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Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
On this day … The destruction of the two giant 4th and 5th-century buddhas in Bamiyan is, by far, the most spectacular attack against the cultural and historical heritage of Afghanistan. On February 26, 2001 the Taliban, issued a decree ordering the elimination of all non-Islamic statues and sanctuaries in the country. A kind of jihad was launched against the two Buddhas. “Our soldiers are working hard; they are using all available arms against them,” said the Taliban’s spokesman. Rockets and tank shells were brought in, and the destruction was completed with dynamite. The giant statues, once standing 35 and 53m tall, were reduced to rubble within days. Today, archaeological sites in Afghanistan are still under threat, though not solely from the Taliban… Over coming posts I’ll share details of Mes Aynak, an ancient and significant site facing imminent destruction, so a foreign-state-owned mining company can harvest the copper reserves buried directly beneath.

Here photographed a ‘Victory Arch’ built by the Northern Alliance at the entrance to a local commanders’s HQ in Bamiyan after the expulsion of the Taliban.
In the centre can be seen one of the niches that previously contained the smaller of the buddhas.

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Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Referring to himself as a half man, Aaron Wollin, also known as Short E. Dangerously while performing for audiences around the world, changes laundry at his home in Daytona #Beach, #Florida. Wollin's legs were amputated at the age of two from a rare disease called sacral agenesis. To see a photo of Wollin performing one of his #amazing stunts #follow @brianlehmannphotography.

Video by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Do YOU have a moose in YOUR freezer? The Collins twins drop some knowledge from deep in #DenaliNationalPark, Alaska. Miki and her sister Julie inherited the trap line (which existed long before the National Park) from a long line of trappers who also lived off the land in this remote land of kettle lakes, winding rivers, and winters that regularly dip down to -50 or below. For more photos of their life on the trap line go to @argonautphoto's feed.

Sequenced photographs by @simonnorfolkstudio
Two years ago today (25th February 2015) at least 310 people were killed in avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan. Avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter, and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by a lack of equipment. Each year, 2017 no exception, the beautiful, pristine blanket of white holds within it the possibilities of destruction and death. Here a sequence of images from Bamyan Province in Afghanistan’s Central Highlands transitioning through seasons. From a frozen early spring through to the snows of winter, documenting the stages of flooding, irrigation, planting and harvest.

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Music: Ay Sholae Hazeen Desolate Flame used with permission.

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Photo by @johnstanmeyer

Rarely do I play tourist while working on a @natgeo story, could not help doing so one evening, walking through an old doorway at Registan Square moments before closing, starring in awe at the beautiful 17th century Sher-Dor in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

To see the making of this overland car journey through Uzbekistan, part VI of the @outofedenwalk follow @yulia_grigoryants here on Instagram and my account @johnstanmeyer . Also follow #PaulSalopek on his epic 10 year walk in the footsteps of our ancestors at @outofedenwalk
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I don't get to see my parents as much I would like to.
My father, Russel Clark, 92 and my mother Dora Lou Clark, 90 have been married for 66 years.
Both are hardy products of the depression, forged stronger by the Dust Bowl and on to became part of the "Greatest Generation". I can't imagine what all the change that they have been witness must feel like. My father was born at home, without indoor plumbing. He remembers Civil War veterans matching in the Armistice Day parades.
At the University of Colorado my mother was not allowed to get a degree in chemistry because "that was not something that women did" though she was a pilot.
As my dad said to me this weekend, "there is a lot to deal with in this life, I can't imaging doing it alone" #HomeToKansas

Photo by @FransLanting A lion in his prime is a glorious sight, but not many make it to this stage. They run into trouble with rivals—or people. A black-maned Kalahari lion like this one is prized by trophy hunters, but in Botswana hunting is banned, and has been since 2014. I share this image in celebration of Big Cat Week, and with thanks to my friends and colleagues Dereck and Beverly Joubert for causing an uproar about the plight of lions.

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Photo by @stephenwilkes: A quiet night at Ipanema, as beachgoers fade out and the glow of the sea takes over - our presence scaled to the grandeur of the Atlantic.
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Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto Worshippers light candles and pray at the Shwedogan Pagoda in #Yangon #Myanmar #onassignment #burma #photojournalism #documentary #dailylife #asia

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BIG CAT WEEK is on NG WILD - #bigcatweek

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!! I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story in the Pantanal of Brazil. Here a male walks on a bridge across a lake in Caiman Ecological Refuge. 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
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!

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Photos and Video by @johnstanmeyer | Across the historic Amu Darya River, also known as the Oxus River, the floating bridge that connects Qartau and Jumurtau villages each winter is effected by ice, requiring the bridge to be disconnected. Men in rowboats converge on the banks, ferrying passengers, often pushing their way over blocks of ice to cross. Around 500 villagers who work in Qaratau, Uzbekistan, cross the river commute twice a day, either by foot on the ice or row boat when the ice is moving. Swipe left on this post to see more photos from my assignment in Uzbekistan for @natgeo. #onassignment #uzbekistan #amudarya #amudaryariver #oxus #oxusriver #ice #boat #rowboat #water #river #transport