Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Petra, the “Rose City” is a honeycomb of hand-hewn caves, temples, and tombs carved from blushing pink sandstone in the high desert of Jordan some 2,000 years ago. Hidden by time and shifting sand, Petra tells of a lost civilization. Little is known about the Nabateans—a nomadic desert people whose kingdom rose up from these cliffs and peaks, and whose incredible wealth grew from the lucrative incense trade. Petra was only rediscovered in 1812, and it continues to spill its secrets. Even now, archaeologists have explored less than half of the sprawling site, and in 2016, with the help of satellite imagery, a monumental structure was found still buried in the sand. It’s no wonder that Petra remains Jordan’s top tourist attraction and one of the most revered of the World Heritage sites. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #jordan #petra #natgeotravel
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mt. Cook (also known as Aoraki ), seen here from the Hooker Valley, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 12,218 feet and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb. #mtcook #aoraki #newzealand
Photo by @jodymaccdonaldphoto | That dreamy moment at dusk, when the sand from the Sahara gets lifted into the sky and casts a canvas of muted orange. I find that the simplicity of sitting in the desert-once the brutality of the day’s heat has passed-is peaceful and grounding. The stark landscape takes on a cooler, more inviting pull. As the sun dips below the horizon, it’s as if the desert is lulled to sleep. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images from my adventures around the world. #sahara #desert #beautiful
Photo @stephen_matera | A mossy trail through the forest along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, Central Cacades, Washington. With over 100 inches of annual precipitation, moss grows on just about anything. All that precipitation works it's way downriver and eventually flows over Snoqualmie Falls, a 268 foot waterfall near the town of Snoqualmie, about 25 miles east of Seattle. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #rainforest #snoqualmlie #moss
Photo by @kiliiiyuyan | A humpback whale shows its tail flukes as it dives under the waters of Monterey Bay. Humpbacks come in close to shore here, chasing schools of anchovies. Anchovies, in turn, follow the richness of nutrients from the undersea Monterey Canyon. Follow me, @kiliiiyuyan , for more from the world’s coastal regions. #montereybay #whale #california
Photo by @amivitale | The Upper Missouri River in Montana runs for 149 miles through a spectacular canyon incised into the prairie country of central Montana. Up river from here is "Decision Point", where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark found the confluence of the Missouri River with the Marias River. Lewis and Clark noted that the south fork was clearer, smoother, and more rapid, and its bottom was "composed of round and flat smooth stones like most rivers issuing from a mountainous country." This was one of the first true tests of their ability to lead and make good decisions. Follow @amivitale for more photos from her home of Montana. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #nature #river #water #montana #canoe
Photo by @daisygilardini | The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) lists the king penguin as being of “Least Concern” on the organization’s Red List of endangered species. Even so, as with so many animal species in the polar regions, climate scientists and marine biologists alike are concerned about the effects climate change and more unpredictable shifts in weather patterns might have on future populations. Current estimates place the overall king penguin population at 2 million breeding pairs, which seems stable in the short term. That doesn’t guarantee a viable, stable future, though. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #FalklandIslands #penguin #kingpenguin #surfing #climatechange #climatechangeisreal
Photo by @ErikaSkogg | The Lofoton Archipelago rises out of the Norwegian sea with traditional red Rorbuer (fishing huts ) clasping to rocky coastline. While the reminders of a still active cod fishery abound in cuisine and in harbor activity, many of the original fishing huts have been converted into idyllic guest houses for travelers to enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and the midnight summer sun above the arctic circle.
Photo by @cristinamittermeier | I'm sure this polar bear was well aware of our presence far sooner than when we spotted him. Sniffing us from 200 feet away, we followed his slow trek across the Arctic tundra from our zodiac. A polar bear's sense of smell is their most important tool for detecting prey on land. They can sniff out a seal 20 miles (32 kilometers ) away. Follow me at @cristinamittermeier and explore my feed for more photos from the #Arctic #polarbear #ice #discoverwildlife
Photo by @Chrisburkard | This day is forever ingrained in my head. In a way, it’s a culmination of my whole career and what I’ve dedicated much of my life to - a remote and untouched cold surf location, perfect empty waves, and a stunning backdrop to top it all off. It certainly was a mission. It took days of travel to get here. Weather was so bad and volatile we could only surf two of the fourteen days we were there and most the time it was a gloomy shade of grey fog. But, we ultimately struck gold. There had been rumors of world-class waves in Alaska and we on this day we managed to find them. When I look at this photo, I see how all of these pieces came together to give me a scene that brings me so much joy and remember what it’s all about.
