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Photo @chrisburkard
The Kayak is one of my favorite modes of transportation because it never seems to be about hurrying from place to place. The Kayak actually originated in Greenland and was used by hunters who trained on them from an early age. The very word ‘kayak’ comes from the Inuit language - Qajaq. To be in this environment traveling in a way they have for many years gave me an extra added connection to the landscape that you cannot get from traveling by boat or foot.


Photo by @FransLanting Our oceans are full of junk and albatrosses searching for food often mistake floating plastic and rubber objects for fish or squid and swallow them. It’s hard to know what goes on inside the mind of an albatross, but I speculate that they are hardwired to swallow things that feel like fish or squid and plastic or rubber may not taste that different to a hungry albatross. After all, their feeding habits evolved long before there was any plastic junk out at sea. When you walk around an albatross colony you see the sad results. Many thousands of albatross chicks die every year because their parents feed them plastic instead of fish and it clogs up their intestines until they die. It’s heartbreaking to see their decaying corpses full of junk, but because this mortality occurs on remote oceanic islands, few people know this is a problem, so we need to show and share what is going on. For this image I asked a researcher on South Georgia’s Bird Island to unwrap a roll of plastic that had been regurgitated by a wandering albatross. Imagine what that could have done to the bird or its chick if it had unwound in their guts. Plastic pollution is a global problem, but there are local solutions. They start with banning single use plastic items from your own lifestyle and from your community and there are lots of campaigns gaining momentum that can effect change on a bigger scale. Check some of the hashtags and share this post. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about these amazing birds who deserve better than to die from plastic pollution.
@plasticpollutes @sea_legacy #Albatross #Seabird #Naturelovers #Ocean #Birdphotography #YearoftheBird #Pollution #Plasticpollution #SouthGeorgiaIsland

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Featured photo by @mambo926
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPtwinning
Ever looked up to realize you’re coincidentally wearing the same outfit as your BFF or co-worker? This weekend, the goal is to capture moments of shared likeness that make you smile.
Create your own. This assignment is not just for people who look alike. Show us a close-up of matching nail art or the details of a collaborative art project.
Observe the natural world. Plants and insects are incredible mimics. Photographing them in their surroundings can bring an added layer of surprise.
Be open. Twinning isn’t all about obvious sets; objects and architecture can resemble people and animals. For example, your neighbor’s bush may perfectly mirror your poodle’s haircut.
Make sure you’re ready. Moments of twinning may be fleeting. As they say, pics or it didn’t happen!
PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPtwinning hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.


Lakonia - Greece ✨❤️❤️❤️✨ Picture by ✨✨@minogiannisvalantis✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


El fotógrafo y explorador @rikky.azarcoya es el curador de la exhibición “Nuestras batallas contra la extinción” que puedes encontrar en Las Rejas De Chapultepec, Ciudad de #México. Aquí nos cuenta el objetivo de esta muestra de impresionantes fotografías 👆
#NatGeoFestCDMX #NGXplorers


Top Shot: King of the Mountain | Photograph by Jean-Michel Pouy
A male Alpine ibex stands in front of Mont Aiguille in the French Alps during the rutting season. #YourShotPhotographer Jean-Michel Pouy says, “These animals are not dangerous and we can approach them without danger. However, it is always impressive to approach the big males very closely." This photo was selected for the February 22, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.


layer cake // birthday views over beautiful Lake Tahoe ⛵️

South Lake Tahoe, California

“"How's it hanging?" writes @eggnogthebulldog


Tokyo’s Instagram alley🏮

Omoide Yokocho

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