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National Geographic  Life is an adventure - enjoy the ride and the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo by @stephenwilkes: The 30 combined miles of beaches in Rio de Janeiro are some of the most crowded (and beautiful) in the world. Locals and tourists - including myeslf - alike visited Ipanema Beach this winter which is a sunny escape from the cold, gray days of the North.
#StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Ipanema #Rio #RiodeJaneiro #Brazil

Photo by @martinschoeller
Martin: “Hi Arlando, good to see you. Have you ever been homeless?”
Arlando: “I have been but not recently. I deliver food to homeless shelters, I even went out to San Francisco with a couple of churches to help the homeless out there. It’s kinda like the workin’ poor where you could be homeless but you know somebody, so you’re one stage from it. You know, it’s like when you have family, when you have friends you don’t have to necessarily hit the streets but if they say no, you’d be right there. Circumstances. It’s just you kinda lucked out a little bit better in the lottery, you know what I’m sayin’? The lottery of life. ‘Cause you know in the lottery of life you don’t know who your family will be. The homeless people that I know are just like me and you. It’s no difference. Born to somebody else, they’d be in a different position.” .
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Video by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez )
Video at the Texolo waterfall park located in the Municipality of Xico, in Veracruz, Mexico. The main waterfall has an approximate height of 78.7 feet. There is a bridge over the ravine that connects both parts of the forest. On the other side, there are two smaller waterfalls that can be seen from some of the trails in the area.
The waterfalls and their surroundings have been used to film several films. Video by @christian_foto / @prime_collective #waterfall #xico #veracurz #mexico

Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone with words by @M_Synnott (Mark Synnott) - “Misha, p-l-e-a-s-e l-i-s-t-e-n c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y,” I say, holding up the old frayed rope to which we are tied. “I don’t want to climb any higher. If you won’t go down with me, I will untie and solo to the bottom.” With his brawny arms crossed over his chest, Misha locks me in an icy stare and mutters something in Russian. We’ve been arguing on this tiny ledge for nearly an hour, which, considering we don’t share a common language, is becoming ridiculous. What’s clear is that he adamantly refuses to bail. Earlier in the day, when we surveyed this 1200-foot cliff from the base, I realized there was no way we could safely climb it with the motley assortment of old Russian caving gear we had scrounged up in camp. I said as much to Misha and thought he had agreed, but somehow he has cajoled me halfway up the cliff. Peering down at the hundreds of feet of crumbling limestone we’ve already scaled, it dawns on me that I’m bluffing—and Misha knows it. My only option is to give in and go for the top. Though Misha is a world-class caver (and more stubborn than the donkeys that carried our gear into these mountains), he has little climbing experience. This leaves the dangerous job of leading the upper headwall to me, but I’m here to go caving not climbing, so I don’t even have sticky-soled rock shoes. When we finally top out late in the day—not far from where this photo was taken—Misha just shrugs and gives me a look as if to say, “See, I told you it was no problem.” And that’s how I accidentally made the first ascent of Hodga Gur Gur Ata, in a remote corner of Uzbekistan—on the very first day of our expedition to Dark Star. I haven’t discussed it with Misha, but I was thinking we could call our route Russian Roulette.

Over the next few weeks we will upload a series of photographs on the Nat Geo Instagram feed from our recently published magazine story featured inside the March 2017 issue about a team of daring Russian explorers hoping to find the underground Everest - Dark Star (cave) inside the mighty Baisun Tau cliff in southern Uzbekistan. Stay tuned to see more.

@stevewinterphoto @natgeo

BIG CAT WEEK starts today Monday Feb 20th! on NG WILD - #bigcatweek

I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story in the Pantanal of Brazil. Here are 2 cubs cooling off and relaxing in a tree. Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “Stop the demand and the killing can too.” @wildaid @bertiegregory

My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have-kids hang out and play like these 2 cubs.. Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves. Please visit to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats!

