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Photo by @celestesloman / This is a portrait of Baba, who I photographed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Harlem, New York City. It's part of a larger series I took as the Black Lives Matter movement grew following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. I met Baba while marching through Harlem at a peaceful vigil for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on March 13.

Photo by @celestesloman / This is a portrait of Baba, who I photographed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Harlem, New York City. It's part of a larger series I took as the Black Lives Matter movement grew following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. I met Baba while marching through Harlem at a peaceful vigil for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on March 13.
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Photos by @martinschoeller / Ytite, Kokobiene, and Mangri, photographed in Turedjam, Terra Indígena Kayapó. I photographed women of the Kayapo people, an indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon, during a ceremony to bestow a “beautiful” name on a child. For this important occasion everybody must be painted and adorned. The ceremony lasted for several days and nights, culminating in the final all-night ritual of dancing and singing. I was fascinated by these women's creativity and the inventive, elaborate use of only two colors. Contrary to the concealing and augmenting purposes of make-up employed in Western cultures, in which everyone strives to achieve a narrow ideal of glamorized beauty, these women use face paint to indicate their stage of life, place in the community, and role in the ceremony and to honor hardships endured, while also expressing personal style and flair.

Photos by @martinschoeller / Ytite, Kokobiene, and Mangri, photographed in Turedjam, Terra Indígena Kayapó.

I photographed women of the Kayapo people, an indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon, during a ceremony to bestow a “beautiful” name on a child. For this important occasion everybody must be painted and adorned.

The ceremony lasted for several days and nights, culminating in the final all-night ritual of dancing and singing. 

I was fascinated by these women's creativity and the inventive, elaborate use of only two colors. Contrary to the concealing and augmenting purposes of make-up employed in Western cultures, in which everyone strives to achieve a narrow ideal of glamorized beauty, these women use face paint to indicate their stage of life, place in the community, and role in the ceremony and to honor hardships endured, while also expressing personal style and flair.
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Photo by @paulnicklen / The sun never fully broke the horizon during a two-week expedition by @sealegacy to the majestic fjords of northern Norway. I was lucky to freeze this moment and others in what little light there was, as the content we captured played a key role in keeping big oil out of this pristine Arctic ecosystem—a major win for conservation. When you see one of the most impressive apex predators ever to evolve shatter the ocean's glassy surface in an explosion of power and grace, you can't help but question the human desire to place ourselves on the highest pillar of the podium of species. Follow me @paulnicklen to see many more of my encounters with the evolutionarily flawless orcas of Norway. #fineart #orca #northernfjords #norway #apexpredator

Photo by @paulnicklen / The sun never fully broke the horizon during a two-week expedition by @sealegacy to the majestic fjords of northern Norway. I was lucky to freeze this moment and others in what little light there was, as the content we captured played a key role in keeping big oil out of this pristine Arctic ecosystem—a major win for conservation. When you see one of the most impressive apex predators ever to evolve shatter the ocean's glassy surface in an explosion of power and grace, you can't help but question the human desire to place ourselves on the highest pillar of the podium of species. Follow me @paulnicklen to see many more of my encounters with the evolutionarily flawless orcas of Norway. #fineart #orca #northernfjords #norway #apexpredator
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Photo by @hannahreyesmorales / Over the last year, we’ve been exploring what might be the very first love songs that we hear: lullabies. We wanted to find out what bedtime looked and sounded like for families around the world. On a winter evening in Selenge Province, Mongolia, Oyunchimeg and her two girls get ready for bed. They left their home in the city of Ulaanbaatar, one of the world’s coldest and most air-polluted capitals. Oyunchimeg decided to move to the province, where the air is cleaner, following her daughters becoming ill from the hazardous levels of pollution in the city. "I use these words to protect my children. They help my children heal," she says of the lullabies that she sang to her girls when they were unwell. Oyunchimeg sings traditional lullabies, but in between refrains she whispers healing words—reshaping a long established song for the present time. Read—and listen to—our story on lullabies in the December issue of Nat Geo. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales as we journey exploring nighttime rituals around the world. #livinglullabies #Mongolia @insidenatgeo @timstrust Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales / Over the last year, we’ve been exploring what might be the very first love songs that we hear: lullabies. We wanted to find out what bedtime looked and sounded like for families around the world.

On a winter evening in Selenge Province, Mongolia, Oyunchimeg and her two girls get ready for bed. They left their home in the city of Ulaanbaatar, one of the world’s coldest and most air-polluted capitals. Oyunchimeg decided to move to the province, where the air is cleaner, following her daughters becoming ill from the hazardous levels of pollution in the city.
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Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Huge animals have huge water needs—hundreds of liters each day, in fact. And when those days get particularly hot, water is also lost on a massive scale. New research shows elephants can lose as much as 10% of their total body water (that’s almost as much as two full bathtubs) a day when temperatures soar. It’s nothing to worry about so long as lost stores can be quickly replenished … but in a world that’s rapidly warming and on a continent increasingly plagued by drought, life-giving water holes and water-rich plants are becoming ever more scarce. For an iconic giant with water needs to match, this spells trouble ahead. #elephants #endangeredspecies #climatechange #waterislife

Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Huge animals have huge water needs—hundreds of liters each day, in fact. And when those days get particularly hot, water is also lost on a massive scale. New research shows elephants can lose as much as 10% of their total body water (that’s almost as much as two full bathtubs) a day when temperatures soar. It’s nothing to worry about so long as lost stores can be quickly replenished … but in a world that’s rapidly warming and on a continent increasingly plagued by drought, life-giving water holes and water-rich plants are becoming ever more scarce. For an iconic giant with water needs to match, this spells trouble ahead. #elephants #endangeredspecies #climatechange #waterislife
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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto / This is an old photo from my ongoing project Toy Stories. Wherever I travel in the world, I take portraits of children with their favorite toys. I have spent more than two years visiting over 50 countries, and I've recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids, despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking. This is Enea, 3, in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toys #play #kids #child #children

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto / This is an old photo from my ongoing project Toy Stories. Wherever I travel in the world, I take portraits of children with their favorite toys. I have spent more than two years visiting over 50 countries, and I've recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids, despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking. This is Enea, 3, in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories. #toys #play #kids #child #children
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Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto / A worker untangles freshly recycled wool in Prato, Italy. Wool is the most common and successfully recycled textile worldwide—in Prato, this industry is a historic tradition. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, of the 100 million tonnes of textile waste produced every year, only 1% is recycled. Since the early 1900s, this small Tuscan town sorts and repurposes over 15% of the world’s textiles that entered the recycling loop. What was considered a discarded item is today a commodity and a symbol for sustainable industrial production. Prato and its recycling industry were the subject of National Geographic magazine's March issue cover story on "The End of Trash"—circular economy solutions. By designing waste out of the production system, circularity aims to keep resources and materials in use while regenerating natural systems. While the circular economy is promising, the truth is there isn't one single solution. Yet each one of us can make a big difference by living more consciously and staying informed. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to learn how we can make a difference. #environment #circulareconomy #fashion #italy #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto / A worker untangles freshly recycled wool in Prato, Italy. Wool is the most common and successfully recycled textile worldwide—in Prato, this industry is a historic tradition.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, of the 100 million tonnes of textile waste produced every year, only 1% is recycled. Since the early 1900s, this small Tuscan town sorts and repurposes over 15% of the world’s textiles that entered the recycling loop. What was considered a discarded item is today a commodity and a symbol for sustainable industrial production.

Prato and its recycling industry were the subject of National Geographic magazine's March issue cover story on
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Photo by @paolowoods / The graduation ceremony for the teacher’s college at the Université Publique du Sud, in the city of Les Cayes, Haiti.

