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Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | For me, the world’s most magical mangrove forests are on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Where else can you drift in just three feet of crystal clear water and encounter blacktip reef sharks, Indo-Pacific lemon sharks, swirling schools of snappers, and even giant groupers—all while thousands of frigate birds and red-footed boobies roost in the forest canopy above. To discover more photographs from this Indian Ocean wilderness follow @thomaspeschak
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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Reese John plays with his slingshot on a piling from a recently demolished home in Newtok, Alaska. Just a few dozen feet away are crumbling cliffs of permafrost falling into the Ninglik River. Erosion has already gobbled up approximately one mile of Newtok’s land, and the entire village is sinking as the permafrost beneath the ground thaws. The demolished homes leave behind a playground of construction materials for local children. As much as the kids I met seemed to enjoy climbing and jumping all over these structures, they also made sure to tell me multiple times about the brand-new playground they were going to have very soon. Nine miles upriver is the site of a new village, Mertarvik, where the entire Newtok community will be relocating this fall. Newtok is the first village in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.
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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Young girls take a break on the grass runway on the tiny island of Kili, Marshall Islands. In March 1946 all 167 residents of a small island on a remote Pacific atoll packed up their belongings and left their homes. They were assured it would be for a short period, during which the United States government would carry out a series of nuclear tests. Seventy years later, most surviving Bikini islanders have yet to set foot on the island paradise from which they were evacuated. Those surviving Bikinians and their descendants live scattered among the other Marshall Islands in Micronesia, some on Majuro, the capital, some on Ejit and Kwajalein, and many on Kili, where they eke out a living producing copra, farming what little land is available, and fishing where and when it is safe to do so. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown.
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Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | For a Nat Geo story about nature’s positive effects on the human brain, I photographed Eli Marienthal hugging the beach on the Lost Coast Trail in California. Eli cofounded Back to Earth, whose backpacking programs help teenage boys connect to their spirituality and holistic well-being in nature. As children spend more time indoors in front of screens, it is important to remember that time outside has been proven to make them healthier and happier.
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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Rishika Kevat, a 19-year-old from Indore, prepares for the shahi snan, a ritual immersion in the waters where the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers meet. For more of the story, see "Transgender spiritual order finally finds acceptance at Hindu pilgrimage" on the Nat Geo site and follow @ismailferdous for more stories.
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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The 110-meter-long (363 foot) Saturn V rocket took the Apollo 11 astronauts to space 50 years ago today, on July 16, 1969. Early this morning, in the heart of Washington D.C., that piece of history was relived briefly on the Washington Monument, which is comparable in height to the rocket. The life-size Saturn projection, organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions, begins tonight and runs through Thursday, July 18, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. On July 19 and 20, the program continues, with the show "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" projected on the east face of the Washington Monument and adjacent screens. To date, Saturn V is the tallest and most powerful rocket ever operated, with an immense payload capacity of 150 tons. With my career focused on astronomy and space photography, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate this exploration milestone. NASA aims to return to the moon in the next decade, as early as 2024, this time leading a coalition of several nations and private companies. #Apollo50th #NASA #washingtondc #goforthemoon
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Last year, these were the fireworks I watched on the 4th of July: the hill above my town burning. Each year, destructive wildfire scenes like this have grown as climate patterns have become hotter, drier, and more extreme, and developments have pushed farther into wooded areas. These conditions exacerbate another challenge: By not allowing natural fires to occur, we enhance fuel buildup. As the complexity of wildfire season grows and becomes further-reaching, I’m grateful for the firefighters who risk their lives to keep blazes like this at bay. For more, follow @pedromcbride. #wildfire #basaltmountainfire #firefighters #grateful
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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo. Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | About 1.2 million Atlantic salmon swim in the pens in Hjorrund Fjord, Norway. They are fed pellets of fish meal, fish oil, and soybeans via pneumatic tubes from the barge (at left). The lights come from underwater video cameras that monitor whether all the food sprayed into the pens is being eaten. To learn more about where our food comes from, follow @FeedThePlanet.
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Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors
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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Hindu devotees dry their dresses after taking a bath in the Ganges during Kumbh Mela, in February 2019. According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality. Kumbh Mela is India’s biggest spiritual festival and the largest gathering of human beings on the planet.
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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | North of the Wujiang River in Wulong county, China, the mountains surrounding the small town of Tongzi are riddled with immense cathedral-like caverns and deep vertical pits that seem to go on forever. This vast area of limestone awaits any intrepid explorer. Light shines all around an American explorer, as he climbs the rope he installed at the center of this epic cave shaft known as Xinu Attic.
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Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A breakfast of patacones (fried plantains), a fried egg, and hot chocolate rest on a pink tablecloth in the house of Ramón and Elisa Aguayo on the Hacienda Mariana in Los Ríos, Ecuador. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
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Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian | A Chechen family takes a walk in their village, deep in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia. The village, situated not far from Itum Kale, a district with ancient watchtowers used by Chechens to get advance warning of attacks by other tribes, is a contrast to the newly built capital of Grozny. #chechnya
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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | The meadows of Yosemite Valley are a great place to feel small. The granite spires, monoliths, and cliffs dramatically dominate the surrounding skyline. In spring, floodplains often offer great early-morning reflections, like this one here of Middle Cathedral Rock. To see more photos of the beauty of Yosemite, please visit @ladzinski
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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A large pod of spinner dolphins swim in clear, blue water off Oahu, Hawaii. These animals hunt in the deep offshore waters at night, then return to shallower coastal regions in the morning to socialize and rest. To see more ocean wildlife photos, follow @BrianSkerry #dolphins #hawaii #nature #animalminds
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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A male wreathed hornbill flies toward his nest in a tree cavity, where the female is incubating their eggs. Like all hornbills, the female is sealed into the nest behind a wall of mud that keeps the eggs and young chicks safe from predators. The female does not leave the nest until after the chicks have hatched and grown (usually 3 or 4 months), and during this time she is completely dependent on her partner her food. In collaboration with @uwicer , the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment Research, Bhutan. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work. #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalayas Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
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Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A male recruit with Echo Company runs through the mud during the Battle of Hue City event, part of a rite of passage known as the Crucible, at Parris Island, in South Carolina, February 21, 2019. The Crucible is the 54-hour culmination of everything the Marine recruits have learned throughout training during their 13-week period at Parris Island. It is designed to simulate and evoke the stress of combat; it is a test of military skills, physical and mental endurance, and the ability to work as a team. At the end of the 54-hour period, the recruits are each given the title of Marine.
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Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | This is the Yupik village of Newtok in western Alaska, population 380. The village is sinking as the permafrost beneath it thaws. Erosion has already wiped out nearly a mile of Newtok’s land, and it is estimated that in three to five years it could be underwater. The entire village is in the process of moving to Mertarvik, a new village site about nine miles away. Newtok is the first community in Alaska that has already begun relocation as a result of climate change—pioneering a process that many other Alaskan villages may soon undergo.
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | On a rainy day in Athens, Greece, while roaming the streets to capture daily life images of the city, I enjoyed this view overlooking Monastiraki square, the Plaka neighborhood, and the ancient Acropolis hill. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #acropolis
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Photos by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | A look can be more powerful than words. Here, two male mountain gorillas convey very different behavioral signals in their looks. In the first image, an 18-year-old silverback male named Kareba is clearly conveying his disapproval. In the second, it’s curiosity that can be understood in the face of 11-year-old Ubwuzu. This is the power that social mammals capable of conveying complex emotions wield in just a look, whether it’s fear, sorrow, happiness, or anger. Both of the wild mountain gorillas belong to the Pablo Group and live in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Please follow @ronan_donovan for more stories of our fellow social mammals.
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Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | Tourists watch as green sea turtles bask in the sun at Turtle Beach, a nickname for Laniakea Beach, on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. When the turtles come on shore to lie on the sand for a few hours, volunteers from @malamanahonu (Protect the Turtles) create a symbolic barrier with a red rope to give tourists the opportunity to watch without getting too close or impeding the turtle’s movement. It is illegal to touch sea turtles in Hawaii. This is an example of wildlife tourism done right, though it would not be possible without constant supervision from many dedicated volunteers.
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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | A teenage boy teaches a songbird, captured in the rainforest in Guyana, to sing on command. Once trained, he will sell the bird in nearby Suriname, where songbird competitions are ubiquitous.
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Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A New Zealand fur seal pup peeks through fronds of kelp in New Zealand’s Fiordland. Photographed within one of New Zealand’s many marine reserves, places where ocean wildlife has thrived due to protection. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more ocean wildlife photos follow @BrianSkerry #marinereserves #underwater #seals #NZ
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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | In rural China, the local villagers are always more than happy to help us search for caves. They have worked the land all their lives and often can guide us straight to cave entrances. Pictured here inside Dong Wan Dong, one farmer admires this spectacular giant skylight bursting in from above where a wonderful ray of sunshine illuminates the darkness. I remember he was very keen to lead us through to this spot where the skylight shaft was, but went no further as the cave dropped away down a giant slope of rocks and boulders. He stayed behind and let us go on ahead to explore the blackness.
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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood living in Cairo, Egypt, this man showed me a number of bullet, knife, and emotional scars from battles in 2011 with the Egyptian army and police forces. A Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood was legalized in Egypt in 2011 and won several elections, including the presidency, before being overthrown and declared a terrorist organization by the military in 2013. Today, though backed by Qatar and Turkey, the Brotherhood is still considered a terrorist organization by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
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Photo by Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and @paolowoods | Panama. An native Guna walks by a group of affluent Panamanians spending the weekend on the San Blas Islands. The archipelago of 365 islands is home to the Guna Indians, one of Panama’s indigenous groups. The Guna have lived on the islands since they were driven off of Panama during the Spanish invasion. They have their own language and social organization and, even if the islands have become a popular tourist destination, very rarely mix with other Panamanians. #panama #guna #sanblas
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Life aquatic: A Rocky Mountain toad glides down the Little Colorado River like a queen, one of nine amphibian species that live in Grand Canyon National Park. To see more of this river follow @pedromcbride #Wildlife #GrandCanyon #BetweenRiverandRim #nature #summer
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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Wind turbines being serviced in Calabria, southern Italy. This mostly agricultural landscape is transforming into a land aimed at energy production, feeding the growing demand for renewables. My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about my work. #landscape #environment #countryside #wind #energy
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Facing Al-Khazneh, Arabic for the Treasury, one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #jordan #الاردن #Petra
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | June 8 was World Oceans Day, but it should really be every day. Our oceans and those that inhabit them could use our help to combat the threats they’re facing. Warming waters and acidification are exacerbating coral bleaching, while plastic is choking beautiful blue scenes, like this one I shot for @natgeo of a manta ray feeding beneath a kayaker in the Tuamotus. Though the news often seems dire, there are actions we can take to make a positive impact, starting with limiting our use of single-use plastic bottles. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #planetnotplastic #nature #wildlife #oceans
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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | A tower of giraffes seeks respite and a little snack from an acacia tree in the Maasai Mara National reserve, Kenya. Shade trees are in short supply in the Maasai Mara, so it is not uncommon to find groups of animals sheltering from the African sun. #maasaimara #giraffe #infrared #blackandwhitephotography. To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
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Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | A bucket full of hatchling olive ridley turtles started their new life on Tuesday morning, heading toward the sea on a beach in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. The turtles hatched from their eggs a few hours earlier and dug their way out of their sand nest in a hatchery set up by @osaconservation Sea Turtle Project. From the bucket they made their way down the beach to the ocean. As the females return to the beaches where they were born to lay eggs, it is crucial that even at this young age, the turtles touch and bond with the beach of their birth. Chances of survival are extremely low; perhaps one in a thousand will survive to breed. So wish them luck on their journey.
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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The magnificent power of nature: Slowly swipe left to see the entire view of this telephoto image of a thunderstorm, as seen from the island of Maui in the early evening hours. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #Hawaii #weather #thunderstorm #nightphotography
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Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | The Gitga’at First Nation calls her Ma’ah, which means grandmother in their Tsimshian language, and she is truly that. She is wise, cautious, gentle, and fragile as she ages. My friend Marven Robinson of the Gitga’at believes she is 17 to 19 years old. To look into her eyes is truly a gift. Someday she will be gone, but she has spent a lifetime being an icon of her surroundings while inspiring people to care about this precious British Columbia coast. She was an important character in helping defeat the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Thank you Ma’ah and thank you to the Great Bear Rainforest for being a wondrous place to work. #FollowMe for more wildlife that calls British Columbia home.
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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Wind turbines in Calabria, southern Italy. A mostly agricultural landscape is mutating into a land aimed at energy production, feeding the growing demand for renewables. My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about my work. #landscape #environment #solar #wind #energy
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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Land before time: The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the more surreal landscapes in the world, and also has the highest density of active volcanoes anywhere on the planet. For more images of adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
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Photos by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | The hard line between forest and dirt on an area cleared for development in eastern Naples. Last month when driving to service a camera trap set for panthers at nearby @corkscrewswamp , I was drawn to the side of the road by swallow-tailed kites foraging among piles of toppled trees. Based on the time of the year, I knew the kites were probably nesting in other trees nearby. Next year when they come back from their annual migration to South America, how many other trees will be gone in the South Florida breeding grounds that are so important to their epic life journey? These drone shots could be a kite’s-eye view. Florida loses more than 100,000 acres of natural and rural land to development each year. Time to make land conservation a priority and keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor connected while we still have a chance. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor #floridawild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther @insidenatgeo
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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore. A queen Formosan subterranean termite @accb_cambodia. A single colony of Formosan subterranean termites may contain several million termites that forage down to 300 feet in soil. The queen of the colony has a life span around 15 years and is capable of producing up to 2,000 eggs per day. To discover more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #termite #queen #insect #savetogether #photoark
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Photo by Amy Toensing @amytoensing | For International Widows Day: This is Christine Namatovu, with her son Andrew, in the house in Uganda that her in-laws tried to seize after her husband died. The relatives also tried to take Andrew and her two other children. With the help of lawyers from @ijm (International Justice Mission) Christine fought back in court and won. An estimated one third of widows in Uganda are victims to this crime known as “Property Grabbing,” and according to the global campaign Stand For Her Land women in half the world are still denied land and property rights even in countries like Uganda, where the laws legally protect women. For more information on these issues visit: stand4herland.org #standforherland #InternationalWidowsDay
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Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Last year, before the ban on women driving was lifted on June 24, 2018, I was watching as women secretly practiced. Almost a year on, it feels as though we have always been afforded this "luxury." #dammam #saudiarabia
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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Boats await customers along the shore of Tongli Lake. Known as the “Venice of the East,” Tongli and the surrounding areas have a vast system of canals, rivers, and lakes connected to the Grand Canal of China. #Tongli #Suzhou #Jiangsu #Wujiang
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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Men’s water polo players from Greece and Hungary compete during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Like many of the other hundreds of photographers there to photograph a variety of sports during those two weeks, I worked around the clock and slept little during what was perhaps the most exciting date in China’s recent history. This was the first time China, which won the most gold medals (48), hosted the Summer Olympics and the third time the games were staged in a socialist country, after the 1980 Olympics in Russia and the 1984 Olympics in Yugoslavia. China will also host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Jeremy Singh holds a capuchin monkey skull at Iwokrama River Lodge and Research Centre on the west bank of the Essequibo River in Guyana. The Iwokrama Forest, a million-acre rainforest preserve, receives about 1,200 visitors a year. They are currently expanding their facilities to attract international researchers and students.
