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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto | Wind turbines in Calabria, southern Italy. A mostly agricultural landscape is mutating into a land aimed at energy production, feeding the growing demand for renewables. My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about my work. #landscape #environment #solar #wind #energy

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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Land before time: The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the more surreal landscapes in the world, and also has the highest density of active volcanoes anywhere on the planet. For more images of adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin

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Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | On a cold morning in April, a white stork works on its nest in Słońsk, a small village in western Poland. About 25% of the world's white stork population nests within Poland, making the country the stork capital of the world. After the breeding season, most of the birds migrate to Africa, but nests are typically used year after year. The males arrive earlier in the season and choose one. Larger nests are associated with greater numbers of young successfully fledged, and appear to be sought after. But they often need a lot of maintenance, so after the males return from their winter migration, you can find them busy cleaning and doing a fair bit of reconstruction before the female arrives. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #whitestork #spring #bird #birds #wildlife

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Photos by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | The hard line between forest and dirt on an area cleared for development in eastern Naples. Last month when driving to service a camera trap set for panthers at nearby @corkscrewswamp, I was drawn to the side of the road by swallow-tailed kites foraging among piles of toppled trees. Based on the time of the year, I knew the kites were probably nesting in other trees nearby. Next year when they come back from their annual migration to South America, how many other trees will be gone in the South Florida breeding grounds that are so important to their epic life journey? These drone shots could be a kite’s-eye view. Florida loses more than 100,000 acres of natural and rural land to development each year. Time to make land conservation a priority and keep the Florida Wildlife Corridor connected while we still have a chance. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor #floridawild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther @insidenatgeo

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore. A queen Formosan subterranean termite @accb_cambodia. A single colony of Formosan subterranean termites may contain several million termites that forage down to 300 feet in soil. The queen of the colony has a life span around 15 years and is capable of producing up to 2,000 eggs per day. To discover more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #termite #queen #insect #savetogether #photoark

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | "Something about this place curiously inclines one's thoughts toward the scientific, and yet simultaneously toward the theological. Which may be a pretty good definition for 'magic.'" – Hampton Sides, from the prologue to my book on the Grand Canyon. To explore its magic, check out "Into the Grand Canyon," a film about our 750-mile transect on foot, on @natgeochannel, Wednesday, June 26, at 4 p.m. EST. #IntoTheCanyonMovie #humility #publiclands #nature #petemcbride

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | In a tiny fishing village along the eastern coastline of a wintry Sakhalin Island, the largest island in Russia and located just north of Japan, a woman waits for her daughter before taking an afternoon walk.

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Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | The first time I went camping in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, in 2001, I felt a sense of wildness and solitude I had only known in the Serengeti of Tanzania, the Amazon of Peru, and the outback of Australia. The landscape was familiar—mangrove islands that I’d experienced in remnant patches as a kid growing up in Clearwater, or as a teenager fishing in Charlotte Harbor. But the scale of the undeveloped nature in the Ten Thousand Islands was like nothing I’d experienced in my home state. Florida’s southern fringe, from Everglades National Park through Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, makes up the largest protected mangrove coastline in the Western Hemisphere. The context makes the mangroves even more impressive. If you are camped on an island like Panther Key and watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, you are surrounded by nature in all directions. In front of you and to your left, mangrove islands and wide-open water reach all the way to Mexico and Cuba. Behind you, Everglades National Park (the largest subtropical wilderness reserve in North America) stretches dozens of miles east toward Miami. To your right, the Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress National Preserve anchor a wildlife corridor that reaches all the way north to the Everglades' headwaters and beyond. I recently had a chance to return to the Ten Thousand Islands for a photo shoot from a small airplane. My goal was to capture the seemingly infinite labyrinth of the watery landscape, and tap into that feeling of awe that had changed my perception of Florida on my first Everglades camping trip 15 years before. Please follow @carltonward and check the #FloridaWild column in my bio. #Everglades #Florida #KeepFLWild @fl_wildcorridor @natgeoimagecollection

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Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | I made this photo while working on a project about the ways that women are advancing in Pakistan despite some of the barriers they face. I loved being able to dispel some of the misconceptions about this region, and to experience the astounding beauty of the Hunza Valley. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #Pakistan #Hunzavalley #Karakoram #mountainrange

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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt for dik-diks, a species of small antelope, at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The dog's Latin name, Lycaon pictus, means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat. They live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. They are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. With an estimated population of only 1,409, they are also are among the world's most endangered mammals. Preserving spaces like these and empowering local communities to benefit from conservation are among the best ways to protect wild animals like these. Follow @amivitale for more photos of amazing animals and conservation successes from around the world. @nature_africa @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #africanwilddogs #painteddogs #dogsofinstagram #africa #kenya

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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | A bicyclist heads home from the citadel of Bam, a 4th-century trading center in southern Iran. This was the largest adobe building in the world before it was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 2003, a month after this picture was taken. #carpediem To see more from the far corners of the world, follow @geosteinmetz

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Photos by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | This battle lasted for over two hours. This Woodhouse's toad in eastern Montana near the town of Terry was nabbed by a large plains garter snake and the struggle ensued. Any guesses how it ended? Hop on over to @ronan_donovan or swipe left to find out.

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