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Image by @joelsartore | The Pallas Long-tongued bat from @HoustonZoo is the star of this #pollinatormonday and can be found from Northern Mexico all the way to Paraguay and Argentina. This little bat is thought to have the fastest metabolism of all mammals, similar to that of the hummingbird. In a single day, this bat can use up to 50% of its stored fat! The Pallas long-tongued bat earned its name for one reason: it has a specially evolved tongue that makes collecting nectar a breeze. When the bat extends its tongue, blood rushes into the area and expands special hair-like barbs on the bat's tongue, causing these barbs to stand upright. The barbs function like a mop and allow the bat to pull a great amount of nectar into its mouth in a very short amount of time, making it a highly efficient snacker. Indeed, it lives almost entirely off of nectar and pollen but is known to eat pieces of fruit and insects as well. Its quest for nectar results in the transport of a great amount of pollen from one flower to the next on its fur and snout, allowing it to pollinate as many as 34 different species of fruits and flowers. Many plant species also rely on this bat for seed dispersal when they pass through the droppings, allowing reseeding that's automatically fertilized in the process.
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#bats #bat #pollinatorhero #pollinator #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark


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[ #BecauseOfHer ]
Hanging Out | Photograph by Darryl MacDonald (@clearbluephoto)
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“In my late 30’s, my wife convinced me to put aside my career as a firefighter/medic and return my original aspirations as a professional photographer. Given my interest in non-traditional photography, the transition has been difficult to say the least. I’ve been tempted to give up a number of times, and my wife refused and helped me push forward,” writes Your Shot photographer Darryl MacDonald. “I now work full-time as a photographer. This is one of the many images taken around the globe of my wife patiently waiting for me during an assignment.”

“I love it Darryl. I hope you have repeatedly thanked your wife for encouraging you to pursue your original aspirations to be a photographer. Look again at your photo: you are underwater swimming with fishes and a shark — which is so different from your other career as a firefighter/medic. And what I really love is how your photos reveal she also shares your new adventures as a photographer…” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee).
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This photo was submitted to our “Because of Her” assignment, curated by @natgeo photographer Amy Toensing (@amytoensing) and David Y. Lee. To share your photo and story of inspiring women in your life, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer


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Amazing collage from ✨@extremenature✨ follow him for stunning nature photography ✨@extremenature✨


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Up close and personal w/ the Matterhorn 🏔🌌

Zermatt, Switzerland
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Photo @pedromcbride// FROZEN LIGHT: Inside Alaska’s Sitaantaagu glacier is mesmerizing. Yet soon the lip over the entrance will melt, and the entire cave will collapse leaving nothing but its startling absence.
To see more follow @pedromcbride


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エアアジア @airasia_jpn の撮影で北海道へ。CAさんの旅をドキュメントしてきました!✈️
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名古屋ー札幌間のチケットが限定でまさかの5円〜。北海道がいろんな意味で近くに。
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Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
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“Summit smiles” writes @ambpitch
#dogsofinstagram


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Lobos marinos surcan olas del Atlántico frente a #CiudadDelCabo en #Sudáfrica. 📷 PH: Thomas P. Peschak.


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Photo by @kyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle
Round and round we go. 🌀 #TheWeekOnInstagram


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Photo by @randyolson: Villagers plant grass at Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania. #culture #africa #indigenous


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The Andes are pretty incredible. Taking off today and going all the way north to the other end of the country in Salta. Temperatures will be much warmer. I got a nasty cold here so I’m looking forward to warm weather and sun.

Los Glaciares National Park is the 340th World Heritage Site I’ve visited.

#everythingeverywhere #unesco #worldheritagesites #worldheritagesite #worldheritage #argentina #atws2017

Los Glaciares National Park
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Autumn colors in Tuileries Garden, Paris with @palomaparrot 🍃 🍁

Paris, France
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香港中學生周朗溢憑這張「雷神之怒」勇奪2016國家地理攝影大賽「青年組」季軍,現在你也有機會成為國家地理會德豐青年攝影大賽得獎者 >>www.youthphotocompetition.com

Tap Mun, Hong Kong
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#Followmeto the heart of Florence with @natalyosmann. What is the most romantic city for you?
#следуйзамной к самому сердцу Флоренции вместе с @natalyosmann! Флоренция - Мекка для влюбленных. А какой город вы считаете самым романтичным?

Luisa Via Roma
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Hydra by night. A perfect long weekend getaway. In mid-September, the heat backs off and the water is still warm. A long trek or two gives good coverage of the island. Food is excellent, especially if fish and seafood are your thing and you don't mind feta, local cheeses, and Greek wine. Throw in an afternoon boat ride along the southwestern shore, a few dips in the Gulf of Hydra, some late afternoon strolls and a lie-in or two and you'll have the makings for a perfect shoulder/mid-season break.

Hydra, Greece
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