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photo by @brianfinke featured in the February cover story, The Birth of Booze. A Chinese newlywed toasts her guests with a traditional cup of rice wine. The drink has been consumed in China for at least 9,000 years; a chemical residue found in a jar of that age is the oldest proof of a deliberately fermented beverage. But the influence of alcohol probably extends even deeper into prehistory.
@stevewinterphoto @natgeo BIG CAT WEEK is on NG WILD - #bigcatweek 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!! 14 months old tiger cubs at their waterhole in Bandhavgargh National Park in India. This is a short film put together using camera trap images. 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. There are only 3400 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture 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. Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, #bigcatsforever Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork
Video by @joelsartore | A group of endangered Perdido Key beach mice exploring their surroundings. As their name implies, these mice inhabit prime real estate- ocean front property along the Gulf of Mexico. For decades, these beach mice have struggled to persist as sand dunes turned into high-rise condominiums and hurricanes repeatedly flattened and scoured their 16-mile long island. This species most recently teetered on extinction following an active hurricane season in 2004, but now beach mouse populations are currently at a 30-year high, with over 600 individuals. Conservation actions and Endangered Species Act protections must continue, as the next struggle may be just one hurricane season away. To see a portrait of these mice snuggling together, check out @joelsartore! . . #mice #perdidokey #cuteanimals #smallanimals #photoark #endangeredspecies #animalconservation #natgeo
Photos and videos by @dguttenfelder | Scenes from the Viking and Slav festival in Wolin, Poland and Viking historical sites in Ribe & Trelleborg, Denmark. Swipe left to see more photos from my story on Vikings featured in the latest issue of @natgeo. #MyVikingLife Vanished for centuries, Vikings still capture our imaginations, but how much do we truly know? Did you know that they had women warrior commanders and traveled to more than 50 cultures as distant as Afghanistan and Canada? These medieval seafarers and warriors live on in the invented worlds of filmmakers, novelists, and comic book artists. Today most of us can reel off details of these imagined Vikings- how they fought and feasted, where they lived, how they died. But how much do we really know about the Vikings? Who were they, how did they see the world, and what were their lives truly like? Now, with advanced technology- from satellite imagery to DNA studies and isotope analysis- archeologists and other scientists are coming up with many surprising new answers. -Heather Pringle / National Geographic For our March 2017 National Geographic cover story, "New Visions of the Vikings”, photographer @robertclarkphoto shows us the revealing archeological sites, sleek wooden ships, ornate treasures, and stunning weapons. Photographer @dguttenfelder traveled to massive Viking battle reenactments, in Wolin, Poland and reconstructed living history Viking sites across Denmark, to show the public’s ongoing fascination with Vikings and to try to bring Viking history to life.
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio The Kronotsky Nature Reserve, a biosphere reserved for the study of natural sciences in the Russian Far East, on the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Created in 1934, it extends to over 10,000 sq km (more than 4000 sq mi). It has Russia's only geyser basin, plus several mountain ranges with numerous volcanoes, both active and extinct. Due to its often harsh climate and its mix of volcanoes and geysers, it is frequently described as the Land of Fire and Ice. The reserve is mainly accessible only to scientists, plus around 3,000 tourists each year who pay approximately US$700 to travel by helicopter for a single day's visit. Kronotsky Nature Reserve has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #landscape #simonnorfolk #Kamchatka #камчатка #russia #Кроноцкий #biosphere #naturalworld #unesco #worldheritagesite @Kronotskyreserve #forest #pinetree #instagramrussia #snow #fineartphotography #Kronotsky #Kronotskyreserve #visualarchitects @bookmarkcontent
