Photo @ladzinski / #DevilsTowerNationalMonument in Wyoming is a playground for rock climbers. The unique fluted columns of Phonolite porphyry rock are littered with cracks, perfect for finger jams and placing gear for protection. @rob_pizem seen here climbing up one of the towers more notorious routes "El Matador" at sunset.
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Photo by @pedromcbride // Reflective Silence: During our 700-mile +, 71-day walk through the length of the Grand Canyon, we often depended on shallow puddles of rain water to survive. Not only do they provide life, but they reflect the stillness, silence and river of stars that for me, define this wild realm more than its rich geology and humbling landscape. To see more #followme@pedromcbride#chasingrivers#grandcanyon#nature#reflection
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier
As her older sister inspects the nearby tide pools in the coastal community of Makaha, young Keānuenue DeSoto, a native Hawaiian girl, examines a tiny crab she just pulled from the sea. Her family is rich with history and tradition and they come from a long line of legendary surfers and watermen; people who have been working hard to recover the lost pieces of their Hawaiian culture for decades. One of their best contributions is the Nã Ka Ma Kai; a non profit organization dedicated to connecting the children to the sea through waters safety, conservation and fun. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // No rest for the wicked as climber @alexhonnold - who just completed his dream of climbing Yosemite's El Cap rope-less - joined me last week in Alaska's Great Ruth Gorge to attempt one of the largest walls on earth. Although conditions were too dangerous we were able to put up a few new climbs with @freddiewilkinson and explore the crevassed lateral moraines of one of the largest glaciers on earth. In the 10 years I've been coming here I've seen a huge changes - hundreds of feet of glacial retreat and gaint melt water lakes like this that used to be tiny pools. ~
Image by @joelsartore | On this #pollinatormonday we are celebrating the intrigue of the great monarch migration, one of the most spectacular, beautiful, and mysterious of the world’s natural phenomena. Each March and April, millions of monarchs arrive in the southern states of the U.S. from the warmth of Mexico, where they stay during the winter. The monarch lays its eggs on milkweed plants as it moves northward, and the the adults that hatch will continue the migration. It takes 2-3 generations for these butterflies to make it to the northern states and southern canada before they return in the fall to their wintering sites in October. Many people visit these sites in Mexico to experience the beauty of the fields of monarchs, providing ecotourism dollars to Mexico, and awareness of the migration to the world. Monarchs that survive the fall migration, the 4-month overwintering period, and the migration northward, may live up to 9 months.
Despite their amazing endurance over thousands of years, today the monarch population is dwindling each year. We may lose the migration within five years if we don’t act fast. The reason for this decline is because there are fewer milkweed plants (the only plant upon which they lay their eggs) available to monarchs as a result of changes in agriculture, excessive mowing, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. Fortunately, if we all pitch in, we can reverse this downward trend and can keep monarchs flying. Help the monarch by planting your milkweed today.
For a complete interactive how-to guide on ordering, planting, and caring for your milkweed, click the link in my bio (@joelsartore). Don’t forget to post a picture with the hashtag #pollinatorhero to show us how you’re helping to #SaveTogether!
@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. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@world_wildlife@thewcs#Gorilla#Congo#Primate#Jungle#GorillaTourism
Photo by @amivitale#sponsored by @HillsPet | A rancher and his Australian Shepherds relax after a long day herding cows at a ranch in the Centennial Valley of southwest Montana. These ranchers love their work. They’ve sought to balance the needs of their livelihood with reverence for the land and respect for the animals. Check out our Instagram Story for more photos of dog's around the world.
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Up up and away! I've been filming cheetahs in the heart of South Africa's Free State province with my assistant @alexbraczkowski. New research led by Sarah Durant and colleagues suggests there may be as few as ~7100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need good protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers! Did you know that cheetahs have good hunting success! These two males along with one other female ate 80 blesbuck, nearly 100 springbuck and some hartebeest calves in just five months!
Video by @bertiegregory. A female leopard and her cub perch majestically in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Leopard cubs are born blind and start to develop sight after 10 days. Cubs will stay then stay with their mothers until they're around 2 years old. Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Muslim women pray on the baseball field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Thousands of people gathered for the early morning prayer. Photograph by @lynseyaddario, on assignment for @natgeo. #onassignment#eid
Photo: @andy_mann // A territorial Triggerfish attacks a Red Jellyfish off the coast of Southern Thailand. A once vibrant and heathy coral reef now lay barren and lifeless below them, leaving a whole cast of colorful characters racing to adapt to this rapidly changing environment. // #followme@andy_mann on a journey of our world's oceans and mountains through the lens of adventure and conservation. @waittfoundation@sea_legacy
Video @ladzinski / Waves, played in reverse, rolling under a vibrant sunset on the stunningly beautiful island #Martinique at the foot of Mont Pelée. Mont Pelée is the island's prominent volcano and last erupted in 1902, destroying Saint-Pierre and killing over 28,000 people in 2 minutes! 🇲🇶
BASE jumpers jump off a 1000 meter cliff in Kjerag, Norway during the annual gathering of 2017 Heliboogie. Hundreds of BASE jumpers from all over the world participated in the event completing over 1100 jumps in the three days. Video shot by @shaulschwarz with @christinaclusiau
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A scalloped hammerhead cruises past a school of steel pompano on a rocky reef in the northern Galápagos Islands. Warmer sea temperatures can lead to higher parasite loads in sharks and also cause infections, visible as white patches on their flanks below the dorsal fin. These hammerheads are normally skittish but the need to visit cleaning stations serviced by various reef fish (they remove and feed on the shark's parasites) trumped any shyness. They completely ignored my presence and allowed me to record visual evidence of skin infections in dozens of hammerheads. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the June 2017 story Galápagos: Life in the Balance. In collaboration with @darwinfound@saveourseasfoundation@pelayosalinas#galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel#photooftheday#sharks#climatechange
Floating effortlessly above the stormy waters of Lake Ontario a kaleidoscopic sphere of perfection defies time. Every fragile second of its existence warping reality–a circle leading back to place of youth and friendships unbroken. Then past, present and future collapse, the gate to another dimension closes—yet it remains more extraordinary than reality, a memory. Photo by @kengeiger
Photo by @anandavarma. A wooly false vampire bat (Chrotopterus auritus) in flight. This species is one of the largest bats in the new world and hunts birds, rodents, and other bats. I photographed this male in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Rodrigo Medellin (aka the “batman of Mexico”, @rodrigomedellin1223) trained it to fly across a flight cage on cue. For a behind the scenes look at carnivorous bat training, check out my feed @anandavarma.
