Photo by @renan_ozturk // The cigar smoke and dripping sweat seemed frozen by the first rays of sun down the narrow streets. Searching for the intersection of natural light and humanity, Old Havana, Cuba, 2016. ~ Follow @renan_ozturk for more images if adventure mixed with culture around the globe.
Photo @michaelmelford- While in the Gobi desert of Mongolia there was a beautiful storm at dawn. Mostly cloud to cloud lightning but I was lucky enough to get this one gift after which I decided the inside of the ger was a safer place to watch the sunrise. Shot on a Nat Geo Around the World by private jet trip. #mongolia #lightning #weather #sunrise #nature @natgeocreative
Photo @stephen_matera // Clouds hover around the summit of Mt. Rainier and the Carbon Glacier at sunrise in summer, Mt. Rainier National Park. The Carbon Glacier is located on the north side of Mt. Rainier and terminates at about 3,500 feet above sea level, making it the lowest-elevation glacier in the contiguous United States. At 5.7 miles long, the Carbon glacier also is the longest of any U.S. glacier outside of Alaska. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #glacier #ice #volcano
Photo by @taylorglenn // Steeple Peak is momentarily shaded by a cloud with the incredible wall of East Temple standing proudly behind, Southern Wind River Range, Wyoming. There are few things as beautiful as the interplay of light and shadow in the mountains. Follow @taylorglenn for more around our amazing planet #wyoming #windriverrange #alpine
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Cloud Gate is a sculpture created by Anish Kapoor in downtown Chicago’s Millenium Park that invites interaction. It has been nicknamed “The Bean” and reflects both the city and the viewers, bending, stretching and distorting everything into wild shapes (see the second image). For photographers this sculpture is exhilarating as it has endless photographic opportunities. #chicago #cloudgate #thebean
The Perseid Night Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Stars of constellation Orion, the Hunter, rise over a high Sierra lake in California this morning during the Perseid Meteor Shower. At 9000 ft (3000 m), away from light pollution, it was a beautiful celestial display. If you have missed it, the show continues in the next few nights, with fewer meteors. More of the shooting stars appear after midnight when constellation Perseus rises high in the sky. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore the wonders after dark. #twanight #perseids #meteor #astrophotography #orion #mammothlakes @natgeocreative
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // An aerial view of the of Nosy Iranja Island and its famous white-sand beach. Nosy Iranja is located north-west of Madagascar, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Nosy Be. Nosy Iranja is actually formed by two islands, Nosy Iranja Be, the bigger one and Nosy Iranja Kely. Those are connected by a sandbank, only visible at low tide. On Nosy Iranja Be there is a small fishing village and a lighthouse designed by Gustav Eiffel. The island is also the breeding place for two species of turtles, green and hawksbill. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #madagascar #nosyirania #africa #traveltheworld #dronephotography
Photograph by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Continuing to celebrate World Elephant Day! Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and they are disappearing faster than they are reproducing. Globally, their population has declined by approximately 62% over the last decade. The loss of elephants gravely affects many species that depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems and weakens the diversity of nature itself. They are running out of space and time. Thanks to all the people and organizations that fight to save and protect these incredible animals. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more elephant images from my travels. @natgeocreative #worldelephantday #elephants #conservation #india
Photograph by @paulnicklen // As a biologist, perhaps my favorite species to study was the Canadian Lynx. They were shy, elusive, cautious and incredibly beautiful. How big do you think an adult lynx is? To see a picture of me holding and releasing a wild lynx, please #followme on @paulnicklen. #lynx #cat #wildlife #instagood #beauty #wild #gratitude
Photo by @taylorglenn // An aerial view of the incredible coastline of Kauai, the geologically oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Follow @taylorglenn for more around our amazing planet. #hawaii #pacific #aerial #travel
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Atop the high hill in the Isle of Muck I had a grand view of Scotland’s Small Isles, Muck beneath my feet, Eigg hulking in the distance. And I was getting a lesson in history and the odd appeal of rugged island life from Muck’s owner. Looking at Lawrence MacEwan on top of his island, being blown by a gale, you might think he’s as wild as his horses. In truth he is a lovely, gentle man, devoted to his island. If you were to have a laird then Lawrence is the laird you want. (Unlike nearby Eigg in the background that suffered under atrocious ownership until the disgusted islanders bought the island for themselves.) For me Muck will always be a place of goodness. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland. @natgeo @natgeotravel #scotland #hebrides #isleofmuck #island
Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Elephant Day! Orphaned elephant calf Nadasoit, here 5-months-old, says hello at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Reteti is Africa's first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary, providing injured elephants with a safe place to heal before returning back to the wild. Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International ( @conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg. @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo #worldelephantday #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @pedromcbride // Wildfire: Local fires in my community continue as do many blazes across the West. Ecologically, fire can improve the health of ecosystems that have become over grown but the scope of these uncontrolled infernos wreak havoc on communities, displacing thousands. Thanks to all the firefighters, hotshots and pilots working tirelessly to keep our fire seasons, which are now longer and hotter, under control. To see more follow @pedromcbride #wildfire #lakechristinefire #balance #hotteranddryer #gratitude
The Sound of Life Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A couple of nights ago in the Sierra mountains near Mammoth Lakes, California. The smog from the forest fires reduced the sky contrast but still the view was fantastic. The bright star at top is Altair, one of the three stars of the Summer Triangle. On the technical side of this 20-sec exposure, some of the followers often ask if some of my nightscape images are composites or edited? I do mainly single-exposure classic photography for the past two decades, no digital blending of separate foreground and sky. Elements of the sky are a part of nature and I respect them the same way, not relocating or adding them where they do not exist. Every single star in these photos is real and the view often resembles what the unaided eye sees, when fully dark adapted, though the camera reveals more colors at dark. Follow me @babaktafreshi for daily stories of the world under stars. #twanight #sierranevada #california #mammothlakes #astrophotography #nightphotography @natgeocreative
Photo by @jonathan_irish // A beautiful sunrise over Mormons Row in Grand Teton National Park. I spent all of 2016 traveling to all of the U.S. National Parks on assignment, and it was one of the most incredible years of my life. All the parks are amazing, but Grand Teton will always hold a special place in my heart. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // Ice, light, and mood are all it takes to entertain a photographer for hours in Antarctica. Regardless of where you look, there are incredible ice formations and reflections. Sometimes whimsical, always inspiring, the ephemeral nature of ice, with dramatic and haunting skies, makes it a most fascinating subject. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier for more photographs of this and other important and fragile ecosystems. #Ocean #Conservation #Photography #RespectNature #SaveOurOceans
Photo by @chrisburkard . Fly-fishing Kamchatka. It may appear elegant and simple in photographs and films but really it’s quite the challenge. The technical finesse can be taught and practiced like anything else. But the real challenge comes in knowing a river, its seasonal ebb and flow, and the life force that flows with it. The best fishermen i’ve met seemingly become part of their local river, mirroring its slow, graceful meander in their movements. That’s the beauty I see in fly-fishing.
Photo by @michaelnicknichols (Michael Nick Nichols) // #sponsored by @Nature_Valley // #NatureValleyHikeAMillion // Yellowstone National Park is home to about 500 of the world’s geysers. Most visitors make the ubiquitous stop to see the 90 second Old Faithful eruption, which they can easily drive to and view with the crowds. This image is of the Steep Cone geyser — a hidden gem off a backcountry trail located in the lower geyser basin. // Summer is short and the adventures nature has to offer are endless—don’t miss out! Show us how you’re getting outside this summer by tagging @Nature_Valley for a chance to be featured on their feed.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Koosah Falls is a gorgeous waterfall on the McKenzie River in central Oregon, not far from the touristy town of Sisters. #koosahfalls #oregon #mckenzieriver
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Orca pods are lead by a matriarch, typically the eldest female, which can live up to be over 90 years. These families contain up to 4 generations of orcas, which enables them to pass learned behaviours like hunting techniques and language from one generation to the next, similar to the way we pass on culture and tradition. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to see other surreal moments from around the world.
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // An aerial view of Nosy Iranja. Located north-west of Madagascar, Nosy Iranja is formed by two smaller islands connected by a sandbank, only visible at low tide. This beach is the breeding place for two species of turtles, green and hawksbill. On Nosy Iranja there is also a small fishing village, made by simple wooden huts surrounded by the vegetation and the ocean. I wish I could live there one day. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #madagascar #nosyirania #africa #traveltheworld #dronephotography
Photo by @andy_bardon /// Let ‘er buck ! A peppy colt runs free this morning on the @diamondcrossranch in Wyoming. Just moments after this image was taken @grantgolliherhorsemanship got bucked off of him injuring his knee a bit. Sure enough he’ll dust himself off and get back on that horse. Follow @andy_bardon for more images from the West.
Where Stars Touch the Earth Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A couple of nights ago on a high Sierra lake in California. In a clear dark sky like this it's so refreshing to watch the summer Milky Way and dazzling Mars (left) these nights. I was concerned of the forest fires and sky condition for the annual nightscapes workshop I'm doing in the area near Bishop. Down in the valley was in a blanket of smog but above a certain altitude you reaches over the haze layer. This was at about 9000ft (3000m). Crystal clear sky! With the reflected Milky Way, the calm lake looked a like a portal to the entire universe. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight #sierra #milkyway #mars #astrophotography #nightscape @natgeocreative
Photo by @FransLanting One memorable evening I waded into a water hole in Botswana to capture a perfect reflection of a gathering of elephants at twilight with a rising full moon suspended in a luminous pink evening sky. The image has become a symbol for the primeval qualities of Botswana’s wilderness and the grandeur of elephants. I share it in recognition of World Elephant Day, August 12, to celebrate the majesty of elephants and to draw attention to the organizations that have forged a strong coalition aimed at reversing the poaching crisis that has decimated elephant populations almost everywhere. The @ElephantCrisisFund was established by @SaveTheElephants in partnership with @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn and @WildNetOrg. They support the right people in the right places and they are making a real difference. Check them out and lend your support so they can do even better. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with elephants. @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative #Elephants #Respect #Dignity #Conservation #Wonder #Naturelovers #Botswana
Photo by @taylorglenn // The Kuna Yala (also known as the San Blas islands) are located in a remote area along the coast of Panama. This incredible Caribbean island chain is inhabited by the Kuna with an estimated population of 50000 among 50 or so isles. Some of these have just enough land for a single family. Here 2 men sail their handbuilt dugout canoe past one of these tiny, remarkable villages. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the globe #panama #carribean #island
Photo by jodymacdonaldphoto // Alaska.The last frontier. It stretches across some 660,000 square miles of rugged land. The vastness is overwhelming, humbling. The beauty is more encompassing than the eye is capable. It is no surprise that this place keeps calling me back year after year. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more photos from my travels. #alaska #thelastfrontier
Photo by @pedromcbride // Roof of the Rockies:: The views from the Elk Mountains were recently haunted by the smokey haze of a stubborn wildfire near the small town of Basalt that has consumed some 13,000 acres and forced the evacuation of thousands. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze. Such smokey scenes are becoming more common across the West as temperatures get hotter and dryer. To see more from the top of this 14,000 foot peak, follow @pedromcbride. #wildfire #nature #rockies #capitolpeak #smoke #mountains #petemcbride #gratitude
Photo by @GerdLudwig. For centuries, the Crimean peninsula was a popular destination for relaxation and play, now increasingly so for the younger generation. The famous foam parties at Sudak’s water park have attracted thousands of excited tourists each year. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo #Ukraine #Russia #Crimea #Sudak #tourism #youth #foamparty
Photo by @taylorglenn // Descending into East Creek Basin, Bugaboo Provincial Park in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the globe #canada #climbing #bugaboos
Photo by @ifyozoma // Mesa Verde Full Moon. A moon rise typically isn’t the ideal occasion for stargazing (because all of the additional light can wash out stars), but on a warm summer night in western Colorado, the moon and lights from the nearby town provided a beautiful burst of color. Getting outside year round is wonderful, but summer can be a less intimidating time to try out stargazing in comfortable weather. Grab a red headlamp and seek out dark skies near you for scenes like this one! For more photos of our public lands, follow @ifyozoma.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Scottish shores conjure up plenty of myths and legends, like stories of Kelpies (shape-shifting giant horses) coming out of the sea. If you were looking for one you might try the Isle of Muck where the views over to Rum almost always include clouds swirling around its peak. Muck still has a medieval laird. Rum had a bizarre owner who built a road so he could race his Bugatti across the island. The legends continue. We’re preparing a story for National Geographic Traveler including some of the best of Scotland. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland. #scotland #hebrides #kelpies #island @natgeo @natgeocreative