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | On this late evening in March 2012 I was waiting for the moon to align with Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, as it was setting over Arc de Triomphe (Etoile ). We are so used to the moon presence that often forget its cosmic identity. How bizarre it is to see another world so easily and strikingly in the sky, from 400,000 km away. For a car traveling nonstop at 100km/hr highway speed it takes 6 months to travel the distance. This month 50 years ago Apollo 11 astronauts traveled 3 days in space to reach the moon and prepare for the first ever landing on July 20, 1969. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi #twanight #moon #apollo #paris #nightphotography
Photo by @taylorglenn | It takes a bit of effort to get here but the views are worth the effort. An image from a recent hike to the Death Canyon Shelf in Grand Teton National Park, one of the more spectacular places in this part of the mountain range. Follow @taylorglenn for more from #Wyoming and beyond. #grandtetonnationalpark #jacksonhole
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Guatemala, Tikal. The Temple Number V appears in the middle of the forest. Tikal was a capital of the Maya world in ancient times, and it’s easy to believe when you’re confronted with the thousands of massive pyramids, plazas, temples, and dwellings that remain today. Tikal National Park encompasses 575 square kilometres of jungle and thousands of ruined structures. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #guatemala #tikal #mayans
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Frost on the trees at Kelland Pond just south of Twizel, New Zealand on the south island. While driving up to Aoraki (Mt. Cook ) I saw these ghost trees on the side of the road and stopped to check them out. Upon realizing there was a frozen pond and I was inside a low lying cloud I pulled out the camera and spent an hour or so photographing the amazingly moody landscape. #twizel #kellandpond #newzealand
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Photo by @daisygilardini | I have been enjoying aerial photography immensely lately, as invariably it gives me a surprising new perspective. I’m always stunned how things look different from above! In this image, the bearded seals helps give a sense of place and scale to the design of the broken pack ice. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #svalbard #ice #wildlifephotography #dronephotography #polar
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | The Beartooth Highway is considered by many to be one of the most scenic drives in North America. The road climbs to an elevation of almost 11,000 feet (3,352 meters ) and the views from the top are amazing. Have you been? Please follow along with me, photographer @drewtrush , to see more images of wildlife places.
Photo by @amivitale | The sun sets in Montana's Centennial Valley. The valley is an important wildlife corridor for elk, moose, antelope, deer, wolverines, grizzly bears, wolves, and hundreds of bird species. The people who ranch here are careful to preserve the land for the wildlife that depend on it. Follow @amivitale for more photos of this incredible world. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #nature #river #water #montana #sunset
Photo by @Chrisburkard | Every once in a while the planet does something extra special that reminds you just how beautiful this world is. This evening in New Zealand was one of those nights. Even just looking back at this photo makes me feel a deep appreciation for the place we call home. It may not be Earth Day, World Oceans Day, etc., but here’s a sometimes much needed daily reminder of how incredible the planet is. A reminder to treat it well and also to explore it, both equally important in today’s world.
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | South Africa, a “family” of Giraffes in the central region of the Kruger Park. The giraffe is the tallest terrestrial mammal in the world. The males stand about 5m tall - as high as a single-story house - and the females are just a little shorter. Giraffes are gentle and timid animals and live in loose social groups. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 7,523 sq miles in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #Africa #SouthAfrica #Kruger #Giraffe
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mt. Cook (also known as Aoraki ) under the Milky Way, seen here from Kea Point, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 12,218 feet and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb. #aoraki #mtcook #newzealand #milkyway
Photo by @bertiegregory | A female coastal grey wolf resting on her mudflat territory at low tide on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These incredible wolves get up to 90% of their diet from the ocean eating barnacles, mussels, clams, crabs, fish and more! As top predators they play a crucial role in keeping herbivore populations in check allowing countless other species to thrive. Using the famous Yellowstone National Park wolves as an example, since their reintroduction, the entire ecosystem has totally transformed and is now much healthier. I've spent months looking for coastal wolves and only had a handful of encounters. Because of their illusiveness, most people who visit the coast of Vancouver Island won't see one. But when hiking the beaches, even if you don't spot one, there's something special about knowing they're there. #britishcolumbia #photography #wildlife #coast #wolf #rainwolf
Video by @Renan_Ozturk | Basecamp on the north side of #Everest at 17.5k feet - I had never felt the pull of this mountain or wanted to climb it much at all until arriving here with such a soulful team. The iconic shape and presence of the peak from this vantage point is a magnet for exploration, all the lines of the valleys pulling you upward. #sirensong #everestmystery Join me @Renan_Ozturk for more images from the roof of the world
Photo by @babaktafreshi | This view wasn't from the Alps or the Smoky Mountains—this is an October day in northern Iran. This month ,UNESCO announced 29 new World Heritage Sites and one is the Hyrcanian Forests, which stretch 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. In that area, the humidity is blocked by the massive Alborz mountain range. The unique forests are 25 to 50 million years old, but are shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. Now, hope accompanies the UNESCO designation. The Caspian Tiger, now extinct, once roamed the area. But the forests are still home to other large mammals, including Persian leopards, lynx, brown bears, wild boars, wolves, golden jackals, jungle cats, badgers, and otters. Follow me, @babaktafreshi , for more. #hyrcanianforest #worldheritage #dohezar #iran