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Photo by @jonathan_irish // Layers for days. I was recently back in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a short assignment, and it was soooo good to be back. Straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee border, this beautiful park is chock full of awesome vistas, great wildlife, hiking galore, and Appalachian culture. A true American gem in the park system! Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.


Photo by @renan_ozturk // The story of the hand woven bamboo rope on #TheLastHoneyHunter @natgeo assignment! ~

After weaving thousands of small pieces of bamboo into a 100+ pound rope ladder, the rope is placed above the hearth. There it collects the soot and ash from the fire and blackens over time. I though this was pretty sketchy as it also makes the bamboo brittle but apparently it gives it a natural bee and insect repellent. Then it is transported for miles through the jungle to the base of the cliff for the honey harvest, a true feat of strength, balance and determination. Lastly just before Maule (The Last Honey Hunter) trusts his life to it, the team puts it in the stream getting it wet and supple again. I couldn’t imagine weighting it but they have used them for generations without an accident! #oldtech #magic #forestspirits #rongkemi ~

See @renan_ozturk for photos of the rest the process...


Photo by @babaktafreshi
Walking inside this World Heritage Site I was lost in time, surrounded by the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art. Expressive paintings that unlock some of the cultural layers of India. Ajanta Caves are rock-cut Buddhist monuments which date as far as the 2nd century BC. Photographed here is a painting of Padmapāni (holder of the Lotus in Sanskrit), who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.
#india #ajantacaves #buddhism #worldheritage #Aurangabad #Maharashtra


Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Traveling in the Sahara Desert requires a shift in perspective. First impressions would lead you to believe that it is a vast and barren landscape but when you look more closely, this place of solitude has endless beauty. From the sand dunes that are sculpted to perfection by the wind to the animals and vegetation that live within its seemingly impossible ecosystem, it’s a place that will force you to slow down and pay attention to the details. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images from the remote corners of the planet. @natgeocreative #sahara #desert #africa


Photo by @FransLanting With their mothers gone, two orphaned orangutan are hanging on to each other in a rehab center in Sabah, Borneo where people take care of them as best as they can. But as the forest they need shrinks year after year they’ll need more help from us all to stem the decline of the species as a whole. I’m sharing this image in recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay and hope you’ll check out some of the organizations that are in the forefront of helping orangutans like @wildaid @world_wildlife and @orangutanfoundationintl. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with endangered orangutans. #palmoilfreeproducts #orangutanalliance #orangutan #endangered #ape #Borneo


Photo by @pedromcbride // Nothing like a night under the stars. A long exposure captures the sweep of stars in the Altiplano of the Argentine Andes. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #stars #nature #camping #travel #gratitude #petemcbride


Photo @stephen_matera // Mt. Agassiz (13,892') and Mt. Winchell (13,775') at sunset from Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra Nevada, California. Dusy Basin is reached via a wilderness hike over lung searing 12,000' Bishop Pass. Kings Canyon National Park was originally established in 1890 as General Grant National Park, but was greatly expanded and renamed on March 4, 1940. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #highsierra #nationalpark #wilderness


Photo by @gerdludwig. “Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered.” — Guy de Maupassant. “Sabantuy” in Kazan, Russia is a traditional Tatar summer festival, popular with both the young and old alike. Attendees celebrate traditional Tatar cuisine, games, folklore, and crafts. As if entering into a virtual reality, a participant traverses through a mural representing rural Tatarstan.

The city of Kazan, known as the Third Capital of Russia and home to roughly 1.2 million residents, is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, an ancient Muslim region in the heart of Russia. The rich and fascinating Tatar culture of Kazan has, for centuries, widely proclaimed tolerance with other religions and ethnicities.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Russia #Kazan #Tatar #Sabantuy #festival #mural


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Young fishermen returning to the island of Nosy Iranja. Nosy Iranja is located north-west of Madagascar, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Nosy Be. The archipelago of Nosy Be is one of the top destinations in Madagascar, its islands blessed with gorgeous beaches, corals, tropical forests, and a slow and easy pace of life.
The Nosy Be archipelago is home to the Sakalava people, once part of a powerful kingdom that ruled much of western Madagascar. Today, the Sakalava are known for their seafaring abilities and their women’s elaborate face-painting designs. Several small fishing villages dot the islands.
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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // One second I was alone, and the next I was surrounded by hundreds of gentoo penguins appearing like ghosts from the deep. After spending the day feeding at sea, they were returning to land and their hungry chicks. Clumsy and funny on land, they swim like a symphony in motion underwater. Several seals lurked close by, waiting to ambush them and I had to smile when I realized they were using me as a “shield” to get to land safely. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to hear about another dive encounter, this time, with a mischievous leopard seal. #penguin #underwater #dive


Photo: @andy_mann // Moments like this have the powerful ability to transform our views and rethink what it means to be truly wild and directly connected to this planet. This particular one will forever be etched into my soul (along with a tinge of #sealbreath) after being awoken by a mother #polarbear at 230am outside my cabin room aboard a steel (thankfully) ship In #Svalbard. // Please follow me on journey to truly feel #wild and #connected to the planet. @sea_legacy @ladzinski


Photo: @emilypolar Porters in the khumbu region walk long distances at high altitudes through a variety of terrain to bring food and supplies to villages and tourists. Anything from meat and eggs to bottled water and soda, sadly with the plastic waste staying in the mountains. Pictured here, porters walk across a high plateau en route to Gokyo Lake. Second image is in the forest below Namche Bazaar with some heavy loads. And third carrying water up to Tengboche and above. To see more of Nepal and our amazing world follow @emilypolar #nepal #khumbu #himalaya