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Photo by @CarltonWard // I shot an assignment on the Gulf of Mexico for the Nature Conservancy and wanted to show off a favorite place in my native Florida— the coral reefs of Dry Tortugas National Park. The park preserves seven islands situated 70 miles west of Key West where the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic ocean meet. It’s a magical place where the reefs have been spared some of the destruction present elsewhere in the keys. On the west side of loggerhead key, the coral rises close to the surface with the iconic lighthouse casting a shadow over the shallows. I swam for two days over these reefs looking for the right angle for a split-level photo. When a meter-long barracuda appeared in my view finder, I kicked against the current and lifted my water housing into position with the dome port rising partially above the wavy surface to capture this frame. Please follow @carltonward for more #hiddenwild @nature_org #gulfofmexico #coral #lighthouse #barracuda #FloridaKeys #drytortugas #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild Dry Tortugas Light
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Photo: @andy_mann // The journey IS the destination. @mikelibecki & @ethan_pringle climbing floating icebergs in the Greenland Sea. The boys stretching their legs after our little boat was completely stuck in the sea ice for a week. Any little summit was a huge victory at that point. ❄️❄️❄️. @ladzinski @3stringsproductions // Follow me @andy_mann to journey deeper into Greenlands magical fjords. 🏔🏔🏔 Greenland
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Photo by @max.lowe // The coniferous rainforests of the Pacific Northwestern US are in my opinion some of the most understatedly beautiful environments in our country. Nowhere else in the US have I felt midst such a lush and riotous enclave of life in all its forms. Here my brother is dwarfed by massive trees cloaked in moss in the Ho Rainforest, Olympic National Park. Follow @max.lowe to see more #photography from here and beyond.
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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The Great Plain of Salt extends itself from the north end of the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, to the border with Eritrea. Here arrive, from the Ethiopian plateau, caravans of dromedaries and mules to load the slabs salt. The plain of Salt finds itself 100 meters below the sea level. We are in an ancient arm of the Red Sea that earthquakes have isolated from the rest of the basin, transforming it into a sort of inland lake which evaporating has left nothing else but salt. The camels walk in perfect silence. They put one foot after the other and unrelentely continue further in the white space. They trample the salt. Their steps produce a noise similar to the crunch of dry leaves. They walk on the bottom of a vanished sea. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Danakil #Ethiopia #Africa
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Photo by @FransLanting A rainbow adds a touch of softness to a blustery squall that whipped up the waves off South Georgia Island, but for the millions of seabirds that call this frigid island in the Antarctic home, strong winds are just fine, because they are expert gliders. This giant petrel is one of them, but it’s the legendary albatrosses that are truly masters of the wind. To see them up close follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #SouthernOcean #Seabird #YearoftheBird #Wind #Rainbow #Antarctica South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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Photo @chrisburkard The Kayak is one of my favorite modes of transportation because it never seems to be about hurrying from place to place. The Kayak actually originated in Greenland and was used by hunters who trained on them from an early age. The very word ‘kayak’ comes from the Inuit language - Qajaq. To be in this environment traveling in a way they have for many years gave me an extra added connection to the landscape that you cannot get from traveling by boat or foot. Greenland
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Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project The Full Moon rising in twilight above oceanfront in the North Shore of Boston. The moon is super large due to the use of long telephoto lens. It “feels” even larger in this image due to recognizable objects in the foreground, a couple of miles away from the camera. It’s red due to atmospheric refraction, more effective near the horizon. The next full moon is on March 1st. Enjoy the view! Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore our planet’s night wonders. @natgeocreative #twanight #fullmoon #moon #boston #newengland Boston, Massachusetts
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Photo by @dina_litovsky The spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda is considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. It is also the most famous landmark of Yangon. According to legend, the pagoda was built more than 2500 years ago. It dominates the city skyline with a 324 feet high golden spire set on top of a small hill.
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Photo @ladzinski / A pair of #JamesFlamingo’s affectionately intertwining their necks at Bolivia’s thermally active #RedLagoon. The James flamingo is a year round resident of the Andean Plateau, weathering the harsh winter here which can reach temperatures of -30 Fahrenheit. The James flamingo was long thought to be extinct until a small flock was rediscovered in 1956. To see more from this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski Bolivia
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Photo by @taylorglenn // Sunrise at Nankoweap. This is one of the more famous views deep within the Grand Canyon and was inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans until the year 1200 when mysteriously they disappeared. There are 2 ways to reach this spot, by floating the Colorado river or an arduous hike from the North Rim. Watching the light dance through the canyon is incredible from any vista but it's especially beautiful from deep within these majestic walls. Follow @taylorglenn for more epic landscapes from national parks and beyond. #grandcanyon #arizona #coloradoriver #travel #rivertrip Grand Canyon National Park
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Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // Coffin Bay National Park boasts acres of sand dunes. If you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, be prepared for a long walk. // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.
