Photo by @max.lowe // Friends Alex and Walker leap from the mast of our wooden sailing ship the Al Isra, while on a sailing trip through Northeast Indonesia. Follow along with @max.lowe as he traverses the globe capturing stories along the way.
Video by @FransLanting and ChristineEckstrom Residents of Santa Barbara are watching one of the largest wildfires in California history encroach upon their neighborhood. The intensity of a wildfire is hard to imagine if you have not experienced a blaze up close. This current wildfire is another indication that our planet is under pressure. California governor Jerry Brown has declared this fire a part of the “New Normal,” as our state is adapting to the consequences of climate change. More than eight thousand firefighters have been assembled to combat the fire. They are heroes when it comes to battling the flames, but we need a much bigger global force to address the root causes of this inferno. Check the hashtags below to learn how you can engage. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more scenes from the Santa Barbara fire.
Panorama by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night program
Swipe left to see this 3-part panorama and the entire image on the slide 4. The Grand Canyon offers extremely dramatic scenes when you catch the right time and light. I was waiting for the moment after sunset. From the west (pic 1) to east (3) the view shows the light of early twilight on the canyon and the blue-purple color of the rising Earth shadow on the right, at the opposite horizon (east). An extinct volcano is also visible near the edge.
At 446 km long the Grand Canyon on the Arizona-Utah border is the longest canyon on Earth (not the deepest), a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River steadily over several million years. Google “dreamview 102813” to see a larger view of the entire panorama and find more @babaktafreshi.
Video @ladzinski / An #AndeanPygmyOwl taking in the first rays of light at sunrise high in the mountains of #perija Colombia. These little owls are only 6 inches tall but voracious hunters, primarily preying in rodents, lizards, smaller birds and insects.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Križna jama (cave) is located under the area of Bolke, Loškimand Cerknica field, in Slovenia. The cave is named after a nearby church of St. Cross (Sv. Križa). It is one of the few tourist caves in Slovenia that doesn’t contain concrete pathways and strong lighting, which is harmful to the environment. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved caves in Europe / the world. The cave features a chain of underground lakes with emerald green water.
Over the next few weeks, I will unravel a portfolio of photographs that was shot for @NatGeoAdventure from the famous river caves of Slovenia, birth place of speleology and home to the 'human fish'. With my caving colleagues I visited 8 caves, each one varied and different with its own personality. Words by Andrew Bisharat.
Photo by @mrjoelanderson // #sponsored by @hennessy // Nestled on a side street of the old town, the Leaning Tower of Tbilisi looks like it could be a relic from the city’s Silk Road past, but in fact it’s a modern structure created to adorn a puppeteer’s theatre. Georgia’s capital is one of the seven cities on a new Silk Road Odyssey by Hennessy. Inspired by the seven facets of the Hennessy X.O blend, the journey leads us to seven countries, seven cities, and seven local artists along the Silk Road. #HennessyXO#SilkRoad Please Drink Responsibly
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo, Egypt. The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile.
Who built the Great Sphinx of Giza? No one can say for sure (though several of the more crazy theories point fingers at space aliens). The huge statue, as tall as the White House in Washington, D.C., with paws bigger than city buses, was erected in the time of the Old Kingdom, probably during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre, between the years 2558 and 2532 B.C.
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Photo by @amivitale. A Kashmiri paddles to the floating market in the early freezing temperatures before sunrise on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India. Back in 2001, I wandered into the poetry of this place and couldn't let go. It's sublime and has been described as Paradise on Earth since the 15th century. It is also described in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most militarized place on the planet and the longest pending conflict in the world. My work documents narrative and photographic portrayals of the people whose lives have been shaped and changed by the conflict. These pictures and stories aim to express the resilience of the people of the valley of Kashmir, how an old culture survived a war, and what has changed as a younger, globalized generation has embraced modern education and technologies to communicate their stories and make life choices. Follow me (@amivitale) for more stories from around the world.
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Sometimes when you’re lost you don’t want to be found. The north eastern islands of Papua New Guinea comprise of the Bismarck Archipelago and North Solomon Islands and are the least densely inhabited region with a population of approximately 750,000 people. With white sandy beaches this untouched land of beautiful tropical islands and rich culture offer an amazing and unique travel experience. Where do want to get lost? Follow @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more photos from around the world. #papuanewguinea