Photo by @daisygilardini | A mother bear with her two newborns rests in a day den while on her way to the frozen ice of Hudson Bay. Once she leaves the maternity den and the trek begins, she will stop periodically to nurse and rest. Day dens are wind-protected areas where snowdrifts and surrounding trees create a natural shelter from the elements. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #polarbear #bear #polar #wapusknationalpark #motherhood


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
Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.


The Iguana’s Cave | Photograph by Lorenzo Mittiga (@lorenzomittiga)
“A green iguana takes a breath after an underwater incursion in a semi-submerged cave on the island of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Lorenzo Mittiga. “Green iguanas are everywhere on the island, they are part of every house’s garden and pools. It is known that they swim and dive in the ocean, but are rarely seen while in the salt water. Very inquisitive on land, green iguanas are shy in the water.” 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.

“This is an awesome photograph. The composition is exceptionally good. The balance between above and below water is perfect. The light in the roof of the cave is beautifully balanced with the the light underwater and in the sky that filters in from the background. I particularly like the extra detail added with the Iguana as it just surfaces and raises its head above the surface of the water revealing an eye. Excellent! I love it.” — @natgeo photographer Robbie Shone (@shonephoto)


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


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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