Photo by @pedromcbride // a boy prays inside a buddhist monastery in the remote corner of bhutan, the himalayan country that defines itself with gross domestic happiness. i spent a month walking the remote northern reach of this country on what is called the “snowman trek”, an old 230-mile trade route that crosses multiple 15,000 foot passes and meanders into an ancient buddhist world where few roads and wheels, except for prayer, exist. to see more, follow @pedromcbride . #bhutan#himalaya#color#gratitude
Image by @joelsartore | pocket gophers like this one at @cedar.point.biological.station are the earthmovers of the landscape, their industrious burrowing and tunneling turns over the prairie soils to enable other plants and animals to exist that could not otherwise survive without these rodents. their burrows provide habitat for hundreds of associated animal species including beetles, flies, toads, snakes, mites, and other rodents. plants like sunflowers and other annual plants come up in the areas that gophers have been tilling or "working". these animals can run backwards or forwards in their burrow systems at about the same speed, using their sparsely-haired tail as a rear sensor. their fur-lined cheek pouches are used to store food on harvesting expeditions in lateral burrows and the food is taken back to specially dug branches of the burrow system and kept for later. females usually have from 2 to 4 babies that are kicked out of the mother’s burrow system as soon as they are weaned. most pocket gophers are solitary and do not enjoy company.
studying animals like the gopher, the biologists at @cedar.point.biological.station , a field research facility and experiential classroom located in western nebraska, are currently working to identify all parasites in all mammalian hosts on the cedar point biological station using both morphology and molecules. after about 5 years of collecting, they are now able to identify most species of parasites in a mammal using a single fecal pellet from a living animal. soon they'll be able to get a dna sequence from each species for the identification of both the host and the parasites! #cedarpointbiologicalstation
Photo by @ruddyroye (ruddy roye) // captured #withgalaxy note8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // cleopatra (looking at camera) strides down fulton street in a black and white coat with her two children in search of some cakes to top off their lunch. as she walked, she examined each eatery carefully, poking her head in to check out the confectionaries. i caught up with her taking a break on a small brooklyn stoop. “oh my god, i love brooklyn. she is my heart i love her. she is my community. i get to see my own people owning businesses in my neighbourhood. she has so many stories. i have seen the neighbourhood change so much. some good, some not so good. i moved away to atlanta but i had to come back, she is still my first love.”
Photo: @andy_mann // famed oceanographer, jacques cousteau, was once asked what species of shark he found to be most dangerous. he responded by saying that the oceanic whitetip is the “most dangerous of all sharks” noting the occurrence of attacks on shipwreck survivors. yet, in the five years i’ve spent with this species with hundreds of hours in the water with them, i’ve only experienced beautiful and calm interactions. if we could only show them as much respect and grace in return. between environmental pressures, shark finning and a slow reproductive rate, oceanic whitetip sharks are in serious threat of becoming extinct. they are highly valued for their meat and skin hides as well and are very susceptible to long line fleets. it is important that we learn as much as we can about these amazing predators and help change the way the world thinks about and views sharks. follow me @andy_mann@sea_legacy as we journey around the world to capture and interact with the oceans greatest predators.
Photo by @newshatavakolian
spring is almost here! tuesday officially marks the start of the new season. for iranians, afghans, kurds and tajiks the first day of spring is also the beginning of their new year, called 'nowruz'. in iran people prepare for the new year by doing 'khane-tekani', which literally means 'shaking the house', a spring cleaning. here, near the royal graves at naqsh-e rustam, professional textile cleaners wash carpets and leave them to dry in the sun. #happynowruz#iran#spring
Photo by @johnstanmeyer
viewed from the mexican side of the u.s.-mexico border near san diego, a corrugated metal barrier between the two nations is dwarfed by four of eight prototypes for the wall that u.s. president donald trump’s administration proposes to build. walls are not just physical barriers—they also reinforce feelings of separation and alienation.
from my latest story for @natgeo , us vs them, things that divide us, in the march 2018 single topic issue on race. link is in my instagram bio.
