George Steinmetz (@geosteinmetz) — Photographer for National Geographic and NY Times Magazine, creating an aerial perspective on climate change and global food supply @feedtheplanet
“El Candelabro” was made by pre-Inca people, and the original meaning of the geoglyph is unknown. It was engraved on the downwind side of the Paracas Peninsula, where the dew soaked surface stablizies this sandy etchings of the ancients, and the careless footprints of tourists. As seen from a paramotor.
Nature is slowly strangling the past in the solitary confinement cells of Devil’s Island, French Guiana. Less than half the prisoners sent here survived. As a young man I was fascinated by Papillon, the story of Henri Charrière, a convict who escaped from this maximum security prison in 1941 by floating away on a bag of coconuts. Now Ile St. Joesph is a popular place for picnics and weekend vacations, and remains a Department of France in South America.
The Sahara was once a much wetter place than it is today, and you can see that in the lakes of northern Chad. Fresh water that fell from rains thousands of years ago is still seeping out of the sands along the edge of the lake. It irrigates the date palms on the shore before it evaporates under the relentless the sun and incessant winds. Climate change is nothing new here, it’s just happening a lot faster. #DesertAirBook#hyperarid#harmattan#paramotor
Best to stay upwind from the seafood drying and sorting area of Cox’s Bazar. From the air it resembles a small city that produces cheap protein distributed throughout Bangladesh and SE Asia. A rapidly expanding population has led to over overfishing the Brahmaputra Delta, and declining fish stocks. To see more of about where our food comes from, follow @FeedThePlanet
Known as the Medieval Manhattan, Shibam is one of the great masterpieces of Arabian architecture. This medieval fortress of tower homes up to eight stories tall that was built entirely from mud and palm timbers. It’s difficult to get accurate information in the current humanitarian crisis, but there are unconfirmed reports that historic buildings in Shibam have been targeted by air strikes as well. Please reply if you have first hand knowledge.
Cylindrical villages of the Hakka people in Guangdong, China were designed for defense after they resettled here about a thousand years ago. Known as "tolou", these communal dwellings house many families inside one meter thick walls of rammed earth. The center contains a communal well surrounded by family kitchens. As the village population grew more houses were built in rings around the original fortified settlement. #anthropology in the 21st Century
This photo is by my friend and fellow @natgeo photographer Charlie Hamilton-James, who is offering a signed 8x10 print of it in a flash sale for the next 48 hours. The boys name is Kaiau. He is Awá from Brazilian Amazon. His monkey is a black bearded saki. You can buy your print through the link in @chamiltonjames profile. 25% of profits will go to @rainforestflow - a wonderful NGO that puts fresh drinking water and sanitation into remote communities in the Amazon. So think about buying a print, to make yourself and others happy!
1.2 million Atlantic salmon swim in the pens on Hjorrund Fjord, Norway. They are fed pellets of fish meal, fish oil, and soybeans via pneumatic tubes from the barge at right The lights are for underwater video cameras to check that all the food sprayed into the pens is being eaten. To learn more about where our food comes from, follow my other account, @FeedThePlanet.
To fly in remote areas I always take an expert pilot like World Champion Alan Arnoux to come back and find me in case things don’t go as planned. I think we were the first ones to paraglide in the mega-dunes of the Dasht-e Lut in Iran. NASA satellite analysts say it’s the hottest place on earth, but there was nobody out there with a thermometer. If you want to go exploring, take a #wingman#DesertAirBook