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Photo by @stuartpalley / Carlos Jesus, a second-year wildland firefighter from the Grizzly crew in Salem, Oregon, works to extinguish flames around a giant sequoia tree within the Long Meadow Grove of California039;s Sequoia National Forest. The Windy fire, as it039;s called, spread over 20,000 acres (8,000 ha), the blaze burning through dense pine and threatening groves in the area. The fire was started by lightning on September 9, moving through forests that haven’t seen flames in decades and are vulnerable because of trees weakened or killed off by drought and bark beetles.
Photo by @amivitale / Today is World Rhino Day. Black rhinos Balozi, left, and Morris greet each other at @olpejeta Conservancy in Kenya. An estimated 5,630 black rhinos remain in the wild. Over 500,000 rhinos once roamed Asia, Africa, and Europe; today the total number of all five rhino species worldwide is only 27,300. They need our support. @olpejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in northern Kenya, and also home to 30 southern white rhinos and the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. Please follow @amivitale and @olpejeta to learn more, including how you can help. @thephotosociety #Rhinos #kenya #stoppoaching #africa #empathyiseverything
Photo by @renaeffendiphoto / In the stunning Copper Canyon of Sierra Tarahumara, in Mexico039;s Chihuahua state, I met Maria Lorena Ramirez, an Indigenous Rarámuri long-distance runner and a finalist in a European ultramarathon. Like others in her community, she often runs not in sportswear but in traditional dress and rubber sandals made of car tires. The Tarahumara communities preserve their unique way of life, living in remote settlements often inaccessible by road; running long distances becomes a necessity. They run for hours to deliver messages. They also incorporate competitive running in their cultural rituals and festivities. Rarámuri translates as "those who run fast" from the local language. For more stories about humanity, please follow @renaeffendiphoto. #runners #atheletes #mexico #tarahumara #Women #culture
Photo by @pete_k_muller // Members of the Okavango Wilderness Project paddle down the Cubango River in the Angolan highlands. The Cubango is one of several critical tributaries that sustain the Okavango Delta in neighboring Botswana. The team aims to survey the entirety of the Okavango Basin in order to document its astounding biodiversity and advocate for its conservation. Protecting the tributaries is critical to the ecological health of the delta itself. // Now, through a five-year partnership, @debeersofficial is joining National Geographic to expand this work and help protect the source waters of the Okavango Delta, which is a lifeline for endangered species and more than a million people. #OkavangoEternal
Photos by @carltonward / The Florida governor and cabinet just approved funding for the permanent conservation of nearly 20,000 acres (8,000 ha) in what039;s known as the Florida Wildlife Corridor. This investment is set to preserve six properties, ranging from the coastal headwaters longleaf pine forest in the panhandle (photo 5) to Devil’s Garden in the Everglades (1). The Kissimmee-St. John039;s River connector (4) will help protect the headwaters of the state’s largest watersheds, while Corrigan Ranch (2) provides vital habitat for the Florida grasshopper sparrow—the most endangered bird in the continental U.S. These lands, including the Hardee Flatwoods (3), will be important to the long-term recovery of the Florida panther. Funding for the properties pictured has been approved through the state039;s Florida Forever program. Half the properties are set to expand existing public preserves, and half will be protected by conservation easements, meaning the land will continue to be privately owned under conditions that it will never be developed. To learn more, please connect with me @carltonward and @PathofthePanther. The Path of the Panther project is supported by the National Geographic Society to inspire protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo
Video by @joelsartore / This sleepy sand cat may not look like a mighty hunter, but once it has its beauty sleep this feline will be unstoppable. These cats hunt by skulking close to the ground, listening for prey burrowing underground. At the first hint of a potential meal, the sand cat will begin digging rapidly to expose and capture prey. While they feed primarily on small rodents, this species can also successfully capture hares, birds, spiders, and even venomous snakes. Video taken @nczoo. To see more animals featured in the Photo Ark follow me @joelsartore. #sandcat #cat #catnap #photoark #savetogether
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / In the Swiss canton of Valais, the Aletsch glacier is the largest in the Alps, covering a length of about 23 km (14 mi)—but receding on average 100 meters (330 ft) each year.
Photo by @stuartpalley / A giant sequoia tree with fire in its crown drops dozens of embers Sunday evening within the Long Meadow Grove of California039;s Sequoia National Forest. The Windy fire, as it039;s called, spread over 20,000 acres (8,000 ha), the blaze burning through dense pine and threatening groves in the area. The fire was started by lightning on September 9, moving through forests that haven’t seen flames in decades and are particularly vulnerable because of drought and bark beetle damage.
Photo by @waynelawrence / This is Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the artist behind two COVID-19 flag installations in Washington, D.C. Last fall she placed more than 267,000 flags near RFK Stadium; in her latest tribute, over 670,000 banners have been planted along the National Mall, honoring U.S. individuals who have died from the virus. Brennan Firstenberg adds flags each day to reflect the continually mounting toll. It039;s the largest such exhibition on the mall since the presentation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in 1987. Tap the link in our bio to read more of this story. White benches placed throughout the exhibit039;s 3.8 miles of walking paths allow visitors to sit in quiet reflection. The display will remain up through October 3. The public is invited to dedicate flags for loved ones lost to the virus. Virtual dedications are possible through InAmericaFlags.org, where volunteers will fulfill the requests, inscribing and planting flags. Tap the link in our bio for more on this story.
Photos by @stephenwilkes / When I took this image on September 19, 673,484 people had died from COVID-19 in the U.S. Each one is being memorialized with a white flag as part of the remarkable installation "In America: Remember" by artist @suzannefirstenberg. @inamericaflags is a memorial of historic scale during a time when many of us have not been able to mourn the tragic losses from the pandemic. In the shadow of the Washington Monument, each life is commemorated, and many flags are personalized by loved ones. Displayed across 20 acres of national park land, it serves as a harrowing reminder of the sheer scale of devastation. For more on this story, tap the link in our bio. #weareone #WashingtonDC #memorial #flags
Photo by @nataliekeyssar | The Flor de Gardenia team competes in a regional semifinal in the Escaramuza, the only women039;s event within the charrería—the Mexican rodeo tradition—in Snelling, California. Teams of eight riders perform complex synchronized choreography while riding sidesaddle in adelitas outfits, inspired by the garb of the women who fought in the Mexican Revolution. The sport is now widely practiced in the U.S. among vibrant Chicano communities, where women celebrate their horsemanship and their heritage—and compete for a chance to participate in finals in Mexico. For more on this story, tap the link in our bio.
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial / A mossy "troll" overlooks one of Iceland039;s waterfalls. I sat there with my camera on a tripod for quite a while until a little white gull turned up. Can you see him? Please follow @mattiasklumofficial for more images from our projects around the world! #waterfalls #trolls #legend #magic #myths #folklore #tales #rivers #moss