Photo by @timlaman. i know you have been wondering… are zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes. turns out it is the latter. if you look at their skin color underneath the hair, it is all black. but why do they have stripes anyway? there are about five different theories, but the currently most popular ones have to do with cooling the skin, and repelling biting flies that don’t seem to like landing on striped surfaces. shot on my tanzania trip. to seem more of my africa images, follow @timlaman. #zebra, #tanzania, #africa, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // a room with a view. the view out of my tent situated at kiwa lake in the in the premier range of the canadian rockies in british columbia, canada. this is an incredibly remote lake that is difficult to get to without a helicopter. we had to be on alert for bears at all times. we crossed the lake a few times in our underwear and with ice bergs floating by it felt like thousands of tiny knives stabbing you. #kiwalake#canada#canadianrockies#britishcolumbia
Photo @materas // svartifoss waterfall crashes down on moss covered columnar basalt, vatnajökull national park, iceland. columnar basalt is a result of fast cooling of lava and is common in the icelandic volcanic landscape. follow me @materas for more images like this from iceland and around the world. #iceland#svartifoss#basalt
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // located in the northern part of the afar’s triangle, which takes its name from the nomadic people who live there, the vast danakil depression is the place where the constantly expanding of three tectonic plates join together, close to the border area among ethiopia, eritrea and djibouti.
here we are in the great plain of salt of assale. the afar nomads, who are mainly devoted to the extraction of minerals, live in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, the hottest inhabited place in the world, with very little vegetation and temperatures that can reach 120° f degrees.
the afar seem to have appeared from nowhere. they are a sort of miracle: they kept a strong identity without having a testimony of their story. their economy was, and is, precarious. they are nomads struggling with the hostility of the climate and the land. they conquered, with time, the reputation of warriors. they have adapted to survive in a harsh and impossible land.
the perito moreno glacier is a glacier located in the los glaciares national park in southwest santa cruz province, argentina.
the perito moreno glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from el calafate, was named after the explorer francisco moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with chile.
patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of south america, shared by argentina and chile. the region comprises the southern section of the andes mountains as well as the deserts, pampas and grasslands east of this southern portion of the andes.
photo by @christian_foto ( christian rodríguez )#peritomoreno #glaciar#patagonia#environment#sur #south#argentina
Photo by @christopheviseux // mid july, a wildfire broke out in the verdant creek area affecting the banff and kootenay national parks. the fire, caused by a lightning strike, has spread over 4,000ha. some of the nearby trails and backcountry campsites were closed due to prevention and air quality was carefully monitored. while this particular fire posed no direct threat to local communities, it reminds us to proceed with caution while enjoying the outdoors — many head to the popular national parks during the summer months and fire hazards are at high-risk. follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures and footages from canada. #banff#fire#canada#nationalpark#natgeo#natgeotravel
Photo by @jeffmauritzen, words by justin kavanagh. old head, kinsale, co. cork: be still, drink in the salt-sprayed wind, and listen to the wild atlantic waves lashing against the sheer cliffs of hard sandstone; listen to the poignant cry of the gulls; and let your imagination drift 11 miles out past the 17th-century lighthouse to the place where 1,198 souls were lost aboard the torpedoed rms lusitania just over 100 years ago. we'll encounter many a wreck along the wild atlantic way…and a few that might surprise you on the beds of irish lakes…onward on our odyssey round ireland! follow along as @jeffmauritzen with ng traveler writer & editor justin kavanagh traverse the highways and byways of this beautiful country for the next 3 weeks. we’ll be posting a photo a day, and regaling you with travel tales and tips from the isle of saints and sinners, scholars and storytellers. follow us as we take the #wildatlanticway, explore the northern causeway coast, and travel back in time through ireland’s ancient east.
