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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Professional climber Sasha Digiulian carefully contemplates her next move on a small ledge while on-sighting a route on the sandstone cliffs of Waterval Boven, South Africa. In the climbing world, an on-sight essentially is walking up to the base of a route with no prior knowledge of it, and climbing it first try without falling or use of aided gear.
Photo by Acacia Johnson @acacia.johnson | On the spring sea ice, 10-year-old Horizon Willie gets a high five from her aunt, Leesie Naqitarvik, during a seal hunting trip on Canada's Baffin Island. The Inuit people lived a seminomadic hunting lifestyle here for nearly 5,000 years before settling in towns in the 1950s. As traditional life fades into memory, many families strive to preserve their cultural legacy by taking their children on long camping trips every spring, passing on traditional knowledge and skills. Leesie had traveled from her home in Ottawa to join her extended family for this important annual event. Follow me @acacia.johnson for more stories from the Arctic and beyond. #arctic #inuit #baffinisland
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Face-to-face with a saltwater crocodile, the world's largest reptile, on the Adelaide River in Australia, where crocodiles are known for jumping out of the water to grab chickens dangled from poles for tourists. To see more animal imagery, head over to @tbfrost
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Umbrellas fill an alley with color in the old town of Limassol, Cyprus. The city of Limassol has a rich history that goes back to around the second century B.C. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Limassol #Cyprus
Photos by Lynn Johnson @ljohnphoto | Connecting across time: As a young girl, Anne was photographed for a National Geographic story about Vincent van Gogh. She lived in St. Paul’s Asylum, in France, where van Gogh spent a year battling mental illness. Now, 23 years later, I photographed Anne, who is autistic, for an upcoming story about living on the autism spectrum. Both moments are seen side by side, printed on glorious bamboo Hahnemühle paper, in an upcoming exhibit at the Leica Gallery in L.A. @thephotosociety #Hahnemühle #NaturalLine #Bamboo
Photo by @brianskerry | An orca is about to eat a herring in the waters of the Norwegian Arctic. Orca migrate into fjords in this region during late fall and winter to feed on herring that often overwinter here. In late November the polar night occurs, with weeks if darkness on end. Successful feeding by the orca involves complex communication and echolocation; such specialized feeding strategies are examples of culture found among whale and dolphin families. #orca #norway #whaleculture #smartanimals
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride. | Two anglers are framed by the last of fall color on a tributary of the Colorado River. A study highlighted that the recreation value of this 1,500-mile river supports a $26 billion economy and a quarter million jobs—a powerful reminder of the value of flowing rivers. Sadly, I have seen how we ask too much of this lifeline; downstream it vanishes and no longer reaches the sea. To see more on fresh water, follow @pedromcbride. #Coloradoriver #water #flyfishing #catchandrelease #petemcbride
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | A termite mound is a ubiquitous landmark here in the Okavango Delta, and for this little one, merely a convenient resting spot. But what lies beneath those growing feline paws is anything but ordinary: legions of tiny creatures that have been furtively engineering this ecosystem into existence for millennia. We can only marvel at how the industry of a tiny creature could be such a mighty force here in the world’s largest oasis. As the termites build, their mounds rise up above the Okavango’s seasonal flood levels, and vegetation appears, drawing in grazers who deposit seeds. Trees and shrubs take hold, their roots knitting the soils of these islands-in-the-making together. It’s an ever forming world right at your feet, little cub. #keystonespecies #okavangolions #termitemound
Photo by @drewtrush | While I was working with @thelynxproject in Alaska, we managed to get a number of different animals on our camera traps, but perhaps none cuter than this baby moose. Alaskan moose are the largest of the subspecies, with adults weighing up to 1,400 lbs. To learn more interesting facts about wildlife, follow along with photographer @drewtrush. #moose
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Across Arab countries around the Persian Gulf for the past half century or so, the attire worn by men is traditionally called a thobe or dishdasha. Each country and region within has a few different details that identify the geography of the floor-length white gown worn by men. In Taif, the Saudi town where this photo is taken, men call this thobe design "mahared." #taif #saudiarabia
Photo by @joelsartore | A 24-day-old slow loris sits perched in one of its caretaker’s hands @endangeredprimaterescuecenter. This baby is named Captain Hook because he is missing a hand. To see another slow loris species, follow me @joelsartore. #slowloris #baby #cute #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @carltonward | This bobcat is the first visitor to a relatively new "camera trap," which is set on the fence line looking toward Big Cypress National Preserve from Green Glades West Ranch. The purpose of the camera position is to show that public and private lands work together as connected wildlife habitat, which is the foundation of the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor (@fl_wildcorridor). Part of my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo. #bobcat #Everglades @pathofthepanther #floridawild #keepflwild @bigcypressnps
Photo by @edkashi | Sugarcane workers prepare for a long day of work in the village of Santa Cruz Das Posses, Brazil, in 2011. The fields that surround this small farming community are part of the "emerald desert" of sugarcane in Brazil, which hosts the largest sugar and ethanol producers in the world. #brasil #sugarcane #latinamerica #agriculture #workers
