Photos by Karla Gachet @kchete77 / Marina Acosta rests at home after picking grapes under an intense summer sun near Fresno, California. She and her husband work seven days a week, earning between $82 and $130 a day, depending on how much fruit they can pick. This image was from the story "Too hot to live: Millions worldwide will face unbearable temperatures," in the July issue of the magazine. Click the link in our bio to read more of this story. #heat #centralvalley #farmworkers
Photo by @stevewinterphoto / What happens when mother and daughter square off in the wild? This image shows two female leopards staring each other down. I suspect it's a mom and daughter. Female big cats are philopatric: Daughters stay near the area where they were born and take a piece of mom's home range. They have a low tolerance for each other and are fiercely territorial. If you were to look at the savanna where they live from a bird's-eye view, you'd see leopard females living in a cluster of females that are largely related—moms, aunts, daughters, sisters. Male leopards are completely different, traveling hundreds if not thousands of kilometers to find their own homes. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more big cat shots from around the world.
#leopard #cat #bigcat#catsofinstagram #catfight #fight#daughter #mother #sisterhood
Photo by @acacia.johnson / The last rays of sunset cast a brilliant alpenglow on the peaks of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. This archipelago, located about halfway between Norway and the North Pole, is a haven for Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, seals, and walrus. But temperatures in Svalbard are rising at five times the global average. Until only a few years ago, stable sea ice lined Spitsbergen's west coast until May each year. Now, much of the ice is melting as early as March—when this image was taken aboard the deck of an expedition ship, traveling through open water. Follow me at @acacia.johnson for more from the Arctic and beyond. #svalbard #norway #arctic #climatechange
Video by @joelsartore / The mesmerizing motion of the Mojave Desert sidewinder isn’t just for show. As residents of desert landscapes in the southwestern United States, these snakes use sidewinding as a way to minimize their contact with hot sand while navigating their home range. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. Video taken @woodlandparkzoo. #snake #sidewinder #desert #reptile #PhotoArk
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto / Students play badminton during their lunch break at an all-girls school in a village in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. The school prides itself on preparing young women of various backgrounds for a higher education. For more on this story click the link in bio and follow me @sarahyltonphoto #Pakistan #girlseducation #genderequality
Photo by @amivitale / In a noisy, slurpy affair, orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) get a bottle of milk formula every three hours, around the clock. Reteti is the first ever community-owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. The orphans arrive at the sanctuary as a result of human-elephant conflict, climate-related issues, and some rare cases of poaching, where they are nursed back to health by dedicated keepers and later released back to the wild.
Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn more, including how you can help. @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #empathyiseverything
Photo by @enricsala / Take a deep breath in. There’s a 50% chance that the oxygen you inhaled came from the ocean, since half the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine bacteria and microscopic algae. Now take another deep breath and thank the incredible ocean for providing this essential building block of life on Earth. From the Galápagos Islands. To learn more about the ocean, follow @EnricSala and @natgeopristineseas.
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial / In Tanzania, a pack of African painted dogs devour a young kudu. The dogs are very social, and packs frequently share food and assist ill or weak family members. Intricate social interactions are common; the dogs communicate by touch, vocalization, and action. African wild dogs are endangered, and faced with shrinking room to roam. They are also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals. Please check out @mattiasklumofficial for more images from our projects. #doglovers #protectbiodiversity #tanzania #predator #africa #painteddog #conservation
Photo by @estherhorvath / Susana Gracia Espada, an engineer with Norway's Geodetic Earth Observatory, paints in her evening free time. She's in a hut located about two kilometers (just over a mile) outside Ny-Ålesund, a research station in the Svalbard archipelago. Resident scientists can use small huts located around town during their leisure time. Susana and her friends gather here weekly for landscape painting sessions. This hut has room for two, with an oven for heat and candles for light.
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Photo by @dina_litovsky / I've been photographing New York City as it stubbornly plows through a recovery phase. Even though most mask mandates have been removed this summer, the delta variant has caused a resurgence of masking in public spaces. Still, it’s a joy to see the city’s streets bustling again as the metropolis regains its energy. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto / Despite the barrage of images of gun-toting Taliban fighters in Kabul and desperate crowds frantically clamoring for a way out since its government fell last month, there exists another country far removed from the chaos of the capital. I traveled to Afghanistan on assignment in 2000 to follow the route of Marco Polo, who traveled through the country's northern provinces in the 13th century on his way to China. Polo wrote, “You find an extensive plain, with great abundance of grass and trees, and copious springs of pure water running down the rocks and ravines ... [its] people worship Mohommet [Muhammad] and … have a peculiar language. They are gallant soldiers." With people and places little changed from those he described, these sharp contrasts make Afghanistan a land of striking physical and cultural beauty, despite its precarious future. #Afghanistan #afghanistancrisis #marcopolo #silkroad #wakhan #pamir
Photo by Karine Aigner @kaigner / A female harpy eagle examines an armadillo presented to her by her mate. There are few words that can describe what it’s like to be on a platform high in the rainforest canopy, 80 feet (25 m) away but at eye level with one of the world's most powerful raptors. The harpy is one of the largest eagles, with a wingspan of 6.5 feet (nearly two meters), rear talons up to four inches (10 cm) long, and a weight of 9 to 20 pounds (4 to 9 kg). The female is twice the size of the male. This magnificent predator inhabits the highest treetops of the canopy, an elusive hunter with legs as thick as human wrists. It feeds on sloths, two-foot-long howler monkeys, armadillos, baby deer, and even peccaries. The harpy spends two years raising just one chick, and they're threatened by severe habitat loss and other human-related activity. Read about the efforts of @evertonbpmiranda to help save the harpy eagle from extinction in the October 2020 issue of @natgeo.