National Geographic

Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers.


@natgeo Photo by @jasperdoest | Based on an earlier post, I was quite surprised to read so many comments from followers expressing fear of pigeons. I had never really thought about ornithophobia, the fear of birds. And for some reason, pigeons are one of the most commonly feared. Like all animal phobias, the most common cause is a negative encounter. Many birds can be somewhat aggressive in hunting for food or protecting their offspring, and such an experience can be enough to have a long-lasting effect. While my daughter was spooked by our balcony pigeons in the earlier post, she got over it quickly. She now enjoys seeing our feathered friends come and go. Follow @jasperdoest for more images on the human-wildlife connection. #pandemicpigeons #urbanwildlife #pigeon #ornithophobia #balconybirds

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@natgeo Photo by @dina_litovsky | Two women are on their fire escape in the East Village, New York City, on a recent Friday. The city that never sleeps becomes desolate the moment the sun sets. Weekend nights are quiet, with only windows and fire escapes offering colorful splashes of life. For more images of NYC during the pandemic, follow me @dina_litovsky. #covid19

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@natgeo Photo by @brianskerry | A California sea lion investigates a drifting kelp paddy teeming with fish in the waters of Cortes Bank, located a hundred miles (about 175 km) off San Diego, California. Giant kelp frequently breaks free from the seafloor and gathers in paddies that drift on the surface, attracting marine life. Cortes Bank is an underwater mountain range that has created a unique habitat of kelp forest and surf grass on the bottom of the ocean, enabling a variety of marine life to thrive in the water above. Places like this are rarely seen yet are vital to the health of our planet. Follow @BrianSkerry for more ocean pictures and stories. #kelp #California #sealion #marineprotectedareas

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@natgeo Photo by @stevewinterphoto | A lone lioness who lives without a pride stands on a termite mound looking at a warthog she would love to catch. She failed—but it was an intense effort. Big cats on average are successful one out of every 20-plus times they hunt. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 African lions roamed Africa in 1900. Today the range of estimates lies between 20,000 and 30,000 individuals, and most of these are confined to seven key strongholds: Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Mozambique. Recent data shows that Kenya holds an incredibly dense and important population in the Masai Mara. This savanna system holds about 17 individuals per 100 square kilometers (40 sq mi), and migrating wildebeest and zebra are the key reason for this. Big cat populations (including lions) are strongly predicted by how many prey animals there are, and for lions the key prey are wildebeest, zebra, and in some places Cape buffalo. Even though rates of mortality in lion populations are high and cub survival is about 50 percent in the first year of life, if there is a strong prey base lions will thrive. Follow @natgeo #bigcatsinitiative to find out how National Geographic is working across the African lion’s range to secure its populations for future generations. @natgeo

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@natgeo Photo by @lynseyaddario | Good news (for a change)! Guess who is turning 107? She has survived two world wars, the Great Depression, two pandemics, seen women get the right to vote. She’s seen inventions of airplanes, television, penicillin, and computers, and she’s also a meme! (Yes, the grandmother blowing her teeth out at her 102nd birthday!) “Nonnie” Louise Bonito, my grandmother, is turning 107 on April 26, and it’s a good time to celebrate something good. #socialdistancing will prevent us from being there with her to celebrate her big day, and the extraordinary achievement of living graciously for 107 years, but she will be in our hearts. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

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@natgeo Photos by @johnstanmeyer | Day Thirty-six Through Windows. When all this began, I lost track of days and time. It was romantic to disconnect, like going off-grid, just not in a camper in the woods. Thirty-six days, and I’m beginning to look at time. It’s a Monday, and the month of April is nearly through. What earlier felt mysterious is not. Then I catch my mind... Billions of us are in economic isolation since forever. Hundreds of millions within their countries politically isolated since forever. Hundreds of million are roaming in what could become stateless isolation forever. Millions of homeless in isolation from everyone walking past. How unsettling is it, having even a basic privilege of electricity, food, and shelter? There are over 100 million hours of streaming content consumed each day on Netflix. That’s 15,000 years, or two hundred lives lived, if you believe in reincarnation. Tonight, editing in the dark, everywhere was blue. I haven’t seen a plane pass over in weeks. The Madurese carving from an old boat found a home. Looking at our reality inside out, no, it’s not charming anymore. It just is. No matter how long this lasts, who am I to complain. So far, I’ve only watched one episode of Tiger King. At this pace, I guess I’ll be living forever. #24windows #coronavirusdiaries #greatbarrington #berkshires #westernma

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@natgeo Photo by @estherhorvath | During the polar night, after three months of separation from civilization, a supply vessel arrives at the Polarstern icebreaker in the central Arctic Ocean. The Polarstern drifts for one entire year with 100 people on board, with the goal of conducting climate research to better understand climate change in the Arctic. Scientific data from the central Arctic Ocean is still rare, especially during winter months. Scientists from nearly 90 institutes and organizations from 20 countries joined the expedition to fill this gap of central Arctic knowledge, embarking on Sept 20, 2019.

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@natgeo Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | It’s hard to believe that the Sahara was a savanna some five thousand years ago, but depictions of that time can be found on ancient shelters like this one, in the Ennedi massif of Chad. While climate change is nothing new, the current rates of human-induced change are unprecedented. To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinemetz.

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@natgeo Photo by @paoloverzone | Lockdown in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Santi Bragulat stands at the entrance to his pharmacy, which is in my neighborhood and open seven days a week right now. #covid19 Follow me @paoloverzone for more photos and stories.

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