Photo by @Stephenwilkes. One of my latest Day to Night images was photographed at Ram Navami, Ardh Kumbh Mela Festival, in Haridwar India. Color, light and water are recurring themes in my Day to Night series, and for this reason I was drawn to this inspiring Indian pilgrimage location. I was intrigued by the historical and iconic importance of what is perhaps the largest religious gathering in any religion around the world. What was amazing was to witness the people who are drawn to the river, which in Hindu mythology, are the carriers of life and fertility. To see more images like this, including my latest exhibition, visit @stephenwilkes to see more.
Video by @joelsartore | Bald eagles aren’t born with that 'bald' look. When they’re young, these birds have a fully brown plumage and don’t develop the white feathers on their heads for another four or five years. During courtship, bald eagles display an incredible aerial dance wherein they grasp each other by the talons and spin in mid-air. After this strange display, those who mate will stay together for their entire lives, which can last up to 38 years! The two eagles will work together to build their record-breaking, 4.5 foot wide nests, and even take turns incubating their eggs.
Bald eagles are a true conservation success story. They were once abundant in the United States, but when European settlers arrived, their numbers dropped drastically. In 1940 Congress passed an act to protect them, and though the act was helpful in protecting eagles, their populations didn’t really start to grow again until the early 1970s when a deadly insecticide called DDT was finally banned. In 2007, bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list and there are now about 9,700 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states.
This bald eagle was photographed at Raptor Recovery at @fontenelleforest where injured and orphaned birds of prey are rehabilitated in Nebraska.
To see a portrait of a bald eagle, check out @joelsartore.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies // Children in the remote Nepali village of Saadi make the most of a monsoon cloudburst. ~
Where do you look to for examples of how to live your life? ~
We live in a gilded age. We barter in miracles and medicine. We fly. We photograph distant planets and galaxies. We are more connected than ever before, than many of us ever imagined possible. ~
Yet we still seek and we search. We face self-doubt. We run inside when it rains. ~
Video by @CristinaMittermeier // At the crack of dawn, one day in late September, the long-drawn ban on Galicia’s famed cockles is lifted and fifteen hundred men and women, on foot and on boats, rush to the cockle beds of the Ria de Noia to get their share. The women go by foot and they drag their clam rakes across the sandy bottom. Buried in the sand and growing in the shallow waters of the estuary, the cockles have been protected by a ban that shelters them for several months in which no harvest is allowed and the small bivalves are allowed to reproduce and grow. Once the ban is lifted, the men and women of this small medieval-old village will converge every morning in the shallow waters for 3 hours a day, every day for 3-4 months to make a living from this delicious bivalve. This is an age old practice that has ensured the sustainable harvest of this small clam, but few places execute it more perfectly than Noia, where the community works together the participation of women is valued and the cockles are healthy, big, delicious and very, very valuable.
Al abrir la veda de berberecho, cientos de mujeres van a pie a cosecharlo, mientras que los hombres van en barco. Bien gestionado, como se hace en Noia, este riquísimo recurso no sólo es sostenible, es una importante fuente de ingresos en esta región de la bellísima Galicia.
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Video by @bertiegregory.
A scorpion fish closeup at night in the Red Sea. Their incredible camouflage can make these fish tough to find. Often you'll be right next to one before realising it's there. Their upturned mouths mean they generally look pretty grumpy but closeup, they are mesmerisingly beautiful. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Image by @joelsartore | The queen of this #pollinatormonday is this no-spot ladybug from Salt Lake City, Utah. Did you know that there are more than 5,000 species of ladybug in the world? These industrious pollinators are highly desired by gardeners and farmers alike, as they feed on pests such as mites, mealybugs, and aphids. The name "ladybug" was coined by farmers in Europe during the Middle Ages who prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began eating their crops. After ladybugs came and wiped out the invading insects, the farmers named them "beetle of Our Lady." This eventually was shortened to "lady beetle" and finally "ladybug”. Even today, many gardeners order ladybugs as a natural way to combat pests and improve crop yields. In addition to fighting pests, these beetles secondarily feed on both pollen and nectar, and thus pollinate many different kinds of flowering plants and legumes.