Photo by @FransLanting | This is the time of year when the next generation of newborn emperor penguins gets its first look at the world beyond the belly feathers of their parents. They shelter the chicks on their feet to keep them from freezing on the sea ice where they gather. But it’s the melting of that sea ice that may become of a bigger problem for their survival. As Antarctica’s ice edge fractures under the forces of global warming, emperor penguins are going to become symbols of vulnerability just like polar bears already are for the Arctic. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about our changing planet. @ThePhotoSociety @LeonardodiCaprio @LeonardodiCapriofdn #Antarctica #Penguins #Planet #Climatechange #Earth
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. All of the islands in the Caribbean draw me in. Each with its own character. I’ve immersed myself most especially in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. I think I could easily go from island to island and never want to leave any of them. Yet Puerto Rico brings me back most often. We will announce soon details for our photo workshop in Old San Juan in February 2019. The wind picks up and a storm rolls in as I explore here the ruins of an old fortress and lighthouse. Waves crash against cliffs just yards away. Soon it will be dark. I pop a small $20 strobe to pick up detail. Minimalist. A palm bends. My mind is nowhere else but here. Obsessed with a wall. The photographer’s life.
Photos by @iantehphotography | I spent several days capturing life on this well-to-do residential street renamed after the civil rights icon, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, in Kolkata, India, for Nat Geo’s special issue on race last April. The first image of a vendor making drinks from sattu flour for his customers made the opening spread in the issue. Additional photos: a startled pigeon taking flight as a man walks by while on his phone, a young chai waiter smiling at me, the dappled shadows of leaves on the entrance of a street-lit yellow home, and finally, the plaque that explains the historical name change of the street to MLK Sarani. These are the myriad unfolding activities and scenes from day to the night. India’s native son Mahatma Gandhi, who led a peaceful resistance against British colonialism, was “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change,” said Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. #streetlife #calcutta #india #mlk #martinlutherking
Video by @lucalocatelliphoto | The planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years. Hunger Solutions about the future of farming, originally produced by @natgeo, has become a multimedia installation in collaboration with the video artist @alessandra_arno A journey that human eye pace through the robotic gaze for the first time. The technological evolution seen by the machine manifests itself as the only possible solution for survival in the near future. The estranged scenario of agricultural production is already a reality.
Here is the trailer of - 2050- a video installation premiered in Italy right now. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about my futuristic #stories #environment #agriculture #future #climatechange #anthropocene #videoart #art #multimedia #materia #2050
Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | Friends make round patties out of snow in Khinalug (also spelled Xinaliq) village, Azerbaijan's highest populated point. Located at 2,350 meters above sea level, this remote village, where about 1,000 shepherd families speak the unique and endangered language of Khinalug, managed to preserve its traditional way of life. Dating back to the period of Caucasian Albania, Khinalug is a cultural heritage site protected by UNESCO. For more human interest stories around the world, please follow: @renaeffendiphoto #village #culture #history #dailylife #azerbaijan #unique #language
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Orcas are one of the ocean's most efficient hunters, engaging in complex hunting practices. Individuals stay in close contact with each other during their hunt, and use echolocation to communicate. When hunting herring, a foundational species of the diet for some populations, orcas will carefully surround large schools of fish and strategically corral them into a ball. Once near the surface, the orcas will stun the fish with their tails, and take turns consuming the herring, one by one. It’s a sad fate for the herring, but this hunting technique is incredibly effective, and an impressive display of sophistication from these wild animals. The intelligence and social dynamics of orcas leads me to be constantly amazed on my dives with them. My team and I just finished up with our expedition in Norway, where we were photographing these incredible cetaceans. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos of orcas and for an upcoming campaign. #Norway #orca #ocean
Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Markus Vollack, a Swiss re-enactor, joined his fellow hobbyists at Fort Niagara State Park in July to commemorate the French and Indian War. The weekend involved battle reenactments, living history camps, and other educational demonstrations for the public — largely meant to teach park visitors about the history surrounding the war. Indigenous allies fought on both the French and British sides of the war. A couple dozen reenactors who specialize in Native American impressions represented the Iroquois, Wyandot, and Algonquin fighters who participated in the war. Most of the re-enactors were not Indigenous, and some came from as far away as Germany and Switzerland to participate. This is part of my first story for @natgeo on the appropriation of Native imagery and identity, out now in the December issue.
Photo by @amivitale | Ntipiyon Nonguta and her one-year old son Bernard, relax with their neighbors as they make beaded belts for the Loisaba Community Trust in Ewaso Village in Laikipia, Kenya. These women are in a community surrounding Loisaba Conservancy (@loisaba_conservancy) and are being supported and given access to international markets. Revenue from ecotourism is reinvested into neighboring communities like #Ewaso.
