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Photo by @FransLanting A wary matriarch looks at us while others in her family are drinking. Her role in the group is to think ahead and assess problems others may not recognize. Wisdom comes with age and in elephant societies knowledge is passed on, especially between females who stay together all of their lives. Matriarchs are the guardians of important clan memories about food resources and travel routes that need to passed on to the next generation. If they get killed by poachers, we lose a lot more than their ivory. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters of the elephant kind. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Africa #Elephants #Family #Conservation #SavetheElephants #Ivory #Motherhood #Wisdom #Leadership
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Photo by Aaron Huey. Follow @argonautphoto to hear the sound from this image in the IG story! Saeen Zahoor is perhaps the greatest musician I have ever met. He channels the spirit in a way that very few humans can. Zahoor started singing poetry at the age of five, when he had reoccurring dreams of a hand beckoning him towards a shrine. He left home at the age of ten, roaming between the Sufi dargahs (shrines) of the Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan, looking for that hand. He lived without belongings, relying on the generosity of strangers at the shrines where he sang. He eventually found the shrine in his dream in the Uch Sharif, in the Punjab, and he saw the hand that had called him from his dream, waving him inside. Soon after he began to study under the master Raunka Ali of Patiala Gharana. He plays the ektara, a one stringged instrument, and a three-stringed version called tumbi. When he sings he spins like the dervish that he is, throwing his embroidered kurta in a circle, with the tassels on his instrument whirling around him. He wears the ghungroo ankle-bells, layers of heavy beaded necklaces, rings on every finger, a tightly bound black turban, and khol around his eyes. I have seen him put people into an ecstatic trance. And in that trance they find their god. Follow @argonautphoto for more Sufism images.
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Photo by @andreabruce In villages like this one near Bangalore, India, where open defecation is practiced, sewage runs directly into bodies of water that are used for drinking, bathing and teeth brushing. Diseases caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kill more children, some 1.4 million per year, than measles, malaria, and AIDS combined. More toilets would help alleviate poverty and hunger and improve education. Sick kids miss school, and so do menstruating girls whose schools lack a clean and safe toilet. Read and see more in the August 2017 National Geographic article on open defecation and sanitation. #sanitation #opendefecation #india @noorimages
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Photo by @renan_ozturk “Killing another thing is not easy. It obviously wants to keep living… But that is the nature of what I do” - Man Bahadur Pun, Nepali hunter. I’ve never been a hunter myself, but recently made a short film about a Himalayan Blue Sheep hunt in one of the most remote mountain ranges in Nepal. We often talk about how the outdoors may seem different for people in ‘red states’ vs ‘blue states’ — REI vs Cabellas. I learned that this divide isn’t necessary. We are all passionate about the same places, and there is room for introspection in all of our outdoor pursuits. Pictured here Man carries the sheep back to camp, taken by special permit, to be quickly devoured in a way that didn’t even waste an eyeball. Through this process I learned a great deal about respect for animals and gained a closer bond and understanding of another micro-culture within Nepal that I never new existed. Our lives exist at the cost of other species even if we don’t hunt or eat meat. We participate in an industrial culture that effects nature in every way. We hope this conversation can bring everyone to more fully acknowledge the real cost of our survival and our recreation. Do we acknowledge that fully? Do we actively or passively participate? Being on this hunt brought those questions up for me and I’m a better person for it. With @nomadic49ak , @bennyob301, @jetbutterflies @camp4collective @ansonfogel @pat.patrol @lazerlegs @irish_goodbye #hunting #nepaliloveyou #bluesheep See @renan_ozturk bio to find the film...
