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Video by @joelsartore | An eastern blue-tongued skink at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska.
This lizard can be found in bushlands and suburban areas throughout eastern Australia. They give birth to live young who immediately consume the egg sac upon arrival. When disturbed, they often hiss loudly and display their tongues, which can range in color from dark to light blue.
To see an image of this skink’s blue tongue, check out @joelsartore!
#skink #reptiles #herps #bluetongue #closeup #photoark #natgeo

Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) with words by @m_synnott (Mark Synnott) - We arrived on a grassy ridgetop where fifteen donkeys and a few local men were waiting for us. Hodja Gur Gur Ata, the 21-mile-long cliff that is home to Dark Star, loomed in the hazy sky two days walk to the north. Several of the team vaulted over the truck’s wooden sideboards to greet a middle-aged Tajik named Zhuraev “Sadik” Miraminu, chief of a nearby village called Dehibolo. Zhenya, our expedition’s elder statesman, embraced Sadik warmly—it was obvious they are old friends. In 1987, two Russians were exploring a massive cave system called Boy-Bulok, that lies within a cliff several kilometers to the south of Hodja Gur Gur Ata. Not far from the entrance to the cave, but past a vertical drop that can only be passed with a rope, the cavers found a skeleton. Based on the tattered clothing draped over the old bones, and the home made lamp lying nearby, the Russians assumed they had found the remains of a villager who had fallen into the cave. So they packed up the bones and carried them out of the cave. When they emerged they were engulfed in a raging blizzard. Frozen, staggering through the dark, the Russians found their way to Dehibolo, where fate led them to the home of Sadik’s family. Sadik was a teenage boy at the time, and he was sitting on the floor when the Russian’s pulled the bones and the battered lamp from their caving rucksacks. Sadik’s father, realizing these were the remains of an old friend who had gone missing 16 years ago, was deeply moved. Ever since, the Russians have remained close with Sadik’s family, and Sadik has provided logistical support for their expeditions. Pictured here and perched on the only semi-flat sloping ground for miles, is the teams base camp. All trips underground inside Dark Star began from this camp. #darkstar

Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - The #Himalayan #mountain range Kusum Khangkaru soars above the village of Thamo, #Nepal , overtaken by #clouds , as a nun walks towards her home at a Buddhist monastery. For another amazing mountain photo follow @brianlehmannphotography. #iphone

Photograph by @thomaspeschak Marine iguanas are normally gray or black in color, but on some islands, like Espanola, they turn vivid shades of red and green during the mating season. They are also surprisingly good climbers and can scale tall wave washed cliffs with ease. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak

photo by @daviddoubilet A DeHavilland Beaver floatplane carrying snorkelers flies along the channel separating Hook and Hardy reefs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest and most iconic coral reef system in the world and currently experiencing a 2017 coral bleaching event. High water temperatures cause the coral polyps to lose their symbiotic algae. The algae provides the coral valuable nutrients and gives coral its beautiful color. Bleached corals may recover if temperatures drop or they may die and become algae covered deadzones. Last year (2016) 90% of the 1200 mile long reef system experienced an unprecedented coral bleach event. The extent of the 2017 bleach event is yet to be determined. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #coralbleaching #australia #coralreef #climatechange #moreocean to for more #greatbarrierreef see @daviddoubilet

Photo by @stephenwilkes: Trash: once discarded, it is easy to forget. Out of sight, and out of mind.
In the many series’ I have done in my many years as a documentary photographer, I find that a few images always carry a common theme - a near post-apocalyptic sense, reminding us of the impact our actions and lives inflict upon the earth. I share this photograph with the hope that it provides the inspiration to recognize the urgency and need for a solution to our impact on the earth.

#recycle #reduce #reuse #ecofriendly #earth #trash #garbage #FreshKillsLandfill #StatenIsland

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
On this day (26th March) in 1970, the USA announced its 500th nuclear explosion since 1945. During the Cold War, both the US and Soviet Union developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, that were capable of reaching any target in each other’s territory. The dawn of the era of Mutually Assured Destruction...
Here photographed, the Interior of a preserved Titan II nuclear missile launch complex. Looking down the 160' deep silo which would have contained a 'ready to launch' missile. The final Titan nuclear missile was decommissioned in 1987. Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The Titan II ICBM had one W-53 warhead with a 9 megaton yield, and formed the backbone of America's nuclear forces, launched from silos just like this.
Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.
@instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #coldwar #war #warfare #fullspectrumdominance #nuclearmissile #nuclearwar #ICBM #photojournalism #journalism #TitanII #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #documentary #lensculture #apocalypse #visualarchitects #drstrangelove #silo

Video and words by @pedromcbride // River of Eden: The Upper Navua River, often dubbed the ‘River of Eden’, slices through the highlands of Fiji's Viti Levu and is unique not just for its staggering beauty, but for its protected status. That is unusual is this part of the world. In fact, the Navua represents one of the most unique conservation cooperatives in the world, which prevents logging, mining or roads within 200 meters from either side of the upper Navua river’s lapping waters.
The small villages that line the Upper Navua looked into the future and decided that a flowing riiver, lined with jungle, is more valuable in the long term than any immediate profits from timber, gravel or even a dam project which some investors have explored as a possibility in the area. To see more, go to @pedromcbride. #nature #fiji #oars #chasingrivers #petemcbride #riverofeden

Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The bridge across the moat of Matsumoto Castle glows red in early morning mist. I love the fog as it hides and reveals - here blotting out the modern city in the background, giving you the illusion of being back in the 16th century. One of the top 3 premier castle historic sites in #japan #samurai #castle #matsumoto #nagano @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. Our expedition turned somber on the day we found the carcass of this humpback floating in a shallow bay. I swam around it several times trying to imagine what could have caused its death. Perhaps it was sick? Perhaps it was struck by a passing ship? Whatever the cause, it is always sad to bear witness to the passing of such a beautiful creature. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. *
To see more images from this assignment, please #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier #whale #humpback #beauty #love #naturelover #photographersforAntarctica #babypenguins #cute #seal

Photo @ladzinski / It's hard to deny the beauty and power of an electrical storm. Lightning bolts can be hotter than the surface of the sun and astonishingly over 40,000 lightning storms are active on the earth each day.

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

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