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Photos by @PaulNicklen | An emperor penguin’s feathers are no ordinary bird feathers. Compared to other birds, they have a much denser and more uniform set of feathers, allowing them to reach incredible speeds underwater. An emperor penguin can significantly increase its speed by releasing tiny bubbles from its feathers in bursts, which reduces friction and propels it up to three times as fast as their normal speed. As a result, these penguins can dive to depths of up to 1,750 feet and increase their chances of escaping some of their most fierce predators, such as leopard seals. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of these impressive #Antarctic birds. #penguin#ocean#feathers#wildlife#photography
Photo by @stephenwilkes.| The newest image in the Day to Night series is finally complete! This scene, photographed in British Columbia's Bella Coola, captures grizzly bears looking for food in their natural habitat during the salmon run. Due to climate change, the rivers in which the salmon travel are hotter and drier than ever before, leading to an increase in fish mortality and fewer fish for the bears to feed on. I plan to continue this project, capturing other threatened and endangered species, in the hope of creating awareness about the dangers of climate change and the effect of man on natural habitats. The Day to Night series began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.#DayToNight#StephenWilkes#Bellacoola#Grizzlybears#Dawntodusk#Canada#Landscape
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Maasai giraffes stand in perfect silhouette against a spectacular sunset. But their future is not necessarily as bright. The latest IUCN updated Red List of Threatened Species did not include good news for giraffes. Their populations have quietly plummeted by 40 percent in the last 30 years, as a result of habitat loss, poaching, and civil unrest. Somehow this decline hasn't been at the forefront in the news, and we can just imagine how many other species are disappearing without any notice at all. Protecting habitat is more essential than ever as so many species will benefit from that blanket protection and security. From lions and elephants, right through to giraffes and the oxpecker birds feeding on the ticks in their hides, down to the dung beetles that replenish the earth with their droppings, we have an awful lot to lose if we leave this too late. #maasaigiraffe#giraffesunset#timetoact
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | San Juan County, Utah: An enigmatic and evocative piece of Barrier Canyon Style rock art in southern Utah. Rock art is notoriously hard to date, but this style of painting likely comes from the late archaic period of Southwestern archaeology (4,000 to 1,500 BP/before present). There are a large handful of sites across southern Utah (also into Colorado and Arizona) with a similar style. The paintings are typically larger-than-life anthropomorphic figures that are often finely painted. Join me by following @salvarezphoto as I work on a Nat Geo grant looking at rock art in some of our western public lands. It’s a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the nonprofit @ancientartarchive
Photo by @joelsartore.| Grizzlies—more accurately, North American brown bears—are majestic symbols of the wild. Despite their reputation for having carnivorous appetites, their diet isn’t limited to moose, deer, elk, and bison – it also consists of nuts, berries, fruits, and leaves. While they generally live alone, grizzly bears will occasionally gather in large numbers at major food sources like for salmon Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. When preparing for winter hibernation these bears have feasts of epic proportions, gaining up to three pounds a day! To see how the grizzly bear’s photo session for the Photo Ark turned out, follow me @joelsartore.
Photo by @pedromcbride | Loijipu, an orphan rhino, enjoys a bottle of milk on Sera, the only community-led black rhino sanctuary in northern Kenya. There are now 14 black rhinos living safely in this landscape, where nearly all the wildlife was decimated due to illegal poaching, thanks to the work of @nrt_kenya. To see more, follow @pedromcbride // #rhino#conservation#Kenya#Africa#nature#cute#wildlife#petemcbride
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A storm sweeps over the ancient site of Samaria-Sebaste, located in the village of Sebastia, just northwest of the city of Nablus, West Bank. The ruins include remains from six successive cultures dating back more than 10,000 years, including the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.
Photo by @irablockphoto | In Iceland, not far from Reykjavik, is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, the largest geothermal bath in the world. Both tourists and locals take advantage of the waters in this man-made attraction, located in a lava field. The warm waters are supplied from the nearby Svartsengi Power Station. The mineral-rich waters are not only relaxing, they're said to be helpful for skin issues like psoriasis. As the lagoon is located near the Keflavik Airport, many tourists stop by on their way home. #bluelagoon#geothermal#spa#iceland#steam#fog