Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.
Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts#stgeorgesday#britishlandscape#saintgeorge
A young harbor seal plays in kelp forest near the water’s surface at Cortes Banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100-miles off the coast of San Diego, CA. This location - well known for stormy weather and giant waves - is a hotspot of biodiversity, with an abundance of marine life. Places like this are oases of life in the sea, yet the fragile ecosystem is highly susceptible to the harmful behavior of humans.
Naturalist John Muir once said, "“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” and throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans I have found this to be true - everything is connected and every creature matters. I believe we must see ourselves not apart or above nature, but very much connected to it.
Photo by @irablockphoto //
Earth Day 2018. The prehistoric looking Na Pali coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai normally gets a tremendous amount of rain. But last week people were evacuated after the island got 28 inches (71 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours.
On this Earth Day locals are still involved in a massive clean up. #followme@irablockphoto to see more interesting images from the world. @the photosociety
Video by @joeriis / Sage grouse strut in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the spirit of #EarthDay, turn up the volume and let their voices be heard!
Shot on assignment for the National Geographic Society Beyond Yellowstone program. Using a science-based approach, the program supports wildlife-compatible landscapes. It seeks to address the challenges of species recovery and migration across public and private lands while respecting the needs of local landowners and communities.
If you want to see mule deer and mountain lions from this same sage steppe landscape, see my latest post @joeriis
Photograph by @thomaspeschak “Return of Robomanta” A oceanic manta ascends from the deep still wearing a @natgeo Crittercam, a miniaturized video system that records scenes from the animal’s POV. It temporarily attaches to the manta’s skin with a suction cup and is programmed to detach after a set period of time. Crittercam floats to the surface and is retrieved by the researchers via a radio signal. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in the Revillagigedo archipelago #Mexico with scientists from @mantatrust and @maresmexicanos
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Farm of the future? Sustenir Agriculture in Singapore believes so. Using state of the art hydroponic vertical farming techniques they are able to grow non tropical plants like kale, arugula, cherry tomatoes and strawberries in a temperature controlled environment, in a very limited space, without insects, pesticides and pollutants. The plants photosynthesis needs are provided by LED lighting with color light waves that make plants happy. #HappyEarthday#sustainable#hydroponic#kale#thisissingapore@firstname.lastname@example.org
@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto
HAPPY EARTH DAY WEEKEND!!!!!!!!
A male lion relaxing at night after a big meal.
Two weeks ago the Kogere pride, an incredible group of 11 tree climbing lions were poisoned a few meters outside of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. @alexbraczkowski had been studying and filming these lions since October 2017. I was working with Alex and his team this year in the park. You may have read about this in the media. They were poisoned because they were killing cattle in Hamkungu village, just outside QE National Park. Alex started a GoFundMe page to help stop lion poisoning - to help raise money for collars and to build protective bomas for the livestock so the lions cannot get to them during the night. The farmers in this area live off of only a few dollars a day. Local people need to benefit from living with predators. The local ecotourism industry relies on these lions for tourism money which benefits the local community - so everyone - lions, humans and the ecosystem have suffered a great loss.
Poisonings and poaching are the main threats to lions not only in Uganda but across their East African range. Most lion populations in East, Central and West Africa are declining so the time to act is now. Please consider helping:
Just 100 years ago there may have been as many as 500,000 lions which roamed the African continent but today there it is estimated that as few as 16,000 - 30,000 remain, and research by lion biologist Hans Bauer and colleagues suggests lions in much of west, east and central Africa will decline by 50% in the next two decades if something dramatic is not done! The biggest threats facing lions in Africa are poaching of their prey and retaliatory killings by farmers when lions eat their cattle! There is also an emerging threat of lions being used in Chinese medicine as tigers become rarer. @wildaid "When the buying stops the killing can too"
Video by @salvarezphoto
Skogafoss Iceland. The landscape of Iceland makes me feel very small, insignificant. That's not a bad feeling to have. Happy Earthday! #iceland
Photo @hammond_robin. 4 year old Turkana nomadic pastoralist Ibe Yelle who I photographed in Kenya. There’s more diversity in Africa than on all other continents combined. That’s because modern humans originated in Africa and have lived there the longest. They’ve had time to evolve enormous genetic diversity - which extends to skin color. Researchers who study it sometimes use linguistic diversity - it has more than 2,000 languages - as a guide. I followed their lead, visiting five representative language communities. the nomadic pastoralists of Turkana was one of those communities. “There is no homogenous Africa race,” says geneticist Sarah Tishkoff of The University of Pennsylvania. “It doesn’t exist.” The prehistoric humans who left Africa some 60,000 years ago - giving rise over time to the other peoples of the world - reflected only a fraction of Africa’s diversity. I shot this for a @NatGeo special issue on race. You can see more from this project at @Hammond_Robin