Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple of Abu Simbel, on the remote west shore of Lake Nasser, Egypt. It's the grandest of the ancient Nubian temples that were relocated to higher ground by UNESCO when the Aswan High Dam inundated the area. #nubia#nile#pharaoh#antiquity To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in the December 2010 issue. This mother walked five hours to see a midwife at a mobile outreach clinic in the village of Koreh-e Bala. She was waiting outside a family compound for medical advice about her ten-month-old baby, who had been sick since birth. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Do you see inside of this whale's mouth the bristles that look like hair? Baleen whales like these humpbacks, which I photographed feeding off the coast of British Columbia, do not have teeth; they have baleen plates, a filter-feeding system that allows baleen whales to filter their food, usually small fish or krill, by swimming for their prey with their mouths wide open. Water passes through the baleen, but small prey like krill and herring and salmon are caught in the bristles, and then swallowed whole. Baleen whales have narrow throats and do not usually eat larger prey like squids or octopus. Follow me @CristinaMittermeier for more stories from the incredible wilderness of Canada's western coast. #whale#lunch#funfacts#nature
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | It was well below freezing when I took this photo at sunrise in my paraglider over Lake Tashk, Iran. I think the flamingos were feeling it was too cold to fly, and were slowly walking away as I approached from a few hundred feet. #persia To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photos by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | This series is from a new story about the future of the Florida panther. Visit the link in my bio or nationalgeographic.com/animals to learn how new toll roads could block the panther’s path to recovery. I’ve been covering the story of the Florida panther for the past three years using custom-made camera traps through my Path of the Panther project with @insidenatgeo. The Florida panther is the last subpopulation of pumas surviving in the eastern United States. It has persevered because of its ability to live in the hurricane-battered swamps of the southern Everglades, where as few as 20 panthers survived the hunting and persecution that eliminated pumas everywhere east of the Mississippi River. It’s from these Everglades swamps that the panther has staged its recovery, and is beginning to reclaim its historic territory in the northern Everglades and beyond. Panthers need expansive territory. One panther's home range is up to 200 square miles—ten times the size of Manhattan. That makes the Florida panther an umbrella species, which means protecting habitat for one panther helps protect habitat for hundreds of other species. As shown in these photos, a Florida black bear, white egret, American alligator (with a giant salamander in its mouth), and coyote all share the same trails with the panther. To learn more about the different species, how these photos were made, and what happened when Hurricane Irma hit my camera traps a few days after this panther photo was captured, please visit @carltonward. We are following the story of the endangered Florida panther to inspire protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor (@fl_wildcorridor). #floridawild#panther#keepflwild @ilcp_photographers @pathofthepanther #pathofthepanther.
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A purple swamphen surveys its surroundings during a photo shoot @zoowroclaw. Found in eastern and northern Australia, this species makes its home in freshwater swamps, streams, and marshes, where it can feed on reeds and small animals like frogs and snails. To see a still shot of this magnificent species, follow me @joelsartore. #swamphen#purple#red#australia#photoark
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sand tiger shark cruises over a reef in the waters off of Chi-Chi Jima island in Japan. Sand tiger sharks have a fearsome appearance, making them a species often seen in aquariums. Also known as gray nurse sharks, this species has one of the lowest reproduction rates of all sharks and therefore is susceptible to even minimal fishing pressure. Follow @BrianSkerry to see more sharks and other ocean animals. #sharks
Photo by Rena Effendi @renaeffendiphoto | An elderly woman in Breb village in Maramures, Romania, makes a stew from beetroots and turnips to fatten her pig for the winter. Many farmers in Maramures still rely on small-scale sustainable agriculture for their livelihoods, but this traditional way of life is vanishing as young people migrate to Western Europe to find work. Please #followme @renaeffendiphoto for more human interest stories. #romania#transylvania#agriculture#women
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The full moon rising is always incredible to me, especially over the ocean. Here I photographed a time-lapse sequence showing intense atmospheric refraction on the horizon that deforms the moon above the North Shore of Boston. Locals are walking on the coast, others fishing, and some busy looking at their smartphones and missing a fantastic view behind them. The Earth's companion for four billion years, the moon was finally reached by this world 50 years ago on July 20, 1969. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #twanight#moon#boston#timelapse
Photo by Nora Lorek @noralorek | Three years ago the area containing the Bidibidi refugee settlement was a forest in northwestern Uganda. Now it’s a makeshift home for a quarter million refugees who fled the civil war in South Sudan. Most of Bidibidi’s residents are children, who attend school and congregate on playgrounds like this one. As Bidibidi transforms into a permanent settlement, nearly all of its schools have been rebuilt with brick.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A polar bear watches us on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This male was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze—an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. The ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #bear#arctic#cold#snow#cute
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | The Alatna River Valley in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska, shot for “The Carbon Threat,” in this month’s @natgeo (link in my bio). I took this image from a floatplane as I began my journey home after a 64-mile rafting expedition that followed ecologist Ken Tape along the Alatna River. The Alatna flows south out of Alaska’s Brooks Range, and has become a corridor for wildlife migrating north into the warming Arctic. Beaver numbers in particular are booming, and their ponds—several visible in this image on the far side of the river to the left—may hasten permafrost thaw. Ken Tape is among the handful of scientists working to understand what this means for the future, and on our trip he was able to confirm that the Alatna corridor provides the route that beavers use to cross the Continental Divide of the Brooks Range and move north.