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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | Portrait of a gentle saluki dog, in the Rub al Khali desert (also known as the Empty Quarter). Historically, salukis were used for hunting by nomadic tribes; in 1996 the Guinness Book of Records listed a saluki as the fastest dog, capable of reaching a speed of 68.8 km/h (42.8 mph). This one sat quietly for a bit, enjoying the sunset glow. On assignment for @natgeo. For more cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto #Saluki #salukisofinstagram #fastestdog #dogsofinstagram #dogportrait
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | As the day’s light starts to fade, a humpback whale lifts its fluke and disappears down into the deep waters of Norway's Andenes fjord to feast on herring. My moment with this whale was brief but vibrant and spirited, just like the light during this time of year. In the dead of winter, when the sky only glows for 20 minutes a day, you truly come to appreciate the gift that the sun brings us every morning. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos of our ocean's largest inhabitants, whales. #humpback #Norway #sunlight #nature #photography
Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | Bristol Bay, Alaska, is home to the world's largest truly wild, non-hatchery sockeye salmon run in the world. For over a hundred years, commercial fisherman have been harvesting these fish in large numbers, and due to successful science based fisheries management, recent returns have been record breaking. About 62.3 million sockeye returned to spawn in 2018, the largest since records began. For the fishermen, a mega fish season equates to extreme sleep deprivation and every possibility for a nap is taken. Nat Geo interviewed a few of us about how we deal with sleep while on extreme assignments (or working as a commercial fisherman). You can find the story online “How Explorers Sleep in Extreme Spots” via a link in my profile @arni_coraldo | #sleep #bristolbay #commercialfishing #fisherman #salmon #sockeye
Photos by @hammond_robin | “The CID [police] told me he died of hunger, abuse, coldness, and dehydration,” said Anna Van Coller, from her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Anna's 73-year-old brother, Jan Daniel Francois Denicker, died in June 2016 after being transferred from Life Esidimeni, a specialized care facility, to the non-governmental organization Siyabadinga. She didn’t learn of his death until 12 months later. It has come to be known as the worst human rights scandal to hit democratic South Africa. In an attempt to save money, 1,700 people with mental illness and intellectual disability were moved from Life Esidimeni into unlicensed care homes. Within two years, 144 people died. Causes of death included starvation, dehydration, and cold. No one has faced criminal charges. The relatives want justice. Shot for @witnesschange. To see more follow @onedayinmyworld
Photo by @TimLaman | A magnificent bird of paradise male displays to a female in the rain forest of West Papua, Indonesia. The male clears the ground of leaves and calls to attract a potential mate. When he finally lures her close, his presentation culminates in this pose. Then the female makes a very careful examination of her suitor before making a decision. With birds of paradise, it’s all about female choice! The Birds of Paradise Project is going on tour with @NatGeo Live! Come hear Ed Scholes and Tim Laman in Gainesville, Florida, on Jan 23. See the link in our profile at @BirdsofParadiseProject for tickets, and follow @TimLaman for more. #NatGeoLive #birdsofparadise #Papua #Indonesia
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | National Pond Hockey Championships on Dollar Lake, near Eagle River, Wisconsin. Last year the competition had 300 teams and 2,000 players. Americana at its best! To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
Photos by @PaulNicklen | An emperor penguin’s feathers are no ordinary bird feathers. Compared to other birds, they have a much denser and more uniform set of feathers, allowing them to reach incredible speeds underwater. An emperor penguin can significantly increase its speed by releasing tiny bubbles from its feathers in bursts, which reduces friction and propels it up to three times as fast as their normal speed. As a result, these penguins can dive to depths of up to 1,750 feet and increase their chances of escaping some of their most fierce predators, such as leopard seals. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of these impressive #Antarctic birds. #penguin #ocean #feathers #wildlife #photography
Photo by @stephenwilkes | The newest image in the Day to Night series is finally complete! This scene, photographed in British Columbia's Bella Coola, captures grizzly bears looking for food in their natural habitat during the salmon run. Due to climate change, the rivers in which the salmon travel are hotter and drier than ever before, leading to an increase in fish mortality and fewer fish for the bears to feed on. I plan to continue this project, capturing other threatened and endangered species, in the hope of creating awareness about the dangers of climate change and the effect of man on natural habitats. The Day to Night series began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Bellacoola #Grizzlybears #Dawntodusk #Canada #Landscape
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
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