Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @charlieboscoe - in stark contrast to their previous impenetrability, the lagazuoi tunnels, perched high above the falzarego pass in the italian dolomites can now be accessed via a cable car ride and a short walk. despite this, and the 100 years that have passed since they were used by soldiers to access strategic high mountain vantage points, they remain an eerie and somehow desolate place.
our “alpine iron roads” mission of exploring, photographing and writing about the huge network of tunnels and via ferratas took us all over the dolomites, but as is so often the case when travelling, going to these places poses more questions than it answers.
who sat here? what did they see? how did they feel as they scanned this view for signs of the enemy approach?
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // venice, italy. one of the most magical cities in the world and a feast for any photographer. while living in europe many years ago i spent one day in venice and fell in love with it instantly. #venice#italy
Photo @ladzinski / the king, patrolling his territory at sunrise in the scorching #kalahari desert. lions generally have much lighter manes then this big guy here, though it is unclear why, there are many theories as to why some male lions have darker hair than others. some scientists believe that this is may be an attribute of heat stress, prolonged days between eating and increased exercise more for lions with larger territories. lions do not have the ability to sweat through glands, only through panting, which can make for some brutally hot conditions when you're neck and head are covered in thick fur. a tough price to pay for fashion and intimidation ☀️
Photo by @babaktafreshi
the world at night project
boston attracts a lot of visitors for the memorial day, celebrated in the us on the last monday of may. here moon and jupiter (top) appear at dusk above boston common. the 37,000 flags represent massachusetts military members who died in service from the revolutionary war to the present. i truly wish the two kids playing in the foreground have a more peaceful wiser generation with fewer wars.
Photo by @franslanting // i spent weeks inside borneo’s tropical rain forest on assignment for @natgeo to document its intricate natural history. one morning i took a helicopter up for an aerial perspective. when we rose above the canopy, my view expanded from single trees to the forest as a whole. i saw morning mist wafting through the treetops and envisioned the collective exhalation of these trees as the breath of a living planet. trees are responsible for the air we breathe—what they exhale, we inhale. we are linked together in the cycle of life. stay tuned @franslanting for more images of our amazing earth.
Photo by @christopheviseux // sunset over the distinctive rooftops of paris and iconic eiffel tower. the plane in the foreground is a replica of the l’oiseau blanc biplane (’the white bird’), in honor of french pilots charles nungesser and françois colis. the aircraft vanished in 1927 while they were making an attempt to complete the first non-stop flight from paris to new york. follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures around the world. #paris#france#eiffeltower#parisian#sunset
Photo by @andywcoleman // the remote island of genovesa in the galapagos is known as bird island for the abundance of bird colonies that nest there. we had some fabulous sightings of frigate birds and their colorful red sacs (both inflated and not). during the breeding season, the males inflate these sacs to attract a mate. when fully inflated, these sacs can get so large that they obscure the bird's head. #natgeostaff@natgeoexpeditions
Video by @christian_foto (christian rodriguez)
aerial view of the city of quito, ecuador.
quito formally san francisco de quito, is the capital city of ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world, the one which is closest to the equator, and the oldest of south america. it has 2 671 191 inhabitants and 2 325 043 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
video by @christian_foto
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @charlieboscoe - imagine being tasked with the job of getting thousands of soldiers safely across this terrain out of sight from the enemy. that was the challenge faced by military commanders as battles raged across the dolomites during the first world war. the solution they came up with was nothing short of ingenious; make the mountains climbable and accessible to troops using cables, wires and metal rungs. those "via ferratas" (iron roads) are still in place and now lead climbers and mountaineers to some of the greatest summits in the alps.
Photo by @andywcoleman // it is never fun to leave patagonia, but views like this make it much easier. as glaciers start moving down the mountain, they will start picking up various rocks and dirt along with them. when the glacier melts, all of that will be released in a long, streaking pattern known as moraines. for more images from around the world, follow me at @andywcoleman
📸 @johnkernickphotography norwich cathedral rises to 96m and has the second tallest cathedral spire in england. the cathedral was begun in 1096 completed in 1145, it was partly rebuilt in 1169 after being struck by lightning. the cathedral close is one of the largest in europe and has more people living within it than any other close. .
Video by @paulnicklen // a flurry of snow rapidly covers the seascape as a mother polar bear frolics with her young, four month old cubs. in order to feed herself and her two growing offspring, she must be an infallible hunter. after a successful hunt, the playful cubs nuzzle and play with their mother, and she, ever patient and tender, endures their affections. to see my favorite photograph from this moment, #follow me on @paulnicklen
for @sea_legacy with @fredgranath music by @adamnriddle
Photo by @carltonward / sunset over boca grande pass, on florida's west coast between gasparilla and cayo costa islands where charlotte harbor flows into the gulf of mexico. during the late spring and early summer, anglers from around the world gather here to drift outgoing tides in hopes of catching tarpon - a migratory game fish that can weigh up to 200 pounds. #bocagrande#gulfofmexico#sunset please follow @carltonward for more #floridawild
Photograph by @susanseubert // a group of visitors to the brick house winery in newberg, oregon enjoy wine and snacks under an old oak tree on the edge of the vineyard. the first pinot noir grapes were planted in the oregon wine country in 1965. since then this region has become world famous for its terroir and is now home to over 500 wineries. #oregon#winecountry follow @susanseubert for more from the pacific northwest and beyond!
Photo by @andywcoleman // hiking to see the mountain gorillas in the bwindi impenetrable national park in uganda can sometimes be a bit exhausting. to get to this family, we trekked up and down the steep slopes of the forest for nearly two hours. it would have been nice to catch a ride like this baby gorilla. fortunately, they stayed in one area for the entire hour we got to spend with them. for more wildlife images, follow me at @andywcoleman
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @charlieboscoe - the beauty of nature enhanced ever so slightly by human interaction. to make somewhere so high and wild accessible to mere mortals is extraordinary but when you consider who might have passed along here and in what circumstances they might have found themselves, these via ferratas (iron ways) of the italian dolomites take on an almost mystical quality. it’s rare to find somewhere like the dolomites which combines beauty with history so perfectly.
Video by @bertiegregory. a wild peacock displaying in yala national park, sri lanka. despite his incredible tail fan, the peahens just didn't seem interested. it's amazing to think that this male will shed and a grow a new fan each year, all in the name of reproduction! shot during a leopard assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!