North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder
A North Korean sailor stands guard inside the captured U.S. ship, the USS Pueblo, on display at the War Museum in Pyongyang in August 2017.
On January 23, 1968, exactly 50 years ago today, the USS Pueblo was seized by North Korea and 83 Americans were captured and held for 11 months.
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Photo by @mishkusk (Michaela Skovranova)
A team of divers swim through coral gardens at Keeper Reef, Great Barrier Reef.
It is incredibly difficult to predict coral spawning - a phenomenon that only happens at night. During the day divers patrolled the reef to determine the ideal spot to photograph at night.
Once the boat anchored for the night, with the moon shining brightly the water column was checked every 15 minutes for the signs of coral spawning.
Full story is available online with words by Sarah Gibbens
Photo by @gerdludwig. Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a Moscovite briefly submerges himself into the icy water at Moscow's Serebryanny Bor (Silver Forest). On the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany, January 19th (as the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar) thousands of Russians gathered on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Follow me @gerdludwig to see a gallery of additional photographs from across Russia on Epiphany.
Video by @joelsartore | This highly muscular and robust amphibian is known as a Cameroon slippery frog. They are extremely adaptable and live in very cold, fast flowing streams. They do not require tree cover and can even be found living in some urban areas. Because this frog is truly gigantic, measuring up to 9 inches (25 cm) in length, they are often hunted for their meat. Due to this kind of overharvesting as well as habitat fragmentation in Cameroon and Nigeria, this frog is currently listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
To see a portrait of this frog, check out @joelsartore !
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Thousands of people attend the annual #crayfish eating festival in Xuyi, China. The scale of food production in China is extraordinary, and getting bigger all the time. Rising incomes have lead to demand for more #protein and #dairy products, and #China is now the world’s biggest importer of #food . To learn more, check out the 2.2018 issue of @natgeo magazine and follow @feedtheplanet
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). Hot springs are precious in this valley in Afghanistan, on the border with China, Tajikistan and Pakistan. What a gift to have hot water year round in such a remote mountain region! Ato Mohammed and his dad agreed to be photographed, shortly before walking back home, down the valley to their village. Swipe right for a portrait of Ato and his red hair and freckles. Looking at this Irish looking boy near the border with China, I find it fascinating to consider the implications on human migration. Think of our history, of all the ancient paths that have been taken to reach every corner of the earth, all the drama and excitement that must have taken place (and still is taking place!). For more interesting cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto - from a recent @natgeo assignment walking across Afghanistan with the amazing and humbling @outofedenwalk#redhair#afghanistan
Video by @bertiegregory. A flock of Antarctic terns flutter around the base of the Neumayer glacier on the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia. Despite appearing so wild, this island has a shocking history of exploitation. Populations of whales, seals and birds were decimated. Fortunately, thanks to good governing and protection, much of the island’s wildlife has made a dramatic comeback.
It now faces a new set of challenges. The world’s changing climate is moving weather and ocean currents around this island with unknown consequences. The glacier pictured is estimated to be receding at a rate of 1m/3ft per day. Shot for a new National Geographic online series coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory to learn more this special place.
Photo by @jimmy_chin
Hard to look away from Ulvetanna’s striking features. Scale can be difficult to discern in Antarctica. For reference, the East Face of Ulvetanna (right hand side) is over 4000ft tall, making it close to 1000ft taller than El Capitan in Yosemite. For sheer size and prominence, Ulvetanna stands alone in the range. Fenriskjeften Range, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin.#tnfantarctica17
North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder. The sun rises over the Juche Tower along the Taedong River in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites by @dguttenfelder.