To get involved and learn more about community-based conservation, please follow @loisaba_conservancy and @amivitale.
@nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #kenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #northernkenya #africa #children #mothersandsons #mothers #empowerment #conservation #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @FransLanting | A culling of red deer in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is underway. This is a sad outcome to a debate over the most appropriate way to manage nature and wildlife in this wetland. For some, this was a chance to recreate nature on a scale that hadn’t been seen in the Netherlands in centuries. For others, the mortality of the horses and deer after a few bad winters became too much, and they demanded action. The Dutch government decided that the experimental approach needed to be replaced with a more conventional intervention of culling the large mammals back to a reduced population. If the plans get carried out, nearly 1,800 deer will be killed, and many hundreds of Konik horses will be removed. There are no easy answers for resolving this dilemma. I am sad that it has come to this. I hope that this won't be the last chapter in this saga and that it will fuel new ideas about the meaning of nature and wildness. #Oostvaardersplassen #RewildingEurope #Reddeer
Photo by @BrianSkerry | A tiger shark pup, about four days old, swims just below the surface in Hawaii. These animals are considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters. Researchers are now learning about behaviors that until recently remained a mystery. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and they face many challenges to survive. As with all species, the tiger shark faces declining populations worldwide as the demand for shark fins continues.
Like sharks, whales and other ocean animals? Follow @BrianSkerry to see more!
#tigershark #shark #savesharks
Photo by @brentstirton | This #blackrhino lost its horn to #poachers in #Zimbabwe. They left the animal for dead with multiple AK47 bullet wounds. This bull recovered briefly and walked through the bush for nearly a week in unimaginable pain and confusion. There were maggots breeding in his face when he finally died. We all lost another severely endangered black rhino bull to this incident, further depleting the gene pool of a magnificent species that we are losing. It’s no secret that rhinos are severely endangered today, yet China recently declared that it will once again allow trading of rhino and tiger parts domestically after a 25-year ban. They say this is to accommodate “farmed animals” bred in China. There are many reports on those farms, none of them good. Issues of severe inbreeding, starvation, and other abuses are common. There are also many reports that wild animals fetch higher prices on the Chinese market. Any legalization of these animal products throws open large loopholes for the illegal trade, stimulating poaching against severely endangered animals in countries that feed the illegal wildlife trade flowing into China. This is a very disappointing decision on the part of #China, especially so soon after they agreed to ban their domestic #Ivory trade.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A white rhino is dehorned at a rhino farm, Klerksdorp, NW Province, South Africa - Yesterday, the Chinese government made a devastating announcement reversing a 25 year ban on the sale and use of Rhinoceros and Tiger products. It will allow the use of powdered rhino horns and tiger bones for “medical research or in healing” from farmed rhinos and tigers in government certified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospitals - In a statement announcing the replacement of the 25-year old ban, the State Council said powdered forms of rhino horn and bones from dead tigers could be used in "qualified hospitals by qualified doctors”. The animal products can only be obtained from farms, it said, and added ‘“parts from those animals classified as ‘antiques' could be used in cultural exchanges if approved by the cultural authorities. Even if restricted to antiques and use in hospitals, this trade will surely increase confusion by consumers and law enforcers as to which products are, and are not legal, and would likely expand the markets for other tiger and rhino products. This comes on the very same day that WWF’s Living Planet Report reveals that “humanity has wiped out 60% of wildlife since the 1970s” and that the “Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions.” Follow me here @chancellordavid @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction to this more on this story and other work and projects.
Photo by @drewtrush | Mountain Climber, Mountain GOAT. My buddy Dan called this one a Mountain Wizard. It’s hard to believe they’re considered an invasive species in northwest Wyoming. Follow @drewtrush for more from this part of the world. •🏔 🐐• #wildlife #mountaingoats #commonground #publiclands
Follow Aaron Huey @argonautphoto on assignment in the slot canyons of #EscalanteNationalMonument in Utah today. On his feed he will be showing sites that were recently removed or otherwise affected when the monument was shrunk by nearly 50 percent and split into three smaller units by executive order. The Zebra slots here (carved over thousands of years by water in red and white striped sandstone) were not removed, but the trail to get to them, and the larger buffer area around them, were removed. This opens the area for potential resource extraction in the future. Photo credit: Drew Ludwig
Follow @argonautphoto in the coming days for other views and videos from these slots! (Note on access and climbing: The slot canyons of Escalante involve a great deal of climbing to get in and out, no surfaces were marked or damaged in this image or on this assignment, and climbing is not just allowed in all these slots, it's necessary to get out!)
Photo by @stevewinterphoto |GREAT NEWS!
