Photo by @amytoensing | Carter Ness hunts with his father and brother for wood duck on land owned by the American Prairie Reserve (APR) along the Judith River near Winifred, Montana. APR, an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to rewild a large swath of the northern plains, removing cattle, reestablishing native vegetation, and helping lost wildlife return and thrive. APR welcomes hunters and hikers on its properties, which opens new access points to public lands along local rivers. In February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.
Photo by @davidalanharvey | Rodanthe, North Carolina, December 14, 2019. Not much left of Mirlo Beach, and after every hurricane or nor’easter we all rush to see if this time it’s all gone. The sea wants to break through at this spot and create a new inlet to the sound. Inlets come and go on these barrier islands, some lasting a hundred years or more and some just a hundred days. Either way, it's a finger snap in geologic time. This is from my Outer Banks series Come Hell or High Water.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | This is a view of the entrance to the Geltenbach Hoehle cave as a Swiss team of explorers begin their decent into the Gastental valley below. During the summer months, a giant waterfall spills from the entrance—only in the winter is it safe to explore the cave.
Video by @joelsartore | Gigi, a two-week-old snow monkey, clings to one of her favorite stuffed animals @blankparkzoo. Stuffed toys like this one are often used by zookeepers caring for young primates to keep infants from imprinting on humans. In doing so, they can ensure that babies like Gigi are successfully adopted by the rest of the troop once they are fully weaned. To see a still of Gigi and an adult snow monkey, follow me @joelsartore. #snowmonkey #baby #cute #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Mohammed, a seven-year-old Syrian refugee from Aleppo, plays in a corridor near his family’s shelter in a camp north of Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen @everydayrefugees and @mmuheisenpublic #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Don’t worry, this is not self-immolation. Jumping over fire, to purify and rid yourself of bad luck, is a tradition that takes place on the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations during what is known as Yuan Xiao (Lantern Festival). #Lanzhou #Gansu #China #ChineseNewYear #LanternFestival
Photo by @chienchichang | Children and parents await the annual lion dance competition during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Yangon's Chinatown, in Myanmar (Burma), 2008.
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Lake Cathie Rural Fire Brigade Captain Chris Brown measures temperatures just below the surface—it reads 642 degrees Celsius. The fire had swept through weeks earlier but continues to burn underground, through the root systems of the trees, creating new bushfires in already burned areas. During this project, we learned that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service members @nswrfs are allocated one shirt and a pair of pants. Senior positions get two. They also often purchase their own safety gear like goggles and masks. Their loved ones set up washing stations and work around-the-clock to help them ready for dispatch again, and they rely on the support system of the local community. #Australia #bushfire #nswrfs #australianbushfires #bushfireemergency
Photo by @dinalitovsky | Skater Sean Davis moved to LA from Naperville, Illinois, to pursue his dream of a professional skateboarding career. His favorite place to practice is the Venice Skate Park, which is always vibrant and full of energy. Los Angeles is the birthplace of skateboarding, and it remains an iconic tradition all through the city. For more images, follow me @dinalitovsky.
Photo by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto I High up in the Afghan Pamir Mountains, a Wakhi girl waits for her dad to return from herding sheep. Every year during summer, a small community of shepherds moves up to the high pastures with their herd. For up to four months, they live a self-sufficient life with no way of connecting to the outside world. Visit @paleyphoto for more cultural encounters and behind the scenes. #Afghanistan #reddress