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National Geographic

We sent a photographer on the first U.S. cruise to Cuba in decades. Here's what he saw.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A female adult harp seal pops up through the ice to breathe and check on her pup in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Typically, harp seal pups spend two weeks on solid ice after birth, before diving into the frigid waters. In the distance, the photographer’s boat and home for w
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). An incredibly rare sighting of the #Sitatunga, an aquatic #Kudu from the antelope family. In the Gedibe area of the #OkavangoDelta, Botswana. Check out video from my Botswana shoot all this week at @argonautphoto
Photo by @martinschoeller Martin: “Where are you from?” Sandra: "Originally? Montana. I’ve been out here forty-some years." Martin: "Do you still have family in Montana?" Sandra: "I think so but I don’t really… you know. I go visit but they kinda divorced me." Martin: "You’re living on the street or
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@michaelnicknichols // image by @franslanting Savuti waterhole Chobe National Park, Botswana This is one of Frans Lanting's most famous images, which he made for National Geographic Magazine at a time that this incredible wildlife viewing spot was barely known. Frans and his wife and partner, Chris
The year 1922: Men on horseback run through the surf in Tahiti. Flashback 128 years into photographic history as we bring you images from the NatGeo archives. See more at @natgeocreative Photo by Edward Burton MacDowell
Photograph by @dguttenfelder, words by Cynthia Gorney in Cuba. From the eighth story deck of the first American cruising ship to make this approach in decades, the Havana skyline came into view a little after sunrise: a long sliver of land, a cathedral dome, then the outlines of real city, which fr
ICYMI: See photos from Kenya's record-breaking ivory burn from the weekend.
Photo by @ronan_donovan Yellowstone // A great gray owl pauses for a moment just after pouncing on a meadow vole in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. See the owl with the vole in the next image from this series @ronan_donovan The current issue of National Geographic Magazinne is dedicated entir
Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg) The Budahraun lava field on an overcast winter day — photograph that I made back in 2011 for our Iceland story in the @natgeo magazine. This image is exhibited in the National Salon of Photography that is open until 26 June 2016 in the #Kunsthalle (Hall of
Items made out of body parts of protected animals, including zebra, tigers and butterflies, are seen in a repository of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Denver after having been seized by US Customs. The trade in body parts of endangered species poses a huge threat to tigers and other endangered
Photograph by @paulnicklen. A coastal wolf of #BC waits patiently for the tide to fall so it can access seafood in the intertidal zone. These coastal wolves, whose diet consists of up to 80 percent seafood are a genetically distinct ecotype. #follow me on @paulnicklen as I celebrate the beauty of
Photo by @stephenwilkes: Tulip fields of The Netherlands, captured with a Diana camera some years ago. The Diana is a small plastic camera, introduced as a novelty item in the 60s. The lens is so low quality that it often has the opposite effect, gracing images with an ethereal turn of the century
Video by @brianlehmannphotography editing by @kayleeeverly - In a rare ritual called ma'nene' on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia family members remove bodies from tombs. Once a year loved ones are brought out to inspect the condition of their bodies, change their clothing, comb their hair, dust th
Photo @ladzinski / They may not look like it, but #Starfish are voracious #keystonePredators. Hunting primarily barnacle, mussels and crustaceans, the #OchreSeaStar slowly devours it's victims by climbing on top of it and placing it's open stomach around its prey. Like any keystone predator, star fi
Photo by @christianziegler. A snail has laid a clutch of eggs in a pitcher of a Vellose Pitcher plant (Nepenthes villosa). With its reliable moisture, and protection from direct exposure to sunlight, the pitcher offers a perfect spot for the eggs to develop. @thephotosociety #Sabah #Borneo #Wpph16
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@michaelnicknichols // This week President Obama will sign the decree that makes the Bison our national mammal. from millions when the west was colonized by whites ... to near extinction ... to a restoration of a few thousand wild in Yellowstone and a few hundred thousand keep as lifestock learn a
After a snow storm, Afghan nomads bring their yak herd back. They rely on their animals for survival. "The Pamir mountains are one of the bleakest and least known corners of the world: remote, mysterious and, at one time, dubbed the third pole." a quote from a magnificent book, "Mountains of the God
Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - Yesterday Kenya burned the largest stock of Ivory in history. 105 tons worth anything from $150 to $170 million. Although controversial amongst Kenyans it is clearly a stand against the continued slaughter of Africa's elephants. The argument being
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder Joshua Tree National Park. National Geographic is marking the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service with extensive coverage of our world's parks.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. Tiny tunicates thrive on an underwater cave wall in Chichi Jima, Japan. Although they seem to have little faces (like Mr. Bill) this is simply their coloration pattern. These animals are endemic to this one location and are found nowhere else in the world. How many other disc
Native Americans from around the world attend the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in #albuquerque, New Mexico. Over 500 tribes from around the United States and Canada gather in Albuquerque annually to participate over three days. Photograph by @lynseyaddario
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