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@FransLanting “Ghost Trees” A river once flowed through this remarkable place in the red dunes of Namibia, but it changed course. The camelthorn trees that once flourished here are now just sculptural skeletons on a rock-hard clay pan. But backed by soaring dunes glowing with early morning light and dotted by tufts of grass, they are monuments to a time of abundance. By thinking about a different point of view I was able to come up with a striking image of a place that had been photographed often before. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images that show breakthrough perspectives of our living planet. @leonardodicapriofdn @thephotosociety #Namibia #Climatechange # photography #naturephotography #creativity at Namibia


Photo by @jimrichardsonng Circling the Broch of Gurness in a small plane flying over Orkney it was easy to see that a whole lot of history had happened here. And with the sea encroaching from the nearby shore the story isn’t over yet. The central tower (broch) was some 30 feet high when built, probably around 200 BC, by an itinerant band of broch-builders plying their business up and down Eynhallow Sound. Soon enough this local “big man” was attracting followers eager to favor his protection by building their houses in the shadow of his. Hardly isolated (Roman amphora were found here) this might have been home to the Orkney King who submitted to Emperor Claudius in 43 AD. Looking down it was also easy for me to see that the North Sea eats at islands relentlessly and that the Broch sorely needs the protection of its sea wall, a modern addition. I love the way Orkney tells its story so freely. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland. @natgeo @natgeoexpeditions #orkney #scotland #ruins #history at Broch of Gurness


Human Peace Sign Photos by @babaktafreshi Today at noon over a thousand people formed a peace sign in Boston. This idea has been practiced in various parts of the world pronouncing our common hope that peace will win. Organized by Children’s Services of Roxbury the annual event called Peace of Mind also presented a peace flag mural (next slides) of painted works by hundreds of school children. #peaceofmind #peace #boston #newengland at Boston Common


Photo by @PaulNicklen // As this cub playfully tugs at its mother’s tail, it’s amazing to think what a strong and courageous lion this young cub will soon become. For now, it is curious and mischievous as it follows at its mother’s feet, eager to learn and make sense of the world. #lion #love #photography #nature


Video by @kiliiiyuyan // A fin whale surfaces off the West Coast of Greenland. This smaller cousin of the blue whale is still the second largest species of whale and it inhabits most of the world’s oceans. The North Atlantic population is one of the largest. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan for more images like this from across the Arctic and beyond. #greenland #arctic #whale #wildlife


Photo by @pedromcbride // In Northern Kenya, the people from @lewa_wildlife have been working for years to balance the needs of wildlife and people and peace through community conservation models which are now moving to other regions with the work of @nrt_kenya. To see more, follow @pedromcbride #kenya #africa #reflection #conservation #peace #nature #wildlife #petemcbride at Kenya



Photo by @kevinfaingnaert // The Ausangate Trek in Peru is often skipped over the popular Inca Trail. Ausangate is all about beautiful scenery, snow peaks, glaciers and colorful mountain lakes. It is one of the most challenging hikes around Cusco, but the scenery is worth the sweat. This photo is taken during a 5 day hike around the sacred Ausangate mountain following a path that is over 4500 metres above sea level.


Photo by @dguttenfelder. Weaving past wildlife watchers inside vehicles, a pride of lions walk together on a dirt road through Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater. #onassignment for @natgeoexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Shadows and tall aspens in Big Tesuque Basin above Santa Fe, New Mexico. #winter #newmexico


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 at Glacier Point


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.

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