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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Here is a view of the lower half of the ‘Grande Salle’ in Grotte de la Mine, showing a small gour pool in the foreground surrounded by a huge flowstone deposit. Discovered accidentally by mining activities last century, the chamber contains many beautiful cave formations and is home to a large colony of bats. We’re following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.
Photo by @bethjwald // Temperatures are topping 100 degrees across much of the mountain West and I am dreaming of cold, icy landscapes, like in this photo - a Bactrian camel stoically braves a snowstorm at a Kyrgyz winter camp at about 14,000 feet in the Little Pamirs, Wakhan Corridor, northeastern Afghanistan. These woolly, double-humped camels used by the Krygyz are domestic relatives of the wild and critically endangered Bactrian camels of southern China and northern Mongolia. This photo is part of a series exploring life in winter in the remote Afghan Pamirs, at the northeast end of the Wakhan. I am honored that this series was chosen as the winner of the 2018 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition, part of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, run by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity – thanks so much to the jury, to the Banff Centre, and I am ever grateful to the Kyrgyz and Wakhi families who welcomed me into their homes during the arduous journey in the Pamirs. You can see the rest of the photos essay at this link:
https://www.banffcentre.ca/2018-banff-mountain-photo-essay-competition-winner Camels are important as beasts of burden for the nomadic Krygyz-they use them for moving their yurts from camp to camp- and are also symbols of wealth and status. Not long ago, Kyrgyz men took camel caravans in the winter, following frozen rivers to the villages in the valleys, where they would trade yak butter, sheep and goats for wheat and other supplies with the Wakhi, the indigenous people of the Wakhan. I took this photo during a several year project to document the peoples of the Wakhan-the Wakhi and Kyrgyz, their ways of life, their relationship to each other, to their environment and to the wildlife of the Pamirs. #Afghanistan#wakhancorridor#Afghanpamirs#Pamirs#Kyrgyz#nomad#camel bactriancamel #mountainculture#Badakshan#roofoftheworld#mountainjourney#centralasia#pastoralist#winterlandscape#frozen#nikon@ilcp_photographers@natgeocreative@banffcentre
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mute swan in threat display – I was just having a rummage through my cavernous folder of swan images and it suddenly occurred to me that I’d never shared this one, quite surprising really given that it’s one of the few in my collection where I’ve used side lighting. It also surprised me as it’s one of my favourite images of an aggressive male mute swan in full flow, the object of his rage is a Canada goose that is about to pass in front of my lens and this swan is seeking to cut him off. If the goose got caught by this swan when he’s in this mood then it’s be lucky to escape with its life, so ferocious and territorial can the males become as the breeding season approaches. It gave me the ideal opportunity to photograph him barrelling straight towards me, his conveniently symmetrical bow wave testimony to the speed of his surge. In these moments I always fire in short bursts, and only on the surges when the bow wave forms, the wall of water always adding an extra element to the final image. The side lighting is simply more by luck than judgement because I was waiting for the winter sun to set, moving significantly right along the horizon as it did so and so and then ultimately, for the last few moments it would have created some beautiful backlighting. Nonetheless the raking side lighting has added to the menacing malevolence of Mr Swan, his arched tail feathers forming a complimentary arc around his look of intent. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety
Photo by Karla Gachet @kchete77 | Mioara Stan lived in Buzescu in 2012, a Roma village in the countryside of Romania. Miora lived with her in-laws. She married her husband while he was in jail and had never met him in person. This was the better alternative to not having a husband at her “advanced” age of 29. She liked sending him photos of herself. #roma#gypsykings#tradition#gender#inequality#romania
I was traveling throughout Algeria in the course of making a book I was commissioned to create. There are many monkeys who range through the vast region of Kabylia, lounging along the roads and begging for food. Some are captured and domesticated to be used as tourist attractions. This little monkey shows a certain tenderness and lassitude.
Photo by @jasperdoest //Flamingo Bob swims in the Caribbean Sea. Arthritis in his feet is causing him difficulties to walk yet he feels very comfortable in the water.
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.
The story about Bob was recently published by National Geographic @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’. Follow me @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben.
Photo by @bethjwald // We had welcome relief yesterday from the incessantly hot and dry weather here on the Front Range, and I was reminded of how miraculously rain can transform a landscape - like in this photo taken of rain clouds clearing over a village and rolling hills in rural Herat Province, Afghanistan. The spring rains have turned brown hills and fields green with grass, a boon for the villagers and Kuchi nomads who use the grasslands for spring grazing of flocks of sheep, goats and camels. This region of Afghanistan is famous for its grasslands and used to support not only herders and farmers but large flocks of gazelles, wild ass and other wildlife – war, changes in land use and drought have diminished both numbers of wildlife and domestic herds. Here in Colorado, the rain yesterday was not yet enough to end the severe drought and crippling heat plaguing much of the mountain west, but hopefully it is the beginning of the monsoon season and more will come. Across the world, people worry about whether needed rains will arrive in time, and if they will be sufficient; or if they will come too late, and be too strong. Climate change has thrown a wrench into the weather systems that so much of the world’s population, especially in poor, rural regions like this part of northwest Afghanistan - depend on. #everydayafghanistan#moonsoonrains#letitrain#herat@thephotosociety @ilcp_photographers
Photo by @joshuawhitephoto // Morning on the New River. This is one of the oldest rivers in the world, and flows near my home in Appalachian Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. I am photographing using the wet plate collodion process, introduced in the 1850s by Frederick Scott Archer. A plate is poured, sensitized, developed, and fixed all in the field, yielding a unique positive image on black metal. More poetically, these images are direct artifacts of light and time, tying me to the people and place I am learning to love as my home. #wetplate#wetplatecollodion#tinytpe#8xtintype#largeformat#alternativeprocess #newriver