Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova)
A juvenile humpback whale after feeding.
This photograph was captured off the coast of the Kingdom of Tonga. - Every year thousands of whales migrate to these warm waters to breed and give birth.
The annual migration of humpback whales from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to their breeding grounds in Tonga is one of the largest and longest animal movements in the world and is essential for their survival as a species.
The calves are believed to consume up to 150 liters of their mother’s rich and fatty milk per day, allowing them to gain weight at the rate of about 45 kgs per day. They will need all their strength for the long and tedious journey to their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. #wildlife#nature#underwater#ocean#humpbackwhale#tonga#humpbackwhalecalf
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Photos by @lucasfogliaphoto. Rikers Island is New York City's main jail complex. There are three organic gardens on the island, run by the Horticultural Society of New York. Prisoners tend flowers, fruits, and vegetables, even as riots, lockdowns, and solitary confinement occur in the nearby buildings. "If we could stay here all day that would be wonderful," said one inmate named Peter. "It's the only place we feel like human beings." To see more photographs from the gardens on Rikers Island, visit Aperture Foundation's Prison Nation exhibition and publication @aperturefnd in New York City.
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Video by @stephenwilkes. Lake Bogoria, in Kenya, Africa is one of the largest feeding areas for the lesser known Flamingos. We traveled here to document their epic migration, as part of a new “Day to Night” series for National Geographic. Using a drone, I observed thousands of Lesser Flamingos gathering in colonies, creating small pink islands within the lake. From above these clusters of flamingos look like giant lily pads. Flamingos find safety in numbers, so isolating themselves this way helps to protect them from predators, especially the Marabou Stork. You can see this and more behind the scenes video @natgeomuseum exhibition, “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes’, through April 30, 2018. Please see the “Day to Night” photographs which are part of a story, “The Journeys of Migratory Birds, coming out in the March issue of National Geographic magazine. Please follow me @stephenwilkes to see more images from my bird migration series and to learn more about my process in creating these images, please check out my TED talk link in my bio. #lakebogoria#kenya#africa#birdmigration#lesserflamingo#flamingo#aerial#flight#nature#daytonight#natgeomuseum#natgeo
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Photo by @GerdLudwig . Ivan and his wife have come home to their village near Chernobyl. It’s 40 roughly years ago that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went first online, but it’s reactor #4 blew up in 1986 after operators botched a safety test. Of all manmade environmental catastrophes in human history, Chernobyl is considered to have caused the most lasting impact. Approximately 350,000 people were forced to evacuate after the explosion. But, disaster be damned, a couple of hundred elderly people have retuned. At first Ukrainian officials discouraged them, but they soon turned a blind eye, allowing them “to live out their lives on a contaminated soil instead of dying of a broken heart in anonymous city suburbs”. Recently, Ukraine’s minister of ecology announced that his country is talking to a multinational energy company about constructing a giant solar park inside the contaminated Exclusion Zone around the ill-fated reactor. Since my first visit in 1993, I have been documenting the aftermath of accident in dramatic photographs – the failed reactor, the contamination to the land, and the countless victims in the fallout regions, leading to my book and iPad app ‘The Long Shadow of Chernobyl’. @thephotosociety@natgeocreative#Chernobyl#Ukraine#returnee#radiation#contamination#disaster#nuclear#Exclusionzone
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Barefoot explorers wade through the jungle-stained waters of Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil. From above it looked like a strange painting of a muscled body. And when I landed my #paraglider, it was a chance roll up my pants and cool off in the shallow tobacco-colored water. To see a larger view of the area and the multi-colored lakes that form, visit and follow @geosteinmetz
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Photo- @andy_bardon /// The mountains, basins, and valleys of the U.S. Northern Rockies have received a few feet of snow in the last week. Skiers have been taking it in stride, bundling up, and getting outside. Pictured here, a local mountain man named Neil grins ear to ear after skiing his favorite stash of fresh snow. Please follow @andy_bardon for more adventures from around the globe.
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Video by @joelsartore |
This federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker was admitted to Florida Wildlife Care, Inc. in Gainesville, Florida as a fledgling with a severe infection after suffering a foot and lower leg amputation in the wild. After months of treatment, recovery and evaluation for long term captivity, he will be placed at a facility to be used for education. This little guy will soon have a permanent home at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport, Florida, where he will serve as an ambassador for this species and the conservation and protection of the longleaf pine ecosystem.
To see a portrait of this bird, follow @joelsartore!
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Photo by @TimLaman. Blue Bird-of-Paradise male in his upside-down display pose. This is just one of the amazing 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise you can see images and videos of and learn more about if you visit my exhibit, now open in Chicago at the Chicago Academy of Science’s Nature Museum! Sponsored by @NatGeo and #CornellLabofOrnithology. Check it out if you are in the Chicago area any time up to June 10! See “naturemuseum.org” for details. The exhibit includes my best bird-of-paradise images, videos, and many fun interactive elements and behind-the-scenes stories about my long term project on Birds-of-Paradise with Ed Scholes of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Follow me @TimLaman to see more of my best wild bird images throughout this special “ #YearoftheBird”. @BirdsofParadiseProject, #PapuaNewGuinea, #BirdsofParadise, #Birds-of-Paradise, @NatGeoCreative, @ThePhotoSociety.
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - In silhouette, Dr. Marc Luetscher assesses the potential for finding the illusive cryogenic calcite crystals (CCC’s) hiding inside this giant ice formation inside Eisriesenwelt Eishöhle, Werfen (South Salzburg) in Austria. Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite. @natgeocreative
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Photo by @hammond_robin for @onedayinmyworld
"The last sign said that we were crazy people – it was not correct. We are not marked by this ugly name now. I feel equal, I am no longer ashamed by the name of the institution.” Darko lived in the “Home for the Insane” until its name and mission were changed to provide support for beneficiaries living independently in apartments. Now it is called 'Centre for People Like Us’. Darko has lived in psychiatric institutions since the age of 11. Soon, with the support of ‘Centre for People Like Us’ he will move into his own home. He will still receive support, but will live independently.
Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the community. For many beneficiaries it is the first time they’ve experienced true freedom. This facility in Osijek is the only one out of 26 in the country to implement the UN convention to deinstitutionalize.
#inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to improve life for excluded groups by amplifying their stories. This project was funded in part through a grant from @opensocietyfoundations. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @OneDayInMyWorld
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Can you guess what is wrong with this penguin? We spent a month in Antarctica on assignment for @natgeo and it was not until the second week that I realized we had not seen snow once. Every day, however, we experienced several hours of incessant rain. As temperatures warm in Antarctica, the weather regime is changing from snow to rain. In the past, the penguin colony would be covered in snow but now, it is a large, muddy mess. Baby penguins are covered in fluffy down and they can easily preen themselves when it snows. When they get muddy and wet, their down loses its insulation ability and as temperatures drop at night, they become hypothermic and die.
As the debate on weather or not to protect the Antarctic Peninsula starts to play out, I hope that the members of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), who will be voting on this issue are inspired to protect it for all humanity.
#Followme at @cristinamittermeier and follow the conversation at @Sea_legacy