Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // You think you are going to get me!!! I found this very large Madagascar freshwater crab on a remote rural road in Madagascar. My driver wanted to run it over it but I persuaded him to stop instead so I could take a photo. You can watch a funny video of how I approached this “unwilling” subject at @CristinaMittermeier. #travel #nature #naturephotography #africa #animals
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- Diégo-Suarez, Antsiranana, Madagascar
📷: @krystlejwright // On the coast of Morocco is the port city of Essaouria where it’s Medina (old town) is protected by 18th century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah. Wandering over the sea walls, @thebuslife are surrounded by hundreds of seagulls who compete for leftovers thrown away by the fishermen. #morocco #seagulls #landscapephotography
Photograph by @paulnicklen // The power, grace and majesty of a male lion on the Mara. There was only one animal who I watched him bow his head to and rightfully so; the lioness. #followme on @paulnicklen to see the what wildlife species is incomparable as a top predator on this planet. #africa #Iwillreturn #respect #lion #africa #bw #nature #naturelovers #instagood #bw #gratitude
- Nelson, New Zealand
Photo: @andy mann // Sheep vortex outside of Nelson, South Island, NZ. I tried to make it to the old truck for a second angle...wasn’t happening. If you have the travel bug and New Zealand is on your list, please #followme at @andy mann 🇳🇿🏔
Video by @renan ozturk // A new friend from a recent trip to Nepal. Words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~ The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~ Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~ We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~ See @renan ozturk for more stories from nepal 🇳🇵
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Last night the sky in the high latitudes exploded with bright aurora. I was doing my last night of the photo workshop in Iceland and this was the view near midnight. The experience of watching the aurora crowns forming overhead, the “dancing spirits” across the sky, is beyond photography. If you are in the Arctic latitudes, the northern lights are still in high activity in the next two nights. It doesn’t matter where you are in those latitudes, look for anywhere dark away from city light preferably with open northern horizon. See more of this night at my feed @babaktafreshi. #twanight #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights #iceland #nightphotography #astrophotography @natgeo @natgeocreative
- Apalachicola, Florida
Photo by @CarltonWard // As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico, a local shrimp boat motors past St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on its way back to harbor in Apalachicola, a town in the Florida panhandle where most households still rely on fish and shellfish for their livelihoods. For anyone near Washington, DC, please join me Tuesday, March 20 at National Geographic for my presentation Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight (link in my bio for tickets). @dceff org @insidenatgeo @fl wildcorridor #floridawild #pathofthepanther #keepflwild #natgeoDC
- Annapurna Base Camp
Photo: @emilypolar The view of Machapuchare walking down from Annapurna base camp is so captivating I couldn't take my eyes off of it. Good thing it was a mellow trail so I didn't trip over my own feet. 😆 To see more of Nepal follow me @emilypolar #Nepal #Annapurna #himalayas
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A 3000-foot mountain along the Antarctic peninsula rises from the sea. What else could you want in a photo beside a giant iceberg with a perfect arch to frame it? #FollowMe on @paulnicklen to see more polar landscapes and wildlife.
Photo by @renan ozturk Climber @hansjorgauer interacting with the heart of Europe’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull of Iceland 🇮🇸 Interacting with the ice for few days made us realize the fast rate this glacier is receding due to warming conditions across the globe. Shot as part of @timkemple Iceland series with @brandonjosephbaker @kakiorr @bookofsamuel @pfaff anna @retro outdoors @the dunne @kbish801 #climatechange #turningthetide #actonclimate
Photo: @chrisburkard. Indigo is a dye collected from the Japanese Indigo plant, and legend states that indigo was first traded from India to Japan on the silk road thousands of years ago, only used by aristocrats and Samurai. Since then, indigo has been realized as having antibacterial properties, insect repellent effects, and also as having elements that allow for treatment of skin issues such as eczema. In the rush of my surf photography shoots, I always cherish when I can break away from the ocean and learn a little more about the culture that surrounds it. Here, a woman shows her hands after completing the traditional process of dying clothing with indigo.
