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2017/03/29 09:58:59
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Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Dangling by her #teeth, Rebecca Ostroff performs the #iron jaw on the #trapeze at the Kelly Miller #Circus. To see a close up #view of how she does this, #follow @brianlehmannphotography.

2017/03/29 06:58:32
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Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial A Baobab tree and the milky way, Botswana. Baobabs trees store water in the trunk (up to 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons) to endure tough droughts. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see a hippo "hair flip"...Baobabs produce faint growth rings, most likely annually, but they are not reliable for aging purposes, because they are difficult to count and usually fade away as the wood ages. Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals though. A specimen known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees in the world. How amazing is that? #baobabtree #mattiasklum #protectbiodiversity #botswana #africa #ancient #tree #stars #milkyway @mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @natgeo

2017/03/29 04:09:46
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo When the temperature dips below 28 degrees in the Bering Sea, freezing spray on a windy day can prove dangerous as ice builds on the railings, equipment, decks, and pots stacked on a commercial crab fishing boat. This is the early stage of icing conditions, but as the ice grows, the surface area for new ice to form increases, and if not chopped can grow exponentially heavy in stormy seas. -------------------------------- Join me this Saturday, April 1, 3-6 pm at @richardhellergallery in Santa Monica, CA for the opening of my new exhibition #AleutianDreams Click my profile link at @arni_coraldo for a preview. If in Portland, Oregon join me April 6, 5-8pm at @hartmanfineart and say hello! #natgeo #beringsea #commercialfishing #ice #freezingspray #fishwork #laart #la #alaska #ocean #cold #exhibition #portlandart

2017/03/29 00:39:17
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Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade @brianmoghari and @mckenziebarney Bald Eagles can throw a lot of variables your way as a wildlife filmmaker. The combination of the birds agility mixed with distance and speed can make aerial predation one of the most challenging behaviors to capture. But the payoff is totally worth it. You can almost feel the power of the predator as it collides with its prey. But this behavior was one we never witnessed until filming in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico. Adult Bald Eagles playing with their food. Juveniles are likely to do this as they are still maturing, but what an experience it was to film an adult behaving in this way. After speaking with local biologist @goyettemegan we learned that adults do sometimes in fact play with their food. For an animal that commands so much respect in the avian world, who would of known they get their kicks this way. Check out the entire sequence in my series #WildUntamed on or click the link in my personal bio.

2017/03/29 00:12:40
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Photo by @christian_foto I took this photo during my assignment in Bolivia for @natgeotravel. La Paz is the seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The city, located in west-central Bolivia, 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a valley created by the Choqueyapu River and sits in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. Christian Rodriguez @christian_foto for @natgeotravel #locoto #rocoto #lapaz #Bolivia

2017/03/28 21:27:47
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot called "Facing Your Fears," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to understand and express your fears. To submit your photos and stories, go to There are only 6 days left! Following a college art project in which I painted giant oil, acrylic and linseed oil canvases of the view looking down skyscrapers in Manhattan, NYC, I had faced and overcome my fear of heights, enabling me to take photographs like this one deep underground in China in one of the worlds largest vertical pits. At over 1500ft (500m) deep, Miao Keng in Wulong, China is taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. #natgeoyourshot

2017/03/28 18:57:46
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. A leopard seal patrols an iceberg on which a group of fledging penguins, on their first swim out to sea, have become stranded. As the standoff between “predator and prey” played out I found myself cheering at times for the cute penguins, and at times for the hungry seal. All life here is tied to healthy ice and we must do everything we can to stop the effects of climate change in places like this. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. * * * To see more images from this assignment, please #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier #beauty #love #naturelover #photographersforAntarctica #babypenguins #cute #seal

2017/03/28 16:24:12
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This was lunch time today in cafeteria C-1 at Foxconn, the biggest IT manufacturer in the world, in Guangdong Province, China. Foxconn has some 120,000 employees at this facility, which feels like a city of its own, with a central kitchen that is the largest in Asia. Increasing wealth in China has led to a shift in diet towards more protein and dairy products, which has turned the country into the world’s largest importer of food. #onassignment for @natgeo To see more, go to @geosteinmetz

2017/03/28 15:53:00
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A green turtle rests underwater in the shadow of a mangrove tree. Convoluted bays and inlets penetrate deep into the harsh lava landscape of some of the most westerly Galápagos Islands. Many of these hidden realms are sanctuaries for sea turtles which probably seek them out due to the water being warmer than the adjacent ocean. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak

