Photo by @max lowe I One of the main sites to see as a visitor to Kathmandu is the burning ghats at Pashupatinath, the sacred Hindu religious site. The Sadhus and holi men who call the temple and surrounding area home are individuals who have renounced the worldly life to follow a path of spiritual discipline. To see more from my time in Nepal follow @max lowe.
Photo by @daisygilardini | The warm colors of sunset usually put us in a reflective state of mind and naturally calm us down. In art and literature, sunsets often symbolize a quiet time to reflect, either little things that happened during the day or the big questions in life. The end of the day causes most creatures to quietly tuck in for the night to rest and get ready for a new day and a new beginning. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #antarctica #sunrise #solitude #beautyinnature
Photo by @KristaRossow | The community of Petersburg is known as Alaska’s Little Norway because it was founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen. The charming red and white Sons of Norway Hall greets visitors who come to this small fishing community in Southeast Alaska. For more images from around the world, follow me @KristaRossow #Alaska #Petersburg
Video by @BabakTafreshi | Enjoy the rising Harvest Moon from September 13 in a crystal clear sky over the Atlantic Ocean near Boston. The long telephoto lens reveals a much larger moon than we normally experience. I had one eye on the moon and the other on the people who some looked excitingly and some ignored. There is a lot we miss when being disconnected from the natural world. The soundtrack “I Witness Windflaw” is a courtesy of orchestra composer Barbad Bayat. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me, @babaktafreshi #twanight #fullmoon #astrophotography #newengland #boston
Photo by @bertiegregory | A large male polar bear approaches in a snow storm on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. Although this bear was big, polar bears can get even bigger, with the largest male polar bears weighing more than 1600 lbs! Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wild_life #animals #ice #snow #bear
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Colorful blossoming tulip fields in Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands. Keukenhof is known as the Garden of Europe and is one of the world's largest flower gardens. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #netherlands #Keukenhof #Lisse
Photo by @stephen_matera | The Golden Gate Bridge at dusk as viewed from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area toward San Francisco, California. At over 15 million visitors per year, the GGNRA is one of the most visited parks in the National Park system. A large part of the park is land formerly used by the U.S. Army and is managed by the National Park Service. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #goldengatebridge #goldengatenationalrecreationarea #sanfrancisco
Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | The Buffalo Fork River flows in a valley near the Teton Range in Moran, Wyoming. The earliest evidence of humans in this area dates back at least 11,000 years. People first traveled into the valley near Grand Teton National Park as glaciers receded. By the time Europeans arrived, tribes such as the Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Crow, Flathead, Gros Ventre, Nez Perce, and others were harvesting and hunting in the area. For more photos from Wyoming follow @sofia_jaramillo5 #grandteton #wyoming
Photo by @mathiassvold | Climate action protest in Viborg, a small city in Denmark. 100 students, mostly in high school, are protesting in front of the city hall to call out the local politicians and make them focus more on climate change. Photographed in collaboration with VII Photo Agency @viiphoto
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | Fall has begun in the Canadian Rockies and the colors are incredible.
Photo by @mborowick | The rainbow facade of the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong is a marvel for most. Choi Hung literally means “rainbow” in Cantonese. It is one of the oldest housing estates in Hong Kong and is home to more than 18,000 people. Looking beyond the colorful exterior, the extreme density of this building and the many like it, just goes to show the living conditions that the many millions in Hong Kong are living in. #choihung #hongkong #rainbow #china #asia
Photo by @max lowe I The sun sets over the fjordlands and peaks of southwest Norway while looking down on the city of Alesund as the city lights spark on and the long winter night begins. Alesund was our home base for a ski trip throughout the area, but as much as the mountains sparked my imagination, it was the landscapes of the Norwegian coast that stuck with me over the years. To see more from my travels follow @max lowe.
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | Every other year I visit the Atacama Desert of Chile for various astrophotography projects. The area has some of the clearest skies for both hobby stargazers and research astronomers. This is a traditional accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama, a town with minimal light pollution. The Milky Way was emerging just as the night began. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi #saveournightsky #stargazing #astrotourism #atacama #twanight
Photo @stephen_matera | Aerial photo over Spire Point in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, North Cascades, Washington. The North Cascades are a rugged wilderness of thick old growth forests, rock, and ice with over 300 active glaciers. There are very few roads that penetrate the North Cascades, but one of the few that does is the North Cascades Highway, which is closed in winter because of the deep snowfall and avalanche hazard along the highway. Most of the hiking and climbing in this beautiful wilderness requires long approaches with thousands of feet of elevation gain. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #northcascades #wilderness #aerialphotography #glacierpeakwilderness
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | The stunning interior of Palermo’s Casa Professa – or Church of the Gesù. The building is one of the most important masterpieces of Baroque art in Sicily, Italy. It is enhanced by incredible decorations in marble and stucco, which according to American art historian Donald Garstang, “belong to the world of unleashed fancy.” The tireless work, spanning over 200 years by some of the most accomplished artists in the world, is on display everywhere you look in sculptures, polychrome inlays, stucco art, frescoes, and ornate marble construction. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #palermo #sicily #italy
Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | A glacier seen from above the Chugach Mountain Range near Valdez, Alaska. The Chugach Mountains are said to contain about one-third of the present glacierized area of Alaska and include one of the largest glaciers in the continental North America, the Bering Glacier. For more photos from Alaska follow @sofia_jaramillo5 #alaska #glaciers
Photo by @daisygilardini | Scientists distinguish 19 different subpopulations of polar bears throughout the ice-covered waters of the circumpolar Arctic. For many of these populations their life has two seasons — the winter is the feasting season, spent hunting seal and roaming on the pack ice, while the summer is the fasting season when the absence of ice pushes the bears onto land with scarce food resources. During the last 36 years, more than 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has melted. The ice is also forming later and melting earlier, which means less time for hunting and building the fat reserves necessary to survive during the fasting season. This image was shot in late November in Wapusk National Park - Manitoba - Canada. The bear is patiently waiting for the pack ice to form and go hunt. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #polarbear #bear #WapuskNationalPark #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #wildlifephotography
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | Fall in the Canadian Rockies is spectacular as Larch trees turn an incredible vibrant yellow, painting the landscape in a sea of gold.
