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Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // PRECISION // Common bee-eater (Merops apiaster) preening. Bee-eaters are amazing flyers, who are able to catch even the so acrobatic dragonflies mid-air! For such maneuvers they definitely have to have their feathers ready and organized. It is a long process indeed. Sometimes they spend hours/day with such activity and it is not about the outlook... Pic was taken about 10 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary. No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! Please #followme at @joepetersburger to keep up-to-date with my images!
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Photo by @jasperdoest //Flamingo Bob swims in the Caribbean Sea. Arthritis in his feet is causing him difficulties to walk yet he feels very comfortable in the water.

Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the Dutch island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette Doest @vetdoest, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

The story about Bob was recently published by National Geographic @natgeo who are currently celebrating ‘the year of the bird’. Follow me @jasperdoest, @vetdoest and @fdoccuracao for more images of Flamingo Bob who is slowly becoming #instafamous as the animal ambassador of Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben.

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Photo by @bethjwald // We had welcome relief yesterday from the incessantly hot and dry weather here on the Front Range, and I was reminded of how miraculously rain can transform a landscape - like in this photo taken of rain clouds clearing over a village and rolling hills in rural Herat Province, Afghanistan. The spring rains have turned brown hills and fields green with grass, a boon for the villagers and Kuchi nomads who use the grasslands for spring grazing of flocks of sheep, goats and camels. This region of Afghanistan is famous for its grasslands and used to support not only herders and farmers but large flocks of gazelles, wild ass and other wildlife – war, changes in land use and drought have diminished both numbers of wildlife and domestic herds. Here in Colorado, the rain yesterday was not yet enough to end the severe drought and crippling heat plaguing much of the mountain west, but hopefully it is the beginning of the monsoon season and more will come. Across the world, people worry about whether needed rains will arrive in time, and if they will be sufficient; or if they will come too late, and be too strong. Climate change has thrown a wrench into the weather systems that so much of the world’s population, especially in poor, rural regions like this part of northwest Afghanistan - depend on. #everydayafghanistan #moonsoonrains #letitrain #herat @thephotosociety


Photo by @joshuawhitephoto // Morning on the New River. This is one of the oldest rivers in the world, and flows near my home in Appalachian Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. I am photographing using the wet plate collodion process, introduced in the 1850s by Frederick Scott Archer. A plate is poured, sensitized, developed, and fixed all in the field, yielding a unique positive image on black metal. More poetically, these images are direct artifacts of light and time, tying me to the people and place I am learning to love as my home.
#wetplate #wetplatecollodion #tinytpe #8xtintype #largeformat #alternativeprocess​ ​#newriver


Photo by @medfordtaylor Tricolored Heron
(Egretta tricolor)_ Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida
@natgeocreative #floridawildlife #tricoloredherons #wetlands #wakodahatchee


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Assisted by local Tunisian cave explorers, we negotiate the mined tunnels and shafts that lead through the Grotte de le Mine. The mine was in operation between 1920-1925 to extract lead and zinc ore and here we see one of the team ascending a rope in one of the mined shafts. We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.


Photo by @melissafarlow | On the highest point of Inisheer Island are ruins of O’Briens Castle. It will be a destination next week for a NatGeo student expedition to the Aran Islands. Looking forward meeting up in Galway and taking the ferry to hike, bike and explore. It is a creative venture for photographers and writers who will be paired up to work on projects. I’m along to connect and guide them but the truth is their energy inspires me. @NatGeo @NatGeoCreative @thephotosociety @NatGeoExpeditions #NatGeo Student Expeditions #castle #summer #AranIslands #Ireland


Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mute swan cygnet – During every season of every year there is a time to photograph certain species and there is most definitely a time when not to! This cygnet for example is young, perhaps just a few weeks old. Old enough to venture far from the nest site but still vulnerable to predation from many species. Photographically speaking it is still a fluff-ball, covered in its downy feathers it is difficult to take a bad photograph when they are this cute. Even so I have invested a little effort and this image is captured in dawn light and from water level, the former ensuring that the cygnet is beautifully lit, the latter creating an intimate, eye-level perspective. In a few weeks however this cygnet will be a lot less photogenic, it’s adult feathers emerging as its downy feathers moult away. It will start to look more like a goose than a swan, gangly and clumsy, it’s hair patchy and uneven. At this time it becomes a lot more difficult to capture a nice image and, as sad and superficial as it may sound this is when I tend to put my camera away and instead just watch. At this time also the parents lose their primaries, and their ability to fly and this again is a time when perhaps they are not their most photogenic. Wildlife photography can be immensely challenging and so, if as it is for a great many people that time is short and precious then perhaps factor these elements in to your own photographic calendar. Be more ruthless about when, and when not to photograph and perhaps save your energies for when your subject is looking their very best and for me, late summer, for a great many species, is definitely not the best time. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety


Photo by @FransLanting I knew that hummingbirds would not be able to resist this luscious ginger flower at the edge of a cloud forest in Costa Rica, so I set up my camera and waited. It wasn’t long before a green-crowned brilliant buzzed in and sucked nectar while hovering in front of the flower, unaffected by bursts of light from my three strobes. Hummingbirds are an extreme consequence of a sugar-fueled existence. They are totally dependent on nectar to maintain their high-energy lifestyle, and zip from flower to flower with wing beats of up to 80 per second. From a plant’s perspective, hummingbirds are ideal pollinators: They are small and fast, and they need to visit many flowers in a short amount of time to get enough food--a perfect recipe for successful flower pollination. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more wonders of nature.
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Photo by @TimLaman. “Spring Rain”. Skunk cabbage leaves coated in raindrops in the woods near Walden Pond. This vibrant image is part of Tim’s Walden Pond Fine Art Collection. You don’t have to live in Massachusetts to enjoy the beauty of Walden Pond when you can purchase a metal print for your home. Check out the link in my profile @TimLaman. #WaldenPond, #WaldenPondProject, #Concord, #HenryDavidThoreau, #Massachusetts, @ThePhotoSociety


Havasu Falls, Arizona photo by @salvarezphoto
Havasu Canyon is an oasis in the desert. The river that runs through it spring fed and a consistent 70 degrees. It provides a respite from summer heat and proves to be a magnet for tourists. Last time I was in Havasu Canyon was one of the hottest summers on record. It was ell over 110 degrees in the day. So we slipped out at night to beat the heat and also the crowds that normally throng to the waterfalls. The light of a quarter moon and a small headlamp were all we needed to light the scene. #havasu #night


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Here in Tunisia, cave climate scientists take a break from recording temperature and sampling drip water and speleothems to admire the beautiful formations inside Ain Dhab cave.
We're following the work of a group of scientists from the Tunisian Geological Survey and European Research Institutions (UK, Germany, Austria and
SISKA in Switzerland) who are looking at changes in rainfall patterns through time. Several of their field sites lie inside Djebel Serdj, which hosts some of the largest caves in Tunisia.