natgeo Photo @ladzinski / Stepping foot into the #GiantForest of #sequoianationalpark, you immediately feel small. Sequoia trees are among the tallest and oldest living trees on earth, some living in excess of 3,000 years. You don't get this old without being resilient. Sequoia's are a very thirsty tree so to speak, requiring a lot of water. In recent decades heat index has been slowly on the rise, coupled with the drought in California it's making life at lower elevations difficult for these giants. Some are showing signs of stress, shedding needles in an effort to fight the heat. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo 3h

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natgeo Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo
Corinne, 24, is one of the several hundred millennial employees living and working in the shops, restaurants, campgrounds, and hotels that service the tourists of Yosemite National Park. But, no one cares to discuss their work... they are really here as an excuse to live close to one of the most stunning and unique natural places on Earth. In Yosemite Valley, I found an inspired, thriving community of youngsters enjoying a perfect mix of social community and individual passion for simply being.

#hooping #findyourpark @yosemitenps #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #fypyes #nps100 #nationalpark @nationalparkservice #mercedriver #yosemitevalley thx to @dakotasnider #peace #tranquility #nature #love #photography #photoftheday #grateful #instagood #npmillennials #picoftheday #roadtrip #dance
On the search for the next generation of visitors to the National Parks for @natgeo - follow along at @arni_coraldo
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natgeo Photo by @dominicbracco Victoria Acosta, a seamstress who makes car seats and air bags, cleans her house while towels dry on a line. Until the violence subsided, outward displays of money, such as gaily painted walls, were rare as residents tried to avoid attracting the attention of criminals. The story of the recovery of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is in the June issue of @natgeo and online. #Juarez #amorporjuarez

Foto por @dominicbracco Victoria Acosta, una costurera que hace asientos de autos y airbags, limpia su casa mientras se secan las toallas en el tendedero. Antes de que la violencia disminuyera, muestras de prosperidad, como pintar las paredes de colores vistosos, eran raras pues los residentes trataban de evitar llamar la atención de criminales. La historia de la recuperación de Ciudad Juárez, México está en la edición de junio de @natgeo.
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natgeo Photo by @daviddoubilet A vast zen garden of eels rises from the soft sands of Dumaguete Philippines. These guys are called "Garden eels" and they live in burrows in the sea floor, they are social creatures that prefer large groups (colonies) that resemble large gardens. These gentle creatures wave in the current like wheat in a field and capture passing plankton; they look scary but they are incredibly shy and disappear into the sand when you approach them. It takes many hours to get them used to the presence of a camera on the sea floor. From my current @natgeo story coverage in the #Philippines focusing on this corner of the #CoralTriangle . @thephotosociety #eel #scary #plankton #ocean #garden #weird #respectnature #zen #wonderful for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet 15h

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natgeo Photograph taken by @christianziegler This amazingly colorful bug has warning colors and is best avoided because it is poisonous. Here an adult is sitting on a spectacular maracuya (Passiflora edulis) flower. When they are young, the bugs feed on the poisonous sap of the maracuya plant, which renders them poisonous. My first book, A Magic Web, about the tropical forest of Barro Colorado Island in Panama, has been re-designed and finally translated to Spanish, Un Tejido Magico. Part of the redesign included using newer photographs which I took on assignment for @natgeo over the years.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #conservation #ecology #BarroColoradoIsland #Panama #amagicweb #untejidomagico
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natgeo Photo by @BrianSkerry.

A large Tiger Shark swims over a coral reef in the Bahamas. Considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters, researchers are now learning about behaviors that until recently remained a mystery. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult and they face many challenges to survive. And as with all species, the tiger shark faces declining populations worldwide as the demand for shark fins continues. A story in the June issue of @NatGeo Magazine will reveal fascinating details about the lives of these important animals.
Follow @BrianSkerry for more on tiger sharks, and look for more shark stories throughout the summer in @NatGeo Magazine!

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#sharks #tiger #shark #endangered #bahamas #caribbean #blue #marine #biology #photooftheday #save #sharks #natgeo #fish
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natgeo Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Odd jobs, river washing in Japan: to ensure that the waters run crystal clear in the streambed at Kenrokuen Garden, "river washers" labor from morning till dusk, sweeping algae from the stones. #japanesegardens #kenrokuen #japan @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1d

