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Photo by @williamalbertallard
While doing an essay on Italy’s Po River Valley, I spent some time in Ferrara, a lovely town where it seems everyone gets around on bicycles. Beneath this archway in the city I could follow the long shadows of morning as the people pedaled by, their tires seeming to whisper as they passed.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images of Italy and other assignments spanning five decades.
#italy #shadow #bicycle #ferrara #morning


Video @ladzinski / ▶️🔊 The city by the bay, #SanFrancisco is one of the great cities of the US and the financial capitol of California. The city boomed in 1849 during the gold rush and has flourished ever since. By day, by night and in any season this is a beautiful city. @andy_mann @joshpovec


Photo by @jimmy_chin
12/15/17 Ulvetanna High Camp And so it ended…appropriately in the coldest conditions of the trip. After an 18 hour push and -30f on the summit, we landed back at our high camp where @conrad_anker and I sat for a long while looking at this surreal sight. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17 #homeawayfromhome



Photos by @joeriis // The migrations of elk, mule deer, and pronghorn are the heartbeat of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. These magnificent migrations help us understand the importance of connectivity in our world. @insidenatgeo
To learn more, read today's NYT Op-ed by National Geographic Fellow Arthur Middleton. Link to story in my profile @joeriis. #beyondyellowstone


Photo by @brentstirton | This is an almost fully formed rhino fetus taken from the womb of a dead female killed by poachers for her horn. A number of South African veterinarians I have worked with told me that a higher number of the poached rhinos they are seeing are female and many are pregnant. This is something that may be regional in terms of the distribution of males and females. Either way, every killing of a pregnant female doubles the number of rhino actually lost in a poaching incident. This is a fact that often goes unmentioned when numbers are reported. Official South African statistics paint a picture of more equal poaching rates for males and females. Females are reportedly more social and gregarious than bulls and can be easier for poachers to track. Females often have a calf with them and they will stay to defend the calf rather than run away, that often makes them an easier target for poachers.

#rhino #babyrhino #poaching


Photograph by @paulnicklen // A mother grizzly bear shares her salmon with her cubs along the shores of Katmai Alaska. To see the image of how I was able to get this close perspective please go to @Paulnicklen. #close #bear #follow #instagood #grizzlybear #nature #naturelovers



photo by @vincentjmusi
Anubis, 2018 From my new work on dogs featured online at Anubis is a majestic rescued Great Dane who was very shy in the studio. Nearly 5 years old, she was truly a gentle giant.

I’ve spent much of the last 11 years photographing everything from honeybees to elephants and settled in recently with a personal project photographing the character and beauty of dogs. #yearofthedog
You can see more of this work @vincentjmusi


photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // In Maramures, Romania I observed traditional agrarian practices and culture still persisting in the modern age. I was told by this elderly lady, who worked hard all day making hay for her horse "This is our cycle of life. We are taking care of the animals and in return they are taking care of us". For more daily life stories around the world, please follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto #work #life #culture #village #rural #traditions #people #animals


Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto // Grandmas always know how to cook! // Hiroko, 66 years old – Tokyo, Japan - CHIRASHIZUSHI - Ingredients for 6 people: 450 gr rice - 2 fried or sauté slices of tofu - 1 root of burdock - 3 big dried mushrooms - “shitake”- ½ carrot- 3 eggs- 1 leaf of Japanese seaweed - 4 fuki (Japanese herb)- salt, sugar, sesame, ginger - soya sauce, rice vinegar, sake /// 1- Soak the dried mushrooms in some water for 5 hours. 2- Put the rice in a rice cooker with 600 ml of water, two spoons of salt and a leaf of Japanese seaweeds. Let it cook for about half an hour. 3- Clean well the burdock root and cut it into thin slices about 4 cm long. 4- Do the same with the mushrooms and the fried tofu. 5- Place all the vegetables and the tofu in a pot, then pour in a glass of water, cover with a silicon lid and cook on a medium heat. 6- After 3 minutes, add 20gr of sugar, 30ml of sake and 30 ml of soya sauce to the vegetables. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes, without stirring. 7- Now prepare the sauce for the rice: in a bowl, mix 30gr of sugar, 7gr of salt and 70ml of rice vinegar. Blend everything together until sugar and salt melt. 8- As soon as the rice is ready, take it out of the cooker and mix it with the sauce when it is still very hot. Stir everything. 9- Slice thinly the seaweeds leaf, which was cooking with the rice, the carrot and the fuki. 10- Crack the eggs and beat them in a separate bowl, adding a pinch of salt and 10 gr of sugar. Make the eggs into small very thin omelettes using a non-stick pan. Do not make one large thick omelette, but make many thin ones. Then, slice the omelette into very thin strips. 11- Add the carrot, fuki and seaweeds to the other vegetables and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Then, take them off the heat. 12- Drain the vegetables in a colander and squeeze them if necessary. Make sure you eliminate almost all the liquid. 13- Pour the drained vegetables on top of the rice, together with a sprinkle of 20gr sesame. Blend everything together and prevent the rice from rolling up into balls. 14- Place the omelette strips and some sweet-and-sour ginger on top of the rice and serve the dish. #grandma #food #japan



Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Contestants compete in the Cotswold Olimpick Games, near Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds of England. Created by lawyer Robert Dover in the early 1600s, with the support of King James, the Cotswold Olimpicks claim to be at the origins of modern Olympic games. A temporary wooden structure called Dover Castle was erected in a natural amphitheatre on what is now known as Dover’s Hill, complete with small cannons that were fired to begin the events. Held annually every Spring, original events like sledgehammer throwing and wrestling have since given way to Shin-Kicking, piano smashing, and Static Jump competitions.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #merriealbion #britishlandscape


Photo: @andy_mann // We’ve mapped almost every square inch of land on this planet and so much of it is either developed or destroyed. However, our oceans remain a vast & unexplored frontier for which we know so little about. When you dip below the thin blue line and into the depths of the ocean, if only for the length of a single breath, everything goes quiet and you can feel as if you are discovering a new world for the first time. These moments provide so much hope and inspiration for me. Here, one of seven billion people swims alone beneath the belly of an Oceanic Whitetip Shark off the coast of San Salvador, Bahamas. // Follow me @andy_mann if you love and adore this big blue planet and all it’s magic. 🌎 @sea_legacy


Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial
The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas.
Go to @mattiasklumofficial to see one of the coolest designs in nature! Leopards are also successful nocturnal predators that stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in tall grass or wooded areas. Saving the illusive leopard and its habitat is a smart strategy to secure long term water supply and other ecosystem services for mankind! It's all connected! I photographed this male in Thanda, South Africa #leopard #savethebigcats #conservation #southafrica #nature #protectbiodiversity #instagood #pictureoftheday #love #predator #treasure @natgeo @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial



Video by @stephenwilkes. Last January we traveled to the remote island of Steeple Jason, off the coast of South America, documenting the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatrosses. “The Journeys of Migratory Birds” is currently in the March issue of National Geographic magazine and on line. We created this loupe-view of the final image and if you look closely you’ll see the subtle communication of this remarkable species. From mating rituals to a mother teaching her baby to fly the birds will amaze you. This photograph and several others are on display in my exhibition “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” at National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. until April 30, 2018. To see more of the Bird Migration Day to Night photographs and, the link to this story please follow me @stephenwilkes. To learn more about my process in creating these photographs see my TED talk link in my IG bio. 2018. #daytonight #natgeo #falklands #malvinas #birdmigration #blackbrowedalbatross #rockhopperpenguin #birding #audubonsociety


Photo by @renan_ozturk // Pilot @shotsfromabove talking about flying an ultralight over @greatsanddunesnps - “you are turning effortlessly and smelling the landscape, noticing the details around you in all directions, and the subtle ways the light reflects through it all...and the wing itself” ~ part of the a new short film project about public lands with @chrisburkard. ~

See @renan_ozturk for more! #publicland #nationalparks


Photo by @FransLanting Our oceans are full of junk and albatrosses searching for food often mistake floating plastic and rubber objects for fish or squid and swallow them. It’s hard to know what goes on inside the mind of an albatross, but I speculate that they are hardwired to swallow things that feel like fish or squid and plastic or rubber may not taste that different to a hungry albatross. After all, their feeding habits evolved long before there was any plastic junk out at sea. When you walk around an albatross colony you see the sad results. Many thousands of albatross chicks die every year because their parents feed them plastic instead of fish and it clogs up their intestines until they die. It’s heartbreaking to see their decaying corpses full of junk, but because this mortality occurs on remote oceanic islands, few people know this is a problem, so we need to show and share what is going on. For this image I asked a researcher on South Georgia’s Bird Island to unwrap a roll of plastic that had been regurgitated by a wandering albatross. Imagine what that could have done to the bird or its chick if it had unwound in their guts. Plastic pollution is a global problem, but there are local solutions. They start with banning single use plastic items from your own lifestyle and from your community and there are lots of campaigns gaining momentum that can effect change on a bigger scale. Check some of the hashtags and share this post. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about these amazing birds who deserve better than to die from plastic pollution.
@plasticpollutes @sea_legacy #Albatross #Seabird #Naturelovers #Ocean #Birdphotography #YearoftheBird #Pollution #Plasticpollution #SouthGeorgiaIsland



