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Photo by @babaktafreshi
A starry night begins in the Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Without this gentle light painting, the foreground would be pitch black. The sky is still unspoiled and naturally dark in this area away far from major city lights. The park is also known for striking rock formation, narrow gorges, wonderful hikes.
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#milkyway #utah #southwest #nationalparks #nightsky #longexposure #nightphotography #twanight @natgeocreative @natgeo @capitolreefnationalpark


Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite. Here, we see a scientist searching for the rare cryogenic calcite crystals (CCC’s) inside a large ice formation that is flowing over the limestone inside Eiskögel höhle near Werfenweng in Austria. @natgeocreative


Video by @renan_ozturk
Painting – alpine style.
Many artists will labor over a certain painting for months or years. I’ve always just immersed
myself completely in a specific environment and moment in time and let things flow. After a mad 24 hour push at 13,000 feet I finished a large landscape of the mountains that surround one of my favorite places on the planet – Khumjung, Nepal. At one point the dew washed away hours worth of watercolors, blending it all into strange patterns - forcing
me to start over on a soaked canvas, fixing some spots and leaving others. Over the course of the night, spotted by stars and clouds, I was accompanied by old friends - Ama Dablam and Tawoche, Kongde and Khumbila. Collaborative art, indeed. Shot with @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral
#followme @renan_ozturk for more travel art



Photo by @FransLanting “Seabird City” More than two-thirds of the world’s black-browed albatrosses--some 500,000 pairs--breed in the Falkland Islands and this is one of the largest colonies on Steeple Jason Island where the birds nest so close together that many of them have to walk a long way to the edge of the colony to have enough of a runway for taking off. To see close ups of their remarkable dance rituals follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Albatross #FalklandIslands #SouthernOcean #Seabird #YearoftheBird


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // By the 1970s nobody in Hawaii remembered the ancient art of wayfinding or “celestial navigation”, so a group of brave Hawaiians set out to re-learn it. Wayfinding or navigating by observing the stars, tides, and currents, was used by ancient polynesians to travel across the Pacific and lived only in the minds of only a handful of Micronesian navigators who still remembered. Determined to revive it, they reached out to their brethren in Micronesia and with their help, they built the Hōkūle’a, a replica of the old Hawaiian double-hull canoes they sailed in the past. Crewed by Hawaiians, this vessel has traveled around the globe several times, sharing a message of hope, and protection of our island planet: Earth. Learn more about the revival of Hawaiian traditions at @cristinamittermeier
#polynesianvoyagingsociety @bbbscmakaha #buffalokeaulana #Makahaohana @Haakeaulana @BrianKeaulana #beauty #culture #hope #love #mahalo #rainbow


Photo by @ErikaSkogg inside the #Oculus. Also known as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in #NewYorkCity, this light-inviting ribbed structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava connects commuters on the PATH trains to the New York City Subway system located in lower Manhattan. How incredible to witness the powerful revival of lower Manhattan. #WorldTrade



Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Sunset over White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. #whitesandsnationalmonument #whitesands #newmexico


Photo: @emilypolar A sea of stars swirl above the Khumbu valley high in the Himalayas. The warm light on the mountains is actually the moon setting around 2am. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #nepal #himalayas #nightsky


📸 @johnkernickphotography The Priory Gate, one of the entrances to Cathedral Close in Winchester was built in the late 15th-century.
The two massive iron-studded oak gates once gave access to the ‘working’ courtyard of the medieval priory, including a guest-house and stabling for visitors. It’s still closed up every evening. The gate is topped by a tiny room, originally part of the organist’s house. Recently used as a location in The Crown, during the summer is covered in flowering Wisteria. .
#winchestercathedral #winchester #ukcountryside #johnkernickphotography



Photo by @renan_ozturk

The Chamonix Mont Blanc Massif landscape looking across at the iconic tram that drops you off atop the Aiguille du Midi. It feels like being deposited on a Himalayan summit. It is also the keystone that defines this place for its alpinism, because of the access it provides. #chamonix


Photo @stephen_matera // Aerial view of the Juneau Ice field in summer. It's hard to comprehend how much ice lies below. The Juneau Ice field, just north of Juneau, is the fifth largest ice field in the western hemisphere at an astounding 3,900 square kilometers. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #glacier #icecap #aerial #icefield


Photo: @andy_mann // Today is the day that we celebrate the giants of the ocean. #WorldWhaleDay was founded in Maui, Hawaii in 1980 (I was founded then too 😝) to raise awareness for these magnificent creatures. This particular moment, captured in Azores, of a pod of Sperm Whales at the surface singularly changed the trajectory of my life and into conservation photography. To these beautiful animals, I tip my fins and raise my glass. @sea_legacy #turningthetide // If seeing moments like this is something that brings you joy, please #followme @andy_mann as I share daily images from our blue planet.



