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  Posted: Jun 7, 2013 10:55 AM FEED
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I was in #Siberia, #Russia, in winter, at Lake #Baikal, and there were five of us crammed into a jeep. The others were drinking vodka. I told them I was going up a small cliff to shoot this man riding his #horse on the #ice, and as I walked back I saw the jeep start up and drive off: they had simply forgotten me! I started running, then screaming. It was getting dark, and it was about 35 below. I freaked out. After an hour of trudging through snow, I saw a fisherman sitting in the dark beside a hole in the ice. I was ecstatic. I ran to him, waving like a madman, and tried to explain the situation in the little Russian I know. He held out a vodka bottle to me, then gestured up a hill. At the top of it, there was a snowy road. I sat beside it in the Siberian silence until I heard ‘Matthieuuuuuu.’ It was the driver that came back to look for me. First I was upset, but soon we started laughing about all this... Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) - @thephotosociety

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Posted: Oct 21, 2017 9:51 AM
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Posted: Oct 21, 2017 7:24 AM
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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” on the northern edge of the Pamir Plateau in Xinjiang province. So named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. The mountain plays hide and seek behind fast moving clouds that hide and reveal. This photograph taken from the Karakoram Highway side heading to Taxkorgan, western most town in China close by the Afghanistan border. @thesilkroadjourney #korakoram #mysilkroad2017 #pamir #xinjiang #china #glacier #mountain @natgeocreative
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Tuscany Posted: Oct 21, 2017 1:45 AM
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Photo by @stephenwilkes. Walking the back roads in Italy at sunrise is a magical experience, often greeted by beautiful light.  The feeling one gets in Tuscany, when the early morning light touches the landscape often brings back memories and creates new ones.  To see more of my work, follow me @stephenwilkes. #italy #sunrise #tuscany #light  #memories #landscape
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Photo by @williamalbertallard
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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 7:47 PM
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Images by @joelsartore | For thousands of creatures living on Earth, time is running out. That’s why the National Geographic Society has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to launch the Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship. The fellowship focuses on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species and kicks off with these five unique creatures: the Antillean manatee (photographed at the @Dallas_World_Aquarium), Baird’s tapir (photographed at @theomahazoo), the giant anteater (photographed at the Caldwell Zoo), the hawksbill turtle (photographed in Xcaret, Mexico), and the volcano rabbit (photographed at the Chapultepec Zoo). These species are the subject of conservation efforts by our first fellowship candidates in Latin America. Each species has been featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark, a flagship program of the National Geographic Society founded by National Geographic photographer @JoelSartore. Once selected, the final Photo Ark EDGE fellows will undertake a 2-year fellowship project to help protect their focal species. The fellowships will leverage the power of Sartore’s captivating portraits to bring attention to the global extinction crisis and will help put effective tools in the hands of conservationists working to turn the tide for species at risk. Learn more about these species and the people working to save them by clicking the link @joelsartore’s bio. #PhotoArk
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 6:00 PM
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Photograph by @michaelnicknichols | Jane Goodall and Jou Jou, chimpanzee at Brazzaville Zoo, Republic of Congo, 1990. I (@michaelnicknichols) grew up with Jane Goodall, Flo, Flint and Greybeard on the pages of National Geographic magazine in the 1960’s, and wildly came to photograph Fifi, Frodo, Freud and Jane in the 1990’s. Jane and I collaborated on the book Brutal Kinship, bringing to light the disappearing terrain chimpanzees relied on to live, and how we humans cruelly and without irony used our closest relative as stand-in surrogates for space exploration, HIV and hepatitis research, language studies, and entertainment.
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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 4:29 PM
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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 2:31 PM
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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid having a chat with the local wildlife, in this case a baboon at Mpala research centre, northern Kenya - Mpala lies beneath the shadow of Mt Kenya, in the heart of central Kenya’s Laikipia County, it is strongly committed to using research to benefit the surrounding communities, the nation of Kenya, and global conservation efforts as a whole. It hosts multiple educational outreach programs in order to tackle issues of human-wildlife conflict and thus ensure that both conservation and human livelihood goals are met. I’m delighted to be working with Mpala and will be bringing stories from here to the outside world over the next months. To see more from Mpala follow me here @chancellordavid and @natgeo and Mpala @mpalalive #fightingextinction #conservation #everydayextinction #africa #Kenya #wildlife #conserving #conservation #stoppoaching #endextinction #elephant #ivory #rhino #northernkenya #Kenya #africa
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 1:52 PM
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Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Yoga with goats, who would have thought? Some participants say they experience a calming effect, the "goat factor” acting as a psychological help, driving the attention away from trying to perfect that pose... Here at the Mountain Flower Dairy Farm in Boulder (Colorado, USA), a practitioner gets into Savasana pose at the end of her class. And yes, it took place in the goat pen. Reducing stress level is a major factor in bringing a higher level of happiness in one’s life - there are many receipes to feeling happy, some are external to your life, some you can control. See a story on Happiness worldwide, coming out this month in @natgeo and follow me on @paleyphoto as I explore this topic on my Instagram feed. @natgeocreative #yoga #happiness #boulder
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 11:42 AM
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Go beyond her work, into her world. JANE, a film about Dr. Jane Goodall is in theaters now. Head to to find a screening near you. #JANE
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Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner.

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Botswana Posted: Oct 20, 2017 3:22 AM
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Photo by @FransLanting A ribbon of water winds across dry plains surrounding Botswana’s Okavango Delta as morning mist shrouds the contours of the landscape. The delta is an intricate tapestry of dry land and wet land, with ever shifting boundaries defined by the ebb and flow of water. Fed by a river that begins a thousand miles away in the highlands of Angola, the delta spreads out across the Kalahari Desert sands of northern Botswana. The miracle of water in the desert attracts multitudes of animals from antelopes to elephants. The delta became a World Heritage Site in 2014, but its future is by no means secure. Read the story in the November issue of @NatGeo to learn more. This image is featured in our new book, “Into Africa,” which is based on our National Geographic exhibition, also entitled “Into Africa,” currently on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History through October 22. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from Africa. 
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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 12:36 AM
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Photo by @katieorlinsky. Horses on Arapaho Nation reservation land in Wyoming, USA. The Arapaho are one of nearly a dozen tribes fighting against the White House overhaul of the Endangered Species Act, which has saved more than 200 species from extinction. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo article "Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals."
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 9:46 PM
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Photo by @andreabruce In an Indian village where malnutrition is common, a child sleeps in a swing made from a scarf.
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About half of Indians defecate outside without using toilets. Children pick up parasites and chronic infections that impair the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients — 117,000 Indian children die each year from diarrhea related to this, according to UNICEF. #india #sanitation #children @noorimages
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 7:30 PM
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