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Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther @FL_WildCorridor #floridawild #keepflwild#bear #forest #conservation #florida#wildlife @myfwc @natgeo @insidenatgeo
Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther@FL_WildCorridor#floridawild#keepflwild#bear#forest#conservation#florida#wildlife@myfwc@natgeo@insidenatgeo
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3h ago
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Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans are clinging to each other at a rehab center in northern Borneo. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years according to a recent study. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our relatives on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime. In recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay on August 19 I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans through public activities and through covert actions aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @Freelandfoundation @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with orangutans and other endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicapriofoundation #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Twins #Orphans #Endangered #Wildlife
Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans are clinging to each other at a rehab center in northern Borneo. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years according to a recent study. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our relatives on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime. In recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay on August 19 I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans through public activities and through covert actions aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @Freelandfoundation@World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with orangutans and other endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicapriofoundation#WorldOrangutanDay#InternationalOrangutanDay#Borneo#Family#Twins#Orphans#Endangered#Wildlife
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8h ago
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Photo by @joelsartore |
Mexican honeypot ants are named for the incredible way they store resources. These ants are like tiny refrigerators, stashing food for the whole colony in anticipation of dry seasons. Designated worker ants called “repletes” hang from the ceiling of their nest, while foraging workers bring them nectar and juices from insect prey-- which is edible with a sweet and tangy flavor. Their abdomens slowly become spherical and transparent as they swell with sugary liquids. They can reach the size of a small grape— some become so large that they cannot leave the nest! All of this work insures that the whole colony can eat even when food is not readily available. These little ants are so full of nutrients that they are often eaten by other animals— even humans. This is one of over 100 species of honeypot ant found in warm arid regions around the world. This species occurs in the southwestern US and northern Mexico, where they feed primarily on nectar and small insects. #honeypotant #PhotoArk
Photo by @joelsartore | Mexican honeypot ants are named for the incredible way they store resources. These ants are like tiny refrigerators, stashing food for the whole colony in anticipation of dry seasons. Designated worker ants called “repletes” hang from the ceiling of their nest, while foraging workers bring them nectar and juices from insect prey-- which is edible with a sweet and tangy flavor. Their abdomens slowly become spherical and transparent as they swell with sugary liquids. They can reach the size of a small grape— some become so large that they cannot leave the nest! All of this work insures that the whole colony can eat even when food is not readily available. These little ants are so full of nutrients that they are often eaten by other animals— even humans. This is one of over 100 species of honeypot ant found in warm arid regions around the world. This species occurs in the southwestern US and northern Mexico, where they feed primarily on nectar and small insects. #honeypotant#PhotoArk
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11h ago
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Photo by @edkashi  Views of a sprawling new suburban area of Istanbul, Turkey on March 14, 2011. Turkey's economic boom has been particularly good to real estate in Istanbul, as seen in this new suburb. With the current economic crisis engulfing Turkey, which one can only hope will subside and not cause more harm to this incredible country, this scene is not as pretty as it seems.

#edkashi  #visualstoryelling #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #Turkey #Istanbul
Photo by @edkashi Views of a sprawling new suburban area of Istanbul, Turkey on March 14, 2011. Turkey's economic boom has been particularly good to real estate in Istanbul, as seen in this new suburb. With the current economic crisis engulfing Turkey, which one can only hope will subside and not cause more harm to this incredible country, this scene is not as pretty as it seems. #edkashi#visualstoryelling#documentaryphotography#photojournalism#Turkey#Istanbul
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14h ago
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Photo by @amivitale | Naomi embraces Nadasoit at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Now that Nadasoit has become big and strong, she is following in the footsteps of the matriarch of the herd. She cares for the littlest, keeping them close to her and comforts those who are mourning or sad. She also teaches those younger than her how to do important things, like find the best brush to eat or how to navigate difficult passages in their daily walks. 
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. 
Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg

@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #worldelephantday
Photo by @amivitale | Naomi embraces Nadasoit at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Now that Nadasoit has become big and strong, she is following in the footsteps of the matriarch of the herd. She cares for the littlest, keeping them close to her and comforts those who are mourning or sad. She also teaches those younger than her how to do important things, like find the best brush to eat or how to navigate difficult passages in their daily walks. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale@r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg@nrt_kenya@kenyawildlifeservice@lewa_wildlife@sandiegozoo@tusk_org@thephotosociety@natgeo@coreyrichproductions@novusselect#protectelephants#bekindtoelephants#DontLetThemDisappear#elephants#saveelephants#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#magicalkenya#whyilovekenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#amivitale#worldelephantday
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17h ago
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Photo by @nickcobbing

