Photo by @FransLanting I’m sharing this image of a Kakapo, one of the world’s rarest birds, in celebration of @NatGeo’s “Year of the Bird” campaign for 2018. When New Zealand broke away as a sliver of Gondwanaland many millions of years ago, it became an evolutionary raft of birds, which evolved there in wondrous ways. A parrot with Australian ancestors turned into a flightless vegetarian that roams the forest on foot after dark in search of seeds. Kakapos are the heaviest parrots in the world and they are nocturnal. They are highly endangered today and most of them now live on only three islands off New Zealand, where invading rats can’t get to them. One memorable rainy evening I caught up with a Kakapo. Actually it caught up with me. A curious female came to check me out as I was lying flat on my stomach on the muddy forest floor, camera in one hand, strobe in the other. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images from the world of birds. @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#New Zealand #Kakapo#YearoftheBird#Endangered#Parrot#Birdphotography
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Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova)
Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth - they provide critical habitat to a host of marine life, from fish to invertebrates.
The 2017 coral spawning event - a mass reproduction event where many colonies of coral simultaneously release egg and sperm bundles for fertilisation was a significant time of year for conservation scientists. A nature event that usually happens only once a year it is during this time coral eggs and sperm can be collected to be studied and artificially grown in labs.
Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science plan to study the coral cells collected during the spawning event to see how or if corals are adapting to warmer waters. There is some early indication that some corals are more resilient to warming than previously thought, giving some hope to conservationists.
Full story is available online with words by Sarah Gibbens
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Photograph by @juanarre (Juan Arredondo)
In February 2000, when members of a paramilitary group massacred townspeople in El Salado, one victim was Miguel Ángel Contreras. His father, Jesús Contreras, has not visited El Salado since. Now 86, blind, and deaf, he lives with his daughter in Cartagena.
The killing of El Salado lasted six days from February 16 to 21 of 2000. By the end, 66 people were killed and the remaining 4,000 residents fled, joining more than 2 million other internally displaced Colombians at the time.
After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities.
Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place.
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Photo by @ronandonovan // Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // A montane side-striped chameleon in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Chameleons have evolved with independently moving eyes, which give them the ability to scan their surroundings 360 degrees for potential prey or predators.
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Photo @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo two kids on a mountain of 6,000 tons of potatoes grown on their family’s ultra-productive farm. The Van den Borne potato farm yields twice the global average of other potato growers and it is considered an example of the so-called precision agriculture, where drones and other tools assess the health of individual plants and determine exactly how much water and nutrients they need to thrive. Today the farm is the largest producer of potatoes in the country, and the Netherlands is one of the leading exporters of potatoes in the world. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about the future of farming #agriculture#potatoes#farming#hunger#netherlands
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Photo by @williamodaniels for @natgeo.
Sanjida Sahajahan, 11, was a healthy toddler when the common bacterium pneumococcus devastated her brain. When I met her last year, she couldn’t talk, couldn't walk and couldn’t eat alone. She wasn’t vaccinated for pneumonia because developing countries didn’t have the PCV vaccine when she was a kid. It is only in 2015 that Bangladesh started to use the PCV vaccines. This picture was published as part of the story « Why vaccines matter » in the Novembre issue of tte magazine.
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). An expedition member takes a sand bath in the fascinating Lut Desert, Iran. NASA’s satellites from 2003 to 2010 testify that the hottest land surface temperature on Earth is located in this desert. The surface of its sand has been recently measured at 78.2 °C (172.8°F), the highest ever recorded. This image was shot in spring, when, on this day, the surface temperature “only" hovered around 55 C (131 F). This desert host flora and incredibly adaptable fauna such as lizards and foxes, which scientists are currently studying. For more cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto#iran#desert#sandbath
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Words by @gatherfilm director @mrsanjayr - “As a trained chef, I thought that cooking was everything. But now that I have a son and 2 daughters I realized that I’m a father and a husband first.” - Chef @nephi_craig (White Mountain Apache), along with his wife @Janditawn and baby Tawny (pictured) and daughter Kaia and son Ari. Chef Craig traveled the world, working in some of the most storied kitchens only to come back to where he was born and raised - on the White Mountain / Fort Apache Indian Reservation in what is now Eastern Arizona. The Apache were amongst the last peoples that succumbed to the United States’ genocide against the Indigenous. They’re known primarily (and perhaps erroneously) for their ferocity in the face of annihilation. But they were master foragers and environmentalists first and foremost. They travelled the great deserts and mountains according to the cycle of flora. After the wars against the United States, however, the Apache were forced onto Reservations, partly to separate this great People from their food system. As a result the Apache are amongst the most impacted - health-wise - from a forced diet of low quality commodity foods. But along with a coterie of Apache food sovereignty activists like farmer Clayton Harvey (@apachefarmer), Nephi is fighting to change that. He is focused on reconnecting his people with their ancient foods and the sense of community those food-ways inspire. “My people are everything to me. And I will do everything I can to help us become strong again." ~