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George Steinmetz

Photographer for National Geographic and NY Times Magazine, creating an aerial perspective on climate change and global food supply @feedtheplanet

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  • Fishing boats wait their turn to transfer their load of wild sockeye salmon to a tender last week in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  This year looks to be a record catch, which is sustainably managed by biologists who measure the flow of spawning salmon in the rivers.  This conservation success story is now threatened by the proposed #PebbleMine upstream.  #onassignment for @natgeo
  • Fishing boats wait their turn to transfer their load of wild sockeye salmon to a tender last week in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This year looks to be a record catch, which is sustainably managed by biologists who measure the flow of spawning salmon in the rivers. This conservation success story is now threatened by the proposed #PebbleMine upstream. #onassignment for @natgeo
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  • Fisherwoman pauses to watch the sun dip below the horizon last week on the mudflats of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Nets are laid out perpendicular to the shore to catch #salmon heading for a nearby estuary to spawn.  It’s hard but lucrative work for the six week summer season, earning as much as $4k per tide.  Both prices and quantities are up at this well-managed fishery that is now threatened by the proposed #PebbleMine upstream.  #onassignment for @natgeo
  • Fisherwoman pauses to watch the sun dip below the horizon last week on the mudflats of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Nets are laid out perpendicular to the shore to catch #salmon heading for a nearby estuary to spawn. It’s hard but lucrative work for the six week summer season, earning as much as $4k per tide. Both prices and quantities are up at this well-managed fishery that is now threatened by the proposed #PebbleMine upstream. #onassignment for @natgeo
  •  13,522  46  14 July, 2019
  • A patchwork of raised beds of taro and bananas emerge from the fertile floodplain of the Nyabarongo River near Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda has the highest rural population density in Africa, and intense competition for farmland has pushed people to cultivate food on even the most labor-intensive pieces of land.
  • A patchwork of raised beds of taro and bananas emerge from the fertile floodplain of the Nyabarongo River near Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda has the highest rural population density in Africa, and intense competition for farmland has pushed people to cultivate food on even the most labor-intensive pieces of land.
  •  11,788  53  12 July, 2019
  • There are only 47 people living in the village of Padrão, and most of the work on the terraces appeared to still be done by hand and beast of burden. They call this valley the Tibet of Portugal. It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO a few years ago, which helps to attract ecotourism to sustain the local economy. It was tough find a place to park my car on its one cobbled street, but the potato pancakes were wonderful!
  • There are only 47 people living in the village of Padrão, and most of the work on the terraces appeared to still be done by hand and beast of burden. They call this valley the Tibet of Portugal. It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO a few years ago, which helps to attract ecotourism to sustain the local economy. It was tough find a place to park my car on its one cobbled street, but the potato pancakes were wonderful!
  •  22,198  199  10 July, 2019
  • Harvesting the rectangular bogs on the Gaynor Cranberry farm, which is part of the Ocean Spray Cranberry co-op. This farm dates back to 1876. Cranberry production has increased dramatically from the early days, when they only harvested fresh berries. Fresh berry consumption has not changed, but is now only 3% of the market, and now Ocean Spray controls over 50% of the U.S. cranberry market.
  • Harvesting the rectangular bogs on the Gaynor Cranberry farm, which is part of the Ocean Spray Cranberry co-op. This farm dates back to 1876. Cranberry production has increased dramatically from the early days, when they only harvested fresh berries. Fresh berry consumption has not changed, but is now only 3% of the market, and now Ocean Spray controls over 50% of the U.S. cranberry market.
