Photo by @franslanting when an elephant calf is born everyone in the herd gets excited and wants to touch and smell the newborn. the pace of the herd—made up of related females and their offspring—slows down to accommodate the needs of the youngest. the adults become very protective and surround the calf at all times. you can’t get close without causing commotion, so i made this image with a long lens from a respectful distance. this baby had been born just a day earlier; it could barely walk and its trunk was still limp. it takes young elephants a few weeks before they learn how to manage the many complex muscles that govern a trunk. it’s endearing to see them struggle with that odd appendage. follow me @franslanting and @christineeckstrom for more intimate stories from the world of elephants.
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero // georgia. two shepherd brothers on horseback after a day of herding their sheep. due to the tough living conditions of their land on the northern slopes of the greater caucasus mountains, many shepherds here have developed a semi-nomadic lifestyle.
Photo by @timlaman. hummingbird and moon. i photographed this costa’s hummingbird as the full moon was setting and the sun rose in the coachella valley, california. there was just enough light coming from the sun to get some color in the foreground. hummingbirds feed right up until it is getting dark, and then often go into torpor to survive the night, during which they can slow their heart rate down from over 500 beats/min to under 50 beats/min. when dawn comes though, they are eager to start feeding and i knew if i set up and waited, birds would start visiting these flowers as it began to get light, and give me a chance for this unique shot.
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Photo by @camdavidsonphoto (cameron davidson) aerial photograph of sulfur lakes in the danakil depression of northern ethiopia. the denakil depression (afar) is in the northernmost reaches of ethiopia and holds great salt flats, sulfuric lakes and an active volcano (erte ale.) this image was shot from an astar b350 helicopter as part of an assignment on helicopter safari's for departures magazine. shot from directly above the lakes, the helicopter pilot performed a "turn-around-a-point" maneuver, which is basically, a extremely tight circle at a sixty-degree bank. you feel as if you are going to fall out of the helicopter and it is critical that everything is in the rear cabin is secured. to see more of my aerial and location photography, please follow me at: @camdavidsonphoto thank you. #ethiopia#denakil#aerialphotography#afar
Photo by @scottgoldsmithphoto // a rain filled fog prompted me to pull on the trusty ll bean boots and visit my favorite tree this week. (it's the one on the right). i wrapped my camera in a raincoat, parked illegally on the side of the road with blinkers on and started the short hike. these gorgeous white trees are american sycamores. it's considered the most massive tree as defined by circumference, in the eastern half of the united states. branches regularly peel off large sections of gray-brown bark in mid-summer, revealing a smooth, white interior bark that becomes the exterior bark. this white coloration is retained in winter.
with maturity, the lower trunk retains more plates each year, creating a mosaic of gray, green, and brown patches, contrasting with decreasing amounts of white inner bark. i've been inspired recently by @davidalanharvey to photograph the people and beauty near my home. to the students following instagram, look in your "backyard" and relish the splendor and magic.
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) // mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. taking advantage of alpine caves, a team of scientists led by swiss paleoclimatologist dr. marc luetscher from the swiss institute for speleology and karst studies (siska), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. this is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. these form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. in this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.
pictured here dr. marc luetscher studies the ice beneath his feet, searching for hidden treasures that may hold secrets to a forgotten past. he is looking for tiny cryogenic calcite crystal (ccc) samples that he can extract and later date in the laboratory from schwarzmooskogel eishöhle, austria.
Photograph by michael yamashita @yamashitaphoto - food vendors shout out to hungry customers at a temple fair in beijing. the celebration is part of the spring festival, chinese new year, being celebrated today. may everyone have a great and prosperous year of the dog! #beijing#springfestival#chinesenewyear for more on asia’s new year celebrations, follow @yamashitaphoto
Photo by @renan_ozturk // a love letter for the earth. our experimental short film just went live - a portrait of pilot @shotsfromabove (chris dahl-bredine), our soft-spoken dark-horse friend who is finding an interconnectedness and love for this planet through photography. ~�
with @chrisburkard & @camp4collectivethis project has become a stepping stone and learning process to be able to use a low impact aircraft and the latest camera tech to bring stories that support public lands to life! ~
see @renan_ozturk bio to find the whole film!