#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative #startwith1thing @projetooncafari @refugioecologicocaiman @pantheracats @pantanalsafaris #canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork

Photo by @amivitale. Snack time for baby pandas at Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Pandas nurse for the first 8-9 months of their lives and then eat as much as 40 percent of their body weight daily in bamboo.
Their bamboo diet does not provide them much nutrition and has been further threatened by habitat loss. But thanks to years of research and a focus on conservation efforts, China has brought pandas back from the brink of extinction. Giant pandas have been upgraded from endangered to threatened, with an estimated adult population of 1,864 in the wild and 500 in captivity.
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Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner.

Two young Sulawesi crested black macaques playing in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Even the tiniest macaque youngsters in Tangkoko have a lot of freedom to play in and explore the forest, but they don’t stray far from their mothers. If hunters take a mother for meat, they may also capture her offspring for the pet trade.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the upcoming Magazine story ‘Fight for Survive’ (March issue)

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#IUCN #redlist #Sulawesi #macaque #play #mother #ecotourism #youngsters #forest

Photo by @jimmy_chin
The Atlas cedars in Taghia, Morocco, are a constant point of fascination. They perfectly depict the dichotomy of beauty and harshness here. #onlocation @natgeo

Video by @maggiesteber. In Havana, Cuba, laundry hanging from the balconies of beautiful old buildings in the city center dries in the breeze. I was in Havana a couple of weeks ago leading a wonderful group of people in a @natgeoexpeditions photographic exploration of one of the worlds most beautiful cities, uplifted after years of neglect. Cubans know how to make the best of difficult situations. It is in their character to create beauty. I have been to this city countless times since 1982. Havana always reminded me of a beautiful woman who tried to hide her aging by putting on a little lipstick to brighten her face. For years paint was scarce as were building materials. Now thanks to her being named as a world heritage site Havana is re-claiming her bright and shiny self. This is the time to see this beautiful city before things change too much because they will. They will take a more modern turn and that's good for Cuba but I hope Cubans can hold onto the memory of a past that reflects their remarkable resilient character. The whole city is a museum of great architecture, history, nostalgia, and courage. Havana is still as beautiful and accessible as ever and this is because of her great people. Even the laundry hanging from the beautiful Art Deco balconies knows how to move with the sensuality that inhabits the whole country and its people. #natgeoexpeditions #havana #cuba #reduxpictures #natgeotravel #natgeocreative #thephotosociety #seeforyourself #traveltheworld

Photo by @renan_ozturk // Currently in the DRC on assignment for @natgeochannel - Self protection and resilience after hundreds of years of conflict. This community deep in the jungle in North Kivu seemed at peace. They had schools, agriculture and mineral mining all in place. Plus AK 47s just in case... ~

For more updates from the field follow the team - @j.j.kelley @taylorfreesolo @elaishastokes @taniarashid @aldo_astoria

Let me set this up for you; while on assignment for @natgeotravel, I get to stay at one of the coolest lodges on the planet, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge (@sabisabireserve), just outside Kruger National Park in South Africa. I came to photograph big cats, but unfortunately for me, my arrival coincides with the most rain the region has seen in over two years. But rain or shine, tracker Candy Hlatshwayo (in front) and Ranger Chanyn-Lee Zeelie (driving) were ready to hit the bush at sunrise. This time lapse compresses four hours of soaked to the bone wet, into one minute. I spent more energy keeping my cameras dry than I did shooting. At the end of the video you'll see why I came to Sabi Sabi–leopards!  #sabisabi / #EarthLodge / #sabisabireserve / #natgeolodges / #natgeoexpeditions / #kruger
Photo by @kengeiger

'one up, one down' from work documenting community based conservation in the northern rangelands of Kenya - 'with butterflies and warriors' by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This guy is a regular to @sararacamp and I'm indebted to @katie.rowe for introducing me to the beautiful gentle giant. To see more of my personal work and projects for @natgeo follow me here, or @chancellordavid #conservation #elephant #ivory #poaching #stoppoaching #africa @forrangers @kinetic_six @hellokiosk @sararacamp @katie.rowe #sarara