Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The cloud forests that carpet the surface of Sarisariñama Tepui, Venezuela, hold secret signs to what lies beneath. Open holes called ‘Simas’ (pictured), break through the plateau and allow explorers and scientists to enter into the underworld. When we were there, we camped on the rim of this one for three days, whilst we explored the caves below. Can you spot our orange tent next to the heli landing zone?
This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.
Video by @paulnicklen // Sometimes I am simply overwhelmed by the beauty in the world. When these cassiopeas—or upside down jellyfish—float past you in the pristine mangroves of Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina, there is little to do but stop and appreciate the magnificence of it all. Our expedition to Cuba has taught us many lessons and shown us limitless potential, but I think the simple, stunning beauty of these graceful invertebrates is one of the things I will remember most vividly. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this magical protected corner of the sea. #turningthetidewith@sea_legacy#video#nature#naturelovers#beauty
Photo by @FransLanting “Ghost Trees” Dead camelthorn trees stand like sculptural skeletons on a rock-hard clay pan backed by huge sand dunes glowing in the morning sun. A river once flowed through this remarkable place, but it changed course. The trees are monuments to a time of abundance and a symbol for the effects of climate change in a desert country where rain patterns are fickle and easily disrupted as global weather patterns change. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa,” which is based on the exhibition of the same name created for @NatGeo. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from wild Africa and to learn more about the exhibit and book.
Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen getting up close and personal with a large American Crocodile during a sunset thunderstorm in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Paul and I worked together to capture this unique perspective in the mangroves until well after dark. Pushing our creative boundaries through lighting, floating 30 pound cinema cameras at split level & choosing difficult working conditions all paid off in these unforgettable scenes. Team work makes the dream work, they say, and I'm lucky to be surrounded with passionate filmmakers and photographers @natgeo@sea_legacy who raise each other up and work tirelessly to create stories with impact. #Turningthetide with @cristinamittermeier, @paulnicklen@samkretch, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // Please #followme@andy_mann to see more from this amazing expedition, casting a light on the Caribbean's healthiest marine ecosystem.
Photo by @noralorek for @natgeo. Esther Minella was working in the ministry of agriculture in South Sudan before the war broke out. One day the soldiers came to her home and tortured her in front of her kids. They were asking for her husband which they claimed was a rebel. After they had arrested him she went to prison every day to look for him but they said he wasn’t there. The third day they told Esther that they would kill her like they killed him if she ever came back.
Now Esther is the women representative in the council of block 4 in Bidibidi refugee settlement zone 1.
“As a women representative my roll is to lead the women and also lift up the issues we’re having here and in South Sudan. We started a group of women here called Ama a Lo meaning ”We are one”. In South Sudan every child, even our husbands know how to make our bedsheets so we started to sell them here too. Now we have a budget but need more help to start business and things like catering training for our members. We also need a school for adults to teach them English. Most of us are widows, that’s how we came up with the idea that we need to work together. Women need to be trained to become independent and self sufficient.”
In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is with its more than 270 000 people considered one of the worlds largest refugee settlements.
For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow @noralorek
Photo by @DavidDoubilet. A sea turtle hatchling hides from predators in a dense floating canopy of sargassum algae near Cancun Mexico. Sargassum plays a critical role in sea turtle hatchling survival. Sea turtles hatch and swiftly head for the open sea running a gauntlet of hungry land and then sea creatures until the lucky ones find cover and protection in the sargassum weed. These floating forests maybe clump, table or football field sized and some patches stretch for miles like a vast ceiling on the sea but even the smallest is critical nursery habitat for immature and vulnerable sea life that would be quickly devoured in the open blue. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment with @jenniferhayesig for upcoming story on Sargassum:Nurseries in the Sea. // #ocean#seaturtle#baby#sargassumweed#cancun#survival#life#beauty#mexico#moreocean // To see a baby sea turtle searching the sea for a safe nursery follow @daviddoubilet
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Vertical star trails fall from the night sky above distant tepuis known as Aparaman, Aparauren and Murosipan that rise from the Gran Sabana plain in Venezuela. This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Alpine dreams. The Torre Group in Patagonia have a long legacy of epic ascents and epic failures. As they say down there, if the weather is good, wait five minutes. The dramatic winds coming off the Patagonian Icecap are notorious for making every foray into these high alpine granite spikes an exciting adventure.