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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | A solar field is surrounded by wind turbines in Calabria, southern Italy. A mostly agricultural landscape is mutating into a land tapped for energy production, to feed the growing demand for renewables. My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about my work. #landscape #environment #solar #wind #energy
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Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | In all my travels, the beauty I witnessed in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan remains unmatched. Tourists from Karachi enjoy the fresh, crisp air as they escape city life and watch the sunset over the Karakoram mountain range. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #Pakistan #Karakoram #mountains #Hunzavalley
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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Sharpened claws and strong paws keep this young lion from tumbling to the ground. Lion cubs can easily get themselves into trouble, as their constant play pushes boundaries and keeps them investigating. Play is essential to a growing cat. It hones those hunting instincts and slowly teaches them how to become a predator. But there are plenty of instances where dignity may take a spill—along with a young lion that misjudged its climbing ability. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #importanceofplay #predatorintraining
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Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | The surreal look of hoodoos—spires created by erosion—in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Because of the different types of rock in these hoodoos, the colors can be a mix of white, orange, or red. There are more hoodoos in Bryce Canyon than anywhere in the world. #followme @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #brycecanyon #utah #nationalparks #irablock
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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | I discovered this unusual stick insect after a big rainstorm in the tropical forest of Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. This park is contiguous with Manas National Park that sits just over the Manas River in Assam, India. Together these two parks protect almost 2,000 square kilometers of tropical wilderness along the Bhutanese-Indian border. @natgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalayas Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
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Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A pair of rainbows in Range Creek, Utah, after a thunderstorm. Range Creek is well known for its archaeological remains and rock art from the Fremont culture. With summer approaching, thunderstorms and rainbows will become more prevalent and make for exciting photo opportunities. #followme @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #utah #travel #landscape #irablock
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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | These Lake Titicaca frogs @museodorbigny are the largest aquatic frog found in Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. Their wrinkles may seem excessive, but this specialized skin actually functions like a gill, ensuring that the frogs receive enough oxygen to meet their metabolic demands. To catch another glimpse of this incredible creature follow me @joelsartore. #titcacafrog #aquatic #wrinkles #savetogether #photoark
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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Olga Grinik and her son, Kirill (center), picnic in a forest on the outskirts of Avdeevka in Donestsk Oblast, Ukraine. Before the war they would picnic in the forest next to their house. Now it’s a restricted military area, so they drove to this picturesque meadow with a lake view by horse and cart to make a barbecue of chicken wings, potatoes, and eggplants. Here they chatted, played with the kids, and foraged for mushrooms all afternoon. The open air was accompanied by the never-ending sound of shelling and gunfire at the nearby frontline, but nobody paid any attention. Text by Alisa Sopova from our ongoing project 5K From the Frontline. #5kfromthefrontline
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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The new moon hangs low in the sky of Prague on the evening of June 5. I was on a quick visit to Czechia and the magnificent World Heritage Site of Praha (Prague). Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #prague #worldheritage #newmoon #twanight
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Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | Breaths from wildebeests are illuminated in the golden light of the Serengeti. These creatures actually help facilitate the migration of other smaller grazing animals across Tanzania. Over two million animals, including gazelles, wildebeests, and zebras make this migration every year. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #StephenWilkes #Wildebeest #Golden #Morning #Aerial
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Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | How do you save a rainforest? Create a national park, many conservationists would say. What if you’re a nation with 45 million acres of rainforest—an area about the size of Washington State—and a per capita income of just over $8,000 a year. “A tree left standing is not valuable to a family who can’t feed their children three square meals a day,” says Pradeepa Bholanath, head of planning and development for the Guyana Forestry Commission. With the help of international donors, Guyana is pioneering an approach to protecting the trees that cover more than four-fifths of its surface. To make the rainforest last, it’s using it up slowly. As of now, the only road that transects Guyana’s rainforest is mostly unpaved and often impassable during the rainy season.
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A youth jumps into the Mediterranean Sea from the ancient wall surrounding the old city of Acre. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen
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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | Model and activist Diandra Forrest, featured in the 2017 @natgeo story "The Perils of Pale," uses her prominence to celebrate albinism and combat prejudice and bullying. Diandra, an African American, was the first woman with albinism to sign with a major modeling firm. Her distinctive skin, hair, and eyes are part of her allure. But like many others with albinism, she was ridiculed as a child. Today, June 13, is International Albinism Awareness Day. Albinism is a genetic condition characterized by low levels of melanin, which provides skin pigmentation. It affects 1 in 20,000 people globally, across all racial and ethnic groups, though it continues to be misunderstood in many communities. Many people with albinism are discriminated against, and even attacked, for their unique appearance. Many others lack adequate access to medical resources for conditions highly associated with albinism, such as low vision and skin cancer. To learn more about the issue, please follow me at @stephsinclairpix. @nydgfoundation #nygdcolorfull #InternationalAlbinismAwarenessDay #IAAD #Albinism
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Photos by Brent Stirton @brentstirton | This week, I spoke with Nat Geo writer Rachael Bale at the National Geographic Explorers Festival about our work on pangolins. These amazing animals tragically are among the world’s most illegally trafficked mammals. No one has any real idea how many pangolins are left. The trade is huge, both from a thriving Asian market for their meat in the restaurant trade and their scales in traditional medicine. There is no proven scientific basis for the medical aspect, and there are over one hundred alternatives to pangolin scales in traditional Chinese medicine. Most of those are herbal. Japan and Vietnam also use pangolin scales in their traditional medicine. The conversation should surely be one about alternatives in traditional medicine at a time of such crisis. We were joined on stage by @natashaldaly and @kirstenluce , who discussed their work on controversial captive-wildlife tourism. Here are a couple of images from the pangolin story covering some of what I saw in Africa and Asia. #NatGeoFest #tikkihywoodtrust #savepangolinsofficial #savingvietnamswildlife #wildlifecrime
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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Remote southeast Alaska holds some some the most unspoiled wilderness in North America. Places like Glacier Bay National Park and Misty Fjords National Monument come together to form one of the largest protected tracts of land in North America. @natgeoexpeditions
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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Min-Sook Park at home with her daughter Ju-hyun in Danyang town, Korea. Min-Sook suffered from breast cancer, infertility, and miscarriage after working at a Samsung semiconductor factory for seven years.
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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | You never know where inspiration will come from. Found this old gem in the archives. First shown to me by the late great Galen Rowell, this 4,000-foot granite blade inspired my first expedition to the Karakoram in 1999. We sold 500 t-shirts to help pay for the trip. After multiple attempts, Brady Robinson and I ended up making the first ascent of the left skyline. I don’t even remember what we called the route, but I do remember being terrified standing at the base of it and throwing ourselves at it fully wide-eyed and gripped. A good reminder this morning of my roots and early motivation for a career in the mountains. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Winston Bumbury is one of 136 Amerindians employed by the French company Amazon Caribbean Guyana Ltd. to harvest manicole palm, a native species with a tender heart that is a delicacy in many countries. The palm takes just three to five years to regrow in Guyana, compared with 60 years for a tropical hardwood tree. “Manicole grows fast and wild,” says Chief Executive Officer Jean-François Gerin. “All you have to do is harvest it in a sustainable way.”
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Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Is this the highest-altitude drone photo of Mount Everest captured to date? Our team just returned from an expedition with a handful of these photo mosaics from the "death zone," showing the majesty of the high Himalaya. This three-photo carousel is actually made up of over 20 high-resolution drone images, stitched together to create an almost 360° view from just below the summit. See the @natgeo website today for details of how I captured this image, and look for a future story about the greatest historical mystery of Everest’s icy slopes. #EverestMystery #OnAssignment #Everest
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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | In the frigid hours before dawn, men from the indigenous Quechua community gather below a series of disappearing glaciers. Like countless generations before them, they make an annual pilgrimage high into the Peruvian Andes to honor the Lord of Qoyllur Riti, a religious figure whose presence is believed to reside in the glaciers. By firelight, the group discussed the ongoing threats to the glaciers, possible solutions to slow their deterioration, and ways to protect the broader sanctuary area from further degradation. The ongoing disappearance of the glaciers cuts deeply into the emotional worlds of believers. I attended Qoyllur Riti as part of my National Geographic Fellowship work on the emotional experiences that accompany environmental transformation. I am thrilled to share this work for the first time this week at the #NatGeoFest in Washington, DC.