  •  11,487  60  9 July, 2019
  • Terraced fields of tea being picked in Yunnan, China. The area is famous for Pu'er tea, which is dried and then wetted to ferment before being compressed and dried again for sale. Over forty years of travel I have only encountered two words for it: tea (thé) or chai (cha). #simplepleasures
  • Terraced fields of tea being picked in Yunnan, China. The area is famous for Pu'er tea, which is dried and then wetted to ferment before being compressed and dried again for sale. Over forty years of travel I have only encountered two words for it: tea (thé) or chai (cha). #simplepleasures
  •  32,817  201  8 July, 2019
  • Barchan dunes transport fine sand from the yardangs to the mega dunes of the Dasht-e Lut, Iran. #paramotor #DesertAirBook
  • Barchan dunes transport fine sand from the yardangs to the mega dunes of the Dasht-e Lut, Iran. #paramotor #DesertAirBook
  •  17,021  84  6 July, 2019
  • Remnants of Saddam Hussein’s war machine were gathered near Ali al-Salem military airfield in Kuwait. When I took this photo on 2000, each kind of equipment had been inventoried and organized by kind: tanks, artillery pieces, APCs, even buses,  trucks, and cars.  They have all since been sold off for scrap metal … the modern ash heap of history.  From #DesertAirBook
  • Remnants of Saddam Hussein’s war machine were gathered near Ali al-Salem military airfield in Kuwait. When I took this photo on 2000, each kind of equipment had been inventoried and organized by kind: tanks, artillery pieces, APCs, even buses, trucks, and cars. They have all since been sold off for scrap metal … the modern ash heap of history. From #DesertAirBook
  •  31,920  269  5 July, 2019
  • “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — from The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, on a plaque inside the pedestal @NewYorkAirBook
  • “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — from The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, on a plaque inside the pedestal @NewYorkAirBook
  •  18,768  192  4 July, 2019
  • The world’s largest yardang field in Iran covers 30 x 70 miles, and was formed by strong seasonal winds that  sandblasted sandy corridors out of an ancient lake bed.  When I was there in 2003, nobody had photographed it from above since the Iranian revolution. Getting my visa, and flight permit, and paramotor into the country was quite complicated, as was flying in the strong winds.  But the hardest part was getting the required policeman to go with us. This natural labyrinth in Iran’s Dasht-e Lut is a route favored by heroin smugglers on their way north from Afghanistan. #carpediem #DesertAirBook
  • The world’s largest yardang field in Iran covers 30 x 70 miles, and was formed by strong seasonal winds that sandblasted sandy corridors out of an ancient lake bed. When I was there in 2003, nobody had photographed it from above since the Iranian revolution. Getting my visa, and flight permit, and paramotor into the country was quite complicated, as was flying in the strong winds. But the hardest part was getting the required policeman to go with us. This natural labyrinth in Iran’s Dasht-e Lut is a route favored by heroin smugglers on their way north from Afghanistan. #carpediem #DesertAirBook
  •  34,005  277  3 July, 2019
  • Feeding time at a quarantine facility for juvenile orangutans that were found wounded or kept as pets.  In the wild orangutans are inseparable from their mothers for many years, and capture for the pet trade requires killing the protective mothers.  This leaves the traumatized juveniles isolated and without the training for survival in the wild.  Re-wilding  involves providing a place where they can exercise atrophied muscles, learn new skills, and socialize with their own species.  Since it was established in 2001, this quarantine center has taken in 350 animals, and over 280 have been released to the wild.  I like that there is hope for these animals. @SOCP.official
  • Feeding time at a quarantine facility for juvenile orangutans that were found wounded or kept as pets. In the wild orangutans are inseparable from their mothers for many years, and capture for the pet trade requires killing the protective mothers. This leaves the traumatized juveniles isolated and without the training for survival in the wild. Re-wilding involves providing a place where they can exercise atrophied muscles, learn new skills, and socialize with their own species. Since it was established in 2001, this quarantine center has taken in 350 animals, and over 280 have been released to the wild. I like that there is hope for these animals. @SOCP.official
  •  8,663  89  2 July, 2019
  • It was well below freezing when I took this photo at sunrise in my paraglider, over Lake Tashk, Iran. I think the flamingoes were feeling it was too cold to fly, and were slowly walking away as I approached from a few hundred feet.  #popsicletoes #Persia #DesertAirBook
  • It was well below freezing when I took this photo at sunrise in my paraglider, over Lake Tashk, Iran. I think the flamingoes were feeling it was too cold to fly, and were slowly walking away as I approached from a few hundred feet. #popsicletoes #Persia #DesertAirBook
  •  37,858  350  1 July, 2019