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Photo by @taylorglenn // This young lion is the definition of cute but in short time he will develop into a sophisticated and dangerous predator. We came across him while exploring Etosha National Park and observed him with his pride as they resided over a fresh kill. It was fascinating to watch him follow and mimic other members of the group and clear that he is quickly learning the ways of his inevitable place atop the food chain here in Africa. #lion #namibia #wildlife // Follow @taylorglenn for more from Namibia and beyond.


Video by @BertieGregory. Extreme climber Alejo Sanchez descends down an enormous rock face deep in the heart of the unexplored Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia. When he reached the bottom of this cliff, he made a remarkable discovery. He found a massive panel of ancient paintings featuring jaguars, people and more. This area is home to many of these paintings, representing some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Amazon. I shot this whilst accompanying a team from Fundacion Herencia, an incredible group of people doing real 21st century exploration. It’s very humbling to know that there are still places on this planet we know almost nothing about. But despite it’s remoteness, it is still under threat.
We owe a huge thanks to Parks Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture for their support. For more on this place, Stay tuned for @stevewinterphoto ‘s upcoming jaguar story for @natgeo Magazine. Also stayed tuned for our jaguar TV show for @natgeowild premiering in the US on December 10th. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!


Video @ladzinski / #sponsored by @djiglobal // Exploring Iceland’s remarkable interior and endless waterfalls. //
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Photo by @max.lowe // The ancient stone figures that stand watch over the tiny island of Rapa Nui, known to much of the world as Easter Island, still represent an anthropological mystery unlike most any other. Although there are many theories as to their origin and meaning, to the people native to Rapa Nui, the stone men embody a concrete and humble reminder that they, and indeed all of us, stand on the shoulders of those who came before.
To see more #TravelPhotography from around the world follow @max.lowe


Photo by @CarltonWard // The Econlockhatchee is one of my favorite rivers in Florida. It begins in Orlando and flows east to its confluence with the St. Johns River, which flows northwards (like the Nile) to the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville. Rivers unite and sustain us, while not always seen or appreciated. Both originating in Central Florida, the Evergaldes and St. Johns watersheds encompass the entire length of the Florida peninsula. Please follow @carltonward to see more of my vision for keeping keeping Florida connected and wild. #River #palms #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @natgeocreative


Photo by @amivitale. Prema Ratana, a buddhist monk, takes care of a spotted deer that he rescued after he found it alone in the forest without his mother at the Ritigala Monastery, an ancient Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka.
I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and I worked for National Geographic covering the political upheaval and aftermath of the thirty-year war in Sri Lanka. Read the @natgeo story here:

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #srilanka #asia #everydaysrilanka #photooftheday #photography #topshot #photojournalism #monastery #buddhism #amivitale



Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Wild textures and shapes created by endless sand dunes south of Abu Dhabi, as seen from a hot air balloon at sunrise over the desert, in the United Arab Emirates. #uae #abudhabi #sanddunes


Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The sky and ocean serve as an amazing backdrop to this ancient fortified city. Essaouira’s history as a vital Moroccan trading port is best captured while walking along the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Atlantic seawalls and imposing ramparts. Do it when the sun begins to set and the colors and hues of the sun bleached structures come alive and make you feel like you have gone back in time. #morocco #africa


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The Great Jaguar Temple dominates Tikal with its nine tiers representing the nine levels of the underworld and raising its temple to an imposing 37 meters above the spacious central plaza below.
Tikal was a capital of the Maya world in ancient times, and it’s easy to believe when you’re confronted with the thousands of massive pyramids, plazas, temples, and dwellings that remain today.
Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #guatemala #natgeotravel #tikal #mayans



Photo by @raymondmercado // #sponsored by @llbean // The #BeanOutsiderContest ends this Wednesday! This week we are highlighting a heart-shaped hot spring in California. To enter, upload your best photos showing how you live to embrace the outdoors. Tag with #BeanOutsiderContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @llbean, runs through November 22. For more information, visit // This aerial shot shows people soaking in a heart-shaped hot spring called Wild Willy's near Mammoth Lakes, California.


