Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Glaciologists follow these narrow passages, meandering deeper into the ice to try and get a better understanding of the rate of melt and what influences the speed of the glacial movement. Each time I have visited the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland, I am immediately struck by the shrinking volume of ice. It is depressing to think that one day Europe will be without these amazing glaciers.
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | It looks like a snarl but is in fact a response to pheromones. Known as the flehmen response, it's seen in a number of mammals and most cats (including house cats), allowing them to check the reproductive or territorial status of others. Both males and females will bare their teeth when they come across a scent that gives them a chemical signal. This dominant male is testing the pheromones in the urine of a female who is coming into oestrus and, after sensing her readiness, will be following her very closely. #bigcats#flehmen# ThisIsMyTrophy #felinecanine
Photo by @amivitale | Wildlife keeper Lekupania offers a treat to an orphaned giraffe at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), where it will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. The funny thing is, @r.e.s.c.u.e has returned three giraffes to the wild already but each time a new orphan has arrived, out of the blue the former orphans, who are all grown now, have come back to the sanctuary and are there to greet them when they arrive. They must have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there. Follow @firstname.lastname@example.org@nrt_kenya@sdzsafaripark@giraffe_conservation to learn more about issues facing giraffes today, and efforts currently being undertaken to save them.
Photo by Pete McBride @pedrommcbride | How do you move 500 wild African elephants? Carefully and quickly. In 2017 these elephants were moved with their family units to a new park after their numbers thrived in Majete Game Reserve, Malawi. The process involved a logistical orchestra of specialized vets, dedicated elephants experts, and heavy equipment to tranquilize, load, wake up, and transport the animals as efficiently as possible, with as little stress as possible. The process involves risk, but the threat of ivory poaching is far riskier. @africanparksnetwork plans to completed its two-year translocation of 500 elephants in two months, bringing wildlife back to a park that was once decimated by poachers. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #elephants, #conservation#afrrica#nature#poaching#malawi#wildlife
Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | From my "Fathers" project: Jhonny, 32, was born in Maniche, a small village in the jungle in Haiti's south, and that’s where he has always lived. His daughter Jiounela was born two years ago. He lives with his daughter and his wife in a tiny house near the river, in the middle of the forest, completely disconnected from every modern comfort, including electricity. Jhonny raises animals and grows fruits and vegetables. Everything he produces goes toward feeding his family. Sometimes he goes fishing on the river, even though, to hear him tell it, he's not very good at it. He spends a lot of time with his daughter. Their favorite activity is playing in the water. #haiti#father#river
Photo by @edkashi | A former sugarcane worker, sick with CKDu, at home with his family in Nicaragua in 2015. He now works at home with his family repairing cell phones, and his wife is a local political organizer in their community.
Photo by @carltonward | Nusa Lembongan, an island east of Bali, is a magical place where perfect surfing waves break along the reef and locals grow and harvest seaweed in the shallows. In this photo, a man fills baskets with seaweed at sunset before returning to the beach for sorting and drying. For more natural and cultural adventures, follow @carltonward. #bali#indonesia#sunset@natgeoimagecollection
Photo by @dguttenfelder | The lights of Tokyo reach the foothills of looming Mount Fuji. For National Geographic’s cities-themed issue, I walked the streets of Tokyo, home to more than 37 million people, to photograph one of the most dynamic, safest, and most innovative cities on Earth. For more Tokyo photos and video, please take a look at our story and interactive “Walking Tokyo: A Journey Through The Rich Textures of Japan’s Vibrant, Reinvented Megacity." Link in bio @dguttenfelder
Photo by @lynseyaddario | Women with the Murhesa village committee work in the fields together as part of empowerment activities to help overcome endemic violence in their communities, outside Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 15, 2013. Their empowerment activities include leadership, community education, microcredit activities, including farming, raising animals, sewing, making soap, and local foods, which have helped the women be more independent, more equal members of their community, and more respected in their household.
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I The “Glacial River Lagoon” (Jökulsárlón in Icelandic) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. The first settlers arrived in Iceland around 870 C.E., when the edge of the tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier was about 12 miles (20 km) further north than it is today. As glacial retreat has extended its boundaries, the size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s and is reported to be the deepest lake in Iceland at over 815 feet (248m) deep. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudiofor updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. @simonnorfolkstudio#iceland#jökulsárlón#vatnajökull#simonnorfolk#glaciallake#globalwarming