The dance known as The Lindy Hop (also called swing dance or jitterbug) is celebrated at a 5-week long dance camp in Sweden. At the weekly ‘Savoy night’, dancers from countries across the world pay tribute to a style of dance that originated in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom during the 1930s, dancing through the night to the music of great band leaders like Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Dancers at The Herräng dance camp also follow courses or ‘tracks’ in blues, jazz, tap and balboa -all styles that have their roots in African American dance culture. Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning is fondly remembered with a street named after him in the small village that hosts the camp. Another of the original Savoy dancers, Norma Miller returned aged 99 to tell stories from a life shaped by jazz music.

@herrangdancecamp #dance #jazz #lindyhop #frankiemanning
Photo by @nickcobbing The dance known as The Lindy Hop (also called swing dance or jitterbug) is celebrated at a 5-week long dance camp in Sweden. At the weekly ‘Savoy night’, dancers from countries across the world pay tribute to a style of dance that originated in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom during the 1930s, dancing through the night to the music of great band leaders like Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Dancers at The Herräng dance camp also follow courses or ‘tracks’ in blues, jazz, tap and balboa -all styles that have their roots in African American dance culture. Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning is fondly remembered with a street named after him in the small village that hosts the camp. Another of the original Savoy dancers, Norma Miller returned aged 99 to tell stories from a life shaped by jazz music. @herrangdancecamp#dance#jazz#lindyhop#frankiemanning
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20h ago
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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Getting lost visually in the Arashiyama bamboo forest. This perfectly manicured grove of green, towering bamboo has an eerie quality of light making the stalks seem translucent. 
#Arashiyama #bambooforest #Kyoto #Japan
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Getting lost visually in the Arashiyama bamboo forest. This perfectly manicured grove of green, towering bamboo has an eerie quality of light making the stalks seem translucent. #Arashiyama#bambooforest#Kyoto#Japan
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21h ago
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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - May, resting on the hill, on Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - Heather moorland is rarer than tropical rainforest, and 75% of it is found in the UK as a result of grouse management which provides an incentive to conserve these moorlands, despite enormous economic pressures of subsides to intensify forestry and farming operations. However, the methods employed by gamekeepers on these moors to support a large population of grouse are constantly a matter of debate; management includes heather burning, and routine control of predators such as foxes, crows and stoats, which many feel abhorrent. But there’s also evidence that this management correlates with higher densities of plover, curlew, lapwing, redshank and ring ouzel - I’m indebted to #invermarkestate for giving me the opportunity to fully explore and understand all the complexities faced by estates such as this #invermarkestate in this hugely challenging and spectacularly precious ecosystem that is #cairngormsnationalpark #wildfire #wildlife #scotland - follow me @chancellordavid to see more from this extraordinary precious corner of our planet.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - May, resting on the hill, on Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - Heather moorland is rarer than tropical rainforest, and 75% of it is found in the UK as a result of grouse management which provides an incentive to conserve these moorlands, despite enormous economic pressures of subsides to intensify forestry and farming operations. However, the methods employed by gamekeepers on these moors to support a large population of grouse are constantly a matter of debate; management includes heather burning, and routine control of predators such as foxes, crows and stoats, which many feel abhorrent. But there’s also evidence that this management correlates with higher densities of plover, curlew, lapwing, redshank and ring ouzel - I’m indebted to #invermarkestate for giving me the opportunity to fully explore and understand all the complexities faced by estates such as this #invermarkestate in this hugely challenging and spectacularly precious ecosystem that is #cairngormsnationalpark#wildfire#wildlife#scotland - follow me @chancellordavid to see more from this extraordinary precious corner of our planet.
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1d ago
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A Caligo butterfly from the family Nymphalidae, transitions (wait for it) from the beautiful top side to the underside which acts as a camouflage for the insect. Butterflies and moths appear to be very delicate creatures, and yet they turn out to be much tougher — both in terms of their anatomy and survival skills — than previously imagined.

What is the evolutionary connection between the moth and the butterfly? Unlike dinosaurs, moths and butterflies do not have bones that can fossilize and preserve. Their many wing scales, however, are made of chitin, which is the primary component of hard natural materials like crustacean exoskeletons and cephalopod beaks.

The Late Triassic scales come from insects in the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes butterflies & moths, However, these butterflies evolved from moth-like ancestors.