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natgeo Photo by @martinschoeller
Martin: “Where are you from Della?”
Della: “Mississippi.”
M: "How long have you been in LA?"
D: "Well, I was living here for seven years and then I left in 2015 and then I came back."
M: "What brought you back?"
D: "Well, I lost my home there and I came back here. But I lost my home here too."
M: "You’ve been surviving on the streets lately?"
D: "Yeah, I’ve been living at the bus stops with my mom and nephew."
M: "With your mom?"
D: "Uh huh."
M: "The three of you are together?"
D: “Yeah."
M: "Any chance of getting into a shelter?"
D: "No, they said that I used up all my vouchers. So I don’t know what else to do about it. So we’ve been living on the street ’til we can get some money together to find a hotel that’ll let us stay for twenty-eight days or something like that so I can get a job. It’s been hard because you can’t get a bath and it’s horrible to go somewhere on an interview with dirty clothes or dirty so…”
M: "How old is your mom?"
D: "She’s seventy-six."
M: “How about Section 8 or any government housing?"
D: "They said there’s a moratorium on that. They’re not even taking applications for Section 8 right now. This is what I was told when I went to the Housing Authority."
M: "Too many people?"
D: "I guess too many people. I blame Reaganomics. When Reagan was in office, he put a lot of people out of the mental health institutions where there were a lot of jobs. So a lot of people lost their jobs and a lot of people who were mentally ill are on the street now. ‘Cause when I go to the shelter, I find that there are a lot of mentally ill people there. I got attacked by a mental patient that was there also in the Santa Monica shelter."
M: "I’m sorry to hear that. That’s terrible. Where is your mom now?"
D: "They’re waiting for me to come back because I was trying to get some free glasses [UCLA Mobile Clinic] because I have very bad vision because I have diabetes."
M: "You’re always staying at the same place every night?"
D: "Yeah, pretty much every night over in the bus stop."
M: "But you can’t even lay down on the bench."
D: "No, you can’t. They put little humps in there so you can’t lay down on it."
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  •   larahyy @hcedarstrom yes, because animals should be treated like humans. Equality. & I don't mean that it's right what they do to this woman, but why shouldn't animals be treated like us? There's no sense, we all live on the same planet, the same Galaxy, the same time 32min
  •   maureen.evans.45 That's appauling 24min
  •   f3nnyw3nny Heartbreaking 11min

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natgeo Photo by @jimmy_chin
Find the heli for scale….Thankful everyday for the work I get to do and the people I get to do it with….some of the most incredible pilots, athletes and safety teams out there. Here’s moment setting up for one of the more challenging shots of the year. #onlocation #canadianrockies #bts
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natgeo Photo by @renan_ozturk #TheLastHoneyHunter assignment // ~

Caption by expedition writer @m_synnott ~

Bright lights, tiny village. ~
Day to day life for the Kulunge has always been structured through an animistic mythological tradition called the 'mundhum.' A kind of oral history, the mundhum is a series of tales that starts with a creation myth and then chronologically follows key ancestral figures as they interact with various forest deities and other forces of nature. The mundhum narrative, which includes detailed and complex genealogies, ultimately serves as a code of ethics for everyone in Kulunge society - how these mythological characters behaved in various situations, then so should you. ~
But every year the outside world gets a little closer. Inexpensive smart phones and 3G connectivity proliferate, and the youth all know those key places in the village where the connection is good enough to update their Facebook profiles. A road has been cut to within a day’s walk of the Kulunge’s ancestral homeland, and work has begun on a trekking route that will penetrate the upper reaches of the Hongu Valley and connect it to the Khumbu region. There is even talk of the Nepali government constructing a small airport. ~
Today’s youth, like the young man pictured here, represent the first generation of Kulunge to be educated in schools. With literacy and exposure to other cultures, most don’t want to be farmers like their parents. The desire to travel Nepal and the world, to earn wages and engage in consumerism pulls these young men and women away from the Hongu River valley. ~
As the wide world slowly encroaches and the distractions grow, the culture begins to fade – and the deities of the mundhum retreat ever deeper into the forest. ~

For more on this story follow the team @jetbutterflies @taylorfreesolo @ben_knight @m_synnott @renan_ozturk #beautyintheunexpected #onassignment
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natgeo Photograph taken by @christianziegler A Keel-billed Toucan is about to feed it's chicks with a juicy cicada. Toucans often feed small animals, like large insects, little lizards or more commonly other chicks, to their young during the breeding season (May-July). During the rest of the year, they are mainly frugivorous (fruit-eating) and play an important role in fruit dispersal.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #conservation #ecology #BarroColoradoIsland #Panama #amagicweb #untejidomagico
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natgeo @robertclarkphoto Going for a stroll in the evening. A construction fence reflects the colors of a traffic light. The amount of development that has taken place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is hard to fathom. Only one restaurant was open in 1997 and now it boasts Michelin star restaurants. I have read that more people moved to the borough of #Brooklyn in the last few years than in any city in America. That level of growth is hard for any area to handle, which affects its diverse cultural backdrop. The word Brooklyn, a Dutch word that means broken land, seem fitting. 2d

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natgeo Photo by @GerdLudwig shot #onassignment for @natgeo. The Novy Svet Winery is a small, yet leading, sparkling-wine manufacturer in Crimea producing about 2 million bottles a year, ranging from sweet to brut. Founder Prince Lev Golitsyn constructed the tunnels below sea level, where the wine ages at the necessary 8-12 degrees celsius for three years. Employees still turn the wine manually during the aging process.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @theimagereview #Crimea #Russia #Ukraine #wine #NovySvet #winery
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natgeo The year 1971: People peer through a natural window in the castellated cliffs above the river in White Cliffs, Montana.

