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4 hours ago

Photo by @MichaelGeorge // The Jacobite Steam train operates from May to September and takes passengers from Fort William to Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the few remaining steam trains in operation and follows one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. The train travels along the shores of Loch Eil, and eventually goes over the Glenfinnan viaduct (seen here ), where passengers can see the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel. The train is often filled with two types of enthusiasts: Those who love trains, and those who love Harry Potter. Many of you will recognize this train as the iconic Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter films. In the second movie, as Harry & Ron attempt to board the train via a flying car, the train is traveling over the viaduct seen here. Visitors will also gather on the hills surrounding the viaduct to witness the train from above. // #jacobite #jacobitesteamtrain #glenfinnan #glenfinnanviaduct #jacobitetrain #scottishhighlands #steamtrain #viaduct #hogwartsexpress #traintravel #harrypotter #harrypottertravel

11 hours ago

Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // BUTTERFLOWER // It was a fantastic experience to witness such group of large white #butterflies (Pieris brassicae ) on the ground. They looked like a fast moving flower by opening and closing their wings swiftly, when a new one arrived. There was a heavy rain the day before and I was off-roads, where potholes were filed with broken brick pieces. They sucked out salt and other valuable material from that burned clay... Taken about 10 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! ● #cabbagebutterfly #largewhitebutterfly #butterfly


Photo by @davidalanharvey | OBX...sand pump...pelicans glide ..I am working on a science book of sorts...pumping sand up onto a beach that will be 8 feet under water in 20 years... but now is now and July needs tourists and tourists need a beach...I am all for it .. it’s honestly rather miraculous what these engineers can do ... this book will have lots of charts and graphs and tables and stats and numbers numbers numbers, proof!! My pictures will always have a tweak of nostalgia probably yet a hard steel edge will run through.. #outerbanks #nagshead


Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto / @thephotosociety Rabbit kitten sitting upright – This image of a rabbit kitten was taken in Norfolk several years ago. Whilst these abundant mammals are found throughout the UK it’s unusual that I’ve never really found a strong enough population to work with around my home in Derbyshire. In recent months however this has changed somewhat and just yesterday whilst out walking my dog I happened to notice a warren that had at least 5 young rabbit kittens outside, these young rabbits making the ideal photographic subject. When I captured this image I was fortunate that my camera was already in portrait position as I wouldn’t have had time to rotate the camera in time to capture this brief moment of inquisitiveness. It was another one of those moments that I’ve logged as ‘lucky’, especially as I had just enough room to fit the rabbit in the frame, even though I was in portrait. On days like these, with scudding clouds and variable light it is one of those rare occasions when I will happily shoot on aperture priority, the neutral even tones of both the rabbit and the surrounding grass providing easy metering for the camera, allowing predictable and consistent results when it comes to my exposures. It’s also fortunate that both of the kittens ears are fully up, not to mention his two front feet being visible, all of the little additional elements that can elevate an image and make it more complete.

2 days ago

Photo by @joemcnallyphoto - Lots of memories of space exploration this week. #50thanniversaryofthemoonlanding-Training to go to the hostile environment of space is rigorous. Here, astronauts train in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, underwater, to achieve effect of weightlessness they experience in space. This giant pool, 200’x40’ by 40’ deep, has trained astronauts preparing for EVA (Extravehicular Activities ) such as space walks, Space Shuttle repairs, etc. Lots of permissions, training and preparations went into gaining access to shooting this photo, made for @natgeo , on assignment photographing STS-95, John Glenn’s return to space.

3 days ago

Photo by @rwmaddenphotog // A lightning strike in a thunderstorm over the city of Baltimore, Maryland brought on by high humidity and temperatures. See more of my photography at #lightning #thunderstorm #storm #baltimore

4 days ago

Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet ( @kchete77 ) and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America. @runa_photos

5 days ago

Photo by @nicholesobecki // After almost a year, and nearly 1700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared a Global Health Emergency. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, and only four have been made in the past. Here, a World Health Organization team checks the temperature of Confirme Masika Mughanyira, 7, in Vayana town, a small village two-hours from Butembo in North Kivu. Confirme lost both her parents, her older brother and younger sister to Ebola. As the only survivor in her family she is now being taken care of by relatives. To learn more about the perfect storm that is making it so difficult to stop this epidemic follow me @nicholesobecki #ebola #drc #congo #health #emergency

5 days ago

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Keynor, three years old, Cahuita, Costa Rica. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and take you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month round-the-world trip, in which I visited more then 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys had the same function, for example protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children

6 days ago

Photo by @catherinekarnow // Outside the village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Dordogne, a farmer and his wife stop to pick flowers in their small garden. Their car, the Deux Chevaux, has now become a collectors' item, despite that is basically made of tin and has the horsepower of two horses, as the name means. These timeless scenes in rural France are increasingly hard to find, but such a treasure when you do come upon them. Head on over to my profile to see more images of traditional France. #timelessfrance #ruralfrance #authenticfrance #deuxchevaux #dordogne #saintcirqlapopie #catherinekarnowphotoworkshopscom

1 weeks ago

Photo by @anniegriffithsphotography for @rippleeffectimages While photographing the indigenous Guarani people in rural Bolivia, I came across this sweet grandmother who was teaching her granddaughter the art of traditional beading. After spending a few hours with them, I asked if I could do a portrait of the grandmother. She was a bit shy, but delighted. Her granddaughter thought it was so funny that she kept cracking up in the background. It made the sweetness of the moment even more special. I live for moments like these that show the depth of love that exists in most families, regardless of how difficult their lives might be. @cws_global @photography for.good @thephotosociety #Guarani #Bolivia #PhotographyforGood #grandmother #granddaughter #grandmothers #granddaughters #portrait #family #girls #southamerica #southasia #travelgram #travelphotography #womenhelpingwomen #educateagirl #femaleleaders #inspiration #hope #joy #happiness #anniegriffiths #rippleeffect #therippleeffect

1 weeks ago

Photo by @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

2 weeks ago

Photo by @irablockphoto // Seeing triple in a sea of lavender in Hokkaido, Japan. July is peak season for lavender in the town's of Furano and Biei in central Hokkaido. For many years lavender was part of this island's economy, until the late 1970's when cheaper lavender flooded the market. Many farms were on the brink of financial ruin - but tourism saved the day. Now tourist from Japan and around the world come here to see the lavender fields and purchase soaps, perfume and other products made from this flower. Have you ever tried lavender ice cream - sensational!! To see more images from our world #followme @irablockphoto #lavender #japan #flowers #hokkaido #irablock

2 weeks ago

Photo by @chien_chi_chang // It was late on a May afternoon in the Burmese capital of Yangon. The air was hot and humid. One heavy gray cloud obscured the sun, and others sailed behind. Above each monolithic cloud, it seemed, there was a gigantic bucket of water at tipping point. In an instant, the bucket overflowed over downtown Yangon. The pedestrians and street vendors all reacted reflexively—finding refuge under colorful umbrellas, sheltering their wares, walking carefully around potholes of water in their sandals. While the rain continued to pour, the sun seeped through the clouds. A distant Buddhist chant provided a baseline to the cacophony of merchants, walkers, shoppers, and commuters. Then it was all over, business as usual, just another day during the rainy season. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad

2 weeks ago

Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto / @thephotosociety Mountain hare vogueing – During the 5 weeks earlier this year that @kevmorgans and I were up in Scotland the weather to be fair was a bit rubbish. Unseasonally warm the complete absence of snow from the hillsides, or the patchy nature of it, made capturing the standard of images that we both seek incredibly difficult. Fortunately we knew a few friendly hares by the name of Lady and Grouse though of the two Lady was definitely the most active. For Grouse any kind of movement was really quite unusual so how she hadn’t already been nailed by a golden eagle I’ll never know, especially given that she was such a beautifully striking white colour. Lady on the other hand, though incredibly confiding much like Grouse, often like to hang out in a damp, peaty ditch so whilst getting close was never an issue capturing a half decent image usually was. On this occasion though we were fortunate that she had decided, whilst still in her peaty ditch, to sit upon a small patch of snow. This was all that we needed to be able use the reflected light bouncing off the snow to give Lady’s fur a wonderfully even tone, free from shadows. We also both clocked then when Lady groomed she would occasionally bring both paws up over her face as she did so, thereby enabling us both to be able to produce so unique portraits, a bit different form the norm. Whenever I shoot like this I always ratchet up the ISO on my camera, most likely to about 1600-3200, thereby allowing me increase the depth of field and bringing the whole of Lady into sharp focus. Otherwise it would be incredibly difficult at such close quarters to be able to keep my focussing point on her eye. Now as @kevmorgans is most likely a massive @madonna fan he’ll probably start singing and dancing along as soon as he hears this so ‘come on vogue, let your body move to the music’ 😂 @kevmorgans @madonna #topbants

2 weeks ago

Photo by @dzalcman // Nisrine, two nights before her wedding. I spent last week in Tunisia photographing her marriage to Magd, one of six Syrian siblings from Raqqa whose story I've been trying to document for the past four years as they each tried to build a new life in the aftermath of war. For more, check out the "Ahmads" story pinned in my profile. @dzalcman @thephotosociety @natgeo

2 weeks ago

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Moray, the restored Inca-built gardens were carved from natural depressions up to 100ft. deep with terraces reinforced in stone. The design maximized the use of groundwater and provided a humid micro-climate to protect against the freezing nights at 11,500ft. in the Peruvian Andes. @GIAHS To explore more of our world from above, follow me, @geosteinmetz

