Photos by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) | In August 2017, 49 years after being discovered, cave explorers reached a depth of -2,212m (7,257ft) in Veryovkina [cave] located in the Caucasus Mountains and set a new record for world’s deepest cave.

In September 2018, @shonephoto joined members of the Perovo Speleo Caving Team where he wanted to capture the work of the explorers as they pushed the boundaries of exploration deep beneath the earth.

It took four days of abseiling (repelling) and thrutching through tight meandering passages to reach the bottom. The team then spent a week camped at -2,100m from where they made ‘day’ trips to the bottom.

On day 11, things changed dramatically when a flood pulse hit the cave. The team waited at camp as the rumbling sound of a freight train getting louder and louder made its way through the inky blackness above. It hit the explorers and continued downwards. After a few hours everything started bubbling and gurgling. The water rose so fast, the team barely had time to get kitted up and out of the way. They left all the non-essential gear, including @shonephoto camera equipment. He took his precious memory cards that stored these photos showing the cave before the flood. The last person had to swim over the tent at camp to escape. The shafts and passages became a fierce torrent of water that was difficult to find air space to breath in. In total the water rose 130m above the base level. Read more from this harrowing story on @NatGeo . Photography for this expedition was supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society.


Silhouette | Photograph by Piotrek Deska (@piotrek_deska)
“Las Ventanas del Mascun sector in Rodellar is famous for its great rock arches, where you can climb on crazy roof formations like this one,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Piotrek Deska. “When you’re on the lip of this roof, about 100 meters above the Mascun River, it is an unforgettable experience.”

“This image makes me so nervous and I’m just staring at it from my office desk! Excellent use of a silhouette and a great adventure image. I am always in awe of seeing images of climbers taking great risk to get to the next level.” — @natgeoyour Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams)


#Repost @natgeowild

Photo by @FransLanting I came across this adorable emperor penguin chick at the edge of a colony in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, where it was awaiting the return of its parents who shuttle in food from open water. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChrstineEckstrom to see a gaggle of emperor penguin chicks emerge from a blizzard. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #Penguins #Extreme #Wildlifephotography #Cold #Parenting #Baby #Naturelovers

Tag @natgeomedia + #iloveanimals,我們會於每周分享主題精選照片。
October Spotlight :Animal moments
Some of the most priceless animal moments ever!
Tag @natgeomedia + #iloveanimals, We' ll post favorites next week.


Fall in Japan is simply amazing ✨😍😍😍✨
Picture by ✨✨@dera_e_mon✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


Photo by @FransLanting When ice gets compressed at the bottom of a glacier or ice field it becomes blue. The older the ice, the bluer it gets. By that measure the iceberg I encountered in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea one day was ancient ice that had calved off from the continent’s edge under the influence of global warming. It was the size of a cathedral, but without that gathering of chinstrap penguins on its flanks it would be hard to get a sense of its size. This image is part of a portfolio of my work that is now on display at London’s Natural History Museum today where I received the great honor last night of a Lifetime Achievement Award from @nhm_wpy, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Follow me @fransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from a lifetime of chronicling our changing planet.
@Leonardodicapriofdn @ThePhotoSociety #Ice #Antarctica #Climatechange #Climatereality


Photo by @jaipur.wala
Photographer Shubham Jain (@jaipur.wala) snapped a photo of this group of colorful ladies keeping each other dry in Jog Falls, India. #WHPkindness


#FotoDelDía | El "Manhattanhenge" (también conocido como Solsticio de Manhattan) ocurre algunas veces al año, cuando el sol se pone directamente entre los edificios. "Es una fotografía desafiante porque no puedes mirar la luz durante tanto tiempo, por lo que debes estar listo para capturarla en el momento adecuado"; explica el fotógrafo @natgeoyourshot Josh Namdar. "Además de los magníficos rayos del sol, realmente me gustaron las largas sombras que el sol fue creando durante ese tiempo".


East side vibes // Exploring the east side of London at sunset 🌇


Next in my series of under visited places is Sukhothai! 🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭
Sukhothai is the former imperial capital of the Sukhothai Empire. The ruins of the capital can be found in the historical park of the same name just outside of the modern city of Sukhothai.
Sukhothai is located approximately halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Despite being situated between two of the most popular destinations in Thailand, Sukhothai gets very few visitors in comparison. Most people either fly or take a train, which skips Sukhothai entirely.
It is really too bad because Sukhothai is an amazing place. I’ve often described it as a smaller, cleaner version of Angkor, Cambodia. There are almost 200 ruins spread over 70 square kilometers. There are very few visitors to the park and you can stroll about the grounds historical park is which only a few square kilometers.
The park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the most significant historical sites in Thailand. It think it is a superior visit to Ayutthaya which is usually crowded with visitors on day trips from Bangkok.
When I visited I pretty much had the park to myself. You can walk amongst the temple ruins or you can rent a bike. They have paved paths that you can ride on.
The easiest way to get to Sukhothai is either by bus or train, from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. I recommend people stop here if they are going between the two cities as it is one place in the country which should not be missed.
#everythingeverywhere #thailand #sukhothai #unesco #worldheritage #worldheritagesites


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