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What an Adventure | Photograph by Hugo Grandcolas (@hugograndcolasphotography)
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“I fell in love with this part of the world, this special blue and cold water comes from the highest Slovenian peaks. It contrasts perfectly with the summer landscape,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Hugo Grandcolas. “Admit it, would you like to be in the kayak right now?”

@natgeoyourshot is partnering with @natgeotravel once again to offer one of our photographers the chance for their photo to be on the cover of Traveler magazine! Go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com) to participate in our “Adventures of a Lifetime” assignment, curated by National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Anne Farrar (@afarrar), National Geographic Traveler Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone), and National Geographic Travel Associate Photo Editor Maura Friedman (@maurafriedman). Submission deadline is June 19, 2019.


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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.


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“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


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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


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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 ✨ 🥂


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


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“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
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@winnieharlow ✨💎💫🌀☄️💙


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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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