Photo @stephen_matera // Late autumn Sunset on The East Temple in Zion National Park, Utah. Zion National Park was established on November 19th, 1919 and ranges in elevation from 3,600' to 8,700'. As it flows downstream, the North Fork of the Virgin River continues to carve Zion Canyon deeper and deeper. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert#sunset#canyon
@johnkernickphotography Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack (Old Harry) and a stump, (Old Harry's wife) located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rocks can be viewed from the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path. The chalk of Old Harry Rocks used to be part of a long stretch of chalk between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight, but remained as a headland after large parts of this seam were eroded away. One of these stacks is known as Old Harry. Old Harry's Wife was another stack which was eroded through corrosion and abrasion, until the bottom was so weak the top fell away, leaving a stump. Hydraulic action is the main cause of erosion (sheer force of the wave) that damaged the rock and caused it to fall away. .
Photo by @CarltonWard // Caladesi Island has been an inspiration to me since childhood. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida near the city of Clearwater amidst the most densely populated county in the southeastern US. Caladesi was, and remains, a last remnant of nature amidst a landscape completely consumed by human development. I later learned that my great grandfather helped save Caladesi as a state park in the 1960s. After becoming a photographer in collage, Caladesi was the first place in Florida I pointed my lens, and I can now clearly see how the island shaped my career and purpose for saving wild Florida. Standing on the north end of Clearwater Beach beside the Gulf of Mexico, it is my favorite place to watch the full moon rise above the pines as palms. #firstname.lastname@example.org#floridawild#keepflwild#gulfofmexico#moonrise. Please follow me @carltonward to explore the hidden wild.
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night photography
Swipe left to see this 2-panel panorama. A calm peaceful dusk on the western border of Iran. Not the same last Sunday around 10pm local time when a major earthquake hit an area not far from this place, taking hundreds of lives in Kermanshah province where I’ve visited a number of times for photography when I was living in Iran; an area filled with archeological sites and rich culture, but poor infrastructure against natural hazards.
My today post is a tribute to thousands of families who were affected and now need immediate help.
This photo shows Uraman, a mountainous area of unique villages in Kurdistan of Iran. In the sky Venus is the first “star” showing up in twilight. @natgeocreative@natgeo#earthquake#iran#kurdistan#uraman#kermanshahearthquake
: @krystlejwright // The Bonneville Salt Flats are one of the most unique landscapes found in Utah. Stretching over 30000 acres, the area is a remnant of the Pleistocene Lake Bonneville and is the largest of many salt flats located west of the Great Salt Lake. Recent rains caused some unique salt crust patterns and a photographers dream to shoot images from an aerial perspective from a paraglider.
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Waves crash powerfully against Piro Beach, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque rocky coastline is located along #CostaRica’s Osa Peninsula, a true gem of biodiversity in Central America. For more photo adventures from Costa Rica and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Rwanda. A picture of Muhoza, a Silverback Gorilla living in the forest of the Volcanoes National Park.
There are only several hundred mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and about half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa.
Gorillas can climb trees but are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. A gorilla group is named after the Silverback leading the family. Each gorilla group has distinct and unique characteristic quiet different from another. The animals are peaceful, gentle, social, and mainly vegetarian creatures.
Many conservation initiatives are meant to aid mountain gorillas, and it is believed that their numbers may be steady or slowly increasing. Still, they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching.
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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Cerro Torre (on the left) and Cerro Fitz Roy (tallest peak on the right) rising above El Chalten in Patagonian Argentina. This view never gets old and this has to be one of my favorite places on the planet. The weather can be extreme but this is one serious playground for alpinists, backpackers and photographers looking for inspiration. #patagonia#cerrotorre#fitzroy#elchalten
Photo @stephen_matera // A rare winter sunset on Mt. Rainier. Sunny days in winter are rare in the Northwest, even more rare on Mt. Rainier as it's massive size creates its own clouds, even when it's sunny nearby. With almost 13,000 feet of vertical rise on the western side of the mountain, Mt. Rainier is thousands of feet bigger than anything else nearby. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #winter#sunset#volcano#glacier
Photo by @amivitale. Yusuf sleeps with young black rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). This was my first glimpse into the unwavering commitment of these keepers and the sacrifices they make to protect endangered animals. The calf he rested his head on was orphaned when poachers killed his mother and the calf was immediately moved to Lewa, about 50 miles away. Much needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife and the conflict between heavily armed poachers and increasingly militarized wildlife rangers. But very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the front lines of the poaching wars and the incredible work they do to protect these animals. They hold the key to saving Africa’s great animals.
