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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Maasai giraffes stand in perfect silhouette against a spectacular sunset. But their future is not necessarily as bright. The latest IUCN updated Red List of Threatened Species did not include good news for giraffes. Their populations have quietly plummeted by 40 percent in the last 30 years, as a result of habitat loss, poaching, and civil unrest. Somehow this decline hasn't been at the forefront in the news, and we can just imagine how many other species are disappearing without any notice at all. Protecting habitat is more essential than ever as so many species will benefit from that blanket protection and security. From lions and elephants, right through to giraffes and the oxpecker birds feeding on the ticks in their hides, down to the dung beetles that replenish the earth with their droppings, we have an awful lot to lose if we leave this too late. #maasaigiraffe #giraffesunset #timetoact
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | San Juan County, Utah: An enigmatic and evocative piece of Barrier Canyon Style rock art in southern Utah. Rock art is notoriously hard to date, but this style of painting likely comes from the late archaic period of Southwestern archaeology (4,000 to 1,500 BP/before present). There are a large handful of sites across southern Utah (also into Colorado and Arizona) with a similar style. The paintings are typically larger-than-life anthropomorphic figures that are often finely painted. Join me by following @salvarezphoto as I work on a Nat Geo grant looking at rock art in some of our western public lands. It’s a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the nonprofit @ancientartarchive
Photo by @beckythale | Fez, Morocco. Around every corner a new door, new smell, and new intersection. The girl, in her pink fur coat, disappeared as quickly as she appeared in the maze of the medina. #morocco #fez
Photo by @joelsartore | Grizzlies—more accurately, North American brown bears—are majestic symbols of the wild. Despite their reputation for having carnivorous appetites, their diet isn’t limited to moose, deer, elk, and bison – it also consists of nuts, berries, fruits, and leaves. While they generally live alone, grizzly bears will occasionally gather in large numbers at major food sources like for salmon Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. When preparing for winter hibernation these bears have feasts of epic proportions, gaining up to three pounds a day! To see how the grizzly bear’s photo session for the Photo Ark turned out, follow me @joelsartore .
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A storm sweeps over the ancient site of Samaria-Sebaste, located in the village of Sebastia, just northwest of the city of Nablus, West Bank. The ruins include remains from six successive cultures dating back more than 10,000 years, including the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.
Photo by @irablockphoto | In Iceland, not far from Reykjavik, is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, the largest geothermal bath in the world. Both tourists and locals take advantage of the waters in this man-made attraction, located in a lava field. The warm waters are supplied from the nearby Svartsengi Power Station. The mineral-rich waters are not only relaxing, they're said to be helpful for skin issues like psoriasis. As the lagoon is located near the Keflavik Airport, many tourists stop by on their way home. #bluelagoon #geothermal #spa #iceland #steam #fog
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The “Borderless” exhibition, Mori Building, Odaiba, Tokyo. To call the exhibits at the teamLab Digital Art Museum immersive is an understatement, as the goal of the designers is to dissolve the imaginary walls between art and the viewer. The new museum, which opened last summer in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, is a two-floor series of rooms filled with psychedelic shape-shifting light shows and projections, most of which can be altered by touching the wall where they appear. The title of the exhibition is "Borderless," which defines the philosophy of teamLab, a 400-person cooperative of artists, designers, programmers, engineers, and architects, all dedicated to smashing preconceived boundaries, stimulating the senses, and blending the traditional with the futuristic. Unlike in most museums, photography is encouraged. In fact, the museum has been described as “the most Instagrammable spot” in Tokyo. It’s also one of the hardest exhibits to leave, as it is like finding the exit of a maze. #borderless #odaiba #tokyo
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto | Crowds of travelers and commuters converge at King's Cross. In 2012 the Victorian-era St Pancras International and King's Cross rail stations were both given dramatic updates. A modern twist adorns the original facade of King's Cross, which sees 47 million riders a year, including legions of Harry Potter fans. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the London story I covered for the @natgeo site. #London #architecture #kingscross #britain #people #city
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | "I was a guest at a kabaddi game, and thought he was one of the players sitting on the side. So I commented 'well played!' He looked at me, confused and replied, 'Ummmm...Thank you?!!' Half embarrassed, half not registering what he said, I walked away." "She redeemed herself at the celebratory dinner, and we started texting a fair bit. Oddly enough, I told my closest friends that I haven't met this girl yet, but I get the feeling I'm going to marry her." "I did a little background checkup," she giggles. "Stalking me on social media helps! She started retweeting, then added me on Facebook by mistake while she was telling how crap Facebook was to get to know someone. And she still claims to have no idea how to use the internet," he chimes in jokingly. "I told my best friend I'm marrying Suhail on our second date." #indianwedding #mumbai #wedding #love #india
Photo by @edkashi | Young performers rehearse for the Republic Day parade in India, near the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, India, on January 24, 2015.
