Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Suspended on a thin rope and immersed by light from a tiny opening in the Earths surface, an explorer makes his way up 900 ft in Kačna jama (cave) near Divača, in Slovenia. The cave is the third longest cave in Slovenia and is one of several locations that offers a gateway down to the mighty Reka River. This portfolio of photographs we have been sharing were shot for @NatGeoAdventure from the famous river caves of Slovenia, birth place of speleology and home to the 'human fish'. With my caving colleagues I visited 8 caves, each one varied and different with its own personality.
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) | Children chase bubbles released by a street performer in Amsterdam’s Dam Square, The Netherlands on Saturday the 16th of December 2017. To see more, follow @mmuheisen#muhammedmuheisen
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A sunflower seastar (Pycnopodia helianthoides) works stealthily across the ocean floor in search of food. They can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and travel at rip roaring speeds of 3 feet a minute as they seek out sea urchins. Water temperatures off the coast of the US and Canada have warmed by several degrees and tragically, this starfish species was the hardest hit from an aptly named disease called “starfish wasting disease”. I took this image several years ago when this species was everywhere. Now, they have all but vanished from this coast. #climatechange#warmingoceans
Photo by @robertclarkphoto | While working on a story about Bird Origins I was able to photograph this female #Ostrich, a member of one of the modern bird groups.
The common ostrich was originally described by Carl Linnaeus from Sweden In his 18th century work. #birds
Taiana Cezario Da Silva (16 years old) became a young mother at the age of 15. She is the third of seven siblings, and a daughter of a teenage mother, in Complexodo Alemão, a large settlement of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.
Taiana met her boyfriend in the favela. Shortly after starting their relationship she got pregnant, and after three months her boyfriend was sent to prison for drug trafficking. She had to leave school to take care of her daughter. She hopes she can go back to school some day, and study medicine. "Complexo de Alemão" is the largest set of favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This photo is part of the project "Teen mom" about teen pregnancy in Latin America. The series made in Rio de Janeiro analyzes the issue of teenage pregnancy in low socioeconomic contexts.
Girls who become pregnant before they are 18 rarely achieve an adequate standard of living. The patterns of poverty and limited access to education and health care are a common thread among teen pregnancies.
Brazil could have increased its productivity up to US $3.5 billion if adolescent girls in that country postponed pregnancy until their twenties. (Population Fund of the United Nations)
To learn more about the Teen Mom project, please follow @christian_foto #teenmom#youngmother#brazil#latinamerica
Photo by @TimLaman. Hummingbird and moon. Back in Oct, I photographed this Costa’s Hummingbird just as the full moon rose at sunset in the Coachella Valley, California. There was just enough light coming from the sun to get some color in the foreground. Hummingbirds feed right up until it is getting dark, and then often go into torpor to survive the night, during which they can slow their heart rate down from over 500 beats/min to under 50 beats/min. These guys are such fascinating little birds! If you’d like to see more of my new images of hummingbirds from California, visit my feed @TimLaman.
How did I get a shot like this? It is all about seeing an opportunity, getting an idea, and then having the patience to pull it off. In this case, waiting for the hummingbird to return to a certain flower I had lined up with the moon.
Video by @florianschulzvisuals | There is hardly a greater wildlife spectacle left in North American then the massive caribou migration of the Porcupine Caribou herd. Every year about 200 000 caribou migrate to the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to give birth to their young. Migrating close to 3000 miles it is the longest migration route of any land mammal. The reason: The caribou are dependent on the nutrient rich vegetation that the coastal plain provides. The current GOP tax bill would allow oil drilling in this pristine wilderness. Opening up the Refuge has often been attempted by drilling supporters but never received congressional approval. This time around the situation is different. As the measure is tied to the budget process the bill only needs 51 votes – not the usual 60. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge could become a reality, destroying one of the greatest wild places in the country that has often been called the Serengeti of the north. In my work, I specialize in the last wild place on the planet and those become increasing rare. I think it would be devastating to see one of the greatest wilderness gems be destroyed over a few months worth of the nation’s oil. #Followme@florianschulzvisuals to see more of the wild planet. #savethearctic#endangered#publiclands#alaska#wilderness
Video @ladzinski / A flock of #flamingos running across the surface of the water to take flight. These birds are so large that it takes a tremendous amount of momentum before they can take to the skies, a sight that is always remarkable to watch. Filmed in #camarones Colombia. To see more of this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski
Photographed whilst on assignment by @simonnorfolkstudio for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine.. Pastor Philip Mantofa (@philipmantofa ) is Vice Head-Pastor of Mawar Sharon church which oversees 70 local churches all around Indonesia. With the pastor are 956 pilgrims from Indonesia. They are all being baptised at Yardenit Jordan River Baptismal Site.
This site is a long way from the authentic site of Jesus’ baptism which is way down in the Lower Jordan at Bethany where it is narrow and muddy and badly polluted with sewage and agricultural run-off.