Video by Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti @woods_galimberti | More than 1.3 million people are estimated to visit the David in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy. The David is a marble sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Michelangelo Buonarroti. It represents the Biblical hero David and is considered a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and has become one of the most recognizable icons of the history of art as well as the incarnation of Michelangelo’s #genius. Check out the latest issue of @natgeo to read more about what makes a genius. - Don’t miss the premiere of #Genius TONIGHT 9/8c on @natgeochannel, as we delve into the life of Albert Einstein - the man behind the mind.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. A baby chimpanzee observes visitors to the Kisangani Zoo. Despite being among the most minerally rich countries in the world, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations, largely due to corruption. The Kisangani Zoo receives just enough funding from visitors to stay open but not enough to maintain healthy conditions for the Chimps, Crocodiles, Snakes, Monkeys, Birds and other creatures that populate the grounds. Organization such as the @janegoodallinst are active in pursuing proper conditions for chimps in the region. For more from Congo follow me at @michaelchristopherbrown
Photo by @FransLanting It’s World Penguin Day and we’re celebrating the true natives of Antarctica—emperor penguins, who never set foot ashore on anything but the frozen seas around Antarctica, where two parents can raise one chick under heroic conditions. It’s a race against time, because they have to fledge their young before the sea ice melts later in the summer. They can do that on their own, but they depend on us to keep the ice under their feet solid. Climate change is real and Antarctica’s ice is shrinking fast. Penguins are like canaries in a global coal mine when it comes to witnessing how our planet is changing. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories from the world of penguins. @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @leonardodicaprio #penguins #nature #explore #wildlifephotography #amazing #climatechange #Antarctica #Parents #Family #life #joy
by @drewtrush // I had never been here before, and swung by the ranger station to orient myself and try and get some information. “That's the Temple of the Moon” the Ranger said as he pointed his hand over his shoulder at a picture hanging on the wall as I asked him about rock formations to place in front of the Milky Way. “But the moon doesn’t set until 4:03, so you won’t have any stars until then which may be a problem”. The road (not marked in the dark) took a little while and 3 passes to find before I finally made my way the twenty something miles down the dusty dirt road. I finally arrived at 1:30 in the morning and grabbed some much needed sleep in the truck, parked at the base of this formation. When I woke, the Milky Way had just come into view as the moon set behind the ridge and put on an amazing show until dawn. As they say, "Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good."
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz When I get out of the big cities here I often feel like the first foreigner in China, as everyone wants to have their picture taken with the long nose. This group of Mongolian singers were no different, and made me feel like Brad Pitt …for about 5 seconds. #onassignment in the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia. For a glimpse of their unique desert ecosystem go to @geosteinmetz
Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo // A fur seal stretches and rolls around at the base of blue whale vertebrae at an old whaling station on the Antarctic peninsula. Between 1910 and 1930 in this small area alone, over 61,336 blue whales were killed. If you add in Right, Fin, Sei, Humpback and Sperm whales, the catch added up to 118,159 in that period. Seals were also wiped out. Except for humpback and minke whales, the great whales in this area remain a tiny a fraction of what they once were. Fur seals, however, have shown great signs of recovery. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this changing land and seascape. #nature #whales #humanimpact #seal #ecosystemrecovery
On assignment with @daviddoubilet // Photographing an American crocodile at night in the mangroves of Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. This crocodile rested in the soft seagrass for several minutes and then rose slowly to take a breath of air and return to the bottom to sleep again. Crocodiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements increase circulation of water and nutrients through the dense root systems of the mangroves. Gardens of the Queen Marine Preserve, located fifty miles south of Cuba, is a time capsule in the Caribbean that looks much like it did when Columbus arrived and named it in honor of his Queen. From @natgeo story Underwater Jewels in the Path of Tourism with team @jenniferhayesig and #LeandroBlanco #ocean #crocodile #mangroves #cuba #nationalpark #extreme #followme for #moreocean and more images of crocodiles @daviddoubilet
Photo be @Robertclarkphoto | The #NakedMolerat is an extraordinary mammal, they are coldblooded, No other known #mammal is. They live in an underground tunnel complexes in colonies of hundreds led by a queen, they live in hives, much like bees. For several years scientists thought they didn't get cancer. And now it seems that they can survive for 18 minutes with no oxygen. No oxygen. Generally, they can run their cells on glucose, the usual way of mice, humans and all other mammals. That process requires oxygen, which comes from breathing. But mole rats can switch to a different kind of biochemical process that uses fructose, the sugar in fruit and high fructose corn syrup which needs almost no oxygen. The mole rat falls a suspended animation, with a much lower heart rate and breathing. Other mammals, like people and mice, can metabolize fructose without oxygen, only in a very limited way. Mole rats evolved this ability because the tunnels they live in can be low in oxygen.
photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - bison in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park doesn’t have as many bison as its closer larger neighbour Yellowstone National Park, but a small population persist here. They spend the harsh winter using their enormous heads and powerful necks to plough the snow in pursuit of edible plants beneath the snow. This image was taken on a remote camera back in December - a camera I recovered today after the snow finally melted and revealed it. Shot on assignment for National Geographic Society
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio Two Years ago the Yemeni crisis took a deadly turn. According to the United Nations, 16,200 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015 including 10,000 civilians. The humanitarian situation in what was already one of the world’s poorest nations, is now, after Syria, the most critical on the planet, with 20% of Yemenis severely food insecure. Here photographed the centre of Shibam in Wadi Hadramout province, entireymud-built and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site for its high-rise mud-brick buildings. UNESCO has voiced concern over the damage inflicted to this great Islamic city. In April 2009, four Koreans tourists were blown apart by a suicide bomber taking just such a photo Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #cityscape #photojournalism #islamicarchitecture #islamic #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #reportage #Yemen #fightpoverty #photojournalism #journalism #onassignment #documentaryphotography #UNESCO #CivilWar #war #conflict #arabianpeninsular #arabia #simonnorfolkstudio #simonnorfolk #worldheritage #streetphotography