National Geographic

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.

Photo by @davidliittschwager. This jellyfish is called Pelagia noctiluca. In Europe, it is known as the Mauve Stinger, and elsewhere it’s also known as a Purple-striped jellyfish. Reportedly, this species is bioluminescent, but we didn’t turn out the lights while we were photographing it. There’s always more to do. Photographed on assignment for National Geographic magazine at the Kamo Aquarium. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #onassignment
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Pictured here, Carlsbad Caverns Park Guide admires stunning cloud-like cave formations known as mammillaries. These formed underwater at times when the lake was much higher than it is today. The formations that look like lion tails (i.e., white stalactites with orange bulbs on the end) formed close to the water surface, with the white part being above water and the orange part being just below the water surface. This contrast between the orange and white formations can give you an idea of where the level of the lake was in the past. Lechuguilla is a very beautiful and highly protected cave. Access is very strongly controlled and only given to experienced caves with specific scientific or exploration goals within certain parts of the cave. This particular part of the cave had been ‘out of bounds’ for nearly 25 years. Lechuguilla features strongly in the episode Genesis of the @natgeochannel documentary ‘One Strange Rock’ - Check it out! @natgeocreative
We are celebrating Earth Day all week by offering museum-quality prints, hand signed by our photographers for $100 each. A great way to start collecting and celebrating the wonder of the world’s wildlife and wild places. Browse the collection at @anniegriffithsphotography , @amytoensing , @ronan_donovan , @anandvarma
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Some people take their gardening seriously, as seen here in the communal vegetable works of Timbuktu, Mali. This #Saharan oasis is carefully watered by buckets brought up in headloads from a deep pit. #AfricanAirBook To see more of our world from above follow @geosteinmetz
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // After a quick breath at the surface, a large group of emperor penguins descend under the ice and into the depths of the Ross Sea. Here they’ll spend days or even weeks gorging on ice fish and Neill to bring back to their awaiting chicks. To see the cutest baby penguin chick I’ve ever seen #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen
photo by @vincentjmusi Bear, 2018 I knew Bear was going to leave a mark. My wife, dog whisperer and faithful assistant Callie is over at the neighborhood Laundromat where they have those enormous washing machines that can handle 250 square feet of Saint Bernard-drool-splattered canvas. When I first started dating her, I secretly wondered if Callie and her siblings were raised by a pack of St. Bernards. The dogs are prominently featured with the children, outnumbering them in every family portrait. I imagined the dogs driving them down to the local photographer in a station wagon with those wood-grain panels. We’re getting our picture made today kids, the dogs might announce. And if the kids behaved, the dogs would pull out ice cream cones from one of those wooden barrels slung around their necks for lost travelers and cranky kids. 4 year-old Bear came to me recently and while the whole story is far too complex to post here, I can say it is the tale of two souls who found each other, who needed each other and who saved each other. Shot, terrorized and left to die an emaciated dog was found roaming the streets with a twisted stomach and a couple of bullets in him. In another town a young woman struggled to break free from the grasp of paralyzing depression and anxiety. She needed help and the dog needed her. So as veterinarians worked to put the dog’s body back together, this young woman went to work putting his life back together. And as Bear’s physical and mental scars healed so did hers. They rescued each other and although they both face challenges from their past, I’m pleased to report they are in good health and nearly inseparable. There are times when a dog is going to leave a mark and this was indeed one of them. For more #yearofthedogs , my personal project on the beauty and character of dogs, please follow @vincentjmusi
Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion . The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge
Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) On a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan while I was documenting the daily life of Afghan refugees and internally displaced people in the country, a family portrait. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo by @pedromcbride // Happy Earth Day to all - big and small. To see more wild places from our shared, blue planet, go to @pedromcbride #reedfrog #small #okavangodelta #botswana #africa #conservation #nature #mothernature #earthday #petemcbride
Photograph by @limauricio | Mauricio Lima - To mark Earth Day on April 22, a rain of Munduruku children celebrating life in the Tapajós river, near their tribal village called Sawré Muybu, in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. For more about his work around the world, follow @limauricio - #Earthday #Brazil #Amazon #Dailylife #Indigenous #Munduruku #Respect
Photo by @BrianSkerry. Happy Earth Day, Everyone! A young harbor seal plays in kelp forest near the water’s surface at Cortes Banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100-miles off the coast of San Diego, CA. This location - well known for stormy weather and giant waves - is a hotspot of biodiversity, with an abundance of marine life. Places like this are oases of life in the sea, yet the fragile ecosystem is highly susceptible to the harmful behavior of humans. Naturalist John Muir once said, "“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” and throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans I have found this to be true - everything is connected and every creature matters. I believe we must see ourselves not apart or above nature, but very much connected to it. #california #harbor #seal #cortes #banks #san #diego #underwater #photography #national #geographic #photooftheday #nat #geo #flashsale #sale #earthday #earth #day #followme #instagood
Photo by @irablockphoto // Earth Day 2018. The prehistoric looking Na Pali coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai normally gets a tremendous amount of rain. But last week people were evacuated after the island got 28 inches (71 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours. On this Earth Day locals are still involved in a massive clean up. #followme @irablockphoto to see more interesting images from the world. @the photosociety - - - #rain #floods #kauai #hawaii #earthday #napalicoast
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