Photo by @FransLanting One of the most beautiful places I know is called NamibRand; it’s one of the largest private nature reserves in Africa. In this aerial view you can see ridges of red sand dunes elevated above sweeping vistas of grasslands dotted by insular mountains that provide shelter to wildlife. Once a conglomorate of run down sheep farms, NamibRand shows what can happen when people nurture a landscape back to ecological health. Go to @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see who comes to drink at a secret waterhole in this amazing place. @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative #NamibRand #Namibia #Conservation #Safari #Naturelovers
Photo by @pedromcbride // Despite the frozen look of this landscape, the Antarctic Peninsula is a part of the world that is experiencing extraordinary warming. The average temperatures in this region have risen by 0.5 °C (0.90 °F) each decade for the last five causing ice mass loss on the peninsula at a rate of up to 60 billion tons a year. To see more remote corners of our shared planet follow @pedromcbride. #antactica #climatechange #frozen #blue #nature #gratitude #kayak #petemcbride
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Gentoo penguins prepare for a day at sea in the early morning light. They will head off the coast of the Falkland Islands, or Islas Malvinas, to gather food for their chicks, which impatiently wait with the rest of the colony. These penguins will stick close to shore in their search for food to avoid predators like seals, sea lions, and orcas, which eagerly await their own meals. #FollowMe for more wildlife imagery from around the world #Nature #Gratitude #Wildlife #Explore #Penguin
Ocean Moonlight in Boston North Shore Photos by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A few nights ago when the clouds filtered the full moon just enough to balance the light with the foreground and the rising Mars over the ocean (middle right). The second slide is taken a few minutes earlier in the dusk. Watch Mars the next nights during its brightest and closest to Earth in 15 years. In this view it looks faint due to my short exposure for the moon but the Red Planet appears dazzling now, rising at dusk and setting at dawn. After Moon and Venus it is currently the night sky’s brightest object. Go out and enjoy a natural night, wherever you are on this planet. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight #fullmoon #mars #astrophotography @natgeocreative @natgeo
Photo by @renan_ozturk // A glacial masterpiece. Fjorland National Park in the SW corner of the South Island of New Zealand 🇳🇿
Photo by @dguttenfelder (David Guttenfelder) // #sponsored by @statefarm // Words by @megkstack76 (Megan K. Stack) // We spotted a vanity plate in an Arizona gift shop and burst out laughing: “Where the hell is Route 66?” After nearly a month on the road, this is our most frequently asked question. As a fixed line through the landscape, today’s Mother Road is fragmentary and elusive, splitting and turning to rutted dirt and disappearing under roaring interstates. And so we’ve come to embrace Route 66 as a more general geography and a freewheeling state of mind: Wide open and waiting for anybody with a full tank and a willingness to get lost riding the back roads all the way to the ocean. We like to ride with the windows down and the music up. We pull over for spots that are strange and desolate: The abandoned, wind-swept gas station tagged into a kaleidoscope of color and reborn as a skate park. The haunting moonscapes of the Petrified Forest. The eerily immaculate recreation of a 1960s camper park at the Enchanted Trails RV Park outside Albuquerque. We are riding Route 66 into some of the weirdest and wildest corners of the American imagination. // Route 66 is the most celebrated stretch of highway in America. However, with more travelers opting for the interstate, it needs your help. Join @savingplaces and @statefarm on our 2,400-mile journey across America’s most iconic roadway at natgeo.com/route-66.