About 70 sturdy of scales from their wings have been identified in a drilled core from northern Germany. The ancestors of today's moths and butterflies, therefore, date to at least the latter part of the Late Triassic (251–199 million years BCE). The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, extend the origin of these insects by 5 million years since the previously related fossil record-holders — from the United Kingdom — date to 195 million years ago. There is little doubt that dinosaurs and other iconic animals from the time saw the insects fluttering around them, just as many of us do today.

Thanks @davesweeneyphoto & @lookandseen 
#Butterfly #Mariposa #Farfalla #Papillon #Borboleta #Fluture #Paruparo #Schmetterling #Drugelis #Sommerfug @atedge #Evolution #EvolutionaryBiology
A Caligo butterfly from the family Nymphalidae, transitions (wait for it) from the beautiful top side to the underside which acts as a camouflage for the insect. Butterflies and moths appear to be very delicate creatures, and yet they turn out to be much tougher — both in terms of their anatomy and survival skills — than previously imagined. What is the evolutionary connection between the moth and the butterfly? Unlike dinosaurs, moths and butterflies do not have bones that can fossilize and preserve. Their many wing scales, however, are made of chitin, which is the primary component of hard natural materials like crustacean exoskeletons and cephalopod beaks. The Late Triassic scales come from insects in the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes butterflies & moths, However, these butterflies evolved from moth-like ancestors. About 70 sturdy of scales from their wings have been identified in a drilled core from northern Germany. The ancestors of today's moths and butterflies, therefore, date to at least the latter part of the Late Triassic (251–199 million years BCE). The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, extend the origin of these insects by 5 million years since the previously related fossil record-holders — from the United Kingdom — date to 195 million years ago. There is little doubt that dinosaurs and other iconic animals from the time saw the insects fluttering around them, just as many of us do today. Thanks @davesweeneyphoto & @lookandseen#Butterfly#Mariposa#Farfalla#Papillon#Borboleta#Fluture#Paruparo#Schmetterling#Drugelis#Sommerfug@atedge#Evolution#EvolutionaryBiology
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1d ago
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Photograph by @simoncroberts.

The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland. As part of the Trotternish ridge - a 300m thick sandwich of around 24 layers of volcanic rock - the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most iconic rock formations on the British Isles. The area in front of the cliffs is known as the Sanctuary, which has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles created from the crumbling basalt.  Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr gets its name because the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble that of the face of an old man. Storr means big in Norse. Near the summit of the Storr, you can find one of Scotland’s rarest plants, Iceland Purslane. 
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #isleofskye #theoldmanofstorr #thebritishlandscape
Photograph by @simoncroberts. The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland. As part of the Trotternish ridge - a 300m thick sandwich of around 24 layers of volcanic rock - the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most iconic rock formations on the British Isles. The area in front of the cliffs is known as the Sanctuary, which has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles created from the crumbling basalt. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr gets its name because the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble that of the face of an old man. Storr means big in Norse. Near the summit of the Storr, you can find one of Scotland’s rarest plants, Iceland Purslane. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts#isleofskye#theoldmanofstorr#thebritishlandscape
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1d ago
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Photo by @TimLaman.  A misty morning over the lowland rainforest interior of Waigeo Island.  Habitat of the Wilson’s and Red Birds-of-Paradise, and many other treasures of earth’s and Indonesia’s biodiversity.  See more from this spectacular island @TimLaman.  @BirdsofParadiseProject, #RajaAmpat, #Waigeo, #BirdsofParadise, #Papua, #Indonesia.
Photo by @TimLaman. A misty morning over the lowland rainforest interior of Waigeo Island. Habitat of the Wilson’s and Red Birds-of-Paradise, and many other treasures of earth’s and Indonesia’s biodiversity. See more from this spectacular island @TimLaman.@BirdsofParadiseProject, #RajaAmpat, #Waigeo, #BirdsofParadise, #Papua, #Indonesia.
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1d ago
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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) 21-month-old Afghan refugee Anna Rahmoni sleeps under a mosquito net outside her family’s tent in a camp North of Athens in Greece last Friday the 10th of August 2018, while visiting with @anikaphi of @unmigration and @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees to document the daily life of the people in the camp. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) 21-month-old Afghan refugee Anna Rahmoni sleeps under a mosquito net outside her family’s tent in a camp North of Athens in Greece last Friday the 10th of August 2018, while visiting with @anikaphi of @unmigration and @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees to document the daily life of the people in the camp. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees#everydayrefugees#muhammedmuheisen
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