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📸 @johnkernickphotography Kayaking the Broken Group Islands off of Vancouver Island. On a day like today it looks more like the Carribean than the West coast of Canada. The Broken Group is a group of small islands in the middle of Barkley Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.The group is protected as the Broken Islands Group Unit of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is also home to the Tseshaht First Nation. . . . . #brokengroupislands #pacificrimnationalpark #britishcolumbia #Canada #kayaking #johnkernickphotography #tseshahtfirstnation
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez) Mexico city is located inside Mexico's Valley, also called Mexico's basin. This valley is located at the trans-mexican volcanic belt. It has an altitude of approximately 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) above sea level. Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that reach elevations over 5,000 meters (16,000 feet). This valley has no natural drainage outlet for the waters that flow from the mountains, making the city vulnerable to flooding. First drainages were builded at the beginning of 17th century, using canals and tunnels. Photo by @christian_foto #mexicocity #valley #mexico
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // words by adventure writer and presenter @CharlieBoscoe - As the stars and the first rays of sun battle to fill the sky, the Tre Cime mountains remain resolute and unflinching. These peaks have provided countless mountaineers with incredible joy but they have been the backdrop to some brutal wartime battles. If they could speak, what would they tell us?
Panoramic photo by @babaktafreshi Swipe left to see this colorful sunset from a remotely-located observatory in Chile overlooking layers of mountains in the southern outskirts of Atacama Desert. Of all the observatories I have imaged in the world the European Southern Observatory (ESO) site of La Silla in Chile is one of my favorites to visit. To enjoy the stunning night sky, desert climate, and unspoiled landscape. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world’s nightscapes. @natgeo @natgeocreative @twanight #chile #observatory #sunset #panorama #desert
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // It's the smallest country in Asia and ninety-nine percent of it consists of water. That makes the Maldive Islands the perfect place to get away from it all. #indianocean #maldives
Video by @tobyharriman // Vestrahorn is a 454 meter high gabbro rock mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The foreground here is just incredible with all the textures from frozen water on the black sand beach. Music @jteveringham #iceland #video #travel #natgeo
Photo @pedromcbride // Locals cowboys celebrate the return of a long lost friend — water in the Rio Colorado. In 2014, thanks to a binational agreement between the US and Mexico, a river of sand became wet once again, and a fiesta ignited downstream. While the celebration only lasted a few weeks, it left something behind—hope. Over eight weeks of the “pulse flow,” the Colorado River showed us all that even with a relative trickle, we can bring a river back to life if we try. While many are working to do another pulse flow, it is suspected it won’t be enough to connect to the sea again. #coloradoriver #freshwater #delta #climatechange
Photo by @FransLanting Low tide at sunrise exposes the cracked domes of stromatolites lining the shores of Shark Bay in Western Australia. These mounds are formed by living communities of primitive bacteria. Three billion years ago their ancestors began to produce the oxygen that altered our Earth’s atmosphere and made it possible for oxygen-breathing animals like ourselves to evolve. The spreading pink clouds of sunrise hint at a change in the air. For more wonders from our living planet, follow me @FransLanting. @natgeol @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Stromatolites #Nature #Evolution #SharkBay #Sunrise #Naturephotography
Photo: @andy_mann // A large Polar Bear chases fleeting summer sea ice in Southeast Greenland. Those who miss the drifts North in the spring are often caught in a difficult situation, foraging for unsustainable food sources until the seals return with the ice. Greenland, one of the least traveled and wildest places on our planet, is only two flights from my home in Denver. Highly recommended! #followme @andy_mann as I pack and head back with @ladzinski for a Summer of first ascents and exploration with rock climbing legends @mikelibecki & @ethan_pringle.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. How will you celebrate the summer solstice? Pictured, a group of people celebrate Sonnwendfeuer, or midsummer atop the Nordkette mountain near Innsbruck, Austria. Across the Alps at this time of the year, bonfires and torches light up the night in celebration. Happy Solstice one and all!
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Burmese dancers performing for tourists at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the world's largest book of Buddhist scriptures on 729 marlble slabs, in Mandalay, Myanmar. #mandalay #myanmar #kuthodawpagoda
Photo @pedromcbride // The drying lakebed of Marsabit National Park in northern Kenya. This crater lake is an oasis for wildlife and water -- serving as a water tower for the region, but a changing climate combined with more straws in the water table have stressed and depleted this lake recently. #kenya #freshwater #aerial #climatechange #watertower #water #nature
Photo @materas // A coastal brown (grizzly) bear forages for food at low tide, Chichagof Island, Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Chichagof Island has the highest density of bears per square mile in the world. We watched this sub-adult and its sibling forage and play along the shoreline for a half an hour. With a diet that's rich in salmon, coastal brown bears can reach upwards of 1,500 pounds. While this one wasn't nearly that big, it was still best to watch from a kayak offshore! Follow me @materas for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #wildlife #brownbear #grizzly #chichagofisland
Video by @bertiegregory. A crested hawk-eagle on the lookout for prey (small birds and mammals) near a waterhole in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Maldives, a football game on the beach. Many Maldivians still live off the fishing but they only represent 3% of the gross national product and their ecological ways to catch tuna with simple fish hooks is fading out. The Maldive Islands are a blue horizon; dotted by the single groups of islands created throughout the millennia by tiny organisms that found enough light and nutrients to support their growth. If it were possible to look at it over the ages we’d see it appear and disappear over a few hundred thousand years: from the first sandbanks to the first palm trees, it is truly a nation of appearance and disappearance. @andrea_frazzetta @instituteartist #Maldives #travel #color #sea #ocean #football #beach
Photo by @babaktafreshi The Milky Way drive! A road in the Atacama Desert of Chile at night. Near the center are the Large Magellanic Cloud (our neighboring satellite galaxy), Carina Nebula (red spot), the Southern Cross and two bright stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri. None of these are visible from most of the northern hemisphere. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the world starry nights. @natgeocreative @natgeo #ontheroad #milkyway #astrophotography #nightscape #nightsky #southerncross #atacama #chile
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // words by adventure writer and presenter @CharlieBoscoe - It is one of the ironies of nature that its greatest performances are often signs that it is time to retreat. The sight of a bear in full hunting mode, a volcano erupting or this spectacular combination of light and cloud are all stunning but equally are signs that it might be wise to change locations. We had the luxury of being able to drive away but for those fighting in these mountains during times of war, bad weather was something to be endured; a challenge that made an already desperate task seem even harder.
Photo: @andy_mann // Yellowstone rumbles and boils with the reminder that most things beautiful in this natural world are both fragile and momentary. The same forces here that give beginnings, give endings.
Photo by @TimLaman. Flamingos along a lakeshore in Arusha National Park, Tanzania on a rainy day. These are mostly Lesser Flamingos, but note a few Greater Flamingos with the lighter plumage and pink on their beaks. #flamingo, #Africa, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
photograph by @susanseubert // I recently had the privilege of observing a swimming polar bear for about 3 hours early one morning at Hornsund, Norway in the Svalbard archipelago. Along with the bear, there were bearded seals hauled out on the near by ice. It took less than 2 seconds for this top predator to take the seal off the ice, then worked about 15-20 minutes in the water to kill the seal. To eat the seal, the polar bear had to take it to a piece of ice that was large enough to support their combined weight, which was no easy feat. #polarbear #ivorygull #climatechange Photographed #onassignment for @natgeotravel @natgeoexpeditions Follow @susanseubert for more!