5h natgeo
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natgeo Photo @renan_ozturk // #onassignment for the #MyanmarClimb. This morning before sunrise we came across a group of monks gathering around a cross roads, waiting for their ride to New Bagan where the villagers fill their begging bowls with rice and vegetables - a big bowl but the only food they will eat all day. These kids built a fire to pass the time, and we watched the scene unfold. Buddhism dates back over two thousand years ago here in Burma, and is practiced by almost 90% of the population. Theravada Buddhism, the most common form of the tradition, was actually implanted right here in Bagan by the Bamar king Anawrahta, and since the 11th century there was a flush of temple construction in honor of this religious practice and the Buddha. @campcollective @taylorfreesolo @fstopgear @sandisk @thenorthface 5h

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11h natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @JohnStanmeyer for @NatGeo

Girls play around a burst water-main in the desert somewhere between Jericho and Bethlehem. Water in this part of the Middle East is one of the most precious commodities. Fortunately after a few hours the water was turned off.

Photography is about expecting the unexpected. While on assignment for National Geographic magazine earlier this year for part III of @OutofEdenWalk, I was walking with Nat Geo colleague, Paul Salopek, and my friend Sami Alull @samialalul, through the desert region between Jericho and Bethlehem. It was the only day I could walk with Paul, knowing somehow I'd needed to make a meaningful photograph of the walking man before heading home the next day.

Sami and I meandered ahead of Paul and came upon the strangest thing — water, blasting 30 meters or more into the air in a desert. It was uncomfortable to see such waste of the most precious commodity we have on our planet, impossible to shut off nor a mobile signal to call anyone.

While in a mesmerized state and getting soaked photographing this jettison of water, out of nowhere wandered a group of girls being filming for a bat mitzvah video. They only stayed for a few minutes, dancing about, then leaving.

Sami and I stayed for well over an hour, letting Paul walk ahead — the odds of coming across such an unexpected scene of water in a desert had to be photographed.

Fortunately the busted water pipe did turn off. No idea from where it was stopped or how anyone even learned about it.

We meandering onward through the desert to catch up with Paul, once again stupefied by the wonderment that makes up the brilliance of life and photography, thankful for the unexpected.

I pushed to have this uniquely layered photograph in the magazine but like so many stories for NG, this one fell to the editing floor — you win some, you loose some.

Pick up today the December issue of National Geographic, "Blessed. Cursed. Claimed”, part III of the Out of Eden Walk project, available on newsstands everywhere.

All my best,

John Stanmeyer

#outtake @natgeo @thephotosociety #Jericho #desert #water #watermain #brokenpipe #waterwaste #MiddleEast @VIIphoto
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13h natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @amivitale. Lkasanoi Leparkeri, a #Samburu from #Melako Conservancy in #Kenya was one of the warriors who came as part of an initiative by @NRT_Kenya to #Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for peace building initiatives. Getting these warriors more involved in conservation and grazing management, and tapping into their incredible knowledge of community politics is now a primary focus for @NRT_Kenya since they are also the people most often involved in ethnic conflict and cattle rustling. I followed the young warriors who visited @Lewa_Wildlife Conservancy last week back to their homes in Melako Conservancy, part of the Northern Rangelands Trust in Northern #Kenya.
Melako is a tough landscape and stretches towards the Ethiopian and Somali border. Rainfall is rare, as are permanent settlements and solid infrastructure. It is no wonder that there is ethnic conflict and cattle rustling here considering the conditions.The warriors are learning how conservation and grazing management can lead to healthier cattle, better grass and more wildlife. They were shown first hand how this can work in their own conservancies. The experience left them in awe.These communities hold the key to saving Africa's great animals.

