Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | I discovered this unusual stick insect after a big rainstorm in the tropical forest of Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. This park is contiguous with Manas National Park that sits just over the Manas River in Assam, India. Together these two parks protect almost 2,000 square kilometers of tropical wilderness along the Bhutanese-Indian border. @natgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalayas
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Photo by @hoffmanbrendan | Standing atop the roof of the Masjid Wazir Khan in the Old City section of Lahore, Pakistan. The 17th-century mosque is one of the most ornately decorated of the Mughal era. #pakistan #lahore


Ready for your day to get a whole lot better? The one and only Donté Colley (@donte.colley) is here with his emoji-filled dance videos. “The message behind my videos is ultimately, ‘I hope this can make you smile today,’” says the 22-year-old from Toronto.
With that mission in mind, we’ve asked Donté to help us kick off our brand-new weekly series #YouGotThis, which promises to make your Wednesday better — one 😂🙌😻💫 at a time. Watch now on our story, then share it with a friend who might need some motivation.
Video by @donte.colley


Whale Shark Encounter | Photograph by Marco Zaffignani
“This image illustrates my meeting with the whale sharks in West Papua last September 2018,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Marco Zaffignani. “Here in Teluk Cenderawasih National Park, you can swim with these beautiful animals, which surround you with their slow and impressive motion. The experience leaves you breathless.” This photo was published in our “For a Portfolio Review” story, guest edited by @natgeo photographer Robbie Shone. To participate in our current assignments — including “Adventures of a Lifetime” where one #YourShotPhotographer will be published on the cover of @natgeotravel magazine — go to the link in our profile.

“Wow - Amazing scale! What a difference in size from the mighty Whale Sharks to the tiny figures on the boat. This is a stunning photograph. It really captures the wonderful natural world we live in, don’t you think. You have used a perfect blend and proportion between underwater to above water. The Whale Shark is the most important element to this frame and deserves a larger helping of the pie, but equally it is crucial to add that element of scale and drama to show the people on the boat. Congratulations on a wonderful photograph. Very brave too!” — @natgeo photographer Robbie Shone (@shonephoto)


Obwalden - Switzerland ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
Picture by ✨✨@swissmonamour
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


Sunset on the Salar // As the sun dropped below the horizon, the temperatures plummeted from the mid 80’s to the low 20’s. Wrapped up in heavy coats and blankets we watched the stars twinkle into existence over the salt.⁣

Many thanks to the @bolivianamericanchamber & @palaciodesal for arranging this special evening under the stars for us ✨ 🥂


“Yin and yang. Love the contrast between the dark tulips on the left, and the light ones on the right, but the best part is definitely in the middle" writes @huskiesofpnw


@winnieharlow ✨💎💫🌀☄️💙


When you first arrive to Tibet you expect to see monks everywhere in a day to day life. Unfortunately it is not like that nowadays as urban lifestyle is beginning to dominate the lifestyle of locals and they move to bigger cities. 𝙏𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙞 𝙇𝙝𝙪𝙣𝙥𝙤 𝙈𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙎𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙩𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙫𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙨. 𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 1447 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝘿𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙞 𝙇𝙖𝙢𝙖. It acts as a traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, who are Tibet’s second highest incarnation. It was there where we observed Buddhist debates. They can get very heated, and the debaters use expansive and emphatic hand gestures during the debates, often stamping their feet to make a point. #Followmeto Tibet with @natalyosmann ❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖❖
Когда впервые приезжаешь в Тибет, то ожидаешь увидеть монахов везде в повседневной жизни. К сожалению сейчас это не так, поскольку городской образ жизни начинает доминировать над традиционными у местных жителей и они переезжают в крупные города. Монастырь Ташилунпо в Шигадзе был первым местом, где мы почувствовали древние вибрации - он был основан в 1447г 1-м Далай Ламой. На протяжении всей истории он действует, как традиционное место пребывания Панчен-Лам, которые являются вторыми по рангу ламы после Далай-ламы. Кстати именно там мы наблюдали буддистские дебаты, участники которых используют обширные жесты рукой и хлопок как временной промежуток, за который твой оппонент должен ответить на поставленный тобой вопрос.


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