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Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The Colorado River is drying up: it hasn't reached the ocean in two decades. In 2014 a binational agreement provided for the release of a surge of water equal to less than 1% of the river's annual flow in an effort to restore parts of its delta estuary. I recently returned to visit one of the restoration sites and was heartened to see that a small baseflow of water has turned a section of arid wasteland back into a forest of native vegetation. This gives me hope for nature's resilience as long as we work to protect it. To learn more about the Colorado and other rivers, #followme@pedromcbride#petemcbride#ColoradoRiver
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore.| Say hello to Liilu and her three-month-old baby named Marshmallow. From birth, common marmosets have a very strong cling reflex and will spend the first several weeks of life attached to mom. Marmoset mothers like Liilu often give birth to twins that can make up more than 20% of the new mother's body weight, making a tough job even more challenging. Luckily, this species practices what is known as cooperative rearing, meaning every member of the group plays a role in caring for and raising infants! Video footage taken in Omaha, NE. To see another adorable duo follow me, @joelsartore.
Photo by Robin Hammond @Hammond_Robin | In the eight years that I’ve been documenting mental health around the world, I don’t think I’ve come across a more hellish place than this so-called rehabilitation center in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. No actual rehabilitation went on here. It was a warehouse for people with mental health issues, many of whom were pulled off the streets in a "cleanup" of the city in advance of the FIFA Youth World Championship in 1999. The management claimed they needed more resources to better care for the people here. Port Harcourt is the center of Nigeria’s oil production (Nigeria is one of the biggest producers in the world). It is not a lack of money that prevents decent care. I’m sharing this now because May is mental health awareness month. You can see much more from this series on the In My World account @onedayinmyworld
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | A territorial male patrols his territory in Duba Plains in the Okavango. The cool early morning is the perfect time for his roars to be heard over long distances, alerting any intruders to his presence and his intention to protect what is his. The life of a male lion is not necessarily an easy one. Even if he is lucky enough to hold a territory and a pride who will help provide food, there are always young males looking for somewhere to settle that may challenge his rule. If those intruders have teamed up to form a coalition, they stand a much better chance of taking (and holding on to) a territory. #ThisIsMyTrophy#okavangolions#bigcats
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | An aerial of the Mycenae ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the northeastern part of Peloponnese, Greece. Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization during the Bronze Age. Its location made it a military stronghold that dominated much of southern Greece, including Crete and the Cyclades. UNESCO declared Mycenae as a World Heritage Site in 1999. #followme@irablockphoto for more travel stories around the world #mycenae#greece#ruins
Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This curious bowhead whale came to greet me while I was diving in the Canadian Arctic. As I hovered in the frigid water along the north coast of Baffin Island, this whale came so close that it actually pushed me with its chin. Able to live over 200 years, bowhead whales have the longest life span of any mammal on Earth. Their populations were once almost wiped out by whaling, and they now face the new threat of a warming Arctic. Higher temperatures are rapidly melting sea ice, on which they rely for copepods, their main food source. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of whales. #bowhead#Arctic#ocean#underwaterphotography
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Dusty sunset over Argentina’s #AtacamaPlateau, an extraordinary high-altitude desert in the Salta Province. The plateau is a place of unique beauty, but also an area where life is hard. The average elevation is 14,800 feet and it sees less than an inch of rain annually.
Photos by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Recently beekeepers have been hit hard by thefts of hives. Accused of stealing hundreds of beehives throughout the Central Valley over several years, Pavel Tveretinov and an alleged accomplice, Vitaliy Yeroshenko, were arrested in 2017. Their preliminary trials are scheduled for this summer. Officer Rowdy Jay Freeman, a member of California's Rural Crime Prevention Task Force, serves as a liaison between commercial beekeepers and regional law enforcement.
Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | Winter is finally loosening its grip on the Rocky Mountains here in Montana. The birds are starting to sing again, and tree buds are bursting through. This video was created by blending two clips from two separate drone flights over the Yellowstone River in Montana’s Paradise Valley: one flight in winter and one in spring. Follow @ronan_donovan to see some of the spring bird migration in Montana.
Photos by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | This is a close-up of the Red Sprite, a rarely captured phenomenon and an atmospheric puzzle. These large-scale electrical discharges occur in clusters above the troposphere, about 50 to 90 kilometers (31–56 miles) high. Sprites are colorless to the eye, just a patch of light flashing in the sky, but a sensitive camera reveals the true color and stunning details. Sprites are challenging to capture, as they only appear for only a fraction of a second and are much fainter than lightning. At midnight on May 2, I was at a Star Party, a stargazing program near the McDonald Observatory. With a massive active thunderstorm cloud on the horizon some 100 to 200 kilometers away and clear sky above it, I knew the conditions were ideal for seeing the sprite. The second camera shows the same sprite in a wider angle (swipe). Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world at night photography. #redsprites#atmospheric
Photos by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | The Game of Thrones finale aired last night. This is horsemaster Camilla Naprous, the woman who brought all the horses and riders to the HBO series and trained the actors for the last eight years. Camilla was 24 years old when she joined the show in the first season, and together with the stunt coordinator she designed and choreographed ambitious battle scenes that have since made TV history. I have been photographing Camilla, the Devil’s Horsemen stunt team, and their horses for over a decade. #hollywoodhorses#thedevilshorsemen#gameofthrones#GOT
Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | The walrus disappears from the surface and, for a short time, the chaos of the hunt subsides. During this moment of quiet, the Chukchi hunters scan the water for some sign of the animal’s whereabouts. At midday, the light is bright and muted at once, making it difficult to discern where the water ends and the sky begins. Even when it’s calm, the water is daunting. It is dark and deep and cold—filled with both risk and potential. I think about falling in. But it is the key stabilizing element in this remote part of the world, offering sustenance and entertainment and beauty. It seems especially serene in this moment, floating calmly, as the hunters prepare to enact the age old saga of living and dying.