The Northern Rangelands Trust works to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a globally renowned conservation organization that acts as a catalyst and model for conservation. Learn more about this important work at @NRT_KENYA @lewa_wildlife @NATURE_africa and @nature_org
#magicalkenya #lewa #rhino #africa #wild #nature #warriors #wildlife #conservation #animals #NikonNoFilter #nofilter #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #onassignment @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa
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15h natgeo
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natgeo Image by @paulnicklen for @natgeo and @sea_legacy. What breaks a pattern can also bring it to life. Contrast in nature is a prominent design often sought-after by photographers and appreciated by onlookers. An adult king penguin illustrates the drastic transformation these juveniles, or ‘oakum boys’, will undergo as they grow into adulthood. Image 2 in the ‘Patterns in Nature’ photo series by @paulnicklen. #oakumboys #juvenile #king #penguins #kingpenguin #contrast #patternsinnature #natureisspeaking #goldharbour @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @cristinamittermeier 15h

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17h natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @mattiasklumofficial Though coral reefs are famous for color and stark contrasts, there are also creatures hiding unseen all over the reef. The Tassled Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephalia) is a master at camouflage, able to change the color of its skin to match its surroundings. By hiding in plain sight, this ambush predator can overcome fish and other meals effectively, while still remaining hidden from predators that would otherwise pursue it. If it would
encounter a larger predator, the fish has a set of venomous spines along its dorsal fin to defend itself. #Scorpionfish #coral #reef @thephotosociety
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17h natgeo
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natgeo Phone photo: @ivankphoto Our group hikes through heavy fog advancing towards the summit (not in photo) of #Imbabura (4,600 m), a #volcano in the north of #Ecuador. @runa_photos, @thephotosociety, @panospictures 17h

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18h natgeo
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natgeo Video by @kitracahana . Kate Tiktaq asks her daughter Olivia for a kunik, a traditional Inuit kiss, in their home in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada. A kunik is an expression of affection in the Inuit culture, and can have slight variations from region to region. Part of an independent documentary film I'm working on with @edouphoto about the Inuit experience in the Arctic. #Nunavut #Canada #Inuit #Kunik #Kiss #mother # love 18h

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19h natgeo
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natgeo Half a million chickens are part way through their 60 days of life in this state-of-the-art poultry farm in Brazil. To follow their journey from farm to plate, go to @geosteinmetz and scroll down to see where your food is coming from. 19h

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20h natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @petekmuller/ @prime_collective for @natgeo. Two American employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepare to analyze blood samples from suspected #Ebola patients at their field lab in Bo, #SierraLeone. #CDC provides critical testing services for #Ebola treatment centers throughout several districts of Sierra Leone. Accurate and efficient testing is a critical element of curbing Ebola transmission. 20h

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21h natgeo
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natgeo Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto. Magic moment or tourist set up? Both. Sad to report that the famed fishermen of Inle lake are now actors for tourist cameras, paid for by tour operators. Why fish when you can pose for a lot more money. But it still takes a good photographer to capture the right moment when subject, light, and composition come together. Saw many a good frame from my group of workshop shooters but not one real fishermen catching fish with a dip net. #inlelake #myanmar @thephotosociety @theimagereview @natgeocreative 21h
  •   val_deriz @jess_kiri ohhhhhh 5h
  •   cemates57 @mulcedulce Arkadaşınınki daha güzeldi ama 4h
  •   iamdulla Beautifull 3h
  •   mauriciomar @yamashitaphoto great photo! congratulations! 2h
  •   ihavealisthp Who writes this crap? I was there last year and there are people who legitimately fish like this.. there was no stopping to pose for photos hell barely anyone even went near them so as not to disturb them. 2h
  •   mutisso The ones who "pose" are right at the entraces of the lake, and yes they do ask for money. It's a terrible idea to keep paying these....Inside the lake there are many fishing (specially morning) as they always did, and for the ones in search of real photography it does takes investment of time and skills to get close without disturbing (isn't that the point when learning photography anyways, besides tech skills...?) 1h

