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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - so..if you’ve ever wondered what a sleeping bull elephant sounds like ? Turn up the volume and wonder no more - I’ve been working today with the extraordinary combined teams from @savetheelephants and @Lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya here in northern Kenya. We’ve collared 3 cows, and 2 bulls right up in Biliqo Bulesa, it’s one of the largest conservancies with @nrt_kenya therefore nomadic pastoralists from several ethnic backgrounds converge across this vast and beautiful rangeland; this is one of my favourite places on the planet It forms a vital corridor for wildlife from Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves, and from Sera conservancy. By collaring these elephant we will more easily be able to see their routes of travel, predict possible areas of conflict, and mitigate them ahead of issues arising, and share vital data received from them in times of climatic change, such as drought. The collars will function without further intervention for 3/4 years supplying data continuously. The entire process took minutes due to the great skill of those working on this project, and Dr Mathew Mutinda, a Kenya Wildlife vet who I’ve had the incredible honour to work over the past years. He, without any shadow of exaggeration is singlehandedly responsible for saving more wildlife in this region than any other individual I’ve ever met, anywhere ! - One fact - elephants can breathe through their mouths and trunk, however, during this procedure, whilst sleeping, the trunk end is held open with a small stick as limiting air through either air passage would cause discomfort. Once the elephant starts to wake, the stick is removed - The respiratory system of the elephant is quite exceptional and the success of this operation relies on the immense skill and speed of the teams here - A perfect day today for wildlife and those humans acting as custodians in these challenging times #nopoaching #elephant #conserving #conservation @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @savetheelephants @kenyawildlifeservice @everydayextinction @natgeo @thephotosociety
Tailors in the town of Numbi, DR Congo. Photo by Carlos Villalon @villalonsantamaria
Situated to the west of Lake Kivu, the green hills surrounding the small mining town of Numbi in South Kivu are dotted with mining sites — some, just holes in the ground, others, large hills reduced to quarries. Cassiterite, used for tin and coltan for tantalum, along with gold ore and wolframite, tungsten, are the four most common “conflict minerals” extracted by tens of thousands of Congolese miners.
#drcongo #conflictminerals #mobilephones #coltan
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // This ice filled gallery inside Eisriesenwelt ice cave up above Werfen near Salzburg in Austria, forms one of several field sites used by the University of Innsbruck for climate research. Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // THE BEE HUNTER // The name says it all! Common bee-eater (Merops apisater) with a #bumblebee. Even though bee-eaters are able to catch any flying insect in between 5-50mm in bodysize, they most preferred prey are still insects with #sting: #bees, bumblebees, wasps, hornets. Taken only about 30 miles from my current residency in #Hungary. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!
@natgeo @instagram @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #beauty #capture #moment #earthfocus #canon #simple #natgeo #educateandinspire #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #discoveryourbackyard #birdstagram #birdphotography #beeeater #bird #action #YearoftheBird
Photo by @FransLanting // You are looking at a female bonobo. In the wake of International Women’s Day it is worth contemplating the different solutions to gender issues bonobos have evolved. Bonobos are our closest cousins on the tree of life along with chimpanzees, but among bonobos the status of females is much higher than it is among chimps—or in most human societies. The social rank of a male bonobo is derived from the status of his mother. The bond between mother and son is strong and lasts a lifetime. Among bonobos social conflicts are often resolved through sexual encounters instead of by aggression. There is a lot we do not understand yet about them, because they only occur in a remote part of the Congo Basin where they are difficult to study. But we do know enough to appreciate them as kindred beings for whom female cooperation rather than male competition is a way of life that has served them well. Not a bad model to consider as we are rethinking gender roles in our communities and how we cope with excess aggression. Learn more in “Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape,” a book I produced with primatologist and fellow Dutchman Frans de Waal. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the world of nature. #Bonobos #Chimps #Apes #BonoboConservationInitiative #Bonobodotorg #Compassion #Empathy #Naturelovers #Wisdom
Photo by @paulnicklen for @natgeo and @sea_legacy // A Gentoo Penguin checks to make sure that the coast is clear from Leopard Seals before taking to the sea. I am always incredibly thankful that species like penguins can easily discern between a leopard in hunting mode and a human in a black dive suit lying just a few feet away with a huge silver camera. #gratitude #penguin #picoftheday #arctic #climatechange #Planetaphoto #PorElPlaneta @ElPlanetaPhoto #beauty #nature
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Think about the kinds of experiences that have changed your life. For some of us they are the rites of passage that come with being a human: giving birth, weddings, the departure of loved ones. For me, being in the water at sunset, surrounded by Silky sharks and not feeling an ounce of fear, has definitely redefined my relationship with the ocean and with myself. On this evening, when I jumped in the water to photograph these majestic animals, I felt the thrill of their presence and I felt alive, humbled and immensely happy to be a part of the vast oceanic community for a few precious minutes.