Photo by @noralorek | Emmanuel Taban (sitting), 10, and friends watch a soccer game on a playground in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. NGOs have opened several child-friendly spaces for kids to play in around the settlement. Here children can make their own toys, get some rest from school or work at home, and simply do what children should do: play! According to UNHCR, 60 percent of refugees fleeing South Sudan are children. As in all Ugandan refugee settlements, the young population in Bidibidi is high; many classes have up to 250 pupils, and big families grow even further when a child loses his or her parents and is taken in by others. Bidibidi is, with its more than 270,000 people, considered one of the world's largest refugee settlements. On assignment for @natgeo , August 2017.
Photo by @CarltonWard | A juvenile coyote trips a motion-sensing camera trap on a cattle ranch in the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Coyote populations have expanded throughout Florida in recent decades and are now present in every county. Eradication of wolves and clearing forests for agriculture in the eastern U.S. reduced competition for coyotes and created more of their preferred rangeland habitat, allowing eastward expansion from the Great Plains starting in the 1940s. Some people see coyotes as invasive pests threatening livestock and wild game, while others see them as beneficial—controlling rodent populations and filling the ecological niche of regionally extinct red wolves. Eastern coyotes are larger than their western counterparts, possibly due to hybridization with remnant red wolves. Florida panthers are known to prey on coyotes, and observations suggest that coyote populations have decreased in areas where the panther population has recently recovered. #PathofthePanther #Coyote #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #KeepFLWild @FL_WildCorridor
Photo by @dguttenfelder | At low tide, people surround the gate to Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) on Japan’s Miyajima island.
Photo by @jimmy_chin | Morning commute on the staggering formation of Ulvetanna with @conrad_anker . Climbing with Conrad will never get old...and apparently neither will he. Ulvetanna, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. #tnfantarctica17 For more mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmy_chin .
Cover Photo by @Jimmy_chin | It was hailed as the "ultimate" rock climb: a "free solo," no-rope scramble up the 3,000-foot face of Yosemite's El Capitan, the world's most iconic cliff. In our February issue, learn how Alex Honnold's stunning and historic climb up El Capitan, in less than four hours, was the result of meticulous planning and training.
In the February issue you can also go inside the shocking, mysterious sacrifice of 269 children more than 500 years by an ancient society that lived in what is now Peru. And in a two-story package on Silicon Valley two decades after its initial boom, we take a look at how the Valley's tech industry is growing up (sort of), and how tech products' demand for lithium is creating new opportunities and tensions in places like Bolivia, which has huge reserves of the metal.
Photo by @simoncroberts | Ramlet al-Baida public beach at sunset, Beirut, Lebanon, January 2016. Ramlet Al-Baida (“white sands” in Arabic) is Beirut’s last remaining public beach, a rare outlet in a city where public spaces are few and far between. Unfortunately, a lack of sufficient public regulation has allowed developers to chip away at such spaces over the years. Lebanon’s shrinking coastline dates back to the country’s 1975-1990 civil war, when developers took advantage of the absence of state to build a flurry of resorts along the shore. Today many locals are worried that a gradual encroachment of private developments into the Al-Baida public beach will continue. For people who simply want to visit the seaside and relax, the privatization of beaches has become another symbol of corruption and inequality. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #SimonRoberts #RamletAlBaida #Beirut
Photo by @kengeiger | Seeking respite from the Kenyan noonday sun, a tower of giraffes lounges in the shade of an acacia tree in Maasai Mara National Reserve. For more images of the #maasaimara follow @kengeiger .
