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Photos by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | Protests in Minneapolis on May 28, 2020. Demonstrations outside of the Minneapolis police station where officer Derek Chauvin worked. Demonstrators set fire to the station, cars in the street, and area buildings as protests over the killing of George Floyd intensified. Tonight the governor deployed the National Guard, locking down the area where these images were taken, and a curfew is in place starting at 8 p.m.

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Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A snow petrel aggressively pursues a nesting competitor along the high cliffs of interior Antarctica. The orange substance on the leading bird is bile that's been regurgitated by the bird in pursuit. This potentially can be a death sentence, as it removes the oil (from feathers) that helps keep the bird buoyant while swimming at sea. These birds are nesting roughly 200 miles (just over 300 km) from the ocean, and every three to five days they make the arduously long flight to the ocean to collect food for their nesting chicks. The ability to float in water provides a time to rest and to collect food—without the necessary oil, it can result in an exhausted bird drowning.

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Photo by @gerdludwig | Southern California’s wildflower bloom was exceptional this year, blanketing the hills with vivid color through early May. It has become an annual tradition for me to visit the California poppies, and this year was no disappointment. The late-season rainfall spurred flowers to bloom in droves, even outside the then closed Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. For more, go to @gerdludwig. #California #superbloom #poppies #AntelopeValley

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Photos by @katieorlinsky | This is Crater Lake in Katmai National Park, Alaska. See more images of the park, both from today and a hundred years ago, in our story online (link in my bio). Katmai holds the Novarupta volcano—the largest eruption of the 20th century. The catastrophe displaced the area's mainly Alutiiq indigenous population, and decimated massive swaths of land, including the famous Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes (seen then and now in images 2 and 3). In the summer of 2018 I joined a National Geographic Society expedition of archeologists, scientists, and park rangers, who followed in the footsteps of an expedition that studied the eruption's aftermath approximately a century ago. The results and discoveries of that original expedition played an important role in the early days of the United States’ conservation movement, and inspired then President Theodore Roosevelt to create Katmai National Monument, the beginnings of the national park we know today. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

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Photos by @babaktafreshi | The center of the galaxy stands above this bent tree in Australia, in this single exposure of 15 seconds. On the horizon, the clouds glow in yellow from the lights of a nearby town. Bent trees are fascinating to me. Most are naturally shaped by wind or even a single storm, and some lean toward a source of artificial light. And some bent trees were intentionally made by humans. The Native Americans would bend saplings to make living and long-lasting signposts, helpful in the forest trails. Explore more of the world at night photography with me @babaktafreshi.#trees #saveournightsky #australia #twanight

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Photo by @dina_litovsky | Skater Sean Davis, 22, moved to L.A. from Naperville, Illinois, to pursue his dream of a professional skateboarding career. His favorite place to practice is the Venice Skate Park, which is always full of energy and spectators. Los Angeles is the birthplace of skateboarding, and it remains an iconic tradition all through the city. A feature on the once fringe sport that is now influencing cityscapes and culture worldwide is in the June issue. For more images follow me @dina_litovsky. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | In almost every country in the Western world, hidden away in a corner of the bathroom or kitchen, pills, capsules, and ointments pile up. In France alone, nearly one medicine out of every two will not be used. In contrast to this wasteful behavior, developing countries suffer from a chronic lack of access to health care. My project Home Pharma documents our relationship with medicines in the simplest terms possible. Whenever I meet people on my travels, I ask the same question: Can I see what’s in your medicine cabinet? Lara Reaves, 36, lives in Aliso Viejo, California. When she was 14, she began to have an eating disorder. She first became bulimic, and then anorexic. She tried various medications to cure her. “I had to take antidepressants, pills for anxiety, and also some pills against bipolarism,” she says. After few years, she was able to conquer it—and she decided to start helping others. Now she works for the Rebecca's Eating Disorder Foundation. She still has medicine around, but not for eating disorders. Follow me for more photos and stories @gabrielegalimbertiphoto. #pharma #medicines #health #pills Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | A geologist enters a beautiful side chamber filled with fine rimstones, gours, and other delicate cave formations. For millions of years Lechuguilla Cave, in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, in New Mexico, has been sealed off from human and animal interaction, making it a truly unique environment for scientists.