Photo by @robertclarkphoto // #sponsored by @annihilationmovie, check out today’s story for more. // As a child in Hays, Kansas, I often visited the #SternbergMuseum and this was my favorite fossil. Although it looks like alien-beings from another world, it is actually a relative of sea stars. As I got older, I realized where Hollywood conceived of designs for some of its monsters. The discovery of the Western Interior Seaway, a vast, shallow ocean that in the Cretaceous Period ranged from what is now eastern Mexico all the way to northern Canada, provided proof that neither the planet nor the organisms inhabiting it remain static. Paleontologists found fossils belonging to the huge marine reptiles called the plesiosaurs and mosasaurs there, along with gigantic sharks, other fish, and crinoids, such as this beautiful specimen of Uintacrinus socialis from Kansas.
From the visionary director of Ex Machina comes #Annihilation. Starring Natalie Portman, see why critics are calling it a “mind blowing experience.” Now playing in theatres.


Photo @ladzinski / A young #coyote, on the prowl for a meal and wearing a nasty injury on its hind leg. You have to be tough to make it in the wild kingdom, an injury like this can mean death to the animal if the infection spreads and/or it hinders movement and the ability to hunt. I took this photo yesterday morning in #RockyMountainNationalPark, it was -3 Fahrenheit, a very cold morning to say the least. An exposed wound like this is highly susceptible to frostbite, hoping this little guy here makes it.


Video by @JoelSartore | The giant spider crab may look fearsome, but they are rarely-seen scavengers, spending their days on the seafloor eating plant and animal matter. They live in the cold waters of the Pacific and at depths of up to 2,000 feet. Giant spider crabs are the largest crabs in the world, reaching a maximum leg span of 12 ft and weighing up to 45 lbs. As juveniles, these crabs are known to decorate their shells with sponges, kelp or other items as a means of camouflage and protection. Although they are occasionally collected for food in Japan, harvesting of this species is illegal during the spring, allowing them to move to shallower waters to breed. During an annual phenomenon, thousands of giant spider crabs make their way into a giant aggregation to shed their exoskeleton, a process known as molting. Crabs are vulnerable to predation after molting. Doing so in a massive group helps protect them from danger.
Due to their shy behavior and deep habitat, exact population numbers of this species are not known, making it hard for scientists to study or protect them. The @AquariumPacific, where this crab was photographed, houses seven giant spider crabs, including this juvenile. Their exact lifespan is not known, but biologists estimate they live over half a century!
Check out @joelsartore for a portrait of this crab!



Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
The Tuareg call it “the castle”, an area of wind-eroded rock in the Tassili du Hoggar, five hours in 4x4 from Tamanrasset, Algeria. The area was littered with unnamed and unclimbed pinnacles of sandstone. Check out the view I got of these castles in the sand from my paraglider ===> @geosteinmetz #notadrone #DesertAirBook


Photo by @ciriljazbec / This is George Chege, a member of a tech space called Gearbox that is based in Nairobi. He came up with a solution for Mama Grace, a farmer, who lost many chicks due to irregular temperature conditions. His innovation, a smart chick brooder, regulates the environment in the brooding space automatically and sends real-time updates on farmers phone. His solution not only saved Mama Grace’s time and money but also increased her yields. /
Honoured to get the award for this photo essay 'Africa's Tech Generation' at the Pictures of the Year International! Hopefully this will give even more exposure to a different kind of story from Africa. One that is inspiring and positive!
Follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos from this story.
#Kenya #Nairobi #Gearbox #Africa #Tech #POY75 #award


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.



photo by @renaeffendiphoto // A couple that has been married for over ten years, dances on the doorstep of their home in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. Ernest Hemingway used to live here, in the nearby village of Finca Vigia. Follow @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #life #dance #music #cuba #life #love


Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Crowd control, Tibetan style at the Great Prayer Festival of Monlam at Labrang monastery. For the next 2 weeks thousands of Tibetan pilgrims will be gathering at major monasteries for prayer and dancing. Here a team of monks moves under a giant paper tiger costume to control the crowd, forcing the flow of people in a direction away from the main stage. #monlam #tibetan #festivals #labrang @natgeocreative For more on Tibet, follow @yamashitaphoto


Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - A #man shows off his mother's 5-year-old mummified #body during a #rare and #unique #Indonesian #death #ritual. To see another #mummy #follow @brianlehmannphotography.


