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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Palenque (Spanish: [pa'leŋke] (meaning “fortification”); Yucatec Mayan: Bàakʼ /ɓàːkʼ/) was a Maya city state in what is now Chiapas, Mexico that dates from circa 226 BCE to c. 799 CE. After its decline, the site was re-absorbed into the jungle, but has since been extensively excavated and restored. Much of Palenque's history has been pieced together from a deciphering of the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments, and historians now have in-depth understanding of the city-state's interplay with other rival city states.
Here photographed whilst on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, El Palacio (the Palace), which comprises a complex of interconnected buildings and courtyards, constructed over a 400-year period. The buildings were used by the Maya elite for ritual, administrative functions and entertainment. The complex was equipped with numerous saunas and large baths, which were supplied with fresh water by an intricate water system.
When the Spanish arrived in Chiapas in the 16th century, Palenque had been largely abandoned and the region was very sparsely populated. Fr. Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada was the first European to present a description of the ruins which he named Palenque, and according to his early accounts, the stone structures were still stucco-rendered and painted blue and red.
Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.

@simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo
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Photo by @amytoensing (Amy Toensing) :: Vrindavan, India - A widow walks through Maa Smarda Ashram.
The United Nations estimates there are around 285 million widows around the globe with over 40% of them living in poverty - often due to discrimination and inadequate or poorly enforced laws to protect women and their rights to inheritance - especially to land and property. These women are often marginalized and in some cases even blamed for the death of their husbands - pushing them out to edges of society.
Please join me in honoring these women today in celebration of International Widows Day. To learn more about this issue check out organizations like @ijm and The Loomba Foundation or google International Widows Day. #internationalwidowsday #widowhood


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Photo by @ivankphoto / Minihua Huani hunts with a spear while Omayuhue Baihua carries a shotgun near the Waorani community of Boanamo, bordering the Yasuni National Park, in Ecuador. The Waorani live in one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. There are also vast amounts of crude below the ground. The extraction of oil has continued to threaten the environment and the people of the Amazon for decades. This image was shot #onassignment for National Geographic.


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Photo by @amivitale. Twelve year old mother giant panda, Si Xue explores her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. Because of their low-energy diet, pandas avoid stressful situations and exertion.

It’s hard to imagine, but these animals were once as mythical and elusive as Bigfoot. They have been around for millions of years, but were only made known to the western world within the last century. The first panda was captured alive only in 1936.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
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.

#pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // The relationship humans have with dogs in the Arctic is deeply intertwined. Hardworking sled dogs enable quick, efficient travel across an icy, unforgiving landscape. It is an often misunderstood partnership that, when witnessed, deserves reverence, especially in the circumstances I have experienced. Greenlandic hunters are famous for their ability to navigate thin ice as they hunt throughout the winter, but sea ice has changed drastically over the past twenty years. As the ice thins at alarming rates, travel becomes increasingly dangerous, and often devastating, for hunters. Here, Inuit hunters quickly figure out a way to get their sled dogs back onto thicker ice after falling through. The loss of one of these sled dogs was a harsh reminder of the far-reaching consequences of climate change. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to learn how we can turn the tide.


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Photo by @jimmy_chin
Into the abyss. @kitdski skiing above exposure on a misty descent of the Ford Couloir on the Grand Teton. #nofallzone Follow @jimmy_chin for more adventures around the world.


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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Balloons displayed for sale in Athens, Greece. I captured this image while walking the streets of Athens searching for daily life images on Saturday the 16th of June 2018. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen


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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio

Palenque (Spanish: [pa'leŋke] (meaning “fortification”); Yucatec Mayan: Bàakʼ /ɓàːkʼ/) was a Maya city state in what is now Chiapas, Mexico that dates from circa 226 BCE to c. 799 CE. After its decline, the site was re-absorbed into the jungle, but has since been extensively excavated and restored. Much of Palenque's history has been pieced together from a deciphering of the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments, and historians now have in-depth understanding of the city-state's interplay with other rival city states.
Here photographed whilst on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, El Palacio (the Palace), which comprises a complex of interconnected buildings and courtyards, constructed over a 400-year period. The buildings were used by the Maya elite for ritual, administrative functions and entertainment. The complex was equipped with numerous saunas and large baths, which were supplied with fresh water by an intricate water system.
When the Spanish arrived in Chiapas in the 16th century, Palenque had been largely abandoned and the region was very sparsely populated. Fr. Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada was the first European to present a description of the ruins which he named Palenque, and according to his early accounts, the stone structures were still stucco-rendered and painted blue and red.
Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.

@simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo
#documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #palenque #pyramid #pyramid #chiapas


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Photo by @kchete77 (Karla Gachet) | Kerly Aguayo’s cousins get ready for her “Quinceañera” the coming of age of a 15 year old girl. The cousins, who are part of her court of honor, need to be under fifteen. Kerly's room gets decorated on this special day. This story is part of a broader one on the Aguayo family, Ecuadorean cowboys who live off their land in the province of Los Rios. The kids grow up inside a tight extended family. Everyone chips in for this celebration and the whole community is invited. #cowboys #comingofage #ecuador #culture #girls #quince #pink


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Photo by @joelsartore |
Although an often unwelcome summer visitor, wasps are very important pollinators. They also keep ecosystems in balance by feeding pest insects to their larvae! This species feeds on nectar from a variety of flowers and like all species of wasp, carry pollen on their heads or backs, often between their wings. Wasps are among a small handful of species that are responsible for pollinating the flowers of orchids. #pollinator #PhotoArk #wasp #pollinatingspecies To see another photo of this wasp follow @joelsartore.


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Video by @ChristineEckstrom When you enter the nursery at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Congo you immediately become a playmate for young bonobos, who wreak havoc with visitors. They’re strong, fast and skilled pickpockets too. What happened to those glasses I had in my pocket when I arrived? Hard to believe that these little rascals arrived at Lola as traumatized orphans who lost their mothers due to the insidious effects of the bushmeat and pet trade. Loving care from a team of surrogate human mothers gives them a new lease on life. Lola is the only place in the Congo—and the world— that is dedicated 100% to bonobos and their care. Check them out @LolayaBonobo and give them your support. And follow us @FransLanting, @ChristineEckstrom and @Ashley_Judd as we dive deeper into the world of bonobos and the people who care about them.
@natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @bonobodotorg #Bonobos #Bonobo #Apes #Naturelovers #Conservation #Wildlifephotography


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Photo by @franslanting (Frans Lanting) // #sponsored by @Nature_Valley // #NatureValleyHikeAMillion // Like many of you, getting outside and exploring is one of my favorite pastimes. I took this photograph of a family on a backpacking trip making their way through the Paria River Canyon, one of the most dramatic slot canyons in the Southwest. Usually the magic light that can transform an ordinary scene into something extraordinary occurs at dawn or dusk, but in slot canyons, it happens in the middle of the day. Here it reveals the amazing patterns of nature sculpted by water and time— a true wonderland for travelers of all ages, from all over the world. // Join @Nature_Valley in supporting the National Parks by hiking your local trails. Track your miles with the MapMyHike app for a chance to win prizes, like a National Park trip!


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