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5 tags and 4 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Last prayers of the day at Yusof Ishak Mosque draws a crowd. It’s the 8th day of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection. #ramadan #prayers #whatmakessg #devotion @natgeoasia @natgeocreative . For more on #Singapore and the Far East, check out @yamashitaphoto
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0 tag and 3 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - A young rat pokes its head out of a hole in the road on West Broadway at dawn this morning. Garbage and close proximity to construction sites are two factors that allow rats to thrive in this part of Lower Manhattan. Shot on assignment for for @natgeo with the help of @georgemckenziejr
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3 tags and 2 profiles in descriptionPhoto @ladzinski / From the car it looked like a mirage, blurredly wobbling in the distance from the heat reflecting off of the desert. As we drew in closer however it was an even stranger site; a giant cinder cone isolated in the #SalarDeArizaro salt flat towering at roughly 400 feet tall. A #minorVolcano that never generated enough power to erupt. It’s considered sacred to the local Aymara people and a surreal geological feature to see at any angle. I shot this vertical pano here from roughly 1,500 feet above the desert floor, this aerial vantage really shows the isolation and contrast of this incredible #cinderCone . To see more photos from this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski
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1 tag and 2 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by @PaulNicklen // Spirit Bears, or Kermode Bears, need a thriving and diverse ecosystem to survive, and in turn, these bears play a vital role in preserving and fostering the health of British Columbia’s coastline. When any species is in distress, the entire ecosystem feels the ripple effect—including us. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to learn why the balance of British Columbia's ecosystem is at a critical tipping point.
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3 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo this week in West Africa. Small shark heads are set out to dry beside the harbor in Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Shark fishing is illegal here, but there is a lot of by-catch. The fins are sent to China for soup, and the meat and heads are sold in Nigeria and Spain. Only by identifying problems like this can we begin to find solutions. To see more from my current fieldwork in West Africa follow @geosteinmetz #fishing #sustainability
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0 tag and 3 profiles in descriptionImage by @Joelsartore | Blood pythons like this one at @TheOmahaZoo can grow to be almost 6 feet (1.8 m) in length! They reside in southeast Asia and feed on a variety of mammals and birds. These snakes are non-venomous but sometimes can be aggressive and deliver a painful bite when threatened or aggravated. Snakes like this are incredibly important to the environment. Without them, we would be completely overrun with rodents, which would be detrimental to crops, property, and our general health. To see another picture of this python visit @joelsartore
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18 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhoto and words by @BrianSkerry . A spinner dolphin calf - seen in the foreground - with a plastic bag encircling its head swims with her mother in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. While working on a story about dolphins for @natgeo , I saw this mother dolphin playing with a plastic bag. Dolphins often pick up objects floating in the sea - such as seaweed or leaves - and play games, passing the object to another dolphin swimming behind them. In this case the adult dolphin passed the bag to her calf. The calf picked up the plastic bag and in the process the bag slipped over her head and formed a ring behind her eyes. I was swimming as hard as possible alongside the animal and was trying to reach the calf to pull off the bag, but she stayed just beyond my reach. It was frustrating and horrifying to see this happening so close to me and yet I was unable to help. Eventually, the young dolphin leap into the air, twirling around, as spinner dolphins do to dislodge parasites (hence the name spinner dolphins). On her second attempt, the bag flew off of her head and she was free! I picked up the bag, brought it to the boat and disposed of it once back on land. Plastic is a serious problem for every creature on the planet. To learn more about these fascinating creatures and the threats that humans pose to them, and to see photos from my adventures around the world, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #spinner #dolphin #dolphins #ocean #underwater #photography #nationalgeographic #natgeo #travel #hawaii #oahu #water #tropical #animals #photooftheday #onassignment #planetorplastic #plastic
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6 tags and 8 profiles in descriptionPhotos by @CarltonWard >>> My first grant from the National Geographic Society was for the first Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition (2012). Starting in Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades north to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Swipe right for a map showing our route, alongside the route of our 2015 expedition (also supported by NGS) that followed the western reaches of the Corridor from the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando around the Gulf Coast to Alabama. My next few posts will share photos from these expeditions, starting with a moment during the first week when Joe Guthrie (background) and I were push poling our kayaks through the sawgrass of the Shark River Slough in the heart of Everglades National Park (remote camera mounted to my bow). See @carltonward for a photo of a crocodile we saw on our first day paddling. We didn’t see people outside our team for several days as we explored the vast watery wilderness of this World Heritage Area that arguably has the most to lose if we fail to protect a corridor to keep the Everglades connected to its headwaters in Central Florida and the rest of the country beyond. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to this same issue through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. The third photo shows new development squeezing a fragile bottleneck in the Corridor near Orlando. Please share this story so we can help save the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor please and connect with me @carltonward . @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo . #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild . Expedition members not pictured: @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman .
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3 tags and 5 profiles in descriptionVideo by @renan_ozturk Summit of The North Shooter tower in #bearsearsnationalmonument last night captured from an ultralight trike aircraft. It was such a honor to climb the tower with Matt Redd whose family has run the cattle ranch on this land for generations and to hear the cowboy perspective on the conservation of this space. Stay tuned for @argonautphoto ’s feature article on Bears Ears coming soon. With @jamesqmartin @shotsfromabove #cowboy #climbing See @renan_ozturk ’s stories for a play by play of this climb!
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8 tags and 1 profile in descriptionPhoto by @edkashi The ancient Maras Salt Ponds in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 1999. The structures are essentially fed by one subterranean stream. The water runs into these shallow pools, evaporating to leave a thin crust of salt. In March of this year, LiveScience reported that a group of researchers at the Planetary Science Institute, a nonprofit of scientists studying planetary systems, proposed that sprinkling large amounts of salt into the atmosphere could stave off climate change. Because salt is highly reflective, they propose that it could potentially reflect sunlight back into outer space, helping to cool the Earth. Not knowing how the salt properties would change, and how much would be needed are a couple reasons why the research continues. #everydayclimagechange #ECC #actonclimate #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #saltponds #Peru #stream
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6 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @williamalbertallard // Mississippi, 1968 In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home later, an aged wooden tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait of Hank are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct of one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as hones and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of and essays spanning five decades. @thephotosociety #portraitphotography #filmphotography #60s #1960s #south
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3 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment earlier this week for @natgeo Aerial view of the the coastal spit that separates the Atlantic Ocean from St. Louis, Senegal. This branch of the Senegal River is full of motorized pirogues adjacent to fishermen’s homes on the Langue du Barbarie. The #fishing has become so poor that most of the incoming boats didn’t bother to stop at the beach to unload their meager catch from a long night at sea. Decades of intensive fishing by artisanal boats and large foreign fishing ships have greatly reduced what was once one of the world’s most productive fisheries. To see more from my current fieldwork in West Africa, go to @geosteinmetz #sustainability
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