2017/03/28 13:35:23
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Photo @ladzinski / Dark burn marks decorate the exterior of a #giantSequoia tree in #SequoiaNationalPark, likely the result of a lightning strike. The bark of these remarkable trees is quite fire retardant, encasing the tree with an armor as thick as 3 feet which protects the heartwood interior. These trees are among the oldest and the tallest in the world, endemic to the Sierra Mountains of California. They are currently faced with a new threat, draught and rising heat index. Some are beginning to show signs of stress, brought on from the affects of #climateChange. These trees can drink as much as 500 gallons of water per day, hinging their existence heavily on the need for abundant water. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo

2017/03/28 10:54:06
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Photo for @natgeo by @jenniferhayesig A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will. Photographed on @natgeo assignment Inside the Coral Triangle Philippines. #ocean #philippines #shark #krill #whaleshark #coraltriangle #extreme for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig

2017/03/28 06:54:28
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Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). "And what's behind that one?" My sons going for a stroll in the Taklamakan desert, in Xinjiang/China. We were on our way far beyond these dunes, to the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan, heading there for an upcoming @natgeo story. What an incredible luxury it was to work alongside my family. Follow @paleyphoto for @natgeo stories. @natgeocreative #desertexploration #likefatherlikeson

2017/03/28 06:00:53
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Video by @renan_ozturk @camp4collective// text by @jetbutterflies - The extremely elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in the snow at an altitude of 15,000 feet in Nepal’s little-known Dorpatan Hunting Reserve. These animals are one of the main food sources for Snow Leopards. ~ Despite spending upwards of a week climbing, crawling, and slogging through waist-deep snow in pursuit of the sheep, we were unable to get much closer than these images reveal. ~ Founded to attract international trophy hunters and tourism revenue, Dorpatan is one of the highest hunting areas on the globe. In the mid-nineties, the park was a stronghold for the Maoist rebels who waged a guerrilla war against the Nepal Government for over a decade. During this time, poaching of blue sheep and other exotic species was rampant. ~ Now, a handful of elite hunters travel here each year bringing much-needed employment to the area. The sheep population is now healthy and growing, although local poachers still operate in the more remote reaches of the park using weapons and techniques left over from the ciivl war. #himalayanhunt #nepaliloveyou ~ @nomadic49ak @bennyob301 @irish_goodbye

2017/03/28 04:24:27
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Photo by @FransLanting Young albatrosses take many months to mature before they’re ready to take flight and head off to sea. These black-browed albatross chicks have a long way to go before they can lift their wings and become the supreme flyers sailors have admired for centuries. They’re all sitting on mud nests built by their parents, who are searching the open ocean for squid to take back to their downy offspring in the Falkland Islands. I love albatrosses! To me they are among the most amazing creatures on the planet. I never get tired of watching them and photographing them. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories from the Southern Ocean. @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #naturelovers #life #picoftheday #ocean #inspire #wildlifephotography #amazing

2017/03/28 01:01:43
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@RobertClarkphoto The sunsets behind Manhattan in a view from Williamsburg, Brooklyn

2017/02/07 11:20:34
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Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner. In cold weather, a normally reddish brown ermine changes into its white winter coat: a perfect camouflage adaptation for this small and fast predator. Unpublished photograph from my @natgeo magazine story ‘Paradise Found’. Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo. #white #winter #snow #cold #perfect

2017/01/12 10:59:38
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Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner. At dawn, a young male brown bear is moving in front of my blind in the Finnish taiga. An unforgettable morning. This photograph made my bear’s book cover - ‘The nights of the bear’. Six months of work, between the spring and autumn of 2008, were needed to accomplish this photographic work. 80 nights spent in my blind documenting each season of the bears’ lifecycle. Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo. #bear #male #night #Finland #taiga #book #cover #work

2017/03/05 16:33:13
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photo by @jenniferhayesig A harp seal pup seeks shelter from the wind as it waits for its mother to return to its ice nursery in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence near Prince Edward Island. This image was taken during a moderate winter when limited sea ice had formed. This year, like many others is not normal, it is record setting warm. THIS WEEK thousands of pregnant female harp seals are struggling to find ice strong and suitable enough to birth their pups. There is very little ice in the gulf this season and what has formed is thin and too weak to sustain wind and waves. Pups born on bad ice drown when storms demolish their nursery. This lack of ice in the Gulf is becoming a turning point for this species as they struggle to reproduce in these waters. We are on standby to journey the harp seals and to document their struggle for ice, watch @natgeo for developing information. Image with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #baby #climatechange #extreme #beauty #canada #harpseal. HEY #BUFFALO join us March 14 at Kleinhans Music Hall for National Geographic Live Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice, an evening of seamounts , sharks and life in the ice with harp seals. For #moreocean @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig

2017/01/19 06:08:53
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Photo by @andy_mann // While out searching for new dive sites off Selvagem Pequena Island, a remote archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, we observed this seemingly random wave rise from the depths. A true sea monster. We decided to have a look under it and quickly found an amazing sea-mount full of life. Always expect the unexpected at sea. Photographed on expedition with @natgeopristineseas, whose efforts have officially helped to protect this special place.