Photo by @paolowoods / The graduation ceremony for the teacher’s college at the Université Publique du Sud, in the city of Les Cayes, Haiti.
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Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre / Bocas de Barbacoas, in Antioquia, Colombia. The marshland of Barbacoas contains great natural diversity and is in the process of becoming a sanctuary. It's under threat from sprawling cattle farms; local fishermen have seen a decline in the native fish upstream from the marshland along the Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia. Follow @juanarre for more stories.

Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre / Bocas de Barbacoas, in Antioquia, Colombia. The marshland of Barbacoas contains great natural diversity and is in the process of becoming a sanctuary. It's under threat from sprawling cattle farms; local fishermen have seen a decline in the native fish upstream from the marshland along the Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia. Follow @juanarre for more stories.
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Photo by @kiliiiyuyan / A young polar bear investigates the recently butchered carcass of a bowhead whale. While spring and fall whale hunts provide a source of food for the bears, the fall hunt is especially critical for bears on the verge of starvation—caused by reduced pack ice in the summer months. Many Iñupiat prefer to let the bears feed, provided they maintain a safe distance from people. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more about the human relationship to wildlife. #alaska #polarbear #arctic

Photo by @kiliiiyuyan / A young polar bear investigates the recently butchered carcass of a bowhead whale. While spring and fall whale hunts provide a source of food for the bears, the fall hunt is especially critical for bears on the verge of starvation—caused by reduced pack ice in the summer months. Many Iñupiat prefer to let the bears feed, provided they maintain a safe distance from people. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more about the human relationship to wildlife. #alaska #polarbear #arctic
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Video of @bertiegregory by Charlie Gregory / Here's a behind the scenes look at filming basking sharks. Despite their enormous size, these basking sharks can be surprisingly skittish, especially if you’re freediving (the splash created by your fins can spook them). I found the best strategy was to anticipate their arrival and dive down well before they approached. My expert guides Shane and Isla gave critical tips and tricks on predicting their path. These included fast (but quiet!) swimming with your head above the water, watching the orientation of the dorsal fin, as well as analyzing the streaky tide lines that the sharks follow. I get a lot of messages asking for advice on wildlife filming. No matter how much you think you know, listen intently to local experts. Given the amount of time they spend in their location, the insights they can give you are invaluable. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #britishwildlife #underwater #freediving #baskingshark #shark

Video of @bertiegregory by Charlie Gregory / Here's a behind the scenes look at filming basking sharks. Despite their enormous size, these basking sharks can be surprisingly skittish, especially if you’re freediving (the splash created by your fins can spook them). I found the best strategy was to anticipate their arrival and dive down well before they approached. My expert guides Shane and Isla gave critical tips and tricks on predicting their path. These included fast (but quiet!) swimming with your head above the water, watching the orientation of the dorsal fin, as well as analyzing the streaky tide lines that the sharks follow. I get a lot of messages asking for advice on wildlife filming. No matter how much you think you know, listen intently to local experts. Given the amount of time they spend in their location, the insights they can give you are invaluable. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures.  #britishwildlife #underwater #freediving #baskingshark #shark
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride / The quiet dance of the Arctic lights was a spellbinding finish to a cold day on the icy ocean. The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, emerge in the sky when the sun's outermost plasma drives the solar wind toward Earth. The particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, creating ions that give off the colors that light up the sky. This natural phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries, and it is even thought to be depicted in a cave painting dating back to 30,000 B.C. For more quiet places, follow @pedromcbride. #nature #northernlights #Norway #humbled #PeteMcBride

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride / The quiet dance of the Arctic lights was a spellbinding finish to a cold day on the icy ocean. The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, emerge in the sky when the sun's outermost plasma drives the solar wind toward Earth. The particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, creating ions that give off the colors that light up the sky. This natural phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries, and it is even thought to be depicted in a cave painting dating back to 30,000 B.C.

For more quiet places, follow @pedromcbride. #nature #northernlights #Norway #humbled #PeteMcBride
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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride / The quiet dance of the Arctic lights was a spellbinding finish to a cold day on the icy ocean. The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, emerge in the sky when the sun's outermost plasma drives the solar wind toward Earth. The particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, creating ions that give off the colors that light up the sky. This natural phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries, and it is even thought to be depicted in a cave painting dating back to 30,000 B.C. For more quiet places, follow @pedromcbride. #nature #northernlights #Norway #humbled #PeteMcBride

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride / The quiet dance of the Arctic lights was a spellbinding finish to a cold day on the icy ocean. The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, emerge in the sky when the sun's outermost plasma drives the solar wind toward Earth. The particles collide with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, creating ions that give off the colors that light up the sky. This natural phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries, and it is even thought to be depicted in a cave painting dating back to 30,000 B.C.

For more quiet places, follow @pedromcbride. #nature #northernlights #Norway #humbled #PeteMcBride
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Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag / Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. Portrait of a devil from the Diablos de Coyantes dancing group. The Danza de Diablos (dance of the devils) was created in the Mexican west, more precisely in the Costa Chica, known as the Afro-Mexican territory. It is a dance of rebellion and protest. It is the manifestation of the cultural force of African roots. Follow me at @lujanag to learn more about this and other stories.

Photo by Luján Agusti @lujanag / Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. Portrait of a devil from the Diablos de Coyantes dancing group. The Danza de Diablos (dance of the devils) was created in the Mexican west, more precisely in the Costa Chica, known as the Afro-Mexican territory. It is a dance of rebellion and protest. It is the manifestation of the cultural force of African roots. Follow me at @lujanag to learn more about this and other stories.
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Photo by @tamaramerino_photography / Nerea's white dress hangs in the corridor of the cave where she lives in Guadix, a region in southern Spain containing around 2,000 caves—used as homes for generations—spread over an area of 200 hectares (500 acres). Most are occupied, with about 4,500 citizens. The rocky formations first served as a sanctuary from wild storms and predatory animals. Later, they offered protection from religious and racial persecution. Now the structures are home to quietly proud communities who have eschewed modern life for the peaceful solitude of the mountains. This photo is part of my series Underland, which documents communities living underground or in caves around the world. And each of the communities I’ve documented—from Australia and Spain to the United States—have their own socio-cultural, environmental, economic, or religious reason for living underground. Follow me on @tamaramerino_photography for more photos from Underland. #caves #undergroundhouse #underland

Photo by @tamaramerino_photography / Nerea's white dress hangs in the corridor of the cave where she lives in Guadix, a region in southern Spain containing around 2,000 caves—used as homes for generations—spread over an area of 200 hectares (500 acres). Most are occupied, with about 4,500 citizens. The rocky formations first served as a sanctuary from wild storms and predatory animals. Later, they offered protection from religious and racial persecution. Now the structures are home to quietly proud communities who have eschewed modern life for the peaceful solitude of the mountains. This photo is part of my series Underland, which documents communities living underground or in caves around the world. And each of the communities I’ve documented—from Australia and Spain to the United States—have their own socio-cultural, environmental, economic, or religious reason for living underground. Follow me on @tamaramerino_photography for more photos from Underland. #caves #undergroundhouse #underland
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Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / A time-lapse of fireflies dancing under vibrant skies at twilight in Brazil’s Pantanal region. This scene was surreal to witness, a bioluminescent 360-degree display that danced around me. Fireflies create their bioluminescence through a chemical reaction where oxygen, calcium, adenosine triphosphate, and luciferin are combined. What this video fails to show is the outrageous abundance of mosquitos that tormented me while shooting this. I paid a heavy blood tax, but it was worth it to witness this remarkable scene! To see more from the Pantanal please visit @ladzinski.

Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski / A time-lapse of fireflies dancing under vibrant skies at twilight in Brazil’s Pantanal region. This scene was surreal to witness, a bioluminescent 360-degree display that danced around me. Fireflies create their bioluminescence through a chemical reaction where oxygen, calcium, adenosine triphosphate, and luciferin are combined. What this video fails to show is the outrageous abundance of mosquitos that tormented me while shooting this. I paid a heavy blood tax, but it was worth it to witness this remarkable scene! To see more from the Pantanal please visit @ladzinski.
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Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian / A fleet of buses departs every morning from the capital of Yerevan, Armenia, taking families back to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh. The disputed region experienced a six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, ending in a cease-fire brokered by Russia and a loss of most territories controlled by the republic.

Photo by Diana Markosian @markosian / A fleet of buses departs every morning from the capital of Yerevan, Armenia, taking families back to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh. The disputed region experienced a six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, ending in a cease-fire brokered by Russia and a loss of most territories controlled by the republic.
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Video by @joelsartore / Uroplatus sameiti is a species of leaf-tailed gecko endemic to the island of Madagascar. The eyes of this species are large and lidless, with cat-like vertical pupils that are well suited for the species’ nocturnal habits. Skin coloration has developed as camouflage, with most geckos being grayish brown or greenish brown—colors that are meant to resemble tree bark, moss, and lichen. To see another clip of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #gecko #bigeyes #tongue #PhotoArk #savetogether

Video by @joelsartore / Uroplatus sameiti is a species of leaf-tailed gecko endemic to the island of Madagascar. The eyes of this species are large and lidless, with cat-like vertical pupils that are well suited for the species’ nocturnal habits. Skin coloration has developed as camouflage, with most geckos being grayish brown or greenish brown—colors that are meant to resemble tree bark, moss, and lichen. To see another clip of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #gecko #bigeyes #tongue #PhotoArk #savetogether
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / The fifth-century B.C. Parthenon temple is illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / The fifth-century B.C. Parthenon temple is illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis
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Photo by @johnstanmeyer / Cars are a luxury beyond the reach of most Indians, but Roshanlan Devi and his wife, Priyanka—among the growing middle class—can afford a motorcycle. They stopped for a portrait over the Yamuna River in Prayagraj (Allahabad). Shopping malls, hospitals, and homes are so tightly packed together in big cities that motorcycles provide convenient transportation and cut down on parking problems. The image is from my latest story in the August issue of @natgeo magazine, "Water Everywhere, and Nowhere," now on newsstands worldwide. @outofedenwalk #walkingindia #edenwalk #india #prayagraj #allahabad Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @johnstanmeyer / Cars are a luxury beyond the reach of most Indians, but Roshanlan Devi and his wife, Priyanka—among the growing middle class—can afford a motorcycle. They stopped for a portrait over the Yamuna River in Prayagraj (Allahabad). Shopping malls, hospitals, and homes are so tightly packed together in big cities that motorcycles provide convenient transportation and cut down on parking problems. The image is from my latest story in the August issue of @natgeo magazine,
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Photo by @estherhorvath / We spent the holidays and New Year's Eve on the Russian ship Kapitan Dranitsyn as we returned from the MOSAiC expedition on the Central Arctic Ocean. Our biggest gifts were apples, as we had no fresh fruit or vegetables for many weeks, after spending 3.5 months at sea. I have never been that happy eating fresh fruit. Our crew decorated the dining room to create a festive atmosphere while being far away from our loved ones. Please follow @estherhorvath for more polar stories.

Photo by @estherhorvath / We spent the holidays and New Year's Eve on the Russian ship Kapitan Dranitsyn as we returned from the MOSAiC expedition on the Central Arctic Ocean. Our biggest gifts were apples, as we had no fresh fruit or vegetables for many weeks, after spending 3.5 months at sea. I have never been that happy eating fresh fruit. Our crew decorated the dining room to create a festive atmosphere while being far away from our loved ones. Please follow @estherhorvath for more polar stories.
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Photo by @nataliekeyssar/ Ciria helps her daughter Katya with an online math class. On Friday mornings, Ciria Santiago and her daughter Katya Ortega get up around 7 a.m. in the two- room apartment in Queens they share with Ciria’s husband and nephew. Ciria had to close down her shoe shop in Queens due to the pandemic, and her husband's work has been slow. Meanwhile, Katya’s school has transitioned to remote learning. Ciria spends Friday mornings helping Katya with her remote classes, which she takes on an iPhone because they don't have a computer. Katya translates the her lessons, given in English, into Spanish, and her mother helps teach her in Spanish, and then Katya translates the work back into English. They work quietly, as Ciria’s nephew, Miguel Angel Rivero Santiago, sleeps on a cot in the living room. After online classes and breakfast, Ciria and her daughter head out of the house around midday to a food distribution site run by a grassroots group of organizers called Latinos Unidos, who pass out food supply boxes for free every Friday. Since losing her business, Ciria volunteers at several food distribution sites every week. She says she prefers helping out her community to spending the time standing in line, and after volunteering she brings the food back to her family and to other friends and neighbors in need. Follow me, @nataliekeyssar, for more stories about resilience in hard times. @FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.

Photo by @nataliekeyssar/ Ciria helps her daughter Katya with an online math class. On Friday mornings, Ciria Santiago and her daughter Katya Ortega get up around 7 a.m. in the two- room apartment in Queens they share with Ciria’s husband and nephew. Ciria had to close down her shoe shop in Queens due to the pandemic, and her husband's work has been slow. Meanwhile, Katya’s school has transitioned to remote learning. Ciria spends Friday mornings helping Katya with her remote classes, which she takes on an iPhone because they don't have a computer. Katya translates the her lessons, given in English, into Spanish, and her mother helps teach her in Spanish, and then Katya translates the work back into English. They work quietly, as Ciria’s nephew, Miguel Angel Rivero Santiago, sleeps on a cot in the living room. 

After online classes and breakfast, Ciria and her daughter head out of the house around midday to a food distribution site run by a grassroots group of organizers called Latinos Unidos, who pass out food supply boxes for free every Friday. Since losing her business, Ciria volunteers at several food distribution sites every week. She says she prefers helping out her community to spending the time standing in line, and after volunteering she brings the food back to her family and to other friends and neighbors in need.

Follow me, @nataliekeyssar, for more stories about resilience in hard times.

@FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.
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Photo by @maddiemcgarvey / A gas station sells limited food options in Clay County, West Virginia. When the last big grocery store in Clay County shut down in 2018, people in the middle of the county couldn’t buy fresh produce or meat without driving at least 30 minutes, usually more. Some of the gas stations carry fruits and vegetables, but not high-quality stuff, and not much of it. Convenient, healthy food was not available. Kimberly Becher, a physician who runs a health clinic in Clay, noticed more of her patients were coming to her with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart problems. She started long conversations about their diets, asking about their meals. What did you eat last night? Where did you go last time you shopped? She heard troubling responses. “Like somebody would just eat a can of beans every day,” Becher remembers. “Or they’d say, 'Well, I eat biscuits every morning and then I have a can of beans every night.' And I’d say, ‘Well, what about salad?’ And they’d be like, ‘Well, you know, if I get it, I have it for a couple days, and then I can’t afford to go back to the store for two weeks or a month.” The problem, Becher realized, is access. Limited access helps explain how, in a state with one of the highest food insecurity rates in the country, there was also, in 2019, the highest prevalence of adult obesity. Nearly 40 percent of adults in the state were obese, and nearly 23 percent of high school students were as well. Clay County’s numbers were slightly worse than the state average. @FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.

