Instagram viewer and editor
natgeo

@natgeo / National Geographic

Photos and videos by natgeo

Photo by @randyolson | Ogallala aquifer water mining for agriculture has left families outside Clovis, New Mexico, completely dry. Buffy Berdoza's family has been carrying water in 5-gallon buckets in the back of their pickup for four years. There are 88,000 agricultural wells just across the state line in Texas that now average around 200 gallons a minute. Originally, these wells pulled around 1000 gallons a minute out of the aquifer but have depleted it to the point that some wells can barely fill a cow tank. Buffy's daughter, Jasmine (in photo above), quit her job and came home to to carry water when Buffy had health issues. Jasmine makes multiple trips to Clovis to haul water every day in twenty one 5-gallon plastic buckets in the back of a small pickup truck. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years
Advertisement
Photo by @randyolson | There are times when fetching water can kill you. The tribes in the Omo River valley fight over access to water and the food they can grow on its riverbanks. There are droughts where locals have to dig into riverbanks to get bits of muddy water. And recently there’s the additional threat of the Gibe III dam, which could completely choke the Omo. When the dam goes online and the river is diminished, these groups will not have the water and food they need. These are the last culturally diverse tribes in southern Ethiopia with attributes like lip-plates, bull jumping, and stick fighting. The fear is that when the Omo diminishes, Lake Turkana will dry up like the Aral Sea, which was one of the planet’s greatest environmental disasters. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years
Advertisement
Photo by @andreabruce | A woman gets water from a well near her home in Khost, Afghanistan. Women spend nearly half their day fetching water from wells for their families and animals. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years
Advertisement
Photo by @ljohnphoto | On the side of the only highway in Konso, Ethiopia, is a frequent gathering of women “scratching” for water from the sand of the once full Aroyo River. The women complain the sand dam stopped the underground flow they depend on for daily water supply but soon they will have clean and dependable water at a pump nearby. But for now it’s scratching and filling jerry cans, cup by cup. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years
Photo by @ljohnphoto | Without water we die. “We know when we are created that this will be our life,” says Gale Deyknto, as she bends to hoist a Gerry can of water weighing 80 pounds onto her back. To find water she may have to walk 2 hours or 2 days, up and down mountainsides, across deserts, risking attack by men who do not want her water but her body. The women in Kenya share this fate with females all over the developing world. Females are the water carriers, and because of that they are at risk for injury, disease and attack. Whether water is pulled up hand over hand from a “singing well” dug into the Kenyan earth or “scratched” from a Tanzanian riverbed, it is precious. On occasion, a miracle happens. A well is dug. A water line is stretched from one village to another. And with that abundance, villagers begin simple, life-saving acts—washing their hands, growing better food, and gaining an education. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years
Photo by @amytoensing | I climbed up a hill above the apple orchard in the dark, hoping morning would bring something special to photograph for a story I was working on about pollinators for @natgeo. Every spring farmers rent hundreds of honeybee hives holding millions of bees to provide the vital task of pollinating their apple trees. This dance of nature marks a cycle of beauty and rebirth, but it is also essential to humans. One out of every three bites of the food we eat depends on pollinators. As dawn broke, the fog rolled through the flowering apple orchards below and I knew I had the image I was looking for. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @peteressick | The light was perfect on the morning I photographed Roman Stolzfus’ chicken farm in Pennsylvania. I was working on a story on the Chesapeake Bay and Roman has a large successful farm nearby. He does many helpful farming practices to lessen pollution leaving the farm and entering water sources that lead to the bay. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng | Frank Reese is one of my hero farmers. He’s holding one of his rare heritage Standard Bronze turkeys and you can see his pride showing. Frank’s Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch outside my hometown here in Kansas is home to the oldest continuous flock of standard turkeys in America. And this year these turkeys celebrate 100 years on the Kansas prairie; they were brought here from Pennsylvania as a wedding gift in 1917. Frank acquired the flock in 1958. He is one of those farmers who make it their business to protect and nurture our human agricultural heritage. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @geosteinmetz | On the Bassetti farm near Greenfield, California, workers harvest celery to be shipped to retail outlets in the U.S. and Asia. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng | It’s been 10,000 years since the first farmers started reaping wheat. Every year since then harvest time has been a little dance between farmers and their crops, like this one I saw from a small plane flying over fields outside Goodland, Kansas. Like all farm kids I grew up feeling the excitement of harvest, probably something that's embedded in our DNA by now. You’ll note that the two farmers approaching each other were playing a little game of chicken — and that the farmer on top dodged first. Then harvest is over and it’s another year of waiting, same as it has been for 10,000 years. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng | Flying over Southwest Wisconsin that morning was pretty magical, with the perfectly manicured farms floating in the clouds, the very picture of order and goodness and fertility. - On #NationalAgDay, we #ThankaFarmer for growing our food with only 0.7% of the water on Earth. And for finding new ways to solve the world’s water crisis. Test your water knowledge at nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Sponsored by @WinFieldUnited. In partnership with @sustain_ag and @landolakesinc.
