Photo @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo Jaime is an asteroid hunter in south of Spain. With his team there, he discovered more than 3000 numbered asteroids of our Solar System, several of them belonging to this near to Earth dangerous family. Among those, 2012 DA14, named Duende, the closest to Earth flyby of an asteroid with potential threat by its size registered so far. ‘We are watching you’ is a new fascinated story published on @natgeo magazine this month. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about the story. #future #asteroid #meteorites #
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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio A wintery landscape near Ballstad, arctic Norway. Ballstad is located on a small island off the southwestern tip of the island of Vestvågøya. It is one of the largest fishing communities in the Lofoten archipelago. There is evidence of human settlement in Lofoten extending back thousands of years. The archipelago's Stone Age inhabitants survived on hunting and fishing in an area that was covered by large pine and birch forests. There were bears, deer, reindeer, beavers and lynx here, and the waters teemed with seals and whales. Agriculture was quick to develop too - grain was harvested in Lofoten as early as 4,000 years ago. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #norway #arctic #norgefoto #norgesfoto #Nordland #ballstad #Lofoten #snow #mountain #winter #winterland #hiking #Vestvågøya #Vestvågøy #vikings #forest image: @simonnorfolkstudio words: @tribaleye
@RobertClarkphoto It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one that is most responsive to change. #charlesdarwin (1809-1882). Have crocodiles cracked the evolutionary code? They are graced with a characteristic that makes them almost indestructible: the ability to enter a state similar to a living death. They can go for over a year without food. They can live on land or stay submerged in water for long periods. They can slow their metabolism to require mere sips of breath and a few heartbeats a minute. It believed that these abilities allowed them to pass through catastrophes that caused many other forms to vanish. The hatchling Siamese croc has a mouth that is lined with tack-like teeth that might come loose when first learning to feed. Today’s crocodilians, from the mighty saltwater crocodile to the dwarf crocodile of West Africa, share basic traits. They are all semi-aquatic carnivores with a familiar morphology. During the Cretaceous Period, when this area of the planet was a swampy wilderness crossed by large rivers, crocodiles had diversified much as mammals have done today. #Evolution has left us today with 23 species of crocodilian, a quarter of which are considered critically endangered.
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Portrait of a Sufi pilgrim at the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shabaz Qalander in Pakistan. Part of a long term story of mine on Sufism, defined by its adherents as the mystic branch of Islam. Others claim it is a philosophy that pre-dates religion, the expression of which flowered within Islam. In Pakistan Sufism is a voice of peace and moderation in times often filled with violent extremism. Follow @argonautphoto to see the Sufi series over the coming weeks.
Video: @coryrichards | The value of our state parks defined in game of football. Crystal Cove, CA.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. Champion free diver Ai Futaki swims below a pod of spinner dolphins in the offshore waters of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins are among the most social of all dolphin species, and are rarely seen alone or in small groups. These creatures typically feed in deep waters offshore at night, then move into shallow, coastal bays during the day to socialize and rest. The name of these dolphins is derived from the acrobatic jumps and spins that they make, often leaping high out of the water. After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size. Through the games that they play with one another and through the means by which these dolphins socialize, researchers are able to measure their cognitive abilities. In fact, dolphins have been described as ‘an alien intelligence on Earth.’ In the years ahead, perhaps we will unlock the answers to the mysteries surrounding the complex lives of these animals, maybe even learning to communicate with one another at some point. To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about my adventures as a National Geographic photographer, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #spinner #dolphin #dolphins #ocean #underwater #photography #nationalgeographic #natgeo #travel #hawaii #oahu #water #tropical #animals #photooftheday #onassignment
Photograph by @paulnicklen // When elephant seal pups are born , they weigh approximately 50 to 80 pounds. Within three weeks of being born, their mother weans them ( hence their name- “weaners”) and they weigh as much as 400 pounds. They often get lonely once their mom leaves and they seek out companionship. Here @drpatrickavery was minding his own business while sitting on a beach in #antarctica and this seal decided to park itself on his lap. That is a lot of weight. To see this same seal pestering me while I was pretending to sleep #followme on @paulnicklen. On Assignment for @sea legacy. #nature #naturovers #instagood
- @natgeoChiang Mai, Thailand
photo by @renaeffendiphoto // Jun Peng is a sixty-seven-year-old female elephant whose previous owner made a hole in her ear and tied a rope to it in order to pull her. Jun Peng's new caretaker - Pati, himself a refugee, inserts a fresh flower in her ear every morning. Dozens of elephants have been rescued here at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiangmai, Thailand from exploitation in logging and other abusive treatment. For more stories please follow @renaeffendiphoto #elephants #thailand #nature #animals #wildlife #love #care #rescue
