It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
: @krystlejwright // On the plains of Texas, a fiery sunset lights up a lightning storm and a group of mammatus clouds soaring high above us. Storm chasing photographer @nampix takes a moment to review his images. Each summer in the American Midwest, storm chasers and photographers of all skill types travel thousands of miles through the plains in hope of witnessing these incredible forces of nature. #storm#stormchaser#midwest
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Canal boats moor beneath the towering Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. These sculptures are 100 feet high, depicting the mythical horse creatures who could rise out of the sea. On this evening I was on assignment for NG Traveler for an upcoming feature on Scotland where I’ve been photographing for 25 years. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more. @natgeo#scotland@natgeocreative
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
An entire peaceful summer under stars is captured in this single 9-hour exposure on film. It was 20 years ago when I was 20, working as an editor in Iranian astronomy magazine, studying physics in Tehran, and often traveling to Alborz Mountains for stargazing.
The Earth rotation constantly rotates the sky above us and a long exposure shows this with star trails. When pointed north they circle around the north celestial pole, marked by Polaris. See how the North Star is not exactly on the pole, but about one degree off. Polaris is not one of the brightest stars in our night sky but its well located to roughly mark the north. Note the various colors of stars in the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for daily stories of the world under stars. #twanight#longexposure#nightphotography#astrophotography#startrails#alamut@natgeo@natgeocreative
Photo @stephen_matera // Aerial view of the Juneau Ice field in summer. It's hard to comprehend how much ice lies below. The Juneau Ice field, just north of Juneau, is the fifth largest ice field in the western hemisphere at an astounding 3,900 square kilometers. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #glacier#icecap#aerial#wilderness
Photo by @taylorglenn // Floating the Colorado River through Conquistador Aisle in Grand Canyon National Park. In 1540 Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado made their way to the rim of the massive Grand Canyon as they were searching for a rumored city of gold. What they found was an incomprehensible landscape. Legend has it that their Hopi guides purposely misled them from finding access to the canyon floor. Follow @taylorglenn for more from the American West and beyond #arizona#grandcanyon#coloradoriver@grandcanyonnps
Photo by @gerdludwig. At the La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival in Austria visitors admire a huge photograph by Paras Chandaria, depicting a giraffe in a nature reserve outside Nairobi, Kenya.
Until September 30th, photographers from all over the world show fascinating work in 35 outdoor exhibitions focusing on geography and the environment, amongst them amazing exhibits by my fellow National Geographic photographers @chancellordavid, @brentstirton and @joelsartore. In total roughly 2000 photographs are displayed in an open air gallery of 2.5 miles length, transforming the gardens, alleyways and squares of the city of Baden into a picture city.
Photo @Chrisburkard: Tumbling eighty feet to the beach below, McWay Falls is iconic for a reason. Being a “tide-fall,” it is one of only two waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean. For those willing to wait until night, a whole other view appears as a river of stars begins to pour into the Pacific Ocean.
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Meet one of the most unique—almost fantastical—animals of the oceans: narwhals. Their most identifiable feature, often misnomered as a horn, is actually an elongated upper left canine tooth, a helical tusk filled with millions of nerve endings that transmit information about their surroundings. Taken in the future marine protected area of Tallurutiup Imanga or Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more images of polar wildlife. #Nature#NatureLover#Arctic
Photo by @cookjenshel (Diane Cook & Len Jenshel) // #sponsored by @Nature_Valley // #NatureValleyHikeAMillion // One of our favorite places to spend time among the glorious redwood trees is found just off the "Avenue of Giants," in Northern California, on the Grieg-French-Bell Trail. Paths through this lovely grove of old growth and second growth coastal redwoods meander through a remarkably lush carpet of verdant redwood sorrel, lending the hike a fairy tale atmosphere. // Summer is short and the adventures nature has to offer are endless—don’t miss out! Show us how you’re getting outside this summer by tagging @Nature_Valley for a chance to be featured on their feed.
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // It could seems the sky of Mars but these stars are actually appearing above The "Valle della Muerte" - The Death Valley of Chile, near San Pedro de Atacama.
The remote Atacama—the driest and, arguably, highest desert in the world—has one of the clearest skies on the planet.
Valle de la Muerte is appropriately named "Death Valley" issuing a palpable threat to onlookers in its waterless chasms and ravines. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Chile#Southamerica