Panorama by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
Swipe left to see the entire image. Boston and the New Moon, photographed last evening (Nov 19). #boston #newmoon #astrophotography #cityscape #massachusetts #newengland #dusk


Photo by @renan_ozturk // Only a few lights and brilliant sky visible from be small town of Massouri on the island of Kaylmnos, Greece. Originally known for its sponge diving economy the limestone cliffs have become an international destination for rock climbing. Shot with @taylorfreesolo 🇬🇷 #Kaylmnos #Greece



Photo @ladzinski / Sunrise at #Chile’s #GeyserDelTatio is an experience you’ll never forget. The colder the morning the more steam fills the sky, bringing a surreal beauty to this high altitude volcanic area. #AtacamaDesert


Photograph by @paulnicklen. A coastal wolf of #BC waits patiently for the tide to fall so it can access seafood in the intertidal zone. These coastal wolves whose diet consists of up to 80 percent seafood is a genetically distinct ecotype. #follow me on @paulnicklen as I celebrate the beauty of this coast. #wolf #nature #naturelovers #beauty #instagood #photooftheday #portrait #stoich #gratitude


Photo by @FransLanting The best indication that you have earned the trust of wild animals is when they fall asleep in front of you. This is Nickel, a female chimp cradling her newborn baby Teva, while they’re sleeping in a tree in the Fongoli region of southeast Senegal. There are less than 200 chimps left in Senegal and their future hangs in the balance, just like it does for all chimps in Africa. We worked with Nickel and the rest of her family for six weeks, following them on foot through their forest and were able to capture unique behavior never documented before. Follow me @FransLanting to see amazing footage of chimps playing in water. @Natgeocreative @ChristineEckstrom #Chimps #Africa #Senegal #Wildlife #Conservation #Baby #Family #Motherhood



Photo by @taylorglenn // The wildlife is definitely closer than it may appear. We just had an absolutely amazing encounter with this wonderful bull elephant here in Etosha National Park. The game viewing here is just extraordinary. Jump over to my feed @taylorglenn to see a series of images from our chance meet up. #namibia #elephant #etoshanationalpark


Photo by @renan_ozturk // Monster and Washer Woman towers within what seems like infinite layers of @canyonlandsnps geology. I remember doing them both in the same day when I was young and wide-eyed about the adventure of the climbing life. On the summits I added a few drawings in the registers which are rich with history and culture. Just recently I went back and snapped this photo with @chrisburkard and his crew of @snackfarmer @tentides. I have to say that my excitement and appreciation for this place has only grown.


Photo @ladzinski / The road to #TorresDelPaine’s iconic cuernos view is about as good as it gets. #patagonia



Photograph by @paulnicklen taken in Qaanaaq, Greenland. Young huskies in training. It is in their genetics and these dogs live to pull. The hardest part is to not have them take off with the half loaded sled while the rest of the team is getting their harnesses put on. #dog #notapet #workingdog #nature #adventure #explore #discover #follow #eyes #determination #funny #play #enginesofthenorth


Photo @stephen_matera // Late autumn Sunset on The East Temple in Zion National Park, Utah. Zion National Park was established on November 19th, 1919 and ranges in elevation from 3,600' to 8,700'. As it flows downstream, the North Fork of the Virgin River continues to carve Zion Canyon deeper and deeper. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert #sunset #canyon


📸 @johnkernickphotography Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack (Old Harry) and a stump, (Old Harry's wife) located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rocks can be viewed from the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path. The chalk of Old Harry Rocks used to be part of a long stretch of chalk between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight, but remained as a headland after large parts of this seam were eroded away. One of these stacks is known as Old Harry. Old Harry's Wife was another stack which was eroded through corrosion and abrasion, until the bottom was so weak the top fell away, leaving a stump. Hydraulic action is the main cause of erosion (sheer force of the wave) that damaged the rock and caused it to fall away. .
#oldharryrocks #jurassiccoast #isleofpurbeck #johnkernickphotography #dorset #ukcountryside #uk


