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Photo and text by Ben Mikha @BenMikha | I come from New Zealand or as we call it here; Aotearoa which translates to “Land of the long white Cloud” in the native tongue. We’re lucky enough to have nature so untouched in our backyard and we pride ourselves in maintaining and preserving the many landscapes our country has to offer. This photo in particular was taken on an Eastern beach of the North Island, I sacrificed a good nights sleep to venture out in the cold to see the night sky light up. After traveling 2 hours north from my home, I arrived at the beach only to find the sky had been blanketed by a layer of cloud, slightly disappointed I walked down to the beach. As I descended the steps I noticed the waves would light up a neon blue colour before crashing upon the sand. My initial thought was that I was seeing things but the more my eyes adjusted to the dark, the more the blue lighting became apparent. It was at that moment that I realised I was witnessing bioluminescent plankton in the water! An elusive rare sight only found in a hand full of countries, and I was lucky enough to have it happening right before my eyes. I set up my camera to capture the anomaly and right at that moment for a short time, the sky opened up and the stars shined through. It was unreal, seeing the beautiful work of nature in the sky and in the water both occurring right before me, a night I would not forget and then one of the many reasons why I’m an advocate for the protection of nature and wild life. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #newzealand #travel #ocean #nature #naturephotography #awesome #wildlife #nightphotography
Photo and text by Ben Mikha @BenMikha | Hey guys! My name is Ben Mikha from Auckland, New Zealand and I’m super stoked to be running a take over on Discovery’s Instagram this week! Earlier this year, I was successful in landing the worlds coolest job as Discovery’s first global intern which saw me travel the world and represent the brand while sharing my photos and videos on their platforms. My innate love for adventure has seen me travel the world for the last 3 years while furthering my passions of photography and videography as a young creative, I feel deeply connected to nature, animals and the many cultures our beautiful world has to offer. Over the next week, I will be sharing my favourite moments with you all from different countries around the world, if you enjoy what you see, be sure to join my journey along the way @benmikha as I share regular content of my stories from around the world. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #takeover #hawaii #oahu #nature #naturephotography #travel #travelphotography #awesome #sacredfalls
Photo of the Day: A full-grown cougar (or mountain lion) can jump about 15 feet straight up. This cougar cub is just testing out his new abilities.
Photo of the Day: A group of crocodiles on land is called a "bask," but a group of crocs in water is called a "float." #TheMoreYouKnow . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #crocs #crocodiles #weirdfacts #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography
(Psst! Can't get enough of Ryan's takeover? Follow @HansomeRobinson for more of his adventures.) . Photo and text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | This is The Finger of a God, a rock north of Rio de Janeiro that jets 2,500 feet up into the sky. A few months ago, we set up a highline across to this beautiful rock, 1,066 feet across with a view of Brazil few people ever get to experience! . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #highlining #brazil #travel #travelphotography #portrait #portraitphotography #adventure #wow
Photo by Garrison Rowland, text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | If you thought walking on a 1 inch wide piece of webbing is difficult, try doing it over a waterfall that is pushing hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per second over the edge right next to you, then watching the water plummet thousands of feet to The Valley below! . . . #POTD #picoftheday #photooftheday #yosemite #NPS100 #myNPS #highlinining #adventure #travel #nature #waterfalls
Photo by Quin Schrock @everchanginghorizon, text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | Have you ever stood in a beautiful place and had a feeling like you needed to somehow reflect that beauty in some way? Perhaps you've stood on a mountain top and lifted your arms above your head, or done a backflip into a beautiful lake. This is one of the ways I pay my tribute to Yosemite, one of my favorite places on earth! I've been doing handstands since I was a child and trust myself to perform them in a place like this. Balance is one of my favorite ways to express myself. Anyone else get this feeling standing in a beautiful place? . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #handstand #travel #nature #travelphotography #daredevil #yosemite #mynps #nps100 #yosemitenps #nationalparks #awesome #naturephotography #sunset
Photo by Garrison Rowland, text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | I have a very interesting relationship with heights; I have a significant fear of it, yet I love being up high. Anyone else feel that way? While it is very safe and we are professionals, do you think you would be able to stomach this bench swing? Tag a friend that you think could hang with you! . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #heights #benchswing #bigsur #adventure #travel #travelphotography #nature #greatoutdoors