2016/11/14 04:44:56
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Photo by @pedromcbride || Super moon over Manhattan - the biggest and brightest moon we have seen in nearly 70 years. To see more, go to @pedromcbride. #moon #luna #gratitude #nyc

2017/01/23 20:32:33
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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio A bi-eyed husky – with one blue and one brown eye. Photographed in the Kamchatka Peninsula, far-eastern Russia.The use of the term 'husky’ is recorded from the mid nineteenth century for dogs kept by Inuit people. They are an ever-changing cross-breed of the fastest sled-pulling dogs. During the 1930s the Stalinist authorities targeted every vestige of ‘non-soviet’ culture, including native dog breeds. They considered sled dogs outdated creatures that should be replaced by motorised transport, however when their mechanical machines got stuck in the snow they realised the true value of these these remarkable animals. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. simonnorfolkstudio @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #igtravel #onassignment @world_wildlife #husky #Kamchatka #камчатка #dog #dogs #wolf #direwolf #gameofthrones #siberia #nature

2017/02/11 00:23:06
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Photo by @amivitale. A baby panda snoozes in the trees at Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Pandas spend half the day eating, and sleep at least a few hours between each meal. Panda cubs learn to climb trees early to avoid predators while their mothers forage for food. Although their diets do not provide them with much energy, baby pandas are playful and love to explore. Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world! @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #chengdu #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale

2016/12/16 03:09:35
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Photo @ladzinski / @bookofsamuel getting in an icy vertical lap on the #TheFang, a classic ice pillar in #Vail #Colorado

2016/11/12 13:31:29
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Photo by @CoryRichards. Zebra and elephants share the banks of the lower Cuito River near Meno a Kwena Tented Camp. Shot on assignment for @natgeo profiling the source of the Okavango Delta's water in the Angolan highlands. The team, lead by Steven Boyes PhD traveled over 1,200 miles by Mekoro doing the first descent of the Cuito river and mega transect of the Okavango's source, its outlet in the delta, and its ultimate end in Makgadikgadi Pans. Congrats to @larryjalapeno @dave.krugman @storytellers.s @live_free_run_far for winning the @natgeobook and @natgeomuseum #natgeoinspires photo challenge. Keep sharing what inspires you.

2017/02/03 14:04:05
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Photo @ladzinski / It's good to feel small from time to time and stepping foot into the #GiantForest of #sequoianationalpark, you certainly do. Sequoia trees are among the oldest living trees on earth, some living in excess of 3,000 years old. You don't get to this age without being resilient. Sequoias are a very thirsty tree so to speak, requiring a lot of water. In recent decades heat index has been slowly on the rise, coupled with the drought in California, is making life at lower elevations difficult for sequoia's. Some are showing signs of stress, shedding needles in an effort to fight the heat. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo

2017/01/10 17:50:27
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Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner. A male brown bear is closely approaching my blind in the Finnish taiga. But no danger: he’s just curious. During the past few years, I've spent weeks observing and photographing bears and I started recognise each individual roaming in the area. Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo. #bear #male #ecotourism #Finland #taiga #curiousity

2017/03/19 06:00:43
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Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while on #assignment for @natgeo // Leopard seals time their arrival at penguin colonies to coincide with chicks going to sea for the first time. The chicks are inexperienced and are at a very vulnerable stage in their journey of life. Fortunately, these few were able to seek momentary reprieve on the nearest iceberg. But, leopard seals are effective and patient hunters and this seal eventually got a couple of penguins. With all of that said, the biggest threat to penguins and their survival as a species is climate change. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this amazing ecosystem. With @sea_legacy @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @ladzinski @craigwelch and @ianvaso #antarctica #nature #naturelovers #follow #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #penguin #ice #iceberg #explore #adventure #expedition

2017/03/25 22:08:16
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Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while #onassignment with @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski @andy_mann and @sea_legacy for @natgeo. A juvenile blue-eyed shag approaches me to inspect itself in my dome. No matter where I swam and no matter what I was trying to photograph, the curiosity of these young cormorants got the best of them. They poked, prodded and inspected every part of my dive gear. I fought back laughter and decided to quit running from them and grab a fun portrait. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this icy dreamscape. #gratitude #nature #beauty #earthhour #naturelovers

2017/03/17 01:57:53
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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th! Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! This huge male tiger feels the need to show us who is the boss here in Bandhavgargh National Park, India. We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. There are only 3400 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves! Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

2017/03/13 12:25:07
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Photo by @jimmy_chin A moody post storm afternoon in Yosemite. #bridalveilfalls #onlocation #onassignment #magiclight @natgeo