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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Hello Dali - sun breaks through clouds lighting up Erhai Lake. One thing you can always count on here is a beautiful ring of clouds above the mountains that surround this lake. Erhai means ear shaped lake. I first visited Dali following the Mekong River for Natgeo, from source to mouth in 1989. Foreign journalists were not permitted in Yunnan at the time and no tourism even among Chinese existed. Fishermen and farmers from the Bai Minority inhabited small villages along its shores. The mild climate, clean air and pure waters have made it a huge tourist mecca today. #Dali #erhailake #Yunnan #china #clouds @thephotosociety @Natgeo.media @natgeocreative
Photo by @andreabruce : Hello, I’m posting images from the August Natgeo story on sanitation. More specifically, open defecation. An uncomfortable subject…but important. Without proper sanitation, good water is hard to fine. In India, most villages receive their water from wells which are often contaminated through open defecation. Gram Vikas is an aid organization that works with villages to supply toilets and tap water, like this tap in Bhubaneswar, India. If a household splits the cost of building a toilet, Gram Vikas gives them a faucet of running water inside their home. #india #sanitation @noorimages
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Video by @melissalesh and @tbfrost | Very excited that in the coming days National Geographic will be publishing online my photographs of the complex relationship between saltwater crocodiles and people that was shot over nearly 4 years, starting in 2013. It was a hard story to tell because of some of what I saw and it will undoubtedly make some angry and sad because there are hunting photos and hunting is controversial. But I implore you to consider how the hunting is done and how it is involved in the successful conservation of crocodiles in Australia . I have plans to go back and keep documenting how the lives of crocs and people intertwine in Australia but for now enjoy the upcoming article and keep your eyes out for brand new video of wild crocodiles on the nat geo instagram stories. I can't tell you exactly why I love crocodiles because there are too many reasons. For example, look how this crocodile, aptly Named jaws, disappears under the surface , scarcely creating a ripple. Is there are animal out there that is seemingly as choreographed as a crocodile? I'm not sure there is. Please head over to @tbfrost to see more videos and photos that didn't make the cut where I'll also be sharing stories about why i decided to do this story and what it took to make this happen. #followme @tbfrost
Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans cling to each other in northern Borneo. Like humans, they need affection and care from their mothers in order to become healthy adults. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive outside of Africa. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Baby orangs are also victims of the illegal pet trade—captured by poachers who kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend upon to insure that our next of kin on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our lifetime. I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting them, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Wild Aid. I share this image in honor of World Orangutan Day, Saturday August 19. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of endangered animals around the world. @wildaid @world_wildlife @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Love #Twins #Orphans
Photo by @ciriljazbec / Story about my hometown Trzic in Slovenia that I worked on for @natgeotravel is published online. World-renowned ice climber @klemenpremrl descends the Dovžan Gorge in Trzic. Just a short drive from Tržič in the heart of the Karavanke mountain range lies the fossil-covered, 300 million-year-old Dovžan Gorge. The older folk of Tržič say that dragons once roamed there and that one of them is responsible for the creation of Tržič. Follow more from this story @ciriljazbec and @natgeotravel. #Trzic #Slovenia #climbing #dragons #dovzangorge
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Video by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodríguez ) on assignment for @natgeo in Colombia. Returning from my assignment in Tame, Arauca, where we traveled in the region known as Llano Colombiano, we found this group of white herons. White herons, also known as great egrets, are widely distributed across most tropical and temperate regions of the world and they build nests in colonies near the water. Like a story from Gabriel García Márquez, in the very last hours we were given a treasured memory from of one of Colombia’s most beautiful regions. Video by @christian_foto on assignment for @natgeo in Colombia. #elllano #colombia #gabo
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Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Alcohol is dumped into the mouth of a dead woman to preserve her body in Indonesia. To see what happens next follow @brianlehmannphotography.
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Photo by @jimmy_chin Our quiet, unassuming camp below Shivling and Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya. At the time we had no idea where the journey would take us. Grateful we got a glimpse of the other side, and grateful for everyone who took it with us.
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Video by @bertiegregory. A 12ft wide oceanic manta ray comes blasting out of the blue with an entourage of baitfish. Last July I was lucky enough to swim with these incredible creatures as they aggregated off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. The baitfish use the manta's enormous body as a shield from aerial predators, allowing them to feed safely near the surface. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!
