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Photo by @kitracahana // Anahi Graciano celebrates her 15th birthday with a Quinceañera celebration surrounded by her friends and family in Richardson, Texas on May 14, 2016.
#quinceañera #texas #comingofage

Brighton West Pier, East Sussex, UK
by @simoncroberts from the series #Pierdom
For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Today its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront. The British pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks. See more from the series at #simonroberts #pleasurepier #brightonwestpier

Photo by @pedromcbride // Corridor of transport: Glenwood Canyon near my home is a maze of train tracks, an interstate, a hydro-electric dam and the lifeline of the American West — The Colorado River which quietly provides water to 40 million folks. Amazing it all fits in this narrow rock alley, and equally amazing it was under snow recently due to a cold may shower. Follow @pedromcbride to see more images from the Colorado and and rivers. #chasingrivers #coloradoriver #colorado #nature #light #petemcbride

Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. In a world where we focus only on the challenges and things that divide us, it's important also to talk about the solutions. Very excited to share an important and hopeful story in Northern Kenya. We can empower these people and their incredible mission by visiting and contributing to the sanctuary — the link is at end of the story. 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. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.

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 @Stephenwilkes. On my recent travels to the Old City of Jerusalem I visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The church was built by the mother of Emperor Constantin in 330 A.D. It is one of Christianity holiest church’s. I found this magical moment watching patrons light candles as they take moments to reflect in prayer. To see more please visit us at @StephenWilkes #iphoneonly #jerusalem #churchoftheholysepulchre #israel #candle #meltingwax #christianity #travel #peace #religion #inspiration

Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The Monte Corona (Crown Mountain) lava tube system on the Canary island of Lanzarote must rank as one of the world’s classic lava tubes. This lava tube was formed during the eruptions of Monte Corona volcano some 3,000 - 4,500 years ago. Pictured here, a team of Italian cartographers survey the lava tube using a high precision 3D laser scanner. Such a high level of accuracy means that each drip of solidified lava that can be seen in the roof of this tube will be individually scanned and projected into the final 3D map.

Photo @coryrichards | Eventually, when there is nothing left to do, when the wind promises to die, when the temperature looks to raise... then, you move up. We are on our final summit push on Everest now. The season will be closed out by the monsoon in the coming weeks. The next 48 hours will see some succeed, and others fail. A year of preparation will coalesce into a singular moment... or it won't. At the end off the day, it won't matter much who climbs the mountain and who doesn't. What will matter, at least to me, are these moments. Moments when the world appears new again and opens up in unimaginable ways... when it's quiet and whole. To me, climbing is as simple as that. Wishing good luck to all those on the mountain. Follow the final hours of our No O's attempt on Snap at #EverestNoFilter and at @adrianballinger and @coryrichards

Photograph by @thomaspeschak During April/May 2017 I spent almost a month on remote Marion Island on assignment for @natgeo magazine. This South African Sub-Antarctic outpost is a true global seabird hotspot, with 28 species breeding there. These Southern rockhoppers are one of four different penguins that nest on Marion Island. Photograph shot on expedition with the South African Antarctic Program and the SA Department of Environmental Affairs. #southafrica #seabird #marionisland #penguin Follow #natgeo photographer @thomaspeschak for more photographs of penguins.

Photo by @jimmy_chin
Into the alpine....

Video by @joelsartore | A corn snake at @lincolnchildrenszoo in Nebraska.
These snakes can be found in eastern and southeastern parts of the United States. They hunt small prey like mice, amphibians and small reptiles that they kill through constriction. They are very adaptable and make their homes in a variety of habitats such as overgrown fields, forest edges and even abandoned buildings.
To see a still image of this corn snake, check out @joelsartore!
#savetogether #cornsnake #snakes #herps #reptiles #herptiles #wildlife #wildlifephotography #photoark #natgeo

Photo by @johnstanmeyer -
Commune in life, hands in commune at death, villagers gently bathing the body of Ahmad Sukarnom, an elder of the Wetu Telu community in the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #indonesia #lombok #wetutelu #hands #bathing #ritual #life #death

Photo by @martinschoeller
Martin: “How are you doing tonight?”
Teddy: “I’m fine. I’m here, that’s half the battle, right?”
M: “I like your attitude.”
T: “Hopefully things will work out. I’ve got a job interview on Monday.”
M: “What kind of job?”
T: “For the city, maintenance, the county actually.”
M: “I hope it works out. Many jobs pay so little that it’s even hard to afford an apartment.”
T: “Right, yeah, that’s the problem, the apartments out here are insane, even if you move to the bad areas, you’re still looking at twelve hundred... you know. Depends how big your family is."
M: "Where is your family?”
T: “My wife works part-time, barely part time. But that money goes to babysitting and things for the kids.”
M: “You don’t live with your family?”
T: “She’s staying with a coworker and they’re tight. Yeah, it’s crazy the way things are. I’ll just stay here on the street."
M: “How old are your kids?”
T: “Nine, six and five. The five-year-old will be six on the 24th, Saturday, and the six-year-old will be seven on October the second. So for about a week they’re the same age."
M: “So you see them all the time?”
T: “Yeah, yeah. Oh yeah. Every day. I was there earlier today. My situation is different, I just need a job. A lot of people out here may have some drug problems or medical problems. That’s not who I am.”
M: “That’s what I want to show with this project, everybody on the street is different."
T: “Yeah, I just need a job. Yeah that’s my only thing. One job and a paycheck.”
M: “I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.”
For more portraits/stories, follow me @martinschoeller + @martinschoellerstudio

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