photo by: @renaeffendiphoto // In Maramures, Romania I observed traditional agrarian practices and culture still persisting in the modern age. I was told by this elderly lady, who worked hard all day making hay for her horse "This is our cycle of life. We are taking care of the animals and in return they are taking care of us". For more daily life stories around the world, please follow me here: @renaeffendiphoto#work#life#culture#village#rural#traditions#people#animals
Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto // Grandmas always know how to cook! // Hiroko, 66 years old – Tokyo, Japan - CHIRASHIZUSHI - Ingredients for 6 people: 450 gr rice - 2 fried or sauté slices of tofu - 1 root of burdock - 3 big dried mushrooms - “shitake”- ½ carrot- 3 eggs- 1 leaf of Japanese seaweed - 4 fuki (Japanese herb)- salt, sugar, sesame, ginger - soya sauce, rice vinegar, sake /// 1- Soak the dried mushrooms in some water for 5 hours. 2- Put the rice in a rice cooker with 600 ml of water, two spoons of salt and a leaf of Japanese seaweeds. Let it cook for about half an hour. 3- Clean well the burdock root and cut it into thin slices about 4 cm long. 4- Do the same with the mushrooms and the fried tofu. 5- Place all the vegetables and the tofu in a pot, then pour in a glass of water, cover with a silicon lid and cook on a medium heat. 6- After 3 minutes, add 20gr of sugar, 30ml of sake and 30 ml of soya sauce to the vegetables. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes, without stirring. 7- Now prepare the sauce for the rice: in a bowl, mix 30gr of sugar, 7gr of salt and 70ml of rice vinegar. Blend everything together until sugar and salt melt. 8- As soon as the rice is ready, take it out of the cooker and mix it with the sauce when it is still very hot. Stir everything. 9- Slice thinly the seaweeds leaf, which was cooking with the rice, the carrot and the fuki. 10- Crack the eggs and beat them in a separate bowl, adding a pinch of salt and 10 gr of sugar. Make the eggs into small very thin omelettes using a non-stick pan. Do not make one large thick omelette, but make many thin ones. Then, slice the omelette into very thin strips. 11- Add the carrot, fuki and seaweeds to the other vegetables and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Then, take them off the heat. 12- Drain the vegetables in a colander and squeeze them if necessary. Make sure you eliminate almost all the liquid. 13- Pour the drained vegetables on top of the rice, together with a sprinkle of 20gr sesame. Blend everything together and prevent the rice from rolling up into balls. 14- Place the omelette strips and some sweet-and-sour ginger on top of the rice and serve the dish. #grandma#food#japan
Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Contestants compete in the Cotswold Olimpick Games, near Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds of England. Created by lawyer Robert Dover in the early 1600s, with the support of King James, the Cotswold Olimpicks claim to be at the origins of modern Olympic games. A temporary wooden structure called Dover Castle was erected in a natural amphitheatre on what is now known as Dover’s Hill, complete with small cannons that were fired to begin the events. Held annually every Spring, original events like sledgehammer throwing and wrestling have since given way to Shin-Kicking, piano smashing, and Static Jump competitions.
