Photos by Pete Muller @petekmuller | So began a period of quiet study, through books and websites, trial and error, in this graceful, patient art. I made nearly a dozen trips to the rivers of central Kenya before feeling even a nibble from the trout below. But despite an initial lack of success, my excursions created both ease and excitement within me. As I’d walk and cast, and sit and write, I understood that the hooking of fish was but an excuse to explore and observe. To notice the sweet, enveloping scent of angel trumpets as the sun begins to set behind the hills. To watch pairs of black African ducks surf the current as midmorning sun chases out the mist. To once again consider things both bigger and smaller than me. And as the fish began to take my flies, I came to know that the river had given me more than I had initially asked for. I’d arrived in search of peace and pastime, a counterweight to the stresses in my life. But as I waded in the eddies, in a cathedral of mist and wood and leaves, I felt connected, as I did on the summer days of my childhood, when sand sharks and puffer fish made my heart beat with curiosity and wonder. Follow me @petekmuller for more reflections on the world and our place in it. #kenya #africa #flyfishing #fishing #travel
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | This red-necked tanager is cared for by @institutovidalivre, an NGO that rehabilitates and releases Brazilian wild animals rescued by Brazil's environment agency from the wildlife black market and pet trade. An even greater threat to this bird, and thousands of other species, is widespread habitat loss from fires, such as those raging today across the Amazon. Sadly, as more land is cleared for agriculture, the rate of destruction is accelerating. This is at our peril. Deemed the “lungs of the world,” these forests are not only vital to providing much of the air we breathe, but they also help to regulate rainfall around the globe. Indeed, without an intact Amazon and other tropical rainforests, we will all suffer greatly, from birds like this beautiful tanager to humans. #SaveTheAmazon #PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ForestsResist #amazonfire #amazonforest
Photos by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Fires raged in the Brazilian Amazon during 2017 in Araribóia, indigenous territory in the state of Maranhão. Some were started by farmers trying to clear land for crops or cattle, others started to cover up illegal logging operations, and some were natural. When these images were shot, the Brazilian Amazon had just experienced its worst year on record for forest fires—now 2019 is likely to eclipse that. Maranhão, like so many other states within the Amazon, has been extensively logged, and just a few pockets of original forest remain. The rest of the land has been turned over to agriculture and cattle ranches. Within a few miles of where these pictures were taken live some of the last remaining uncontacted Awã people—made famous across the world a few weeks ago, when footage of them was released. The forests in Araribóia are protected by a disparate group of underfunded firefighters made up of brave and dedicated Guajajara tribe members, volunteers, and FUNAI (the National Indian Foundation) employees who take on fires, sometimes armed with nothing more than machetes.
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) gather in the "boma" with a handful of the rambunctious orphans in their care. These women are some of the first indigenous Samburu women elephant keepers in Africa. Traditionally in Kenya women marry young and are meant to care for their children and homes. Although women had never been keepers before, the community has embraced the new program and is excited to hear what these women have accomplished, rushing to them when they return home to learn news of each of the elephants in their care. What’s happening at Reteti is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation, not only in the way humans relate to wild animals but also how we relate to one another. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e get involved and support their crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Asimina lights a candle with her grandchildren during the Greek Orthodox Easter in the Greek Island of Hydra last April. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Hydra
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A great white shark swims through a school of jacks in the waters off South Australia. New research is revealing the fascinating and complex lives of this dominant apex predator shark species. One study reveals that white sharks live well into their 70s, which is longer than previously believed. What wisdom might a long-lived animal that travels thousands of miles each year possess? Follow @BrianSkerry to see more sharks, whales, seals and other ocean wildlife. #sharks #greatwhitesharks #australia
Photo by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore. A critically endangered northern white-cheeked gibbon with its baby @gibbonconservationcenter in California. Dedicated to helping gibbons both in the care of humans and in the wild, this center plays a vital role in saving these small apes from extinction, but the center has just lost its lease and needs our help now. To learn how you can save the center, follow me @joelsartore for the details. #GibbonConservationCenter #PhotoArk #SaveTogether
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Meet Keanu, a one-year-old male ocelot destined for the illegal wildlife trade before being rescued by @hojanueva. There, Keanu is being reintroduced, or re-wilded, by Harry Turner and Sam Zwicker on 5,000 acres of protected rainforest along the Las Piedras River in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. To see videos of Keanu learning to become a wild cat, go to @tbfrost
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The summer Milky Way is seen in the starry skies of Yellowstone National Park, far from the vanishing glow of city lights. An icon of conservation, the park is located in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. In 1872 it became the world's first designated national park. Native Americans have lived in the region for at least 11,000 years. While an aurora is occasionally visible on the horizon from this latitude, the green patches here are not the northern lights. They are an atmospheric phenomenon called airglow, colorless to the eyes but not to the camera. The waterfall and the trees are softly illuminated during this single 20-second exposure. Explore more of The World at Night with me @babaktafreshi. #saveournightsky #twanight #astrophotography #yellowstone #airglow
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | Illuminated by a full moon in July, Chris Green of the Seminole tribe rides out before dawn to gather a herd of cattle at the Big Cypress Reservation. In addition to protecting crucial habitat for the Everglades and Florida Wildlife Corridor, the Seminole tribe’s ranches keep alive centuries of heritage connected to the land in wild Florida. I have been focusing on Florida ranches for my #PathofthePanther project because they are essential to a statewide network of public and private lands that make up the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The Florida panther and other wide-ranging wildlife cannot survive on public lands alone, but ranches providing critical habitat are rapidly being converted to suburban sprawl that fragments habitat and increases conflicts between humans and wildlife. Learn more by following @carltonward. #nativepride #ranch #seminole @flwildcorridor #floridawild #KeepFLWild @natgeoimagecollection
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | China boasts some of the world's most spectacular underground landscapes. Several of the largest cave chambers ever discovered are located in China, and probably many more are there, lying in total darkness just waiting to be found. This photo of the entrance passage of Quankou Dong, near the town of Tongzi, leads through to one of those mighty chambers, Cloud Ladder Hall. This shows the view back toward the towering entrance and the main river passage, where we see thick beds of limestone that are visible high in the roof of the cave.