Photo by @Chrisburkard | It’s these lights that keep me coming back– I’ve been to Iceland over 30 times (and have many more trips there planned) and this spectacle is one of the reasons I’m so drawn to the small island country. There’s something special about its people and much of the landscapes themselves are breathtaking as well, but standing below this natural phenomenon is inexplicable. The scientific term for this display is an aurora, specifically an Aurora Borealis for the northern hemisphere, which is pictured above. On the simplest level, these bright lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles emitted from the sun and gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. I always seek situations where the outdoors makes me feel small, and knowing this event stems from particles shot all the way from the sun makes me feel just about as small as I can imagine. It was extra humbling to take in this view with Heiðar Logi, an Icelandic local who has spent much time under these colors, but is still just as awe-struck as I am every time he sees them.


“I’ve had moments of makeup inspiration that come in the middle of the night. If the urge is strong enough, I’ll paint it at 3 a.m.,” says 22-year-old makeup artist, filmmaker and musician Kiko Nafig (@kikopaint). “I use my face as a canvas because it’s convenient, but the intent is to create something outside of my own self. It’s almost an attempt at an ‘anti-selfie.’”
Photo by @kikopaint


Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Andean flamingos dot the shallow waters of Bolivia's Laguna Colorada (elevation 14,000 feet), colored pink due to natural hot springs that provide nutrients for red algae to bloom. The birds have specially adapted beaks to feed on diatoms and algae less than one millimeter in diameter. #lawnornaments To see the beauty of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz


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 ✨ 🥂


Alacati - Turkey ✨❤️❤️❤️✨
Picture by ✨✨@dotzsoh✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


“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 ✨💎💫🌀☄️💙


Tradition of Flags | Photograph by Zay Yar Lin (@zayyarlin84)
"From the time that ships started sailing, flags were in place as a mode of communication or expression of intent," writes #YourShotPhotographer Zay Yar Lin. "Flags have always formed an integral part of shipping but the necessity and extent of usage have obviously reduced over time owing to advancements in technology. However, much like other so-called ‘arts’ pertaining to the shipping industry, flag etiquette have stood the test of time and if not extensively, flags are still displayed when absolutely important like when entering a port." This photo was selected for the June 14, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series.

“This moment is stunning and your use of a slow shutter speed really creates the visual narrative of the artistry and dedication to the use of flags at sea. It's a timeless tradition that hasn't passed with time, despite the sea flowing quickly by. Nicely done!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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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