Photo by @maddiemcgarvey / A gas station sells limited food options in Clay County, West Virginia. When the last big grocery store in Clay County shut down in 2018, people in the middle of the county couldn’t buy fresh produce or meat without driving at least 30 minutes, usually more. Some of the gas stations carry fruits and vegetables, but not high-quality stuff, and not much of it. Convenient, healthy food was not available. Kimberly Becher, a physician who runs a health clinic in Clay, noticed more of her patients were coming to her with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart problems. She started long conversations about their diets, asking about their meals. What did you eat last night? Where did you go last time you shopped? She heard troubling responses. “Like somebody would just eat a can of beans every day,” Becher remembers. “Or they’d say, 'Well, I eat biscuits every morning and then I have a can of beans every night.' And I’d say, ‘Well, what about salad?’ And they’d be like, ‘Well, you know, if I get it, I have it for a couple days, and then I can’t afford to go back to the store for two weeks or a month.” The problem, Becher realized, is access. Limited access helps explain how, in a state with one of the highest food insecurity rates in the country, there was also, in 2019, the highest prevalence of adult obesity. Nearly 40 percent of adults in the state were obese, and nearly 23 percent of high school students were as well. Clay County’s numbers were slightly worse than the state average.

@FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.
1131 21 days ago

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder / I'm paddling a kayak on Lake Superior, inside a sea cave on the shore of Sand Island, one of the 21 that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was designated in 1970, and we marked the 50th anniversary by kayaking and hiking through them. The islands are Ojibwe Native land and at the heart of the Anishinaabe creation story. For centuries they were cut, mined, farmed, and commercially fished by European settlers. The national park was established to protect, preserve, and share these beautiful and naturally wild islands.

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder / I'm paddling a kayak on Lake Superior, inside a sea cave on the shore of Sand Island, one of the 21 that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was designated in 1970, and we marked the 50th anniversary by kayaking and hiking through them. The islands are Ojibwe Native land and at the heart of the Anishinaabe creation story. For centuries they were cut, mined, farmed, and commercially fished by European settlers. The national park was established to protect, preserve, and share these beautiful and naturally wild islands.
772 21 days ago

Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto / A rock pigeon lands elegantly next to my breakfast table in Cappadocia, Turkey. Research suggests that domestication of pigeons occurred as early as 10,000 years ago; their droppings have been used as natural fertilizer in agriculture for centuries. Pigeons have made contributions of considerable importance to humanity, especially in times of war, when they delivered vital messages. For more cultural insights into our world, follow @paleyphoto. #pigeon #tumbler #cappadocia

Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto / A rock pigeon lands elegantly next to my breakfast table in Cappadocia, Turkey. Research suggests that domestication of pigeons occurred as early as 10,000 years ago; their droppings have been used as natural fertilizer in agriculture for centuries. Pigeons have made contributions of considerable importance to humanity, especially in times of war, when they delivered vital messages. For more cultural insights into our world, follow @paleyphoto. #pigeon #tumbler #cappadocia
1032 21 days ago

Photo by @amivitale / A lion cub climbs a tree in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Across Africa, wild lion numbers have plummeted, dropping 42 percent in the last two decades and disappearing from 80 percent of its African range. Conservation groups across the continent are working to protect the apex predator from the dangers posed by habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching. I took this while working on my @natgeo story "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," about an international transfer of 24 lions that may lead to a population of many 500 lions in 15 years' time. Learn more about pressures on wildlife today and those trying to protect them by following @amivitale. @zambezedeltaconservation @thephotosociety #lions #stoppoaching #africa #mozambique Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @amivitale / A lion cub climbs a tree in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Across Africa, wild lion numbers have plummeted, dropping 42 percent in the last two decades and disappearing from 80 percent of its African range. Conservation groups across the continent are working to protect the apex predator from the dangers posed by habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching. 

I took this while working on my @natgeo story
614 21 days ago

Photo by @maddiemcgarvey / People load school buses with food to distribute to families in Clay, West Virginia. There’s no Walmart in Clay. No grocery store, no retail, no easy transportation available in the county—but there is an extensive school bus network. Every morning and afternoon a fleet of 29 buses are sent out along the twisting mountain roads. Some routes can take three hours to complete. Bus drivers get to know the families along their routes and are often the first to notice if something goes awry at home. When the COVID-19 pandemic got serious in March and schools shut down, the county went into crisis mode trying to get food to students and families. Many are completely reliant on school meals, and without them wouldn’t be able to eat. So the week after schools closed, teachers, bus drivers, church members, and coaches all showed up at the high school to make sandwiches and pack meals for the students. They made 2,000 bagged meals and sent the drivers out on their regular routes, hoping to deliver the food to all the students who needed it. Soon after, they were able to secure funding to pack five-day meal boxes, and the delivery trips of food went out once a week. This has continued even as many students returned to school. @FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.

Photo by @maddiemcgarvey / People load school buses with food to distribute to families in Clay, West Virginia. There’s no Walmart in Clay. No grocery store, no retail, no easy transportation available in the county—but there is an extensive school bus network. Every morning and afternoon a fleet of 29 buses are sent out along the twisting mountain roads. Some routes can take three hours to complete. Bus drivers get to know the families along their routes and are often the first to notice if something goes awry at home. When the COVID-19 pandemic got serious in March and schools shut down, the county went into crisis mode trying to get food to students and families. Many are completely reliant on school meals, and without them wouldn’t be able to eat. So the week after schools closed, teachers, bus drivers, church members, and coaches all showed up at the high school to make sandwiches and pack meals for the students. They made 2,000 bagged meals and sent the drivers out on their regular routes, hoping to deliver the food to all the students who needed it. Soon after, they were able to secure funding to pack five-day meal boxes, and the delivery trips of food went out once a week. This has continued even as many students returned to school.

@FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.
477 22 days ago

Photo by @dina_litovsky / Christmas in New York City is a bit different this year. The crowds are thinner, the mood is more hushed. But holiday lights and window displays still illuminate the streets, bathing sidewalks in neon colors. Joy can be found if one is looking for it. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.

Photo by @dina_litovsky / Christmas in New York City is a bit different this year. The crowds are thinner, the mood is more hushed. But holiday lights and window displays still illuminate the streets, bathing sidewalks in neon colors. Joy can be found if one is looking for it. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
290 22 days ago

Photo by @nataliekeyssar / Angel David receives communion during an outdoor church service. On Sunday, October 4, hundreds of worshippers gathered at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in New York City's Queens borough. The church holds services throughout the day, most in Spanish and some in English, to accommodate their large following. Attendees waited in line for indoor seating and those who couldn’t fit or didn’t feel safe inside could sit in chairs outside or stand across the street—the sermon was projected on loudspeakers and TVs. The largely South and Central American and Caribbean immigrant population in the region has been very hard hit by the virus and its economic consequences. Many were ill or lost a friend or loved one; many more lost jobs. The economic impact in the community has been compounded by a lack of access to relief funds for the undocumented or people who fear impact on their visa applications if they collect economic aid. As a result, many members of the congregation have struggled with food insecurity. Follow me @nataliekeyssar for more stories about resilience in hard times. @FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.

Photo by @nataliekeyssar / Angel David receives communion during an outdoor church service. On Sunday, October 4, hundreds of worshippers gathered at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in New York City's Queens borough. The church holds services throughout the day, most in Spanish and some in English, to accommodate their large following. Attendees waited in line for indoor seating and those who couldn’t fit or didn’t feel safe inside could sit in chairs outside or stand across the street—the sermon was projected on loudspeakers and TVs. The largely South and Central American and Caribbean immigrant population in the region has been very hard hit by the virus and its economic consequences. Many were ill or lost a friend or loved one; many more lost jobs. The economic impact in the community has been compounded by a lack of access to relief funds for the undocumented or people who fear impact on their visa applications if they collect economic aid. As a result, many members of the congregation have struggled with food insecurity.

