Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photos by @timlaman | The bird of paradise family has an incredible diversity of species in which the males have evolved ornaments and dances to impress females through sexual selection. It’s hard to believe these various birds are closely related, but they are (pictured): 1) lesser bird of paradise 2) western parotia 3) red bird of paradise and 4) Wilson’s bird of paradise. All this amazing birdlife was photographed in West Papua, Indonesia. If you are in Vancouver, come see my NatGeo Live presentation Tuesday, February 4, at the Orpheum. Or follow @TimLaman to see more of these crazy birds and read their stories. #birds #birdsofparadise @birdsofparadiseproject #indonesia #papua
Video by @joelsartore | A female golden Asian mantis approaches the camera during a Photo Ark shoot at Albuquerque BioPark (@oneabq ). Nearly 2,000 species of mantids are known to science, and theyre found most often in tropical regions. Mantids like this one have the ability to swivel their heads thanks to a flexible joint between the head and prothorax—something no other insect species can do. To see a male golden Asian mantis, follow me @joelsartore . #goldenmantid #prayingmantis #bigeyes #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | Sweet potatoes, taro, and ginger are on display at the Sunday market in Kochi, Japan. This street market, which is on the island of Shikoku, is about 300 years old.
Photo by @nataliekeyssar | Im sharing images from my most recent @natgeo story on how advances in DNA technology are helping cold cases from Guatemalas civil war, creating hope for families who have spent years wondering what became of their disappeared loved ones. Here, a technician prepares a skull for x-ray, which can help pinpoint a cause of death, at the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation. Read more about the history in Nina Strochlics article at Nat Geos link in bio.
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today they’re in homes and businesses, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. In Mandeville, Louisiana, Joseph and Ana Maria Perdigao and their children, Nicolas and Isaac, are pictured in their home, which has an incredible view over the swamp—and of a cast of a triceratops skull. Joseph says it was a birthday present for himself, and he wanted to surprise his family with it. "I brought it home when nobody was here. When my wife and children arrived, they were shocked to see it! But now, a few weeks after that surprise, they started to love this new presence in our house.” #dinosaur #dino #triceratops
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Located in the southwestern branch of Lechuguilla Cave, in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, is a beautiful area known as the Pearlsian Gulf—for its nests of pristine white cave pearls. Its one of the caves iconic landmarks. Upon entering the site, we were asked to change into clean clothes and a brand-new pair of nonmarking-sole sneakers in which to walk around. It was vital that we didn’t leave behind any signs of our presence.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | The start of February ushers in World Wetlands Day, and so its an apt time for reflecting on the importance of these undervalued–yet immensely precious–ecosystems. Among these watery parts of our planet, the Okavango stands out as uniquely beautiful, and uniquely fragile: a flood-pulsed wetland bounded by desert, a delta that never reaches the sea. Back in 1996, it was recognized as a "Ramsar" site, highlighting its status as a wetland of global significance. The abundance sustained by this emerald oasis is hard to put into words–it’s little wonder that we’ve preferred the role of visual storytellers here. Sadly, like other wetlands all across the globe, this extraordinary place faces an uncertain future: wetland ecosystems are disappearing three times faster than forests due to human activity. And the Okavango’s singular geography intensifies these threats. With its life-giving water source far off in the Angolan Highlands, any developments upstream could spell collapse, and climate-related risks loom large for a delta encircled by desert. It is simply impossible to measure what the world would lose if this African gem were to disappear. #worldwetlandday #okavango #waterislife
Photo by @jimmychin | @conrad_anker finds a new perspective. Being in the mountains is often about finding perspective, and bringing that perspective back down to daily life is one of the great appeals of climbing. To have shared experiences among wild places with wild ones is meaningful. Now it’s the end of a decade, and the beginning of another—a moment to reflect on lessons learned and all there is to be grateful for. Here’s to dreaming and living more grand adventures. Wishing you all clarity and purpose, love and joy in 2020. For more images of alpine adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin .
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Scanning the grasslands for the next meal…ever-ready to deploy that famous weapon: speed. Studies have shown that cheetahs are significantly more athletic than their prized impala prey: 38% faster and 37% better at accelerating (their muscles are also 20% more powerful). Despite these obvious advantages, around one in three cheetah hunts ends in failure—and that’s because prey have their own tactics to balance out the odds of escape and capture. So what’s the most effective counterstrategy in this predator-prey arms race? Running at full tilt might seem like an obvious choice, but evading a spotted cat capable of reaching speeds over 100 kph (62 mph) takes a cunning approach. A more measured pace that leaves room for a few last-minute, life-saving twists and turns is how impalas win the day–sending their adversary back to some elevated outcrop to scan the horizon once more. #cheetah #bigcats #bw
Photo by @adamjdean | Shoppers walk through the bazaar in Tehran, Iran, November 2013.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | An elephant calf, in northern Botswana, is covered in insulating fluffy hair. The sparse hair seen on older elephants has the opposite effect: Of all terrestrial animals, elephants have the greatest need to reduce heat because of their high body volume to skin surface. Ear flapping, dust baths, water spraying, and the blood flowing through their large ears help, but it isnt enough to reach the required heat release. The little-noticed wiry hairs spaced out across an elephant can, in a slight breeze, enhance its ability to lose heat by up to 23%. The hairs act as "pin fins," and this is in fact the first documented example in nature where heat transfer due to low-density hair covering produces a desirable effect. As the planet warms, we’ll inevitably need to rely more on nature’s ability to compensate for our actions. To see more follow me @chancellordavid .
Video by @timlaman | This male Vogelkop superb bird of paradise performs his extraordinary display, featuring super-black plumage and faux blue eyespots, hoping to impress a female. Ed Scholes and I will be sharing our story of how in 2018 we filmed this bird for the first time, discovering it was a unique species, along with everything else you ever wanted to know about birds of paradise, at our next NatGeo Live presentation, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, February 4. Hope to see you there! Filmed in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the Arfak Mountains, Papua, Indonesia. Follow @TimLaman to see a lot more coverage. #Indonesia #birdsofparadise @birdsofparadiseproject
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I Wakhi girls like Bibi Hawa and Gul Chera are busy most days. Morning is dedicated to school–they walk 45 minutes to reach it. Coming back home, they may bring young calves to a grazing ground, collect wood along their path, or help their big brother, who cuts hay in the nearby fields. Taken in Afghanistans Wakhan Corridor. For more cultural encounters and stories about the remote mountain world, please visit @paleyphoto .
Photo by @amivitale | Zacharia Mutai, a keeper at @OlPejeta Conservancy in Kenya, relaxes with Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. While fears remain that Fatu and Najin might be the last of their kind to walk the Earth, an extraordinary team from from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw ) #Avantea , @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService and @SafariParkDvurKralove is working furiously to ensure their survival. The group just successfully created two northern white rhino embryos from eggs extracted from Najin and Fatu and fertilized with sperm from deceased male northern white rhinos. The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near future. Learn more, including how to help by following @amivitale and @BioRescue_Project @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @photography.for.good #rhinos #conservation #northernwhiterhino #dontletthemdisappear #kenya
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | I was surprised when this Inuit hunter inspected the fish he had caught at the edge of the ice—and announced that he had never seen this kind of fish before. Upon closer inspection, I saw that they were Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which normally are found up to 67° north. As we both stood on the ice edge, at 77.4° north, on the vicinity of the northernmost community on Earth, I realized that warmer waters are bringing new fish species further north. Follow me @Mitty to hear more about my experiences in the field with @NatGeo , @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy , and how these experiences have shaped me as both an individual and as a photographer. #Adventure #Explore #Arctic #Friendship