Photo @andy_bardon /// the last light on the teton mountains. with over 30 feet of snow this season the rivers are raging, the local creeks are overflowing and the valleys are lush and green. the mountain snowpack persists and was the deepest ever recorded, while snowfall and water amounts were only beat by the winter of 1996-1997.
Photo by @timlaman. a lioness greets a male from her pride as he rests on a mudflat in the serengeti on my recent trip there. amazing to see these massive cats in the wild. their strength and power is so impressive up close…. we must preserve the big wild cats! to see more from #tanzania visit @timlaman. #serengeti, #africa, #lion, @thephotosociety@natgeocreative.
Photo @ladzinski / #devilstowernationalmonument in wyoming is a playground for rock climbers. the unique fluted columns of phonolite porphyry rock are littered with cracks, perfect for finger jams and placing gear for protection. @rob_pizem seen here climbing up one of the towers more notorious routes "el matador" at sunset.
Photo by @pedromcbride // reflective silence: during our 700-mile +, 71-day walk through the length of the grand canyon, we often depended on shallow puddles of rain water to survive. not only do they provide life, but they reflect the stillness, silence and river of stars that for me, define this wild realm more than its rich geology and humbling landscape. to see more #followme@pedromcbride#chasingrivers#grandcanyon#nature#reflection
Photo by @cristinamittermeier
as her older sister inspects the nearby tide pools in the coastal community of makaha, young keānuenue desoto, a native hawaiian girl, examines a tiny crab she just pulled from the sea. her family is rich with history and tradition and they come from a long line of legendary surfers and watermen; people who have been working hard to recover the lost pieces of their hawaiian culture for decades. one of their best contributions is the nã ka ma kai; a non profit organization dedicated to connecting the children to the sea through waters safety, conservation and fun. shot on assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen.
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Photo by @renan_ozturk // no rest for the wicked as climber @alexhonnold - who just completed his dream of climbing yosemite's el cap rope-less - joined me last week in alaska's great ruth gorge to attempt one of the largest walls on earth. although conditions were too dangerous we were able to put up a few new climbs with @freddiewilkinson and explore the crevassed lateral moraines of one of the largest glaciers on earth. in the 10 years i've been coming here i've seen a huge changes - hundreds of feet of glacial retreat and gaint melt water lakes like this that used to be tiny pools. ~
Image by @joelsartore | on this #pollinatormonday we are celebrating the intrigue of the great monarch migration, one of the most spectacular, beautiful, and mysterious of the world’s natural phenomena. each march and april, millions of monarchs arrive in the southern states of the u.s. from the warmth of mexico, where they stay during the winter. the monarch lays its eggs on milkweed plants as it moves northward, and the the adults that hatch will continue the migration. it takes 2-3 generations for these butterflies to make it to the northern states and southern canada before they return in the fall to their wintering sites in october. many people visit these sites in mexico to experience the beauty of the fields of monarchs, providing ecotourism dollars to mexico, and awareness of the migration to the world. monarchs that survive the fall migration, the 4-month overwintering period, and the migration northward, may live up to 9 months.
despite their amazing endurance over thousands of years, today the monarch population is dwindling each year. we may lose the migration within five years if we don’t act fast. the reason for this decline is because there are fewer milkweed plants (the only plant upon which they lay their eggs) available to monarchs as a result of changes in agriculture, excessive mowing, and the use of pesticides and herbicides. fortunately, if we all pitch in, we can reverse this downward trend and can keep monarchs flying. help the monarch by planting your milkweed today.
for a complete interactive how-to guide on ordering, planting, and caring for your milkweed, click the link in my bio (@joelsartore). don’t forget to post a picture with the hashtag #pollinatorhero to show us how you’re helping to #savetogether!
@franslanting his name is mushamuka. he was a silverback eastern gorilla, a male in his prime. i met him after tracking through dense forest in the eastern congo with rangers who knew every gorilla by face and name in this protected area, kahuzi-biega national park. we salute the people who have made it their calling to protect these remarkable great apes. all gorilla populations are under threat. we encourage you to support those who are doing what they can to ensure our next of kin survive in the wild—and we encourage you to visit the gorillas, if you have the opportunity. money earned through gorilla tourism provides funds for conservation projects and brings jobs and other benefits to local communities. follow me @franslanting for more stories of great apes in the wild.
Photo by @amivitale#sponsored by @hillspet | a rancher and his australian shepherds relax after a long day herding cows at a ranch in the centennial valley of southwest montana. these ranchers love their work. they’ve sought to balance the needs of their livelihood with reverence for the land and respect for the animals. check out our instagram story for more photos of dog's around the world.
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A jelly fish, off the east coast of scotland, photograph by david chancellor @chancellordavid 'we alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it falls or rises
in the marketplace.
wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
so much the worse
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.
this could be our revolution:
to love what is plentiful
as much as
what's scarce. ' 'we alone' by alice walker.
Video by @bertiegregory. a female leopard and her cub perch majestically in yala national park, sri lanka. leopard cubs are born blind and start to develop sight after 10 days. cubs will stay then stay with their mothers until they're around 2 years old. shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Muslim women pray on the baseball field at angel stadium in anaheim, california, to celebrate eid-ul-fitr, the end of the holy month of ramadan. thousands of people gathered for the early morning prayer. photograph by @lynseyaddario, on assignment for @natgeo.#onassignment#eid
Photo: @andy_mann // a territorial triggerfish attacks a red jellyfish off the coast of southern thailand. a once vibrant and heathy coral reef now lay barren and lifeless below them, leaving a whole cast of colorful characters racing to adapt to this rapidly changing environment. // #followme@andy_mann on a journey of our world's oceans and mountains through the lens of adventure and conservation. @waittfoundation@sea_legacy
Video @ladzinski / waves, played in reverse, rolling under a vibrant sunset on the stunningly beautiful island #martinique at the foot of mont pelée. mont pelée is the island's prominent volcano and last erupted in 1902, destroying saint-pierre and killing over 28,000 people in 2 minutes! 🇲🇶
Base jumpers jump off a 1000 meter cliff in kjerag, norway during the annual gathering of 2017 heliboogie. hundreds of base jumpers from all over the world participated in the event completing over 1100 jumps in the three days. video shot by @shaulschwarz with @christinaclusiau