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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Clinging to a steep hillside is the oldest monastery in Kham, Kathok Monastery, considered to be the mother of Nyingma Buddhism in eastern Tibet. #Katok #TibetanBuddhism #Ganzi


Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Saint-Emilion, France. The Jurade of Saint-Emilion traces its history back to 1199. For centuries this group governed the town and surrounding lands. The red and ermine robes recall a time when this part of Southern France was governed by the English crown. Now the Jurade concerns itself with the distinct quality of the area’s wine. They guarantee the authenticity of the Saint-Emilion wines and set the date of the harvest. In this part of France wine is serious business. #Saint-Emilion #france


Photo by @anandavarma | This is an inch long fragment of a carnivorous aquatic plant called a bladderwort (Utricularia gibba). Those bulbous structures are the “bladders” that the plant uses to trap tiny aquatic invertebrates. The plant evolved this strategy in order to survive in nutrient poor water. Look for the pairs of tiny hairs that look like whiskers on the bladders. These act as triggers which cause the bladders to suction up whatever critter passes by. I took this photo while on expedition with the @intotheokavango team on their annual survey of the Okavango Delta. We’ll be in the field until October 2nd and you can follow along our adventures on their feed or mine.


Photo by @joelsartore | Stranded as a one-week old pup and unable to be released back into the wild, Sura the spotted seal found her home at the @alaskasealifecenter. Now four, she is thriving and and picks up training concepts quickly. Sura was the first animal on the PHOCAS project, which aims at understanding sea ice loss in the Arctic that is progressing at an unprecedented rate. Ice-dependent seals like Sura are particularly sensitive to such rapid environmental change. The data from this project will be used to determine habitat requirements, predict species’ resilience to changing conditions in the Arctic, and in turn, support efforts to take appropriate action. For a close up, follow @joelsartore. #Photoark #spottedseal


Photo by @ronan_donovan // Captured #withgalaxy S9+ produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode ISO 800 f/2.4 for 10 seconds I still cannot believe this color dances across the skies of the northern regions of earth. Kick up a little solar wind with the right conditions and voila, the sky erupts in a magic show ripples overhead. I was shocked by how the light actually dances, with streaks flaring up and disappearing in seconds! What a joy it is to be on this planet. Thanks Earth.


Photo by @amivitale | Yusuf watches over Kilifi and the other young rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in 2013. This was my first glimpse into the unwavering commitment of these keepers and the sacrifices they make to protect endangered animals. Kilifi was one of about 4,500 black rhinos remaining on the planet. He was feisty, social and adored by everyone who met him. In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Together we can work to save them. Please visit and support the communities that protect them. Follow @amivitale @grumetifund @lewa_wildlife @olpejeta & @nrt_kenya to learn more. @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @sandiegozoo @sdzsafaripark @nature_africa #WorthMoreAlive #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #africa #everydayafrica #worldrhinoday #photojournalism #amivitale


Brought to you by @Coorslight // Join National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman as she climbs a tree - on the inside -during her epic adventure in Costa Rica. // @Coorslight is on a mission to awaken the restless spirit in all of us and to inspire a new generation of adventurers. Check out today’s story for more and visit to see the full journey.


Photo by @nicholesobecki | Driving through a drought stricken area of western Somaliland in 2016 I came across a group of women washing their clothes in a roadside puddle -- the only water they could find. We spoke for a while of the challenges they faced, of the animals they’d lost in the drought, and the wells that had dried up. Somalia has long been a place of extremes, but climate and environmental changes are compounding those problems and leading to the end of a way of life. As they turned to walk home I took this image of one of the women in a field of cacti. The colors of her scarf melded into the vegetation and sky, and I was reminded of how intimate the ties are between people's lives and the land. I'm driven to share these stories of people struggling to cope with a dramatically altered environment in the hopes of raising an alarm. The extent of climate harm depends collectively on us. #climateforconflict #somalia #climatechange #environment


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | The American crocodile is considered at-risk in North, Central, and South America, but here in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen, this crocodile finds refuge in this complex mangrove ecosystem. Mangrove ecosystems play an important ecological role in maintaining the balance and health of our oceans. They improve water quality, increase shoreline protection, and provide an essential habitat for a number of vulnerable species. #Followme at @CristinaMittermeier to check out more amazing marine species and habitats.


Photos by @TimLaman | We announced this discovery earlier this year, but now it’s published in the Oct. issue of @NatGeo magazine! The newest member of the Bird-of-Paradise family is the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, which turns out to be distinct from its cousin, the more familiar Greater Superb. Swipe the image to see the transformation that happens when this male raises his cape. The blue spots are not his eyes (which are black and barely visible), but are fake eye-spots and part of his dazzling display to females. When he opens his mouth, it’s bright yellow inside – just to add more flash! Watch him dance at the video link in profile @BirdsofParadiseProject, and follow @TimLaman and @BirdsofParadiseProject to see more amazing bird-of-paradise behaviors and discoveries. #newspecies #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Papua #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #superbbirdofparadise #superb #yearofthebird


Photo by @michaelmelford | Just back from Svalbard an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Looking for polar bears we had to sail north from there, way north, to find ice where the polar bears try to make a living. Just 530 miles from the north pole we found ice and this beautiful female bear. We saw three other bears that all seem to be doing well eating the seals that are eating the cod that are eating the smaller invertebrates that are along the edge of the ice. Way too far to swim back to land, they will move south along the ice edge as it too grows south with the shorter days and lower temperatures. The two bears we saw back on land in Svalbard were not doing well as there is very little for them to eat there until the ice returns. #polarbear #ice #svalbard #nature #climatechange #norway


Photo by @EdKashi | I recently worked with the @the_endfund and @talkingeyesmedia on a film and photo series about the topic of ending river blindness in Senegal. There has been tremendous progress made over the last 30 years. We are very close to ending this vicious affliction caused by a parasite that a certain black fly carries. In the past it left nearly half of the folks in some villages blind. There is hope when science, medicine, proper funding and committed people and organizations come together to tackle our problems. #beatNTDs #Africa #AfricaRising #neglectedtropicaldiseases #Senegal #WestAfrica #ReachingtheLastMileFund #progress #publichealth #RLMF #edkashi

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