Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | The village of Nzara, South Sudan. South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the world’s newest independent country. Having a population of 12 million, with half under the age of 18, the sparsely populated country has experienced civil war since 2013, largely due to ethnic violence.
Photo by Ismail Ferdous @ismailferdous | Fellow travelers on the way to New York from Washington, D.C.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A father and son at the ancient Roman theater in Amman, Jordan. The 6,000-seat, second-century landmark dates back to when the city was known as Philadelphia. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Amman #الاردن
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Devils Garden, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the perfect place to experience the dark skies of southern Utah. With little to no light pollution, the Milky Way is easily visible and you can make out some of its most interesting features, like the Prancing Horse nebula. Have you seen the Milky Way? To see more images of wild places, follow along with photographer @drewtrush. #stars #milkyway #grandstaircase #desert #beauty
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A man passes a gun to his friend to hold as he tucks in his shirt during a Rodeo Montubio in Los Ríos, Ecuador. The Rodeo Montubio is tradition in the coastal region of Ecuador in which men and women show off their horse riding and roping skills. The competition is fierce, and the contestants take great pride in their abilities, which they have been mastering since childhood. Men, like the two captured in this photo, sometimes shoot their guns up in the air to celebrate the most impressive performances. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Serendipity, at times, is simply a by-product of stubbornness. This lioness had taken down a young zebra for herself and her single cub. They were alone in the dark bush, the light was terrible, and after hours of waiting and watching it seemed that the scene just wasn't producing an image—except for one minute at sunset, when the light broke through the bush and the cub turned to a distant sound. #zambia #southluangwa #lioncub #lionking To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Last light on the Oglala Lakota College powwow in Kyle, South Dakota, on the #PineRidgeIndianReservation. Man, I miss the sound of those drums and jingle dresses! #PiyaWiconi (new beginnings) For more images and sound from Pine Ridge and these dances follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sperm whale plays in sargassum weed in the waters off Dominica, in the Caribbean Sea. For an animal that spends the majority of its life in the open ocean and mostly in the deep sea, where it forages, a bit of time spent rolling around in the coarse weed must be like a day at the spa! Follow @BrianSkerry to see more whale and ocean wildlife photos. #whales #animalplay #caribbean
Photo by Enric Sala @enricsala | In Argentina's remote Thetis Bay, giant kelp forests harbor one of the most magnificent marine ecosystems on the planet. They were studied by my scientific mentor, Paul Dayton, in 1973, and I returned to Tierra del Fuego on a Pristine Seas expedition to see how things have changed in the last 45 years. I was amazed by the abundance of life: climate change hasn’t made a permanent mark here—yet. With the recent creation of the Yaganes Marine Protected Area by the Argentine government, the future is bright. Read about Thetis Bay and the new protected area in the July issue of National Geographic.
Gordon Ramsay meets with a family of farmers in Peru, the birthplace of the potato, to learn about how they cultivate the ancient crop and taste some unique varieties grown at high altitudes. Watch more on Gordon Ramsay: #Uncharted tonight at 10/9c on National Geographic.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A doe enjoys a mouthful of grass and water at Lagoon Deer Park, outside Port Clinton, Ohio. This year the Great Lakes have seen dramatic flooding, the highest ever recorded, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The flooding has forced the park's owner to close for the summer, during the height of the tourist season. It’s a hard economic blow to his small business, a family-owned and-operated business for the last 63 years.
Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Blenheim Palace near Oxford—one of of the greatest of England's stately homes—was a gift from a grateful nation to a general, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. In a contemporary guidebook to the palace and its gardens— William Fordice Mavor's "New Description of Blenheim"—the extraordinary suggestion is made that the original garden layout for the "military oaks" imitated the disposition of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Just think: a battlefield laid out in the heart of England in a massive, leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest! There is little evidence to support Mavor's conjecture, but true or not, people build their own realities and readers thought it was true. Indeed, Mavor's book was wildly successful, despite its turgid prose, being reprinted 13 times, once even in French. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. Mavor was right to offer these trees as "moral and impressive lessons"—not as he intended but as metaphors about the great arc of empire's rise and fall. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight