Photo by @TimLaman | I passed through the famous Lemaire Channel on New Year’s Eve aboard the «National Geographic Explorer,» and we were treated to the most spectacular conditions I have seen in my five visits to this region of Antarctica. Mirror-calm for perfect reflections, spectacular mountains, and interesting ice floes add that «Antarctica feel» to this shot. Follow me @TimLaman to see a lot more coverage from this trip. Shot on expedition with @NatGeoExpeditions #LemaireChannel #Antarctica #reflections
Video by @chien_chi_chang | In late August 2017, violence erupted in Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma), targeting the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority who have lived in Myanmar for generations. More than half a million people fled to Bangladesh, triggering one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated 700,000 Rohingya have been driven into Bangladesh (as of April 2018). Over half of them are children. The Bangladesh government has called for Myanmar to take back the refugees. To date, there is still no telling when or if that will happen soon. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad
Photo by @kirstenluce | In December 2018, this sloth and 21 other animals were rescued from Puerto Alegria, Peru, where they were kept illegally to pose with tourists for selfies. Veterinarian Maria Violeta Barrera Navarro holds a sloth. An investigation by the nonprofit @fentropika showed that these animals were dying rapidly in captivity, 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 wild animals kept for «selfie tourism.»
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Ice-clad birch in Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan National Park. «Shirakaba» is the Japanese name for white birch trees. Shira means white, and kaba is the combined kanji for beauty and wood. #Hokkaido #Japan #birchtree #Daisetsuzan
Photo by @JimRichardsonNG | Heather spread across the glen at Mar Lodge Estate, carpeting the hills in purple in the Highlands of Scotland. It was glorious to see, not just because the shafts of sunlight were spotlighting the beauty of the Cairngorms, but also because we (Paul Tomkins was assisting me on this story) had been looking for it for a week across Scotland—and here it was. I was in a delirious panic to capture the light fleeting as fast as a fox down toward Braemar. Landscapes in Scotland do not hold still, daring you to see them in their moment. Heather-covered hills are the iconic landscape of the Scottish moors, favored by the estates because heather supports grouse populations. Today the debate in Scotland is over whether the heather should be reduced so that Caledonian pine forests can make a comeback. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scottish adventures. #scotland #cairngorms #heather #mountains @natgeotravel @natgeoimagecollection @natgeofineart
Photo by @pedromcbride | Climbing toward the «Valley of Silence» on the south side of Mount Everest requires a quiet dance that you hope will not disturb the avalanche spirits. The glacier changes daily, creaking and moaning as it flows downhill. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #Everest #Nepal #mountains #gratitude #nature #glaciers #Khumbu #petemcbride
Photo by @renaeffendiphoto | A series of playful rituals unfold as part of the matrimonial tradition in which friends and family of the bride block the groom’s entrance to the wedding party with a red ribbon. They demand money and gifts for the groom’s party to enter, but the groom will try to find a way to outsmart them and break through the bride’s defense. For more human interest stories #followme @renaeffendiphoto
#manehor #bangladesh #wedding #tradition #rituals #culture #bengal
Photo by @BrianSkerry | Three sperm whales socialize in the waters off of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. The whale on the bottom is a calf is named Digit, and she became entangled in fishing gear in 2015. It was looking like a death sentence for the young whale, but surprisingly in 2018 Digit was completely free! These whales have been studied for 15 years by Shane Gero, founder of the the Dominica Sperm Whale Project. In a story on the @natgeo website @craigwelch writes about Shane’s work with these animals, their families, and this special story. This population of whales is on a six percent annual decline due to anthropogenic stresses, such as entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes. If they die off, we would lose a whale culture that possesses unique knowledge about its home waters.
To see more photos of whales and learn about their fascinating cultures, follow @BrianSkerry #whales #spermwhales #dominicaspermwhaleproject #whaleculture #dominica #caribbean #oceantrash #plastictrash
A behind the scenes look at @jimmy_chin filming during the making of @freesolofilm.
Lauded as one of the best films of 2018, @freesolofilm is releasing nationwide in IMAX this weekend for a one week run starting January 11. Even @alexhonnold is fired up…and that usually takes a little extra something. As Alex said after the latest IMAX screening “that’s for sure as close as it gets to actually being there!” Don’t wait to catch Free Solo this week on the biggest screens out there. It’s mind bending. Bring a chalk bag… For theaters and tickets nationwide, hit www.freesolofilm.com. @freesolofilm @alexhonnold@chaivasarhelyi @natgeo 📸 @cheynelempe