Photo by Carlton Ward Jr @carltonward | I love the color of new cypress needles in the spring. It’s my favorite color of green. This pair of photos is from Babcock Ranch where the ten thousand acre Telegraph Cypress Swamp is the defining feature of the 70 thousand acre state preserve. I was there on a sunset mission with filmmaker Eric Bendick— just us, a few birds and several hundred alligators. The gators were relatively concentrated in the deeper water of the pond during the late dry season. It’s hardly rained in Florida since then, so I bet the gators are really stacked up now. But it looks like tropical rains are soon on their way and the gators will be able to swim widely between the trees. Please follow me @carltonward to discover the hidden wild. #cypress#swamp#gators#florida
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | The sound of waves crashing onto the coastal cliffs was the music of this surreal night along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The setting moon was softly shining on me while I enjoyed the glory of the southern Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds hanging over the vast Southern Ocean. The two clouds, icons of the southern sky, are our neighboring satellite galaxies, visible to the naked eyes as you see them in this photograph, when you are away from city lights. Watching them, you're looking at light that belongs to about 200,000 years ago, well before early humans reached Australia. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #twanight#greatoceanroad#magellanicclouds#astrophotography
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | This is Pablito, a four-month-old African lion cub rescued from a small cage in a zoo last November. Pablito is currently sheltered at the New Hope Center in Amman, Jordan. The center, established in 2010 by the Princess Alia Foundation, provides emergency medial treatment, rehabilitation, and re-homing for animals. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic#Jordan#amman
Photo by Renan_Ozturk | One more time around the stupah. It's always grounding to walk a few ambulations at Boudhanath in Kathmandu Nepal with hundreds of locals and pilgrims before any journey deeper into the Himalaya.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The food is a really important aspect of every expedition. If the team don’t eat well, it can lead to ‘hangry’ people! On our last expedition in China, we stayed with a wonderful family in Ranjiagou, who looked after us really well. The food in rural China is a real cultural experience too, just like it is on every expedition around the world. This photograph shows the typical scene every evening in the family’s farmhouse. Dou Ximei’s cooking was the highlight of the expedition, on top of finding so many new and amazing caves.
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan | In Northern Arizona, a Diné (Navajo) man drives his family’s cattle to auction. On Navajo land, many continue to live a pastoral lifestyle, herding sheep or cows as they have for centuries. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan, for more from the indigenous world and beyond. #navajo#indigenous#arizona
Photo by @mborowick | Dettifoss is a waterfall in Northeast Iceland. It's reported to be the strongest waterfall in Europe. It flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeastern Iceland. #iceland#dettifoss#waterfall#explore#nature
Photo by @jimmychin | Waddington Range, British Columbia. Alpine rock climbing is one of my favorite ways to interact with mountain landscapes. Conditions have to be just right to find moments like this with Kinley Aitken. For more images of mountain adventures, follow me @jimmychin.
Photo @stephen_matera | Valley fog and volcanic rocks at sunset, both of which are a common site at Mt. Rainier National Park in summer. Mt. Rainier is a 14,411-foot-tall stratovolcano that was as high as 16,000 feet until about 5,000 years ago. Around that time, a large chunk of the volcano avalanched with debris that created the Osceola Mudflow. All of that slid all the way to the site of the current locations of Tacoma and Seattle, causing the mountain to lose about 1,600 feet of elevation. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #stratovolcano#volcanic#fog
Photo by @ChrisBurkard | I traveled to India for the waves and found something quite different. After years of planning, I finally put together and pulled the trigger on my first surf trip to India. We scored great swell, but looking back at the trip what stands out to me the most was the culture. Today, India has a population of over 1.3 billion and is packed tight with traditions, festivals, spiritual beliefs, and architecture. Indian folklore deems the ocean an “organic spiritual dimension,” and a variety of people who utilize the sea hold this close to their hearts. As surfing becomes more popular in India, it’s been developing a connection with the traditional fishing community that relies on the ocean for a source of income. Surfers and fishermen alike say there is a sense of camaraderie between the two groups, new and old. The surfers often help the fisherman drag or launch their boats and fisherman can be found watching foreign surfers in awe and asking them questions. As the surfing community grows, surf schools and camps that teach tourists and travelers often use funds to give back to the fishing community or ocean protection efforts. With the world’s largest youth population, the next generation of Indian natives are taking a liking to surfing and sport is gaining traction quickly along the country’s 4,500+ miles of coast.