Photograph by @paulnicklen // During a blizzard on Svalbard, Norway a mother polar bear plays with her young 4 month old cub while a fulmar flies overhead. We spent many hours with this female bear and her two cubs. She was patient, nurturing and a great teacher. She was also a great hunter as we watched her casually catch two ringed seals on the open sea ice. With their bellies full of seal meat, they had time to wrestle and play Queen of the castle. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more polar bears. #polarbear#love#family#climatechangeisreal#baby#instagood#honorparis
Photo by @taylorglenn // Not much shade out here in the desert. This beautiful Oryx (or Gemsbok as it is known in Afrikaans) finds a bit of relief under a scrawny acacia tree in the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. There is very little flora here in the vast Namib desert so these guys take advantage of it when they can. They are found throughout arid regions of Southern Africa and also happen to be the national animal of Namibia. Such gorgeous markings! #namibia#wildlife // Follow me @taylorglenn for more from Namibia
Photo by @max.lowe // Drawn by the promise of a free lunch, a flock of seagulls floats over the deck of a Norwegian Cod fisherman’s boat off the coast of Alesund, Norway. This region of Norway is famous for their fishing industry, renowned for a unique flavor the fish and shrimp embody due to the higher than normal salinity of the water. To see more #TravelPhotography from all the different corners follow @max.lowe
: @krystlejwright // The Moroccan town of Merzouga is often known as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. There is an old legend to how the dunes came to be; When a wealthy family refused hospitality to a poor woman and her son, God was offended, and buried them under the mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. Folk tales or not, there is no denying the majestic appearance of the dunes rising above Merzouga. The landscape is spectacular as tourists flock here especially in the winter to experience a slice of the Sahara. #morocco#sahara#travel
Video by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @visit_arizona // The views of the Mittens and Merrick Butte from Navajo National Monument Visitor's Center in northeast Navajo County, Arizona // Even once you see it in person, you may still doubt it’s real. Plan your [un]real Arizona getaway. #VisitArizona
Photograph by @paulnicklen // How much life can you fit on one beach? St Andrews Bay, Antarctica has perhaps the highest bio-density of life on Earth. Over 10,000 elephant seals and over 300,000 king penguins make it very challenging to walk anywhere on this beach. The first time I came here with @natgeoexpedtions I just stood in awe and disbelief for an hour before shooting 3500 images. And that was before lunch. Most of the penguins are up the valley to the right but many of them cross this beach daily to go to sea and feed. Running a gauntlet of grumpy elephant seals is one crazy communte for these penguins. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this gorgeous corner of the globe. #myfavoriteplaceonearth#nature#naturelovers#antarctica#instagood#photography
Photo @stephen_matera // A Washington State Ferry sailing on the Puget Sound towards the Olympic Peninsula at sunset. The Puget Sound was created by ice sheets during the last ice age, including the Vashon Ice Sheet, and reaches a maximum depth of 930 feet near Point Jefferson (very close to where this ferry is sailing). The ice reached a thickness of 6,000' in this area about 15,000 years ago. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #ferry#pugetsound#sunset#iceage
Photo @emilypolar Walking along an exposed ridge above valleys below surrounded with nothing but open space where winds circulate stormy clouds. Gotta say it's a pretty good feeling. The mountain pictured here is named Khumbi La roughly translated as "God of Khumbu" and is considered a sacred peak by most local Sherpa people and forbidden to climb. #Nepal#KhumbiLa#Himalaya#Mountains
Photo by @ciriljazbec / One of the few places where ice from the Greenland ice cap enters the sea, Sermeq Kujalleq or Jakobshavn is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. This photo was taken during a boat trip in the Ilulissat Icefjord. Seeing the glacier so close up was mesmerizing and so was picturing the further magnitudes below and inside by itself a gigantic sight.
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Photo by @elnaz555 // #sponsored by @llbean // The #BeanOutsiderContest is in full swing! This week we are sharing a peaceful autumn moment on a lake in Canada. To enter, upload your best photos showing how you live to embrace the outdoors. Tag with #BeanOutsiderContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @llbean, runs through November 22. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com/be-an-outsider // I’ve come to realize what “breathtaking” means after visiting Muskoka, Ontario, during the peak of fall. Surrounded with mist on a rainy fall morning in Bala where this shot was taken, I was so captivated with the beauty of nature that at times I could forget to even breathe. Nature is a mirror to my identity, and I find myself daydreaming, wandering, or mesmerized in the landscape, every day.