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Video by @joelsartore | Northern white-faced owls like this one at the @cincinnatizoo are native to dry w... oodland forests and the scattered trees in the savannah of Northern and Central Africa. When encountering a large predator in nature, these owls will attempt to blend in with their environment by pulling their feathers inward and narrowing their eyes to slits in order to appear more like a broken tree branch. However, if they are approached by a creature their own size or just slightly larger, they will spread their wings wide in hopes that their enlarged appearance will scare their attacker away. Owls’ eyes are fixed in position so they are unable to move them like humans can. In situations where an owl needs to analyze its surroundings, their extremely flexible necks compensate for their lack of eye movement. Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees around and almost upside down in order to check its surroundings. Show More
Photo by @kirstenluce. Colombian tour operator On Vacation bring their guests to Monkey Island (Isla de l... os Micos) where you can be photographed with the dozens of small monkeys who live there. The monkeys are not native to this island and were brought here solely for tourists' enjoyment. To read more about animal exploitation in the Amazon, look for the article on Show More
Photo by @BrianSkerry. Fish sweep over a garden of hard corals on a seamount in a remote part of Raja Am... pat, Indonesia. Coral is susceptible to changes in seawater temperature and salinity, and presently nearly half of the ocean’s shallow corals have been degraded or killed. Creating large marine protected areas that keep ecosystems intact and resilient has helped combat these adverse effects. Marine conservation equals climate stability. For more ocean images and stories follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #coral #reef #explore #nature #ocean #pristine #conservation #climate #change #protect #photooftheday #follow #followme #instagood #fish #travelphoto #travelphotography #travel #coralreef Show More
Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodriguez ) View of San Francisco Bay salt. Since 1854, salt is one ... of San Francisco’s largest industries, with over 80% of its wetlands developed for salt mining. The salt ponds cover over 16,500 acres, most of which was owned by Cargill, Inc., an international food production and marketing company. In 2003, Cargill, Inc. sold 15,100 acres of the ponds to state and federal agencies, as well as private foundations, who are now in the process of restoring the land to its pristine tidal wetland beginnings. Photo by @christian_foto #salt #bay #instagram #sanfrancisco Show More
Photo by @FransLanting Palm trees dot a savanna in southern Madagascar. Once this great island supported ... an amazing cast of animal characters from pygmy hippos to giant tortoises with lemurs the size of gorillas and flightless elephant birds mixed in. They disappeared after humans colonized Madagascar some two thousand years ago. In many ways Madagascar is a microcosmos of our planet in peril. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from this remarkable Island. @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Madagascar #discover #explore #nature #wonder #amazing Show More
Photo @michaelchristopherbrown. A young native crosses White Clay Creek, which flows through the Pine Ri... dge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The eighth-largest Indian Reservation, Pine Ridge is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Show More
Image by @joelsartore | The Pallas Long-tongued bat from @HoustonZoo is the star of this #pollinatormonda... y and can be found from Northern Mexico all the way to Paraguay and Argentina. This little bat is thought to have the fastest metabolism of all mammals, similar to that of the hummingbird. In a single day, this bat can use up to 50% of its stored fat! The Pallas long-tongued bat earned its name for one reason: it has a specially evolved tongue that makes collecting nectar a breeze. When the bat extends its tongue, blood rushes into the area and expands special hair-like barbs on the bat's tongue, causing these barbs to stand upright. The barbs function like a mop and allow the bat to pull a great amount of nectar into its mouth in a very short amount of time, making it a highly efficient snacker. Indeed, it lives almost entirely off of nectar and pollen but is known to eat pieces of fruit and insects as well. Its quest for nectar results in the transport of a great amount of pollen from one flower to the next on its fur and snout, allowing it to pollinate as many as 34 different species of fruits and flowers. Many plant species also rely on this bat for seed dispersal when they pass through the droppings, allowing reseeding that's automatically fertilized in the process. . . #bats #bat #pollinatorhero #pollinator #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark Show More
Photo by @petekmuller. While on assignment for @natgeo in Kenya’s Masai Mara, I witnessed the rescue of a... young, male elephant calf. He’d been separated from his herd and, alone on the savanna, was vulnerable to predators. Park officials launched a rescue operation that was inspiring, chaotic and comedic at once. Here, we see the team attempting to subdue the calf before transporting him safely to an orphanage in Nairobi. Wary of risks related to over-sedation, the veterinary team was conservative in its dosage. For more on the operation, Check out my full dispatch on @natgeo and follow me @petekmuller. Show More
Photo: @andy_mann // An expressive Oceanic Whitetip Shark off the coast of Cat Island, Bahamas. Assessed ... as Critically Endangered in the Western Central Atlantic due to enormous declines in their population, some studies show a decline of over 99% in the last 30 years. For three years I've been working in the Bahamas with great organizations and biologists to tag and track pregnant female Whitetips, in hopes of learning where this evasive, pelagic shark goes to give birth. It is an absolute honor to be the water this this amazing shark. If we can find and protect their nursing grounds maybe we can help save this species from extinction. // #followme @andy_mann to see a frightening moment when I was suddenly startled at the surface by an unseen Whitetip. Show More
Photo by @williamalbertallard In 1986 I made my first effort to photograph Paris as an essay called “The... Sidewalks of Paris,” for National Geographic Traveler magazine. In the Latin Quarter I made this image of some street artists, some quick portrait sketchers, taking a cigarette break. The warm palette of the image is due to late afternoon sun falling on a collage of posters, old and new, some torn and casting shadows that add to the texture of the wall. A 1986 French-Canadian film called “Anne Trister” echoes itself across the image and forming the top of a triangle above the two artists is the American actor James Cagney, an iconic gangster in films of the 1930s and 40s. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images from Paris and other assignments over five decades. #paris #parís #france #parisart #parisstreet #parisstreetart #streetphotography #streetart #streetphotography #streetartists #williamalbertallard #pariseyeoftheflaneur Show More