Photo by @amivitale. Suyian was the first elephant rescued by the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Reteti, part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, is the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The Matthews Range, where Namunyak is situated, is home to Africa's second-largest elephant population. Community-based wildlife keepers there are working to rehabilitate abandoned and orphaned elephants in order to eventually return them to the nearby wild herds. In this sense, community based conservation is likely to be the only viable alternative for vast tracts of Africa, in the parts beyond agriculture and where big animals and nomadic pastoralists still make their home. This elephant sanctuary is the culmination of a two-decades long process of tipping conservation upon its head, protecting wildlife for, and not just from, people. In that sense the sanctuary is as much about people as it’s about elephants. The elephants and this initiative need your support. You can help by following or donating! Please follow all of us, @amivitale, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @sararacamp to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @ConservationOrg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #africa #natureisspeaking #photojournalism #amivitale
natgeo
@stevewinterphoto @natgeo I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th! Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! Pirate running after caiman in the water for his lunch. We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also. We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families, they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves! Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia
Image by @joelsartore | A partial albino red-tailed hawk at @MNZoo. Normally, this species’ feathers are not white like this one--usually they're brown with a reddish tail. Red-tailed hawks can be found scattered widely all the way from Alaska to Central America. They have very few natural predators, and generally hunt by scanning for prey from a perched location or during flight before swooping down to catch it with their talons. Red-tailed hawks are monogamous, mating with the same individual for many years. Generally, the only time they’ll take a new mate is if their original mate dies. To see another image of this hawk, check out @joelsartore! . . #albino #hawk #redtailedhawk #photoark #natgeo
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Southern Right Whale and a diver swim together in the frigid waters of New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands during wintertime. These enormous whales can reach lengths of 45 feet and weights of over 70 tons. North Atlantic Right Whales, cousins of the whale photographed here, are the most endangered whales on the planet - with only about 500 remaining. Though the Southern Rights are also endangered, their populations have increased since the whaling days due to increased regulation and geographic distance from shipping and hunting lanes. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine. To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about my adventures around the world, follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram. #southern #right #whales #endangered #species #new #zealand #nat #geo #underwater #photography #national #geographic #photooftheday #whaling #protection #whale #onassignment #natgeo #nationalgeographic
Natgeo Photo by @cookjenshel The Spring Equinox arrived today at 6:29AM in the Eastern time zone of North America. We’re marking the first day of spring with a remembrance of the thousands of cherry trees we photographed last year at sunrise at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, for our #WiseTrees project. Unfortunately this year, the blossoms were dealt quite a setback with the resurgence of winter last week – but luckily the later blooming varieties survived. Please see our “The Wisdom of Trees” story in the March issue of National Geographic Magazine. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #cherryblossoms
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio On this day (20th March) in 2015 the Yemeni crisis took a deadly turn: The al-Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques in Sana'a, the country's largest city, came under quadruple suicide attack during midday prayers. The blasts killed 142 people and wounded more than 351, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Yemen's history. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL / ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the United Nations, 16,200 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015 including 10,000 civilians. The humanitarian situation in what was already one of the world’s poorest nations, is now, after Syria, the most critical on the planet, with 20% of Yemenis severely food insecure. Sana'a, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its distinctive architectural character. The World Heritage Committee has also voiced concern over the damage inflicted to this great Islamic city. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #cityscape #photojournalism #islamicarchitecture #islamic #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #reportage #Yemen #Sanaa #photojournalism #journalism #documentaryphotography #UNESCO #CivilWar #war #conflict #arabianpeninsular #arabia #isis #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #worldheritage #terrorism #terroristattack
natgeo
Video by @bertiegregory. A pair of black-capped donacobius call to affirm their territory. Top bird nerd fact for the day- this type of singing is known as an antiphonal duet - a behaviour few birds are capable of where two individuals or groups sing alternately at speed with great precision! Unfortunately I wasn't recording sound! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!