2 weeks ago

Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | North Korean children play with toy exercise equipment at a recreational area inside the Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

2 weeks ago

Photo by @bethjwald // A young sea elephant does a belly crunch to get at a pesky itch, while basking with buddies on a beach along the Patagonia coast of Argentina. It is approaching mid-winter at the southern tip of South America and the weather is harsh and inhospitable to humans, but marine life thrives in the productive waters of the South Atlantic. A thick layer of fat protects elephant seals from the cold; these young ones are about 5 feet long but male elephant seals can reach up to 5 meters and weigh up to 8,800 pounds! Males spend up to 80% of their life feeding on fish in the South Atlantic, an ocean that is pristine and largely unexplored but is also one of the world’s seas most threatened by overfishing. But there has been progress - last year CLT Argentina, the Argentine team of Tompkins Conservation, helped create the country’s first two National Marine Parks off the coast of Tierra del Fuego and they are also working with the provincial government and local communities in Chubut to protect land and sea along this wild coast. Follow me for more images over the next weeks as I explore the winter landscapes of Patagonia and conservation initiatives! @tompkins_conservation @cltargentina #patagoniacoast #patagoniawild #sinazulnohayverde #marinemammals #southernwinter

2 weeks ago

Photo by @lucianocandisani ( Luciano Candisani ). A giant anteater from a recent assignment on Pantanal wetlands of Brazil. @ilcp_photographers @natgeo @lucianocandisani #lucianocandisani #candisani #fotografia #natureza #fotografiadenatureza #pantanal #brasil #brazil #anteater #tamanduabandeira

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Photo by @catherinekarnow // The region of Lost Palaces - Chettinad in South India is filled with imposing, sometimes crumbling mansions originally built by prosperous 19th-century Indian traders to show off their wealth. The palatial houses, measuring anywhere between 1,900 and 6500 square metres were mostly built between the early 1800s and the 1940s. The villas are filled with treasures such as Bohemian chandeliers, Italian marble, Burmese teak, Belgian mirrors, and priceless antiques. The area has yet to be recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, and mansions are being torn down, left neglected, or sometimes bought up and repainted gaudy colors. Jodi Ireland and Valerie Hoffman take a ride in a vintage Ambassador on my India Photo Workshop. Please head on over to my profile to see more of my images. Join me in January 2020 when we return back to this extraordinary region, as well as other magical places in Tamil Nadu, the heart and soul of South India. All the details are here. #indiaphotoworkshop #inspireindia #lostpalaceschettinad #southindiaadventure #masterphotoclass #catherinekarnowsignaturephotoworkshops

2 weeks ago

Photo by @ivankphoto // John Romo pulls away from the curb in his 1969 Chevrolet Impala on East Cesar E Chavez Ave. in East LA. He was part of an event at Colibrí Boutique ( @colibribtq ) and Tonalli Studio ( @tonallistudio ). This project was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with Karla Gachet ( @kchete77 ). ). It was published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” @panospictures , @natgeo , @runa_photos , #runaflirts

2 weeks ago

Photo by @MichaelGeorge // Here stands Jimmy Hagood amidst his 30 acres of Carolina Gold Rice. Hagood follows the traditional form of Lowcountry rice growing on his farm which is located about an hour outside of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2017 he almost lost the fields to Hurricane Matthew. As climate change exacerbates the frequency of large storms, the agriculture industry is struggling to hold onto long term optimism. In this image, Hagood's dog June is swimming towards the camera. // #carolinagold #jimmyhagood #carolinagoldrice #carolinarice #rice #ricefarm #southcarolina #charleston #natgeotravel #natgeo

3 weeks ago

Photo by @kengeiger | A tower of giraffes seeks respite and a little snack from an acacia tree in the Maasai Mara National reserve, Kenya. Shade trees are in short supply in the Maasai Mara, so it is not uncommon to find grougs of animals sheltering from the African sun. #maasaimara #giraffe #infrared #blackandwhitephotography To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger

3 weeks ago

Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto / @thephotosociety Mute swan and cygnet – This image represents another one of those completely unplanned, serendipitous moments. With six cygnets and two adults in front of me the challenge is to try and isolate, to try and find an image that epitomises the feeling of calm and tranquillity. I’ve long tried and failed to photograph a cygnet framed by the sweeping arc of its mothers neck but I did particularly like this moment. I saw the one cygnet on its own and then as I framed the image its mother began to drift slowly into view. Right on cue the little cygnet seemed to reach up towards her, his little neck and head stretching, increasing the feeling of connection between the two. Out of site to the right are some of the other cygnets, behaving less considerately, darting around chasing anything and everything. It was fortunate too that the image was captured at first light, the raking early morning sunshine creating pools of light into which the swans would occasionally glide. When they do then it’s case of fingers crossed, hoping that they turn their heads so that the light illuminates their whole face, free of shadows and distractions. It is exactly because they are in a pool of sunlight, whilst the backdrop behind them is in shadow, that this high contrast effect has been created, my exposure set for the brightly lit adult throwing the shadowed backdrop into extreme underexposure, a thin veil of morning mist still shrouding the lake. Mornings like this have been in short supply this year, the weather it’s fair to say has not been favourable. All the more important then that if the forecast is good to get out there and make the best of it, you just never know what you might be lucky enough to see!