Photograph by @paulnicklen // On behalf of all cetacean species on this planet, here is to celebrating #WorldWhaleDay. In today’s day and age it is getting more and more challenging to find success stories in nature. Fortunately, humpback whale populations have bounced back to near historic numbers after nearly being hunted to extinction in many areas. What species of cetacean is called a whale but in reality is a dolphin? Go to @paulnicklen to find out. #follow #whale #nature #naturelovers #instagood #sunset #beauty


Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
Painted by nature, and a fishing boat! Spend some moments to explore the various elements in this unusual time-exposure full-circle fisheye image of northern lights and star trails above the Atlantic Ocean, photographed on the western coast of Iceland. A passing fishing boat created the trail on the ocean. A meteor and a satellite are also captured in the shot. Star trails, created by the Earth rotation during the half-hour exposure, appear around the north celestial pole, marked by the north star Polaris.
Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore the world in long exposure.
#twanight #fisheye #starrynight #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights #polaris #astronomy #longexposure #timelapse @natgeocreative @natgeo


Photo by @taylorglenn // A wintry, aerial perspective of the Gros Ventre River (pronounced grow-vont) as it flows through the canyon below Lower Slide Lake in the Bridger Teton National Forest just outside of Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. It flows from its headwaters in the Gros Ventre Wilderness that forms much of the eastern boundary of Jackson Hole. The freestone river alternates between cottonwood lined bottom, expansive meadows, and narrow canyons. This incredible region is largely free of development and is a critical wildlife habitat of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It is difficult to state the importance of public lands that help preserve wild ecosystems like this. Most of the Gros Ventre River is designated as a Wild and Scenic River as part of the Snake River Headwaters which helps to ensure it will remain a pristine watershed. Follow me @taylorglenn for more unique perspectives on wild places around the globe  #wyoming #jacksonhole #wilderness #wearerivers #wildanscenic #greateryellowstone #publiclands



Photo by @max.lowe // The supreme and unfettered silence and grace of a slot Canyon is something I don’t know if I will find anywhere else. Exploring the winding and flooded canyons of Escalante Utah a few years ago was my introduction to that world. To see more #adventure and #travelphotography follow @max.lowe


Photo by @FransLanting South Georgia Island is one the wildest places on the planet. Few people have set foot ashore on the rugged headlands where wandering albatrosses nest in the shelter of tussock grass. I photographed this bird in the evening with the last sunlight illuminating the highest peak of the island, Mt. Paget, while the reflected light from the sky made the bird glow. This male wanderer was waiting for a female to show up. When she did, they greeted each other with a spectacular courtship dance that is unique in the bird world. To see how albatrosses court and bond with each other, and to get a sense of how gigantic they are, follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Albatross #Seabird #SouthGeorgiaIsland #Antarctica #Amazing #YearoftheBird #Wildlife #Courtship


Sponsored by @thewoolmarkcompany // National Geographic Photographer Pete McBride (@pedromcbride) rediscovers the benefits of wool while mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain in the Rocky Mountains. Pete reflects on how drastically equipment has changed over time, “The weave of wool today is amazingly comfortable,” he says, “It has incredible breathability, odor resistance, and it’s durable.” Little wonder that the majority of the world’s leading outdoor brands incorporate #Merinowool into their clothing.



