National Geographic (@natgeo) — Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @amivitale | A newborn giant panda cub is weighed at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. In the wild, once they’ve grown to adulthood, female pandas may weigh up to 220 pounds and males up to 250 pounds, and they’ll range from four to six feet long. I have recently published my new book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.#pandamonium@natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#sichuan#china#climatechange#conservation#savetheplanet#panda#pandas#babypanda#ipanda#giantpanda#pandacub#photojournalism#amivitale#cuteanimals
Photo by @kengeiger | A @natgeochannel drone streaks through the night sky to document newly discovered geoglyphs in the Peruvian desert south of Lima, Peru's modern capital. These geoglyphs were created more than 2000 years ago, by the Paracas culture. Predating the Nasca lines—many of these older lines depict humans, such as dancers and warriors. The vast geometric designs etched in the desert ground have mystified the world for nearly a century. Employing drone camera technology, Peruvian archaeologists Luis Jaime Castillo (a Natgeo Explorer) and Johny Isla are mapping and restoring scores of previously unknown geoglyphs. Their discoveries are explored in the @natgeochannel program, Nasca Lines: Ancient Secrets, airing Tuesday July 17th at 10:00pm EST. Shot on assignment for @natgeochannel, just outside Palpa, Peru. #peru#nasca#palpa
photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - A lioness plays with her younger sibling on the flood plain in @gorongosapark / Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique last night. There are four cubs in the most recent litter here and they live with their mum and two older sisters. Today their father appeared and was not welcome by any of the older female lions - the mother 'Flavia' attacked him several times.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Too much of a good thing or a complicated dance between humans and sharks? In search of answers, I traveled on a @Sea_Legacy expedition to my native country of Mexico, where off the paradisiac island of Isla Mujeres, hundreds of whale sharks congregate every summer to feed on plankton and fish spawn. Not surprisingly, they attract hordes of tourists that marvel at the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim among these gentle giants. As I spoke to old fishermen, tourism operators, citizens of the island and scientists, I found many unexpected answers. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier as I try to untangle the complex relationship of wildlife-based conservation and tourism. With @PaulNicklen@RyanTidman and @_AquaticAdventures.#Ocean#Conservation#Tourism#Underwater
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Rowboats on Katanuma Lake await summer’s customers. This crater lake, located in the center of the Narugo volcano, is one of the most acidic lakes in the world, which, depending on the light, it can turn into a milky green. #Miyagi#Japan#naruko#narugo#katanuma
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Assisted by local Tunisian cave explorers, we negotiate the mined tunnels and shafts that lead through the Grotte de le Mine. The mine was in operation between 1920-1925 to extract lead and zinc ore and here we see one of the team ascending a rope in one of the mined shafts. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.
Photo by @pedromcbride // The face of wildfire: The Lake Christine Fire in Colorado lights up Basalt Mountain with an ember storm display last week forcing the evacuation of over 500 homes and consuming over 6,000 acres. The fire continues to burn at 45% containment, but thankfully the small communities nearby continue relatively unscathed. With rain scarce, rivers at record low drought levels and hot and dry getting hotter and dryer, wildfires are becoming more common as some 60 fires across the southwest continue to rage. The cause of this fire was linked to a local target range that remained open despite official requests to close during fire restrictions. Thanks to all the firefighters, pilots, hotshots and volunteers that kept Basalt standing. To see more follow @pedrombride.#wildfire#fire#nature#climatechange#orange#gratitude#petemcbride
Havasu Falls, Arizona photo by @salvarezphoto | Havasu Canyon is an oasis in the desert. The river that runs through it spring fed and a consistent 70 degrees. It provides year round water for the village of Supai, a respite from summer heat and proves to be a magnet for tourists. People throng to the canyons famous blue green water. Last time I was in Havasu Canyon was one of the hottest summers on record. It was ell over 110 degrees in the day. So we slipped out at night to beat the heat and also the crowds that normally surround the waterfalls. The light of a quarter moon and a small headlamp were all we needed to light the scene. #havasu#night
Photo by @kengeiger | New geoglyphs, some created more than 2000 years ago by the Paracas culture, have been discovered in the Peruvian desert south of Lima, Peru's modern capital. Predating the Nasca lines, many of these older lines depict humans, such as dancers and warriors. The vast geometric designs etched in the desert ground have mystified the world for nearly a century. Employing drone camera technology, Peruvian archaeologists Luis Jaime Castillo (NGS Explorer) and Johny Isla are mapping and restoring scores of previously unknown geoglyphs. Their discoveries are explored in the @natgeochannel program, Nasca Lines: Ancient Secrets, airing Tuesday July 17th at 10:00pm EST. Shot on assignment for @natgeochannel, just outside Palpa, Peru. #peru#nasca#palpa Caption edited 7/14 17:20