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Video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | A sloth crosses the main road between Cahuita and Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica. Sloths are named after the capital sin of sloth because they seem slow and lazy at first glance; however, their usual idleness is due to metabolic adaptations for conserving energy. #sloth#costarica#slow#cahuita #crossingroad
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Photo by @PaulNicklen | As waves roll in against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, all looks safe and peaceful from above the surface. However, this split-shot photo exposes the imminent danger to prey looming in the icy waters. This leopard seal awaits the arrival of its next meal, whether it be a penguin or another seal. These fierce hunters are one of the most feared predators by their fellow Antarctic inhabitants. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of leopard seals. #Antarctica#leopardseal#ocean#wildlife#photography
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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | An Italian explorer traverses a canyon, avoiding the deep, cold water below a thin unstable crust of ice inside a moulin on the Gorner Glacier, Switzerland. Progress is often slow when the floor is dangerously unstable, like it is here. This was the first of many glacier caves we descended during our recent expedition to the area.
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Photo by @beverlyjoubert. A little five-month-old lion lies on the cool, shaded side of a termite mound and looks out onto the Okavango plains, where scores of red lechwe are grazing. The ears are fully alert and those pupils are enlarged: dilated with a predator’s focus. The cub is too young to be joining the lionesses’ hunts, but he has chosen to hide himself on raised ground where he can see and not be seen. This, and that little tongue licking his lips, shows that his predatory instincts have been awakened. It won’t be that long before he starts to play his part in helping to feed the pride. #littlebigcats#okavangolions
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Valley of the Gods, Utah: I don’t think I have ever seen a night sky as clear as the one I had here last week. The starlight was so bright that I could walk around without a flashlight. It was truly a fabulous evening. Valley of the God was inside the original boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument, but after the 85 percent reduction in 2017 this landscape now lies outside the monument. #bearsears
Photo by @lynseyaddario | Recent peace talks with the Taliban have raised hope among many that the war, now in its 18th year, could finally end. But many fear any deal with the Taliban could limit women’s rights. I started photographing in Afghanistan when the country was ruled by the Taliban, in 2000. At that time, schools for girls and women were banned, most women were confined to their homes and banned from working, and the all-encompassing burqa was the only acceptable attire. I’ve witnessed and documented so many changes in Afghanistan over the past two decades: women graduating from Kabul University, the rise of amazing women in parliament, women driving and acting in television series and films, and women training to participate in Afghan security forces. I shot this picture of Afghan women at a shooting range in April 2010, while on assignment for @natgeo; they were being trained by Italian Carabinieri outside Kabul. The story, “Veiled Rebellion” came out in 2010 and took roughly two years to shoot because of the lengthy process of finding women who felt comfortable being photographed for a wide-reaching, international magazine. In most cases, I needed to secure permission from the women as well as their male relatives.
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Photos by @vincentjmusi | You are safely looking down the gullet of Toby, a wired, 5-year-old wire fox terrier with one lung and a bum leg. I didn’t ask how these particulars came to be, as there was way too much going on.
For a period of time that can be measured in years, I played a pinball machine called FunHouse at a local pub within radio distance of the picture desk of a former employer. The bonus multiball round was achieved by skillfully flippering a pinball into the open mouth of a giant, talking, dismembered doll head named Rudy, launching what is known as THE FRENZY in which all madness is broken loose.
In my studio, we have in our inventory of tricks and gimmicks a pathetic, faded orange rubber squeaky pig that, when squeaked properly, will elicit a curious response in most animals, perhaps a head tilt or a pause. In Toby’s case, it unleashed THE FRENZY.
Anyone who dared to enter the air space between Toby and the orange pig was in danger. My wife and loyal assistant Callie had lost control of the beast and both now looked disapprovingly at me. We had few contingency plans, and leadership was called for. Toby’s owner just paced apologetically back and forth, explaining that we had made a grave mistake.
Let the record show that I did not actually perform the squeak, but I did order the squeak and now take full responsibility. The squeak stops here.
Callie and what’s left of the pig are still not talking to me.
Photos by @pedromcbride | It took 750 miles, 13 months, eight pairs of shoes, two friends, and one camera to document this iconic national park, the Grand Canyon, revealing perspectives rarely seen before. The story of this transect on foot along the length of the only canyon visible from outer space serves as the backbone of the new documentary “Into the Grand Canyon”–out in time for the park’s 100th birthday. See vantages of this roofless cathedral and explore multiple views of how the park is poised to change from growing development pressures on all four points of the compass. Tune in February 21 (8 p.m. EST) on @natgeochannel to see the premiere. To learn more about this feature film, follow @pedromcbride. #IntotheGrandCanyon#intothecanyon#grandcanyon#petemcbride
Photo by @JimRichardsonNG | A foggy night at the Stones of Stenness. Sheep have probably been grazing here almost as long as the stones have been standing, about 5,000 years. Stenness might well be the very first of the stone circles in the British Isles; it's some 700 years older than Stonehenge. Some who live here, in Orkney (off the northeast tip of Scotland), still carry the DNA of their Neolithic ancestors. We lit this scene with flashlights; my assistant is back behind the stone, lighting up the sheep who stayed blessedly still for this very long exposure. Follow me @JimRichardsonNG for more Scottish adventures. #scotland#orkney#neolithic