Photo: @emilypolar Happy Losar! The Tibetan New Year is today! Here's a choten མཆོད་རྟེན also known as a stupa. A symbol of the enlightened mind of the Buddha. A receptacle of offerings as well as a support for worship and blessings. Those passing through the khumbu en route to Everest can see this one☺️ To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar #Nepal #himalayas #stupa #Losar #Buddhism


Photo by @michaelmelford Bagan, Myanmar where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over the plains at sunset. Having never been to Myanmar before and having reservations myself from what I read in the paper, I was amazed by the landscapes and the people! Not too many tourists as well makes for a special experience. Go and find out for yourself. Was on an Around the World trip with @natgeoexpeditions #myanmar #burma #temples #buddha #natgeocreative #natgeofineart


Photo: @andy_mann // A freediver stops in awe as we are momentarily graced by a curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. When a shark of this size squares up to you, you can’t help but be humbled by its power and beauty. A single moment like this can lead to a lifetime of ocean conservation. // If you love the ocean, please follow me @andy_mann #turningthetide @sea_legacy


Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. To avoid the crowds, plan your visit for wintertime and head there an hour before sunrise. It’s an easy drive to the parking lot and a short walk to the arch. Whatever you do, don’t call it a day with just visiting this iconic arch. It’s a vast park, with lots of great hikes and huge panoramic vistas. If you’d like to see more of beautiful Utah from my recent trip out west, please visit @jeffmauritzen.


Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // A huge Rubik’s cube-shaped building is the newest addition to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s McLaren Vale wine region. Conceived and built by d’Arenberg winery owner Chester Osborn, it boasts a museum, restaurant, and wonderfully unique wine-tasting room. // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Tibet, Yambulakhang, a fort and historical sighting point in the Yarlung Tsangpo river valley. With an average elevation exceeding 4,500 metres (14,800 ft), the Tibetan Plateau is sometimes called "the Roof of the World”. With its fairytale temples, snow-capped peaks and a population that radiates spirituality, Tibet is near-mythical travel destination. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #tibet #natgeotravel


Panorama by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night photography
Swipe left for this 3-part night panorama of Mono Lake, California, known for its bizarre tufa towers; limestone formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals in water. It’s also home to a strange bacteria which were once thought using the poisonous element arsenic in its biochemistry! The story of the alien-like bacteria was never proved but such extremophiles show how life can lasts in extremely harsh conditions, perhaps elsewhere in the universe. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore our world’s wonders at night.
@natgeo @natgeocreative #twanight #milkyway #astrophotography #longexposure #nightphotography #panorama #astronomy #stargazing #california #monolake #astrobiology #extremophiles #alien


Photo by @renan_ozturk ~

Valentine’s Day is almost over. While we all take time to send extra love to each other, let’s not forget to love the earth we live on! ~

Our experimental short film just went live - a love letter to earth and a portrait of @shotsfromabove (Chris Dahl-Bredine), our soft-spoken dark-horse friend who is finding an interconnectedness and appreciation for this planet through photography. ~

Shot with @chrisburkard & @camp4collective this project has become a stepping stone and learning process to be able to use a low impact aircraft and the latest camera tech to bring stories that support public lands to life! ~

See @renan_ozturk bio to find the whole film! #earthvalentine


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The west face of Cerro Torre out the front door of the tent on the Patagonia Ice Cap. This day lives on in my memory as a magical day “in the throne room of the mountain gods.” #chile #argentina #patagoniaicecap


Photo by @taylorglenn // Sunrise reveals incredible layers of the undulating Northern Tablelands plateau in New South Wales, Australia. This region is part of the Gondwana Rainforests, the largest area of subtropical rainforests in the world. Follow @taylorglenn for more sunrises and beautiful landscapes from around the globe.  #magichour #sunrise #landscape #australia #unesco


Photo by @nickcobbing
Port Lockroy or Base ‘A’ is a former British research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, staffed by a team of adventurous volunteers over the summer and closed during the harsh, dark winter. It operates as a museum and post office and attracts visitors from passing cruise ships who queue to send postcards from this remote outpost. Lockroy also stocks a surprising range of books about Antarctica -the second picture shows a stock delivery at the beginning of the season. In the past Lockroy has served as a whaling harbour and scientific research station, some research continues into the gento penguins on the station’s doorstep.


Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // The ice bridge that forms between the Canadian Arctic and Greenland has been the highway for Inuit people for millennia and will be the last stronghold for wildlife as the Arctic warms up. In 1988, as many as 80% of Greenlandic huskies fell ill and died during an epidemic of canine distemper. It was the Canadian huskies, who traveled across the ice bridge, that brought new hope to their brethren in Greenland. The dogs we see today are the descendants of these nomads of the Canadian ice.
#follow @cristinamittermeier.
With @paulnicklen @enricsala @natgeopristineseas

#dogs #love #nature #culture #puppy #ocean #courage #lastice