Photo by @beverlyjoubert | Maasai giraffes stand in perfect silhouette against a spectacular sunset. But their future is not necessarily as bright. The latest IUCN updated Red List of Threatened Species did not include good news for giraffes. Their populations have quietly plummeted by 40 percent in the last 30 years, as a result of habitat loss, poaching, and civil unrest. Somehow this decline hasn't been at the forefront in the news, and we can just imagine how many other species are disappearing without any notice at all. Protecting habitat is more essential than ever as so many species will benefit from that blanket protection and security. From lions and elephants, right through to giraffes and the oxpecker birds feeding on the ticks in their hides, down to the dung beetles that replenish the earth with their droppings, we have an awful lot to lose if we leave this too late. #maasaigiraffe#giraffesunset#timetoact
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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | San Juan County, Utah: An enigmatic and evocative piece of Barrier Canyon Style rock art in southern Utah. Rock art is notoriously hard to date, but this style of painting likely comes from the late archaic period of Southwestern archaeology (4,000 to 1,500 BP/before present). There are a large handful of sites across southern Utah (also into Colorado and Arizona) with a similar style. The paintings are typically larger-than-life anthropomorphic figures that are often finely painted. Join me by following @salvarezphoto as I work on a Nat Geo grant looking at rock art in some of our western public lands. It’s a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the nonprofit @ancientartarchive
Photo by @beckythale | Fez, Morocco. Around every corner a new door, new smell, and new intersection. The girl, in her pink fur coat, disappeared as quickly as she appeared in the maze of the medina. #morocco#fez
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Photo by @joelsartore | Grizzlies—more accurately, North American brown bears—are majestic symbols of the wild. Despite their reputation for having carnivorous appetites, their diet isn’t limited to moose, deer, elk, and bison – it also consists of nuts, berries, fruits, and leaves. While they generally live alone, grizzly bears will occasionally gather in large numbers at major food sources like for salmon Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park. When preparing for winter hibernation these bears have feasts of epic proportions, gaining up to three pounds a day! To see how the grizzly bear’s photo session for the Photo Ark turned out, follow me @joelsartore.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | A storm sweeps over the ancient site of Samaria-Sebaste, located in the village of Sebastia, just northwest of the city of Nablus, West Bank. The ruins include remains from six successive cultures dating back more than 10,000 years, including the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.
Photo by @irablockphoto | In Iceland, not far from Reykjavik, is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, the largest geothermal bath in the world. Both tourists and locals take advantage of the waters in this man-made attraction, located in a lava field. The warm waters are supplied from the nearby Svartsengi Power Station. The mineral-rich waters are not only relaxing, they're said to be helpful for skin issues like psoriasis. As the lagoon is located near the Keflavik Airport, many tourists stop by on their way home. #bluelagoon#geothermal#spa#iceland#steam#fog
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The “Borderless” exhibition, Mori Building, Odaiba, Tokyo. To call the exhibits at the teamLab Digital Art Museum immersive is an understatement, as the goal of the designers is to dissolve the imaginary walls between art and the viewer. The new museum, which opened last summer in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, is a two-floor series of rooms filled with psychedelic shape-shifting light shows and projections, most of which can be altered by touching the wall where they appear. The title of the exhibition is "Borderless," which defines the philosophy of teamLab, a 400-person cooperative of artists, designers, programmers, engineers, and architects, all dedicated to smashing preconceived boundaries, stimulating the senses, and blending the traditional with the futuristic. Unlike in most museums, photography is encouraged. In fact, the museum has been described as “the most Instagrammable spot” in Tokyo. It’s also one of the hardest exhibits to leave, as it is like finding the exit of a maze. #borderless#odaiba#tokyo
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto | Crowds of travelers and commuters converge at King's Cross. In 2012 the Victorian-era St Pancras International and King's Cross rail stations were both given dramatic updates. A modern twist adorns the original facade of King's Cross, which sees 47 million riders a year, including legions of Harry Potter fans. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the London story I covered for the @natgeo site. #London#architecture#kingscross#britain#people#city
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | "I was a guest at a kabaddi game, and thought he was one of the players sitting on the side. So I commented 'well played!' He looked at me, confused and replied, 'Ummmm...Thank you?!!' Half embarrassed, half not registering what he said, I walked away." "She redeemed herself at the celebratory dinner, and we started texting a fair bit. Oddly enough, I told my closest friends that I haven't met this girl yet, but I get the feeling I'm going to marry her." "I did a little background checkup," she giggles. "Stalking me on social media helps! She started retweeting, then added me on Facebook by mistake while she was telling how crap Facebook was to get to know someone. And she still claims to have no idea how to use the internet," he chimes in jokingly. "I told my best friend I'm marrying Suhail on our second date." #indianwedding#mumbai#wedding#love#india
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