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Photo: @andy_mann // We’ve mapped almost every square inch of land on this planet and so much of it is either developed or destroyed. However, our oceans remain a vast & unexplored frontier for which we know so little about. When you dip below the thin blue line and into the depths of the ocean, if only for the length of a single breath, everything goes quiet and you can feel as if you are discovering a new world for the first time. These moments provide so much hope and inspiration for me. Here, one of seven billion people swims alone beneath the belly of an Oceanic Whitetip Shark off the coast of San Salvador, Bahamas. // Follow me @andy_mann if you love and adore this big blue planet and all it’s magic. 🌎 @sea_legacy
Video by @stephenwilkes. Last January we traveled to the remote island of Steeple Jason, off the coast of South America, documenting the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatrosses. “The Journeys of Migratory Birds” is currently in the March issue of National Geographic magazine and on line. We created this loupe-view of the final image and if you look closely you’ll see the subtle communication of this remarkable species. From mating rituals to a mother teaching her baby to fly the birds will amaze you. This photograph and several others are on display in my exhibition “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” at National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. until April 30, 2018. To see more of the Bird Migration Day to Night photographs and, the link to this story please follow me @stephenwilkes. To learn more about my process in creating these photographs see my TED talk link in my IG bio. 2018. #daytonight#natgeo#falklands#malvinas#birdmigration#blackbrowedalbatross#rockhopperpenguin#birding#audubonsociety
Photo by @FransLanting Our oceans are full of junk and albatrosses searching for food often mistake floating plastic and rubber objects for fish or squid and swallow them. It’s hard to know what goes on inside the mind of an albatross, but I speculate that they are hardwired to swallow things that feel like fish or squid and plastic or rubber may not taste that different to a hungry albatross. After all, their feeding habits evolved long before there was any plastic junk out at sea. When you walk around an albatross colony you see the sad results. Many thousands of albatross chicks die every year because their parents feed them plastic instead of fish and it clogs up their intestines until they die. It’s heartbreaking to see their decaying corpses full of junk, but because this mortality occurs on remote oceanic islands, few people know this is a problem, so we need to show and share what is going on. For this image I asked a researcher on South Georgia’s Bird Island to unwrap a roll of plastic that had been regurgitated by a wandering albatross. Imagine what that could have done to the bird or its chick if it had unwound in their guts. Plastic pollution is a global problem, but there are local solutions. They start with banning single use plastic items from your own lifestyle and from your community and there are lots of campaigns gaining momentum that can effect change on a bigger scale. Check some of the hashtags and share this post. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about these amazing birds who deserve better than to die from plastic pollution.
Photo by @robertclarkphoto // #sponsored by @annihilationmovie, check out today’s story for more. // As a child in Hays, Kansas, I often visited the #SternbergMuseum and this was my favorite fossil. Although it looks like alien-beings from another world, it is actually a relative of sea stars. As I got older, I realized where Hollywood conceived of designs for some of its monsters. The discovery of the Western Interior Seaway, a vast, shallow ocean that in the Cretaceous Period ranged from what is now eastern Mexico all the way to northern Canada, provided proof that neither the planet nor the organisms inhabiting it remain static. Paleontologists found fossils belonging to the huge marine reptiles called the plesiosaurs and mosasaurs there, along with gigantic sharks, other fish, and crinoids, such as this beautiful specimen of Uintacrinus socialis from Kansas.
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Photo @ladzinski / A young #coyote, on the prowl for a meal and wearing a nasty injury on its hind leg. You have to be tough to make it in the wild kingdom, an injury like this can mean death to the animal if the infection spreads and/or it hinders movement and the ability to hunt. I took this photo yesterday morning in #RockyMountainNationalPark, it was -3 Fahrenheit, a very cold morning to say the least. An exposed wound like this is highly susceptible to frostbite, hoping this little guy here makes it.
Video by @JoelSartore | The giant spider crab may look fearsome, but they are rarely-seen scavengers, spending their days on the seafloor eating plant and animal matter. They live in the cold waters of the Pacific and at depths of up to 2,000 feet. Giant spider crabs are the largest crabs in the world, reaching a maximum leg span of 12 ft and weighing up to 45 lbs. As juveniles, these crabs are known to decorate their shells with sponges, kelp or other items as a means of camouflage and protection. Although they are occasionally collected for food in Japan, harvesting of this species is illegal during the spring, allowing them to move to shallower waters to breed. During an annual phenomenon, thousands of giant spider crabs make their way into a giant aggregation to shed their exoskeleton, a process known as molting. Crabs are vulnerable to predation after molting. Doing so in a massive group helps protect them from danger.
Due to their shy behavior and deep habitat, exact population numbers of this species are not known, making it hard for scientists to study or protect them. The @AquariumPacific, where this crab was photographed, houses seven giant spider crabs, including this juvenile. Their exact lifespan is not known, but biologists estimate they live over half a century!
Check out @joelsartore for a portrait of this crab!
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
The Tuareg call it “the castle”, an area of wind-eroded rock in the Tassili du Hoggar, five hours in 4x4 from Tamanrasset, Algeria. The area was littered with unnamed and unclimbed pinnacles of sandstone. Check out the view I got of these castles in the sand from my paraglider ===> @geosteinmetz#notadrone#DesertAirBook