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Video by @JimRichardsonNG Making the run from Tobermory to Inverie off the west coast of Scotland. Great swelling seas outside my cabin. Aboard the Lord of the Glens. @natgeotravel #scotland @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative
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Video by @pedromcbride Pete McBride // The weather of the summer monsoons roll through the Grand Canyon providing precious moisture to this arid landscape. We welcomed storms for water but feared them because of flash flooding and lightning during our 800-mile hike through this remote landscape. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #chasingrivers #grandcanyon #timelapse #nature #humility
Photograph by @paulnicklen // We sat quietly in our small boat while a young female polar bear contemplated our presence. It is fun to watch how they deal with the fine balance between curiosity and fear. She wanted to come close and check us out but she was also a bit nervous. She must have started to walk away over thirty times before immediately turning around to come and inspect us. Eventually, she wandered off down the beach. She was an incredibly healthy looking little bear and it was great to see a bit of animal fat still stuck to her nose as she would have feasted recently. #followme on @paulnicklen to see another young bear floating by on a chunk of sea ice. #bear #NMCA #nature #ice #beauty #glacier #ice #marine #beauty #instagood #picoftheday
Photos @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo on the #climatechange issue. Here we are at Wanderland in the northwest of Germany where an old nuclear cool tower that never operate is now used as amusement ride. This futuristic image represents the hopes of Germany. By 2050 Germany aims to be a new kind of wonderland, an industrial country that will use at least 80 percent from renewable energy. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more tech solution about #climatechange #renewableenergy #innovation #sustainableliving #transition #energy #future #space #earth #nuclear
Photo by @amivitale. Female elephant Shaba leads the herd of orphaned elephants living at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned or abandoned elephant calfs into the wild. Rehabilitating these elephants so close to where they were found helps improve the chances of them being able to reconnect with their family herds once they are ready to leave the care of the attentive wildlife keepers. You can learn more about Reteti in this month's National Geographic. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #retetielephants #kenya #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
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Video by @renan_ozturk // Rain wisps dancing over Wolf's Head peak in the Wind River mountain range of Wyoming. This designated wilderness is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is also one of the most intact temperate/alpine ecosystems in the world. ~ While spending the last week here climbing with @taylorfreesolo, we saw the effects of climate change induced beetle kill that has swept over most other parts of the Rockies within the last few decades. The forests throughout the Winds used to be the last vestige of safety for trees like the Whitebark Pine because it stayed colder here. But now even in this high alpine range the winters are warmer, the cold snaps fewer, and the beetle populations are flourishing. #windriverrange #actonclimate @treefighter @austin_siadak @jackrees20
Photo by @andreabruce : Hello, I’m posting images from this month’s NatGeo story on sanitation. More specifically, open defecation. An uncomfortable topic, but an important one for people, especially children, all over the globe. I spent much of the year awkwardly asking people if I could follow them to the bathroom, whether that was in a house or in a field. Bottomline: If we don’t have healthy systems for sanitation, we won’t have clean water. About half of the Indian population defecates outside without using toilets. The result is that children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients — causing 117,000 Indian children die each year from diarrhea, according to Unicef. The current Indian government is trying to change this. Here, a man takes a bucket for washing with him as he takes a walk to defecate in the fields in Uttar Pradesh. #sanitation #india #cleanindiacampaign @noorimages
Photo by @edkashi As a rainbow colored sunset ends another day in the Old Port, the people of Marseille, France go about their business on Sept. 14, 2010. NASA states that industrial activities that the modern civilization depends on have raised atmospheric carbon dioxide levels from 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million in the last 150 years. These increased concentrations have caused the greenhouse effect to occur where heat that was radiated from earth toward space becomes trapped, and subsequently @everydayclimatechange ensues. #ECC #everydayclimatechange #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #actonclimate #NASA #rainbow #marseille #france #atmosphere #carbondioxide #CO2 #greenhouseeffect #globalwarming #transit
Photo by @FransLanting The afterglow of a fiery sunset in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is turning the water of a placid lagoon purple while my strobe illuminates the face of a caiman floating along. Millions of caiman were killed in the Pantanal for their skins, but since they were granted protection their numbers have rebounded and today they may be as numerous as they once were. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wildlife around the world. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Pantanal #Caiman #Protection #sunset #wildlife #wildlifephotography
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Photo by @patrickwitty | Post-thunderstorm sunset near @natgeo headquarters in Washington, DC. #sunsets #washingtondc
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 @natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with @maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall @erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks #followme @thomaspeschak
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for @natgeo @natgeocreative