Photo by @taylorglenn // Smoke from far away wildfires settles into the Jackson Hole Valley and surrounds the Tetons in hazy layers. It is another reminder of how these events can have widespread effects across many regions. As of today, Wyoming has a few small fires though this smoke is apparently blowing in from larger events in California, Oregon, and Idaho. Thoughts are with all those affected. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the West. #wildfire #wyoming @grandtetonnps
Photo by @jonathan_irish // Bottlenose dolphins ride the bow of our expedition ship as we go through the lagoon pass at Fakarava atoll in French Polynesia. We went through this pass right at sunset, which accounts for the deep blues and highlights of gold on the water that make it almost look like a watercolor painting. Every once in a while, one of the dolphins would get up enough speed to jump right up towards us as we sat staring straight down upon them. In those brief moments, it was like time was standing still. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @FransLanting At the break of day, with a tinge of pink coloring the land, a herd of oryxes slowly works its way across massive sand dunes on the border between Angola and Namibia. These antelopes are so adapted to a desert life that they never need water to drink and everything they do is meant to minimize stress. They’re the ultimate desert dwellers. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more survival stories of the animal kind. @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative #Namibia #Desert #Safari #Wildlife #Survival
Photo @emilypolar Monsoon is one of my favorite times in Nepal. The air is fresh, everything is green and there's always down time to enjoy the simplicity of water falling from the sky. To see more of Nepal and our intriguing world follow @emilypolar #Nepal #monsoon #Bhaktapur
Photo by @jessicasamplegram // Lagoa do Fogo is one of several crater lakes on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores formed after a volcanic eruption in 1563. When we drove up to the peak we were completely enveloped in fog and were thinking we should take a quick look and keep going. But once at the top you could see the clouds moving right through you and if you waited only just a few minutes the sun would break through revealing this lake like a sunny oasis in a sea of mist. Truly one of the most spectacular hikes I have done. And the cherry on top is that there are natural thermal hot springs only a few minutes down the road at Caldeira Velha. #azores #portugal
Photo by @jonathan_irish // Snorkeling in the aquamarine lagoon of Rangiroa, French Polynesia at a sight affectionately referred to as “the aquarium”. Why is it called the aquarium? Because there are SO many fish here that it feels like you are swimming in an aquarium. Both tourists and locals come here to be swarmed by tropical fish. Getting an over/under (half/half) shot like this requires a large dome port on the front of an underwater camera housing, the right scene that has subjects both above and below the water, and a lot of patience and trial and error. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Boreray is on the wildest edge of wild Scotland, forty miles further out in the Atlantic from the Outer Hebrides. Beloved by nesting gannets who soared out to inspect us as our boat approached that evening. It’s part of St. Kilda and kind of tough to get to, but a greatly rewarding place if you can. We’re preparing a story on Scotland and it’s best places. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland. @natgeo @natgeocreative #scotland #stkilda #seabirds
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // An aerial view of the Nosy Iranja Island and its famous white-sand beach. Nosy Iranja is located north-west of Madagascar, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Nosy Be. Nosy Iranja is actually formed by two islands, Nosy Iranja Be, the bigger one and Nosy Iranja Kely. Those are connected by a sandbank, only visible at low tide. On Nosy Iranja Be there is a small fishing village and a lighthouse designed by Gustav Eiffel. The island is also the breeding place for two species of turtles, green and hawksbill. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #madagascar #nosyirania #africa #traveltheworld #dronephotography
Photo by @pedromcbride // A black rhino quietly sips at a water hole under the stars. I spent hours waiting for this magical fellow to grace us with his presence. Namibia holds nearly a third of Africa’s black rhino population so sightings of this endangered species are special and becoming more so as the threat of illegal poaching continues. To see more wild places #followme @pedromcbride. #zambia #rhino #blackrhino #namibia #petemcbride #nature #wildlife #stars #endangered #gratitude
Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // Two meters or seven feet long. That is the wingspan of the black-browed albatross. Compare that to the average height of a human being, which is 5.7 feet or 170 cm, and you can start imagining just how large these beautiful birds are. I photographed this one on a late afternoon as it was approaching the colony at Steeple Jason Island, West Falklands. The island, owned by The Wildlife Conservation Society, offers permanent protection to a massive number of nesting albatross and helps ensure that this species continues to thrive. #FollowMe to see more images from this uplifting and fascinating #Assignment for @NatGeo from 2015. #Falklands #Malvinas #Albatross #Wildlife #Explore
Photo @Chrisburkard: Tumbling eighty feet to the beach below, McWay Falls is iconic for a reason. Being a “tide-fall,” it is one of only two waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean. For those willing to wait until night, a whole other view appears as a river of stars begins to pour into the Pacific Ocean.
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A summer evening at Moskva River near the Red Square. The moon hangs low in the sky next to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Moscow expected about 1 million tourists during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with the final match this Sunday in the capital. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more night walks around the planet. #fifaworldcup #moscow #russia #twilight #nightphotography #twanight @natgeocreative @natgeo
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