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Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // Australian pelicans rest in a calm backwater of the Murray River. These odd-looking birds transform into magnificent flyers when they spread huge wings and skim along the water’s surface. // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.
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Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // Seated between the dry hills of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is the world-class McLaren Vale wine region. // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.
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Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // Hobby crayfishers send their boat out into the waters at Avoid Bay Beach in Coffin Bay National Park hoping to bring back some spiny lobsters. Aussies often call spiny (rock) lobsters “crayfish.” // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.
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Photo by @danwestergren // #sponsored by @southaustralia // Point Avoid makes for a great place to watch the sun go down. But when the wind is whipping up the ocean, blowing storms from Antarctica, it’s probably best to stay away from this aptly named spot in Coffin Bay National Park. // Touring world-famous wine regions and cage diving with sharks are just a few adrenaline-pumping activities on our bucket list. Journey to the beautiful state of @SouthAustralia and immerse yourself amongst the abundant wildlife and gorgeous coastal scenery.
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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The beauty of the reefs of the Marshall Islands have to be seen to be believed. Stretching endlessly for miles these reefs surround the 1,225 islands and islets that make up this island nation. With land making up less than 0.01% of the country, it truly is a spectacular water world that is definitely worth visiting. Follow @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images from around the world. #marshallislands Marshall Islands
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Photo: @andy_mann // The #Crystal Mill or historically known as the Sheep Mountain Mill, is one of the most beautiful, picturesque and most photographed s in all of #Colorado. Still, even after seeing photos of it for years, it immediately took my breath away. If you’re traveling in the mountains of Colorado and are looking for an adventure, 4x4 up and see it for yourself. It’s located above the Crystal River between the towns of Glenwood Springs and #Aspen. It’s not camera shy. 😉. #followme @andy_mann for more photo s and insights in my home state of Colorado. Crystal Mill
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Photo by @babaktafreshi Babak Tafreshi Photography The Grand Canyon in moonlight. Stars in constellation Auriga appear above the high cirrus clouds in this peaceful night. The longest Canyon on Earth, on Arizona-Utah border, ranges in width from 6 to 29 km and attains a depth of ~ 1.6 km (a mile deep). Explore more of the national parks under stars and the world at night @babaktafreshi. #twanight #nightphotography #astrophotography #longexposure #grandcanyon #arizona #utah @natgeo @natgeocreative Grand Canyon National Park
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Video by @andy_bardon /// Skier, climber, and mother of two @kitdski leads the way off one of the highest summits in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after successfully measuring the summit with a survey grade GPS device (bulky and HEAVY!). If you look closely you can see it sticking out of her backpack. Bulletproof ice, corn, pow, and slush conditions were all encountered on the descent. Kit's been doing some amazing work in collaboration with Dr Matt Nolan in Fairbanks, AK. Together, they have teamed up to study the rate of glacial recession, measure the highest peaks in the Arctic Refuge, and document the topography so future generations can look back at current conditions. Pretty rad collaboration of adventure and science 🙌🏽 Check out @kitdski 's book #HigherLove or new documentary #LikeAWolf from @montageprodllc to learn more about her journey. /// Our expedition to the #arcticnationalwildliferefuge supported from a @natgeo grant /// Thx to my partners @kitdski @avyinstitute & Tako Coldfoot, Alaska
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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Feeling the emptiness is one of the strongest things I've ever experienced in my travels. Leave the gaze float in the void is a purification for the spirit. It is not just the reminiscence of a lost purity, it’s a horizon where everything can still happen. The Danakil, a land made of fire, salt and lava close to the Rift Valley, is a ghost ocean. It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: to be a spread of evaporitic rocks that gives rise to the Great Plain of Salt - a desert which stretches for about 600 kilometers. This is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the fire is just below our feet, five kilometers away. There is a crust that is subjected to stresses of all kinds, a part of the planet where you feel the throbbing heart of the Earth. This Friday the Danakil exhibition will open in Rome . If you around join us: Friday 23 February at 7pm at Officine Fotografiche. @andrea_frazzetta #Danakil #Ethiopia #Africa Ethiopia
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