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Video by @joelsartore | This is Gigi, a two-week old snow monkey that is currently being hand-raised by her keepers at @blankparkzoo since her mother did not have the skills necessary to feed and raise her. When she’s old enough she will be reintegrated into her troop.
In the wild, these primates live in extremely cold conditions in Japan and can often be found warming up in the hot springs there. Snow monkeys are highly intelligent creatures. During a study in the 1950s, researchers observed a female snow monkey washing sand off of her sweet potato in river water as opposed to simply brushing the sand off like the other monkeys. She even discovered that dipping her potato in salt water added a bit of seasoning. When her siblings saw her washing and seasoning her food, they began to copy her actions. Soon, even her mother was washing her food in the river. Over the next few years, scientists discovered that this cleaning ritual had spread rapidly across the entire island, and within a decade every single monkey was washing their potatoes. Today, although none of the original monkeys are living, the monkeys on this island all still enjoy clean, seasoned potatoes.
To see a portrait of Gigi, follow @JoelSartore.


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A caravansary, countless memories… By the morning twilight the Caravan gets ready to depart, on its long journey across the desert. Reminds us the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, caravansaries were the motels if you were traveling several hundred years ago in the Middle East and central Asia, the roadside Inns to safely rest overnight.
Here in the morning blue hour, Mars shines brightly in Taurus, the Bull, near Pleiades (the Seven Sisters star cluster). Perseus is on top right. This was in 2005 when I was slowly shifting from film to DSLRs. Rests in Kavir National Park, 4 hours drive from Tehran, this is known as Qasr-e Bahram (or Bahram Palace). Not visiting there for 10 years now I have beautiful memories from this caravansary, my teenagehood first stargazing nights in early 90s to a morning like this when I met my future wife.
Caravansary (pronounces Caravanserai) is a Persian word comes from caravan and sarāy “house”. About 500 of them are remained in Iran (and others in neighboring countries) and listed as protected historic monuments, some are even updated to working hotels. The earliest examples were the stations along the 2500-km long Royal Road in the Achaemenid Empire, some 2500 years ago but most of the remaining Caravansaries are built during Shāh Abbās I of Persia, about 400 years ago. The network was built to support the flow of commerce, information, and people on trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe.
Explore more of the world at night photography @babaktafreshi.
#longexposure #astrophotography #twanight #mars #pleiades #caravansary #caravanserai #iran @natgeo @natgeocreative

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Top Shot: Winter Morning | Photograph by Nina Lozej (@ninalozej) . .
斯洛維尼亞郊外的一座教堂,佇立在冬日薄薄的霧之中。
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#YourShotPhotographer Nina Lozej captured this image of the church of St. Andrew watching over the foggy winter landscape at dawn. The church is located in a remote part of the Slovenian countryside. This image was selected for the December 22, 2017 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams)

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account


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“Emerging from decades of isolation and military rule, Myanmar is full of endless contradictions and surprises,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Charlotte Boyle. “At a traditional old teak pagoda in Inwa (Ava), a Buddhist monk agreed to sit for a portrait. As we took pictures, his three novices disappeared, only to reappear clutching a couple of smart phones to document their own interpretation.”

“Charlotte, when I originally started thinking about the idea of this assignment, I wanted people to push the boundaries of what exploration meant. For me, this photo is beautiful because it captures what it means to be exploring an ever-changing world where technology mixes with tradition. The lighting is soft, the moment is sweet, and it leaves me feeling hopeful. Great job.” — @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner (@beccaskinner)
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This photo was submitted to our “We are All Explorers” curated by @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner. To submit to this and our other current assignment, “Resolution to Travel” curated by @natgeoexpeditions Digital Media Specialist Lindsay Kuczera (@linkuczera), go to the link in our profile.


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#Followmeto Bali with @natalyosmann. ✣ This island is like a chameleon for me. First time we came here was around four years ago and we didn’t really understand the island. The problem was that we only went to the touristic spots and stayed mostly in Seminyak. ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ To really understand the island - you have to feel it and to seek for some hidden gems - you will see that it has a lot to offer: from the beautiful beaches of Uluwatu, to the peacefulness of Ubud. We managed to see the temples we haven’t seen before (though I regret, not waking up for Lempuyang temple on sunrise), managed to experience the ceremonies with local shamans and drove bike everywhere even it if was raining cats and dogs, found some really cool cafes in Seminyak with which we fell in love. This island is forever in our hearts. ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ Share your experience if you been there and how it changed if you came several times? What are your favorite places there? 🎵parcels: gamesofluck

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