Photograph by @paulnicklen // We sat quietly in our small boat while a young female polar bear contemplated our presence. It is fun to watch how they deal with the fine balance between curiosity and fear. She wanted to come close and check us out but she was also a bit nervous. She must have started to walk away over thirty times before immediately turning around to come and inspect us. Eventually, she wandered off down the beach. She was an incredibly healthy looking little bear and it was great to see a bit of animal fat still stuck to her nose as she would have feasted recently. #followme on @paulnicklen to see another young bear floating by on a chunk of sea ice. #bear#NMCA#nature#ice#beauty#glacier#ice#marine#beauty#instagood#picoftheday
Video by @renan_ozturk // Rain wisps dancing over Wolf's Head peak in the Wind River mountain range of Wyoming. This designated wilderness is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is also one of the most intact temperate/alpine ecosystems in the world. ~
While spending the last week here climbing with @taylorfreesolo, we saw the effects of climate change induced beetle kill that has swept over most other parts of the Rockies within the last few decades. The forests throughout the Winds used to be the last vestige of safety for trees like the Whitebark Pine because it stayed colder here. But now even in this high alpine range the winters are warmer, the cold snaps fewer, and the beetle populations are flourishing. #windriverrange#actonclimate@treefighter@austin_siadak@jackrees20
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Photo by @andreabruce : Hello, I’m posting images from this month’s NatGeo story on sanitation. More specifically, open defecation. An uncomfortable topic, but an important one for people, especially children, all over the globe. I spent much of the year awkwardly asking people if I could follow them to the bathroom, whether that was in a house or in a field.
Bottomline: If we don’t have healthy systems for sanitation, we won’t have clean water.
About half of the Indian population defecates outside without using toilets. The result is that children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients — causing 117,000 Indian children die each year from diarrhea, according to Unicef. The current Indian government is trying to change this. Here, a man takes a bucket for washing with him as he takes a walk to defecate in the fields in Uttar Pradesh. #sanitation#india#cleanindiacampaign@noorimages
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A great white shark crosses paths with a small school of silversides in the deep blue Pacific off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. A long camera exposure and flash creates a motion blur as shark and fish travel in different directions. Shot on assignment for the Sept 2017 @natgeo magazine feature Ocean Stewards. This story was shot in collaboration with @maresmexicanos and written by the very very very tall @erikvance For more photographs of Mexico's great white sharks #followme@thomaspeschak
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Buddhist monk Nawang Paljor from the village of Pangboche in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal leads a puja ceremony to bless safe passage to visiting climbers. Our small team passed through this village on our way to climb Mt Everest, and we spent over an hour in the company of Nawang Paljor. He burned incense, chanted traditional blessings, and burned some juniper as our team sat quietly reflecting on the task that we had taken on. A few weeks later, after many trials and tribulations, the bulk of our team safely stood on the top of the highest mountain in the world. Shot on assignment for @natgeo@natgeocreative