Photo @ladzinski / Despite the northern front range of #Colorado being partly cloudy this morning, the #LunarEclipse still managed to peek out for a beautiful sighting. Today’s eclipse was a #SuperBlueBloodMoon and peeked around 6:30 am, giving a fair amount of blue hour light to see the mountains. The mountains seen here are #MountMeeker and Colorado’s northern most 14,000 foot mountain, #LongsPeak.
Photo by @FransLanting The boundaries between apes and us became blurry when I saw Lana, a female bonobo, play with an infant not her own. She balanced it on her feet in a game every human parent can relate to. Compared with chimps, bonobo brains are more developed in areas assumed to be vital for emotions like feeling empathy and sensing distress in others. I worked with a captive bonobo community to document intimate behavior impossible to capture in the dense jungles of the Congo Basin, the only place where they occur in the wild. There may be fewer than 10,000 bonobos alive and their survival depends on our ability to apply the same kind of compassion to them that we cherish so much in ourselves. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of bonobos that show how different they are from chimps and how close they are to us. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #BonoboConservationInitiative #Bonobos #Chimps #Apes #Play #Compassion #Empathy #Naturelovers #Wisdom
Photograph by @paulnicklen // I post pictures of fat bears, average-sized bears, well fed bears and when I find them, I post pictures of starving bears also. So, here is a fun moment of a healthy mom sharing her seal kill with her young cub. #followme on @paulnicklen to see the biggest polar bear I have ever seen. //#turning the tide with @sea_legacy #bear #polarbear #hunting #nature #naturelovers #adventure #family #love #instagood #picoftheday #beauty
Photo by @TimLaman. Male Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise in full display, Papua New Guinea. My Birds-of-Paradise exhibit is now open in Chicago at the Chicago Academy of Science’s Nature Museum! Sponsored by @NatGeo and #CornellLabofOrnithology. Check it out if you are in the Chicago area any time up to June 10! See “naturemuseum.org” for details. The exhibit includes my best bird-of-paradise images, videos, and many fun interactive elements and behind-the-scenes stories about my long term project on Birds-of-Paradise with Ed Scholes of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Follow me @TimLaman to see more of my best wild bird images throughout this special “#YearoftheBird”. #birdsofparadise @birdsofparadiseproject #RaggianaBirdofParadise #birds @thephotosociety @NatGeoCreative
Photo by @FransLanting “Ivory is for Elephants” I offer this image of elephants at a water hole in Botswana in recognition of Hong Kong’s historic decision to phase out elephant ivory sales by 2021. It is a great gift to elephants and to all of us who care about their survival. It follows the Chinese government's decision to ban ivory sales in 2018, after an agreement made between President Xi Jinping and President Obama in 2015. We need to make sure the current US administration holds up its side of the bargain and does not reopen the import of ivory and other elephant body parts from Zambia and Zimbabwe. I salute the organizations who are working with their counterparts in Asia to champion the case for elephants. Our gratitude goes to @SaveTheElephants, to @WildAid, and to the World Wildlife Fund’s global network. I hope you will add your support to their efforts because there is more work ahead. The ivory trade is moving from China and Hong Kong to Laos and Vietnam, where it needs to get stopped next. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with elephants in the places where they deserve to live in peace. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @Wild_Net @World_Wildlife @Leonardodicaprio @Leonardodicapriofdn #Elephants #Respect #Dignity #Respect #Conservation #Hope
Photograph by @paulnicklen // When elephant seal pups are born , they weigh approximately 50 to 80 pounds. Within three weeks of being born, their mother weans them ( hence their name- “weaners”) and they weigh as much as 400 pounds. They often get lonely once their mom leaves and they seek out companionship. Here @drpatrickavery was minding his own business while sitting on a beach in #Antarctica and this seal decided to park itself on his lap. That is a lot of weight. To see this same seal pestering me while I was pretending to sleep #followme on @paulnicklen. On Assignment for @sea_legacy. #nature #naturovers #instagood
Photo @ladzinski / Adorableness aside, companionship from pets is proven to lower blood pressure and increase oxytocin, a hormone that reduces stress. Research has further shown that pet owners experience less illness and faster recovery from serious health conditions. Active pets, like dogs, encourage us to exercise more, even on those chilly mornings when we don’t want to, by spending time outside going for walks. This photo here is of my dog, Vesper, taken with an #infrared camera in the wintery mountains of colorado. The “rings” in the photo are the result of lens flare from shooting into the sun.
Photo by @jtkerby // This male gelada monkey shakes off his mane as shadows fall on the Great Rift Valley below. A primate unique to the Ethiopian Highlands, with one of the strangest diets (mostly grass!) and colorations (red chest patch and large mane) of any monkey. Ethiopia has made the news in recent weeks for political reasons, but for geladas life in the highlands goes on as usual - for now. As with many photos taken #OnAssignment, this one didn’t make the cut for the magazine. To see more about the people and other wildlife that call this region home, see my profile @jtkerby // 🇪🇹 #Ethiopia #Gelada #NatGeo