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Jonathan Kingston  Photographer @natgeocreative, @natgeotravel & @natgeofineart FAA Part 107 Licensed ✉️

Check out @natgeofineart for incredible images from around the globe! Honored they are featuring one of my all-time favorites from India.
Seeing a elephant — that very likely weighed more than 10,000 pounds — playfully swimming through the blue ocean water above my head was like witnessing a miracle, and to this day is one of my most treasured memories.
Shortly after moving to Udhagamandalam in southern India I learned that elephants were brought to the Andaman archipelago for logging. Male elephants were put on some islands and females on other islands. When the males went into musth, pulled by nature’s call, they would swim to the islands with the female elephants. In India the elephants keepers are known as mahouts. Mahout's and their elephants have a unique relationship that often begins at a young age and lasts for the lifetime of the mahout. Once the mahouts realized that their elephants could swim, some mahouts began swimming with their elephants to other islands for work and for play. The elephant in this image was in retirement and no longer used for heavy labour, but part of the the life-long bond that elephants have with their mahouts includes a ritual of bathing together. This particular elephant would often go for a short swim during the daily bathing ritual.
This image was captured on film in 2004 after two years of planning and obtaining permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests that seeks to protect elephants in the Andaman archipelago. The shot has been widely copied by other photographers, but none have captured the ethereal weightless feeling that shows the bond of elephant and mahout at play together in Andaman sea.
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A young man dances in the longhouse of the Kwakiutl people in Alert Bay, near the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. @natgeocreative

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I have seen a lot of cool stuff in my life and was not expecting to be as swept off my feet by the solar eclipse, but when totality was reached, and I removed my glasses and stared at the suns living corona blossoming in the sky like the eye of God, I experienced something I will never forget. @natgeocreative @natgeofineart #eclipse #oregon #madras #2017 #2017eclipse #totality #diamondring #baileysbeads

I love my job. The wingtip of the two seater, open cockpit, ultralight airplane I am flying in glides over the blue Atlantic waters of the Bassin d'Arcachon, on the southwest coast of France. If anyone is in the area be sure to look up pilot Philippe de Gaillande @ulmevasion for a flight you will never forget! @natgeocreative

Lights from river boats cruising the Seine transform into streaks of color in this long exposure of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Follow the @natgeoadventure story feed today as I take you up a 4-pitch route in the Verdon River Gorge, France. Pictured here, Cory Richards near the top of “No Name”, a one-pitch 6b sport route that finishes at the rim of the 2000-foot-plus deep gorge. @natgeocreative

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Boys covered in Holi dust, Jodhpur, India. Celebrating the victory of good over evil along with the arrival of spring, the Holi festival of colors happened this Monday in India and around the world. The festival is a no-holds-barred street party where participants smear and throw colored dust on friends and strangers alike. Anyone is fair game, and the fun level couldn't be higher. Taken #onassignment for @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative . . . . . .
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Bhavai dancers pirouette with clay pots balanced on their heads at the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur, India. @natgeocreative @natgeoexpeditions

The pink city gates of Jaipur, India. @natgeocreative @natgeoexpeditions

The shani bazaar, or Saturday night market, Patpargang, New Delhi. What Americans would think of as a farmers market - with the exception that few are farmers and they are selling everything from vegetables to household wares, to toys for children - these salesmen and women travel to different neighborhoods and create pop-up markets every night in the city of Delhi. @natgeocreative

Did you know there are penguins that live on the equator? I didn't until my first visit to the Galápagos Islands, in Ecuador. The Galápagos penguin uses the unique volcanic landscape of lava tubes as prime habitat in the tropical waters of the archipelago. @natgeocreative @natgeoexpeditions

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