Photo @ladzinski / Photos like this aren’t easy to look at, in fact, they’re completely heartbreaking. However, the hope is that they ultimately encourage change and better understanding. This is a juvenile #gentoo #penguin, soaking wet from rain and bearing an injury. As the Antarctica peninsula continues to warm, precipitation is slowly changing from snow to rain, with many new consequences. There has been a vast increase in young penguins and other birds freezing to death, due to these newly wet conditions in this cold environment. Studies have also shown that penguin populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and fish stock depletion. Further, rain is also exasperating the ice melt, excelerating an already bad situation. It’s critically important that we pay attention to these signs and make changes, climate change is real and we are contributing to it. It’s extremely important to secure habitat and fishing stocks, notably Krill, a shrimp that nearly every mammal here relies on. Krill feed on sea ice, a habitat of bacteria, algae and crustaceans. If krill is over fished each and every animal that relies on it, like numerous species of whale, seal and penguin, will have nothing left to eat. Now, more than ever, we look to the leadership of #CCAMLR, the council responsible for managing the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica, to make the right decisions on how Antarcticas oceans are fished responsibly. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @sea legacy / @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages #ccmlar2018 #turningthetide
Video by @joelsartore | Band-bellied owls like this one photographed at the Monticello Center in Italy can be found within a large range throughout Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The hunting behavior of these elusive birds are widely unknown, but they are thought to feed mainly on small mammals and large insects. They can grow to be about 19 inches (48 cm) in length and weigh just over one pound (500 grams). These beautiful creatures are named for the horizontal stripes that can be seen across their cream-colored abdomens. This photo shoot was made possible in collaboration with the @greenteenteam. To see a portrait of this owl check out @joelsartore!
- @natgeoPaektu Mountain
North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder from National Geographic’s 150 anniversary edition. A military guide leads a tour on mystical Mount Paektu. It was here, official lore says, that Kim Il Sung fought for independence from Japanese occupiers in the 1930s. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites @dguttenfelder.
- @natgeoEl Poblado, Antioquia, Colombia
Photo: @juanarre (Juan Arredondo) A pit full of plastic balls at La Octava bar typifies Medellin’s growing nightlife and tourists appeal. It’s a dramatic change from the violent days under Escobar’s Medellín cartel, which at its height brought in as much as four billion dollars a year in cocaine trade. After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities. Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place. Follow me @juanarre on instragram #colombia #peaceprocess #medellin #almaguillermoprieto #postconflict #photooftheday #everedaylatinamerica
- @natgeoIslamabad, Pakistan
Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Through the years that I spent documenting the daily life and the challenges Afghan refugees and internally displaced people face in Pakistan, focusing mostly on children as I personally believe that children are the real victim of conflicts and the most vulnerable ones. No matter what the circumstances are children always manage to find ways to be happy from nothing, just like this video of a group of Afghan refugee children playing with a balloon on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo: @ivankphoto / Trees line the path to a homeless community on the Los Angeles River, California, USA. Kenneth, a community member, believes the trees have supernatural powers. “Down here there are negative trees and positive trees, more negative...If you stay down here long enough, you turn mean and angry.” This photo is part of a long-term project on the LA River. #WalkingTheLAwash, #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle
Photos by @ciriljazbec / Samburu women wear their traditional clothing to show their pride in being educated and going to school. Published last week in @natgeo story 'In Rural Africa, Tablets Revolutionize the Classroom'. BRCK tablets are opening up new learning opportunities for the Samburu tribe women and children in the Kenyan reserve. Follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read the entire story and see more photos!
Photo by @FransLanting “Year of the Bird” From a distance a toucan in flight looks like a crow pushing a banana. Its body is plain black, but it has an outrageously elongated yellow bill. You have to get close to appreciate the facial design that matches the bill. A blue eye ring of bare skin is surrounded by a bare orange patch and that is framed by delicate black and white feathers. It is one of the most outrageous designs nature has forged over time in the American tropics. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more wonders from the world of birds. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #yearofthebird #toucan #bird #color #evolution #design
Photo by @brentstirton | This dignified #Ovambo elder was photographed on the Namibian/Angolan border. He had travelled a long distance from his village in Southern Angola, hearing of a miracle doctor who could restore his sight. Three days later and after 6 years in the dark, he did indeed see again, thanks to Dr Helena Ndume and her mission to eradicate blindness. “Now I will see my children and look again at my wife, I am no longer useless.” he said after surgery. #curingblindness
- @natgeoQueen Maud Land
Photo by @jimmy chin @conrad anker taking in the end of another endless day where the sun never sets. Fenriskjeften Range, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy chin. #tnfantarctica17
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A pilgrim reads the Quran at the shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan. For more from the region follow @argonautphoto.
Photograph by George Steinmetz from the book @newyorkairbook Deep freeze grips the Chelsea district of New York City. On days like this, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows… To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz