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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This curious bowhead whale came to greet me while I was diving in the Canadian Arctic. As I hovered in the frigid water along the north coast of Baffin Island, this whale came so close that it actually pushed me with its chin. Able to live over 200 years, bowhead whales have the longest life span of any mammal on Earth. Their populations were once almost wiped out by whaling, and they now face the new threat of a warming Arctic. Higher temperatures are rapidly melting sea ice, on which they rely for copepods, their main food source. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of whales. #bowhead #Arctic #ocean #underwaterphotography


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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Dusty sunset over Argentina’s #AtacamaPlateau, an extraordinary high-altitude desert in the Salta Province. The plateau is a place of unique beauty, but also an area where life is hard. The average elevation is 14,800 feet and it sees less than an inch of rain annually.


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Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Recently beekeepers have been hit hard by thefts of hives. Accused of stealing hundreds of beehives throughout the Central Valley over several years, Pavel Tveretinov and an alleged accomplice, Vitaliy Yeroshenko, were arrested in 2017. Their preliminary trials are scheduled for this summer. Officer Rowdy Jay Freeman, a member of California's Rural Crime Prevention Task Force, serves as a liaison between commercial beekeepers and regional law enforcement.


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Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | Winter is finally loosening its grip on the Rocky Mountains here in Montana. The birds are starting to sing again, and tree buds are bursting through. This video was created by blending two clips from two separate drone flights over the Yellowstone River in Montana’s Paradise Valley: one flight in winter and one in spring. Follow @ronan_donovan to see some of the spring bird migration in Montana.


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Photos by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | This is a close-up of the Red Sprite, a rarely captured phenomenon and an atmospheric puzzle. These large-scale electrical discharges occur in clusters above the troposphere, about 50 to 90 kilometers (31–56 miles) high. Sprites are colorless to the eye, just a patch of light flashing in the sky, but a sensitive camera reveals the true color and stunning details. Sprites are challenging to capture, as they only appear for only a fraction of a second and are much fainter than lightning. At midnight on May 2, I was at a Star Party, a stargazing program near the McDonald Observatory. With a massive active thunderstorm cloud on the horizon some 100 to 200 kilometers away and clear sky above it, I knew the conditions were ideal for seeing the sprite. The second camera shows the same sprite in a wider angle (swipe). Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world at night photography. #redsprites #atmospheric


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Photos by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | The Game of Thrones finale aired last night. This is horsemaster Camilla Naprous, the woman who brought all the horses and riders to the HBO series and trained the actors for the last eight years. Camilla was 24 years old when she joined the show in the first season, and together with the stunt coordinator she designed and choreographed ambitious battle scenes that have since made TV history.

I have been photographing Camilla, the Devil’s Horsemen stunt team, and their horses for over a decade. #hollywoodhorses #thedevilshorsemen #gameofthrones #GOT


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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | The walrus disappears from the surface and, for a short time, the chaos of the hunt subsides. During this moment of quiet, the Chukchi hunters scan the water for some sign of the animal’s whereabouts. At midday, the light is bright and muted at once, making it difficult to discern where the water ends and the sky begins. Even when it’s calm, the water is daunting. It is dark and deep and cold—filled with both risk and potential. I think about falling in. But it is the key stabilizing element in this remote part of the world, offering sustenance and entertainment and beauty. It seems especially serene in this moment, floating calmly, as the hunters prepare to enact the age old saga of living and dying.


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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Baligou, meaning eight-mile valley, is part of the Taihang Mountain Scenic Area in Henan. It's sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of China—and easy to see the resemblance. #Taihang #TaihangMountains #canyons #Henan


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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Visitors can peer over Dubai from an observation deck at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 2,717 feet (828 meters). Dubai aims for superlatives: it's now racing to become one of the planet’s most sustainable cities. The emirate will showcase its efforts as host of Expo 2020, also known as the world’s fair, a six-month exhibition with sustainability as one of its themes. A decade ago Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there?
My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment and to our cities. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the Dubai story I covered for @natgeo #Dubai #environment #skyline #architecture #city


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Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I High in the Afghan Pamir mountains, two Kyrgyz girls walk up a frozen spring to fetch water and bring it back to their camp below. Behind the distant ridge lie Pakistan and China. This region is also called the Pamir knot, referring to the convergence of some of the world’s major mountain ranges, including the Tian Shan, Karakorum, Kunlun, Hindukush, and Pamir systems. For more of our natural world, please visit @paleyphoto #mountainworld #pamir #afghanistan #mountainculture


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Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @fritzphotos | A first-time jockey, 14-year-old Sonam Dargye nervously waits to be called to the 2000-meter speed race with horse Gyumei at the Maqu Gesar annual horse races in the Gannan Tibetan prefecture in Gansu, China. Sonam Dargye wears a picture of Gongthang Tsang, the living Buddha of the Labrang Monastery, on his chest. The Tibetan horse racing season is approaching. This week I'm posting pictures from races past, longing to be there myself. Please check out my feed at @fritzphotos #FritzHoffmann #MaquHorseRaces #MaquGrasslands #TibetanHorseFestival #Gannan


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Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Each year in February and March, more than a million acres of almond orchards in the Central Valley burst into bloom, painting the region pastel pink and white. The area’s mild climate is ideal for cultivating almonds as well as many other crops. Honeybees are trucked in by the billions to pollinate the flowers.