Photo by @paulnicklen | Taken on assignment for our recent story in @natgeo. The ever charismatic, communicative, resilient and powerful leopard seal of Antarctica. Since the time of Shackleton, leopard seals have had reputation of being vicious animals that attack humans at will. All I can tell you is that after being in the water hundreds of times with these inquisitive, thousand pound, twelve foot long seals, I see them in a completely different light. They are intelligent, playful and at times, even comical. The bigger question we must ask ourselves is are we willing to live on a planet without polar bears, narwhals, leopard seals and entire polar ecosystems because of our lack of action towards our changing climates? Every time we shop, eat and travel, we are making decisions about the type of planet we want to leave for future generations. Please #followme on @paulnicklen. #nature #wildlife #blackandwhite #bw #fineartwithpurp
Photo by @BrianSkerry | Harp seal pups kissing! Two harp seal pups meet each other on the pack ice in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, touching noses as they sniff one another. Pups are generally born in this region during February and need to spend about two weeks nursing from their mothers before they head off on their own. But the decline of sea ice over the last decade has created a serious situation for these animals, and pup mortality rates have increased substantially. If the climate continues to warm and sea ice disappears, the future is uncertain for this species. #climatechange #canada #sealpups #babyanimals
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Hole in the wall: Here in Xiaokou I found the villagers using the Great Wall as part of their sheep pen. The wall doubles as the back side of the pens, complete with holes through which the sheep can be let out to pasture. Marco Polo never mentioned the Great Wall in his book, officially titled A Description of the World, leading doubters to contend he never made it to China. But if this is the wall he saw on his travels, why would he find this packed-mud barricade worthy of mention when compared to the great castle walls of Europe? #Gansu #greatwall #sheep #handynasty
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | The silky rolling hills around Song Köl lake, opening up as we approached on foot from the North. Spring in Kyrgystan, Central Asia. For more from this part of the world, visit @paleyphoto. #centralasia #lake #kyrgystan #paleyprints #rollinghills #greengrass
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix | A young girl cares for her relative in Meerwala, Pakistan. Somewhere in the world, every 2 seconds, a girl is married. When a child becomes a bride at a young age, she loses the chance to go to school, the right to make decisions about her health and the ability to determine her future. In Pakistan, one in five girls are married before they turn 18. In 2011, @natgeo published a story of mine titled @tooyoungtowed, I’ve since created a nonprofit organization of the same name to empower girls and end child marriage. Be part of the solution by following us and visiting the link the @tooyoungtowed bio. #empowergirls #endchildmarriage #giftsthatgive #tooyoungtowed #girls #beauty #pakistan #holidaygiving #color #rural #girlseducation #letgirlslearn
Photo by Robbie Shone @ShonePhoto | Geologist Yuri Dublyansky from the University of Innsbruck emerges near the polychrome composition “Horses and signs” on the southwest wall of Hall of Chaos in Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave, Russia. At the time of discovery of Paleolithic art in the cave by Alexander Riymin in 1959, the composition was completely coated with a thick layer of grey flowstone, remnants of which are visible in the upper and left parts of the rock wall. In 1976, researchers from the archaeological expedition of Otto Bader noticed on a bright red spot on the wall where red paint was washing out. Restorers from this expedition removed opaque flowstone and exposed drawings. They only left a millimeter-thick layer of translucent flowstone to protect drawings from adverse effects of water, flowing along the wall. Yuri took samples of this flowstone and analyzed them in the lab at the University of Innsbruck to understand when the art was created and what the climate was like at that time.
Photo by @renan_ozturk | Embracing the monsoon rain with a new friend and her hand woven bamboo basket. Just another simple moment of human connection to remind we why I love Nepal and the work @dzifoundation is doing to support the most remote villages. Follow @renan_ozturk for more imagery from Nepal. #nepal
Photo by Juan Arredondo @juanarre | Visitors stand on line to enter Saint Peters Basilica in Rome. December is one of the most important months of the Catholic faith and Rome is home to one of the most visited Catholic sites, drawing Catholics from all around the world. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @juanarre. #religion #catholic #faith #rome #travel
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | Jessica Catiis, a Filipino domestic worker, died on July 4, 2017, in Saudi Arabia. Her remains, covered with just a loin cloth in a wooden box, were not returned to the Philippines until seven months later. Her family put her to rest in a beautiful ceremony, with her remains transported by a horse-drawn carriage. The whole barrio came and wept for their girl, who was said to be full of dreams and always smiling. They were told she had committed suicide, though she had just been talking excitedly about applying for work in Taiwan days before. They have received none of her belongings. They sent her off with yellow flowers. One in ten Filipinos work abroad. Read more about the Filipino Diaspora in the December issue. #Family #love #FilipinoDiaspora
Photo by @pedromcbride | Winter Light: -20 degrees F makes for cool backlight — and even colder hands when shooting aerial pics above the “American Nile” — The Colorado River — that Western lifeline that supports 40 million across seven states and two countries. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #chasingrivers #nature #aerial #water #publiclands #utah #petemcbride
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. I learned during a special tour of underground tunnels, arches and passageways which wind beneath the Muslim Quarter, that the original Wall stretches significantly further than what is seen by most visitors. Considered holy due to its connection to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in the Jewish faith lying just behind it, the Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray. For Muslims, the Wall is the site where the Prophet Muhammed tied his steed on his night journey to Jerusalem before ascending to paradise, and constitutes the Western border of Haram ash-Sharif, the Noble Sactuary, which includes the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. For more follow @michaelchristopherbrown.
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Majalis al Jinn is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen. It is an 11 acre cave room in the Sultanate of Oman. I shot this image in August of a shaft of light illuminating the room. Access is by way of a 600 foot drop down the middle of the cavern. Shot on assignment for @natgeo #oman #majalisaljinn
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