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Photo by @christianziegler A lilliputian orchid, of the genus Pleurothallis. Each tiny flower is less than a centimeter, and it blooms brightly in the highlands of Panama. This is part of an article on NG online about how to photograph orchids. Please check it out: Photographing Orchid Flowers. #orchids #natgeo #panama

Video by @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~

The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~

Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~

We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~

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Photo by @jimmy_chin
Going up to go down. @kitdski making a lap on one of her favorite runs in Wyoming - the Chevy / Ford Coulior on the Grand Teton. #multitaskingmommy #grandtetonnationalpark

Photo by @FransLanting It’s always rush hour on the beaches of South Georgia Island. Extraordinary numbers of king penguins are going into the water to start fishing offshore. It’s a testimonial to the richness of this Southern Ocean ecosystem and the importance of this island at the edge of Antarctica as a sanctuary for marine life. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the amazing life history of king penguins on this spectacular island.

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Photo @tbfrost | This might look like a chicken embryo but it is in fact a saltwater crocodile embryo , photographed in the Northern Territory of Australia. I will post an adorable video by @melissalesh of Baby hatchling saltwater crocodiles in the wild on my profile @tbfrost. The reason that a chicken embryo and crocodile embryo look so similar is that crocodiles and birds are very closely related, both share a common ancestor: the archosaur. What is even cooler though is that scientists can see crocodiles have changed very little since the time of dinosaurs whereas birds have evolved considerably. Crocs really are the world's great survivors! For more photos and videos of crocodiles, follow @tbfrost. Photo made on assignment for National Geographic Society grant project on crocodiles.

Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while #onassignment with @cristinamittermeier, @ladzinski @andy_mann and @sea_legacy for @natgeo. A juvenile blue-eyed shag approaches me to inspect itself in my dome. No matter where I swam and no matter what I was trying to photograph, the curiosity of these young cormorants got the best of them. They poked, prodded and inspected every part of my dive gear. I fought back laughter and decided to quit running from them and grab a fun portrait. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this icy dreamscape. #gratitude #nature #beauty #earthhour #naturelovers

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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!! Scarface succeeds after many days and gets his caiman!!
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, #bigcatsforever
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Photograph by @thomaspeschak A shiver of scalloped hammerhead sharks swims off Darwin Island in the Galápagos. They are looking for cleaning stations where reef fish pick parasites and remove diseased skin (see white patches in this photograph) from these sharks. @saveourseasfoundation funded shark scientist Dr. Pelayo Salinas studies how water temperatures effects shark populations and has observed that after prolonged hot periods skin infections and parasite loads seem more prominent. On our warming planet this could result in further pressures on these already endangered sharks. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel To gain further insights into the sharks of Galapagos please follow marine scientist @pelayosalinas

Video: @andy_mann // An unfortunate mishap leads to ingenuity, and with one massive breath hold, a new way of collecting data is born. While working with biologist, Jorge Fontes, in Azores, we noticed a Mobula (Devil Ray) stuck to an anchor line and it sparked an idea. This is the first known deployment of a non-invasive, radio collar-tag to the species. In the past, tags are often speared into the Rays, arguably effecting their normal behavior and thus the data collected. The more we can learn about these beautiful rays the better the chances of protecting them. Field science is always an adventure! // #followme @andy_mann for more videos on ocean science and our amazing blue planet @waittfoundation

Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. During one of several flights to Cuba these past couple years I was happy to have this partial view of Cayo Largo, a limestone island located off the south coast. Formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, such as coral, forums and molluscs, Cayo Largo is known for its beaches, wildlife and scuba diving.

Photo by @BrianSkerry. ‘Shark Lagoon’ - Blacktop Reef Sharks, Blue Travallies and Twinspot Snappers swirl within the pristene lagoon at Millennium Atoll, in the Southern Line Islands.
Because of their remoteness, these islands and the waters surrounding them remain largely unspoiled, and diving the reefs here is like traveling back in time.

Researchers studying coral ecosystems have discovered that a pristine reef has a biomass that is comprised largely of predators, including sharks, snapper and groupers. Sadly, many reef systems around the world today do not have these animals, as they have been fished to dangerously low levels. Every animal plays a vital role in the health of an ecosystem and when individual species are removed, the entire environment breaks down. A healthy ocean is needed for a vibrant planet.

To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about oceanic conservation efforts, follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry.

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Phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Paris, France. Pont Neuf -
A love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Most of the times sweethearts' names are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. In the past 15 years love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

A couple of years ago, in France, authorities removed 45 tons of padlocks (close to one million locks) from Paris’s Pont des Arts. They say their weight was damaging the structure, and they replace them with plexiglass panels.

Immediately after this Love locks began appearing in all the other bridges of Paris. Many tourists mistakenly believe this is a longstanding Parisian tradition, not realizing the practice only migrated into Paris in late 2008 after affecting cities in Italy and Asia. #paris #lovelocks #love #sweethearts #padlock #lovepadlock #lovelock #locks #lock

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