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Monsoon Green | Photograph by Mainak Ray (@mainak.ray)
“Rains are heavier now, the forest is greener, the undergrowth is thicker and the predators are stealthier,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Mainak Ray. “A late evening hide and seek with this beauty from the woods of southern India.”

“This is so awesome Mainak. I am glad you were using a 500mm lens, because at least you have the safety of distance between you and the tiger because I love the intensity of its stare, I feel it watching me. I love that it is partially hidden behind the vegetation, I feel myself being stalked. And then I wonder, are there other tigers in the forest that I can't see who are also tracking my movements...” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
This photo was submitted to our “Explore Your State” assignment, curated by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams). To see more, go to our Instagram Story, and swipe up to share your visual stories.


Photo by @visiblejune
Inspired by her love of everything from cute, colorful dolls to horror movies, 19-year-old makeup artist June Noel (@visiblejune) creates makeup looks to express her dual nature. “I love pink, but I also love black!” says June, who’s been doing makeup for five years. “Through makeup, I can express my love for both rather contradicting sides. That’s why I love it so much. I’ve learned that I don’t have to choose one side. I can have both. I hope that people get inspired to express themselves through makeup, in any style or way that’s meaningful to them.” Watch June create one of her makeup looks 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.


Video by @amivitale | Shaba, the oldest rescue at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) is the matriarch of the small herd of orphans, even though she is an orphan herself. She leads her small band of baby elephants into the bush around the sanctuary, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, and, best of all, taking luxurious mud baths. The 3-year-old measures 1.9m tall (nearly 6.2ft) and will eventually grow to be as tall as 2.6m (8.5ft.) Reteti is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


Photo by @joelsartore: A brown-throated three-toed sloth hangs out at the PanAmerican Conservation Association. #photoark #sloth #conservation


My mood of the day from Dagestan, Russia (small republic where I was born). This is Khunzhakh region. While driving there I was imagining how probably long time ago the famous Dagestani poet Rasul Gamzatov was running here as a kid. I used his poem for the video from Dagestan in the previous post. Will tell you more about him in the next posts. Here we also met an amazing family of our talented photographer friend: @shamilgadzhidadaev.
Настроение дня: Дагестан, Хунзахский район. Проезжая тут на машине невольно начинаешь представлять, как наверное когда-то очень давно тут бегал ребёнком Расул Гамзатов. Аул Цада, где он родился в семье Гамзата Цадасы находится в этом районе. Тут, кстати познакомились с замечательной семьёй нашего друга фотографа: @shamilgadzhidadaev.


Can we broaden our view...even within a country?
We continue our #overtourism series this week by sharing some ways travelers can help combat this problem while also having better travel experiences themselves.
Tip #3: Visit secondary cities and regions. .
We understand the draw of wanting to visit popular destinations, marquee cities, and iconic regions. As you plan and move about, consider the less well-known or “secondary” cities and regions in or near the destination you have in mind. These may offer you a similar experience — and sometimes even a more genuine and local one — compared to the marquee destination, but with fewer crowds and often at a lower cost.
For example, Tuscany and the Val D'Orcia typically steal much of the limelight in the region — and for good reason, we admit. (We were married there nearly 18 years ago.) However, consider the Tuscan sub-region of Maremma. The area is less well known on the tourist trail (we learned of it thanks to a blogger living in Florence), but it features some incredibly beautiful hill towns like Pitigliano (pictured here). .
So which secondary city or region in a popular country are you curious about or have considered, but you haven’t yet taken the leap? What's keeping you? Let’s talk it out.
Bonus: if we've been there, we'll offer some ideas and advice.
#italy #tuscany #thisissustainable #sustainabletourism #maremma #pitigliano


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