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image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Carlos Alberto Lopez Farias at home in Talara, Peru. Carlos is a former dock worker, now working as a painter. He has ha" - 1851285136022051096
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Carlos Alberto Lopez Farias at home in Talara, Peru. Carlos is a former dock worker, now working as a painter. He has had for over a year now, having lost a brother to the same disease in 2014. Click the link in my bio to watch With Every Breath, my latest film made with @t_laffay continuing our exploration of CKDu, with support from a @natgeo explorer’s grant. . @insidenatgeo

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image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @davidalanharvey | South Nags Head, NC. Beach erosion from storms is expected and natural on these sand barrier" - 1851209618307502793
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Photo by @davidalanharvey | South Nags Head, NC. Beach erosion from storms is expected and natural on these sand barrier islands. You don’t have to be a geologist to know these islands are gonna move. Yet many still build precariously close to the sea against all logic and scientific data. I’m guessing 95% of oceanfront homes are for vacation rental only. Investors take their chances and mostly it works. Yet with hurricane season started all of us here always wonder if this year we get nailed.

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Photos by @andy_bardon /// Three images double exposed on film of @erinkaoyama at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming where her grandmother was sent in 1942. Erin spent this summer retracing her family history and revisiting some of the sites relevant to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II --> Words from Erin "My grandmother, Misa Hatakeyama, was 20 years old when she was sent to the prison camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. I have so many memories of Gra, as we called her, from growing up - sitting next to her on our couch while she knit a sweater for me or for one of my siblings, trying desperately to master using chopsticks while she patiently demonstrated, or running to her terrified after accidentally catching an eel while fishing in the pond by our house. But Gra never talked about her time at Heart Mountain. So what I know about that period of her life is what I’ve been able to glean from government records or the interpretive center that sits at the site of the former concentration camp, doing the work of memorializing the lives lived there during the just over three years that the camp was open. According to WRA records, Gra had completed nearly two years of college when the evacuation order went into effect. And from the registry at the Heart Mountain Wyoming Interpretive Center, I know that 20-year-old Misa volunteered to take the very first train out to Heart Mountain from the Pomona Assembly Center on August 12, 1942. She went by herself, without her older brother or her parents, to help finish setting up the mess hall or maybe the hospital. And she left Heart Mountain, with her parents, on June 9, 1943. I spent over a month this summer working at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, to learn about who comes to visit and why and also to share my family's connection to the site. I found that my being there, representing an embodiment of the camp's legacy, sometimes helped to make the stories and the history more real for many visitors. It was a complex but beautiful experience, working everyday surrounded by the history that completely changed the course of my family’s lives. /// shot with @omoiyari_songf

image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @maggiesteber. Katie Stubblefield sits alone, taking a moment for herself in her hospital room in intensive car" - 1850978822553113342
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Photo by @maggiesteber. Katie Stubblefield sits alone, taking a moment for herself in her hospital room in intensive care at the Cleveland Clinic on May 24, 2017, her face still swollen and stitches remaining three weeks after her 31-hour face transplant surgery. During her stay in both the ICU and step down rooms, various doctors stop by to check on Katie’s progress and sutures which adhere Katie's new face to her scalp. Katie received the donor face in early May after three years of waiting. Constantly surrounded by her parents, nurses, therapists and doctors, Katie has little alone time and in this moment, with all the buzz going on around her, she found an inner moment of peace and quiet for reflection. A beautiful girl who shot her face off in a suicide attempt, she now has the face of Adrea Schneider whose face was donated by her grandmother Sandra Bennington after Adrea fell into a coma from drug overdose. You can read about Katie’s story in the September issue of @natgeo magazine…Story of a Face by Joanna Connors. Donors can save many lives as it did Katie’s. Please share the story and the following hotlines and donor websites: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255. Register on this Organ Donor site: https://registerme.org/ @ljohnphoto @kurtmutchler

image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Captured #withGalaxy S9+ produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode f 2.4 (full view)" - 1850903503397845930
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photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // Captured S9+ produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode f 2.4 (full view) ISO 25 // Swipe Left: The historic Uchisar Castle looms over the otherworldly Pigeon Valley which connects the castle to the town of Goreme in Cappadocia, Turkey. Many cave dwellings carved out of the surrounding rock formations were painted white in order to attract pigeons, many flocks of which have nestled in the perforated hills. Local farmers are said to collect the pigeon droppings to use as fertilizer for the vineyards in the area. Resembling a giant anthill from the outside, the Uchisar Castle is a formidable part of the landscape, while inside it contains numerous enclosures all connected with inner tunnels and passages.