Image by @markosian: In the isolated hills of southern Georgia, a religious dissident known as a Spirit Wrestler, or Doukhobor, in the village of Gorelovka, Georgia.
Originating in Russia, the pacifist group believes God resides within every person, rendering the need for the church. Gorelovka was once the spiritual center for Doukhobors. Today there are less than 100 of them left. #georgia
A pride of lions takes a stroll on one of Tswalu Kalahari Reserve’s dirt roads. Do you know that lions can live in a variety of habitats ranging from deserts, moist savannas and grasslands? But they need prey and big prey! Lions usually snack on species such as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, kudu and even giraffe. That’s the price you have to pay for being a big cat – you need a lot of food! On Tswalu lions love to tuck into Gemsbuck and blue wildebeest!
We need to protect African lions and other big cats because they are the apex predators in ecosystems. Did you know that if we lose apex predators then populations of prey animals can increase, plants can be over utilized and this can even de-stabilize river banks! Remember everything in nature is interconnected. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is working towards the conservation of African lions, leopards and cheetahs across Africa. Increasing anti-poaching efforts, installing protective bomas to stop lion-cattle conflict and monitoring big cats numbers with camera traps. Visit https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/ to find out how you can help save big cats today, and remember by saving apex predators like lions and tigers we keep ecosystems balanced and healthy!
Photos by @jenniferhayesig, Mark Thiessen, and @marcogrob | National Geographic and @Rolex have supported the history-making endeavors of some of the world’s most distinguished explorers. Among them: photographer @daviddoubilet, filmmaker James Cameron, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
A message from National Geographic Society President and CEO, Gary E. Knell: National Geographic is synonymous with exploration. Similarly, Rolex has long been driven by the spirit of exploration, and continues to support pioneering ventures in discovery and conservation. This month, we are pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with Rolex—the first of its kind in National Geographic history—that further unifies the efforts of our two organizations. Our shared goals in this new partnership are to advance human knowledge. To raise awareness of the planet’s challenges as well as its marvels. And to inspire the next generation of explorers as they seek solutions that will ensure a healthy and sustainable future. How will we pursue these goals? By focusing, during the next five years, on three critical attributes of our planet: the oceans, the poles, and the mountains. We will enable and participate in expeditions that lead to scientific discovery, foster research and invention that will yield new exploration technologies, and convene summits and activities that generate public support for conservation. We invite you to explore with us, as we dive into this exciting future.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A Quechua girl from the highlands of Ecuador, proudly shows me her most prized possession: a cute pup named Hector. Girls in rural areas have very limited access to education, job opportunities, or participation in local, regional, national or global economies. Efforts to narrow down the gender gap in corporate America are already underway. However, at the pace we are going, it will take 115 years for women to reach the same earning power as our male counterparts! What can you do today to empower the women around you? This week I was proud to participate in #TheGirlsLounge on behalf of @NatGeo with @AmiVitale.
How are women changing the world? #Followme on @CristinaMittermeier to learn more.
* @WeAreTFQ | #girlpower | #genderequality | #inspired | #grateful | #GirlsUp| #mujeres | #igualdad | #mascota | #pet
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities.
Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative.
Photo by @FransLanting Half an hour from where I live on the coast of California, sea lions haul out by the thousands on Año Nuevo Island, a rocky outcrop at the northern tip of Monterey Bay. It’s a great testimonial to the natural abundance and the resurgence of life that happened here after the protection of the California coast and the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which covers more than 6,000 square miles and harbors 34 species of marine mammals, including these sea lions. Follow me @FransLanting for more scenes from Monterey Bay.
Photo: @andy_mann // A large Polar Bear chases fleeting summer sea ice in Southeast Greenland. Those bears who miss the ice drifts North in the spring are often caught in a difficult situation, foraging for unsustainable food sources until the seals return with the ice later in the year. It's a fragile ecosystem and struggle to survive in the Arctic. #followme@andy_mann as I travel to remote Greenland this summer in hopes of spending time in the icy waters with these amazing animals on a climbing expedition with @ladzinski@mikelibecki@ethan_pringle.