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Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A sperm whale plays in sargassum weed in the waters off Dominica, in the Caribbean Sea. For an animal that spends the majority of its life in the open ocean and mostly in the deep sea, where it forages, a bit of time spent rolling around in the coarse weed must be like a day at the spa! Follow @BrianSkerry to see more whale and ocean wildlife photos. #whales #animalplay #caribbean

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Photo by Enric Sala @enricsala | In Argentina's remote Thetis Bay, giant kelp forests harbor one of the most magnificent marine ecosystems on the planet. They were studied by my scientific mentor, Paul Dayton, in 1973, and I returned to Tierra del Fuego on a Pristine Seas expedition to see how things have changed in the last 45 years. I was amazed by the abundance of life: climate change hasn’t made a permanent mark here—yet. With the recent creation of the Yaganes Marine Protected Area by the Argentine government, the future is bright. Read about Thetis Bay and the new protected area in the July issue of National Geographic.

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Gordon Ramsay meets with a family of farmers in Peru, the birthplace of the potato, to learn about how they cultivate the ancient crop and taste some unique varieties grown at high altitudes. Watch more on Gordon Ramsay: #Uncharted tonight at 10/9c on National Geographic.

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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A doe enjoys a mouthful of grass and water at Lagoon Deer Park, outside Port Clinton, Ohio. This year the Great Lakes have seen dramatic flooding, the highest ever recorded, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The flooding has forced the park's owner to close for the summer, during the height of the tourist season. It’s a hard economic blow to his small business, a family-owned and-operated business for the last 63 years.

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Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Blenheim Palace near Oxford—one of of the greatest of England's stately homes—was a gift from a grateful nation to a general, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his victories in battle. In a contemporary guidebook to the palace and its gardens— William Fordice Mavor's "New Description of Blenheim"—the extraordinary suggestion is made that the original garden layout for the "military oaks" imitated the disposition of troops at the beginning of the Battle of Blenheim on August 13, 1704. Just think: a battlefield laid out in the heart of England in a massive, leafy reminder of a faraway military conquest! There is little evidence to support Mavor's conjecture, but true or not, people build their own realities and readers thought it was true. Indeed, Mavor's book was wildly successful, despite its turgid prose, being reprinted 13 times, once even in French. Over the years, blasted by lightning or simply toppling over in their senescence, the oaks at Blenheim seem like ancient pachyderms or baobabs clinging to the edge of life. Mavor was right to offer these trees as "moral and impressive lessons"—not as he intended but as metaphors about the great arc of empire's rise and fall. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material #photojournalism #nature #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #lowlight

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Photo by Robin Hammond @hammond_robin | Fifty years ago the LGBTQ+ community in New York rose up against discrimination. The Stonewall riots, as they became known, are widely considered the most important event leading to the LGBTQ liberation movement. There has been significant progress in the fight for equality for LGBTQ Americans, but there is a long way to go, especially for vulnerable groups such as seniors. Many LGBT seniors face prejudice, with their relationships, even when decades old, still not recognized. Here, 79-year-old Robert Waldron (left), with his partner of 37 years, Vernon May, also 79, explains that he’s been to many funerals of LGBT friends and has seen partners sit alone while their loved one is buried. “They were like a stranger at the funeral,” says Robert. “Can you imagine? You go to a funeral, and you, as a partner, sitting there, your name not even mentioned!” See "Stonewall at 50: Stories of resilience and resistance" on the Nat Geo site. See more from the series by following @whereloveisillegal

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Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | A pod of Steller sea lions inspects the activity on the surface of Resurrection Bay, near Seward, Alaska. As I hiked along the shoreline, all these heads just started popping up in front of me. It was surprising to see these 1,000- to 2,000-pound bodies bobbing up and down. To see more images of wildlife from around the world follow @ronan_donovan

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Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The crescent moon sets behind Boston skyline in this extreme-telephoto view. We are so used to the moon's presence that we often forget its cosmic identity. How bizarre it is to see another world so strikingly in our sky, from 400,000 kilometers away. Fifty years ago this month, Apollo 11 astronauts made a history by walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969. This clip is also a tribute to "Koyaanisqatsi" (which means life out of balance), an impressive 1982 documentary filmed by pioneer cinematographer Ron Fricke that inspired me as a teenager, with its message and a stunning composite scene of the moon and skyscrapers. Explore more of the World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. Soundtrack is Gravity of the Moon by Tonelabs Studio. #twanight #moon #astrophotography #ronfricke

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Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Travel to the moon in one minute. For a car going nonstop at highway speed, it would take six months to travel the roughly 240,000 miles to the moon. This zoom was created from a single-exposure, high-resolution telescope photograph; I added the rotation in post-production for a sense of the journey that took four days for the Apollo 11 astronauts—a tribute to the first human landing on the moon 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969. NASA plans to return to the moon by landing astronauts on the lunar south pole in the next decade. The space-tourism industry is aiming for commercial trips to the moon in the 2030s, with a spacecraft that loops around the moon (no landing) and returns to Earth. The trip would cost an estimated $100 million per seat, and include months of ground-based training. Explore more of space photography with me @babaktafreshi. #moon #apollo50th #apollo11 #astrophotography

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Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The race to reach the space in 1950s was largely driven by political leaders to establish a new superpower. An immense budget and public will supported both Soviet and American space scientists to advance technologies like never before. The Sputnik satellite launched the space age in 1957. The U.S. remained second, until Apollo 8 astronauts reached the moon orbit in 1968 and Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July 1969. After the Apollo programs, the manned space race faded and efficient robotic exploration of the solar system, at far lower cost, became the focus of increasingly international collaborations. Explore more of astronomy and space photography with me @babaktafreshi. #moon #apollo50 #space #astrophotography

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Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | Early morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time over the years in the magnificent Bornean rainforest, a realm filled with miracles big and small. This forest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon). Borneo is extremely rich in biodiversity, providing habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. It is essential for mankind to save these remarkable ecosystems to secure global stability and resilience. To do that, we can support rainforest conservation and try to avoid products containing uncertified palm oil. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from projects around the world. #borneo #biodiversity #conservation #rainforest #beauty @thephotosociety

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Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | A vendor crosses a street during rush hour in Mumbai, India. The dense city has an estimated population of nearly 13 million people, with a total of 21 million in the greater metropolitan area, the largest in India.

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