#Follow at @CristinaMittermeier to learn more about our oceans. #TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy #shark #cuba #nature #humble #ocean #cuba
Photo by @nickcobbing // This material is the ‘glue’ that holds together an ecosystem; polar bears walk across it, walrus haul out on it and ivory gulls feed on its surface. The substance is Arctic Ocean sea ice, this thin section of it was photographed inside a lab on a research ship in the Arctic Ocean. The structure of crystals within the ice is revealed by using a large polarising filter placed over the top by scientists. Each winter the Arctic sea ice changes seasonally -shrinking in summer and growing in the winter. At least that’s what is meant to happen! This winter the maximum extent of the Arctic sea ice is much lower than the recorded average. The trend for the sea ice summer minimum (recorded in early September) is also sharply downwards, as shown by nearly 40 years of satellite records. The survival of a unique ecosystem depends on the temperatures in the Arctic Ocean and the atmosphere above its frozen surface, right now these are rising considerably. Follow @nickcobbing for more arctic stories. If you’re interested in this research follow @oceanseaicenpi to see the work of scientists working with sea ice in the arctic.
#arctic #ice #science #research #cryosphere #seaice #oceanography #physicaloceanography #fieldwork #detail
Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment in #Japan for @natgeoexpeditions // Winter solitude –
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.
Haiku poem by Matsuo Basho
Follow me @jasperdoest for more images of my recent winter adventures in Japan.
@thephotosociety @natgeo #natgeoexpeditions #日本 #Japan #winter #solitude #minimalism #contemporaryart #tree #hokkaido
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety // Mountain hare digging for food in last light – I thought it’s been at least a few days since I last posted a mountain hare image so thought it best to rectify as soon as possible. This image was taken at last light, high on a remote plateau and with a hare that I’d come to know very well. Though I’d worked with this hare in swirling spindrift a few weeks previously it was actually a hare that I got to know properly via @tazni and @kevmorgans as they’d spent a few evenings with her whilst I was working on the lower slopes with some clients. Though perhaps both exceptional photographers their observational skills are somewhat less acute as it turned out at some point this evening that Lady was in fact a male, a very obvious male! Nevertheless the name had stuck and she was as always a joy to work with. We arrived on the plateau for the last hour of light having spent a significant amount of time lying next to a very inactive hare named Grouse. As Grouse’s home fell into shadow we headed uphill where Lady was busy digging for food. With the prevailing wind direction and the hares preference to always keep their back to the wind then shooting with backlight was the obvious solution, not least because as Lady dug in the dry, mobile snow golden flecks of sunlit spindrift filled the air. The difficulty of course in post-production is to try and find an image where the eye is not obscured by all of this swirling spindrift and to find an image, such as this, where the eye is framed as opposed to obscured. Luck however did play her familiar hand and we were able to photograph her doing this for at least 30 minutes so I have several hundred more images such as this to pore through at some point soon. For now however this is a beautiful hare in beautiful light. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto #WildGeography #GlobalDaily #bella_shots #elegantanimals #animalelite #exklusive_nature #shotaward #wonderfulworld #amazing_picturez #igscwildlife #animalsmood #exelent_nature #exclusive_animals #planet_of_animals #perfection_nature #pro_nature #greatshots
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
The steamer Eduard Bohlen ran aground on the desolate coast of #Namibia in 1909, and is now about a half kilometer from the sea due to the rapid accumulation of sand carried north by currents of the South #Atlantic. Known as The #SkeletonCoast, the area got its name from the remnants of whales, seals and shipwrecks that are found on its inhospitable shores. The wreck is only reachable by well-equipped expeditions, as it lies in 400km of roadless wilderness, with parts only passable at low tide. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by @villalonsantamaria // Two fishermen dock their boat in anticipation of a storm in the Caribbean sea, Acandi, Colombia.
