Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz
28 million lbs. of recently harvested almonds are piled up and covered with tarps in the storage yard of salida hulling, near modesto ca, waiting to be shelled and hulled for their growers. last year california produced some 2.2 billion pounds of #almonds, which is some 60% of the global supply. each nut consumes about a gallon of #water. to learn more about the california #almond supply, follow @feedtheplanet
Video by @renan_ozturk
lucky strike. this was the first 8k shot on location for the @natgeochannel#explorer show "the yellow brick road". the story exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. our journey started here in goma and went on to visit warlords deep in the jungle of north kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines and other parts of the supply chain. in this particular location we saw the drastic differences in wealth in the community generated from the gold and other minerals. the official stats in how much gold comes out of north kivu is zero, but we filmed quite the opposite. there is a quite a lot to this important story... ~
with @j.j.kelley@elaishastokes @taylorfreesolo@taniarashid@aldo_astoria@camp4collective
Photo by @stephenedwardferry // | macayepo, bolivar, colombia | on a recent story for the wall street journal, i went to macayepo, a town that suffered terribly during the colombian armed conflict. the inhabitants were massacred by paramilitaries, but guerrillas of the farc also attacked them. both sides accused villagers of working for the other. it is beautiful to see how macayepo has returned to life. | para una nota reciente con el periódico @wsj fuimos a macayepo, un pueblo aislado en bolívar que sufrió de la mano de los paramilitares de alias cadena y de las farc bajo mando de martín caballero. a pesar de que fue una matanza paramilitar, patrocinado por políticos de sucre, que dejó 15 campesinos muertos en el 2000 y despobló a macayepo , igual la guerrilla hostigaba a los habitantes cuando intentaron volver. es bello ver como macayepo se ha recuperado con el tiempo y gracias a la valentía de sus habitantes. | #paz#macayepo#enmicolombia#colombia#onassignment#photojournalism#nonfiction#reduxpictures#thepjhotosociety#ojorojofabricavisual
A bald eagle flies over the eastern neck wildlife refuge maryland photo by @salvarezphoto (stephen alvarez) they are such beautiful birds. big, powerful animals. it is hard to imagine that they were once highly endangered. overuse of pesticides -including ddt- once put the us national symbol’s future in question. but common sense environmental regulations, a ban on hunting and well managed wildlife refuges like the eastern neck have brought the bald eagle back from the edge. #eagle#maryland
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto /@thephotosociety
mute swan shaking – every single species that i work with always has their own distinct qualities, something about them that sets them apart and making them truly unique. this might be the habitat in which they live, the behaviours that they display or sometimes, as with the swans, it can be the simple beauty of their elegant form. there are few things in nature to me as beautiful as the arched sweep of a swans neck, especially when it’s bathed in late evening sunlight. in this image it is the swans own body that is acting as a natural reflector, bouncing light back up underneath its chin and creating a radiant glow whilst the droplets of water themselves are backlit against a distant shadowed forest. in a moment like this i will always fire a burst of images, usually about 4-6 and then it is simply a case of selecting the one where the swan is in the most favourable position. though i’ve seen this behaviour on countless occasions there is only a narrow window on the lake where this quality of light is combined with the dark backdrop and so, as it so often is with photography it is a case of working day in day out, waiting for the moment when both critically important aspects serendipitously collide. this image also only works when the swan is facing slightly away, otherwise the reflected light under its chin is not visible and this tiny detail is one of those critically important to the final image. as always in these high contrast situations i’ve preselected my preferred aperture and then set my exposure manually to ensure that i retain detail in all of the critical whites whilst allowing a few peripheral whites to burn out. if i’d tried to retain detail in all then the image would be significantly darker and in my opinion, less effective. please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto#wildgeography#globaldaily#bella_shots#elegantanimals#animalelite#exklusive_nature#shotaward#wonderfulworld#amazing_picturez#igscwildlife#animalsmood #exelent_nature#exclusive_animals#planet_of_animals#perfection_nature#pro_nature#greatshots#greatphotos#masters
Photos by @robertclarkphoto
(swipe to see all) // the bundle mummies of the chachapoya, the so called “cloud people” were an andean culture located in the cloud forests of northern peru. it’s not clear when the culture originated, but it was conquered by the incas around 1475 ad. when francisco pizarro arrived in peru in 1532, the hostility of the chachapoyas toward the incas led many of them to side with the spanish.
the most spectacular remnant of the chachapoya civilization is kuelap, a mountain fortress built at an altitude of 10,000 feet. in terms of the mass of stone used, kuelap is even bigger than the great pyramid of giza. #mummies#peru
Photo by @jasperdoest // storks nesting in the parque natural do sudoeste alentejano e costa vicentina in southwest portugal.
here on the rocky coast, the birds can be found using abandoned nests of ospreys.
during the second half of the last century, white stork (ciconia ciconia) populations became extinct or nearly extinct in many western european countries. an intensive reintroduction programme was initiated in 1969, consisting of a captive breeding programme and of providing nest sites and food at release stations. this resulted in restoring the white stork population up to its level before 1945. however, not all birds survive without supplemental feeding, and still rely to some extent on care. monitoring of breeding success suggests that reproductive output is lower away from release sites, and one third of the adult white storks do not show natural migration behaviour. many storks also survived due to the presence of open landfills on the iberian peninsula. with changes in european wastemanagement legislations currently being implemented, the question remains if the european white stork population is self-sustainable.
follow me @jasperdoest as i will share more work of the five years i followed these birds throughout the european continent.