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1d natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @amivitale. Light painting with a very cooperative #donkey who did not move under the sea of stars while working in #Melako Conservancy in Northern #Kenya. Melako is an arid landscape and stretches towards the Ethiopian and Somali border. Rainfall is rare, as are permanent settlements and solid infrastructure. It is no wonder that there is ethnic conflict and cattle rustling here considering the tough conditions.
Warriors from Melako are part of the #NorthernRangelandsTrust. They are learning how conservation and grazing management can lead to healthier cattle, better grass and more wildlife. They were shown first hand how this can work in their own conservancies by visiting #Lewa Conservancy this week. The experience left them in awe. These communities hold the key to saving Africa's great animals.
The Northern Rangelands Trust works to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a globally renowned conservation organization that acts as a catalyst and model for conservation.
@NRT_KENYA @lewa_wildlife @NATURE_africa and @nature_org #magicalkenya #lewa #rhino #kenya #africa #wild #nature #warriors #wildlife #conservation #animals #NikonNoFilter #nofilter #nikon #d4s #nikonambassador #amivitale #photojournalism #onassignment @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa
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1d natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @davidalanharvey .
Stinson cottage in fog this afternoon. I have been taking pictures of this cottage for years. Watched it ripped apart by a hurricane and watched it rebuilt. Put a picture of it in NatGeo. The Stinsons are a terrific family. This is their summer cottage. So for now sits alone and empty in a winter fog. Summer will find us all again just hanging out.
#outerbanks #nagshead #magnumphotos #burnmagazine
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1d natgeo
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natgeo @RobertClarkphoto Another #FancyPigeon from my series of photos I took back in 2004. This pigeon type is called the #trumpeter pigeon because of its distinctive calling voice. It’s important for them to sound a particular way in order for them to be considered a ‘trumpeter’, but the look is particularly important as well. Trumpeters are also bred to have ostentatiously long feathers covering their feet, so long in fact that it would be near impossible for this pigeon to fly.

This is an example of #selectivebreeding done in such a manner that it has produced an animal barely resembling the original, and in a sense can serve as an example of how #evolution can work. The accentuation of minor traits over generations can eventually lead to the emergence of a species far from it’s original ancestor. This is what Darwin was attempting to prove when we was breeding his own pigeons was that it was possible to select for certain traits, and that it was probable that adaptation and survival were key ‘selectors’ in allowing certain traits to survive over others.

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1d natgeo
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natgeo Photo @renan_ozturk // #onassignment for the #MyanmarClimb. The rest of the team headed home for thanksgiving but @taylorfreesolo and myself headed back to Bagan to catch a few more shots. After the 6 weeks of time in the remote northern regions, where we were only the second group of westerners to travel through in 2 years, it's quite the juxtaposition to be in the most established tourist destination in the country in near peak season. Tonight, as another magical sunset unfolded and the travelers jockeyed for their camera positions, we headed across the way to shoot back at the crowd. For us it's been an important story element, to not just shoot the beautiful temples but to document the state of emerging tourism - numbers which have doubled from 1 million in 2012 to 2 million in 2013, and projected at 3 million for 2014. That being said, we too are tourists and I'm looking forward to capturing this incredible and history landscape myself. @thenorthface @gopro @sandisk @fstopgear 1d

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2d natgeo
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natgeo Photo by @JohnStanmeyer for @NatGeo

Olive trees in #Gethsemane, the garden located at the foot of the #MountofOlives in #Jerusalem, where according to the New Testament #Jesus stayed and prayed on the night before His crucifixion.

While on assignment for National Geographic magazine earlier this year for part III of @OutofEdenWalk, I was following a fellow by the name of Carl James Joseph, an American also known as the Jesus Guy for his emulation of Christ. Even barefoot, Carl walked fast. So fast that when we reached the Church of All Nations, I lost him in the crowd.

Having never been to the Church of All Nations nor this part of Jerusalem, I realized just next to it was Gethsemane, the garden believed to be where Jesus spent His final night with three of the Apostles — James, John and Peter — before being crucified.

