their feet solid. Climate change is real and Antarctica’s ice is shrinking fast. Penguins are like canaries in a global coal mine when it comes to witnessing how our planet is changing. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories from the world of penguins.
by @drewtrush // I had never been here before, and swung by the ranger station to orient myself and try and get some information. “That's the Temple of the Moon” the Ranger said as he pointed his hand over his shoulder at a picture hanging on the wall as I asked him about rock formations to place in front of the Milky Way. “But the moon doesn’t set until 4:03, so you won’t have any stars until then which may be a problem”. The road (not marked in the dark) took a little while and 3 passes to find before I finally made my way the twenty something miles down the dusty dirt road. I finally arrived at 1:30 in the morning and grabbed some much needed sleep in the truck, parked at the base of this formation. When I woke, the Milky Way had just come into view as the moon set behind the ridge and put on an amazing show until dawn. As they say, "Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good."
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