The Pan American Highway stretches 16,000 miles from Patagonia, Argentina, to Alaska in North America. Surrounded by the Pacific and Caribbean oceans, The only break in the highway is this 108 kilometer gap between South America and Central America, a densely forested network of rivers and swamps that renders vehicle traffic impossible. A critical bridge for the exchange of plant and animal species between the two continents, the Darien is one of the most genetically rich and unique areas of wild habitat in the world, a “Motherland of biodiversity.” While ecologists are concerned about the effects of unregulated mining and logging on this wilderness, a greater threat is the oft-proposed construction of a road. If built, the Pan-American Highway project will cut through the forest, bringing colonists, war and more deforestation to this extraordinarily diverse habitat.
#dariengap #travel #adventure #caribbeansea @villalonsantamaria
Alien Language – Photo by Kevin Schafer @schaferpho @natgeo // I often stumble onto unexpected pictures on the way to somewhere else. Yesterday I was racing in my car to catch the sunrise on the Olympic Mountains when I passed this astonishing pattern on the surface of Lake Crescent. To me, it looked like an alien script, a message in an unknown language. It is, of course, just a floating tree on still water. But it was my favorite picture of the morning, one I never saw coming. #patternsinnature #unknownlanguage #mysteries
Photo by @paulnicklen // An Arctic Fox stands quietly and patiently in a patch of frost covered grass along the coast of Hudson Bay. Normally, in the winter, they follow polar bears out onto the sea ice gathering up any left over scraps left behind. During the summer and fall, however, they have to fend for themselves. Here, this adult fox, listens carefully for any sounds of a microtine (ie. mouse, vole, lemming) living beneath the snow. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more of my favorite images from this stunning part of the world. #arctic #fox #arcticfox #gratitude #explore #nature #smile #love #beauty #adventure #travel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #instagood #tbt #follow #followme #photooftheday #happy #tagforlikes #beautiful #like #picoftheday #summer #fun #friends @natgeo
Photo by @rezaphotography #Azerbaijan // Feeling home
On the roads of the world, the unexpected halts have the taste of distant home. Surrounded by landscape, the smell of the fire boiling the water in the samovar brings you back home. The warm welcome you feel when someone is preparing with attention a cup of tea, is a gift to keep you on the road, again and again.
Text by @racheldeghati
#tradition #tea #samovar #colors #pink#nature #man #poetic #poetry #smoke #photooftheday#photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto#rezadeghati #rezaphotography#rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى# عكاس
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // The Maasai people are a symbol of Kenyan culture. To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the world’s last great warrior cultures. From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man and a warrior. The role of a warrior is to protect their animals from human and animal predators, to build homes, and to provide security to their families. Today, the Maasai find themselves at odds with conservation. As grazing land becomes more and more encroached, they have no choice but to illegally bring their cattle to graze in Wildlife reserves. This introduces conflict with rangers and tourist operators. Most importantly, it creates conflict with wildlife. This is not the first time indigenous people are at odds with conservation and as the stakes get higher, the solutions become more difficult. #Follow at @CristinaMittermeier to learn more how indigenous people intersect with conservation
#masai #wildlife #warrior #culture #conservation
Photo by @RobertClarkphoto // The Racism of Science.
A skull from the collection of Samuel Morton, the father of Scientific racism, illustrate his classification of people into five races-which arose, he claimed, from separate acts of creation.
This image was taken at as part of coverage for the new issue of @NatGeo magazine's cover story on race.
Morton claimed in his Crania Americana that the Caucasians had the biggest brains, Indians were in the middle and Negroes had the smallest brains. Morton believed that the skulls of each race were so different that a wise creator from the beginning had created each race and positioned them in separate homelands to dwell in.
An Anglo American skull (see above) would have been filled with lead shot, the type used in shotgun shells, his skull measurements (by volume) then came to serve as "evidence" for racial stereotypes.
Morton believed that cranial capacity determined intellectual ability, and he used his craniometric evidence in conjunction with his analysis of anthropological literature then available to argue in favor of a racial hierarchy which put Caucasians on the top rung and Africans on the bottom. His skull measurements (by volume) then came to serve as "evidence" for racial stereotypes.