3 weeks ago

Photo by @joemcnallyphoto Celebrations continue throughout the USA as the July 4th holiday continues. Old school film approach here, long lens, Kodachrome, black card in front of the lens, literally dodging and burning the frame. Shot of Lady Liberty from an abandoned dock in New Jersey. #fireworks #liberty #celebration

3 weeks ago

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Suspended on a thin rope, engulfed in cloud and lost in time, a tiny figure in red is dwarfed by the sheer size on a monumental scale of Cloud Ladder Hall. The beam of light cast by another explorers headtorch pierces the fog yet illuminates nothing. This room is so large it has it's own weather system going on. From the central ridge overlooking the cathedral like Cloud Ladder Hall, towering up into the fog, figures add scale to this gigantic cave. High up in the distance, the roof remains unseen to the explorers. However, estimates in it's size show that it must cut through many levels of cave development along the way. This is the fourth largest cave chamber ever found in the world today.

3 weeks ago

Photo by @chien_chi_chang Yangon, Myanmar. Of all human obsessions, one of the strongest, purest and most universal is chasing a ball—or watching others do it. The most elemental of shapes complements our own elemental needs. Ball play builds teams. It allows the lonely to hope that they can bounce back. It defines and refines skills, propelling bodies into joyful movement through space. It can also propel the poor out of poverty, sometimes not only for the moment but forever. #cccontheroad #MagnumPhotos

3 weeks ago

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Color isn’t a reliable way to tell bears apart—black bears like this young male are dark but often equal in size to brown bears, which can have coloration ranging from blond to black as well. Body shape is a better indicator, as brown bears grow a prominent shoulder hump behind their head. As our climate warms, these bears in Alaska and Western Canada are ambling beyond their traditional territories and mixing with polar bears, creating a blend known as a pizzly or grolar. For more on wildlife, follow @pedromcbride #Alaska #bears #wildlife

3 weeks ago

Photo by @MichaelGeorge // The Zimmerman's are a Mennonite family in upstate New York. They operate a massive pasture-raised egg operation. Here you can see the family gathered around a feed bucket as they supplement the hen's diet of grass and bugs. If you are an animal and health-conscious eater you should shop for eggs with the label "Pasture Raised." "Free Range" and "Cage Free" are sadly not all they're cracked up to be. "Cage Free" simply means the birds are not in a cage, but they can still be packed in like sardines and never see sunlight or any world outside their barn. "Free Range" means the door to the barn has to be open for some part of the day, but that could mean for just five minutes. It also doesn't mean the hens have access to forest or prairie or grass. "Pasture Raised," however, requires that hens have free access to the outdoors during the day (the whole day ) and natural greens such as forest or grass. I've been working with @handsomebrookfarm to teach people how to recognize and buy the best eggs for themselves (and the birds! ). // #pastureraised #healthyhens #handsomebrookfarm #eggs #egg #chickens #chickenegg #pastureraisedeggs #farmlife #mennonitefarm

3 weeks ago

Photo by @chien_chi_chang Bago, Myanmar. Of all human obsessions, one of the strongest, purest and most universal is chasing a ball—or watching others do it. The most elemental of shapes complements our own elemental needs. Ball play builds teams. It allows the lonely to hope that they can bounce back. It defines and refines skills, propelling bodies into joyful movement through space. It can also propel the poor out of poverty, sometimes not only for the moment but forever. #cccontheroad #MagnumPhotos

3 weeks ago

Video by @RobertClarkphoto // The day school closes in NYC marks the official beginning of summer vacation for 1.1 million public school students. Students swarm a water fountain in #DominoPark #Brooklyn shortly after school was dismissed for #summerbreak and the temperature sordid.

4 weeks ago

Photo by @joepetersburger / @thephotosociety // GIVE IT TO ME! // Bee-eater (Merops apiaster ) male offers a #bumblebee to the #female (left ). This behavior called 'courtship feeding', when the male offers certain amount of 'gifts' to the female in order to let him mate her once. Counting starts again after each action... Taken about 10 miles from my actual residency in #Hungary No need to travel far away for fantastic experience. Travel less, discover your backyard, reduce your ecological footprint! #beeeater #feathers #education #sciencecommunication #protection #bird #birdphotography #discoveryourbackyard

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