Photo by @JimRichardsonNG | Scottish islands are often otherworldly, and so it was on this day on the Isle of Muck, looking over to Rum. The horses were kind to me, sometimes friendly to a fault, other times wandering off across the beach (Kelpies going back to the sea?). Muck had 39 people when I was there, holding its own in an improbable world. Like all remote rural communities, they struggle to keep services and attract young people (particularly if they have children to fill the school). They've augmented their power supply with a wind generator. It looks to me like they now have five ferries a week in summer. If bad weather cancels the ferry, you’ll be stuck there another couple of days eating island lobster. Can’t take your car but the only road is just one mile long, so that’s not a big problem. @natgeotravel #scotland #hebrides #island @natgeoimagecollecion Follow me @JimRichardsonNG for more Scottish adventures.
Photo @hammond_robin | “I was born in 1989 as a daughter,” says Eshan Regmi, from his home in Kathmandu. “At the age of 13 when I was studying in class 8, I began developing masculine characteristics,” Eshan says. “My biological identity is intersex. My gender identity is male. I am heterosexual.” And he helps us understand what intersex is: “Those whose internal or external reproductive organs do not match the traditional definition.” Eshan, like many intersex folks around the world, faced a lack of understanding and acceptance. “Society began calling me different things. They looked at me differently, and started
whispering as soon as I walked by, Is this a boy or a girl, and laugh at me. I felt I was alone in this world.” His father stood by him, though. "My dad was in pain. Because for whatever I was, I was his child and he loved me.” Eshan is now an activist supporting intersex folks in Nepal. For more LGBTQI+ stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal
Photo by @kirstenluce | In December 2018, this toucan and 21 other animals were rescued from Puerto Alegria, Peru, where they were kept to pose with tourists for selfies. An investigation by the nonprofit @fentropika showed that the animals were dying rapidly in these conditions and simply replaced by new animals poached from the wild. The Peruvian National Police, wildlife authorities from Peru, and veterinarians from @fentropika staged a raid to seize the animals kept for "selfie tourism." Among the animals seized: a margay (wildcat), anaconda, sloths, porcupine, squirrel monkey, manatee, toucans, macaws, parrots, and parakeets. Several of the animals, including the manatee, margay, sloths, and several birds were transported to CREA (Centro de Rescate Amazonico/Amazon Rescue Center) in Iquitos, Peru.
Photo by @chien_chi_chang | This image was from late 1990s but the situation is no different today. Upon arrival in New York many immigrants can only afford to live in dilapidated boardinghouses like this one near Bowery and Canal in the heart of Chinatown. Many of them–and they are all men–make room for a TV, their window on America. Down the hall, two showers, four toilets, and three sinks serve 100-plus residents from Fuzhou, China. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad
Photo by @williamodaniels | A Kyrgyz woman rides a bus in Osh, the large city in Kyrgyzstan's south that has experienced several waves of ethnic tensions between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This 2008 image is part of “Wilting Point,” a solo show by William Daniels opening on January 25 in Paris at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin. #pavilloncarredebaudouin #wiltingpoint #Paris #Kyrgyzstan
Photo by @nicholesobecki | A mother bathes her young son at dawn in the port of Mogadishu, Somalia. I made this image while working on a project with writer @lauraeheaton on the relationship between the environment and security. Somalia has never been a forgiving place. A land of extreme temperatures and little rain, the country has faced cyclical droughts and periodic famines throughout the past century. But decades of civil war, coupled with the effects of climate change, have set the country on a path to environmental disaster. @groundtruth #climateforconflict #somalia #environment #nicholesobecki
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Our baby Poppy arrived two weeks ago today. She is a healthy and present baby and we are so thankful! As a former semi-nomad now first-time father, the meaning of words like home, family and love has began to shift to something deeper. “Heart surgery,” as my partner calls it. Happy new year from our family to yours 🎈