The Cuban Emerald and Bee Hummingbird (smallest bird on earth and endemic to Cuba) found in the protected area of #Zapata National Park, Cuba. Swipe across the see the male bee hummingbird's iridescent feathers illuminate when they catch the right light // Photos by @ErikaSkogg
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
Sunset brings calm to the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea. Wind-driven waves of hyper-saline water break on the eastern shore most afternoons, and coat a small cave with crystals and dripping stalactites. To see more follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by @taylorglenn // Anyone lucky enough to have been in Zion National Park yesterday was treated to a very magical morning. Several inches of snow fell across the high desert of southern Utah covering the amazing sandstone with a blanket of white. Here the early light illuminates the iconic Watchman Tower and Virgin River. Follow @taylorglenn for more images from our National Parks and beyond #zionnationalpark#utah#desertsnow#travel
Riding around the island of Sark, I passed other horse & carts, bicycles and tractors, but no cars. The pace of life on this tiny island in the English Channel was nice and slow. I was told that even the ambulance and fire engine were pulled by tractor -it felt like something from a bygone age. Swipe across to see some more pictures from my journey around the island.
Photo @stephen_matera // (swipe to see the full image) At 11,138' Little Tahoma, a sub-peak of Mt. Rainier, is considered the third highest peak in Washington State. Here it is seen as the clouds swirl and reveal Little Tahoma and the Ingraham and Cowlitz Glaciers in winter. Follow me @stephen_matera to see more images like this from Washington and around the world. #volcano#glacier#wilderness
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // You think you are going to get me!!! I found this very large Madagascar freshwater crab on a remote rural road in Madagascar. My driver wanted to run it over it but I persuaded him to stop instead so I could take a photo. You can watch a funny video of how I approached this “unwilling” subject at @CristinaMittermeier.
: @krystlejwright // On the coast of Morocco is the port city of Essaouria where it’s Medina (old town) is protected by 18th century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah. Wandering over the sea walls, @thebuslife are surrounded by hundreds of seagulls who compete for leftovers thrown away by the fishermen. #morocco#seagulls#landscapephotography
Photo: @andy_mann // Sheep vortex outside of Nelson, South Island, NZ. I tried to make it to the old truck for a second angle...wasn’t happening. If you have the travel bug and New Zealand is on your list, please #followme at @andy_mann
Video by @renan_ozturk // A new friend from a recent trip to Nepal.
Words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~
The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~
Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~
We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~
See @renan_ozturk for more stories from nepal
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
Last night the sky in the high latitudes exploded with bright aurora. I was doing my last night of the photo workshop in Iceland and this was the view near midnight. The experience of watching the aurora crowns forming overhead, the “dancing spirits” across the sky, is beyond photography. If you are in the Arctic latitudes, the northern lights are still in high activity in the next two nights. It doesn’t matter where you are in those latitudes, look for anywhere dark away from city light preferably with open northern horizon.
See more of this night at my feed @babaktafreshi. #twanight#aurora#auroraborealis#northernlights#iceland#nightphotography#astrophotography@natgeo@natgeocreative