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Photo by @TimLaman. On the day after the supermoon eclipse on Feb 1, I photographed the supermoon setting as the sun rose and lit up the San Jacinto Mountains. On the day after a full moon, the moon is always setting right after sunrise, and still very nearly full, making for some great photo ops. The very clear desert air made the moon appear close enough to touch! 800mm lens plus a bit of cropping. Follow me @TimLaman to see my images of birdlife from the Palm Springs area this week. #moon #supermoon @thephotosociety #coachellavalley #palmsprings #california
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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio Here photographed the 46m VHF radar used at the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) Ramsfjordmoen, 25km from Tromso, northern Norway. The radar forms part of a facility used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. The system was also tested for space debris tracking and the radars were proven to be capable of statistical observations of Low-Earth orbit (LEO) debris (altitudes of 500 to 1500 km) down to 2 cm in size. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #EISCAT #northernlights #norge #norgesfoto #radar #tromso #environmentalscience #environmentalist #ionosphere #radiowaves #scientificstudy #atmosphere #Ramfjordmoen #norway #arcticnorway #xfiles #Tromso #snow #winter #frozen image: @simonnorfolkstudio words: @tribaleye
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Video by @pedromcbride // A day in the life of wildlife conservations and veterinarian @andre_uys_vet working with @africanparksnetwork employing radio tracking devices to protect rhinos from illegal poaching. In the last decade, over 7,000 African Rhinos were lost to poaching and last year, South Africa alone lost over 1,000 rhinos, roughly three animals a day. These illegal killings is fueled by the rhino horn which is made up entirely of keratin, the same as toenails. Nonetheless, the illegal wildlife market has created a huge demand for rhino horn, buoyed by an inaccurate belief they cure cancer, making horns more valuable than gold. To learn more, go to @africanparksnetwork and @pedromcbride. #rhino #africa #conservation #poaching #petemcbride
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Photo by @fritzphotos / words by @petergwin On assignment for National Geographic magazine. James Harrison (@jhharrison92) used to hate needles—HATE them. But after 15 punishing seasons in the NFL, the New England Patriot linebacker, who on Sunday will play in his fourth Super Bowl, has learned to love them. Well maybe not love them, but he loves what they do for his 39-year-old body. Last spring photographer Fritz Hoffmann and I spent several days in Arizona documenting Harrison’s offseason routine, which includes a variety of therapies to help reduce the pain and soreness that comes with his famously intense weightlifting sessions. He told us that former teammate James Farrior got him to try acupuncture for the first time. “He said, ‘Dude, try this. You're going to feel great.’ I'm like, 'Dude, (screw) needles.' But I did it, and it worked. So, I said, OK, I'm going to have to deal with the needles.” Since then, Harrison’s acupuncturist, Lisa Ripi, flies in from New York for weekly sessions. The day we were there, she inserted more than 400 needles at different points all over his body. He seemed to barely notice, checking his phone and reading on his laptop as she slid in the needles. Some go as deep as three inches into his dense muscles. Ripi says this promotes blood flow and speeds recovery after a workout. It’s a technique that remains controversial among medical professionals. “If it makes me feel good and I play good, that's all I need,” said Harrison. “I don't need no scientific proof. I don't need no studies. I don't need none of that.” #Patriots #SuperBowl #TCM #ChineseMedicine #SportsMedicine #Acupuncture #Cupping
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Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) At 586 feet deep Fantastic Pit is the deepest freefall shaft in the lower 48 United States. It augers through Pigeon Mountain like a railway tunnel turned on end and remains one of the most spectacular underground places I have ever photographed. #cave #georgia #explore
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Photo by @NewshaTavakolian The family drove for 7 hours to arrive to the Caspian Sea. In recent years, they went through many difficulties, when two family members died. Talking and spending half a day with them, I realized this trip was a very important trip. It was the first time after many years that they could all laugh and enjoy a trip together. (The baby landed safely in the hands of his father). #Iran #caspiansea
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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda working with @alexbraczkowski on a @natgeowild program on Tree Climbing Lions!!! There are only two populations of lions in Africa which regularly climb trees and this is one of them! Lions here are thought to climb trees to escape the heat, escape tsetse flies and to see their food better from above. #follow our journey with the lions and a mission to count them on @natgeo and @natgeowild over the next few weeks! @natgeo @nateowild @leonardodicaprio @africanparksnetwork @stevewinterphoto
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