It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Video by @babaktafreshi | The Big Dipper stood high in the Iceland sky on this November night. The unusual northern light is known as a pulsating aurora. Although it’s faster in this time-lapse video, even in real time it shifts and brightens in patches every second, rather than the typical arcs and streaks. Auroras are caused by energetic electrons speeding down into Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the thin air on the boundary of space and our atmosphere. Down on Earth is the iconic Skógafoss waterfall. Explore more of the world at night photography with @babaktafreshi . The soundtrack is "Red North" by Ali Raini, Tonelabs. #astrophotography #aurora #spaceweather #aurora #iceland
Photo by @dina_litovsky | The kaleidoscopic, pre-social distancing vibe in Philadelphia's new Four Seasons Hotel. Its restaurant on the 59th floor has huge windows offering sweeping views of the city and mirrors on the ceiling, making it a stunning place for a happy hour drink. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by @joshuacogan | Friday prayer is called at Riyadha Mosque in Lamu, Kenya. This historic Sunni Islamic school in the Swahili islands was established in 1901. The man who built this mosque, Habib Swaleh Jamalulein, is thought to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. For more explorations of culture, faith, and the human landscape, follow me @joshuacogan .
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | The west face of Cerro Torre—as seen here through the tent door—rises above the Patagonia Ice Cap near El Chalten, Argentina. Images of peaks framed up out the door of a tent are pretty common, and I try to resist the urge, but in this case with Cerro Torre looming out there I had to snap a few images. Camping behind Cerro Torre was like camping in the throne room of the mountain gods. One of these days I will hopefully get back there and actually do some climbing. #cerrotorre #chile #patagoniaicecap #patagonia
Photo by @amandamustard | A monk rides in the front of a long-tail boat that commutes up and down a klong, or canal, in Bangkok, Thailand. These boats service the network of waterways around the city and cost about 8 to 20 baht (25 to 60 cents ) per person, depending on distance. #thailand #buddhism #bangkok
Video by @tobyharriman | In this Inle Lake village, boats replace cars. Inle Lake, Myanmar, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve best known for its beautiful floating gardens. Around the gardens, colorful buildings on stilts dot the waterscape, forming communities only accessible by boat. Every home seemed to be open and active with families out and about—doing chores, fishing, tending the gardens, and guiding visitors. Unfortunately, Inle Lake is facing environmental degradation, partially due to the tourism boom in recent years. One issue is the rapid development of new hotels along the lakeshore and in the surrounding township. Some of these hotels are pumping waste directly into the water instead of disposing of it in a safe and responsible manner. Hopefully the lake’s designation as a biosphere reserve will help ensure sustainability is a priority moving forward. Follow @tobyharriman for more. Music by James Everingham. #inlelake #myanmar #burma #natgeotravel #natgeo
Photo by @steven_gnam | I pause to admire the pines. These old-growth trees bear the scars of numerous forest fires and are shaped by the winds that blast this exposed ridge. This is from a photo series redefining travel during the shutdown, with scenes from my daily run exploring corners of my backyard. #Cascades #PNW #oldgrowth
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The Hong Kong skyline and its bright lights shining skyward are seen from the Tsim Sha Tsui pier in this photo, shot on a smartphone.
Photo by @daisygilardini | Cruising among icebergs in Scoresby Sound, Greenland. I always carry a few filters in my day pack: a circular polarizer, a graduated grey, and a few neutral-density filters. Since the air is so dry in the polar regions, using a polarizer against a blue sky can be dangerous, as it may turn your dark blue into a pure black. Some people like it, but I personally don’t. I often use a filter, however, when cruising in a Zodiac among icebergs. This helps cut the glare from the water, giving me a deeper view into the part of the iceberg that lies under the blue waterline. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #greenland #scoresbysund #iceberg #climatechange
Photo by @bethjwald | Dawn light touches the old shrines and buildings of Shey, a Buddhist monastery complex below the sacred Crystal Mountain in Upper Dolpo, in Shey-Phoksundo National Park in northwest Nepal. This photo was captured during a trip retracing the journey to Shey taken by Peter Matthiessen in his 1978 classic book, "The Snow Leopard." #Sheyphoksundo #Himalaya #pilgrimage #buddhism
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Lydia McDonald hikes above the Grey Glacier on the eastern side of Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. I have visited Torres del Paine several times, and it is one of the most beautiful national parks in South America. This part of the trail is on the far side of the park, and it has an incredible view looking north up to the Patagonia Ice Cap. #glaciergrey #torresdelpaine #chile
Photo by @dina_litovsky | A woman looks over the port of Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, Israel, with the modern city in the background. Jaffa, with its sweeping views and cobblestone streets, is one of my favorite parts of the eclectic city. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky .
