Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Can you guess what is wrong with this penguin? We spent a month in Antarctica on assignment for @natgeo and it was not until the second week that I realized we had not seen snow once. Every day, however, we experienced several hours of incessant rain. As temperatures warm in Antarctica, the weather regime is changing from snow to rain. In the past, the penguin colony would be covered in snow but now, it is a large, muddy mess. Baby penguins are covered in fluffy down and they can easily preen themselves the it snows. When they get muddy and wet, their down loses its insulation ability and as temperatures drop at night, they become hypothermic and die.
As the debate on weather or not to protect the Antarctic Peninsula starts to play out, I hope that the members of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), who will be voting on this issue are inspired to protect it for all humanity.
Video by @stephenwilkes. This past Sunday, 2/18/18 was World Whale Day. While the day has passed I couldn’t let it go without sharing my loop view of the majestic Robson Bight. I had the opportunity to photograph a Day to Night at the Bight in 2016. I was enchanted with the beauty of the Bight which is a sanctuary for Orca Whales. Each year the whales return to the protected habitat famous for its whale rubbing beaches. Pods of Orcas come to rub themselves on the barnacle-encrusted rocks, pebbles and gravel seafloor at Robson Bight. It’s quite exciting to see a killer whale in the wild breaking the surface and shooting spurts of mist from its blowhole. I photographed at Robson Bight for almost 30 hours I listened to the whales and became entranced with their individual sounds which we recorded and you can hear in this loop view. Thank you to CETUS Research and Conservation Society for helping to make this photograph possible. I hope you all enjoy the sounds and beauty of Robson Bight. To see more of my work please visit me @stephenwilkes. #robsonbight#canada#cetus#vancouverisland#daytonight#britishcolumbia#orca#humpbackwhale#killerwhale
Photo by @FransLanting You’re looking at the outcome of albatross love—a gaggle of black-browed chicks, which have a long way to go before they can lift their wings and become the supreme flyers sailors have admired for centuries. They’re plump from the fish and squid oil they get fed and they’re all sitting on mud nests built by their parents, which are maintained and added onto year after year. They turn into pedestals over time. After the young birds fledge, they will roam the open ocean for several years without coming back to shore, but eventually the survivors return to the island where they are born to seek mates. And then the cycle of life continues for the lucky ones. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see the amazing courtship rituals of albatrosses that culminates in these fluffy chicks. And learn what is threatening their lives.
Photo by @coryrichards // Captured #withGalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Sukri, a Sri Lankan butcher, stands in his stall during a lull in traffic. Meat consumption in Sri Lanka, as with many places, is influenced by religious belief, namely the consumption of beef and pork. Because rice is the staple component of the Sri Lankan diet, used most commonly in curries, meat plays a vital role in the intake of protein. Meat consumption habits are changing slowly however, shifting away from fresh and frozen meats like those sold by Sukri, in favor of processed meat products. This is likely due to socio-economic shifts and nutritional awareness. Regardless, the shift is making stalls like his harder and harder to maintain.
Fenriskjeften Range aka “The Wolf’s Jaw.” Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17
Couchsurfing stories / photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Bangkok, Thailand - Take two Thais, a man and a woman. Dress them up '70s style, with square tortoiseshell glasses, bell-bottom trousers, flowered shirts, hot pants. Now add long hair and moves reminiscent of Austin Powers, and you've got the best of the surreal music group S.O.D. (Simple of Detail). They’re Mary Jane and Tom Hom, the only rock-solid couple who aren't a couple at all. They live and work together. He's a photographer and she's the stylist in charge of his sets. A while ago, they also joined forces to create S.O.D., which has grown into a real phenomenon on the national music scene. The first time I saw them was at one of their shows, a blend of concert and cabaret performed for an audience of hundreds of adoring fans, not to mention the cameras of a national TV crew. I found them more or less by chance. I had stumbled across Tom’s picture on the couchsurfing site and hadn't been able to resist finding out who he was. He and Mary belong to that category of couchsurfers who can't actually host visitors (usually because their homes aren't big enough or because they live with people who don't relish the idea of strangers coming and going), instead offering travelers their time. And what a time we had! I saw two fantastic concerts, where I felt like I'd either traveled a few decades back in time or ended up on a movie set. One was in a very large venue in front of a shopping mall, while the other was in a small club reserved for diehard fans. Tom and Mary's role in S.O.D. is mostly to sing, but their choreography is coordinated and it's exhilarating to watch them dance. Other 3 people make up the other members of the group. Dinner with the whole band after the show was a series of absurd conversations. Neither Tom nor Mary speak much English and so the others attempted to translate for us, the level of hilarity rising with every round of beer. Tom and Mary are a perfect example of the numerous possibilities that couchsurfing offers. Without it, I'd never have met them or been able to take this photo #couchsurfing#travel#sharingeconomy#bangkok#thailand#music#rockband#hospitality
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Here comes the sun - the morning after this weekends snowstorm that dumped a foot of powdery snow here in Chester, New Jersey. Bubbles of light caused from the blowing snow on my lens add to mornings magic hour. #snowbound@natgeocreative
photo by @vincentjmusi
Sisters, 2018 Henney is 4 years old and and Pippa just 5 months. It looks pretty calm and serene here, further evidence that photographs don’t always reveal the truth. And in deference to the overwhelming interest in breeds, these two are German Shorthaired Pointers. I’ve spent much of the last 11 years photographing everything from honeybees to elephants and settled in recently with a personal project photographing the character and beauty of dogs. To see more dogs during my #yearofthedog journey go to @vincentjmusi
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Portrait of a pilgrim at the shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan. Pilgrims like this often have no belongings and live off the donated food at the shrine, where they read and pray and sing day and night, sleeping on the marble floors or amongst centuries old graves outside the shrine. To see more of this Sufi series follow @argonautphoto!