Photo by @salvarezphoto throwback to an incredible expedition to the sultanate of oman
this cave room, majlis al jinn on the south western selma plateu is huge. the entrance drop is over 120 meters and in august it gets a remarkable shaft of sunlight streaming across its entire length. #oman#explore
Photograph by david chancellor @chancellordavid - so..if you’ve ever wondered what a sleeping bull elephant sounds like ? turn up the volume and wonder no more ❤️❤️ - i’ve been working today with the extraordinary combined teams from @savetheelephants and @lewa_wildlife@nrt_kenya here in northern kenya. we’ve collared 3 cows, and 2 bulls right up in biliqo bulesa, it’s one of the largest conservancies with @nrt_kenya therefore nomadic pastoralists from several ethnic backgrounds converge across this vast and beautiful rangeland; this is one of my favourite places on the planet 💚💚 it forms a vital corridor for wildlife from samburu, buffalo springs, and shaba national reserves, and from sera conservancy. by collaring these elephant we will more easily be able to see their routes of travel, predict possible areas of conflict, and mitigate them ahead of issues arising, and share vital data received from them in times of climatic change, such as drought. the collars will function without further intervention for 3/4 years supplying data continuously. the entire process took minutes due to the great skill of those working on this project, and dr mathew mutinda, a kenya wildlife vet who i’ve had the incredible honour to work over the past years. he, without any shadow of exaggeration is singlehandedly responsible for saving more wildlife in this region than any other individual i’ve ever met, anywhere ! 👍🏿👍🏼 - one fact - elephants can breathe through their mouths and trunk, however, during this procedure, whilst sleeping, the trunk end is held open with a small stick as limiting air through either air passage would cause discomfort. once the elephant starts to wake, the stick is removed - the respiratory system of the elephant is quite exceptional and the success of this operation relies on the immense skill and speed of the teams here - a perfect day today for wildlife and those humans acting as custodians in these challenging times #nopoaching#elephant#conserving#conservation@nrt_kenya@lewa_wildlife@savetheelephants@kenyawildlifeservice@everydayextinction@natgeo@thephotosociety
Tailors in the town of numbi, dr congo. photo by carlos villalon @villalonsantamaria
situated to the west of lake kivu, the green hills surrounding the small mining town of numbi in south kivu are dotted with mining sites — some, just holes in the ground, others, large hills reduced to quarries. cassiterite, used for tin and coltan for tantalum, along with gold ore and wolframite, tungsten, are the four most common “conflict minerals” extracted by tens of thousands of congolese miners.
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) // this ice filled gallery inside eisriesenwelt ice cave up above werfen near salzburg in austria, forms one of several field sites used by the university of innsbruck for climate research. mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. taking advantage of alpine caves, a team of scientists led by swiss paleoclimatologist dr. marc luetscher from the swiss institute for speleology and karst studies (siska), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. this is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. these form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. in this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
Photo by @franslanting // you are looking at a female bonobo. in the wake of international women’s day it is worth contemplating the different solutions to gender issues bonobos have evolved. bonobos are our closest cousins on the tree of life along with chimpanzees, but among bonobos the status of females is much higher than it is among chimps—or in most human societies. the social rank of a male bonobo is derived from the status of his mother. the bond between mother and son is strong and lasts a lifetime. among bonobos social conflicts are often resolved through s****l encounters instead of by aggression. there is a lot we do not understand yet about them, because they only occur in a remote part of the congo basin where they are difficult to study. but we do know enough to appreciate them as kindred beings for whom female cooperation rather than male competition is a way of life that has served them well. not a bad model to consider as we are rethinking gender roles in our communities and how we cope with excess aggression. learn more in “bonobo, the forgotten ape,” a book i produced with primatologist and fellow dutchman frans de waal. and follow me @franslanting and @christineeckstrom for more stories from the world of nature. #bonobos#chimps#apes#bonoboconservationinitiative#bonobodotorg#compassion#empathy#naturelovers#wisdom
Photo: @ivankphoto / a dirt road, near parque nacional sierra san pedro mártir, leads off to mountains in baja california, mexico. #bajandoparabaja, #elcaminorealdebaja, #runaflirts, @runa_photos, @panospictures