Flashback 128 years into photographic history as we bring you images from the NatGeo archives. See more at natgeofound.tumblr.com. @natgeocreative
Photo by Volkmar Wentzel #tbt
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natgeo Photo by @amivitale. Join us tonight in Madrid for the opening of the Danube Revisited exhibition! We are eight photographers paying tribute to Inge Morath, following in her footsteps down the Danube River from start to finish. The gift of the Danube was liberating and ultimately about bringing us all together. Here, fishermen go by the light of the moon. Because of overfishing after the collapse of the Soviet Union, certain species of fish in the #BlackSea are on the brink of extinction. Sturgeon are the most endangered species, along with those that inhabit shallow coastal waters.
@lurdesbasoli @emilyschiffer @oliviaarthur @ClaudiaGuadarrama @clairemartinphoto @jessicadimmock @KathrynCook @patrickwest @sarahisaacs @magnumphotos @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

#danuberevisited #ingemorath #documentary #reportage #photojournalism #nofilter #beach #summer #water #blacksea #amivitale
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natgeo Photograph by paulnicklen for @natgeo // At 2am, the aurora dances across the night sky in Canada’s Yukon Territory. I wanted to capture the reflection as well so I waded out in the the cold water. As soon as I started shooting, I heard noises behind me in the bushes along the shoreline. I could not make out their shapes in the dark but they looked too small to be bears. I let out a long wolf howl and immediately a pack of at least 10 wolves broke the silence of the night air as they howled all around me. This moment filled me with gratitude and such a deep level of happiness that is hard describe. To see a time lapse of this exact moment, feel free to follow me on @paulnicklen. These are the moments that I live for. I will be sharing stories this week at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. #mfilm16 #gratitude #love #beauty #picoftheday #photoftheday 2d

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natgeo Photo by @james_balog. Retreating ice reveals the bedrock underfoot on British Columbia's Heakamie Glacier. Follow @james_balog for more. #climatechange #anthropocene #eis #glaciers #nature #britishcolumbia 2d

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natgeo Image by @markosian | Cuban schoolchildren outside of class in downtown Havana. The Cuban constitution states that educational and cultural policy in Cuba is based on Marxist ideology. School attendance is compulsory from ages 6 to 15 or 16 and all students, regardless of age or sex, wear school uniforms with the color denoting grade level. #Havana #cuba 3d

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natgeo Photo @ladzinski / The #ValleyOfTheGods is an off the beaten path BLM recreation area in Southern Utah. Numerous sandstone towers dominate the landscape, throwing long shadows at sunrise over the sage fields. It's beauty matches it's name and it's no wonder that it's been the backdrop to numerous western films and movies. @natgeocreative @3stringsproductions 3d

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natgeo Photo by @mike_hettwer
THE SHIPBREAKERS

It's like a bomb going off. The two yard managers were lucky to survive this section being winched off a scrapped ship in the deadly and toxic shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh. Hundreds of large pieces of steel shrapnel fired off in all directions as the section fell and thundered to the ground.

Once pulled to shore, it’s cut into smaller sheets and much of it is recycled into rebar for construction—and almost everything on the ship is resold or reused. Usually more than 150 ships are dismantled each year on the once pristine black sand beaches north of Chittagong.

The issue is the dangers to workers and the environment. Many times they are risking their lives with heavy metal exposure, using cutting torches with no eye protection, falling off ships, getting blown up or incinerated from the flammable gases inside the ship or being crushed from the steel plates falling on them. Seven workers were also shot this year protesting the death of another worker who was run over by a truck.

This photo is part of a sequence that you can see in the short National Geographic shipbreaking video which has been viewed by over 2.4 million people on several sites.

Cut and paste this link into your browser to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOmtFN1bfZ8

This shipbreaking video was viewed by 125,000 people over the last few days alone because a couple of web sites embedded the video on their own site.

Anyone can embed this video for free on their site by using the publicly available YouTube embed instructions here: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WOmtFN1bfZ8";; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

#shipbreaking #shipbreakers #shipbreaker #shipping #ships #environment #toxic #pollution #polluted #bangladesh #chittagong #bayofbengal #safety #asia #labor #workers @thephotosociety @petergwin @natgeo @mike_hettwer
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