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Photo by @shaulschwarz - Rudy the dog rests on a table after an ice cream social celebrating Mountain Film Festival on Main Street in Telluride, Colorado.

Photo by @renan_ozturk // Exited to share the @natgeochannel #Explorer show "The Yellow Brick Road" which airs this Monday, May 29 10/9C! The show exposes the true path of conflict gold that is used for our jewelry, our phones and computers. It was one of the most exciting shoots of our lives as we documented as many sides of the story as possible, visiting warlords deep in the jungle of North Kivu as well as government certified 'conflict free' gold mines. The man pictured paused for a moment in the middle of his manual labor in one of the government mines we visited. There is a lot to this important story, watch the show Monday night to find out more! #conflictgold #DRC #congo ~

Film crew included @j.j.kelley @taylorfreesolo @elaishastokes @taniarashid @aldo_astoria and many crucial local fixers who made it happen!

Photo by @petekmuller. Ben Van Der Waal, a South African Ichthyologist (fish biologist) climbs out of the Cubango river in Angola after an evening collecting specimens. Ben has been collecting fish species in southern Africa for nearly 40 years. He and a team of other field biologists and botanists form a critical component of the @intotheokavango Wilderness Project which aims, in part, to chart biodiversity along the major tributaries leading into the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. Evening sampling with Ben and his colleague, Paul Skelton, is one of my favorite activities on the expedition. #intotheokavango #cubango2017 #expedition #biodiversity #science #Angola #Cubango #river #Africa #adventure

VIdeo by @cristinamittermeier \\ Sometimes the most interesting part of going to work is the journey. The Freya heaved and bucked as we traveled through the rough Barents Sea in northern Svalbard while on a mission to shine a light on the effects of climate change on polar bears.
To see this gut churning moment in slow motion, #followme at @cristinamittermeier
For @sea_legacy with @paulnicklen.
#journey | @natgeocreative | #explore | #adventure | #commute

Photograph by @thomaspeschak In the Galápagos some groups of sea lions have learned how to hunt yellowfin tuna. In small bands they intercept the schools and drive them into convoluted dead end bays. The sea lions trap them in crevices or push them onto rocky shores where they dispatch the fish with a bite to the head. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in 2016. I believe this is the first time that this behavior has been photographed. Check out the June 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on Galápagos and climate change. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @fonassociation #paulmangellfoundation To see a close up of this Galápagos sea lion guarding its catch follow @thomaspeschak

A crocodile enters Kariba Lake in Zimbabwe - photo by @shaulschwarz - Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam , it is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. Before Lake Kariba was filled, the existing vegetation was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that would become the lake bed. As a result, the ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine-like kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile crocodiles and hippopotami.

Photo by @dguttenfelder
A Cuban man parks his red Russian car along the sea in the fishing village of Cojimar, #Cuba.

Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keeper Dorothy works as nutritionist feeding the baby elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya, the subject of a story I am very excited to share this week for National Geographic. "Before I was afraid of wild animals, especially elephants, but now I see them differently," she told me. "The sanctuary has changed my feelings about elephants. And they are helping our own children to become healthier too. Our culture from Samburu is being promoted." Follow Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and help the local Samburu community save what is left. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared.
Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives.
@nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @kenyawildlifeservice @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @conservationorg @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #ecotourism #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A large Tiger Shark swims alongside a diver in the Bahamas. With the Tiger Shark once considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters, researchers are just now beginning to understand behaviors that were once a mystery.
Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and these creatures face many challenges in order to survive. As with all species of shark, the Tiger Shark faces declining populations worldwide due to the continued demand for shark fins. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.

This photo appears on the back cover of my new book - entitled ‘SHARK’ - which will be available on June 13th wherever books are sold. This book is filled with photos of sharks, and it chronicles my personal journey of photographing sharks worldwide over the past 40 years.

Follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry, to see more photos from the book and to learn more about my adventures as a National Geographic photographer.
#shark #sharks #bahamas #tropics #caribbean #tigershark #predator #underwater #photography #natgeo #nationalgeographic #conservation #preservation #savesharks #photooftheday

Video by @bertiegregory. A wild peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. These amazing colours are surprisingly not caused primarily by pigments, instead by tiny crystal-like structures in the feathers. These structures, spaced at different distances apart, cause different wavelengths of light to be absorbed and reflected, creating the amazing iridescent patterns our eyes see. Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory to see this male in action trying to impress a potential mate!

Photo by @gerdludwig
After a spectacular wildflower season, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Center in the Mojave Desert closed its doors, scheduled to reopen in February 2018. Here is a selection of 4 images I have taken during short trips to Antelope Valley last month. Due to the heavy precipitation during the rainy season, the poppy bloom blanketed the rolling desert hills of the valley but often closed early as a result of cold winds.
You can see additional photographs from my visits to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at @gerdludwig

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #wildflowers #AntelopeValley #California #bloom #poppies #Mojave

Photo by @Stephenwilkes. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. A birds eye view of a crowded beach is always a great way to spend the day. To see more please visit us at @StephenWilkes #memorialday #beach #americanflag #cali #california #goodtimes #america #usa

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