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | On our first evening in Torres del Paine National Park, we took a hike down to one of the glacial lakes. There were bones everywhere. First a skull, then vertebrae with hardened skin, and suddenly an entire carcass. Our guide Geraldinne explained, “The life of the guanaco is to run from the puma. It is puma hour. I don’t like puma hour.” She recalled that a man was mauled and killed by one of the large cats a few years ago. “Where?” I asked, expecting her to describe somewhere far away. “Over there,” she said, pointing to a rock about a hundred feet from where we stood. Moments later, we heard a deep rumbling as a white cloud rose from the mountains in the distance, seen in the image above. Torres del Paine is an avalanche behind you, a condor in the sky, bones in the grass, and pumas somewhere, everywhere, always watching from afar. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge . #torresdelpainenationalpark #patagonia #chile #torresdelpaine #frenchglacier
Photo by @taylorglenn | A magnificent tree rises from the ruins of Beng Mealea in Cambodia. This remarkable structure is believed to have been built in the 12th century. Unlike the more famous Angkor complex, this temple has not been restored, leaving nature to reassert itself among the sandstone blocks of which it was erected. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Cambodia and beyond. #Cambodia
Video by @MartinEdstrom | Flying low to locate lion prides and buffalo herds from the air is an experience you'll never forget. What you're looking at here is the bird's-eye view of South Luangwa National Park, a well-preserved part of the Zambian outback. It should definitely be on your bucket list if you're looking to experience wildlife. Follow @MartinEdstrom for more stories from Zambia and to go behind the scenes of how we shot the first 360-degree video documentary on wild lions here. #zambia #southluangwa #africanparks #aerial #cloudscapes
Photo by @daisygilardini | Three zebras pass in front of our vehicle at the right moment during a wonderful sunset in Chobe National Park in Botswana. Have you ever wondered why the number three works so well? In numerology, the branch of knowledge that deals with the significance of numbers, three is thought to be the perfect number. The Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” means “everything that comes in threes is perfect” or “every set of three is complete.” The familiar rule of three suggests a trio of things or events is more significant, effective, or satisfying than other groups of numbers. Our minds are kind of set to think in threes, probably because we like to think in patterns. Three is the first number that defines a pattern. The number one is defined as a chance, the number two is a coincidence, while the number three is considered a pattern. There are numerous examples of how the rule of three is common in our language, speech, music, theater (three-act plays ), art, and filmmaking (trilogies ). Think about three wishes, three guesses, the three little pigs, the three musketeers, and so on. In art, photography, and design, we have the rule of thirds. Images with three subjects create a pattern that is visually pleasing. #Africa #Botswana #ChobeNationalPark #zebra #sunset
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | This was shot on a smartphone one evening on the mountain trails above Innsbruck. We decided to take advantage of the most amazing weather and enjoy a cycle tour high in the Austrian Alps. I'm looking forward to getting back to this beautiful mountain freedom soon.
Photo by @babaktafreshi | At midnight in the Australian outback, under an ocean of stars, the branches of this gum tree connected me to the universe beyond our tiny planet. Less than a hundred years ago, everyone could look up and see a spectacular starry night sky. Today most city skies are virtually empty of stars. There is a new generation that has never seen the Milky Way. Natural night sky has become a forgotten part of nature, but it is an essential element of our environment, worthy of preservation. Learn more @babaktafreshi and on International Dark Sky Association @idadarksky . #twanight #lightpollution #darksky #outbackaustralia
Video by Matt Borowick @mborowick | Svínafelljökull glacier tongue is one of the many outlet glaciers of the Vatnajokull ice cap in Iceland. Flying through the giant crevasses gives us a new perspective that we otherwise would never be able to see, which is pretty cool if you ask me. The incredible mountain peak in the background is Hrutsfjallstindar, which stands just under 1,900 meters high and is climbable—but only for the most experienced trekkers. Music by Beacons. Follow @mborowick for more videos like this. #glacier #mountains #travel #nature #explore