The Chinese government, bowing to international pressure from environmental groups, stated it would temporarily reinstate a ban on the use of rhino horn and tiger bone. Tiger parts were taken off the approved list of medicines more than two decades ago. Rhino horn has no medicinal value; it's made of keratin, - like our hair or fingernails.
Chinese medicine consists primarily of herbal remedies; a small but very lucrative market exists for rhino horn and tiger bone and parts of other endangered species. Tiger parts are used by the wealthy as status symbols, such as tiger skin furniture or tiger bone wine.
China breeds tigers in farms, a practice that has to stop to save wild tigers. India is the home of the largest population of tigers like the one above, but Indians typically do not use tiger products. Check out @wildlifeprotectionsocietyofindia @eiaenvironment @WildAid @IFAW @africanparksnetwork
Photo by @ronan_donovan | This Yellowstone wolf is known as Mr. Blue. He was born a black wolf and his fur has changed from black to this cool steely blue-gray color. He’s lived most of his life within the borders of Yellowstone National Park and throughout that time he's had at least 6 different female mates. Some have been killed by rival packs, some killed by human hunters and one was taken stolen by a rival pack. One of the most amazing aspects of Mr. Blue’s character is that he has this ability to mingle his way into existing wolf packs. He must have that perfect personality mix of non-threatening, submissive behavior and perhaps it's his age shows in the color of his fur. Knowledge is power in both humans and in wolves, so perhaps Mr. Blue’s epic life experiences make make his acceptance into other packs possible.
Hop on over to @ronan_donovan to see videos of Mr. Blue being kissed by one of his mates.
Photo by @FransLanting | This black rhino may be helped by a glossy starling to get rid of pesky insects, but she is on her own against poachers who stalk her equipped with military hardware. On Sept. 22 we celebrate World Rhino Day and I’d like to draw attention to their plight and salute the organizations which are determined to stop the slaughter. That includes the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya where this image was made, which has set up its own paramilitary response team. Please, check out the links and consider supporting them in any way you can because only when we band together can we turn the tide. Please follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with rhinos. @LeonardodiCaprio @LeonardodiCapriofdn @Wildaid @World_Wildlife @Lewa_Wildlife #Wildaid #WorldRhinoDay #Rhino #SaveTheRhino #AspinallFoundationn #endangered #protection #naturelovers
Photos by @TimLaman | We announced this discovery earlier this year, but now it’s published in the Oct. issue of @NatGeo magazine! The newest member of the Bird-of-Paradise family is the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, which turns out to be distinct from its cousin, the more familiar Greater Superb. Swipe the image to see the transformation that happens when this male raises his cape. The blue spots are not his eyes (which are black and barely visible), but are fake eye-spots and part of his dazzling display to females. When he opens his mouth, it’s bright yellow inside – just to add more flash! Watch him dance at the video link in profile @BirdsofParadiseProject, and follow @TimLaman and @BirdsofParadiseProject to see more amazing bird-of-paradise behaviors and discoveries. #newspecies #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Papua #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #superbbirdofparadise #superb #yearofthebird
Photo by @FransLanting | The other night I had the great honor of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a ceremony in London’s magnificent Natural History Museum. I was given a wonderful sculpture of a bull elephant. When my partner in life and work @ChristineEckstrom examined it closely, she realized it had been modeled after a photo I had made on assignment for @natgeo years ago of a famous elephant named ""Survivor"" in Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley. Survivor lived through a previous poaching holocaust in the 1980s and he was written up in Mark and Delia Owens' books ""Eye of the Elephant"" and ""Survivor’s Song."" The bull elephants depicted here, which I photographed in Botswana one memorable evening, lived more tranquil lives thanks to its government’s enlightened policy of putting a moratorium on elephant hunting, but even there the tide is turning. Nearly one hundred elephants were found poached in an area recently that had been a safe haven for years. I’m sharing this image in honor of all elephant champions including the late Paul Allen, and respectfully ask that you consider supporting the organizations that can turn the current poaching crisis around and secure a future for elephants. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more. @elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants @wildaid @wildnetorg #elephants #elephantcrisisfund #ivory #nhm_wpy #conservation #wildlifephotography #wildlife.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | A possible future king of Duba Plains. The Okavango is characterized by wide-open plains of short grass interspersed with numerous termite mounds. These mounds are hugely important in this ecosystem. While termites play an important role in breaking down dead vegetation, their towering mounds provide homes to a number of animals—from warthogs to aardvarks. When termites emerge after the rains in millions—winging their way across the landscape—they feed many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals, and even lions sometimes. The mounds also supply important dry ground when the system floods, shade during the heat of the day, and an excellent vantage point for predators to survey the landscape and plan their next hunt. This little lion has a long way to go until he takes down his first lechwe, but from a good vantage point he'll be able to watch his mother and aunts as they hunt—and he will learn. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains
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