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Photo by @FransLanting The afterglow of a fiery sunset in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is turning the water of a placid lagoon purple while my strobe illuminates the face of a caiman floating along. Millions of caiman were killed in the Pantanal for their skins, but since they were granted protection their numbers have rebounded and today they may be as numerous as they once were. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wildlife around the world. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Pantanal #Caiman #Protection #sunset #wildlife #wildlife photography
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 @natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with @maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall @erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks #followme @thomaspeschak
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for @natgeo @natgeo creative
Video by @joelsartore | This Malay eagle owl was photographed at Jurong Bird Park, part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (@wrs .ig). This species can be found in the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia and prey on large insects, birds, small mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that they mate for life and they’ve been known to become very attached to their nesting locations. In many instances the owls will return to their site year after year, and if one mate dies the other will continue to maintain the same territory.For a portrait of this owl, check out @joelsartore ...#owl #owl s #birds #malayeagleowl #eagleowl #cute #cute animals #wildlife #nature #wildlife photography #nature photography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether
Photograph by @paulnicklen // After seeing a few very skinny bears while on this expedition through the Arctic it was a beautiful moment to spend time with this healthy looking mother and her 8 month old cubs. They had just finished eating a seal and a nap seemed to be in order after consuming so many calories. #followme on @paulnicklen to see how they use their black tongues to taste the air. For @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier and @natgeopristineseas seas. #nature #nature lovers #adventure #polarbears #family #love #ice #arctic #MPA #marineprotectedarea
Video by @bertiegregory . The biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. Despite being a shark that can grow over 12m long (40ft) andweigh over 20 tonnes, they don't have big teeth. Instead, they have about 3000 very very tiny teeth. Similarly to the baleen whales (e.g. humpbacks), they are filter feeders. Here you can see this huuuge individual sucking in a big mouthful of water to extract the plankton. This whale shark was part of the largest known aggregation of whale sharks on the planet off the coast of Mexico. Shot for @natgeo and @stevewinterphoto . Follow at @bertiegregory for more videos of these giants!
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // After a long, hot day shooting on the western coast of Madagascar, I came upon these adorable girls. They laughed and giggled, dragging their fishing net in the shallow waters of the tidal break in front of the fishing town of Maraonsetra. In broken French, and with a lot of sass and pride, they explained that they belong to the Vezo people, a semi nomadic tribe whose life is tied to the sea. After school they go fishing for their family’s dinner. A pretty big responsibility, I thought, reflecting on the questionable abilities of my own children to provide for my family. Like most kids in Madagascar and thanks to foreign aid from western countries, these girls have access to primary school, but as they learn to read and write, they also have to learn to become providers for their family. I look forward to sharing more images of my work with the "people from the sea" on my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier #ocean #nativepride #fishing #girlpower #girlup #followme @cristinamittermeier
What's on your menu for lunch? If you are a brown snake eagle, it would be an olive grass snake. We were driving through the bush in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, when I spotted a bird under a small tree. After watching for a few minutes, I saw the twitch of a snake tail, so I knew the eagle had its prey. It wasn't long and the eagle ripped the snake in half and proceeded to slowly swallow the tail half. Unable to devour the entire section, the eagle flew off with 8 inches of snake still hanging from its mouth. Follow @kengeiger to see more images from South Luangwa—shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey) Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah. This Anasazi ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the soot stained ceiling. These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand. By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area. These could go back to 1 AD or earlier. Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming weeks. Difficult question: will Monument status protect this ruin or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Will rescinding open up huge tracts of land to oil and gas development spoiling this beautiful landscape? Hard questions on the ground here. For more images from this assignment follow @argonautphoto .
Photo by @timlaman of @tbfrost recovering from anaphylactic shock (stinging ants 🐜 got me!) in the remote rainforests of Borneo while On assignment documenting the lives of wild orangutans. (BTW - This was taken 3 yrs ago and I'm fully recovered :)) Despite such incidents, Like the one in this photo, Fieldwork is what photographers live for: time out in the world, in the quiet of the wild, or those few hours on some street corner sharing a meal with a remarkable person whose story is as of yet unknown. Sometimes though things go wrong: cars breakdown , permits aren't granted, you get lost, cameras break, natural disasters occur , and sometimes it's just tiny, tiny black ants in Borneo that turn a great day following Orangutans into one where you worry for your life. But that is life in general, sometimes things go great and sometimes things go wrong. I like to think we photographers, especially those of us lucky enough to work with National Geographic, are beyond privileged even when you consider the difficulties of field work because people and animals all over the world share their stories with us, they let us into their lives. I'm excited to be in Bangalore, India for the next week to share such stories of what it is like to be a young photographer telling stories about wildlife and people at the non profit @naturein_focus photography festival, India's largest gathering of dedicated wildlife and conservation photographers taking place August 18-19. For more stories about what it is like to be a young photographer trying to make it , follow me @tbfrost !