Photo by @FransLanting This is the time of year when the next generation of newborn emperor penguins gets its first look of the world beyond the belly feathers of their parents. They shelter them on their feet to keep the chicks from freezing on the sea ice where they gather. But it’s the melting of that sea ice that may become of a bigger problem for their survival. As Antarctica’s ice edge fractures under the influence of global warming emperor penguins are going to become symbols of vulnerability just like polar bears are that already for the Arctic. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of emperors. @LeonardodiCapriofdn #Antarctica #Penguins #Planet #Climatechange #Earth


Lago di Braies - Italy ✨💚💚💚✨
Picture by ✨✨@hebenj✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 💚


Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave is located below the trees in the foreground, on the banks of this idyllic bend of the Belaya (Agidel) River. It lies in the Bashkortostan region of the Ural Mountains that form the divide between Europe and Asia in Russia. The mountain Sarycuskan rises up behind in a forest of beautiful silver birch trees. Last fall we followed the work of geologist Yuri Dublyansky from the University of Innsbruck to one of his field sites to better understand how he dates the ancient
cave paintings inside Shulgan-Tash.


Video by @soapcurls_asmr
👋 See ya, 2018! 👋
With the year close to a close, we’re looking back at 2018 to highlight some of the ways our global community members expressed themselves, while getting closer to the people – and things – they love. ❤️
Head to our IGTV channel to see the top trends and defining moments of 2018 on Instagram. 📺


@thesupercollies are amazing and your dog is too! Submit your dog videos now for @themostamazingdog! Auditions are open on #FacebookWatch! For every audition submitted, #FacebookWatch is donating $$ to charities like the @ASPCA and more! #ad


@jassensf pictures thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sitting idle in the Mojave Desert near Victorville, California. Diesel models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 intentionally cheated emissions tests mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, VW recalled millions of cars. Jassen Todorov says, "By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious and more caring for our beautiful planet.


The Call of the Wild ❄🇨🇭
#bestofthealps #CransMontana #CransMontanaAbsolutely


¡Excelente noticia! 👏 La Cámara de Senadores de Argentina aprobó el proyecto que convierte las zonas de Yaganes y Namuncurá-Banco Burdwood II en dos Áreas Marinas Protegidas. Juntas abarcarán unos 98.000 kilómetros cuadrados de océano protegido en el Mar Patagónico. Argentina ha dado grandes pasos en proteger sus aguas pero muchas más acciones de este tipo serán necesarias para proteger al menos 30 por ciento del planeta para 2030.
#YaganesYa #PristineSeas @natgeopristineseas


One of the Coldest Days of the Year | Photograph by Eleftherios Ted Panagiotopoulos (@e4rlyr1ser)
“As a dad of four, my time to shoot can be pretty limited. What I’ve realized is that if I can get up at 4AM, drive an hour into the city, shoot for an hour, I can usually make it back home in time to make my family breakfast,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Eleftherios Ted Panagiotopoulos. “The coldest day we had last winter happened to fall on my Saturday shooting time, I believe it was -25 Celsius when I got to North Avenue Beach [in Chicago, Illinois]. I loved the natural split toning that was occurring over the city.”

“Wonderful shot of one of the coldest shorelines in the world! Love the depth and the color and how the cracked ice draws you into the image, and the contrast between the dark, bleak waters and the glittering city. Sublime!” — @natgeo photographer Renan Ozturk (@renan_ozturk)


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