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Photo by @laurakmorton | Visitors to Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco, California, space themselves out with the aid of circles painted in the grass. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department painted the circles at Dolores and three other city parks ahead of the Memorial Day weekend to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more photographs of people, places, and culture in California and beyond follow me @laurakmorton.

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Photo by @edkashi | Jingjing Sherman (left) is a general and bariatric surgeon at Englewood Health in Engelwood, New Jersey. She works with Dr. Morales-Ribeiro, who is also a bariatric surgeon, and together they volunteered their time to test patients at the hospital's drive-through test site during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which swept through New Jersey, ultimately killing more than 10,000 people. Sherman also worked in the ICU, treating COVID-19 patients during the height of the pandemic. Both were photographed at Englewood Hospital on May 14. #Covid19 #newjersey #pandemic #volunteering #jerseystrong

28 May 2020

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Border: The San Juan River snakes through the desert, separating Utah and Arizona, and historically the Navajo from the Ute. Today, it creates the northern border of the Navajo Reservation, which is reported to be facing the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the U.S. This part of the world is near and dear to me, as its geology and painted desert are like nothing I’ve seen anywhere else. The Colorado Plateau and all its arid wonders create so many of the iconic landscapes we love, like the Grand Canyon and more. To learn how you can help the Navajo and other tribal communities, check out @grandcanyontrust or the link in my bio. I’ll soon be offering a flash photo sale to help, and my film #IntotheCanyon will screen online May 29-30 with Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (@thevimff), with proceed portions going to help as well. Stay tuned. #support #navajo #covid19 #fineart #aerial

28 May 2020

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Photos by @carltonward | During my last assignment before the lockdown, I rode horseback alongside the cowboys of Buck Island Ranch, together with writer @douglas_main (3rd photo). We learned from sixth- and seventh-generation Florida ranchers Gene and Laurent Lollis about challenges ranchers face in Florida. Buck Island is a research ranch owned by @archboldstation, and Gene is the incoming president of @flcattlemen. Like many ranchers I meet, Gene is cautious but optimistic about the return of Florida panthers to the species’ historic range in the northern Everglades, where development pressure on remaining open land threatens panthers and ranchers alike. In the Greater Everglades ecosystem, one of the most important things we can do to save the Florida Wildlife Corridor and a path to recovery for the Florida panther is to give ranches and other working agricultural lands viable alternatives to development. Please follow @carltonward for more. @pathofthepanther @insidenatgeo @fl_wildcorridor @ilcp_photographers #ranch #Florida #KeepFLWild

28 May 2020

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Photo by @amytoensing | Walking and running in the park near our home has been essential during quarantine. Last week, I came across dancers in elegant costumes, floating among the trees and over the grassy knolls. They were from our local ballet company Syracuse City Ballet (@syracusecityballet), and were filming online educational content for kids in the time of COVID–another unexpected moment of beauty and hope in very strange times. #cityparks #timeofcovid #ballet

28 May 2020

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Photo by @amivitale | A young elephant calf seeks shelter under his mother in the Singita Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Singita Grumeti Reserves are an integral part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home of the great migration. Young calves go under their mothers for a feeling of protection and comfort and, of course, to nurse. #singitagrumetifund @natgeoimagecollection #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #tanzania

28 May 2020

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Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto | This futuristic vertical farming company is housed in a repurposed steel mill warehouse in one of New Jersey’s busiest industrial districts. The aim is to sustainably grow fresh vegetables in the shadow of New York City, while educating the community about nutrition. The reusable substrate on which seeds are laid is a patented cloth made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Stacked in racks, the cloth is misted, which conserves water—it uses 95% less than what would be required in a field. Another goal for the facility is to reduce food waste by optimizing production based on demand and to eliminate extraneous parts of the distribution chain. It is estimated that almost 30% of the food production inside the U.S. is wasted—but technology could change that. As a photographer, my work revolves around this transition humanity is facing as we look for new ways to live in the future. This image was part of the March cover story on waste in National Geographic magazine. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about it and discover other stories about the environment. #greenhouse #usa #future #environment #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.

28 May 2020