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Photo by @renan_ozturk // Matt Redd isn’t your average cowboy and the 350,000 acres of Indian Creek and the surrounding #bearsearsnationalmonument aren’t your average ranching grounds. It was such a privilege taking him up The North Six Shooter tower with @jamesqmartin after he had already worked for 8 hours rounding up and branding cattle that morning. I’m not sure if there are many other humans alive who have a deeper mental map and respect for this land than Matt. Besides running the Dugout Ranch he works with The Nature Conservancy managing many ongoing scientific studies ranging from sustainable grazing, native grass research and advanced technology for surveying wilderness areas. If you get him going he’ll talk passionately about his knowledge of the deep geologic and cultural layers of this space. On the summit I shot a few photos as he placed a cow skull up there with his bloody swollen hands. [Desert tower summits often have historic relics as ‘registers’ and this was his cowboy contribution]. Meanwhile @shotsfromabove did one more pass with our cine-trike and we began our nighttime descent through the ripping wind. I wanted to ask him and his family more about the best way to help Bears Ears, to tell the story from all sides. We didn’t have enough time that day. The journey back to the ranch was a euphoric dehydrated stumble filled with banter just like a lot of good climbs end. And there is a certain hope in experiencing the universality if that. The common ground of the experiences here in Bears Ears that will drive these conversations forward.

With @jonas_marcinko @taylorfreesolo #protectbearsears ~

See @renan_ozturk for more from this day!


Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // The key to life on British Columbia's coast is salmon. During the fall months, millions of Pacific salmon run up the rivers and small tributaries along this biodiversity rich region. With the scent of salmon rolling up the hills, bears descend from the berry and crab apple patches to do their final feast of the season before their long winter's sleep. Southern Resident Orcas need to capture and feed on at least half a million Chinook salmon a year in order to grow their critically low numbers. Open-net Atlantic fish farms threaten the ebb and flow of this natural world. To learn more about why we need to #GetFishFarmsOut of the Broughton Archipelago, #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier


Photo by @bertiegregory. Whilst some species are heavier and taller, the wandering albatross has the biggest wingspan of any bird on the planet. Each one of their wings is wider than I am tall giving a total wingspan of more than 11ft. This enormous wingspan and some clever flying techniques make them the master of open ocean flight. It’s estimated that a single individual can fly 15,000,000 miles in their lifetime. We were lucky enough to encounter this beautiful bird during our 6 day crossing to the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming soon! Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife.


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // A solitary fisherman at Papuma Bay. Papuma is a scenic beach on East Java, Indonesia, is quite popular among the people of Java for the white sands and the big rocks. Besides its natural scenic beauty, Papuma is also rich in exotic animals.
Indonesia is situated on the Ring of Fire—a 25,000-mile seismically active belt of volcanoes and tectonic plate boundaries that frame the Pacific basin. About five million Indonesians live and work near active volcanoes, where farming soil is most fertile. Java alone is home to 141 million people—one of the most densely populated islands on Earth.
“Sulfur Road” my latest assignment for National Geographic is online, check it on NatGeo website and follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about this story #natgeotravel #ijen #java #indonesia #papuma


Photo by @pedromcbride // Light cascades across sand dunes creating abstract patterns above the Namib Desert, named after the word nama meaning ‘vast place”. To see more follow @pedromcbride. #aerial #light #namibia #dunes #gratitude #petemcbride


Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
Many of the world’s observatories are also prime areas for stargazing and emerging astro-tourism thanks to the natural dark skies being preserved, the view which is lost to most people on the planet due to our own lights.
Here I was in the southern outskirts of Chile’s Atacama Desert on La Silla Observatory during an imaging assignment for European Southern Observatory @esoastronomy. The galactic core rises over La Silla peak with bright star Antares on the top left.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #longexposure #astrophotography #twanight #nightphotography #chile #observatory #milkyway @natgeo @natgeocreative


Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo for Far & Away, a new magazine by @natgeo and @wsj
La Capilla bar in the town of Tequila, Mexico is a fun, rowdy local scene, with passionate tequila fueled musical eruptions coming from the local barflies. Here is the talented Juan Carlos Contreras baring his soul, sweating out an intense impromptu performance.
I recently travelled to Jalisco, Mexico to photograph the world of Tequila production for Far & Away. The inaugural issue of the mag came out in print last weekend within the Wall Street Journal. ‘Tequila Rocks’ was an epic journey into the blue agave fields East of Guadalajara, to the rowdy bars and distilleries of Tequila town. Click the link in my personal bio @arni_coraldo bio to see the full story online.
#tequila #wsj #natgeo #drink #spirits #mexico #lacapilla #farmer #mariachi #Jalisco #natgeo #far&away #mexican #lacapilla


Photo by @jonathan_irish / Machu Picchu is one of those places that never fails to impress. I’ve been here three or four times now, and each time it blows me away. It’s one of those special places that really lives up to its reputation. There’s always a rush to see the sunrise, with people lining up at 4 a.m. to get in the first busses to the entrance (which opens at 6 a.m.). But from my perspective, the best time to photograph this amazing wonder is near sunset when the crowds are almost nonexistent and the light is just as good as sunrise. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // A geologist carefully enters a small chamber containing stunning cloud-like cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is part of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. It is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced cavers with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. @natgeocreative


Photo @ladzinski / A #CheshireMoon setting as the sun prepares to rise on the fiery horizon. The timing of this photo was pure luck, I was visiting the Red Lagoon in northwest #Argentina to photograph #flamingos, arriving about an hour and a half before sunrise to stealthily approach the sleeping birds. Swipe to see a couple photos from later in the morning. The smiling crescent moon stole the show and distracted me for easily 30 minutes as I shifted my focus to this beautiful scene. The name Cheshire moon comes from the Cheshire Cat, it’s also referred to as a #wetMoon. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the planet please visit @ladzinski


Photo @stephen_matera // (swipe to see the full image) Looking down the spine of the North Cascades from the summit of 8,681' Sahale Peak. From left to right are Mt. Baker, Eldorado Peak, Forbidden, and Boston Peak. Forbidden Peak is on the list of 50 classic mountain climbs in North America. The North Cascades are a rugged wilderness of thick old growth forests, rock, and ice with over 300 active glaciers. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #northcascades #mountaineering #glacier


Photo by @FransLanting A young cheetah’s raspy tongue cleans his brother's cheeks stained with blood after they ate a gazelle caught by their mother. When cheetahs become independent after a childhood of a year and a half, males often stay together as a hunting coalition, but females become solitary and are faced with the double duty of hunting and caring for young. Go to @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see some of our favorite cheetah family images and learn more about their plight in life. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #Endangered #Wildlifephotography


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