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Photo by @taylorglenn // Half Dome and some lovely clouds from Glacier Point at twilight a few evenings ago. I love the soft pastel hues in the sky at this time of day. Follow @taylorglenn for more from our National Parks and beyond. #yosemite#halfdome#california#landscape#twilight
Photo by @max.lowe // A young female jaguar stalks the banks of the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal region of Brazil looking for prey. The Pantanal is one of the few places in the world where eco tourism has been used to protect a species successfully, and these big cats now pay little attention as we followed them along the waters edge, unperturbed by human presence. Follow @max.lowe to see more.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // Exploring a cenote in Mexico was a new kind of diving experience for me. Cenotes are natural wells within underwater cave systems. Formed through the collapse of limestone, which exposes groundwater, the Maya historically relied on cenotes for freshwater. They also believed that the deep, mysterious cenotes were a portal to the rain God, Chaac. It isn’t hard to imagine why when you behold the intensity of this dark and sacred underwater realm. #cenote#Mexico#diving#explore#underwaterphotography
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan // Elder Fannie Akpik stands in front the cemetery in Utqiagvik, Alaska, where many of her family members rest. When Christianity was adopted by the Iñupiaq, it marked a major change for the culture. Today, the social forces of global media and communication mark another cultural pivot. Fannie Akpik is a strong advocate for regaining cultural identity and language through education in Iñupiaq schools across Alaska’s North Slope. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan for more images like this from across the Arctic and beyond. #alaska#arctic#indigenous#native#inupiaq
Photo by @babaktafreshi | The World at Night project Dramatically different auroras can appear in the course of a single night. Like snowflakes, no two auroras are quite the same. I have photographed them from Arctic to Antarctic and still become surprised by unusual appearances. On this winter midnight of Swedish Lapland at 68 degrees north a colorless but well defined northern lights appeared across the sky. The seven stars of the Big Dipper are near the top and bright star Vega is on the left. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight#auroraborealis#northernlights#lapland#kiruna@natgeoimagecollection
Photo by @FransLanting When ice gets compressed at the bottom of a glacier or ice field it becomes blue. The older the ice, the bluer it gets. By that measure the iceberg I encountered in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea one day was ancient ice that had calved off from the continent’s edge under the influence of global warming. It was the size of a cathedral, but without that gathering of chinstrap penguins on its flanks it would be hard to get a sense of its size. This image is part of a portfolio of my work that is now on display at London’s Natural History Museum today where I received the great honor last night of a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Follow me @fransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from a lifetime of chronicling our changing planet. @Leonardodicapriofdn@ThePhotoSociety#Ice#Antarctica#Climatechange#Climatereality
Photo by @kevinfaingnaert // After driving two days over the Bolivian salt flats, I arrived in the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduaro Avaroa. Sat at an altitude of almost 4300m, a large colony of James's and Chilean flamingos were feeding in the Hedionda Lagoon. They may not look it, but flamingos are some of the toughest birds on earth. Even though the temperature was well below zero, the pink flamingos didn't seem to mind the harsh conditions while looking for food.
Photo by @max.lowe // Never had I seen a ridgeline quite like it, arching and twisted like the back of some giant sleeping emerald dragon, and with a trail right along the knifes edge for the entire route. Reflections on my time in the Swiss Alps, hiking the Hardergrat trail above Lake Brienz.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // What amazing tunnel systems lie beneath our cities? Dubbed 'Megatron' by the secretive network of urban explorers who sometimes delve into its silent chambers, this storm drain lies directly under Sheffield (England) city centre. So concerned were our Victorian forebears with the possibility of the city flooding that they decided to build this giant underground wonder in 1860. With a parabolic brick arch this feat of engineering prowess protects the city from potential flooding by rain.