Photo by @CarltonWard // Caladesi Island has been an inspiration to me since childhood. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida near the city of Clearwater amidst the most densely populated county in the southeastern US. Caladesi was, and remains, a last remnant of nature amidst a landscape completely consumed by human development. I later learned that my great grandfather helped save Caladesi as a state park in the 1960s. After becoming a photographer in college, Caladesi was the first place in Florida I pointed my lens, and I can now clearly see how the island shaped my career and purpose for saving wild Florida. Standing on the north end of Clearwater Beach beside the Gulf of Mexico, it is my favorite place to watch the full moon rise above the pines as palms. #caladesi @fl.stateparks #floridawild #keepflwild #gulfofmexico #moonrise. Please follow me @carltonward to explore the hidden wild.


Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night photography
Swipe left to see this 2-panel panorama. A calm peaceful dusk on the western border of Iran. Not the same last Sunday around 10pm local time when a major earthquake hit an area not far from this place, taking hundreds of lives in Kermanshah province where I’ve visited a number of times for photography when I was living in Iran; an area filled with archeological sites and rich culture, but poor infrastructure against natural hazards.
My today post is a tribute to thousands of families who were affected and now need immediate help.
This photo shows Uraman, a mountainous area of unique villages in Kurdistan of Iran. In the sky Venus is the first “star” showing up in twilight.
@natgeocreative @natgeo #earthquake #iran #kurdistan #uraman #kermanshahearthquake


📷: @krystlejwright // The Bonneville Salt Flats are one of the most unique landscapes found in Utah. Stretching over 30000 acres, the area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. Recent rains caused some unique salt crust patterns and a photographers dream to shoot images from an aerial perspective from a paraglider.


Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Waves crash powerfully against Piro Beach, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque rocky coastline is located along #CostaRica’s Osa Peninsula, a true gem of biodiversity in Central America. For more photo adventures from Costa Rica and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.


Photo by @FransLanting Wildebeest living on the vast plains of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem never stop moving. Their lives are governed by rain and grass; wherever that is available they go. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Serengeti #MasaiMara #Wildebeest #Migration


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Rwanda. A picture of Muhoza, a Silverback Gorilla living in the forest of the Volcanoes National Park.
There are only several hundred mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and about half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa.
Gorillas can climb trees but are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. A gorilla group is named after the Silverback leading the family. Each gorilla group has distinct and unique characteristic quiet different from another. The animals are peaceful, gentle, social, and mainly vegetarian creatures.
Many conservation initiatives are meant to aid mountain gorillas, and it is believed that their numbers may be steady or slowly increasing. Still, they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching.
Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #rwanda #gorilla #mountaingorillas


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Cerro Torre (on the left) and Cerro Fitz Roy (tallest peak on the right) rising above El Chalten in Patagonian Argentina. This view never gets old and this has to be one of my favorite places on the planet. The weather can be extreme but this is one serious playground for alpinists, backpackers and photographers looking for inspiration. #patagonia #cerrotorre #fitzroy #elchalten


Photograph by @patrickwitty | The light was incredible this morning while touring The Treasury in “Lost City” of Petra in Jordan. This enormous, intricately-decorated facade was built sometime in the 1st century BC and is visited by millions of people every year. @natgeoexpeditions #Jordan #Petra #Unesco #natgeoexpeditions


Photo @stephen_matera // A rare winter sunset on Mt. Rainier. Sunny days in winter are rare in the Northwest, even more rare on Mt. Rainier as it's massive size creates its own clouds, even when it's sunny nearby. With almost 13,000 feet of vertical rise on the western side of the mountain, Mt. Rainier is thousands of feet bigger than anything else nearby. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #winter #sunset #volcano #glacier