Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio On this day (26th March) in 1970, the USA announced its 500th nuclear explosion since 1945. During the Cold War, both the US and Soviet Union developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, that were capable of reaching any target in each other’s territory. The dawn of the era of Mutually Assured Destruction... Here photographed, the Interior of a preserved Titan II nuclear missile launch complex. Looking down the 160' deep silo which would have contained a 'ready to launch' missile. The final Titan nuclear missile was decommissioned in 1987. Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Titan II ICBM had one W-53 warhead with a 9 megaton yield, and formed the backbone of America's nuclear forces, launched from silos just like this. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #coldwar#war#warfare#fullspectrumdominance#nuclearmissile#nuclearwar#icbm#photojournalism#journalism#titanii#documentaryphotography#simonnorfolkstudio#simonnorfolk#documentary#lensculture#apocalypse#visualarchitects#drstrangelove#silo
Video and words by @pedromcbride // River of Eden: The Upper Navua River, often dubbed the ‘River of Eden’, slices through the highlands of Fiji's Viti Levu and is unique not just for its staggering beauty, but for its protected status. That is unusual is this part of the world. In fact, the Navua represents one of the most unique conservation cooperatives in the world, which prevents logging, mining or roads within 200 meters from either side of the upper Navua river’s lapping waters. The small villages that line the Upper Navua looked into the future and decided that a flowing riiver, lined with jungle, is more valuable in the long term than any immediate profits from timber, gravel or even a dam project which some investors have explored as a possibility in the area. To see more, go to @pedromcbride. #nature#fiji#oars#chasingrivers#petemcbride#riverofeden
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The bridge across the moat of Matsumoto Castle glows red in early morning mist. I love the fog as it hides and reveals - here blotting out the modern city in the background, giving you the illusion of being back in the 16th century. One of the top 3 premier castle historic sites in #japan#samurai#castle#matsumoto#nagano @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. Our expedition turned somber on the day we found the carcass of this humpback floating in a shallow bay. I swam around it several times trying to imagine what could have caused its death. Perhaps it was sick? Perhaps it was struck by a passing ship? Whatever the cause, it is always sad to bear witness to the passing of such a beautiful creature. #onassignment for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. * * * To see more images from this assignment, please #followme at @CristinaMittermeier #whale#humpback#beauty#love#naturelover#photographersforantarctica#babypenguins#cute#seal
Photo @ladzinski / It's hard to deny the beauty and power of an electrical storm. Lightning bolts can be hotter than the surface of the sun and astonishingly over 40,000 lightning storms are active on the earth each day.
Photo by @christianziegler A lilliputian orchid, of the genus Pleurothallis. Each tiny flower is less than a centimeter, and it blooms brightly in the highlands of Panama. This is part of an article on NG online about how to photograph orchids. Please check it out: Photographing Orchid Flowers. #orchids#natgeo#panama
Video by @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~ The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~ Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~ We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~ #nepaliloveyou @camp4collective @nomadic49ak @bennyob301
Photo by @FransLanting It’s always rush hour on the beaches of South Georgia Island. Extraordinary numbers of king penguins are going into the water to start fishing offshore. It’s a testimonial to the richness of this Southern Ocean ecosystem and the importance of this island at the edge of Antarctica as a sanctuary for marine life. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the amazing life history of king penguins on this spectacular island. @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #wildlifephotography#nature#naturelovers#wild#rushhour#amazing
Photo @tbfrost | This might look like a chicken embryo but it is in fact a saltwater crocodile embryo , photographed in the Northern Territory of Australia. I will post an adorable video by @melissalesh of Baby hatchling saltwater crocodiles in the wild on my profile @tbfrost. The reason that a chicken embryo and crocodile embryo look so similar is that crocodiles and birds are very closely related, both share a common ancestor: the archosaur. What is even cooler though is that scientists can see crocodiles have changed very little since the time of dinosaurs whereas birds have evolved considerably. Crocs really are the world's great survivors! For more photos and videos of crocodiles, follow @tbfrost. Photo made on assignment for National Geographic Society grant project on crocodiles.
Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while #onassignment with @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski @andy_mann and @sea_legacy for @natgeo. A juvenile blue-eyed shag approaches me to inspect itself in my dome. No matter where I swam and no matter what I was trying to photograph, the curiosity of these young cormorants got the best of them. They poked, prodded and inspected every part of my dive gear. I fought back laughter and decided to quit running from them and grab a fun portrait. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this icy dreamscape. #gratitude#nature#beauty#earthhour#naturelovers
@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th! Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! Scarface succeeds after many days and gets his caiman!! We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves! Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife#bci#bigcatsintiative#startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa#redcine @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia @bertiegregory
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A shiver of scalloped hammerhead sharks swims off Darwin Island in the Galápagos. They are looking for cleaning stations where reef fish pick parasites and remove diseased skin (see white patches in this photograph) from these sharks. @saveourseasfoundation funded shark scientist Dr. Pelayo Salinas studies how water temperatures effects shark populations and has observed that after prolonged hot periods skin infections and parasite loads seem more prominent. On our warming planet this could result in further pressures on these already endangered sharks. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel To gain further insights into the sharks of Galapagos please follow marine scientist @pelayosalinas
Video: @andy_mann // An unfortunate mishap leads to ingenuity, and with one massive breath hold, a new way of collecting data is born. While working with biologist, Jorge Fontes, in Azores, we noticed a Mobula (Devil Ray) stuck to an anchor line and it sparked an idea. This is the first known deployment of a non-invasive, radio collar-tag to the species. In the past, tags are often speared into the Rays, arguably effecting their normal behavior and thus the data collected. The more we can learn about these beautiful rays the better the chances of protecting them. Field science is always an adventure! // #followme @andy_mann for more videos on ocean science and our amazing blue planet @waittfoundation
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. During one of several flights to Cuba these past couple years I was happy to have this partial view of Cayo Largo, a limestone island located off the south coast. Formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, such as coral, forums and molluscs, Cayo Largo is known for its beaches, wildlife and scuba diving.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. ‘Shark Lagoon’ - Blacktop Reef Sharks, Blue Travallies and Twinspot Snappers swirl within the pristene lagoon at Millennium Atoll, in the Southern Line Islands. Because of their remoteness, these islands and the waters surrounding them remain largely unspoiled, and diving the reefs here is like traveling back in time. Researchers studying coral ecosystems have discovered that a pristine reef has a biomass that is comprised largely of predators, including sharks, snapper and groupers. Sadly, many reef systems around the world today do not have these animals, as they have been fished to dangerously low levels. Every animal plays a vital role in the health of an ecosystem and when individual species are removed, the entire environment breaks down. A healthy ocean is needed for a vibrant planet. To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about oceanic conservation efforts, follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry. @thephotosociety @natgeocreatve @pristineseas #southernlineislands#southern#line#islands#pristene#seas#national#geographic#underwater#photography#sharks#shark#reef#coral#coralreef#photooftheday#protect#preserve#conserve
Phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Paris, France. Pont Neuf - A love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Most of the times sweethearts' names are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. In the past 15 years love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. A couple of years ago, in France, authorities removed 45 tons of padlocks (close to one million locks) from Paris’s Pont des Arts. They say their weight was damaging the structure, and they replace them with plexiglass panels. Immediately after this Love locks began appearing in all the other bridges of Paris. Many tourists mistakenly believe this is a longstanding Parisian tradition, not realizing the practice only migrated into Paris in late 2008 after affecting cities in Italy and Asia. #paris#lovelocks#love#sweethearts#padlock#lovepadlock#lovelock#locks#lock
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier on #assignment for @NatGeo // A silver stream flows through the belly of this massive iceberg. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvel on the intricate designs that the tides, the wind and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. I could tell you a thousand reasons why healthy ice in Antarctica is important but sometimes, you just have to marvel at the beauty of nature and be grateful that it still exists on our planet. Proud to shoot for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy, In the company of amazing shooters @PaulNicklen @Ladzinski @Andy_mann, @pattersonimages. * * * To see more images from this life-changing assignment, please #followme at @CristinaMittermeier. #ccamlr2018. #mpa#photographersforantarctica#ocean#ice#gratitude
Photo @ladzinski / A beautiful #weddellseal resting on a polished granite shelf, an area where ice has receded. Over the last two decades the #antarcticapeninsula region has warmed significantly, directly contributing to the loss of ice. Weddell seals live about 30 years and do not migrate, they are commonly known to spend their entire life within a few miles of their birthplace. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Some 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, mostly in the form of farmed shrimp and salmon, and canned tuna. This video was taken yesterday at Guolian Aquatic, the biggest shrimp processer in China. They shell 20k tons of farmed shrimp per year, primarily for export to the U.S. and Europe, but that is starting to change. Rising incomes in China have allowed a shift in food habits to include more protein, and the domestic shrimp market is booming. #onassignment for @natgeo To see the world's largest shrimp farm go to @geosteinmetz ... it will blow your mind!
Photo by @amivitale. After a long hot morning exploring in the wilderness it's time for the elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to have a mud bath, followed by a dusting. The mud is essential to keep them cool and protect them from the Kenyan sun. It's also heaps of fun! Reteti is part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in the Mathews Range of Northern Kenya and was established in response to demands from the local community, who recognize wildlife as an opportunity to improve livelihoods. Please follow all of us, @amivitale, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @sararacamp to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @ConservationOrg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephants#saveelephants#retetielephants#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#magicalkenya#whyilovekenya#africa#everydayafrica#natureisspeaking#photojournalism#amivitale