Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames // Sponsored by @ikeausa // A red fox opens one eye to check its surroundings while resting by a snowdrift on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. With its body curled tight and its tail pulled in, the red fox can minimize heat loss and stay warm even in very cold temperatures. Red foxes hunt rodents throughout the winter by listening for them under the snow. The foxes can often be seen comically tilting their heads from side to side, trying to pinpoint exactly where their prey is below the snow. When they think they’ve got it right, they leap in the air and then bust through the snow to catch the unsuspecting rodent. // A good night's sleep is going extinct. Build your sanctuary today. #SaveOurSleep
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Indians frantically connect a hose to a water tanker in Dhole Vasti, in the state of Maharashtra, as a tanker comes to deliver water for the first time in five days. There were severe water shortages all throughout the area, and many areas were totally dependent on tankers. Shot in September 2008. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | Water in dry lands boosts interaction among different species that meet regularly around water holes—but there is always a pecking order and size does matter. Here, an eland bull is framed by the bulk of one of the great Kenyan elephants at ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills. While these antelope are enormous and a male may grow to weigh more than 900 kilograms, they're surprisingly agile, able to leap over high fences with ease—a useful skill around a small water hole ruled by some of the world's biggest elephants that dwarf even the largest eland. #antelope #kenya #eland
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A North Korean woman sells snacks at a roadside rest area for tourists along the highway from Pyongyang to Kaesong and the DMZ that separates the two sides of the Korean peninsula. Please follow me @dguttenfelder, for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | The warm sun settles across Jaipur, known as the "pink city," and also the capital of Rajasthan, India. Jaipur is a city that sparks my creativity; the vibrant street life, the light, and the history make it a beautiful and exciting place to get lost. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #India #Rajasthan #Jaipur #travel
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Iceland has larger, more powerful waterfalls, but I've always thought Skogafoss was the prettiest. It is also one of the most visited. Late one night last spring I managed to find a rare moment alone after the crowds had departed. Iceland is a popular tourist destination and visitors now outnumber Icelanders by a factor of 12. #iceland
Photo by Adam Dean @adamjdean | Workers from JA Solar use robots to make solar panels in Hefei, China, in June 2017.
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Queen of the Night, a night-blooming cactus. She rarely blooms, only a handful of times a year, under the darkness of the night, with her flowers wilting before the first light touches them. A special reminder of some the beautiful moments that happen in nature in the darkness of the night. #nature #australia #cactus #epiphyllumoxypetalum #naturelovestories
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | A hallowed gaze after one of the most impressive feats I've ever seen. I didn’t realize the load carried by many climbing Sherpa (some of these high-altitude workers are also Gurung, Tamang, and other Nepali ethnicities) each year on Everest. Starting at 20,000 feet (6,000m) from Advanced Basecamp with a load of oxygen bottles up to 100 lbs, they carry gear all the way to high camp, near 28,000 feet (8,300m), and back in a single push through the night, only stopping to hydrate and eat at the North Col. In my opinion, this is a more impressive display of raw willpower and physical prowess than actually going to the summit. #toughjobs #portraitsonEverest Follow @renan_ozturk for more form this #EverestMystery assignment.
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | An attempt to bring back an ancient Andean form of agriculture marks the land near Lake Titicaca, Peru. The Tiahuanaco, a pre-Inca people, discovered that raised beds could increase crop fertility and prevent frost in this basin at 12,000 ft. A local #Aymara farmer can be seen lower right, bicycling off to harvest his quinoa, which has become the cash crop of these high-altitude farmers. #foodsecurity To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | A mountain lion enjoys a meal of frozen elk on a winter's night in northwestern Wyoming. Mountain lions' diets can vary depending on the season and which animals may have migrated in (or out) of the area. To learn more interesting facts about mountain lions, follow along with photographer @drewtrush.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | What you’re looking at is nothing short of a tragedy. This is a massive algae bloom on Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America. The boat in the frame, a small research vessel, is intended for scale—the sheer size of the bloom extends for miles upon miles outside the edges of this photo. These lakes collectively make up 84% of North America’s freshwater and 21% of the world's. Seeing pollution on this scale should have us all outraged at the sheer mismanagement of this precious resource. The Great Lakes have long been a place where chemicals, toxic pollutants, pesticides, and metals have been dumped from a large array of industry. These pollutants are flushed into tributary rivers that extend hundreds of miles throughout the Great Lakes Basin and then into the Mississippi River, which exits into the Gulf of Mexico, and the St. Lawrence River, which pours into the Atlantic. Even in small concentrations, many of these toxins have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and immune deficiencies. Although the pollution issue was much greater in the past, it’s still happening even today, and many of these toxins can take thousands of years to break down. The algae seen here is the product of excess phosphors in the water that cause these blooms when the temperatures increase. It’s not toxic to the touch, but if ingested, even through small droplets while swimming, water skiing, etc., it’s enough to make you sick. Illnesses and toxins can include dermatotoxins, hepatotoxins, neurotoxins, and cytotoxins. It’s a sad and serious issue. To see more from my Great Lakes assignment, please visit @ladzinski