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Video by @bertiegregory. A scorpion fish closeup at night in the Red Sea. Their incredible camouflage can make these fish tough to find. Often you'll be right next to one before realising it's there. Their upturned mouths mean they generally look pretty grumpy but closeup, they are mesmerisingly beautiful. Follow at @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @ErikaSkogg from the north end of Santorini, Greece, in the picturesque village of Oia. Perched on the rim of a caldera, Santorini is actually a circular archipelago of five islands in the southernmost part of Greece's Cycladic Islands - remnants of one of the most legendary volcanic explosions in Mediterranean history.
Photo by @petekmuller. A view of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya as seen from the air. The Rift is one of East Africa's most remarkable topographic features. What is visible in this region is but a small portion of the greater phenomenon, which technically spans some 6,000 km (3,700 miles) from the Middle East to the African country of Mozambique. It's an awe inspiring natural feature. Follow National Geographic photographer @petekmuller for observations and adventures from Kenya and beyond. #Kenya#Africa#RiftValley#nature#environment
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night photography
After a rainy day, the overcast sky opened up briefly for a great show, right on time during the autumn equinox. Aurora was rather faint and colorless to the eyes but magnificent to the camera with a rainbow of colors. It was dim enough to reveal the Milky Way band next to it in a 20sec exposure. I'm in Vik in southern tip of Iceland now, expecting extreme weather and stormy wind today! A few more nights left of my around Iceland photo workshop.
Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of our planet's wonders at night. @natgeo@natgeocreative#iceland#nightsky#auroraborealis#astronomy#aurora#northernlights#milkyway
Hanoi water park.
Hanoi , the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
@johnkernickphotography The view from Cap de Formentor which forms the eastern end of Majorca's Formentor peninsula. The Majorcans also call the cape the Meeting point of the winds. It's a spectacular place and has many bays, including Cala Fiquera, Cala Murta and Cala Pi de la Posada.
The 13.5 km road which runs from Port de Pollença to Cap de Formentor was built by the Italian engineer Antonio Parietti. He also constructed the snake road to Sa Calobra. Instead of being overwhelmed by what stood in his way on the cliffs, Parretti observed the Tramuntana winds and understood: where the slope was too steep, he made a curve. When he had to remove part of the cliffs, he placed the waste in other places where it was needed. The result was the two roads, which are nestled together in the mountains. Both these roads are very popular with cyclists with a lot of the major teams practicing here in the winter off season. .
Photo by @FransLanting Look at this black rhino calf—frisky and curious, ears pointing my way as I watch its mother laboriously raising herself. Only one of her ears is pointing in my direction. The other one is checking what is happening behind her. Rhinos rely on their sharp sense of hearing and an acute sense of smell to make up for not seeing very well. In Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, they’re relatively protected, but that is not the case for most rhinos elsewhere in Africa and Asia. They’ve been hammered by poachers, and it’s more important than ever to draw attention to their plight, and to the people and organizations that are trying to turn things around, including the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Rhino, and WildAid. Help them help rhinos survive and spread the word on September 22 which is World Rhino Day. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of rhinos and other endangered wildlife.
Photo by @KristaRossow // Adélie penguins group together along the water's edge at Brown Bluff in #Antarctica before one brave #penguin takes the plunge and prompts a group pile-in. These birds aren't timid because of the cold water, their feathers are amazing insulation, but fear becoming lunch for leopard seals which troll the coastline. Apparently, they've found strength in numbers.
Photo by @max.lowe // Drenched in morning light, a fisherman comes ashore after a nights work off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Much of the fishing in Sri Lanka is still done by crews of 8-12 men in small wooden outriggers like these pictured here, almost always painted in bright color and design.
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Tibet, the massive Noijin Kangsang glacier, 7,206 metres (23,641ft) above sea level, in the Lhagoi Kangri chain. Mt.Noijin Kangsang is the closest major Himalayan peak to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The mount is known as holy peak for the local Tibetans and people used to burn incense and put prayer flags for the peak. Tibetan prayer flags are traditionally used to promote peace, wisdom, compassion, and strength. Tibetans believe the wind will blow the prayers and mantras in to the surroundings, spreading goodwill and compassion.
Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #tibet#glacier#natgeotravel#blowinginthewind
Photo @stephen_matera // Double rainbow below American Falls at Niagara Falls, New York. American Falls lies entirely on the American side of the border. Behind the rainbows is the city of Niagara Falls on the Ontario side of the falls. At times of high flow, more than six million cubic feet of water flow over Niagara Falls every minute. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from New York and around the world. #waterfall#rainbow#niagarariver
Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night photography
Striking northern lights display earlier this week in northern Iceland, above a lava field near Myvatn crater lake. It was one of the fastest auroras I have seen. I continue to travel around Iceland until next week, on my latest aurora photography workshop. Check @babaktafreshi for new photos in the next nights.