He described the Caucasian as "distinguished by the facility with which it attains the highest intellectual endowments"; Native Americans were described as "averse to cultivation, and slow in acquiring knowledge; restless, revengeful, and fond of war, and wholly destitute of maritime adventure" and the Africans he described as "joyous, flexible, and indolent; while the many nations which compose this race present a singular diversity of intellectual character, of which the far extreme is the lowest grade of humanity".
The publication of #CharlesDarwin's On The Origin of Species in 1859 changed the nature of the scholarly debate. This is another example of the influence of the work by #Darwin and #AlfredRusselWallace
Photo by @pedromcbride // Now open for mining? The U.S mining organization just proposed to lift a 20-year ban on uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park, citing no evidence of negative impacts in the seventh natural wonder of the world. Many hydrology experts, however, contest that little is known about this fragile and ancient maze-like network of springs and waterways that support not just this national park and it’s biological wonders, but roughly 30 million people down stream. They also point to a uranium mine near the south rim that flooded last spring as signs of unpredictable water table interaction. “Risking our natural wonders for short term economic prosperity is unacceptable,” one hydrologist said. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #grandcanyon #uranium #water #coloradoriver
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // In the mountains of Papua New Guinea, people still rule their existence by something called “Sacred Ecology.” In their spiritual view of the world, every area of the forest and every natural phenomenon is ruled by spirits. The various elevations of the mountains where they live, are used for different activities and every activity requires a speciﬁc dialogue with the spirits. Imagine how different our planet would be if our interactions with nature were that thoughtful! #Follow at @CristinaMittermeier to learn more about #SacredEcology #indigenous #culture #photography
Photo by @paulnicklen. After spending months in the company of wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest, this is the ferocious predator I came to know. Cautious, intelligent, shy, discerning and worthy of our respect and admiration. Never once did I see so much as a growl or a snarl. They patiently waited for the low tide so they could forage on limpets and barnacles in the intertidal zone. #respect, #nature #wildlife #greatbearrainforest #wolves #wolf #predator #natureispeaking #beauty #instagramhub @natgeocreative @thephotosociety
Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // TULIPS // Indeed, there is something special in #tulips, which makes them special from any angle… No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint!
@natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @natgeofineart @canonusa @canonuk #joepetersburger #instagood #beautiful #beauty #capture #educateandinspire #MyCanon #TeamCanon #adventure #flower #tulip #discoveryourbackyard
Photo by Carlos Villalon, @villalonsantamaria
A partial view of the jungle in the Katios National Park, Choco, Colombia.
The Pan American Highway stretches 16,000 miles from Patagonia, Argentina, to Alaska in North America. The only break in the highway is this 108 kilometer gap between South America and central America, a densely forested network of rivers and swamps that renders vehicle traffic impossible. A critical bridge for the exchange of plant and animal species between the two continents, the Darien is one of the most genetically rich and unique areas of wild habitat in the world, a “Motherland of biodiversity.” While ecologists are concerned about the effects of unregulated mining and logging on this wilderness, a greater threat is the oft-proposed construction of a road. If built, the Pan-American Highway project will cut through the forest, bringing colonists, war and more deforestation to this extraordinarily diverse habitat.
#dariengap #travel #adventure #nature #wildlife #landscapephotography @villalonsantamaria
Photo by @FransLanting Recent rains are reviving creeks in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I created this image using a long exposure enabled by a neutral density filter and made adjustments afterwards in Adobe Lightroom. If you’d like to learn more about my photographic techniques, please join for my next free course online. On Tuesday March 13 at 1:00 pm Pacific time (PDT) I will do an image review hosted by CreativeLive. It’s free for anyone to watch live, no matter where you are—you only have to RSVP for the course on CreativeLive.com. The course is titled “Another Look with Frans Lanting.” It’s streamed free online for 24 hours. If you are interested in purchasing any of my past CreativeLive courses, they have created a bundle with a special sales price. Go to the link in my Instagram bio to get more info. And let me know what you think of the course. @CreativeLive #photography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #macrophotography #creativelive #teachphotography