Photo by @pedromcbride Winter light: Rays bounce off that most “loved and litigated river in the world” - the Colorado hard at work sculpting something grand. #grandcanyon. I’ll be speaking in Seattle starting this Sunday speaking about our 13-month emersion inside this national park - and highlighting why such public lands matter. To learn more follow @pedromcbride #gratitude #nature #petemcbride #aerial


Video by @stephenwilkes. This aerial view of Lake Bogoria, in Kenya, Africa shows the “bird blind”, and location we documented the migration of the Lesser Flamingo in. This area is on the largest feeding areas and a magnificent backdrop for my new “Day to Night” series with National Geographic. Using a drone, we observed thousands of Lesser Flamingo flight patterns as they took off along the water. I was drawn to the contrast of light and shadow and how effortlessly they took to the air. You can see this and more behind the scenes video at the National Geographic museum exhibition, “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes’, through April 30, 2018. Please see the “Day to Night” photographs which are part of a story, “The Journeys of Migratory Birds, in the March issue of National Geographic magazine. Follow me @stephenwilkes to see more images from my bird migration series and to learn more about my process in creating these images, please check out my TED talk link in my bio. #lakebogoria #kenya #africa #birdmigration #lesserflamingo #flamingo #aerial #flight #nature #daytonight #natgeomuseum #natgeo


Photo by @cristinamittermeier // I am working on a new book and as I go through my photos I am finding lots of images of people with “interesting stuff on their heads”. I photographed this Kayapó elder during a warrior’s ceremony. He was wearing a beautiful headdress made with the feathers of Amazonian parrots and macaws that people keep as pets so that they can pluck some feathers whenever they need to repair or make a new headdress.
To see more photos of “Interesting stuff people wear on their heads” #follow me at @cristinamittermeier
#beauty @NatGeoCreative @The_Explorers_Club @ThePhotoSociety #culture #hat #headgear #interesting @kayapoproject #portaitphotography


Photo by @coryrichards // Captured #withGalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Soma Wera, 63, of Galle Sri Lanka stands for a portrait in the city market. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before it was colonized in the 16th century by Portuguese and became the primary port of the island. The city played an important role long before the it’s colonization and according to James Emerson Tennent was the ancient seaport of Tarshish. It was ‘discovered’ by the Portuguese in 1502 when a fleet was blown off course en route to the Maldives. Galle has played many roles throughout its history, most recently as a major tourist destination that highlights the Fort of Galle. For better or worse, the city’s function is and always has been built on the back backs of laborers like Soma Wera.


photo by @vincentjmusi
Vegas, 2018 A name like Vegas invokes curiosity and intrigue. She is a 14 year-old Greyhound that was adopted as a puppy. She was never raced, which is fairly unusual for these graceful dogs. She was a good sport about being photographed, most dogs are, particularly when food is involved.

This a personal project on the character and beauty of dogs and you are seeing it develop as I work through this #yearofthedog

Thanks for sharing your your dog pictures with me and for your suggestions, I’m touched by your outreach and kind words about this work. I wish I could travel to every place suggested and photograph all of the incredible dogs. Give me time, I’m just getting started - I post more of these @vincentjmusi where I welcome your input. #greyhound


Video by @joelsartore | Yucatan box turtles are unique in that the males have quite striking facial pigmentation. Some are pigmented so strongly that it is almost reminiscent of makeup. Because males are so ornate, scientists once believed that female Yucatan turtles were a completely different species than their male counterparts. These turtles can only be found in the Yucatan peninsula and are very elusive; they are rarely encountered by humans and are often only seen during or after rain.
This male Yucatan box turtle at @OKCzoo loves to emerge from his hiding place for an evening mist before retiring for the night. He, along with three others of his kind are housed together and get along very well.
Turtles and tortoises are the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with wild populations across the globe declining sharply as a result of harvesting by humans for pet and food markets. In addition to caring for and breeding endangered turtles and tortoises, the @OKCzoo partners with the @TurtleSurvival Alliance (TSA) to conserve turtles. TSA works in turtle hotspots in 15 countries, leading conservation efforts that include enforcing laws that protect turtles, rehabilitating and releasing turtles confiscated from traffickers, and breeding and releasing endangered turtle species.
Check out @joelsartore for an up close portrait of a Yucatan box turtle.