Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards // #sponsored by @IncredibleIndia // Exploring Ladakh is more like time travel than anything else. It pulls you backward in to a quieter time and place that is both un-wanting and arresting. New roads end and take you down old roads, which in turn give way to trails, and then nothing at all. It’s in those places that the full beauty unfolds, awakened by its quiet vastness. Stakna Gompa rises above the Indus Valley dwarfed by the mountains of the Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, Northern India. The monastery was founded in the 16th century and was named ‘Stakna’, translated as ‘Tiger’s Nose’ because of the shape of the hill upon which it was built. It was founded by a Bhutanese monk and scholar, Chosje Jamyang Palkar. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in #UntamedIndia.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // From a small ledge part way down a glacier cave or moulin, this is the view looking up at a giant wall of ice as an explorer ascends a rope to the surface. What is interesting about this particular moulin is that it is located inside the contact between the Gorner glacier and Schwärze glacier in Switzerland, forming a cave inside this enlarged fracture.
Photo by @GerdLudwig. A parishioner arrives before daybreak at the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, the oldest monastery in Murom, which in turn is one of the oldest cities in Russia. Follow @gerdludwig to see images from my assignments and journeys around the globe.
Photo by Adam Ferguson @adamfergusonphoto // #sponsored by @explorecanada // As the sun rises husband and wife David and Anna Bosum, both Indigenous Cree Canadians, paddle in a canoe to check a fishing net on the lake at Nuuhchimi Wiinuu, Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, Canada on Sept. 10, 2018. They caught tens of fish which they shared with other elders in their community. David and Anna run a cree cultural tour hosting visitors who can experience their unique relationship to the environment. Drawing on the wisdom passed down from their ancestors, David and Anna understand the life cycles that have sustained their tribe for thousands of years.
Photo by @max.lowe // I still remember my first time laying eyes on a penguin. Like some sort of mythical animal, almost unicorn esc it boldly walked up to me without a hint of trepidation and inspected me as I inspected him. Forever smitten and grateful for my encounters with the wild creatures of this planet like these King Penguins pictured here on South Georgia Island. Follow @max.lowe as he journeys into the Antarctic circle over the next weeks with @natgeoexpeditions
Photo @stephen_matera// The desert surrounding Hanksville, Utah is a surreal mix of canyons, mountains and plateaus. Hanksville was first settled in the late 1800s and was a supply post for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang, who would hide out at nearby Robbers Roost Canyon (not shown here). The surrounding area is a nearly six-million acre wilderness that was the last in the lower 48 to be mapped by the USGS. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert#wilderness#erosion#arch
Photo by @renan_ozturk // -20 degrees below, running on next to zero sleep but 100% excitement for the natural wonders of earth: @chrisburkard in his natural element. Time-lapse frame from the Under The Arctic Sky film.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // As glaciers melt and move, moraines are formed, which are ridges of glacial debris that accumulate on the sides of these massive ice forms. The contrasting colours of glacial ice and moraines paint the landscape in the Ice Fields in Kluane National Park, Yukon. The park contains the Kaskawalsh glacier, which continues to shrink and recede just like the other 98% of glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for photos from the Arctic and Antarctic. #Yukon#glacier#climatechange#photography