To help capture the beauty of our planet and its wildlife, we’ve collected the most awe-inspiring photos from National Geographic this week.
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Ice-Covered Hudson River
Photography by @stephenwilkes. Thinking of the bitter cold of the last 10 days and watching the massive winter storm Grayson, the” bomb cyclone” pound the East Coast with heavy snow and strong winds. I photographed the Hudson River from the air and found this lone boat trapped by the frozen ice. The patterns created by the ice reminded me of a mosaic. Ice (in its most common form) floats on liquid water, which is an important feature in Earth’s biosphere, but it also creates abstract beauty. Hoping everyone stays safe and warm. To see more of my photography, please follow me @stephenwilkes. #GOESEast #BombCyclone #noreaster #blizzard2018
Photo by @FransLanting When emperor penguin chicks are a month old they are no longer guarded by their parents around the clock and they form creches where they can keep each other warm by huddling together, just like their parents do in mid-winter. When parents return from the sea they head for the creches to pick up their chicks. Go to @FransLanting to see more emperor penguin huddles and if you are on the East Coast of the US we hope you’ll stay warm too! @christineeckstrom @natgeocreative @the photosociety #Antarctica #Penguins #Extreme #Photography #Wildlifephotography #Cold #Parenting #Baby #Care #Bird #Naturelovers #Together
Endangered Proboscis Monkey
Video by @joelsartore | This endangered proboscis monkey named Jaka was the 6,000th species to board the Photo Ark and currently lives in a beautifully renovated exhibit with his brother Jeff at the Singapore Zoo (@wrs.ig). Proboscis monkeys are the most aquatic of all primates and tend to live close to water. They love to swim and can dive as deep at 20 meters! Only males have large, pendulous noses like Jaka’s, which help resonate their calls. The bigger the nose, the more dominant the male. The Singapore Zoo (@wrs.ig) is currently supporting a project to protect and conserve one of the largest known populations of the Proboscis Monkey in Balikpapan Bay, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. This project focuses on community education and evaluating the importance of regenerating secondary forests to the species. To see a portrait of this monkey, check out @joelsartore!
Photo: @andy_mann // Oceanic Whitetip Sharks cruise the crystal blue waters of Cat Island, Bahamas. Once thought the be the most abundant shark on the sea, this pelagic predator is thought to have declined as much as 95% in recent years, in a large part to long-line fishing and the shark fin trade. Sharks play an irreplaceable role in our ocean’s ecosystem and the Bohemian government has created a safe santiary here for the Oceanics. I hope more countries will follow suite. @sea_legacy // #followme @andy_mann for more deep sea images from the furthest reaches of our fragile planet. 🙏🏼
Video by @florianschulzvisuals – While documenting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for an upcoming film, I got a true feeling for wilderness. It seemed like traveling back in time to a world predating our modern world. The Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the country, bordering the arctic ocean in northeastern Alaska. Far away from the city centers, the arctic sky allows for a magical light show of the northern lights at night. I spent many months in the Refuge over several years to get an intimate look at its wildlife, such as muskox that are perfectly adapted to the arctic climate. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the spotlight as it has been opened up to oil drilling through the recent tax bill. Follow me @florianschulzvisuals to see more of our wild planet. @natgeo @thephotosociety #northernlights #alaska #wild #happynewyear #publiclands
Emperor Penguin Chick
Photo by @FransLanting “Happy New Life” Emperor penguin chicks are born on the feet of their parents. That’s where they crawl out of their eggs, which are kept off the ice by incubating adults, who cradle the eggs on their feet for two months. Here, a newborn chick sitting on its mother’s feet is getting a brief peek at the world before it gets covered again by a brood flap, which keeps eggs and chicks warm even under the extreme conditions emperors face during their reproduction cycle. If we can learn how to nurture our planet the way emperors take care of their offspring, we’ll all be better off. Follow me @FransLanting to see what emperor penguins have to do to stay warm when it gets really cold. @christineeckstrom @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #Penguins #Parenting #Baby #Care #Bird #Naturelovers
Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodríguez ) Laguna Esmeralda ( Emerald Lagoon) is located at the “Tierra Mayor” Valley, at the base of the “Ojo de Albino” Glacier, between Mount Bonete and the Toribio Range. Its waters are emerald green, in marked contrast with the reddish hues of its surrounding peatbogs. The name is given after the color of the water from the thaw. #esmerald #lagunaesmeralda #usuhuaia #trekking #argentina #lifeofsalva Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodriguez )
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Let there be Peace on Earth. As we waited to bid farewell to the year, I threaded the view of my lens through dense foliage to catch a glimpse of this adult gorilla as it took a nap in the cool rainforests of Volcanoes National Park, in Rwanda. Nature-based tourism is a huge part of the conservation success in this country. Clean, well-organized, populated by hard-working, polite people, it is hard to believe that less than 25 years ago, this beautiful country was the setting of one of history’s most brutal genocides in which close to 1,000,000 were killed. Today, there is an air of peace and prosperity in this beautiful country, and that gives me hope for the world. Happy New Year to all! To hear more conservation success stories, #follow me @CristinaMittermeier. With @paulnicklen and @lnixpix @epixnix #NewYear2018 #Hope #Peace #Gratitude #Gorilla #nature #photography
Photo by @amivitale. A wild #elephant herd passes through an area called #Loijuk south east of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Africa’s first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. This is one of the herds the elephants @r.e.s.c.u.e cares for might be able to join once they are strong enough to return to the wild. One of the great benefits @r.e.s.c.u.e offers is that now these elephant calves are raised near where they were rescued and they might someday even be able to return to the same herds they were originally separated from. What’s happening at @r.e.s.c.u.e, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they once feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. Read the full story in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to learn about their vital work. #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #bekindtoelephants @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #protectelephants
Photo by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) Happy New Year: I spent the better part of 2017 telling stories about the “there there” of The Grand Canyon or “The High Church of the Canyon,” as some call it. After walking the entire length of this landscape – some 750+ miles without a trail for @natgeo — I’m not sure what is harder – the physical journey or telling the story of places like this voiceless cathedral and other public landscapes that we all share. Either way I’m looking forward to 2018 and sharing many stories via a speaking tour with @natgeo, a film and a photo book. To see more follow @pedromcbride #happynewyear #grandcanyon #dustinthebloodfilm #chasingrivers #wilderness #petemcbride
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A two-day old humpback whale calf rests near its mother in the waters off of the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific. This population of humpbacks spends its summer feeding in Antarctica, migrating to warmer waters where calves are born in the winter. The bond between moms and their calves is strong, with calves spending their first year with their mothers. During this time, mother humpback whales feed and provide protection for their young. Although much has been learned about this species throughout the past several decades of research, many mysteries remain with regards to the many complex societies in the sea. To learn more about these magnificent creatures, and the research efforts undertaken to understand them, follow me – @BrianSkerry – on Instagram. #humpback #whale #humpbackwhale #follow #followme #photooftheday #cookislands #pacific #underwaterphoto #underwaterphotography #instagood #conservation #research #marinebiology
Australian Sea Lions
Photo by @daviddoubilet A group of Australian sea lions play in a dense carpet of seagrass near Hopkins Island South Australia. The sea lions were playful like golden retrievers, pulling camera cords and loose straps. Australian sea lions were hunted heavily and are now endangered but their numbers are slowly rebounding. Today their main predator is not man but great white sharks. We would be photographing a large group and they would vanish in an instant, soon after a great white would cruise past looking for a meal. We learned quickly to leave when the sea lions leave. // with @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety // #ocean #sealion #gratitude #endangered #beauty #australia for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
Image by @joelsartore | Meet Piper, a Brazilian porcupine photographed at the @STLzoo. She loves bananas and spending time outside. She’s very smart and will sit by the door that can access the outdoors almost every night waiting to be let out. By the morning she can always be found back inside, sound asleep in her enclosure. Her keepers say Piper is the prettiest porcupine they’ve ever had – and one of the sweetest! In April of 2016 Piper made her modeling debut on the cover of @NatGeo magazine.