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
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Bicycles are covered with snow in one of Amsterdam’s canals in December of 2017 during snowfall in the city. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #amsterdam
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | In a view toward Jerusalem, a road winds through a section of the 20-foot-high Israeli West Bank barrier, separating the West Bank Palestinian village of Abu Dis, population 12,604, from East Jerusalem. Israel considers it a security barrier against terrorism while Palestinians call it a racial segregation or an apartheid wall.
Photos by @kirstenluce | In December 2018, this margay (wildcat) and 21 other animals were rescued from Puerto Alegria, Peru, where they were kept illegally to pose with tourists for selfies.
An investigation by the nonprofit @fentropika showed that these animals were dying rapidly in these conditions, and are replaced by new animals poached from the wild. The Peruvian National Police, various wildlife authorities from Peru, and veterinarians from @fentropika also rescued an anaconda, three sloths, a porcupine, a squirrel monkey, a manatee, two toucans, six macaws, two parrots, and four parakeets. This margay now lives at CREA (Centro de Rescate Amazonico/Amazon Rescue Center) in Iquitos, Peru, but needs extensive veterinary care. Please see @fentropika for more info.
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz |
Jinshanling section of The Great Wall after a rare snowfall. An attempt at border security from the Ming Dynasty. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz