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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | The landscape known as Artist’s Palette in California’s Death Valley National Park. We started at the Pacific Ocean, drove through great wind and solar fields, crossed harsh Death Valley, and stopped at some of the country’s most unique, cherished landscapes to see what’s at stake in the U.S. We’re also driving electric cars, visiting renewable energy projects, and meeting people with innovative ideas about energy to see where we are, where we need to be, and how to get to a renewable energy future. On assignment for @natgeo on a #roadtripto2070
Video by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | I often find that the best way to have a life-changing wildlife experience is to let the animal dictate the encounter. That way, they get to work within their own comfort zone and, generally, stay relaxed. That is exactly what happened during this moment in Tonga. A humpback whale calf decided to go explore while her mother slept, its pectoral flukes nearly one third of its overall body length—a perfect measuring stick. This gorgeous little female swam over to me and then reached out with her pecs to assess distance. Just like any baby, she'll need to learn everything she can, as quickly as she can, to get ready for her long migration back to Antarctica. I was more than happy to be part of her education process. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more footage from expedition; past, present and future. #Gratitude #StayHumble #TurningTheTide
Photo by Nichole Sobecki @nicholesobecki | Omma rocks her young son in a cradle made from a discarded bag of rice in Thaingkhali camp in the far southeast of Bangladesh, where nearly a million Rohingya refugees live after fleeing persecution in neighboring Myanmar (Burma). Omma’s story, shared by so many Rohingya women, was one of profound loss: loss of home, loss of security, and the loss of her two eldest children, who were killed by armed men as they fled. Yet with a soft, determined strength she was rebuilding an existence for her remaining family. #women #refugee #rohingya #bangladesh
Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto | Ashley Klein does energy-field massage while Poranguí McGrew plays didgeridoo during a Music Is Medicine retreat in Sedona, Arizona. The purpose of the retreat is to use sound “to send love to that part of us that is hurt, angry, and self-destructive,” says McGrew. “Once we can start to love that place, there is an inkling of what is possible.”
Photo by @gerdludwig | Known for their elaborately painted houses, the Gurunsi—one of Burkina Faso's 60 ethnic groups— live in the southern savanna near the Ghana border. House decoration is more than ornamental for the Gurunsi—it is a communal activity that shapes their social and spiritual life. It culminates in the annual art and culture festival in Tiébélé. The village-wide house painting takes on the form of a mural competition, with mainly female participants. Encouraged by gifts of locally brewed beer, they frequently take breaks to joyously sing, dance, and bump. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #BurkinaFaso #Gurunsi
Video by @bertiegregory | We were following a pack of grey wolves on the coast of the Hudson Bay when one of younger members of the pack split off and began digging up sticks. She found this particular branch and started charging around and playing with it. It’s moments like this that make you realize wolves and domestic dogs really aren’t that different. Considering how much we humans like domestic dogs, it’s pretty shocking how badly we treat wild wolves around the world. Fortunately, in recent years some brilliant conservation and reintroductions mean wolves are on the comeback. We can all do our bit by getting behind these projects! #wildlife #animals #wolves #wolf #snow
Photo by @maggiesteber | In a sea of memories Elly Chovel found purpose. An exile from her homeland of Cuba, she swam daily in the waters off Miami, telling me that the waters that lapped the shores of her adopted home also lapped the shores of her homeland. At age 14 Elly was a frightened refugee whose family sent her to the U.S. to escape from Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Elly and the other young Cubans sent to the U.S. and Canada during this time were called Pedro Pan kids. At age 43 she created an organization to preserve the history of the 14,000 Cuban children who fled without parents between 1960 and 1962. “From memories of suffering comes compassion,” she said. I photographed her on one of her daily swims for a National Geographic story about memory published in November 2007. #natgeowomenofvision #memory #women
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Conservation biologist Patricia Medici stands in the Pantanal of Brazil. Patricia is one of this year’s recipients of the National Geographic/Buffett Awards for Leadership and Conservation. She has dedicated 27 years to the conservation of lowland tapirs and their remaining habitats in Brazil as part of the Brazilian nonprofit Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research). Tapirs are South America’s largest land mammal and have existed since the Eocene era. They are known as the gardeners of the forest, responsible for shaping and maintaining biodiversity. They are herbivores, with roughly 50 percent of their diet consisting of fruit, and are also wide-ranging animals, traveling long distances across different habitats. So after they consume and digest their fruits, they spread seeds all over the forest. Today this crucial species is under threat from poaching and industrial agriculture that destroys tapir habitat, increases roadkill accidents, and spreads pesticides. I followed Patricia in the field this past May for @insidenatgeo, documenting her important work on the fascinating, vulnerable, and elusive tapir.
Photo and video by Camilla Ferrari @camillaferrariphoto | Beijing, China, 2018. Left: A group of people have dinner inside a restaurant in Shichahai. Right: The wind blows leaves across the surface of a pond in Ritan Park. By combining moving images and stills, I aim to create different layers of fruition in storytelling. Images mix with movements and sounds and therefore guide the observer into a deeper experience and involvement in the story. The quiet and suspended components of the images create a space where viewers can ask themselves questions about what they are seeing, without being immediately overwhelmed.
Photo by Michael Melford @michaelmelford | Turquoise waters surround the remote island of Socotra, Yemen. I was on assignment to photograph the beauty and high numbers of endemic species that led to it being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. I was here when the Arab Spring started up, and while I was not in fear on this peaceful, remote island, I was concerned about transiting through Sana’a, which like most of the Arab world was in turmoil. I made it home, and hope to return again one day to Socotra. #yemen #socotra #endemic #nature
Photo by @TasneemAlsultan | A weekly salsa dancing class is held in a home in Jeddah. Several classes are privately held on a weekly basis for both locals and expats. #jeddah #saudiarabia
Video by @JenniferhayesIG | A hawksbill sea turtle uses its strong beak to break apart coral to get to its favored meal of sponges. On this particular dive in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Reefs Park, Philippines, we were decompressing in a shallow coral meadow surrounded by at least a dozen of these creatures patrolling the reef looking for a snack. It was wonderful to watch but equally wonderful to hear them eating. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a successful marine protected area located in the center of the Sulu Sea. It was heartening to see so many of these critically endangered sea turtles on a single dive within a marine sanctuary. Follow @JenniferHayesIG for more ocean images. #Ocean #Seaturtle #SoundsOfEarth #Philippines #Tubbataha