Photo by @markhamwildhope Flint island was originally charted in 1592 by Ferdinand Magellan as “Tiburones” meaning sharks in Spanish. Today this tiny speck in the middle of the Pacific is one of few places on Earth where sharks still reign supreme thanks to its remote location. Every square meter is patrolled by reef sharks while schools of larger shark species patrol the fringes. #natgeoexpeditions #sharks #reefs
Safety is in the numbers and these Chinstrap Penguins captured by @sissebrimberg on assignment at Baily Head on Deception Island in Antarctica certainly know that. The penguins eagerly await the perfect moment to rush into the sea together in order to forage for food. Leopard Seals patrol the surf to prey on the Chinstraps. Baily Head is located on the exterior of Deception Island, which is a volcanic caldera in the South Shetland archipelago. Over 100,000 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins breed in this spot, which has been designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. This photograph is actually in color! #onassignment #natgeoexpeditions #lindbladexpeditions #antarctica #southshetland #archipelago #deceptionisland #bailyhead #surf #penguin #chinstrappenguin #safetyinnumbers #danger #volcanic #blackbeach #worldinblackandwhite
Tiger Photos by @sandesh_kadur & @dickysingh #internationaltigerday celebrates tigers around the world. Being a large striped big cat, tigers attract millions in tourist revenue that helps keep them protected. India, the last stronghold of the tiger has just reported a 30% increase in tiger numbers over the last four years... now there are approximately 3000 tigers across India - that’s 70% of the world’s wild population.
Photo @jasonedwardsng Moonrise. A wonderful time of day, with pastel afterglow descending across a desert sky free from human generated pollution, both light and chemical. I love being in remote locations by myself, the world ceases to exist and I’m left with my own thoughts and company. I’m a pretty gregarious guy, however I feel very comfortable alone and feel it’s important for people to spend time with themselves. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from the field. . #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #outback #australia
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Tobermory on the Isle of Mull is always a welcome harbor as we explore Scotland aboard the Lord of the Glens (the ship on the far right.) I’ll be back in a week as we go down the Caledonian Canal that crosses Scotland and then out into the Inner Hebrides. The rumor lingers that a Spanish galleon sank here with its load of gold still aboard: I’ll have a look. Follow me @JimRichardsonNG for updates from Scotland. #scotland
Myths and legends come to life amid the swirling seas, fern-draped woodlands, and babbling streams of Chiloé island. At Tierra Chiloé, travelers hear the stories of island spirits and goblins—and then spin their own tale of adventure on excursions by land, sea, and horseback. #natgeolodges @tierrahotels
Photo by @sandesh_kadur • A cast of Sally lightfoot crabs assemble on a rock along the rugged shoreline of the Galápagos Islands. Traveling here for the first time, I was amazed at the diversity and boldness of all the species we encountered. #natgeoexpeditions #mygalapagosjourney #intothegalapagos #wherelumixgoes #felisimages
Photo by @ipmarkham The mingling of tropical creatures with cold water species like this green sea turtle and sea lion is part of what makes the Galapagos such an incredible place to explore beneath the surface. The seas around these islands team with life but may be particularly sensitive to changing climate and ocean conditions. #natgeostudentexpeditions #galapagos #ecuador
Photo @jasonedwardsng It is impossible to grasp the scale of Antarctica. Elements in the landscape appear much smaller than they are in reality. When you work from a helicopter as this image was taken, the scene you capture often has no point of reference. . Aside from the sheer beauty of the continent, translating the texture and form requires a certain type of light and generally not sunshine. As I approached this ice cliff it grew exponentially, the fractured blues ever expanding until they were hundreds of meteres high. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from the field. . #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #antarctica #climatechange
The Lofoten archipelago presents unique challenges to forming a connected society. Norwegians have adapted to these ecological adversities through the construction of bridges and roads between the islands. This has helped to create an enclave of small, connected communities within the chains of islands found in the region, as well as connecting this once isolated maritime region to the rest of Norway. Follow @ngseanthroonassignment for more. #natgeostudentexpeditions #lofotenislands #norway
Photo by: @federicopardophoto | At Tarangire National Park, in #Tanzania, we go to witness a very special encounter in which a sleeping lioness got spooked by a juvenile elephant that didn’t enjoy her presence. When photographing wildlife, capturing interactions between species may result in unique and surprising shots. #natgeostudentexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions #Tarangire
@jaydickmanphoto Church of the Savior on Blood in St Petersburg, Russia, looking at the incredible floor to ceiling tile construction. I was on a recent National Geographic Expedition and got inside the church before opening to the general public. Amazing to view this incredible place with only a few other people. I shot this with my iPhone, using the panoramic mode. By using this mode, and starting my “sweep” of the photo from what is on the right of this photo, the camera was able to capture some of the stunning “vista” created by the walls and ceiling. @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreattive @natgeotravel @thephotosociety
@jaydickmanphoto On a recent National Geographic Expedition, in Kyoto at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. This is such a stunning place, and worth visiting early morning.