Photo by Travis Burke @TravisBurkePhotography, text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | When I started slacklining, one of my biggest goals was to use the sport as a vehicle to enjoy and appreciate the most beautiful places I could ever imagine having the opportunity to visit; this place was no exception. It’s my way of paying tribute to the beauty I discover and in so doing, make sure to treat these locations with utmost respect. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #westcoast #oregon #oregoncoast #naturepreservation #travel #travelphotography #naturephotography
Photo by Chris Burkard @chrisburkard and text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | About a year ago, I caught wind that the epic American eclipse was coming and immediately started scouring Google Earth for a location where we could capture the eclipse while walking a highline. It was incredibly difficult to do! So many factors go into choosing a place; finding a location that will see near 100% totality, a place that would be at the right angle to observe the eclipse, one that would line up with a photographer, me on the highline, and the eclipse…it was an extensive project. But with the help of photographer @chrisburkard, we were able to make the near impossible shot happen. It was easily one of the most incredible moments of my entire life, experiencing totality while balancing on a highline in the sky! . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #greatamericaneclipse #greateclipse2017 #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #photography #adventure #travel #totality
Photo and text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | This is what happens when a bunch of skilled highliners need to rest after a long day in the sun! Can you imagine what it feels like laying that high above the ground?! // About this photo: Rigging this took days, lots of skill and a ton of safety precautions. It’s important to mention also that the people in the hammocks were leashed to the main line and were not relying on the hammock for safety, only comfort! . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #adventure #highlining #skill #hammock #relax #China #Xianju #travel #travelphotography
Photo and text by Ryan Robinson | @HandsomeRobinson here again! Last month I was in Xianju, China where a team of us highliners weaved this extreme hammock 2,000 feet up in the sky! Tell me, would you lay in it if you had the chance? // About this: It took a few days and a lot of knowledge/skill to create this net. Over a mile of rope went into it! IMPORTANT: Anyone that got into this hammock was wearing a harness and a leash the entire time. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #highlining #heights #adventure #travel #China #Xianju #hammock #extreme #weuphere #travelphotography #drone
Video and text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | Remember the previous picture? This is video from The Chasm at Cape Pillar in Tasmania. This line is approximately 200 feet across and 1,000 feet down directly to the ocean below!! Highlining is similar to tightrope walking, except we walk on very loose rope called webbing. It is 1 inch wide, flat, and usually made of either polyester or nylon which makes the line quite bouncy and enjoyable to walk. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #travel #highlining #heights #tasmania #ocean #views #tightrope #video #awesome #travelphotography #videography
Photo and text by Ryan Robinson @HandsomeRobinson | Hello there! My name is Ryan Robinson and I am a professional highliner & adventure athlete/photographer. I travel the world walking on ropes and documenting my adventures! I’ll be taking over the @DiscoveryChannel Instagram this week, so stay tuned for an inside look at my recent adventures! // About this photo: This was taken in Tasmania, an Island off the southern coast of Australia where we established a line off of the Chasm at Cape Pillar, the tallest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere - 1,000 feet down and 200 feet across! IMPORTANT: I am wearing a safety leash! . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #adventure #highlining #tasmania #capepillar #travel #nature #naturephotography #photography #butfirstletmetakeaselfie
Photo of the Day: The common raccoon thrives in human society because they'll eat just about anything—even our trash. In the wild, raccoons eat insects, birds, eggs, nuts and fruits! . . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #raccoon #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography
Photo of the Day: The Cassowary is a flightless bird with a bright blue face and neck. They are closely related to the emu. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #naturephotography #nature #wildlifephotography #wildlife #cassowary #bird #birdsofinstagram #weirdanimals
Photo of the Day: The edge of the Morning Glory Pool at @YellowstoneNPS. This pool's astounding color comes from the thermophilic bacteria within. But decades of vandals throwing objects into the pool have ruined its colors and given it a new nickname—"Fading Glory." . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #morningglorypool #yellowstone #NPS #myNPS #NPS100 #morningglory #geiser #nature #naturephotography
Photo of the Day: Olive Baboons are named for their coats, which look green-grey from afar. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #baboon #monkey #monkeysofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography
Photo of the Day: Will the world's largest ruminant please stand up? In the wild, giraffes very rarely lie down due to vulnerability to predators. . . . #POTD #photooftheday #picoftheday #giraffe #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #naturephotography
Photo of the Day: In the wake of Irma, many may wonder—what exactly is happening to all of Florida's alligators? Floridians, seen any misplaced gators? Share your experience in the comments. . . . #POTD #picoftheday #photooftheday #gators #alligators #florida #irma #hurricane #hurricaneirma #naturaldisaster