photo by @randyolson | words by @neilshea13 — Listen to locals on Easter Island and they’ll tell you the big statues once walked—loped out of the quarry and over the treeless hills to set themselves up on dark stone pedestals near the shore or plant themselves, backs to the sea, farther inland. It’s a good story and true, but if it does not answer your questions then archaeologists will offer another, one of earthly forces, friction and gravity, ropes and logs. Teams of men and maybe women who tipped, wobbled and pulled nearly 900 moai across the landscape to anchor the sky to earth and the ancestors to their children. This also is a good, true story. So, which will it be? Magic or data, faith or muscle? Both have their attractions. Both deliver you into a world that Europeans glimpsed only for a moment before it vanished. You could choose the middle ground, somewhere between a stroll and a drag, but these days almost nobody lasts very long in there. Take your time deciding, then. There’s really no wrong answer. In the meantime, I feel compelled to mention that this moai—sunken, surrounded by divers—is fake. Yeah. It’s concrete. Cast onshore and then dumped, not so long ago, into the sea. I’m sorry. I wanted it to be real, too—this figure, alone, walking out beyond the others. It would have been the best story of all.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #easterisland #rapanui #polynesian #moai #captaincook #oceans #science #myth #archaeology #carving #engineering #wildcountry #explorer #scuba #natgeo #photographers #writers #adryseason #watershedstories

Part of a series exploring the small stories that surround and connect us, and how we stumble through them—capturing, missing, and making meaning.


Escape | Photograph by Stavros Kesedakis
“An EF2 tornado posed a threat to everyone escaping its path in the streets on May 7, 2016 in Wray, Colorado. An amazing storm chasing experience that changed my life since it was my first real tornado chase,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Stavros Kesedakis. “A moment of mixed feelings of admiration and fear for nature’s power surfaced, and definitely shaped who I am today. While others prefer sun, beaches, monuments, or architectural destinations, I find my best experiences are a different kind of trip: chasing tornadoes in the U.S.”

“I’m fascinated by storm chasers and those who document powerful storms like this. From seeing this image I can just hear the wind picking up and the awe of witnessing the power that mother nature has. I’m also sure it would be terrifying to witness this as well, so great work being able to document this image as it happened before you.” — @natgeoyourshot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams)


Photo by @nicholettat
On #EarthDay, you:
a) Went barefoot ✔️
b) Wore shoes


Chefchaouen The Blue Pearl - Morocco ✨💙💙💙✨ Picture by ✨✨@danicaspi✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 💙


Photo by @taylorglenn // California oak tree and sunset light. What a wonderful treat to experience a drive through this landscape in Spring. I have a hard time getting anywhere because it's so incredibly beautiful! Follow @taylorglenn for more from #California and the road #spring #roadtrip #travel #landscape


“Barkley's motto: "Always wear protection" #fromfleasduh
We always want to make sure Barkley is protected from fleas and ticks! Picking up PetArmor from @Walmart is so convenient and application is super easy.” writes @barkleysircharles #PetArmorApproved #ad #dogsofinstagram


2017 香港攝影大賽 香港人與事組 第三名
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In bloom 🌸 // happy earth day guys 🌎


Happy Earth Day! Browse our limited time collection of prints hand signed by Nat Geo photographers that honor the world's wildlife and wild places. These iconic 18 images are only available through April 28th. Visit crtve.ng/NG-Flash to see the collection. Photos by @coryrichards, @timlaman, @beverlyjoubert #earthday


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