Photos by @renan_ozturk // Training for our upcoming @natgeo Himalayan expedition is an exercise of the the mind and body. Last week the objective was to challenge ourselves and climb a few snowy spires in the desert while shooting photos on the move. #desertalpine#training See @renan_ozturk for more from this expedition prep
Photos by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night (TWAN) project
It was a beautiful lunar eclipse last night in the Americas, and in the morning in Europe and Africa. Swipe left for the totality view, a single exposure photograph through a 600mm telephoto (the first image is with a teleconverter). Here in the northeastern US the winter storm Harper left with crystal clear skies in late evening but at bone-chilling temperature. The wind chill near Boston during totality hit -30F. My expedition winter clothing were failing, not in Antarctica but in our own backyard!
The next lunar eclipse will be a partial on July 19 visible from South America, Africa, Europe, Middle East, India. The next total one is on 2021 May 26 from Americas, Australia and Asia.
Explore astrophotography and night sky wonders @babaktafreshi
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Juan Aguada ( @juan_aguada ), Richie Graham ( @richiegrahamphoto ), and Stefan Blawath traversing a section of the Patagonia Ice Field called the Cordon Marconi near El Chalten, Argentina. This was a long day—or at least it felt like a long day getting down to the Cerro Torre basecamp on the western side of Cerro Torre. Luckily we had clear skies and relatively gentle winds. When Cerro Torre came into view it was a spectacular sight and I’ll never forget camping under the Torre group. #cerrotorre#patagonicecap#patagonia
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan // A bright spot in an overcast sky over the Beaufort Sea is a clue. The clouds there appear brighter because a large patch of sea ice is beneath, reflecting the light of the sun. This same phenomenon is one of the reasons losing sea ice is a downward spiral— the ice, being white reflects an enormous amount of the sun’s rays back through the atmosphere instead of absorbing them. As the sea ice goes, the oceans warm, and so does our planet. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more from the Arctic and beyond. #seaice#arctic#alaska#climatechange
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // Scientists are dwarfed by giant ice formations towering above them inside Schwarzmooskogel Eishöhle in Austria. Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists from the University of Innsbruck are 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.
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan // Lynx Vilden is the leader of a movement of 21st century hunter-gatherers that works to rediscover the traditional living skills of the Paleolithic. The 40yr-old movement is unified by the ambition to leave modernity and return to primitive living. Here she looks out over a ridge covered in the smoke of wildfires during a hunting foray in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan, for more on the relationship between humans and the natural world. #primitiveskills#paleo#survival
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
”Forty years ago, Dian Fossey and the world were devastated when a family of mountain gorillas — named Group 4 — was decimated by poachers. Group 4 was the very first group of gorillas to be studied by Dr. Fossey after she established the Karisoke Research Center and included individuals like Uncle Bert, who she named after her own uncle, and Digit, the first gorilla to accept her presence.” Over the course of 1978, four gorillas in Group 4 were killed by poachers and another three died as a result of the group’s disruption. By December of that year, only three of the original 11 group members remained together.
With her beloved Group 4 destroyed, and the mountain gorilla population headed toward a low point of only about 240 individuals, Fossey feared the species would go extinct before the year 2000.
Instead, today, due to the intensive protection efforts Fossey initiated, mountain gorillas have reached a new historic milestone: their numbers have gradually increased over the past 30 years, and are up from 240 to 604, based on the latest census. (Another separate population of 400 individuals bring the total number of mountain gorillas to just over 1,000). I photographed this magnificent mountain gorilla in the Volcanos National Park, Rwanda.
Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to experience a clear night near the Nyiragongo stratovolcano situated in the Virunga Mountains in Congo DR. Quotes from @savinggorillas#dianfosseygorillafundinternational#protectbiodiversity#mountaingorilla#mattiasklum@irisalexandrov@natgeotravel@natgeo@alexandrovklumofficial