Photo: @emilypolar A Nepali woman carries heavy piles of manure to fertilize the dry soil prior to planting before the heavy rains come. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #Nepal #Annapurna #Himalayas #Nepali
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night - TWAN A dark cloudy night and a remote lighthouse in western end of Iceland, not far from Snaefells glacier/volcano where Jules Verne’s story of Journey to the Center of the Earth begins. The cliffs are illuminated (light-painted) during the long exposure. Traveling in Iceland for my current aurora workshop. See more of the images @babaktafreshi. #iceland #twanight #longexposure #nightphotography #lighthouse #julesverne #snaefellsnes @natgeocreative
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Photos by @nickcobbing Sometimes it’s good to see a familiar sight in a remote place, this vessel is called the Noorderlicht and has worked in the waters around Svalbard for many years. The community sailing around the archipelago is relatively small and crews will keep in touch, swapping tips and information about ice, wildlife and weather. On a sunny day it can feel safe and calm around these Arctic islands but the weather can change in minutes and it’s a comfort to know that you may be able to call on assistance. In recent years, this ship used to ‘freeze in’ to the ice of one of the fjords in winter, this rarely happens now due to ice not forming to any thickness over the fjords. This is a result of the warmer temperatures being experienced on Svalbard -a local example of climate change. During a memorable voyage I’d joined a team who sailed this ship west to Greenland. If you’re following @thephotosociety you may have seen a picture of this ship in thicker ice on the way to Greenland. #sailing #arctic #ship #svalbard #red #expedition
Photo: @Chrisburkard. Kiribati (pronounced Kee-ra-bas) is an island nation comprised of 33 atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Not known as a surf destination, its most well-known for the fact that it is the first place the sun rises on Earth. Perhaps one of the standouts for this trip was the children, paddling out into the surf with little more than scraps of wood trying to catch waves, and joyous in the waves. In the high paced life of a travel photographer, I must constantly remind myself to slow down and appreciate the timeless relationship between humans and the ocean. Sometimes it takes a trip around the world to realize that, but ironically, what inspired this thought on this trip, thousands of miles from my home in Central California, was a scene I could find right at home, children splashing around in the surf.
- Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Photo @stephen matera // One year ago the California desert was ablaze with widlflowers from the previous winter's rains. After a long drought, the rains had returned and the flowers showed their appreciation with an incredible superbloom. While that's not likely to happen again this spring, here is a shot from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from last year. Follow me @stephen matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #desert #wildflowers #california
Photos by @jessmandia (1-4) & @al humphreys (5-6), #sponsored by @lovegreatbritain (l-r), The picturesque cottages at the Seven Sisters Country Park in the South Coast of England, the Croft Castle located in the Midlands of England, climbers on a snowy day at the Honister Slate Mine in the North of England, Maunsell sea forts still standing from WWII on the Thames Estuary about an hour from London, the Medieval sea side Tenby village of Wales, a snowy landscape of the Crawick Multiverse in the Scottish borderlands // Sponsored by Find Your Great Britain 🇬🇧
Video by @renan ozturk A real-time low-light video capture of a pulse of Northern Lights in Iceland. What you're hearing in the audio is the reaction that @taylorfreesolo @burkgnar and the team of surfers and filmmakers were having when this burst suddenly erupted above us like a swirling tide-pool of water. Seeing people's reactions to the sheer wonder of our planet inspires me to keep creating images that can be used for positive change and understanding. #northernlights #iceland
Video by @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting When the female chimp we knew as Farafa led her young infant, Fanta, to a secret waterhole we were treated to an display of play that made us wonder about the nature of chimps —and our connection to them. Fanta was just one year old and had never experienced a waterhole before. While her mother watched she explored the water with a leaf, but then she discovered her own reflection and began to interact with it, making funny faces and ultimately kissing herself like a child might do in front of a mirror. Field work with chimps is hard, but glimmers of insight into our fundamental kinship make it all worthwhile. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories about our relatives on the great tree of life. @natgeocreative @the photosociety #Chimps #Jane #Family #Play #Wonder #Gratitude
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Mt. Sir Wilfred Laurier, the Kiwa Glacier and the Premier Range looming above Kiwa Lake in British Columbia, Canada. #britishcolumbia #canada #premierrange