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Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A great hornbill tosses a fig into its beak in Royal Manas National Park, on the border of Bhutan and India. The great hornbill is one of the largest of the hornbill species. I spent weeks tracking these hornbills in late 2018, and saw them foraging on a wide variety of fruits, as well as small mammals, lizards, and even crabs they catch in the local river. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #ManasNationalPark #Himalaya Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.
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Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | A grizzly known as Bearzilla crosses the Yellowstone River, with a steamy geyser in the background. Hop on over to @ronan_donovan to see more photos and video of Bearzilla #yellowstonenationalpark #bearzilla
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Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A dramatic smoke-filled sky in São Paulo State, Brazil. The area is sometimes called the Emerald Sea; it represents the heart of Brazil’s sugarcane industry, the largest in the world. Cane burning has been reduced significantly in the past decade, but it’s still sometimes deployed—an example of the exquisite beauty that can result from pollution. #southamerica #sugarcane #latinamerica #smoke #Brazil
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Houses are reflected on one of Amsterdam’s canals in the Netherlands. Many of Amsterdam’s canal houses were built during the height of the Dutch golden age, serving as homes and workplaces distinguished by gables and dual entrances. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Amsterdam #netherlands
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Photo by Nora Lorek @noralorek | Nadia Lili offers an assortment of fish, fruits, and vegetables on the edge of a village in the Bidibidi refugee settlement. She buys her inventory at a Ugandan market and resells it for a small profit. Next to her, a solar-powered streetlamp illuminates the area at night. Three years ago the area containing the Bidibidi settlement was a forest in northwestern Uganda. Now it’s a makeshift home for a quarter million refugees from South Sudan.
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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Students enjoy the ocean in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, after visiting Koneswaram Kovil. The town has been a Hindu pilgrimage site since 400 BCE. Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and Muslim students all visit the Hindu temple and play on the beach together afterward, a hopeful scene after a long, 26-year civil war. In Sri Lanka, Muslims and Christians have largely lived peacefully side-by-side, immune from much of the tension that exists between the religious groups in many parts of the world. I had the privilege of working in Sri Lanka for @natgeo as we looked at the memory of their civil war, which ended in 2009. @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #srilanka
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Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Mohamad and Leila El Saho bathe their daughter, Sendos. The Saho family fled war-torn Syria and now lives under a makeshift shell on the rooftop of an old industrial building in Beirut, Lebanon. The Saho family had a swimming pool at their home in Syria; now they use a big water drum to give a bath to their children. Sendos, 12, suffers from severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and her younger brother, Tamim (left), was diagnosed with moderate cerebral palsy. For more stories around world follow @ismailferdous
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Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Amish women and children enjoy a sunny afternoon on a beach in Sarasota, Florida. For many decades, Amish and Mennonite families from around the U.S. have been taking winter vacations in Pinecraft, a small neighborhood in Sarasota. The strict rules of Anabaptist life are temporarily relaxed as hard work is replaced by leisure and recreational activities.
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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Hippos are incredibly important animals in aquatic systems, especially large swamps like the Okavango where reeds grow quickly, blocking channels, building up silt, and eventually damming the water. The vast bulk of these herbivores ensure that pathways through vegetation remain, so other animals can still access these areas and the system keeps flowing. Without hippos, the Okavango and other important water systems would change into something else entirely, likely leading to the loss of countless other species. #importanceofhippos #keystonespecies #everythingislinked #ecosystems
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Surf Patterns: As a lifelong surfing junkie, I love the feeling of gliding across glassy water and the texture of the ocean, which can both inspire and humble. According to some historians, early accounts of surfing may have influenced Thomas Jefferson to write "the pursuit of happiness" into the Declaration of Independence as an “unalienable right.” True or not, “riding the hand of Mother Nature,” as some describe it, can induce fear and smiles alike. For more on waves and water around the world, follow @pedromcbride #petemcbride #surfing #greenroom #Mexico #aerial
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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Lodge with a view: The local farming community of Tibetans, Lisu, and Naxi minorities have been working this valley for centuries, thanks to its mild climate and fertile soil. It doesn’t get any better than waking to a sunrise like this. #Tacheng #Yunnan #China #terracedfields
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | This is Pablito, a four-month-old African lion cub rescued from a small cage in a zoo last November, and currently sheltered at the New Hope Center @almawa.jordan in Amman, Jordan. The center, established in 2010 by the Princess Alia Foundation, provides emergency medial treatment, rehabilitation, and re-homing for animals. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan #amman
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Video and Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | A tiger paces in circles, chained to a platform in a photo studio at the Phuket Zoo in Thailand. Tigers are often declawed and/or drugged to make them safer for interacting with tourists. Photos here are 300 Baht (or about $9). For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals. To learn more, read the story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @wildlife_friends_foundation , a non-profit which works on the ground to help animals in the tourism industry in Thailand.