Photo by @davidalanharvey. the barrier islands all up an down the east coast of the u.s. move around. wind and water together change the shape and size of the islands daily. northeasters and hurricanes of course often make dramatic changes in the sandy coastline and here in the outer banks of nc people often build houses precariously close to the sea. throw in global warming and rising sea levels on top of nature’s way and sometimes it’s time to pick up and go. i shot this photo for natgeo for an article on obx. the house i live in was built on the ocean front and was moved just as shown here, back inland a bit to last a little longer. yet in geological time, this whole spit of sand will go under water soon. google the outer banks and get a satellite view and you will see what i mean. there will always be these sandy islands, yet shifted from where they are now. still waterfront property sells as if this isn’t true. so why would we all live here,invest here? seems crazy? well we all love the drama i think. hurricane season has us all watching the radar and deciding if we stay or run for the mainland. i’ve stayed for two major hurricanes hoping for the best. the power of wind and sea is exhilarating on a daily basis here. generations have survived many hurricanes in the outer banks and so we figure we will survive the next one. the trade off is a spectacular place to live up against a possible total wipe out if a cat 4 hit. we’ve seen on the news what that looks like. i’m one of the crazy ones who will take my chances. as a world traveler i see there are all kinds of dangers out there. life is precarious. i’m here because of the weather, not in spite of it. it’s winter here now . few tourists. i was up early this morning riding my bike in the fog. the sea quiet. the smells an elixir. birds chirping. spring on the way. fire going. it’s all good, it’s all good.
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety rabbit kitten - i'm now into the last 2 weeks of my 5 week mountain hare indulgence and so my apologies for not having the time to respond to all of your kind and thoughtful comments much recently. after a full day in the mountains, of which i've now done 21 straight, there simply isn't the time to do anything other than eat, sleep and then prepare for the next day. we have however been blessed with some extraordinary conditions and whilst the buffeting winds can b**w up some spectacular spin-drift it does have a relentlessly chilling effect. equally beautiful but challenging has been the deep snow and ice but these combinations have at least enabled me to produce some of my best ever mountain hare images. i can understand of course that some photographers might wonder why still photographing these extraordinary creatures for over 15 years still has any allure but the reality of course is that every single image that i have produced on this trip is completely unlike any other image that i've ever produced. equally i now have more image ideas in my mind for these animals than i ever have and so, far from getting bored of their company i am in effect only just getting started! my job has been made so much easier as well as i am now using canon cameras and lenses, primarily a canon 1dx mk ii teamed with the extraordinary 200-400mm lens and so i've also been able to shoot some really nice video sequences, some of which i will look forward to sharing with you all in the coming months. for now i shall leave you all with another member of the lagomorph, a little rabbit kitten that i photographed somewhere a lot warmer and uder much less challenging circumstances. please cir
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Photograph by george steinmetz @geosteinmetz
families of elephant create a network of paths through shallow water of lake amboseli, spaced just fare enough apart to let their long trunks reach the most succulent grasses. elephant populations are on the rise in #kenya, one of only four african countries to see a population increase. it’s an encouraging sign that intensive anti-poaching and other sustainable #conservation efforts can be successful.@kenyawildlifeservice@firstname.lastname@example.org.#elephant#amboseli#africa to see a ted talk on my 39 years of field work in africa, follow link in bio of @geosteinmetz
Photo by @argonautphoto (aaron huey). saeen zahoor is perhaps the greatest musician i have ever met. he channels the spirit in a way that very few humans can.
zahoor started singing poetry at the age of five, when he had reoccurring dreams of a hand beckoning him towards a shrine. he left home at the age of ten, roaming between the sufi dargahs (shrines) of the sindh and punjab in pakistan, looking for that hand. he lived without belongings, relying on the generosity of strangers at the shrines where he sang. he eventually found the shrine in his dream in the uch sharif, in the punjab, and he saw the hand that had called him from his dream, waving him inside. soon after he began to study under the master raunka ali of patiala gharana.
he plays the ektara, a one stringged instrument, and a three-stringed version called tumbi. when he sings he spins like the dervish that he is, throwing his embroidered kurta in a circle, with the tassels on his instrument whirling around him. he wears the ghungroo ankle-bells, layers of heavy beaded necklaces, rings on every finger, a tightly bound black turban, and khol around his eyes.
i have seen him put people into an ecstatic trance. and in that trance they find their god. (look him up on youtube!) . to see more sufi images follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by cameron davidson @camdavidsonphoto. aerial of erte ale volcano in northern ethiopia. erte ale is in the denakil depression, known for its sulfur lakes and caravans of camels carrying salt harvested within the depression to market. it is fairly rare to see the magma lake of erte ale. i asked my pilot to fly several circles around the volcano. this shot was a few hundred feet above the lake. we finished off with a quick pass along the volcano lip where the searing heat was felt within the helicopter. to see more of my aerial and location photography, please follow me at: @camdavidsonphoto#ethiopia#volcano#aerialphotography#erteale#denakildepression
Photo by @rubensalgadoescudero //
a child runs across the main fountain in taikoo li sanlitun, one of beijing’s most popular shopping areas. in 2015, half of the world’s luxury brand spending came from chinese wallets. in a country that is finely attuned to social-status signals, branded goods and sophisticated travel are high on many people’s wish lists. in 2014, one of the leading tourism companies found that for 82% of chinese travelers, shopping was a crucial part of their travel plans. however, slowing chinese economy and an official crackdown on corruption and lavish gifting has tempered the luxury market after years of extreme growth.
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