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Photograph by George Steinmetz Known as the Medieval Manhattan, #Shibam,Yemen was once an important stop for camel caravans bringing frankincense from Oman to the Mediterranean. It remains one of the great masterpieces of Arabian architecture, with tower homes up to eight stories tall that are built entirely from mud and palm timbers. I took this photo while flying my motorized #paraglider over the town, and created quite a ruckus. After landing and an interview with the local police captain, I was invited in for tea and hospitality, and noticed that the mud floor of an upper story flexed like the skin of an old drum under my feet. My hosts told me that the tower home seen at the near corner of the walled city had simply dissolved while its owner was away working in Dubai, as there was no one to fix a leaky water tap. #unescoheritage follow @geosteinmetz to discover more of our world from above


Photograph by @paulnicklen // The power, grace and majesty of a male lion on the Mara. There was only one animal who I watched him bow his head to and rightfully so: the lioness. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from my first ever trip to #africa #Iwillreturn #respect #lion #africa #bw #nature #naturelovers #instagood #bw #gratitude


Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Baligou Valley, often called China’s Grand Canyon, in mornings magic hour. An untouristed scenic area, I had not heard of it till this week, growing in popularity for rock clinbers. #Nantaihang #Taihang mountains, #Xinxiang #Henan #China @natgeocreative


Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) An Afghan refugee child fetching water from a hand pump on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen


Photograph by @simoncroberts. Members of the Dickens Society enjoy a dip in the sea whilst wearing authentic Victorian bathing suits (Broadstairs, UK) from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Broadstairs Dickens Festival was founded in 1937 to commemorate the centenary of Dickens’s birth. Dickens visited Broadstairs frequently; it was his favourite seaside summer escape between 1837 and 1859, and he called it ‘Our English Watering Place’. Gladys Waterer, who at the time of the founding of the Dickens Festival lived in Dickens House, conceived of the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield, and publicizing it by having people wear Victorian dress about the town. The festival has been held annually ever since, with the only exception being the Second World War years. Follow @simoncroberts to see more work from this series and other works. @flowersgallery @natgeo #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #dickensfestival #dickens #broadstairs #flowersgallery #victorians #britishlandscape #britishseaside #britishcoast


Photo by @FransLanting I’m sharing this image of a Kakapo, one of the world’s rarest birds, in celebration of @NatGeo’s “Year of the Bird” campaign for 2018. When New Zealand broke away as a sliver of Gondwanaland many millions of years ago, it became an evolutionary raft of birds, which evolved there in wondrous ways. A parrot with Australian ancestors turned into a flightless vegetarian that roams the forest on foot after dark in search of seeds. Kakapos are the heaviest parrots in the world and they are nocturnal. They are highly endangered today and most of them now live on only three islands off New Zealand, where invading rats can’t get to them. One memorable rainy evening I caught up with a Kakapo. Actually it caught up with me. A curious female came to check me out as I was lying flat on my stomach on the muddy forest floor, camera in one hand, strobe in the other. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images from the world of birds. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #New Zealand #Kakapo #YearoftheBird #Endangered #Parrot #Birdphotography


Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova) Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth -  they provide critical habitat to a host of marine life, from fish to invertebrates. The 2017 coral spawning event - a mass reproduction event where many colonies of coral simultaneously release egg and sperm bundles for fertilisation was a significant time of year for conservation scientists. A nature event that usually happens only once a year it is during this time coral eggs and sperm can be collected to be studied and artificially grown in labs. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science plan to study the coral cells collected during the spawning event to see how or if corals are adapting to warmer waters. There is some early indication that some corals are more resilient to warming than previously thought, giving some hope to conservationists. Full story is available online with words by Sarah Gibbens #coralreef #greatbarrierreef #nature #underwater #ocean #climatechange #coralspawning #australia


Photograph by @juanarre (Juan Arredondo) In February 2000, when members of a paramilitary group massacred townspeople in El Salado, one victim was Miguel Ángel Contreras. His father, Jesús Contreras, has not visited El Salado since. Now 86, blind, and deaf, he lives with his daughter in Cartagena. The killing of El Salado lasted six days from February 16 to 21 of 2000. By the end, 66 people were killed and the remaining 4,000 residents fled, joining more than 2 million other internally displaced Colombians at the time. After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities. Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place. Follow me @juanarre on Instagram #colombia #peaceprocess #internallydisplacedpersons #almaguillermoprieto #postconflict #photooftheday #everedaylatinamerica


Photo by @ronandonovan // Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // A montane side-striped chameleon in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Chameleons have evolved with independently moving eyes, which give them the ability to scan their surroundings 360 degrees for potential prey or predators.


Photo @lucalocatelliphoto for @natgeo two kids on a mountain of 6,000 tons of potatoes grown on their family’s ultra-productive farm. The Van den Borne potato farm yields twice the global average of other potato growers and it is considered an example of the so-called precision agriculture, where drones and other tools assess the health of individual plants and determine exactly how much water and nutrients they need to thrive. Today the farm is the largest producer of potatoes in the country, and the Netherlands is one of the leading exporters of potatoes in the world. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about the future of farming #agriculture #potatoes #farming #hunger #netherlands


Photo by @williamodaniels for @natgeo. Bangladesh, Dhaka. Sanjida Sahajahan, 11, was a healthy toddler when the common bacterium pneumococcus devastated her brain. When I met her last year, she couldn’t talk, couldn't walk and couldn’t eat alone. She wasn’t vaccinated for pneumonia because developing countries didn’t have the PCV vaccine when she was a kid. It is only in 2015 that Bangladesh started to use the PCV vaccines. This picture was published as part of the story « Why vaccines matter » in the Novembre issue of tte magazine.


Photo by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) // Canyons of Light: Exploring these halls of humanity from above. To see more follow @pedromcbride // #newyork #aerial #perspective #empirestatebuilding #light #nyc