Photo by @mborowick | One of the most famous of the Icelandic waterfalls has to be Skogafoss. Located just northwest of the city Vik, it flows from the Skógá river flows from springs below the Eyjafjöll mountains and the west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Standing in front of this truly magical waterfall that you can almost go up to and touch is something incredible. #waterfall #iceland #skogafoss #nature #nordic
Photo by @bertiegregory | A bull moose feeds on willow bushes on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada. The biggest bulls can grow antlers that are 6ft across weighing more than 40lbs. Like other members of the Cervidae (deer ) family, moose grow and shed their antlers each year, with all this growth occurring in a just a 5-month period. Having the biggest antlers helps males achieve reproductive success. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wild_life #animals #moose #willow #antlers
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto | Off the island of Huahine, aquamarine-studded lagoons beckon kiteboarders, surfers, snorkelers, and an array of sea life. Shallow in parts and deep in others, these beautiful lagoons make the ocean seem far more vast than meets the eye. Beautiful and scarcely developed; this French Polynesian island is the perfect place to get some vacation therapy. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images from my adventures around the world. #huahine #frenchpolynesia
Photo by @max lowe | The last thing I expected to find on Easter Island was a thriving equine culture, to be honest. As I got to know the people and place though, it become quite apparent that as much as anywhere else horses had been intertwined into the Rapa Nui way of life. Here, Heu Rapu Haoa and his ranch hand stop for a moment as the sun rises on the rim of the long dormant volcano, Rano Kau that makes up the southern tip of the island. To see more from my time on Rapa Nui follow me @max lowe.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | This image was captured from a sailboat looking back at the chain of the Lofoten Islands under a wild sky. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit this incredible country and the amazing Lofoten Islands along with an incredible crew and we sailed for ten days throughout the Lofoten Islands. I have great memories from that trip! #norway #Bodø #Svolvær
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | During the raising of the Greek flag, Evzones, members of the Greek presidential guard, stand atop of the ancient Acropolis hill, with the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Acropolis #Athens #Greece
Photo by @paulnicklen | He was the largest and most impressive male polar bear I have ever seen. But, in this moment, he looked small, submissive and defeated as his constant attempts at mating were rejected by this beautiful female in the Arctic. I sat with them for 24 hours, bearing witness to this intimate exchange even though his desires were never realized. I am grateful every day that I get to walk in the shadows of beings more complete than I am, to go unnoticed in the wild lands where they live, eat, and breed. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more stories and wildlife images from the field on @NatGeo and @SeaLegacy expeditions. #PolarBear #Arctic #BornToIce #Explore
Photo by @stephen_matera | Morning fog along the Big Sur coastline, Garrapata State Park, California. Big Sur is a rugged section of the Central Coast of California between Carmel Highlands in the North and San Simeon in the South. Highway 1, now called the Cabrillo Highway, was opened in 1937, works its way along the entire 70 mile route but is often closed due to landslides. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #bigsur #coast #California
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Traveling along the Amazon river. The Amazon rainforest has long been recognized as a repository of ecological services not only for local tribes and communities but also for the rest of the world. Amazonia and its trees are a significant source for oxygen and major sink for absorbing carbon dioxide. The process of photosynthesis is important for life on Earth and all of those trees in the Amazon are deterrents to the growing problem of increased greenhouse gases. The Amazon region has often been called "the Green Ocean" because evapotranspiration from vegetation provides water vapor to the atmosphere. Such water vapor is critical for South America and global weather patterns and ocean currents. The atmosphere is a large fluid system so processes and moisture sources have global connections. We need to do more to save our forests. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects. #SaveTheAmazon #AmazonRainForest
Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | The last light of the day hits the Sawtooth Mountain Range near Stanley, Idaho. The Sawtooths encompass an area of 678 square miles. There are 57 peaks with an elevation over 10,000 feet in the Sawtooth Range. For more photos from Idaho follow @sofia_jaramillo5 #idaho #mountains
Photo by @taylorglenn | A view of the Colorado River from Toroweap Overlook on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It takes a bit more effort to get to this side of the park but the reward of this view is well worth it. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the West. #grandcanyon #arizona #coloradoriver
Photo by @KristaRossow | Budapest’s iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Hungarian Parliament Building light up after dusk while sightseeing boats ply the Danube River. Although Budapest is a beautiful city at any time of day, I think the city is the most magical during twilight, also appropriately called blue hour. For more images of Hungary’s capital city, follow me @KristaRossow #Budapest #Hungary #Danube
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Somewhere along the way from Bodø to Svolvær along the northern coast of Norway. If you have the chance the ferry between Bodø and Svolvær (in the Lofoten Islands ) it is a feast for the eyes and the camera if it is a clear day and the ocean isn’t fully enraged. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit this incredible country and the amazing Lofoten Islands along with an incredible crew and we sailed for ten days throughout the Lofoten Islands. Great memories from that trip! #lofotenislands #lofoten #norway #Bodø #Svolvær