Photo by @charles808 The mast fruiting has started in Borneo, which means their will be an abundance of food for all the critters living in the forest for the next month. The forest type here has mast fruiting every two to eleven years, and the last time this happened was 2010. This an important event, and there will be a lot of babies as certain mammals know when the forest will be able to sustain their young. This photo is a young red leaf langur, just one of the amazing primates to be found in the jungles of Borneo #natgeoexpeditions #borneo #primates
Photo by @charles808 Proboscis monkeys are endemic to the island of Borneo, and live in coastal forests. The biggest threat to the species deforestation. With specialised multi-chambered stomachs for fermentation, they primarily feed on poor quality leaves. With large protruding stomachs, a third of their mass is just from their bellies. #natgeoexpeditions #borneo #primates
Photo @jasonedwardsng A shoal of diminutive Glass Fish dance in the shallows above colorful corals. Oblivious to the machinations of geopolitics, economic hardship, manufactured territories, or scientific predictions of catastrophic biodiversity losses. . They’re not immune to any of these influences, quite the opposite really. But they are Glass Fish and will only ever be Glass Fish. There is a beauty in that existence that far surpasses the vision of a sunlit aquatic ballet. Captured on the Great Barrier Reef with National Geographic Expeditions. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng. . #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #greatbarrierreef #australia
Photo by @charles808⠀ This leopard was focused on stalking an injured zebra, and did not see that a pride of lions was closing in on him. At the last second, the leopard saw the charging lion and made it to safety up a nearby tree. Africa and its amazing diversity of mammals makes an african safari an experience that you will never forget. #natgeoexpeditions #africa #bigcats
Aleutian Islands. Photos by @erikalarsen888, writing by @jenniferkingsley—collaborating in the Bering Sea. Take time to look down. There are whole worlds at your feet. . On the beaches of the Aleutian Islands we find tiny scenes that speak to bigger themes. A sea urchin shell, fronds of kelp, and fish bones reveal both beauty and ecology. There is much to see when we make the time to slow down. Our inaugural voyage to this region aboard the National Geographic Orion continues!
Why sweat this summer when you can hike, bike, and kayak in misty Norwegian fjords? At the spectacular Storfjord Hotel, one of the newest members of National Geographic's Unique Lodges collection, summer temperatures rarely go beyond 74°F. @storfjordhotel #natgeolodges
Unimak Island. Photo by Erika Larsen @erikalarsen888, writing by Jennifer Kingsley @jenniferkingsley collaborating in the Bering Sea. . We’re traveling through the Aleutian Islands on our inaugural voyage to this part of the world. This moment happened late in the evening. . We’d been watching the volcanoes for hours, but they still weren’t quite real to me. Wasn’t this a children’s drawing of a volcano, rather than the real thing? Surely I had arrived as a tiny character in a pop-up book. Could they really be so smooth, geometric, and enormous? . This scene—so serene!—also gave me pause. It’s both a peaceful moment and a reminder that the molten centre of our earth, roiling with magma and building up pressure, is never far below. Some day, who knows when, it will wake up and change itself, again, with another explosion of fire. . We’re aboard the National Geographic Orion traversing the Bering Sea and bound for the Russian Far East. We’re discovering the path as we go. Follow us for more stories and photographs.