Follow me @nataliekeyssar for more stories about resilience in hard times.

@FeedingAmerica is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that together provide food to more than 40 million people per year. Learn more at our link in bio.
491 22 days ago

Photo by @ciriljazbec / One way to fight climate change: make your own glaciers. An "ice stupa" in full-moon glow in the the village Phyang in Ladakh, India. The stupa, created by students, is about 20 meters/yards high and stores one million liters of water. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @ciriljazbec / One way to fight climate change: make your own glaciers. An
473 22 days ago

Photo by @paoloverzone / Gara Sbaa, Morocco: A student from the University of Detroit Mercy checks out limestone slabs containing fish fossils. Scouting is a key part of the work of paleontologists. For @natgeo I documented a Spinosaurus find here in the desert. Spinosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs of all time. It is named after the elongated dorsal spines that supported an enormous “sail” of skin. In contrast to other dinosaurs–which are predominantly terrestrial–a long list of anatomical features are indicative of Spinosaurus being adapted to live in freshwater, like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. #spinosaurus Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @paoloverzone / Gara Sbaa, Morocco: A student from the University of Detroit Mercy checks out limestone slabs containing fish fossils. Scouting is a key part of the work of paleontologists. For @natgeo I documented a Spinosaurus find here in the desert. Spinosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs of all time. It is named after the elongated dorsal spines that supported an enormous “sail” of skin. In contrast to other dinosaurs–which are predominantly terrestrial–a long list of anatomical features are indicative of Spinosaurus being adapted to live in freshwater, like crocodiles and hippopotamuses. #spinosaurus Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories.

Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
347 22 days ago

Photo by @andy_mann / A father and his family have a little fun on the coral reefs on Atauro Island. Fishing here is a family affair. I'm honored to have gotten to know so many beautiful and passionate Timorese people over the years. One thing I learned: in order for marine protection to work, it will need to work for the people who depend on it. Follow @andy_mann for more inspiring stories form our oceans and beyond.

Photo by @andy_mann / A father and his family have a little fun on the coral reefs on Atauro Island. Fishing here is a family affair. I'm honored to have gotten to know so many beautiful and passionate Timorese people over the years. One thing I learned: in order for marine protection to work, it will need to work for the people who depend on it. Follow @andy_mann for more inspiring stories form our oceans and beyond.
720 22 days ago

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty / Is there anything more joyful and spectacular than a breaching baby whale? It starts deep down beneath the waves with a mighty flourish of fluke and fins that rockets almost 50,000 pounds into the sky. He explodes through the surface into the crisp sea air before crashing back into the deep blue, shattering the water tension and flinging showers of sea water with a great hiss. Scientists aren’t sure why whales engage in this sort of behavior. But, as I watched this exuberant giant fling itself into space over and over again, I had no doubt that what we were witnessing was indisputable, quintessential joy. Join me @Mitty and my team @sealegacy with @onlyone in a joyful journey to restore the health and abundance of our ocean. Together we can help protect the future of marine animals like this one.

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty / Is there anything more joyful and spectacular than a breaching baby whale? It starts deep down beneath the waves with a mighty flourish of fluke and fins that rockets almost 50,000 pounds into the sky. He explodes through the surface into the crisp sea air before crashing back into the deep blue, shattering the water tension and flinging showers of sea water with a great hiss. Scientists aren’t sure why whales engage in this sort of behavior. But, as I watched this exuberant giant fling itself into space over and over again, I had no doubt that what we were witnessing was indisputable, quintessential joy. Join me @Mitty and my team @sealegacy with @onlyone in a joyful journey to restore the health and abundance of our ocean. Together we can help protect the future of marine animals like this one.
1044 23 days ago

Photo by @isadorakosofsky / A driver stands next to his broken-down truck at the 66 Pit Stop on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in early November.

Photo by @isadorakosofsky / A driver stands next to his broken-down truck at the 66 Pit Stop on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in early November.
497 23 days ago

Photo by Kris Graves @themaniwasnt / Located north of Mexico City, visitors climb to the summit of the Pyramid of the Sun in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. This is one of the largest pyramids in Mesoamerica, and the line of people waiting to reach the top wrapped around the base of the pyramid. To view more of my work, please visit @themaniwasnt and @kgpnyc.

Photo by Kris Graves @themaniwasnt / Located north of Mexico City, visitors climb to the summit of the Pyramid of the Sun in the ancient city of Teotihuacan. This is one of the largest pyramids in Mesoamerica, and the line of people waiting to reach the top wrapped around the base of the pyramid. To view more of my work, please visit @themaniwasnt and @kgpnyc.
1135 23 days ago

Photo by @stephenwilkes / Took a drive this weekend to photograph for my new series: autumn drive-by, which celebrates a lovely fall on the East Coast. These are single-frame captures as we were driving through Westport, Connecticut. To see more from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #fall #foliage #westportct #impressionism

Photo by @stephenwilkes / Took a drive this weekend to photograph for my new series: autumn drive-by, which celebrates a lovely fall on the East Coast. These are single-frame captures as we were driving through Westport, Connecticut. To see more from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #fall #foliage #westportct #impressionism
394 23 days ago

Photo by @jasperdoest / The Adélie is the littlest and also the most widespread species of penguin in the Antarctic. As they are not as well adapted as other penguin species (like the gentoo) to warmer climates, the Adélie penguins' biggest threat is climate change. Adélie populations have fallen by more than 65% in the past 25 years in areas where scientists have recorded the highest temperature increment. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of the natural world and the human-wildlife relationship. #antarctica #penguins, #ice #adelie

Photo by @jasperdoest / The Adélie is the littlest and also the most widespread species of penguin in the Antarctic. As they are not as well adapted as other penguin species (like the gentoo) to warmer climates, the Adélie penguins' biggest threat is climate change. Adélie populations have fallen by more than 65% in the past 25 years in areas where scientists have recorded the highest temperature increment. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of the natural world and the human-wildlife relationship. #antarctica #penguins, #ice #adelie
1073 23 days ago

Photos & video by @babaktafreshi / A cloud in "profile" lent an eerie cover to the full moon as it was rising above the ocean near Boston. Swipe to see a wider angle view and a time-lapse video of the scene. It's amazing how our brain readily perceives human faces and figures, even in irrelevant contexts—known as Pareidolia. This ability is so important in humans that neuroscientists recognized an area of our brain which is devoted to detecting faces. Explore more of Earth & sky photography with me @babaktafreshi. #artandscience #twanight #fullmoon #astrophotography

Photos & video by @babaktafreshi / A cloud in
1344 24 days ago

Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride with video by @ecoflight / The end of an era. At 8:30 a.m. last Friday, explosions rocked the first of three massive smokestacks that have dominated the horizon on the western edge of the Navajo Nation for a half century and impacted the air quality of our most iconic national park, Grand Canyon. (They even graced the cover of @natgeo once.) The demolition of the 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station is hugely symbolic. It marks the close of a complicated, painful chapter for thousands of Navajo and Hopi whose lives and families have been impacted by coal. Until it closed last November, the 2400 MW power plant generated electricity for Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and other cities, bypassing Navajo and Hopi homes and businesses. The plant also pumped massive amounts of water that allowed Phoenix to grow into the fifth largest city in America, as thousands of Navajo and Hopi homes lacked access to running water. While the plant provided jobs for many, including Navajo and Hopi, the economics of coal finally proved to be outdated. Nonetheless, it left many with mixed emotions at the event. I look forward seeing how the Navajo and Hopi move forward— and have their voice at the table for cleaner energy and a more sustainable water future. #navajo #hopi #grandcanyon #energy #Petemcbride Thanks Eco Flight for covering this story for years with @grandcanyontrust.

Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride with video by @ecoflight / The end of an era. At 8:30 a.m. last Friday, explosions rocked the first of three massive smokestacks that have dominated the horizon on the western edge of the Navajo Nation for a half century and impacted the air quality of our most iconic national park, Grand Canyon. (They even graced the cover of @natgeo once.)

The demolition of the 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station is hugely symbolic. It marks the close of a complicated, painful chapter for thousands of Navajo and Hopi whose lives and families have been impacted by coal. Until it closed last November, the 2400 MW power plant generated electricity for Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and other cities, bypassing Navajo and Hopi homes and businesses. The plant also pumped massive amounts of water that allowed Phoenix to grow into the fifth largest city in America, as thousands of Navajo and Hopi homes lacked access to running water. While the plant provided jobs for many, including Navajo and Hopi, the economics of coal finally proved to be outdated. Nonetheless, it left many with mixed emotions at the event.  I look forward seeing how the Navajo and Hopi move forward— and have their voice at the table for cleaner energy and a more sustainable water future. #navajo #hopi #grandcanyon #energy #Petemcbride 

Thanks Eco Flight for covering this story for years with  @grandcanyontrust.
854 24 days ago

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / I've been roaming the streets of Amsterdam to document the lockdown in the Netherlands. On December 14, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a five-week lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Amsterdam #Netherlands #StaySafe Editor’s Note: a previous version of this caption stated the wrong announcement date.

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / I've been roaming the streets of Amsterdam to document the lockdown in the Netherlands. On December 14, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a five-week lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Amsterdam #Netherlands #StaySafe

Editor’s Note: a previous version of this caption stated the wrong announcement date.
960 24 days ago

Photo by @irablockphoto / A dramatic night sky serves as the backdrop for the Wat Arun temple, along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple underwent a massive restoration from 2013-2017, during which many original tiles in the spire were replaced. Though called Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun looks magnificent at dusk when lit. When COVID-19 hit this year, the monks of the temple provided free meals and face masks to people affected by the lockdown. Follow @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #thailand #bangkok #wataruntemple #irablock

Photo by @irablockphoto / A dramatic night sky serves as the backdrop for the Wat Arun temple, along the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple underwent a massive restoration from 2013-2017, during which many original tiles in the spire were replaced. Though called Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun looks magnificent at dusk when lit. When COVID-19 hit this year, the monks of the temple provided free meals and face masks to people affected by the lockdown. Follow @irablockphoto for more travel stories.
#thailand #bangkok #wataruntemple #irablock
699 24 days ago

Photo By Karine Aigner @kaigner / One of the most deeply despised and feared animals on the planet: the western diamondback rattlesnake. A creature whose fate was sealed in the Bible, this animal continues to be misunderstood. It perseveres, but due to habitat loss and mass slaughter by humans, its numbers are in decline. Rattlesnakes are incredible creatures: they not only stay with their young until their first shed, they have territories and a fascinating hunting strategy. This species is often provoked, which results in strikes and therefore sometimes death. I’ve spent hundreds of hours with them, and if we watch our own movements, they have no interest in harming us. Snakes are a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem. Deadly or not, these are some of my favorite creatures. For more stories about the intersection of humans and the natural world, follow @kaigner. #rattlesnake #snakes #diamondback #herps #reptiles

Photo By Karine Aigner @kaigner / One of the most deeply despised and feared animals on the planet: the western diamondback rattlesnake. A creature whose fate was sealed in the Bible, this animal continues to be misunderstood. It perseveres, but due to habitat loss and mass slaughter by humans, its numbers are in decline. Rattlesnakes are incredible creatures: they not only stay with their young until their first shed, they have territories and a fascinating hunting strategy. This species is often provoked, which results in strikes and therefore sometimes death. I’ve spent hundreds of hours with them, and if we watch our own movements, they have no interest in harming us. Snakes are a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem. Deadly or not, these are some of my favorite creatures. For more stories about the intersection of humans and the natural world, follow @kaigner. #rattlesnake #snakes #diamondback #herps #reptiles
2436 24 days ago

Photo by @erintrieb / One year ago, thousands of Iraqis organized to protest Iraq’s sectarian political system and governmental corruption. For several months Iraqi youth successfully occupied central Baghdad. Hundreds of protestors were killed and thousands injured, prompting Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to resign. COVID-19 brought Iraq’s protests to a halt with the rise of curfews and social distancing, but the impact of the protests continues to ripple and in some cases upend the status quo. Pictured here, an Iraqi protestor is medically treated after inhaling tear gas. For more human stories from around the world follow @erintrieb.

Photo by @erintrieb / One year ago, thousands of Iraqis organized to protest Iraq’s sectarian political system and  governmental corruption. For several months Iraqi youth successfully occupied central Baghdad. Hundreds of protestors were killed and thousands injured, prompting Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to resign. COVID-19 brought Iraq’s protests to a halt with the rise of curfews and social distancing, but the impact of the protests continues to ripple and in some cases upend the status quo. Pictured here, an Iraqi protestor is medically treated after inhaling tear gas. For more human stories from around the world follow @erintrieb.
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Photo by @babaktafreshi / The "great conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn continues to become more interesting every night. The two appear through this tree (center) near Boston on December 18. Look for them an hour after sunset over the southwest as they almost merge to one point on December 20-21. This the nearest pairing of the solar system’s two largest planets in almost 400 years. Media referred to the event as the “Christmas Star,” inviting comparisons to the biblical Star of Bethlehem, which might have been a similar planetary conjunction (or a comet). The view both with the naked eye and a small telescope is fantastic, with Jupiter moons and Saturn rings in one view. At their closest, the pair will be separated only 1/5th the width of the full moon. Remember this is just a line-of-sight effect. In space, Saturn is more than 730 million kilometers (450 million miles) behind Jupiter. Explore more of the night sky wonders with me @babaktafreshi. #greatconjunction #newmoon #twanight

Photo by @babaktafreshi / The
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Photo by @hannahreyesmorales / I visited this kindergarten during nap time in Ulaanbaatar last winter. Everything was quiet, except for a mobile phone playing the Buuvein Duu, a Mongolian lullaby, as an air purifier hummed in the background. The kindergarten is located in one of the most air polluted places in the world—that week, the levels were hazardous. The classrooms are one of the only places where they can breathe purified air as they rest. One of the teachers told me that often children from turbulent homes have a hard time sleeping—and she sings lullabies to those children as a way to soothe them and to encourage more needed sleep. Read our bedtime story, and listen to lullabies in the December issue of @natgeo. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales as we explore nighttime rituals around the world. @timstrust @insidenatgeo #Mongolia Check out Nat Geo's IG Story and link in bio for more.

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales / I visited this kindergarten during nap time in Ulaanbaatar last winter. Everything was quiet, except for a mobile phone playing the Buuvein Duu, a Mongolian lullaby, as an air purifier hummed in the background. The kindergarten is located in one of the most air polluted places in the world—that week, the levels were hazardous. The classrooms are one of the only places where they can breathe purified air as they rest. One of the teachers told me that often children from turbulent homes have a hard time sleeping—and she sings lullabies to those children as a way to soothe them and to encourage more needed sleep.

