The courtship dance of the Swallow-tailed Gulls, Galapagos. Photo by Kevin Schafer // @schaferpho@natgeo // Arguably the most beautiful gulls in the world, Swallow-taileds have enormous, beguiling eyes ringed in red - the size of their eyes an adaptation to hunting squid at night. In fact, the first of these gulls I ever saw appeared, spirit-like, in the lights of a ship traveling at night on the Pacific coast of Panama - far from their main breeding area in the Galapagos. There, of course, they are easy to see, and, as with all of the Galapagos wildlife, easily approached. For me, that is the Galapagos’ greatest treasure - the gift of invisibility. #courtship#animalbehavior#Galapagos
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // The Chandelier Ballroom in Lechuguilla (cave) is an underground chamber that is as iconic and well known to cave explorers around the world as the Royal Albert Hall is to the worlds leading musicians, composers and artists. There is nowhere else in the world that explorers have discovered quite like it! With its giant 6m (20ft) long glittering gypsum chandelier formations hanging down from the ceiling, it feels like you are exploring a cave on another planet.
For millions of years, the cave has been sealed off from human and animal interaction. The cave is so beautiful and so important to science that access is strictly controlled in order to keep the cave in as pristine condition as possible. It is a real time machine, taking us back to a world that was very different to the one we live in today. Lechuguilla features strongly in the current episode (Genesis) of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz // Pinnacles of volcanic rock, Cavusin, #Cappadocia, Turkey
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Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages. These are two of the amazing #Maasai women who are installing clean, safe, efficient cooking stoves in traditional homes. Toxic smoke from cooking fires causes more than four million deaths per year and is the single leading cause of death for women and for children under age five in the developing world. Installing clean cook stoves saves lives.
Photo by @FransLanting This tidal surge on an island near Antarctica is one of the images featured in our LIFE symphony with music by Philip Glass which will be performed in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday April 17 as part of the National Geographic Science Festival. LIFE is a celebration of our living planet from the Big Bang to the present. The last movement will be streamed live via Facebook around 9.45 PM Italy time. Check the link in my Instagram bio to learn how you can see it. Or go to my website www.lanting.com to learn more about LIFE. @ChristineEckstrom@Natgeocreative@ThePhotoSociety#Earth#Evolution#Geyser#Amazing#Wonder#Naturelovers
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Fulmar hanging over a precipitous drop – As wildlife photographers we can occasionally become known for particular images, often if they’ve been lucky enough to feature in major international competitions. This image was the first image of mine that I got awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and it was captured whilst I was working #onassignment for @natgeo up in the Shetland Islands. On this particular day I’d decided to go and explore some new parts of the vast coastline but storm force winds were hampering my progress. Nevertheless the air was filled with birds, soaring on the surging updrafts but it was this fulmar that most garnered my attention. It was hovering just a few inches from the cliff edge before wheeling around and then returning in a circular motion. I’ve never been very good with heights but the surging wind, relentless and consistent gave me the confidence to lean out into it, over the void. I needed to do this as I was trying to exclude any and all foreground and so that I could look directly downwards. My only regret is that I didn’t have a proper wide angle lens on me as this was shot on a 28mm lens. Having a wider angle would of course had made the fulmar smaller but it would also have expanded the perspective, thereby making the drop even greater and even more dramatic. The final piece of the jigsaw was of course some good old fashioned luck and I just happened to be pressing the shutter when a stronger than usual gust of wind meant that the fulmar suddenly had to rebalance and recompose itself. It did this by both bringing its legs out to act as stabilisers and also erected its tail feathers, all at the exact moment that my finger was hitting the shutter. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety