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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 @melissafarlow | On the highest point of Inisheer Island are ruins of O’Briens Castle. It will be a destination next week for a NatGeo student expedition to the Aran Islands. Looking forward meeting up in Galway and taking the ferry to hike, bike and explore. It is a creative venture for photographers and writers who will be paired up to work on projects. I’m along to connect and guide them but the truth is their energy inspires me. @NatGeo@NatGeoCreative@thephotosociety@NatGeoExpeditions#NatGeo Student Expeditions #castle#summer#AranIslands#Ireland
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety Mute swan cygnet – During every season of every year there is a time to photograph certain species and there is most definitely a time when not to! This cygnet for example is young, perhaps just a few weeks old. Old enough to venture far from the nest site but still vulnerable to predation from many species. Photographically speaking it is still a fluff-ball, covered in its downy feathers it is difficult to take a bad photograph when they are this cute. Even so I have invested a little effort and this image is captured in dawn light and from water level, the former ensuring that the cygnet is beautifully lit, the latter creating an intimate, eye-level perspective. In a few weeks however this cygnet will be a lot less photogenic, it’s adult feathers emerging as its downy feathers moult away. It will start to look more like a goose than a swan, gangly and clumsy, it’s hair patchy and uneven. At this time it becomes a lot more difficult to capture a nice image and, as sad and superficial as it may sound this is when I tend to put my camera away and instead just watch. At this time also the parents lose their primaries, and their ability to fly and this again is a time when perhaps they are not their most photogenic. Wildlife photography can be immensely challenging and so, if as it is for a great many people that time is short and precious then perhaps factor these elements in to your own photographic calendar. Be more ruthless about when, and when not to photograph and perhaps save your energies for when your subject is looking their very best and for me, late summer, for a great many species, is definitely not the best time. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety
Photo by @FransLanting I knew that hummingbirds would not be able to resist this luscious ginger flower at the edge of a cloud forest in Costa Rica, so I set up my camera and waited. It wasn’t long before a green-crowned brilliant buzzed in and sucked nectar while hovering in front of the flower, unaffected by bursts of light from my three strobes. Hummingbirds are an extreme consequence of a sugar-fueled existence. They are totally dependent on nectar to maintain their high-energy lifestyle, and zip from flower to flower with wing beats of up to 80 per second. From a plant’s perspective, hummingbirds are ideal pollinators: They are small and fast, and they need to visit many flowers in a short amount of time to get enough food--a perfect recipe for successful flower pollination. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more wonders of nature. @natgeo@natgeocreative@natgeotravel@franslanting#hummingbird#CostaRica#beauty#nature
Photo by @TimLaman. “Spring Rain”. Skunk cabbage leaves coated in raindrops in the woods near Walden Pond. This vibrant image is part of Tim’s Walden Pond Fine Art Collection. You don’t have to live in Massachusetts to enjoy the beauty of Walden Pond when you can purchase a metal print for your home. Check out the link in my profile @TimLaman.#WaldenPond,#WaldenPondProject,#Concord,#HenryDavidThoreau,#Massachusetts,@ThePhotoSociety
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 a respite from summer heat and proves to be a magnet for tourists. 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 throng to the waterfalls. The light of a quarter moon and a small headlamp were all we needed to light the scene. #havasu#night
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Here in Tunisia, cave climate scientists take a break from recording temperature and sampling drip water and speleothems to admire the beautiful formations inside Ain Dhab cave. 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 @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // TOGETHER // Common #kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) couple rests on a twig. This pic was taken during mating period, when #male (at front) proving his abilities on several way, like bringing fish to the #female. If you see more careful the bill of the male, it is visible that is muddy. It is because he use to dig the nesting tunnel and chamber in front of the female. Whenever he finished, she use to check, if it is OK, and make some minor corrections... Taken only about 50 miles from my residency... Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images! @natgeo@instagram@natgeocreative@natgeotravel@natgeofineart#joepetersburger#instagood#beautiful#capture#moment#earthfocus#simple#natgeo#YearoftheBird#educateandinspire#adventure#discoveryourbackyard#birdstagram#birdphotography
Photo by @rezaphotography #Azerbaijan, Road from the Khinalig (Xinaliq) Village to #Gabala (#Qabala) The Mourning Totem The view, the sinuous road winding its way to the horizon, incited one to reflect upon life. The beauty of the place was obvious, inspiring, exhilarating. There, the colorful totem brought to mind the finality of our lives – the death which lies around a bend in the road, where we leave a conspicuous trace in the eyes of the living. The view along the drive from the Khinalig Village to the Gabala Region. Located on a summit in the Caucasus Mountains, the northern village is referred to as “an island in the mountain” since is the highest and most remote village in Azerbaijan. The village dates back at least 5,000 years and has remained virtually unchanged. The population of approximately 1,200 people belongs to the Kettidt minority. They have preserved their unique language (Kettish) and way of life and believe that they are the ancestors of Noah. Published in the book "Azerbaijan, Elegance of Fire" (2014) #Khinalig#mountain#landscape#red#river#green#totem#horizon#village#Kettidt#noah#photooftheday#photojournalism#reza#rezaphoto#rezadeghati#rezaphotography#rezaphotojournalist#webistan#رضادقتى#عكاس@thephotosociety
Photo by Karla Gachet @kchete77 | Thalia Ashanga bathes in the Napo River, Ecuador, while one of her aunts washes clothes. The Kichwa community of San Pedro Sumino has no running water or a sewer syster. The river is their main source for all cleaning purposes and transportation. #ecuador#riverlife#community#kichwas#jungle#napo#life