Read our bedtime story, and listen to lullabies in the December issue of @natgeo. Follow me @hannahreyesmorales as we explore nighttime rituals around the world. @timstrust @insidenatgeo #Mongolia

Check out Nat Geo's IG Story and link in bio for more.
7063 25 days ago

Photos by @stevewinterphoto / The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats—which is one reason they're under threat. Cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survives the journey to their new "home." As with all big cats, the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss; then comes human-wildlife conflict, in which livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings. Next are illegal wildlife trade (for their skin and bones) and the pet trade. New research, led by Sarah Durant and colleagues, suggests there may be as few as 7,100 cheetahs left in Africa, and that if their populations are to survive, they need protection inside national parks to offset losses in community areas where they clash with farmers.

Photos by @stevewinterphoto / The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats—which is one reason they're under threat. Cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survives the journey to their new
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Photo by @tasneemalsultan / Um Muhammed was married at 15. She disliked her husband, and knew that it was a loveless marriage. “I found him a second wife that was more suited to him, and knew that if I married him off to another woman, he would later divorce me and let me raise my children alone. He followed my plan, and divorced me soon after his second marriage. In my 60s, and I’m the happiest mother of educated, successful children.” From my ongoing series "And Then There Were Women," I now explore the stories of women related to polygamy, which is more common in smaller towns and villages of Saudi Arabia. #hail #saudiarabia

Photo by @tasneemalsultan / Um Muhammed was married at 15. She disliked her husband, and knew that it was a loveless marriage. “I found him a second wife that was more suited to him, and knew that if I married him off to another woman, he would later divorce me and let me raise my children alone. He followed my plan, and divorced me soon after his second marriage. In my 60s, and I’m the happiest mother of educated, successful children.” From my ongoing series
1249 25 days ago

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / Slovenia's Zelske jama (cave) lies at the base of several natural rock bridges, in the Rakov Škocjan region valley, formed by the river Rak, pictured here.

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / Slovenia's Zelske jama (cave) lies at the base of several natural rock bridges, in the Rakov Škocjan region valley, formed by the river Rak, pictured here.
512 25 days ago

Photo by @jimmychin / Calm before the storm. Ranching days often start before sunrise and end after sunset...rain or shine. #wyominglife For more images of life on planet Earth, follow @jimmychin.

Photo by @jimmychin / Calm before the storm. Ranching days often start before sunrise and end after sunset...rain or shine. #wyominglife

For more images of life on planet Earth, follow @jimmychin.
642 25 days ago

Photo by @chien_chi_chang / Inle Lake​ in Myanmar's Shan State is a luminous lake​ full of​ ​talented fishermen. They appeal to tourists looking to see a land untouched by modernity.​

Photo by @chien_chi_chang / Inle Lake​ in Myanmar's Shan State is a luminous lake​ full of​ ​talented fishermen. They appeal to tourists looking to see a land untouched by modernity.​
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Photo by @kiliiiyuyan / A California condor spreads its wings as it feeds on a calf carcass near Big Sur, California. Donated stillborn calves are often set out by conservation organizations to provide a source of food free from the contamination of lead bullets. Although condors are one of the conservation world's great successes, they remain on life support, needing to be purged of toxic lead every few years. California's state law today requires all ammunition to be lead-free. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more from the interaction between people and the natural world. #condor #california #bigsur

Photo by @kiliiiyuyan / A California condor spreads its wings as it feeds on a calf carcass near Big Sur, California. Donated stillborn calves are often set out by conservation organizations to provide a source of food free from the contamination of lead bullets. Although condors are one of the conservation world's great successes, they remain on life support, needing to be purged of toxic lead every few years. California's state law today requires all ammunition to be lead-free. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more from the interaction between people and the natural world. #condor #california #bigsur
2397 26 days ago

Photo by @celestesloman / This is a portrait of Leroy, photographed near the Great Salt Pond on Block Island. The island is a very special place for me and never ceases to inspire. Leroy is a seasonal worker who spends summers on the island. Located off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island has a small population that increases drastically in the summer months with an influx of tourists and seasonal workers. With no hospital on the island and an aging year-round population, islanders have been vigilant about preventing an outbreak of COVID-19.

Photo by @celestesloman / This is a portrait of Leroy, photographed near the Great Salt Pond on Block Island. The island is a very special place for me and never ceases to inspire. Leroy is a seasonal worker who spends summers on the island. Located off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island has a small population that increases drastically in the summer months with an influx of tourists and seasonal workers. With no hospital on the island and an aging year-round population, islanders have been vigilant about preventing an outbreak of COVID-19.
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Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Water is the source of life … but for the unwary, it can also be a source of great danger. Grazers in these parts navigate a fine line between sustenance and safety. Each day is full of decisions that can lead to precious food and water … or into the crosshairs of a whole host of predators just waiting for their chance to strike. A scene of peaceful stillness as a hot day’s thirst is quenched can quickly transform into ambush—in crocodilian shape from below, or the well-timed pounce of a big cat from the sidelines. As the zebra bends down to drink, encoded deep into its being is the grave need for vigilance. #zebra #atthewaterhole #africanwildlife

Photo by @beverlyjoubert / Water is the source of life … but for the unwary, it can also be a source of great danger. Grazers in these parts navigate a fine line between sustenance and safety. Each day is full of decisions that can lead to precious food and water … or into the crosshairs of a whole host of predators just waiting for their chance to strike. A scene of peaceful stillness as a hot day’s thirst is quenched can quickly transform into ambush—in crocodilian shape from below, or the well-timed pounce of a big cat from the sidelines. As the zebra bends down to drink, encoded deep into its being is the grave need for vigilance. #zebra #atthewaterhole #africanwildlife
882 26 days ago

Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid / Masai giraffe in combat, Mara Triangle, Masai Mara, Kenya. This is the largest subspecies of giraffe, also called the Kilimanjaro giraffe. Once the most populous giraffe, with an estimated 71,000 individuals three decades ago, now less than half remain in the wild. Ongoing reports of poaching and habitat destruction have resulted in their numbers continuing to decline. These magnificent creatures are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Throughout their lives, bulls will engage in wrestling bouts such as this, where they stand beside each other and swing their heads like medieval maces. These fights are both to establish dominance and impress females. To see more, follow me @chancellordavid. #giraffe #masaimara #kenya #africa

Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid / Masai giraffe in combat, Mara Triangle, Masai Mara, Kenya. This is the largest subspecies of giraffe, also called the Kilimanjaro giraffe. Once the most populous giraffe, with an estimated 71,000 individuals three decades ago, now less than half remain in the wild. Ongoing reports of poaching and habitat destruction have resulted in their numbers continuing to decline. These magnificent creatures are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. 
Throughout their lives, bulls will engage in wrestling bouts such as this, where they stand beside each other and swing their heads like medieval maces. These fights are both to establish dominance and impress females. To see more, follow me @chancellordavid. #giraffe #masaimara #kenya #africa
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Video by @joelsartore / The woylie is a small, kangaroo-like marsupial, sometimes referred to as a brush-tailed bettong because of the distinctive black brush at the end of its long tail. These marsupials are nocturnal, and spend much of their time foraging for underground fungi. While digging for their favorite food, they help water seep into the ground and move nutrients in the soil. They also disperse seeds and fungi spores through their droppings, making them an important player in maintaining the health of native vegetation. Video taken @zooplzen. For more woylie footage, follow me @joelsartore. #woylie #bettong #marsupial #PhotoArk #savetogether