Video by @bertiegregory | A grey wolf howls on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This particular wolf is part of a pack that takes on polar bears—the only pack in the world known to do this. This pack was bold, but whenever they came over to investigate us, we felt zero aggression, just curiosity. We humans have done terrible things to wolves. It’s thought that in 1600, there were two million wolves in North America. Due to 400 years of systematic extermination, there are now just 80,000. There is hope, though: they are on the comeback, but they still need us to stop persecuting them. These top predators keep herbivore populations in check, allowing countless other species to thrive. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #animals #wolves #wolf #snow
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto | When I lost my father suddenly almost a decade ago, I backpacked my way through India, getting lost, learning to see, and slowly healing my heart through the warmth and deep history of this very special place. India has been and always will be my greatest teacher. It’s a country that reveals itself in layers and with great patience. I was reminded of this when I made this image outside of Ghum Railway Station in West Bengal several months ago. I’d almost given up on the day, annoyed at myself for not being able to tap into my craft. I put my camera away, and just as I surrendered, this cinematic scene appeared before me. Slowing down, and letting a place reveal itself to you is all part of the process. Follow me @sarahyltonphoto for more travel stories #india #darjeeling #train
Video by @ronan_donovan | The standoff between predator and prey can last for hours or minutes. It all depends on the fitness, skill, and numbers of both species. Wolves must learn how to hunt the abundant prey in the region where they are born, and here in the high Arctic, at 80 degrees north, this subspecies of gray wolf has to learned how to hunt muskoxen. A relative of goats, muskoxen can weigh upwards of 800 pounds and are a formidable force when they stand together, like these three males. Predators are often forced to put themselves in mortal danger just to eat, so there is a good deal of calculation before rushing into a situation that could end in being gored or kicked. It’s a stressful event for wolves and prey. In this video a yearling female arctic wolf circles a herd on Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The rest of her pack stands just out frame. That big yawn at the start of the video is no doubt a sign of stress as this young wolf observes these muskoxen. The older wolves spotted a weakness in the oldest bull muskoxen. But together the shaggy beasts were impenetrable and the wolves were forced to look elsewhere for a meal. Follow along with @ronan_donovan to see more video and images of these wolves. There is also a 3-part series streaming now on @disneyplus about these wolves.
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | It was a lucky shot to fit an 80-foot long whale into a single frame. I took this photograph on my first immersion in the Azores, and I remember thinking to myself, boy, this is easy! I was wrong. Sleek and surrounded by nothing but the dark waters of the open ocean, the blue whale resembles a rocket ship suspended in space. They dive deep and they swim fast, so getting in the right place at the right time without disturbing their feeding is really hard. Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed, reaching mind-boggling dimensions of 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons—and all on a diet composed almost exclusively of krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans! Blue whales don't have any natural predators, but in the 1800s and early 1900s, they were hunted to the edge of extinction at the hands of humans. Today, they remain endangered, and we are still fighting to protect them. Follow me @Mitty to find out how you can join our movement at @SeaLegacy and support a healthy and abundant ocean. #Whale #History #TurningTheTide #Ocean #Conservation
Photo by @iantehphotography | I love this scene of children gleefully jumping into the water by the beach at St. Malo. The city is a walled port in Brittany, in northwestern France, on the English Channel. I was working on a story about the historical aspects of this province. In the past, it was notorious for privateering; today the city is a major tourist destination. #stmalo #summer #swimming
Polar bears dominate the Arctic animal headlines; it’s hard for anything to escape their shadow. In this episode, @bertiegregory meets an unexpected array of smaller species that each have their own peculiar but no less entertaining strategies for surviving in this brutal environment. The tiny arctic fox might look cute, but it’s actually a killing machine. The arctic hare may be fluffy and have comical ears, but it’s both a master of camouflage and one of the fastest animals here. The snowy owl has sacrificed speed for a mightier secret weapon: silence. We find a lemming (a tiny brown rodent) running around in a blizzard, a big mistake when silent assassins are flying overhead. Although these unsung heroes are some of the few who’ve perfectly adapted to this place, the environment is changing fast. Warming temperatures are allowing enemies to move north, encroaching on these Arctic specialists. Content sponsored by Destination Canada.
Photos by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | The 36,000-year-old paintings in France's Chauvet Cave are incredible. It's not just their state of preservation, it's that they record a lost world—lions, aurochs, bison, and rhinoceros all once lived in Europe and are recorded on the cave's walls. Caves often act as time capsules, preserving what things were like in the past. In the case of Chauvet, we have an evocative record of what long-extinct animals looked like from attentive artists. There is one detail that sometimes gets overlooked about this cave. The wall is covered by scratch marks from bears (Ursus spelaeus), which hibernated in the caves and presumably left the scratch marks while stretching as they woke up. Seeing the paintings in Chauvet was a profound experience and led me to create the nonprofit @ancientartarchive. We use 3D and VR technology to share the experience of standing in front of these ancient artworks.
Photo by Saumya Khandelwal @khandelwal_saumya | Walking along the Yamuna River in India has always been an exercise in exploration. The river is among the most polluted in the country, and its water has been declared unfit for any kind of usage. And yet the river is intricately weaved with daily life, religion, and traditions. I photographed the boy on Holi, the festival of colors, along the river. Follow me on @khandelwal_saumya for more.