Learn when and where to see the lights on my natgeo.com article “7 Magical Places to View Auroras" or google “aurora natgeo”. @natgeo@natgeocreative#aurora#auroraborealis#northernlights#iceland
Video by @bertiegregory. A female bottlenose dolphin and her calf glide through the waters off Gubal Island in the northern Red Sea. I was lucky enough to spend over an hour with this pair as they swam laps around me. It's incredible to think that bottlenose dolphins are capable of diving well over 250m deep. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photo by @petekmuller. This legendary male lion, known as Scarface, is the oldest known lion in Kenya's Masai Mara Triangle. He and two other males dominate the Paradise pride, one of the most effective hunting prides in the area. Here we see Scar advancing towards one of the pride's female lions who will ultimately spurn his advance. Follow @petekmuller for updates and observations on Masai Mara and cutting edge conservation and anti-poaching efforts underway there. #Kenya#MasaiMara#lion#conservation#Africa#scarface
Photo by @christopheviseux // Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, is the oldest provincial park in Canada. With its 1,500+ lakes and more than 1,200 km (745 mi) of navigable routes, it is a very popular destination for canoeing and camping. You can escape to the tranquility of Algonquin and spend several days in the Park with very few other visitors in sight. A great way to appreciate the vast Canadian wilderness. Follow me @christopheviseux for more pictures around the world. #canada#ontario#lake#landscape#travel
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // An early morning excursion into the Torres del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park in southern Patagonia. Torres del Paine is one of the most incredible national parks in the world and offers some stunning landscapes for those willing to hike. On this morning we got up at 2 A.M. to hike up into three Torres. We were lucky to get a mostly clear day and mild winds. Patagonia is famous for its weather so your mileage may vary in terms of weather. I have been here when it was howling 100-plus Km/h and raining and/or snowing sideways. All part of the fun in this epic landscape. #torresdelpaine#chile
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The Naxi are mountain people that wandered to the edge of the Tibetan plateau and found a place to call home in the county of Lijiang in the northern Yunnan Province of China. The Naxi are one of the best known Chinese ethnic groups and one of the most visited by tourists. Approximately 300,000 Naxi live in Yunnan today along with more than half of the country’s minority groups, providing a glimpse into China’s hugely varied mix of humanity. It is often said, that religiously speaking, the Naxi believe in everything: Bon, totemism, shamanism, animism, Buddhism, Dao. A reflection of their long heritage as a cultural crossroads among the many peoples of Tibet, China, India, and Southeast Asia. If you travel to the Yunnan region be sure to wander through the ancient villages of the area where you can still experience their rich cultural heritage and traditions. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto for more images and stories from around the world. #China#Yunnan#travel
Photo by @KristaRossow // Partner content with @PureNewZealand // One barely needs to set foot on the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, to be distracted by stunning views. I climbed down to the river below the iconic swing bridge to capture the water rushing through this verdant scene. // Join Bryce Dallas Howard as she explores the magic and wonder of New Zealand. Explore more at natgeo.com/NZMustDo #NZMustDo
Photo by @petekmuller. Carlo, a retired barber, looks out over the agricultural fields of #Bovino, Italy. To occupy his time, he makes wine, cheese and other traditional foods and runs a small space devoted to the preservation of history and culture in this tiny mountain village. Expecting no payment, he took us on a guided tour of Bovino's historic districts, telling stories going back to the pre-Roman period--tales of bandits, agricultural development, counterfeit money, and illicit romances. I wonder who in my generation is taking it upon themselves to learn these tales. Bovino is beautiful. #Italy#history#puglia
Photo by @max.lowe // Caught in soft afternoon light, The Potala Palace, once home to the Dalai Lama and one of the last few fully preserved and standing architectural remnants of the kingdom of Tibet, still carries on each day in all her glory in downtown Lhasa. Inside monks still recite the ancient prayers and protect sacred texts dictating the history of Tibetan Buddhism and the people who bear its teachings. Outside the Potala and the few Tibetan monasteries in the old city though, the influx of modern Chinese influence and tourism in the region has turned the once hidden ancient kingdom into a bustling modern metropolis.
Video by @renan_ozturk // Moonlight sweeping across Ama Dablam at the edge of the Khumbu Glacier, Mt Everest Region.
photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James. Red-and-green macaws fly from a clay lick just outside Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon. The macaws probably got spooked by something; they are very flighty when they visit the clay lick as predators could be lurking in the trees ready to catch them when they’re distracted eating the clay. With so little salt in the Amazon macaws and other birds and animals visit clay licks to stock up on minerals and salts. You’d think you’d see animals everywhere in a place like the Amazon, so teeming with life, but you don't. The 'green curtain’ of trees and other plants means you generally see very little. However wait a while patiently and stay quiet and the creatures of the forest will often start to reveal themselves. Macaws are of course different as they are bright and loud and make no effort to hide themselves as they fly overhead. Manu National Park is officially the most bio-diverse place on earth and well worth a trip for the adventurous traveller - if you get lucky you could see a jaguar on the boat journey in.
Video by @bertiegregory. Killing time by filming bubbles on a scuba diving safety stop can often yield weird and interesting shots! Spot my camera's reflection in the biggest bubble. Follow @bertiegregory for more underwater adventures!
Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // Constructed to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988, Adelaide’s Bicentennial Conservatory is the largest single span conservatory in the Southern Hemisphere. The steel and glass structure towers 27 meters, into the sky housing lowland rainforest plants many of which are endangered in the wild. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com
Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // Rows of perfectly manicured grapevines roll over gently undulating landscape in the Adelaide Hills east of Adelaide in South Australia. Surrounded by former German settlements, Adelaide Hills is home to many cool climate grape varieties, often grown on steep gradients and small plots. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com