Photo by @daviddoubilet My partner Jennifer Hayes works in the garden of icebergs near Red Island in Scoresbysund Fjord. Icebergs are the perfect metaphor for the sea, only a small fraction is visible to our human eye. Sadly these beautiful formations are produced by the ugly retreat of Greenlands glaciers. We look forward to returning to Greenland in August to continue to document raw and remote world on the brink of change. With @natgeo @natgeocreative #ocean #polar #greenland #iceberg #extreme #beauty #elysiumartistforarctic for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
Photo by @johnstanmeyer • If you are going to have a wedding, let it be herald with large brass karnay horns, traditional Khorezmian music entering in procession to the Old City of Khiva, Uzbekistan. • Visit @yulia_grigoryants on Instagram and follow for behind the scenes photos of our overland car journey through Uzbekistan, part VI of the unique decade long @outofedenwalk story for @natgeo. • #onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #khiva #karnay #horn #khorezmian #khorezm #music #bride #groom #wedding #NGSilkRoad
from Khiva
hamar warrior, Omo river valley, Ethiopia, photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid from continued work documenting the effect construction of the Gibe III dam is having on the indigenous communities of the Omo River valley, Ethiopia. To see more of my personal work, and projects, visit @natgeo or @chancellordavid #omorivervalley #kara #hamar #gibeiiidam #humanzoo @kinetic_six @forrangers
Video by @joelsartore | An endangered crested capuchin named Milo at the @thelosangeleszoo. Sadly, Milo passed away not long ago after a long illness. He was a 22-year-old male and the leader of his troop of twelve at the Los Angeles Zoo. Milo was also a great father to his eleven offspring. We'll miss you Milo! To see a portrait of Milo, follow @joelsartore. . . #capuchin #monkey #RIPmilo #inmemory #photoark #natgeo
Photo by @FransLanting Baring your teeth at someone can be a sign of aggression. But here, Lana, a female bonobo, was doing it to provoke me. Bonobos and humans are so closely related that we share many facial expressions—and an ability to use deception. That is exactly what Lana was doing here. She was feigning aggression to get my attention—evidence of a social sophistication that crosses species boundaries. I spent several days with Lana and other bonobos in a captive family group for a series of intimate portraits to help people understand how unique bonobos are. Follow me @FransLanting for more bonobo portraits. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Attitude #GreatApe #Bonobo #Aggression #Communicationi
Video by @pedromcbride // Santeria dancers perform in an abandoned building site in Havana, Cuba. The dance company leader teaches discipline and teamwork and creates performance jobs throughout the city via dance. To see more from this @natgeoexpeditions photo workshop, follow @pedromcbride. #dance #havana #santeria #cuba
Video by @amivitale. I am excited to share this incredible story soon on @natgeo about @r.e.s.c.u.e , the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary located in Northern Kenya. Its express purpose is to find, rehabilitate, and return orphaned wild elephants into the surrounding landscape.  This is not a sanctuary run and managed by outsiders but by the Samburu themselves.  Trained abroad and with the full capabilities of a world class sanctuary, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is an incredible example of community conservation.  It helps establish pride amongst local people for THEIR elephants and it provides employment and funding for community efforts.  It is estimated that the sanctuary and an adjoining small community lodge will double the income of the 25,000 person community and be used for schools, clinics, and other community projects. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e, @amivitale and @sararacamp for more information on how to help or visit this magical place. #elephant #elephants #saveelephants #elephantlove #banivory #stoppoaching #worthmorealive #saynotoivory #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #bestdestinations #africanamazing #conservation #animals #safari #wildlife #climatechange #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #endangeredspecies @nrt_kenya
It's really hard to explain what its like to be this close to the king of beasts. Lions have a presence, a magnificent swagger that exudes superiority. It was quite a humbling feeling, being 10 feet away from this guy–in the safety of my little rental car. Kruger National Park, South Africa, is very accessible, you don't need a 4x4 vehicle, and it's a beautiful 4 to 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. On assignment for @natgeotravel #krugernationalpark For more images from Kruger follow @kengeiger BIG CAT WEEK started today Monday Feb 20th! on NG WILD - #bigcatweek