Photo by @sandesh_kadur - NatGeo expedition leader. The chestnut breasted coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii) is a species of hummingbird found in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. It's National Pollinator Week in the US from 17th to 23rd June and it is the perfect time to celebrate our pollinators responsible for the production of 75% of our flowering plants and crops. #nationalpollinatorweek #hummingbirds #pollinators #birds #wildlife #ecuador
Photo by NatGeo Fellow @sandesh_kadur ・・・ Always wonderful to be back in India to feel the season change from dry to wet, brown to green. As I look forward to my next assignment to follow the monsoon, I first have to look back at the times I did follow the rains and learn from the mistakes of the past as I plan for the future. Here’s an image from Kaziranga National Park, from many years ago. The three silk cotton trees always stood prominent against the flat horizon come rain, fire or shine, they stood strong and became my regularly photographed scape in Kaziranga. I’ve posted a link to my previous monsoon blog - when there was something popular called a blog. Check it out on my bio page @sandesh_kadur & follow along for more stories of the monsoon!
@jaydickmanphoto On a recent National Geographic “Around the World by Private Jet” Expedition, we spent a couple of nights in Greenland at the Ilulissat Ice Fjords, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flying over the Jakobshavn Glacier (also known as Ilulissat Glacier), I saw this surrealistic scene on the surface of the world’s fastest moving glacier. Ridge marks created by the rapid movement and small pools of meltwater atop the sea of ice highlight the landscape of this amazing site. This glacier produces almost 10% of Greenland’s icebergs, with about 35 billion tons of icebergs calving annually from Jakobshavn.
Photo @jasonedwardsng Silt and sand eroded from the slopes of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, flowing into a turquoise lake. The pristine wilderness is a credit to New Zealand’s active desire to preserve wild places. Time and again this tiny nation sets the standard for sustainable living and future planning. One of the many wonders we witnessed on our journey with National Geographic. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng. #newzealand #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #aerialphotography #nodrone #patternsinnature
Photo by @mikelibecki One of the most remote points of land on Earth, the island of Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands/Archipelago, French Polynesia. And of course one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The tower on the left is called Poumaka, one of Mother Earth’s works of art. Organic, pure nature, the way it should be. 🙏🏻🌎 #natgeoexpeditions #lindbladexpeditions @lindbladexp
Photo by @sissebrimberg. The Kings of South Georgia. This is a colony of South Atlantic King Penguins in South Georgia where the brown fledglings weave like a band in between the adults. The King Penguins are the second largest species of penguins, just behind the Emperor. The main part of their diet consists of krill, squid and lantern fish. #natgeoexpeditions #kingpenguin
National Geographic is BACK at Yellowstone! Tune in to Yellowstone Live on Nat Geo through Wednesday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT and watch this iconic national park come to life after a long, hard winter. We’re also offering a FREE three-night stay at the Lone Mountain Ranch, a National Geographic Unique Lodge in Big Sky, Montana—enter now for a chance to WIN! Photo by @lonemountainranch #YellowstoneLive
Photo @jasonedwardsng It’s that time of year in the Southern Hemisphere. The long dry summer flowed into a warm and dawn-out Autumn, but now the chill has arrived. The days are waning and the light is becoming thinner, however the colours when you can find them are staggering. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng. . #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #autumn🍁 #newzealand
Photo by @mikelibecki Happy Summer Solstice! A rare and beautiful fog bow, sometimes called a white rainbow, gracing us with its presence somewhere off the coast of East Greenland. #natgeoexpeditions
Photo by NatGeo Explorer @sandesh_kadur This is a recent image of the famous tree-climbing lion pride in Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Although a bit clumsy getting up and down trees, lions in various places seem to be making themselves at home on tree-tops, something that NatGeo Explorer @alexbraczkowski has studied in great length with his pride of lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. #natgeoexpeditions
Photo by @gianlucacolla. The Sahara desert, land of many unwritten stories, land of centuries of difficult trades among Africa, land of hardship and limits, forces us to think and move at a slower pace and when the heat of the day slowly and slightly fades away, reveal itself in all of it majestic beauty. #natgeoexpeditions #saharadesert
Photo @jasonedwardsng Dawn pierces the desert horizon, transforming the Aboriginal sacred site Uluru into a silhouette. The vast outback sky dwarfs the giant inselberg making it appear small in the landscape. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng. . #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #uluru #australia #outback
Photo by @mikelibecki I imagine this walrus saying something like this... “Yo! I just sucked several thousand clams out of their shells, prob about a hundred plus pounds of them, gonna to take a nap and do it again later...” #WalrusLife in Svalbard on board the #natgeoexplorer with @lindbladexp @natgeoexpeditions @lilliana_libecki #lindbladexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions
Photos by @mikelibecki and @lilliana_libecki One of the special and unique things about Svalbard are the reindeer/caribou. They are curious and playful, and don’t have any predators that threaten them. Even polar bears are not a threat as they can easily out-run/maneuver them. What a joy to see these young, beautiful animals in the wild while on an expedition aboard the #natgeoexplorer with @lindbladexp and @natgeoexpeditions. #natgeoexpeditions #lindbladexpeditions
Photo by @mikelibecki The magic, power and beauty of the Arctic never ceases to amaze. Of course, the wildlife is always incredible, yet getting intimate with the glaciers, icebergs and the frozen landscape gives us of a small glimpse of a chapter in eternity, to try and fathom the formation and changes to our planet, specifically glaciers for tens of millions of years. Here a group from the #natgeoexplorer ship gets up close and personal. Another incredible journey/exploration with @lindbladexp and @natgeoexpeditions in Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic. So grateful to be here with my daughter @lilliana_libecki, stay tuned for more moments from this trip. Gratitude for all. #natgeoexpeditions #lindbladexpeditions
photo by @susanseubert // icebergs stranded on the beach in Leconte Bay, Alaska. Photographed #onassignment in #Alaska #iceberg Follow @susanseubert for more!