Video by @joelsartore / The woylie is a small, kangaroo-like marsupial, sometimes referred to as a brush-tailed bettong because of the distinctive black brush at the end of its long tail. These marsupials are nocturnal, and spend much of their time foraging for underground fungi. While digging for their favorite food, they help water seep into the ground and move nutrients in the soil. They also disperse seeds and fungi spores through their droppings, making them an important player in maintaining the health of native vegetation. Video taken @zooplzen. For more woylie footage, follow me @joelsartore. #woylie #bettong #marsupial #PhotoArk #savetogether
840 26 days ago

Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto / Tires pile up at Black Bear Carbon recycling facility in the Netherlands. Every year, more than 1.5 billion end-of-life tires enter the global waste stream. Black Bear aims to make new industrial raw materials out of them. After sorting the tires, those that are unsuitable for retreading or reuse go through various stages of recycling. After the extraction of steel wires, tire rubber is shredded and heated to be broken down into oil and char. While the oil is reused for the production of lubricants and biodiesel, the char can be reused in tires, inks, coatings, and rubber goods. By designing waste out of the production system, such "circularity" aims to keep resources and materials in use. While a circular economy is promising, the truth is there isn't one single solution. Yet each one of us can make a big difference by living more consciously and staying informed. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to learn more about the promising new solutions to the pressing issues facing our planet. #environment #circulareconomy #waste #netherlands #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto / Tires pile up at Black Bear Carbon recycling facility in the Netherlands. Every year, more than 1.5 billion end-of-life tires enter the global waste stream. Black Bear aims to make new industrial raw materials out of them.

After sorting the tires, those that are unsuitable for retreading or reuse go through various stages of recycling. After the extraction of steel wires, tire rubber is shredded and heated to be broken down into oil and char. While the oil is reused for the production of lubricants and biodiesel, the char can be reused in tires, inks, coatings, and rubber goods.

By designing waste out of the production system, such
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Photo by @tamaramerino_photography / My son Ikal looks through a window marked with body oils from the many times he's touched the glass to look outside. Some communities in Santiago, Chile, spent more than 140 days in mandatory, strict quarantine due to the pandemic. I'm exploring the connection among mother, child, and nature while being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors. It's highlighted the role of the environment in society’s collective well-being and what we stand to lose when that connection ruptures. This photo is part of my series Quarantine Diary that documents my intimate and daily life during quarantine. Follow me on @tamaramerino_photography for more. #coronavirus #covid19 #lockdown #motherhood

Photo by @tamaramerino_photography / My son Ikal looks through a window marked with body oils from the many times he's touched the glass to look outside. Some communities in Santiago, Chile, spent more than 140 days in mandatory, strict quarantine due to the pandemic. I'm exploring the connection among mother, child, and nature while being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors. It's highlighted the role of the environment in society’s collective well-being and what we stand to lose when that connection ruptures. This photo is part of my series Quarantine Diary that documents my intimate and daily life during quarantine. Follow me on @tamaramerino_photography for more. 
#coronavirus #covid19 #lockdown #motherhood
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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial / A Geoffroy's spider monkey performs an awe-inspiring jump in the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. This species is listed as endangered, though it is found still in some large areas of suitable habitat. Logging operations across its range have been so severe that it's estimated that the species has declined by as much as 50% over the course of 45 years. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial for more of our images from around the world. #mattiasklum #savetherainforest #conservation #spidermonkey #costarica

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial / A Geoffroy's spider monkey performs an awe-inspiring jump in the rainforest on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. This species is listed as endangered,  though it is found still in some large areas of suitable habitat.  Logging operations across its range have been so severe that it's estimated that the species has declined by as much as 50% over the course of 45 years. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial for more of our images from around the world. #mattiasklum #savetherainforest #conservation #spidermonkey #costarica
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Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre / Bocas de Barbacoas, Antioquia, Colombia. The marshland of Barbacoas contains great natural diversity and is in the process of becoming a sanctuary. It's been under threat by cattle farms, and local fisherman have seen a decline in the fish that travel from the marshland upstream along the Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia. Follow @juanarre for more stories.

Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre / Bocas de Barbacoas, Antioquia, Colombia. The marshland of Barbacoas contains great natural diversity and is in the process of becoming a sanctuary. It's been under threat by cattle farms, and local fisherman have seen a decline in the fish that travel from the marshland upstream along the Magdalena River, the principal river of Colombia. Follow @juanarre for more stories.
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Photo by @irablockphoto / Barbary sheep run through a wildlife reserve on Sir Bani Yas island in the United Arab Emirates. Once deserted, Sir Bani Yas was restored into a sanctuary for endangered animals. The island has over 2.5 million trees, planted by hand, and a pipeline irrigation system that extends over 73,000 miles (117,000 km). Barbary sheep are native to North Africa and are currently a threatened species. Follow @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #UAE #barbarysheep #sirbaniyasisland #irablock

Photo by @irablockphoto / Barbary sheep run through a wildlife reserve on Sir Bani Yas island in the United Arab Emirates. Once deserted, Sir Bani Yas was restored into a sanctuary for endangered animals. The island has over 2.5 million trees, planted by hand, and a pipeline irrigation system that extends over 73,000 miles (117,000 km). Barbary sheep are native to North Africa and are currently a threatened species. Follow @irablockphoto for more travel stories. #UAE #barbarysheep #sirbaniyasisland #irablock
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Photo by @amivitale / Hooded, sedated lions are transported and unloaded in Mozambique as villagers watch. Lions’ eyes don’t close when the animals are sedated, so they’re fitted with hoods to protect their eyes from the light. These lions were part of an international transfer of 24 lions from South Africa, the largest lion relocation ever undertaken. After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. Just a few decades ago, prides of lions once roamed the game-rich wetlands. But their numbers were decimated when their prey was overhunted during the drawn-out Mozambican civil wars, which raged from 1977 to 1992. Across Africa, a similar decline is occurring, with wild lion numbers dropping 42 percent in the last two decades, mostly as a result of habitat loss. This translocation has restored the apex predator to its ancestral lands, and it is estimated that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years. Already, more than 35 cubs have been born since the lions’ release. I covered this historic undertaking for my @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off." @zambezedeltaconservation @thephotosociety #lions #stoppoaching #africa #oneeyeopen #mozambique Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

Photo by @amivitale / Hooded, sedated lions are transported and unloaded in Mozambique as villagers watch. Lions’ eyes don’t close when the animals are sedated, so they’re fitted with hoods to protect their eyes from the light. These lions were part of an international transfer of 24 lions from South Africa, the largest lion relocation ever undertaken. After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. Just a few decades ago, prides of lions once roamed the game-rich wetlands. But their numbers were decimated when their prey was overhunted during the drawn-out Mozambican civil wars, which raged from 1977 to 1992. Across Africa, a similar decline is occurring, with wild lion numbers dropping 42 percent in the last two decades, mostly as a result of habitat loss. This translocation has restored the apex predator to its ancestral lands, and it is estimated that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years. Already, more than 35 cubs have been born since the lions’ release.

I covered this historic undertaking for my @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading
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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl / An Armenian combatant wounded in the battle for Shusha, which Armenians call Shushi, is admitted at a medical center in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, on November 6. The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia lasted for six weeks, ending on November 10 with a Russian-mediated peace deal that left Azerbaijan retaining territory gained during the war and regaining control of districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh that Armenia had captured in the 1990s. This work was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists.

Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl / An Armenian combatant wounded in the battle for Shusha, which Armenians call Shushi, is admitted at a medical center in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, on November 6.

The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia lasted for six weeks, ending on November 10 with a Russian-mediated peace deal that left Azerbaijan retaining territory gained during the war and regaining control of districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh that Armenia had captured in the 1990s.

This work was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists.
3365 27 days ago