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Grizzly bear on a coastal estuary – There are a few ‘once in a lifetime’ destinations that I’ve had on my radar for years and one of these is the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east. I’ll be leading a photographic trip there for @tatraphotography from the 26th July till the 7th August 2018 and there’s just ONE place left for this years’ trip. If you’d be tempted to join me then I’ve put a link to the trip in my bio. Even though this image was actually captured in Alaska it will be the grizzly bears like this that we’ll be working with primarily, as well as a visit to the Mutnovsky volcano. We’ll be concentrating primarily on two distinct areas, the legendary Kuril lake and the Kambalnaya river which we’ll helicopter in to. I will of course be on hand throughout to ensure that you get the most from this phenomenal trip and that we’re always in the best position photographically, whilst ensuring of course at all times that the bears are relaxed and going about their daily business. For this image it was one of those moments where the act of simply lying on the ground had a transformative effect on the image and whilst I got soaking wet what is a bit of dampness when you look through your lens and you see something like this? The gull of course was just an extra bonus and I was fortunate that it is on exactly the same plane of focus as the bear. As well as females with their young cubs we’ll also be focussing on fishing bears as well as territorial males fighting over the best fishing spots. If you need any more information then you can simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tatra at email@example.com Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto #WildGeography #GlobalDaily #bella_shots #elegantanimals #animalelite #exklusive_nature #shotaward #wonderfulworld #amazing_picturez #igscwildlife #animalsmood #exelent_nature #exclusive_animals #planet_of_animals #perfection_nature #pro_nature #greatshots #greatphotos #masters #master_shots #magic_shots #nature_of_our_world #igscwildlife #IgAnimal_Snaps #igcutest_animals #igscselect #macro_vision
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // View of the iconic snow cone in the vast Snow Volcano Hall inside Schwarzmooskogel ice cave, located on the western edge of the Totes Gebirge mountain range in Austria. This fantastic feature has built up over many hundreds of years through the yearly accumulation of snow that falls in from the surface.
Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Lion, northern Kenya - Like an elephant, a lion really makes me look at it; and I mean really look. Both carry their history outside as much as inside of their souls. They wear the scars of battle, the ravages of climate, and often the price of loves lost, and those won, out in the open like a tree; for those who need to know such things, to know such things - I’m often lucky enough to bear witness to many of the trials that these individuals go through. It’s impossible not to be proud of those who continue forward when lesser mortals might have given up. What’s tough is when one realises how fragile this strength can be in the hands of man. So it is for those I’m working with here in the Samburu. They continue forward with the very real knowledge that all they do; all they have done, can be wiped off the planet in the batting of an angry eyelid, a generation gone, a species gone, a gene pool gone. Sitting watching these magnificent creatures makes me realise how important it is to support those who are the very guardians of these extraordinary beasts. We must never forget that extinction is forever - here documenting the amazing work of @ewasolions - to see more of my work and projects follow me here @thephotosociety @chancellordavid @natgeo and @everydayextinction #lion #africa #kenya #northernkenya #samburu #fightingextinction
Photo by @davidalanharvey. Whenever the fog rolls in, I’ll go looking for a picture. Fog sublimates color, making every picture monochromatic no matter the setting. 90% of my work is people oriented, yet I love landscapes as an often welcome break from the inherent difficulties of photographing people. What’s been on my mind this week has been the horrific school shooting in Florida, yet I turned my eye to landscape instead of jumping on a plane to become one of dozens photojournalists on the scene. An escape from the daily chaos? Probably. I pay attention to what’s happening in the world and I care, yet I often struggle with what to DO. The camera is a powerful tool to create awareness of events that shape us or equally can be used to remind us of nature all around. I’m staying mostly at home these days to work on a couple of book layouts. Assembling photographs already taken. Yet I also shoot everyday. It’s always a dilemma. Shoot or edit/design. Obviously one must do both and knowing when to do what is an art in itself. Time management. Luckily I have nature all around, so she is always a subject. Fog comes and goes quickly. The daily news cycle as well. It’s more than any of us can handle. I implore my students to go where their heart is. To do what they MUST do. Today I only went over the dunes to the bay. It was as far as I could see.
Photo by @migeophoto // I spotted this cow creeping on me while walking the Camino de Santiago in 2013. I was actually lost, wandering the top of a mountain, 12km off course. After walking through a few cobwebs and noticing how all the cows looked at me, I realized no humans had walked this path in a long time. Considering the Camino is filled with hundreds of pilgrims per day, this was not a good sign. After jogging along with my giant backpack until sunset, I eventually found a path down the mountain. A French farmer picked me up in his truck and drove me all the way back to the trail. After I told him I was a photographer, he made a few scenic stops as we drove. There’s nothing like getting lost to remind you of the kindness of strangers. // #caminodesantiago #caminocow #curiouscow #walkthecamino #caminofrances