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Spinner dolphins socializing in the early morning off Hawaii. Spinners are one of the most social " - 1850832214071165705
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Photo By @BrianSkerry Spinner dolphins socializing in the early morning off Hawaii. Spinners are one of the most social of dolphin species, rarely seen alone and typically found in larger pods. They forage at night offshore in deep water, then come into shallow bays in the morning to socialize and rest. The Hawaiian spinners have a beautiful tri-coloration. These animals are considerably smaller in size compared to species like bottlenose. For more images and stories about ocean wildlife follow @BrianSkerry

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Photo by @Joelsartore.| Did you know that tigers have distinct stripes unique to each individual, just like our human fingerprints? This is Raphael, an endangered bengal tiger cub, just eight-weeks-old when he was photographed at the @algulfcoastzoo. Raphael is spunky and inquisitive— he enjoys playing rough and is also very loving. After about an eight-month stay at the zoo, Raphael went back to the breeding program at the Marcan Tiger Preserve-- a facility dedicated to the preservation and protection of the critically endangered Bengal tiger. To see more photos of Raphael follow @Joelsartore.

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Photo by: @tasneemalsultan // Weddings in the Arab region are many, obviously. But to share and publish is a big deal. As Arabs, we tend to view the special day as an intimate and private one. You would never show up to a wedding uninvited. And photography, whether you are conservative, wearing hijab or not, is viewed as something that many couples want to only print and show to close friends and family. Hence, although I have shot countless weddings in the region, I rarely have couples that allow me to showcase some of their wedding images. I get overexcited with the few images that I beg and plead and finally get to share.

image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @stephenwilkes.  This gentle and wise elephant with her calf in Tanzania. 
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Photo by @stephenwilkes. This gentle and wise elephant with her calf in Tanzania. To see more photos from my travels near and far, visit me @stephenwilkes.

image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @shonephoto // The last three weeks I have been accompanying a climate research expedition in the Arctic. The a" - 1850484861786189949
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Photo by @shonephoto // The last three weeks I have been accompanying a climate research expedition in the Arctic. The aim was to visit the Wegener Halvø peninsula of East Greenland where we had received a tip off that there were caves to be found. Our aim was to expand the vision of the Greenland Caves Project (@greenland_caves), to find these caves, explore them and collect samples for palaeoclimate research. As part of the project we wished to try and reduce our environmental and climate impact; we teamed up with the Top to Top Global Climate expedition and sailed from Iceland to Greenland and back. It was an amazing experience with breathtaking views the whole time (not that I was always able to appreciate them when being sick off the back of the boat). Here is one image from this amazing emotional and physical journey of a giant iceberg in the mouth of Scoresby Sound. I’ll be sharing more images over the next weeks.

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Bhante Heenbunne Kondanna: “I live in a temple on Staten Islan" - 1850404809904815155
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Photo by @martinschoeller | Religion: Theravada Buddhism Bhante Heenbunne Kondanna: “I live in a temple on Staten Island. We have a big Sri Lankan community there so most of them are Buddhist. Very basically, Buddhism, if I explain it, is not to do evil. Do good, purify your mind. Not to do anything wrong, which is hard. So you need a definition for that. Whatever’s harmful to you and to the other person is not good. Whatever is beneficial to you and to the other person is good. Either good or bad go into the category of Karma. So you stay on the good side, the positive side. How do you do that? By practicing meditation, refining your mind. You know, our minds, we have so much luggage in there. Be aware of it. 'I can show you the path but you have to walk the path', that’s what the Buddha said. When you practice meditation, you can see yourself. Greed, hatred and ignorance are the three root causes of all these crazy things that we do. Free yourself, find your own peace. That’s the central message that Buddha gave. There are a lot of things that we are doing habitually and so what he was encouraging is don’t live habitually, live mindfully. When you are mindfully living, you are concentrated about other people. Life is like a bubble of water…like a dew drop which is hanging on the tip of a leaf. Any time it’s fragile, any time it can drop off. So therefore, uncertainty is always there so don’t leave any room for regret, do nice things. Do things that you can be happy [about] so that you are always prepared. What Buddha said was ‘may all beings be well and happy.’ That’s all. You can practice it. Practice it like a mother who has only one child. She will be risking her life to save her only child. So we must have that quality within us. Use that same kind of love to all beings.”

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@alexhonnold may have climbed El Cap without any gear or a rope...but we more than made up for his" - 1850331360435918968
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Photo by @jimmy_chin @alexhonnold may have climbed El Cap without any gear or a rope...but we more than made up for his lack of gear on the production side. @oceangoingmonkey and @cheynelempe sorting through 3000ft of line and a bit of gear during the production of the feature documentary . (Releasing in theaters this fall.) Let’s just say we got really good at hauling and coiling ropes after chasing Alex for two years on and off the wall. Huge shout out to such an incredible and committed crew that stuck by Alex and the project through thick and thin. This job was not for the faint of heart... @mikeylikesrocks @clairpopkin @cheyne_lempe @oceangoingmonkey @samuelcrossley @jimhurst @publishthequest @mochinyc. To see the trailer visit www.freesolofilm.com. Shot on assignment for @natgeo.