Today is the last day of National Geographic Image Collection’s Flash Sale. Purchase your print by 11:59 PM EST to ensure you’ve reserved a hand signed photograph. A link for purchasing prints is in bio - or visit http://ngic.photos/CookJenshel1
@cookjenshel There are some beautifully paired images in the National Geographic Image Collection Flash Sale, themed Then and Now. The historic image of underwater ladies by J. Baylor Roberts is such a great match with the jellyfish by @daviddoubilet. To see all the great image pairings in the flash sale, visit ngic.photos/ThenNow18
In honor of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” we are sharing a sacred tree from our Wise Trees book. This lone sentinel is sacred to the Ojibwa people of Grand Portage, Minnesota, who call it Manido Gizhigans, or “Spirit Little Cedar Tree.” For hundreds of years, the Ojibwa have left offerings at this white cedar for safe passage prior to traveling – especially across the often-treacherous waters of Lake Superior.
We are pleased that our photo, of the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms at the Hirano Shrine in Kyoto, is being featured in the National Geographic Image Collection Flash Sale. For a limited time, you can purchase a signed print for $100. Our photo has been thematically paired with Eliza Scidmore’s image from 1918. Click on the link on our Instagram bio, or visit here: http://ngic.photos/CookJenshel1
Twenty two years ago, on September 18th President Clinton designated the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah, to protect for generations to come – the irreplaceable antiquities that exist within its over 1.7 million acres. It was a dream assignment for us, and our first for National Geographic, to photograph that spectacular landscape containing 250 million years of geologic history. It would take a lifetime to see the vast number of rock art panels and historic dwellings found within the monument’s borders, so we were fortunate to have the help of archeologists and geologists to lead us to many of the more important sites. Much of this landscape has still not been fully surveyed, and with current proposals to shrink the monument, it’s heartbreaking that we may lose an unknown rich history before it’s been fully revealed. @natgeo@thephotosociety@natgeocreative#MonumentsForAll#SaveGrandStaircase#GrandStaircaseNationalMonument
Photograph by @cookjenshel For World Water Day, we want to again bring some attention to a deeply troubling water issue - the fact that the ancient glaciers of the Andes have lost half of their ice in the past 40 years. Sixty percent of Peru’s population is dependent on getting their drinking water from glaciers – which scientists tell us are receding at a rate of 30 feet per year. We made this photograph in 2010, of a glacier melting into Laguna Llaca, in Huascaran National Park, in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains, in Peru. That glacier, since we made this image, has receded an additional 240 feet. @cookjenshel@thephotosociety@natgeocreative#worldwaterday#water#environment#glaciers
Happy International Day of Forests! Today’s global celebration is meant to raise awareness of the many ways trees sustain and protect us. One of those many benefits of trees is their ability to store carbon – which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Here is one of our favorite forests, the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington. And speaking of a place that receives a lot of rain, we should also note that trees protect important watersheds – and help prevent flooding.
We photographed the Velvet Hills, just before a storm, at sunrise in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah for our first @natgeo assignment. The story was about the newly created monument. As we take in yesterday’s grim news, about the decision to substantially reduce the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, let’s remember the words of the president who signed the Antiquities Act of 1906 into law: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders. Do not let selfish men and greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.“ Theodore Roosevelt That act allowed for the creation of National Monuments – to preserve federal lands from looting, desecration and destruction – for the appreciation of future generations.
We photographed "The Witness Tree", an Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana), when it was just beginning to change into its fall colors. This stately tree, standing watch over its namesake hundred-acre vineyard, once marked a land boundary in Oregon in 1854. It is one of 60 trees featured in our new book, Wise Trees, coming out on October 17th. This is the time of year the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are normally harvested at the Witness Tree vineyard near Salem, Oregon, and the aroma while we worked was intoxicating.
Tragically that is not the case for the famous wine regions of California, whose valleys are currently filled with life threatening smoke. Our thoughts are with all who have lost loved ones and property in the deadly fires currently raging in California.