Stephen Alvarez@salvarezphoto

Father, journalist, artist, photographer for @natgeo founder of @ancientartarchive

www.alvarezphotography.com/

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Stephen Alvarez

A southern elephant seal stretches at Jackson Bay in Chile's Karukinka reserve. These big seals can weigh 40% more than their northern cousins. #patagonia #karukinka


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Garibaldi Glacier is one of the highlights of Alberto de Agostini National Park in Chile's Patagonia region. It is hard to grasp the size of this river of ice. The ice tower on the right is as tall as an apartment building and there is much more ice hidden under the water. Sadly the vast majority of Chile and the world's glaciers are rapidly retreating due to human-caused climate change. There is no serious debate on the science. The warming climate models that we were shown in the 1980s are coming true today. #climatechangeisreal @natgeoimagecollection #patagonia


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My only experience photographing cheetahs was with a habituated one named Sylvester. In the wild these magnificent big cats are as elusive as they are graceful. My friend and colleague @FransLanting is the master at photographing cheetahs in the wild. His work with the critically endangered Asiatic Cheetah (final frame) meant placing camera traps in the rugged terrain of Iran. Now the scientists that Frans worked with to document this animal are endangered too. They are facing espionage charges with the very real possibility of a death sentence. The Scientists belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage. 
If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." @hassanrouhani @jzarif @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org  @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime#FreeIranianConservationists#anyhopefornature #hope4nature #wildlife#conservation #cheetahs #bigcats


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A shockingly beautiful sunrise in Puerto Natales this morning. Lenticular clouds like these form in the troposphere and often foreshadow rain or snow. We've had 3 straight days of wonderful weather -impressive for Patagonia- but I'm sorry to say this dramatic sunrise indicates rain moving in. #patagonia @natgeoimagecollection @natgeotravel


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Peales Dolfins ride the bow wave of the National Geographic Orion as we navigate White Narrows this afternoon. It's been a wonderful week of exploring the Patagonian fjords with @natgeotravel #Patagonia


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The Chilean flag flies over Cape Horn, the southern most point in South America.
#capehorn


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Franklin Bay, Staton Island | There is a reason they are called rock hopper penguins. On assignment with @natgeotravel in the far south of South America. #penguin @lindbladexp


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Mystery Falls Cave, Tennessee Sometimes you can't make the photo you set out to shoot. I went to the 281 foot deep Mystery Falls cave hoping to shoot an image of the entire shaft from the bottom but days of rain had swollen the waterfall to torrential levels. Instead of soaking myself and my team, I changed plans and shot looking straight down the shaft. as Kent Ballew climbed up the ropes he had rigged for me. The image is not a bad consolation prize! We went back weeks later when the water had receded and made the photo I had in mind. #explore #cave @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety


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Buckhorn Wash, Utah Barrier Canyon Style Pictographs over look the San Rafael River in Emery County, Utah. A sweeping conservation bill passed by both the House and Senate designates nearly a quarter of Emery County as wilderness. The lands include artworks like these on the San Rafael Swell. This part of central Utah is one of the wildest parts of the American West and wilderness designation will help keep it that way. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection


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It's not often that I get to make photos in my home state! But this week I'm shooting for The Land Trust for Tennessee. They are a 20 year old non profit that have steadily worked toward conserving land in our rapidly growing state. It's a privilege to see some of the thousands of acres that @landtrusttn has helped preserve. #tennessee #landtrust


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Matt Oliphant climbs 100 meters out of the incredible 7th Hole cave. The Selma Plateau is home to a series of huge, spectacular caves including this one. Shot on assignment for @natgeo going into these towering underground spaces was awe inspiring. #oman #explore #cave @natgeoimagecollection @natgeotravel @gregory.crouch


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Huge #Respect for @pedromcbride and @kevinfedarkoauthor on their epic 13 month walk through the interior of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most remote areas of the continental US and the two of them absolutely brought the place to life. Go see #IntotheCanyon ! It is incredible #grandcanyon


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