Photo by @johnstanmeyer • Deeply focused, Sukhrob Akhrorov cooks Samarkand's famous dish, palov (also called osh in Uzbek), in his shop of delicate simplicity. • To see more images from our car journey through Uzbekistan for part VI of the @outofedenwalk visit my Instagram account @johnstanmeyer. Also on my dear friend and social media supports IG account, @yulia_grigoryants for the making of this unique decade long story. • #onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #samarkand #palov #plov #osh #towel #cooking #kitchen #NGSilkRoad
from Samarkand
Photo by @stephenwilkes: The 30 combined miles of beaches in Rio de Janeiro are some of the most crowded (and beautiful) in the world. Locals and tourists - including myeslf - alike visited Ipanema Beach this winter which is a sunny escape from the cold, gray days of the North. #StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Ipanema #Rio #RiodeJaneiro #Brazil
Photo by @martinschoeller Martin: “Hi Arlando, good to see you. Have you ever been homeless?” Arlando: “I have been but not recently. I deliver food to homeless shelters, I even went out to San Francisco with a couple of churches to help the homeless out there. It’s kinda like the workin’ poor where you could be homeless but you know somebody, so you’re one stage from it. You know, it’s like when you have family, when you have friends you don’t have to necessarily hit the streets but if they say no, you’d be right there. Circumstances. It’s just you kinda lucked out a little bit better in the lottery, you know what I’m sayin’? The lottery of life. ‘Cause you know in the lottery of life you don’t know who your family will be. The homeless people that I know are just like me and you. It’s no difference. Born to somebody else, they’d be in a different position.” . For more portraits and stories, follow me @martinschoeller
from Hollywood
Video by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez ) Video at the Texolo waterfall park located in the Municipality of Xico, in Veracruz, Mexico. The main waterfall has an approximate height of 78.7 feet. There is a bridge over the ravine that connects both parts of the forest. On the other side, there are two smaller waterfalls that can be seen from some of the trails in the area. The waterfalls and their surroundings have been used to film several films. Video by @christian_foto / @prime_collective #waterfall #xico #veracurz #mexico
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone with words by @M_Synnott (Mark Synnott) - “Misha, p-l-e-a-s-e l-i-s-t-e-n c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y,” I say, holding up the old frayed rope to which we are tied. “I don’t want to climb any higher. If you won’t go down with me, I will untie and solo to the bottom.” With his brawny arms crossed over his chest, Misha locks me in an icy stare and mutters something in Russian. We’ve been arguing on this tiny ledge for nearly an hour, which, considering we don’t share a common language, is becoming ridiculous. What’s clear is that he adamantly refuses to bail. Earlier in the day, when we surveyed this 1200-foot cliff from the base, I realized there was no way we could safely climb it with the motley assortment of old Russian caving gear we had scrounged up in camp. I said as much to Misha and thought he had agreed, but somehow he has cajoled me halfway up the cliff. Peering down at the hundreds of feet of crumbling limestone we’ve already scaled, it dawns on me that I’m bluffing—and Misha knows it. My only option is to give in and go for the top. Though Misha is a world-class caver (and more stubborn than the donkeys that carried our gear into these mountains), he has little climbing experience. This leaves the dangerous job of leading the upper headwall to me, but I’m here to go caving not climbing, so I don’t even have sticky-soled rock shoes. When we finally top out late in the day—not far from where this photo was taken—Misha just shrugs and gives me a look as if to say, “See, I told you it was no problem.” And that’s how I accidentally made the first ascent of Hodga Gur Gur Ata, in a remote corner of Uzbekistan—on the very first day of our expedition to Dark Star. I haven’t discussed it with Misha, but I was thinking we could call our route Russian Roulette. Over the next few weeks we will upload a series of photographs on the Nat Geo Instagram feed from our recently published magazine story featured inside the March 2017 issue about a team of daring Russian explorers hoping to find the underground Everest - Dark Star (cave) inside the mighty Baisun Tau cliff in southern Uzbekistan. Stay tuned to see more.
from Uzbekistan