follow me @johnstanmeyer over the next month as i publish each day images from this global project i photographed for the magazine throughout 2017, a visual dialogue on what divides us to understand why we don’t get along, including this photograph i took in december of last year along the mexico/u.s. border. join me on this story through the us, brazil, armenia, the middle east, bangladesh and rwanda, lacing together a complex narrative in order to find a means to no longer divide ourselves. #idefineme ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@natgeo@natgeo creative @thephotosociety#mexico#unitedstates#usmexicoborder#borderwalls#borders#prototypewalls#prototypeborderwalls#prototypes#walls#division#idefineme
Photo by @edkashi this image is from a 3 year project that examined the protestant community in northern ireland. to see more of my work from the past, present and future, please follow me @edkashi children play around an impromptu bonfire in the fountain, a loyalist housing estate in londonderry, northern ireland on aug. 11, 1989. #northernireland⠀#childrenstplay#childreninconflict#ireland#derry
Photo by @franslanting millions of monarch butterflies are on their way back again to the usa from wintering grounds in mexico. it’s an epic migration. they cover thousands of miles and reproduce as they go along. they will recolonize north america from the rocky mountains to the atlantic coast. but at the end of summer, newborn monarchs fly south and gather at one place in the mountains of southern mexico where they hibernate for the winter. they need the microclimate of an intact forest to survive, but despite official protection, illegal logging undermines their winter habitat in mexico. a bigger problem for monarchs however is the loss of their summer habitat in the usa due to the massive use of herbicides, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. the monarch population has declined by 80% in the last two decades and experts now advocate that they be listed as an endangered species. when i first visited the monarch’s wintering grounds in mexico back in the 1980s more than fifty million of them gathered there. they turned the forest orange and branches broke off trees from the weight of butterflies. to get an idea of the astonishing sights i captured then, go to @franslanting . and check some of the links below to learn what you can do to help them come back. @christineeckstrom@thephotosociety#monarch#endangered#centerforbiodiv#monarch_watch#leonardodicaprio
Photo by @tasneemalsultan ballerinas from europe enter the ballroom, moments before the bride enters. many weddings in the middle-eastern (practicing muslim) part of the region are segregated, and the groom will only enter with the close male relatives for the family portraits, then leave immediately. images part of the series saudi tales of love, a project which asks “do we need marriage to signify that we have love?“
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo on the ross sea, antarctica. a mother weddell seal was sound asleep on the sea ice, and i never knew that she had a pup hiding behind her until i got #busted. the pup went right back to sleep, and i went back to photographing emperor penguins. please #follow me on @paulnicklen and @sea_legacy
Follow @argonautphoto (aaron huey) on assignment in the slot canyons of #escalantenationalmonument in utah today in our ig story feed. we are looking at sites that were recently removed or otherwise affected when the monument was shrunk by around %50 and split into 3 smaller units by executive order. the zebra slots (carved over thousands of years by water in red and white striped sandstone) were not removed but the trail to get to them, and the larger buffer area around them was. this opens the area for potential resource extraction in the future. watch the ig story feed and follow @argonautphoto in the coming days for other views and videos from these slots!
Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz long shadows of our team exploring the edge of the salar de uyuni, the world’s largest #salt flat in #bolivia. the salar is covered by over 4,000 sq miles of edible salt at elevation of 12,000 ft., which is the lowest point in a huge valley between two branches of the andes. to see what we found on the ground, go to @geosteinmetz#paraglider
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // inspired by the talented @vincentjmusi. for the past 4000 years, the northernmost people on the planet have been relying on their dogs to survive. the greenlandic husky is a hardy breed made for hard work in some of the harshest corners of the arctic. the lives of these dogs are not easy and they are not cuddly, but there is no question that the inuit people know that without their dogs, the entire community would suffer. teams of huskies pull the sleds that allow hunters to reach the edge of the sea ice, where they can hunt to supply meat for everyone, especially the dogs. it is without question, a relationship based on survival.
if you want to learn more about the lives of these beautiful animals, #follow my work at @cristinamittermeier#lastice with @natgeopristineseas#doglover#nature#animals#loyalty
fast is a relative term when photographing a puppy. i present archie, a lightning fast gordon setter photographed at the ripe old age of 2 months.
i’m old and slow, working with cumbersome medium-format cameras where the odds of getting anything in focus are always against you. archie likes to carefully track things way up in the trees or telephone poles. things he can’t always get to unless they happen to be an old and slow photographer with a medium-format camera.
#yearofthedogs is my ongoing personal project celebrating the beauty and character of dogs.
if you enjoy this sort of thing, i’d invite you to follow my work @vincentjmusi
Photo @hammond_robin. how does one photograph the genetics of race? my editor proposed this idea - i was sceptical at first. i couldn’t see how projecting dna code onto a face could work. fortunately i had an editor who knew what he was doing, a good looking young ugandan man to pose for the picture and some warm evening light bouncing into the room. this was for the special issue on race @natgeo publishes this month. i’ll be sharing more images from the story i shot on @hammond_robin.#idefineme
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - grandmas always know how to cook - suggestion for a spicy recipe /// grace, 82 years old - mumbai, india - grace was born in goa, in the south of india, 82 years ago and she grew up there, in between the sea and the jungle. however, she has lived her last 10 years in a new building made of concrete and glass in the northern quarter of mumbai, with the family of one of her two sons. she is of portuguese origin and as a result her cooking has got that same influence. some years ago, for the first time in her life, she left india with her younger son to visit lisbon. “it was a long journey, i didn’t like sitting on a plane for so long. but i was lucky and more than happy to see the city where my parents had been born. i had always thought it as similar to goa, but, in fact, it wasn’t”. /// chicken vindaloo /// ingredients for 6 people: one boneless and chunked chicken - two red onions - 10 dried red chillies and two fresh green ones - two sticks of cinnamon - 10 cloves of garlic - a piece of ginger - ground cumin, 10 cloves and 10 grains of black pepper - one spoon of turmeric, one of tamarind paste and one of sugar - vegetable f*t /// typical of the indian cooking, chicken vindaloo is a hot dish, which was originally introduced to goa by the portuguese. often served in special occasions, this dish is traditionally prepared with pork, but i am sure you will be fully satisfied by this version with chicken. the first thing to prepare is the masala sauce. it is very easy to make: put all the ingredients, apart from the chicken and the vegetable fat, in the blender until you get a red smooth paste; then, add a glass of water and blend again. the masala sauce is already made! extremely easy, isn’t it? now, in a large pan fry some vegetable fats with an onion, chopped in small pieces. heat the onion until it becomes golden and then add the masala sauce. when everything is hot enough, add the chunks of chicken. cook for about 25 minutes and your dish is ready! #india#food#spicy#recipe#grandmother#cook#mumbai#vindaloo#chicken