You, the sand, warm tropical seas, a private beach and clear blue skies. Was there something else you needed whilst exploring the Great Barrier Reef with National Geographic Expeditions? Let us know! . Please join me @jasonedwardsng. #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #greatbarrierreef @natgeoexpeditions #australia
Photo by @save.our.plankton Happy World Oceans Day! The purpose of today is to celebrate our World’s shared ocean and our human connection to the sea. It’s a day to raise awareness about the crucial role oceans play in our daily lives and important ways people can protect these ecosystems. The 2019 focus: Gender and the Ocean. The goal this year is to build greater ocean and gender literacy and to discover ways to promote gender equality in ocean activities. Take some extra time today to appreciate our beautiful marine ecosystems! Freediver: @tessabaileytaft #natgeoexpeditions #worldoceansday #ourchoicesmatter
Photos by @save.our.plankton These small skeleton shrimp are only 2-3cm in length and were spotted while diving along the west coast of Greenland with @natgeoexpeditions. Notice in the photos how these animals use their hind grasping appendages (pereopods) to attach to the kelp. They can then use their free forward appendages to feed on detritus, diatoms, or zooplankton from the water column. If you take time to pay attention to the details, there is always something interesting to see in nature. #natgeoexpeditions #greenland #scubadive #underwaterphotography
Photo by NatGeo Explorer @sandesh_kadur The zebra is known as “Punda Milia” in Swahili - it means Striped Donkey #natgeoexpeditions #tanzania #mammalwatching #zebra #pundamilia
Many of the travelers on this expedition have fathers or uncles who fought in World War II. A few didn’t make it back, and those who did rarely spoke of it. To watch the veterans up on stage today, honored by the world just steps from the beaches where some of them landed was truly touching for all of us. “They were a quiet generation,” said a traveler whose father nearly missed being hit by a bomb. “I look at all these graves and think every one of them had a mom,” said another. And our bus driver, a Dutchman, reminds us of what these soldiers were fighting for: “I am part of the first generation to grow up free.” From expedition leader @saraherdman9 on our Remembering D-Day Expedition
Entering the Ngorongoro Crater we were privileged with sighting this beautiful solitary tusker. With some late rainfall the whole area is lush and just breathtaking. The elephant just adding to an already spectacular scenery! Photo by @sandesh_kadur Check in on the live video from Hippo pool inside the crater.
Photo taken by @sissebrimberg #onassignment in Svalbard. This is one of my favorite photographs because of the poetry of the moment. The polar bear is in the midst of cleaning its fur, scraping against the sea ice. But to me, it also looks like it is holding on to its fragile environment which is under threat. The sea ice is what supports its way of hunting seals, and as the ice disappears, so does the polar bear’s chances of survival. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend the majority of their lives on the sea ice hunting. #natgeoexpeditions #lindbladexpeditions #svalbard #arctic #seaice #ice #polarbear #ursusmaritimus #climatechange #vulnerablespecies #hypercarnivorousbear #bear
Photo by @sandesh_kadur//NatGeo explorer Did you know that Tanzania harbours the second highest diversity of Chameleons... next only to Madagascar?! That’s pretty cool. Most people come here only to see the big animals, but there’s a lot of cool little creatures too! @natgeoexpeditions #reptilewatching #chameleonsofinstagram