photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Danakil region, Ethiopia, on the summit of the Volcano Erta Ale. In this photo the portrait of a young Afar guide who accompanies travelers to the edge of the crater. The Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia and the Danakil region is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the fire is just below our feet, five kilometers away. The Afar people are the inhabitants of this region. They are nomads mainly devoted to sheep farming and to the extraction of minerals. Their traditional life is extremely hard, and the young people who do not want to work in mines become guides for adventurous tourists visiting these areas. The Afar people seem to have appeared from nowhere. They are a sort of miracle: they have kept a strong identity without having a testimony to their story. They are nomads struggling with the hostility of both climate and land. They have gained, in time, a good reputation as warriors. They have adapted to survive in a harsh and impossible land. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Africa#Ethiopia#Danakil
Photo @emilypolar The color of the glacial rivers in the Solukhumbu reflect such a stunning light blue color I get thirsty just looking at them! May they continue to flow as nature intended nourishing all forms of life below. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar#nepal#khumbu
Photo @stephen_matera // The Empress Hotel reflected in the Inner Harbour at night, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Opened on January 25th, 1908, the Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria. The building was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada by Parks Canada in 1981. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this form Canada and around the world. #victoria#innerharbour
Photo @ladzinski / “Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.” This was certainly the case here with this bull #elephant and the last thing you ever want to do is be in-between where an elephant is trying to get to! My mother-in-law @juliefranzrich seen here in the backseat enjoying an up close view of this beautiful animal on the backroads of Kruger National Park, South Africa 🇿🇦
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A hiker on the lower Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska hops along an icy path on a shallow glacial river. The colors are not a reflection of the sky, but the actual color of the blue ice! To see more images from our National Parks and Monuments follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by @jonathan_irish // Cotton candy skies. Out of 365 days of our big national parks project, I would guess we missed maybe 20 sunsets. That’s a pretty incredible thought. How many times a year are you out in nature that you can fully witness a sunset? Some sunsets were fiery and red with crazy clouds. Some sunsets offered only a smidgen of color. Some sunsets were complete duds and never showed any coloring. And some were like this sky...a beautiful soft pink light that almost makes you want to lie down and bathe in its warm glow. These dunes, in Guadalupe Mountains NP in Texas, were a long drive from our campsite. However, I had seen them from atop the mountains and new I wanted to explore them. With only one opportunity to make the long drive (due to time constraints), I was lucky enough to be rewarded with this beautiful light. Serendipity seemed to strike us a lot on this project, and we were always so thankful for that. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Rain storms were sweeping across the sound from Westray that evening, all wind and fury over a peaceful place. Six thousand years ago farmers here in Orkney were building this house on Papa Westray, long before the sea crept so close, about the same time that Uruk in Mesopotamia was rising to power as one of the world’s first cities. This humble house, the Knap of Howar, is thus not some remote insignificant artifact in the North Sea but central to the human story that flourished after the retreat of the ice age — that’s our story. Many of these sites are now threatened by the rising seas that will become common in coming decades. When the rain arrived and beat down on us we sheltered in the tunnel that connects the two houses. Incredible experience. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland explorations. @natgeo@natgeocreative#scotland#orkney
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial Early morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time over the years in the maginificent Bornean rainforest. It is a contagious realm filled with miracles big and small...This forest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon). Follow me @mattiasklumofficial to meet remakable creatures and see images and films from our projects around the world. Borneo, as I might have said before, is extremely rich in biodiversity and provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. It is essential for mankind to save these remarkable ecosystems to secure global stability and resilience! Shot on assignment for @natgeo#borneo#biodiversity#conservation#rainforest#beauty#danumvalley#creativity@alexandrovklumofficial@natgeo@thephotosociety
Photo by @ErikaSkogg // Icicles form along the piers surrounding Anderson Dock in Wisconsin's peninsula of #DoorCounty. Now utilized as a gallery space for local artists, the #AndersonDock was originally built as a much needed deep-water dock for the village of Ephraim by Norwegian immigrant brothers, Aslag and Halvor Anderson, who had immigrated to America in the late 1840s to find work in the lumber industry. Due to the dangers of sailing on Lake Michigan and Green Bay, upon reaching the safety of the dock sailors started a tradition of carving their names and the names of their boats into the side of the warehouse to let their loved ones know they were safe. The tradition continues today with tourists adding their names or messages on the building - making the dock an iconic stop on a traveler’s journey to the Door County Peninsula. Photo by National Geographic Explorer @ErikaSkogg documenting Scandinavian-American culture in the U.S. @scandinavianamerican
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Above Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations a bright meteor streaks across Yosemite sky with backdrop of the Pleiades star cluster, the Seven Sisters. Next week on Thursday night Dec 13-14th the yearʼs best meteor shower happens, the Geminids, visible from both hemispheres. The show begins in late evening when constellation Gemini rises. It becomes better near midnight, specially when the moon sets. The meteors will appear anywhere in the sky and not only around Gemini. Find clear sky and a dark place away from light pollution with rather open horizon. You might be lucky to be near one of the designated dark sky parks (darksky.org/parks). Expect an average of 1-2 meteors per minute during the peak and some would be strikingly bright that are called fireballs. Enjoy! Follow me @babaktafreshi for more information and to explore Earth & Sky photography. #meteor#meteorshower#geminids#astrophotography#nightphotography