That evening, this ancient field of olive trees (some dating to 1090 AD/CE) was bathed in green light, layering the brilliance of olive colored leaves in a surreal evening swash of viridescence.
Unable to decipher how this important garden would fit into the story, I couldn’t help ponder the weight and measure of this historic location, the reference of events that connect to the Last Supper and what is known as the Agony in the Garden.

This photograph stayed in the final presentation, one of nearly 50 photographs presented in the final projection of the story to editors at National Geographic in DC. I knew it would never see ink and paper in the magazine, nor likely pixels on an iPad. Even so, I photograph for myself, for appreciation and reflection. This vignette from Gethsemane is one I’ll remember as an intriguing evening spent following (and getting briefly lost) from the Jesus Guy, the poetry of the lamplight and the weight and measure of history which is this unique garden of olive trees.

Be sure to pick up the December issue of National Geographic, "Blessed. Cursed. Claimed”, part III of the Out of Eden Walk project, now available on newsstands and in your mailboxes.

All my best,

John Stanmeyer

@thephotosociety #tree #olivetrees #Christianity #garden #MiddleEast #faith #night #green @VIIphoto
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2d natgeo
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natgeo Image by @paulnicklen for @natgeo and @sea_legacy. Patterns in nature can be found in abundance; from the fine details of each individual feather to the dotted sky filled with a flock of birds. Moving patterns form, evolve and disappear often without notice. A photograph can freeze motion and reveal design from what might otherwise seem like random chaos. A bounty of little auks, also known as dovekies, fill the landscape at the shores of Svalbard. Image 1 in 'Patterns in Nature' photo series by @paulnicklen. #polarobsession #patternsinnature #natureisspeaking #nature #dovekies #littleauks #norway #svalbard #patterns #art #photography #beauty @natgeocreative @thephotosociety 2d

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2d natgeo
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natgeo #Syrian composer Malek Jandali rehearses in #nyc for an upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall in late January. @edkashi @viiphoto #newestamericans 2d

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2d natgeo
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natgeo What is a #Superfund site? Find out in the December issue of #NatGeo magazine.
For the story title #Wasteland @FritzPhotos #FritzHoffmann visited 12 #toxic waste sites that are on the Superfund National Priorities List. The #landscape photos were made from a 50 foot aerial boom lift. The elevated view provided a perspective that communicates scale and a sense of our place in the Superfund picture.
This photo was taken while on assignment at the #RockyMountainArsenal in #CommerceCity #Colorado during the annual #roundup of American #bison, which are now living there to aid in returning the land to natural prairie. The arsenal is now the #RockyMountainArsenalWildlifeRefuge

The U.S. Army manufactured chemical weapons at the arsenal in the 1940s. The manufacturing facilities were then leased to #ShellOil Co. for their production of pesticides. Production ceased in 1982 and remediation of the land began. The EPA listed the site on the #Superfund cleanup priority list in1987. Parts of the 27 mile site have since been delisted from Superfund.
Introduction of the bison to the site lands began in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Eventually the refuge will support 200 head of bison.The bison are rounded up in part to check them for exposure to toxins that may remain on the land.

Read the story on Superfund in the story titled #Wastelend in the December #NationalGeographic magazine, in the NatGeo iPad edition and at www.ngm.com.
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2d natgeo
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natgeo Women stand overlooking the neighborhood of Kroo Bay in #Freetown, #SierraLeone. Kroo Bay is an historic settlement and one of the most densely populated residential areas of the city. Photo by @petekmuller/ @prime_collective for @natgeo. #africa #ebolaoutbreak #ebola 2d

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2d natgeo
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natgeo Photo // @jimmy_chin
Cerro Torre revealed. Wind raked and prone to severe weather coming off the Patagonian Icecap, Cerro Torre is one of the most righteous and intimidating granite spikes in the world to climb. #mountainportrait #mountainarchitecture #argentina #patagonia #blackandwhitechallenege @thephotosociety
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