salvarezphoto 17°16’ N | 92°18’ W
Tumbula, Mexico

Tumbula is a Chol speaking Maya town in north-central Chiapas. The church was built in the 1600s by native labor. Often the Maya workers would hide their own gods inside the masonry of the chapel walls so that each time the Spanish priests required them to pray they were quietly subverting their own christian conversion. JL Steven's mentions this church and the town in his classic book, Incidents of Travel in Central America written in 1848.
#maya #mexico @natgeocreative
@thephotosociety
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  •   _fantsea Wow 10min
  •   manuar70 3. The most importanr: to try to stop to british. Everybody knows british and frenchs, for not to talk about hollands, was like rabied dogs chasing the spanish possesions 9min
  •   manuar70 You can get more information reading about California, Texas and Florida with Louissiana actual states, and old spanish presence 8min
  •   manuar70 We wasnt angels, im sure, but we was the better alternative, be sure. Why alternative? Because if not was spain the country arrived there, was the british, and belive me, surelly you was so white skin person and indians or natives never survived 4min

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salvarezphoto 19°44’ N | 70°23’ W
A storm was blowing in shouldn’t there be surf?
Waiting for the waves at Playa Presciosa in the Dominican Republic.
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salvarezphoto Good morning San Francisco! I've had a great weekend here teaching and learning about smartphone photography. I can't wait to come back for my net weekend workshop in October!
#sanfrancisco #morningrun
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  •   samarpan.dutta Wow! SFers are lucky! Any plans of any workshops or assignments in India this year? Would love to learn from you! 3d
  •   bfarese Really nice! 3d
  •   mikekeehmer awesome image 3d

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salvarezphoto Good morning SFO! Looking forward to two days with an @natgeo smartphone photo expedition. #travel #morningrun 5d
  •   gordonwiltsie Welcome to SFO! 5d
  •   adra86 Welcome to SF! You should say hi to my uncle Hossein in Half Moon Bay! I hear y'all are old friends from Sewanee? 5d
  •   mmmcuster Beautiful! Always amazing photos! 5d
  •   kay_in_kansas I love all the food stalls and restaurants inside. Wishing I was there. 5d

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salvarezphoto Sunrise on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. So spectacular to watch the milky way fade into the blue of the coming day and the sun burst over the canyon rim. #timelapse #grandcanyon #toroweap @natgeocreative 1w

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salvarezphoto Some days at work are better than others! Exploring Lost Cove Cave today with the seniors od St Andrew's-Sewanee School. 1w

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salvarezphoto 40°50' N | 119°9’ W
Black Rock Desert, Nevada

America’s public lands are amazing! The Black Rock Desert in Nevada is part of the over 245 million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management that belong to us all.
@natgeocreative
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  •   baum__dotcom @akoko14 yeppp 1w
  •   ben.o.adams As national parks keep getting more and more crowded these areas are such a treasure. 1w
  •   jehernandezh That reminds me of an episode of malcom in the middle 1w
  •   gianjeiphi I really love the contrast between the desert and the sky it's just amazing! 1w

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salvarezphoto 20°12' S | 13°54’ E
Garth Owen Smith at Wereldsend, Namibia

Garth Owen Smith is the grandfather of modern Namibian conservation. He was at the forefront of reintroducing large, dangerous animals to Namibia after they had been wiped out during the Angolan war. Sustainability has always been his long term goal. He told me that the story of conservation in Namibia has been finding a way for native populations to live with the animals -not apart from them.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo
#NatGeoEarthDay
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salvarezphoto The urge to make an image is a basic human impulse, it really is part of our survival strategy. Often times the only thing we have left from a culture’s passing is the images that they have painted or carved on a rock wall. The images are part of our shared human history.
Yet art that has survived thousands of years like these Esplanade Polychrome images are vulnerable to climate change, accidents or outright vandalism.
I have started a project called the Art Archive to identify and preserve the world’s most fragile and important ancient art.
#artarchive @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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salvarezphoto Esplanade Polychrome Pictographs
Mohave County, AZ

Of all the rock art I have seen in the American West, nothing captivates me like the Esplanade polychrome paintings. They are known from perhaps 25 sites located mostly located in Mohave County AZ. To my –admittedly untrained- eye they more resemble a style of painting seen in Australia than anything in the Americas. How old are theses paintings? No one knows. Some of the art left by the first Americans is over 10,000 years old but these beautiful and complex images are likely far younger.
#firstamericans #originsofart #stars
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salvarezphoto 36°12' N | 113°35’ W
Sunrise at Toroweap Overlook, Arizona

Perched some 3,000 feet above the Colorado River, @Devlin_Gandy takes a break from our hunt to find North America’s oldest art to admire sunrise from Toroweap Point. We have seen some amazing pictographs and petroglyphs on this trip through the American West. But Toroweap is a great reminder that the landscapes that house these treasures are amazing in and of themselves. Poised on the edge of Earth Day and the centennial of the National Park Service it is important to contemplate what the modern conservation movement has preserved for us all. Without it large parts of the #GrandCanyon would now be a lake and this amazing landscape would be underwater.
#EarthDay #GrandCanyon @natgeocreative @thephotosociety
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salvarezphoto Toroweap Overlook is a great place to end a fabulous week spent exploring the American West with @devlin_gandy looking for this Hemisphere's oldest Art. 3w

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salvarezphoto Butler Wash Panel, San Juan River Utah
Photo by @salvarezphoto

NGS Grantee Devlin Gandy (@devlin_gandy) takes in the Butler Wash panel along the San Juan River. Devlin and I are spending a week in the American West searching for the oldest art in North America. This panel dates from the Basket Maker period starting around 1500 BC. While this art is not terribly old by even US standards it is one of the most impressive pieces of art in the American Southwest. Check out our trip by following @salvarezphoto
#rockart #utah #petroglyph
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salvarezphoto 40°20’ North | 119°18’ West
Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)

The bright lights of Reno burn the horizon red as stars shine above Winnemucca Lake in Northern Nevada. I’m on the road this week tracking down the oldest art in North America and have been treated to some wonderful night skies in the high desert.
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salvarezphoto Tracks in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Some of North Americas oldest definitively dated Art is in this basin. 13000 years ago when the glyphs were carved this was a vast lake system that extended more than 80 miles through present day Nevada. Now it is famous as the site for Burning Man. #blackrockdesert 4w

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salvarezphoto Looking for the oldest Art in North America. @devlin_gandy surveys a dry lake bed near the black rock desert in Nevada. #originsofart 4w

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salvarezphoto 35°12’ North | 85°55’ West
Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
Like a scene from a Hudson Valley painting, spring comes to my home on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.
Some things are too dramatic not to shoot.
#tennessee
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salvarezphoto 23°8’ North | 82°21’ West
Avenida de Maceo, Havana Cuba
Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
An American tourist makes his way along Havana’s famous Malecón. A year ago when I made this image I had the feeling that Cuba was on the edge of historic change. At the time americans were pouring into the country to see what we have missed. And now president Obama has made the first official visit since 1959.
Historic change indeed!
#cuba #Obama
1mon

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salvarezphoto 22°55’ North | 82°23’ West
Bejucal, Cuba
Photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
A portrait in celebration of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba yesterday.
#cuba
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salvarezphoto 69°37' North | 18°21 East
Synnovjordvegen, Norway

In the brief light of the arctic winter @burchamphoto leaps onto a rock on the Synnovjordvegen.
#MicrosoftAmbassador #Lumia950
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