Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I An image from my Blenheim oaks series. Blenheim Palace was a gift from a grateful nation to General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. They were originally planted, it is said, as a leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest—to map the configuration of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr @carltonward | During summer shipping season, ranchers across Florida ride out in the predawn darkness to gather their herds. During the week in July that I spent with the Seminole tribe at their Big Cypress Reservation, the cattle from each morning’s first pasture had already reached the pens well before sunrise. That’s when the real work begins. Some calves are sold to market, some are held back to replenish the herds, others are kept to raise as show calves by students in the 4-H club. Here Seminole ranch foremen Andre Jumper and Bobby Yates sort and part cattle. Jumper, once a linebacker for the FSU Seminoles, said that sorting cattle through the hopper (the funnel before the chute) felt like football practice. Bringing cattle to the pens is also the time to get head counts. Ranchers check numbers against the previous count to know how many calves have been lost, in some cases to coyotes, bears, and panthers. There can be tension with wildlife, but without ranches in Florida there would not be enough habitat to support wide-ranging animals like the endangered Florida panther. We as conservationists need to support policies that allow panthers to be assets to ranchers, not just potential liabilities. In rapidly developing Florida, panthers and ranchers are both endangered species. Investing in the land conservation needed to keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor intact is the best hope for preserving ranches and the continued recovery of the panther. See rare photos of Florida panthers @carltonward. #pathofthepanther @fl_wildcorridor @natgeoimagecollection #seminole #ranch #floridawild #keepflwild
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Naomi, one of the dedicated keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and one of the very first indigenous Samburu women keepers in Africa, gets a caress from Shaba, @r.e.s.c.u.e’s proxy matriarch. Shaba was rescued in November 2016, when poachers shot her mother dead. She arrived traumatized. It took the team a long time to gain her trust, spending day and night talking, singing, offering seed pods and fresh grass, anything they could think of. Then, one day she finally took a bottle and a strong bond was formed. Today, she is instrumental to the sanctuary. She keeps order, teaches the young ones how to forage and navigate steep paths, and, most incredibly, greets every new orphan at the sanctuary with a heartfelt and emotional hello. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn how you can support this crucial work.
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Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen // Sponsored by @ikeausa // I never tire of watching polar bears. Here, a young subadult polar bear rests on land while waiting for the sea ice to freeze along the coast of Hudson Bay, Canada. Arctic sea ice has been freezing later each fall and melting earlier each spring, confining bears to land for longer periods of time. Polar bears need sea ice as a platform in order to hunt seals. Our only chance of reversing the loss of sea ice is to reduce our carbon footprint. // A good night’s sleep is going extinct. Build your sanctuary today. #SaveOurSleep
Photo by Frans Lanting @franslanting | I’m sharing this image of a young orangutan in recognition of World Orangutan Day. He has reason to look distraught. Nearly half of all orangutans—a staggering 150,000, in all—vanished from Borneo in the past 15 years, due to destruction of their forest habitat and the impact of the wild pet trade. This orphaned young male was rescued and brought to a rehab center, but he won’t have much of a future unless we protect the forests all orangutans depend on for their survival. I welcome you to support the organizations that are on the front lines of helping orangutans, with public activities as well as covert operations aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. And follow me @FransLanting for more encounters with endangered animals around the world.
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Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk l Underwater universe: these glimmering lights became our night sky as we sailed the Antarctic peninsula. In summer here, days rapidly get longer until eventually the sun doesn’t set at all. This phenomenon is called the midnight sun. #Antarctica #underwater #antarcticaunderwater #nature #ocean
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Tree roots are exposed and carved out from extraordinary high water levels on #lakeErie. The Great Lakes are presently experiencing the highest water volumes in documented history, resulting in overtly apparent erosion and flooding in towns and wilderness areas along the shores. #onassigmnent for @natgeo
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Just before the bride makes her entrance into a ballroom filled to the brim with female guests to a majestic song, curated especially for her, women working at the wedding will hold a traditional incense burner to pass bakhoor (scented chips or blocks) among the guests. This is done as a gesture of hospitality. Her guests, having waited a couple of hours to congratulate her, will witness her regal entrance into the hall. #wedding #riyadh #saudiarabia
Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Rays of light: Marine wildlife tourism is a large draw for visitors to Hawaii’s shores, which is a boon for the economy but can cause problems for animals if proper steps aren’t taken. Tour operators must follow strict rules to protect manta rays during night snorkeling/diving outings because participants use underwater lights to attract plankton in high concentrations, and the rays follow to find food. As a result, boats must refrain from lighting hulls to keep the rays from swimming into ladders, rudders, propellers, or divers, which have been known to cause serious injury. It is best to research the right tour operator to ensure you aren’t inadvertently injuring the wildlife you are marveling to see. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #moonlight #mantaray #Hawaii #tourism #underwater
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | “El Candelabro” was made by a pre-Inca people, and the original meaning of the geoglyph is unknown. It was engraved on the downwind side of the Paracas Peninsula, where the dew-soaked surface stabilizes this sandy etching of the ancients and the careless footprints of tourists. As seen from a paramotor. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.