Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photo by @TimLaman. An osprey in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands gives me a stare as I capture this photo from a healthy distance with a long lens… “no Mr. Osprey, I’m not about to steal your fish”. Osprey are one of the most widely distributed bird species on the planet, spanning all continents except Antarctica. So they are certainly not unique to Papua, yet the rich marine habitat and healthy forest nearby with good nest sites makes Waigeo and other islands here ideal habitat for this very successful bird of prey. Please follow me @TimLaman to see more of Papua’s amazing birdlife. #YearoftheBird, #Osprey, #birds, #YearoftheBird, #Papua, #Indonesia, @TimLaman.
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Much of my life has been spent exactly like this: in the frigid air, peering into crevices of the natural world. Driven by a personal curiosity and a strong passion, I love sharing the beauty of what I find. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to see more images of remote and beautiful places around the world. #Conservation#PolarBear#Nature#Gratitude
Kamchatka brown bears (Ursus arctos beringianus) are the largest carnivorans in Eurasia. Here photographed emerging from steam in the Valley of The Geysers in Russia's Kamchatka peninsular. The first Europeans who went to Kamchatka observed that the bears here were relatively harmless compared to their Siberian counterparts. However, in 2008, a platinum mining community in the region was besieged by a sleuth of bears who killed two guards and prevented workers from leaving their homes. Kamchatka remained closed to Soviet citizens until 1989 and to foreigners until 1990 and the bear population thrived to that point, but since the demise of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the region to mineral exploitation and international trophy hunting, the bear population has been put under pressure.
Photo by @amivitale | Panda keeper Liu Juan looks after young panda cubs in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant panda base in Sichuan province, China. Chinese scientists and their international counterparts cracked the puzzle of successfully breeding pandas in captivity after decades of disappointment. They are now on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process putting the wild back into an icon.
I have recently published my new book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for National Geographic. See more on my feed @amivitale.
A shaggy Icelandic horse below Eyjafjallojokull Volcano | photo by @salvarezphoto Iceland is an island of serious micro-climates. A combination of ocean currents, the jet stream and big mountains mean that the weather can change in just a few miles. “Dawn” at my hotel that morning was a blanket of grey rain leaking from the sky, but just a few miles away in the shadow of Eyjafjallojokull Volcano the weather was remarkably different. Sun and clouds competed for the morning sky above this horse’s pasture. The light didn’t last long but while the sun shone things looked spectacular. Follow me, @salvarezphoto for more. #iceland#horse
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - From my project FATHERS /// San Francisco, California - Francisco (51), Jonathan (48) and Tallulah (5) - Nearly 6 years ago, Jonathan adopted Tallulah together with his first husband, who, unfortunately, died a few months later. A year later he met Francisco, who is now part of the family. Two months ago, Francisco signed the adoption papers to become Tallulah's second parent. Jonathan is a children’s neurologist, but Francisco is retired, so he stays at home to cook and take care of the house. Francisco and Tallulah often cook together. “She loves to help me in the kitchen,” Francisco tells me. “We usually bake cakes together and sometimes we also like to make a wonderful dinner for Jonathan. He’s really happy when he comes back from work and finds the table covered with good food prepared by Tallulah and me.” /// Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more stories #father#fathers#family#adoptions#adoption#child#cooking#sanfrancisco#california#dad#dads#kitchen#cake
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // The relationship between wildlife-based conservation and tourism is a complex one - one that the popular island of Isla Mujeres knows well. Hundreds of whale sharks congregate these warm, tropical waters every summer to feed on plankton and fish spawn. As filter feeders, these docile giants jut out their sizeable jaws and passively filter everything in their path near the waters surface. #FollowMe as @CristinaMittermeier and I, along with @Sea_Legacy, explore the potential ramifications of dealing with hundreds of tourists, and their boats, in these feeding grounds. #Ocean#Conservation#Tourism#Underwater#WhaleShark#Mexico
Photo by @newshatavakolian
A shepherd moves his flocks inside a shelter during a dust storm bringing rare, heavy rain that caused the whole village to be covered in mud. The local people have a name for such storms that unexpectedly flood the plains: “medicine after death.” The heavy downpour is not enough to quench the thirst of these dry lands, they know. On the way from Masjed Solayman to Shoushtar in Peier-Kary Village. On assignment for @natgeo@magnumphotos#khozestan#Iran
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Some surreal alien ships floating out there…The Titanic is thought to have been sunk by an iceberg that came from Disko Bay on the western coast of Greenland.
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // The icy, mountainous landscape of Antarctica is a sight to behold. Intense in its beauty, it demands reverence. For me, this image captures its essence: rugged, isolated, painted with the beauty and grace of perfect morning light. I have spent so much of my life exploring the magic and mystery of this place that it is part of me; I am forever bound to protect it.
I stood in reverie as this spellbinding place invaded my veins, forever tying me to this vulnerable land. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to stay up to date with @Sea_Legacy's ongoing and collaborative efforts to create a network of marine protected areas in Antarctica.