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Photo by @CarltonWard | The seductive ghost orchid survives in remote South Florida swamps, usually hanging from twisted branches of a pond apple or pop ash tree forming cathedral arches above shadowed wetlands. Approximately 2,000 ghost orchids are known to exist, of which a small fraction bloom each year, and even a smaller number are pollinated. Once sought by collectors and smugglers, the ghost orchid is surrounded by cultural lore, including the book The Orchid Thief and movie Adaptation. Even today, the exact locations of these rare plants must be kept secret for their protection. The ghost orchid is thought to pollinated by the giant sphinx month, the only flying insect with mouth parts long enough to reach into the ghost orchids extended nectar spur. This summer I will be working with researchers to place precision camera traps near orchid blooms with hopes of capturing evidence of the pollination which is thought to happen in the middle of the night. Please follow @CarltonWard to join me in the swamps on this quest. And check out the work of fellow @NatGeo Explorer @Peter_Houlihan who has done his PhD on Ghost Orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand. #GhostOrchid #Orchid #Swamp #Everglades #PathofthePanther #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild.


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Melissani Cave - Greece ✨💖💖💖✨ Picture by ✨✨@thiago.lopez✨✨
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Morning Breath | Photograph by Aya Iwasaki
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Wild red foxes, also called kitsune, play in the snow on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's islands. Foxes are common in Japanese folklore, often displaying magical properties.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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“Being authentic with my fans is very important to me,” says Teala Dunn (@ttlyteala), an actress and creator who’s at @vidcon this weekend in Anaheim, California, celebrating all things online video. What’s the 21-year-old most looking forward to? “I especially want to meet new creators I’ve never met in person, and create amazing content.” 🎥
IGTV is a new app and a new space within Instagram for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators. Update your app now to watch to see what Teala’s been up to at #VidCon — on our story today and on our IGTV channel.


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light beams in the rainforest ✨🌲⁣⁣
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Cities have always been my favorite thing to photograph but nature is growing on me 🤣 - what about you, would you rather shoot in a city or nature? ⁣⁣


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Glad Midsommar! The Swedish-American community of Lindsborg, Kansas, celebrates Midsummer by wearing traditional Swedish folk costumes and dancing around the town's maypole. Traditionally a pagan summer solstice and fertility holiday throughout northern Europe, Midsummer today is a continued celebration of long days and the start of summer. Photo by @ErikaSkogg who is working on a visual preservation project of Scandinavian-American heritage. #Midsummer #Midsommar


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Light in Montmartre


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(📸 @ackermangruber) Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day from DogsOf + @lucyand.co where pups rule EVERYDAY! Does your job allow you to bring your pets to work? We’d love to know! We’ve always been huge supporters of pet-friendly workplaces and are encouraged to see more and more workplaces making that their everyday policy! #nationaltakeyourdogtoworkday #dogsofinstagram


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Photo by @renaeffendiphoto:
A #family on a Sunday picnic in Parque Lenin, Lenin's Park, a popular weekend destination at the south side of #Havana, #Cuba. #children


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