Video by @bertiegregory. Glassfish pulsating in a cave in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. The diversity (the... number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures! Show More
Photo by @daviddoubilet. Can you see me? A camouflaged sargassum frogfish hides from predators in the flo... ating golden canopy of algae called sargassum in the Sargasso Sea, Bermuda. Large mats of this floating algae form a living ceiling on the sea providing a nursery for larval species and critical shelter for other vulnerable marine species such as sea turtle hatchlings. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment Sargassum: A Floating Forest // #ocean #sargassum #Bermuda #frogfish #sargassosea for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet Show More
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio During this week (October 12th-16th) in 1971 the then Shah of Iran host... ed days of festivities to mark 2500 years of the Persian Empire (Persian: ‫جشن‌های ۲۵۰۰ سالهٔ شاهنشاهی ایران‬‎‎). The celebration was to demonstrate the country's ancient civilization and showcase its contemporary advancements. These events centred around the archaeological sites of Persepolis and Pasargadae and have been dubbed the most expensive and lavish party in history. Another image of Persepolis taken in 2008 whilst on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. Darius I built the greatest palace at Persepolis on the western side of platform. This palace was called the Apadana.[26] The King of Kings used it for official audiences. The work began in 518 BCE, and his son, Xerxes I, completed it 30 years later. The palace had a grand hall in the shape of a square, each side 60m (200ft) long with seventy-two columns, thirteen of which still stand on the enormous platform. Each column is 19m (62ft) high with a square Taurus (bull) and plinth. The columns carried the weight of the vast and heavy ceiling. The tops of the columns were made from animal sculptures such as two-headed lions, eagles, human and Cows, Because cows are symbols of fertility and abundance in ancient Iran . Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonnorfolkstudio #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #archaeology #iran #Persian #Persianempire #Persepolis #shah #Achaemenid #Achaemenidempire #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #shiraz #fars # #party #worldparty #simonnorfolkstudio #documentary #igtravel #visualarchitects @simonnorfolkstudio #lighting #dusk #dariusthegreat #darius Show More
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Cliff cave art I stumbled into with @taylorfreesolo yesterday at the base of a ... seldom visited cliff face in the newly appointed Bears Ears National Monument. Spending time in this fragile desert landscape constantly affirmed the need to continue supporting its protection - both in terms of the unique physical ecosystem as well as these rare human expressions of ancient existence. #protectbearsears #publicland #bearsearsnationalmonument Show More
Photo by @irablockphoto// The Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco dates back to almost one thousand years ol... d and is one of the largest and oldest leather tanneries in Fes. Workers will stand in these vessels tending to the hides as they are being dyed, which can take many days. This process is virtually unchanged since medieval times. #followme @irablockphoto to see more of my images @natgeo @nategeocreative - - - #fez #fes #morocco #tannery #dyes #work #medina #leather #hides #chouaratannery Show More
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A Seychelles tree frog perches on a palm frond, waiting for tasty insects to... craw, slither or fly past. The Vallee de Mai on Praslin island is a Unesco World heritage site, a unique forest almost entirely made up of endemic palms. Shot on assignment for @natgeo Magazine in collaboration with @sif_seychelles Show More
Video: @cristinamittermeier // Galicia, a coastal community in Spain, has over 1,660 km (1,030 mi) of coa... stline, including its offshore islands and islets. I spent some time in Baiona, on the outlet of the Vigo Bay, at the end of last month, documenting sustainable fishing practices. Magic is never far away when living life near the ocean. On one particular day, perhaps because of abundant plankton in the water, a large pod of dolphins was spotted just off the coast. The women, harvesting Gooseneck barnacles in the intertidal zones said they had never seen so many at once before. We followed the pod for about 25 minutes. For more moments from life in and on the sea, #followme @cristinamittermeier #TurningTheTide | @galicianaturaleunica | #galicia | #dolphins | #oneearth | #spain | #drone | #travel Show More
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan offer the Muslim's ev... ening prayers, known as Maghreb outside an abandoned warehouse where they took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen Show More
Photos by @enricsala - Revilagigedo Islands, Mexico The Mexican government has committed to create a new ... National Park around the Revillagigedo Islands. These waters are like the Galapagos of Mexico. They harbor one of the largest abundance of sharks and giant manta rays in the world as well as humpback whales, dolphins and five species of sea turtles. With this visionary action, the Revillagigedo National Park will fully protect almost 15 million hectares and become the largest no-take area in North America. Thank you @epn @rafaelpacchiano @conanp_mx for this gift to the world. #Mexico #Revillagigedo @natgeopristineseas @maresmexicanos Show More
Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl - Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Shofiqa survived... a massacre of Rohingya at Tu Lar To Li in Burma. She is 15 years old. She watched as soldiers beat her 10 year old sister to death. They then beat Shofiqa unconscious. She woke up in a burning house and managed to escape. The Burmese military has committed forced deportation, murder, rape, and persecution against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, resulting in countless deaths and mass displacement. The crimes continue and the number of displaced has risen to half a million. #rohingya #crimesagainsthumanity #humanrightswatch Show More
Photo by @edkashi made in #Ghana where local women sell used clothes in a remote village #sustainablelivi... ng #africa #marketday Show More