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Life is an adventure - enjoy the ride and the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

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Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial A Baobab tree and the milky way, Botswana. Baobabs trees store water in the trunk (up to 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons) to endure tough droughts. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see a hippo "hair flip"...Baobabs produce faint growth rings, most likely annually, but they are not reliable for aging purposes, because they are difficult to count and usually fade away as the wood ages. Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals though. A specimen known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees in the world. How amazing is that? #baobabtree #mattiasklum #protectbiodiversity #botswana #africa #ancient #tree #stars #milkyway @mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @natgeo
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo When the temperature dips below 28 degrees in the Bering Sea, freezing spray on a windy day can prove dangerous as ice builds on the railings, equipment, decks, and pots stacked on a commercial crab fishing boat. This is the early stage of icing conditions, but as the ice grows, the surface area for new ice to form increases, and if not chopped can grow exponentially heavy in stormy seas. -------------------------------- Join me this Saturday, April 1, 3-6 pm at @richardhellergallery in Santa Monica, CA for the opening of my new exhibition #AleutianDreams Click my profile link at @arni_coraldo for a preview. If in Portland, Oregon join me April 6, 5-8pm at @hartmanfineart and say hello! #natgeo #beringsea #commercialfishing #ice #freezingspray #fishwork #laart #la #alaska #ocean #cold #exhibition #portlandart
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Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade @brianmoghari and @mckenziebarney Bald Eagles can throw a lot of variables your way as a wildlife filmmaker. The combination of the birds agility mixed with distance and speed can make aerial predation one of the most challenging behaviors to capture. But the payoff is totally worth it. You can almost feel the power of the predator as it collides with its prey. But this behavior was one we never witnessed until filming in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico. Adult Bald Eagles playing with their food. Juveniles are likely to do this as they are still maturing, but what an experience it was to film an adult behaving in this way. After speaking with local biologist @goyettemegan we learned that adults do sometimes in fact play with their food. For an animal that commands so much respect in the avian world, who would of known they get their kicks this way. Check out the entire sequence in my series #WildUntamed on natgeowild.com/untamed or click the link in my personal bio.
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Photo by @christian_foto I took this photo during my assignment in Bolivia for @natgeotravel. La Paz is the seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The city, located in west-central Bolivia, 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a valley created by the Choqueyapu River and sits in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. Christian Rodriguez @christian_foto for @natgeotravel #locoto #rocoto #lapaz #Bolivia
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot called "Facing Your Fears," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to understand and express your fears. To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com. There are only 6 days left! Following a college art project in which I painted giant oil, acrylic and linseed oil canvases of the view looking down skyscrapers in Manhattan, NYC, I had faced and overcome my fear of heights, enabling me to take photographs like this one deep underground in China in one of the worlds largest vertical pits. At over 1500ft (500m) deep, Miao Keng in Wulong, China is taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. #natgeoyourshot
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. A leopard seal patrols an iceberg on which a group of fledging penguins, on their first swim out to sea, have become stranded. As the standoff between “predator and prey” played out I found myself cheering at times for the cute penguins, and at times for the hungry seal. All life here is tied to healthy ice and we must do everything we can to stop the effects of climate change in places like this. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. * * * To see more images from this assignment, please #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier #beauty #love #naturelover #photographersforAntarctica #babypenguins #cute #seal
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This was lunch time today in cafeteria C-1 at Foxconn, the biggest IT manufacturer in the world, in Guangdong Province, China. Foxconn has some 120,000 employees at this facility, which feels like a city of its own, with a central kitchen that is the largest in Asia. Increasing wealth in China has led to a shift in diet towards more protein and dairy products, which has turned the country into the world’s largest importer of food. #onassignment for @natgeo To see more, go to @geosteinmetz
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A green turtle rests underwater in the shadow of a mangrove tree. Convoluted bays and inlets penetrate deep into the harsh lava landscape of some of the most westerly Galápagos Islands. Many of these hidden realms are sanctuaries for sea turtles which probably seek them out due to the water being warmer than the adjacent ocean. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak
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Photo @ladzinski / Dark burn marks decorate the exterior of a #giantSequoia tree in #SequoiaNationalPark, likely the result of a lightning strike. The bark of these remarkable trees is quite fire retardant, encasing the tree with an armor as thick as 3 feet which protects the heartwood interior. These trees are among the oldest and the tallest in the world, endemic to the Sierra Mountains of California. They are currently faced with a new threat, draught and rising heat index. Some are beginning to show signs of stress, brought on from the affects of #climateChange. These trees can drink as much as 500 gallons of water per day, hinging their existence heavily on the need for abundant water. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo
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Photo for @natgeo by @jenniferhayesig A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will. Photographed on @natgeo assignment Inside the Coral Triangle Philippines. #ocean #philippines #shark #krill #whaleshark #coraltriangle #extreme for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
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Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). "And what's behind that one?" My sons going for a stroll in the Taklamakan desert, in Xinjiang/China. We were on our way far beyond these dunes, to the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan, heading there for an upcoming @natgeo story. What an incredible luxury it was to work alongside my family. Follow @paleyphoto for @natgeo stories. @natgeocreative #desertexploration #likefatherlikeson
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Video by @renan_ozturk @camp4collective// text by @jetbutterflies - The extremely elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in the snow at an altitude of 15,000 feet in Nepal’s little-known Dorpatan Hunting Reserve. These animals are one of the main food sources for Snow Leopards. ~ Despite spending upwards of a week climbing, crawling, and slogging through waist-deep snow in pursuit of the sheep, we were unable to get much closer than these images reveal. ~ Founded to attract international trophy hunters and tourism revenue, Dorpatan is one of the highest hunting areas on the globe. In the mid-nineties, the park was a stronghold for the Maoist rebels who waged a guerrilla war against the Nepal Government for over a decade. During this time, poaching of blue sheep and other exotic species was rampant. ~ Now, a handful of elite hunters travel here each year bringing much-needed employment to the area. The sheep population is now healthy and growing, although local poachers still operate in the more remote reaches of the park using weapons and techniques left over from the ciivl war. #himalayanhunt #nepaliloveyou ~ @nomadic49ak @bennyob301 @irish_goodbye
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