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Photo @tbfrost | Words @paulrosolie
There is a reason big fish, and big crocs, and snakes for that matter too, live to see old age: they are shrewd. A few years ago my team and I caught the world record for longest live, verifiably measured wild anaconda. We named her Eleanor after my grandmother. She was resting on floating vegetation in the warm morning sun. The giant anacondas love the floating grasses because if any threat comes, they can dive under immediately. From the tip of a large canoe I saw her, and she saw me, and immediately started going down. Clever girl. When I splashed into the swamp to where she was and wrapped my arms around her it was with the full knowledge that this nearly twenty-foot snake was in full control. She weighed more, was stronger, could swim better, and had dozens of re-curved teeth to use in her defense. The team of 8 researchers with me jumped in too and all of them tried to grab parts of her, but there was nothing to stand on - the water was 20 plus feet deep. We held onto her tail as she thrashed around, and for a moment coils as thick as any of us were emerging and splashing everywhere. It was like fighting the Cracken. When I got control of her head I lost control of everything else, I could no longer swim and could no longer protect from her coils. It was the rest of the team that kept me afloat, and hauled me – and the snake - up onto the boat so that we could measure her and collect data, the first information gathered on green anacondas in the Peruvian Amazon. You can’t tranquilize an anaconda, so for now studying them has to be done the old-school way. Thankfully, not all of them are that hard - or dangerous - to catch, like this small 6 foot female we found on the edge of stream in a swamp. Doesn’t matter how small or large the snake is though, each anaconda I work with I consider the privilege of a lifetime.
To see more photos of this anaconda, which is the largest species of snake in the world , I’m @tbfrost
#snakesofinstagram #peru #amazon #anacondas #giantsnakes #scalesandskin


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Hump Day | Photograph by Matt Pycroft (@mattpycroft)
#YourShotPhotographer Matt Pycroft was making a documentary about Bedouin people in Wadi Rum, Jordan, when a man drove by with a camel in the back of his truck. Matt recounts: "'What's wrong with her?' we asked, pointing at the camel. 'Nothing,' he replied, laughing. 'I'm taking her to town. She has a date.' He winked and smiled, rolled up his window, and drove on."

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📷: @krystlejwright // On the plains of Texas, a fiery sunset lights up a lightning storm and a group of mammatus clouds soaring high above us. Storm chasing photographer @nampix takes a moment to review his images. Each summer in the American Midwest, storm chasers and photographers of all skill types travel thousands of miles through the plains in hope of witnessing these incredible forces of nature. #storm #stormchaser #midwest


Life is better at the beach!!! Laguna Beach - California with ✨@rclagunaniguel✨
#rclagunaniguel #rcmemories #ritzcarlton
Pic by @_letstravel_


La imagen que se llevó el premio mayor del National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 📸
Hechizada por las ballenas, la fotógrafa Reiko Takahashi decidió realizar un viaje de esnórquel en Japón. En su travesía, logró capturar un momento único que la llevó a ganar el mayor premio del concurso fotográfico de viajes de este año.
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Video by @tortus
“There’s nothing simple about simple,” says Eric Landon (@tortus), the American owner and master potter of Tortus Studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Over the years, my work has become simpler and simpler. But the simple-looking things are often the most difficult ones to make, because you can’t hide technical inadequacy behind a really simple form. I’ve realized that making a great piece of pottery is like crafting a poem — you have to use very few words and use them artfully.”
Watch Eric throw a vase in his Copenhagen studio today on our story and on our IGTV channel. To watch IGTV, update your app now, then look for the new icon in the top right corner of feed.


snowboarding in the volcanos of Patagonia was everything I wanted it to be 🏂🏂🏂🏂🌋🌋🌋🌋

Slide through for a couple more images from sunrise above the clouds and let me know your favorite in the comments 😍👉🏻 @visitargentina #visitargentina #sanmartindelosandes


“Vacation mood” writes @thegoldensrule


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