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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Visitors find a lost world at the Green Planet, a biodome that shelters rain forest habitat and more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, including sloths, snakes, and exotic birds. Walkways traverse four levels. The structure itself is green, one of the city’s rising number of LEED-certified buildings. A decade ago Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there? My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment and to our cities. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the Dubai story I covered for @natgeo. #Dubai #environment #greenhouse #nature #people
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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | The road to Lorino weaves through low hills along the coast. It is navigable by car only a few months each year. Between the small, isolated settlements there are few signs of human presence on this Russian Arctic landscape. There are hot springs and low grasses and bears. Throughout much of the year, these lands are covered in snow and ice. Small plants, some of which yield seasonal berries, are among the only things that flourish. No trees grow. No trees means no wood. That idea lingers in my mind. No wood. Agriculture is impossible. Communities here rely almost entirely on what they can harvest from the sea. The health of marine ecosystems is absolutely critical. And they’re changing.
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Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | A dead cow lay respectfully covered while a man prays beside the body. This scene reflects the spiritual power of cows in Hindu culture, but it also required me to take this image quickly and respectfully, so as not to offend people. From Varanasi wanderings in March 2019. #personalproject #cityoflight #india #Hindu #Varanasi
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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Practice makes perfect. @alexhonnold takes another practice lap on El Capitan’s Freerider route. Alex practiced the route repeatedly over two years to memorize every hold and rehearse every move in order to prepare for his eventual "free solo." The stakes couldn’t have been higher or more clear: perfection or death. Most people take 3 to 5 days to climb the 3000-foot-long Freerider route. On June 3, 2017, Alex free-soloed Freerider in 3 hours, 56 minutes. For more images from climbing adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin.
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Time-lapse video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | To say it’s been a big year for weather in the U.S. would be an understatement. On Monday, 54 tornadoes touched down across seven states in the Midwest, many wreaking havoc in residential areas. Created by immaculate inflow winds, this tornadic supercell in Imperial, Nebraska, is referred to as a mother ship for its distinctive shape. Watching it crawl across the sky, menacingly pouring down heavy rain and hail in its path, was nothing short of spectacular.
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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | When our car broke down on the rough, remote road next to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, I spent hours with these kids from the nearby village. They enjoyed trying out some photography with my camera, and I enjoyed watching their beautiful smiles. Turkana is often called a cradle of humankind for some of the earliest human fossils and remains, found in the Sibiloi National Park. #kenya #turkana
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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Morning moment on Slender West Lake, Yangzhou, China. Marco Polo visited here 700 years ago, remarking on the number of bridges as well as their height: “And you must know that in this city there are 6,000 bridges, all of stone, and so lofty that a galley, or even two galleys at once, could pass underneath one of them.” #yangzhou #slenderwestlake #bridge
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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Northern lights wiggle around the sky above a corral at a hunting outfitter camp in British Columbia, Canada. #northernlights #canada #britishcolumbia
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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Gopher tortoises face a potentially deadly journey when they cross busy highways, so please slow down in known tortoise areas. The creatures play a key role in helping other species survive; the burrows dug by this reptile act as shelter for an assortment of animals native to the southern U.S. They are listed as federally threatened and also as vulnerable by the IUCN, but collisions with vehicles are a leading cause of death for the gopher tortoise, which often must cross roadways in order to forage, find a mate, or dig a new burrow. To see a shot of this species in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #tortoise #gophertortoise #highway #photoark
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