Photos by @carltonward // here's a time lapse of yesterday's sunset in ten thousand islands national wildlife refuge, where the everglades meets the gulf of mexico. south florida boasts the largest contiguous protected mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere. on world mangrove day, let's commit to protecting and restoring more of this endangered ecosystem. throughout the world, mangroves are critical for fisheries, wildlife, and local communities. mangroves also help combat climate change. #mangrove#everglades#florida
Photo @pedromcbride // nine days, 100 miles and the journey of a lifetime across a forgotten delta. i have crossed this place many times and have only seen water here once — in the spring of 2014 when we made the colorado’s last paddle to the sea. thanks to a treaty between the us and mexico agreeing to release of less than 1% of the mighty colorado river's flow across this parched landscape as part of an experimental restoration. today, due to over allocation, a growing populace and a changing climate, the colorado river delta is back to a river of sand. many are working to restore pockets of life, but the delta remains a glimpse of its former self. . #coloradoriver#freshwater#delta#climatechange
Photo by @franslanting from the air the sandstone buttes of monument valley are an awesome sight. they have served as a backdrop for many hollywood movies and for many millions of people around the world this place has become an iconic symbol of the american west. to the navajo people who have lived there for many centuries it is known as tse'bii’ndzisgaii—valley of the rocks. follow me @franslanting for more images of these special places in the american southwest.
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@johnkernickphotography the unmistakable cathedral of florence (cattedrale di santa maria del fiore), no view of florence would be without it. this shot was taken from the ground of the villa bardini, there are other views form father away and higher showing the ponte vecchio but i liked this for a change. .
Photo by @kristarossow // partner content with @purenewzealand // the iconic lighthouse at cape reinga overlooks where the pacific ocean meets the tasman sea, a place maori people hold sacred. after the sunset, i waited for the sky to fade to blue and the lighthouse to illuminate its beacon to make this shot. // join bryce dallas howard as she explores the magic and wonder of new zealand. explore more at natgeo.com/nzmustdo #nzmustdo
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) - skies like this with intense drama and atmosphere are the perfect subject matter for my latest @natgeoyourshot assignment.
i am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot entitled “epic," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to express your understanding of the word ‘ epic’ and how it can be portrayed in a single image.
Photo by @andywcoleman // oxbow bend is one of the more popular locations for photography in grand teton national park. calm mornings in this spot can produce wonderful reflections of mt. moran in the snake river. patience can be rewarded here (as long as the conditions cooperate), as the light continually changes the scene. the most difficult part about shooting this scene is finding a parking spot at peak times as the best reflections are right near highway 89. #findyourpark
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // wrangell-st. elias national park. the world’s second largest national park is big enough to fit yosemite, yellowstone and switzerland combined. a vast, rugged land of jaw-dropping beauty and abundant wildlife, it’s home to the tallest coastal mountains in the world and more than 150 glaciers. one of them is even larger than rhode island. the wrangells, the alaska, the chugach, and the st. elias mountain ranges all converge here. if you want to get a sense of its grandeur, you’ll need to charter a bush plane and fly into its interior. not only will you witness one of the world’s most pristine and spectacular wilderness destinations but it will also make you feel very small. @natgeocreative#alaska#wilderness
Photo @materas // a cholla garden at sunrise in anza-borrego desert state park, california. while they may look fuzzy, they're anything but! chill a cactus are known for their barbed spines that tenaciously attach to just about anything they touch. it's called a cholla garden because often the cholla are from similar dna from a single plant. follow me @materas for more images like this from california and around the world. #cactus#desert#southwest#cholla
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // the ancient mayans believed that cenotes, or freshwater sinkholes, like this one near tulum, were passageways to the underground world of xibalba, which roughly translates as “place of fear”. @paulnicklen and i worked #onassignment for @natgeo to document the mysteries of these sinkholes. this cenote, known as las calaveras, or the skulls, is the final resting place of 128 individuals, who were arguably sacrificed to the gods a couple of thousand years ago. today, modern mayan people still hold these places as sacred, but for a few pesos, they are happy to show tourists around.
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