Photo by Beth Wald @bethjwald | Outside a small chapel in pre-dawn light, a young man readies a team of horses to take part in a religious pilgrimage through the rural landscape of Iberá, in the Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. People from small villages across the region travel for up to five days on horseback or horsecart, carrying religious icons to the cathedral in the town of Itatí to celebrate the Virgin of Itatí. The last days of the pilgrimage are an incredible spectacle as tens of thousands of people on horseback, most in traditional finery, take over the roadways of Corrientes and converge on the town. For more photos from little known corners of the world, follow me, @bethjwald #pilgrimage #gauchoculture #corrientestradition #pilgrimage
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | A panoramic view of Florence. In the middle of the city stands the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome covering the cathedral is known as Brunelleschi’s dome in honor of its creator, the architect Filippo Brunelleschi. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. the dome is still a masterpiece of beauty, engineering, and pioneering construction. In many ways, it remains unmatched. Florence holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. For around 250 years, before 1300 and until the early 1500s, it was politically, economically ,and culturally the most important city in Europe. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta #florence #tuscany #italy
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Savannah Cummins climbing the super classic route Scarface (5.11 ) on the Scarface Wall in Indian Creek, Utah. For this image, we had another climber up on the wall with a big, battery-powered strobe (i.e. a big flash ) to light up the climber at sunset. This route has been photographed tens of thousands of times, but something different can always be done to show it in a new light—quite literally here. #indiancreek #scarface #utah
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Sunrise on Walter Peak above Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, New Zealand. While staying with some friends in Queenstown, I happened to look out the window and snapped to attention when I saw this vista. Clouds below the tops of mountains never seems to get old. Queenstown and the surrounding area is a mountain paradise. #mtwalter #queenstown #newzealand
Photo by @hoffmanbrendan | Southwestern Ukraine, along the border with Romania, is home to a rugged section of the Carpathian Mountains known as the Marmarosy Alps. Once located on the Soviet frontier, access was restricted for decades, and one still requires permission from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine to hike here. The rewards, however, are stunning views and a lack of crowds even in peak summer months. Our group pitched camp here along the trail and rode out several afternoon rain showers and a storm that dumped enough hail to have a snowball fight, but as the fog wafted over the peaks and the sun set, we were treated to a spectacular show. #ukraine #carpathians #mountains #sunset #nature
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | With billions of stars that host planets in our galaxy, there are endless possibilities of other worlds habitable to some sort of life. This singe-exposure photograph of Mono Lake looking at a little island of tufa was taken far from light pollution in California. These limestone towers are formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals in water. Mono Lake has no outlet, so the trapped salt made the lake very alkaline and salty. But the lake has an unusually productive ecosystem, including a strange bacteria that has been deeply analyzed by astrobiologists studying the possibility of life in other worlds with extreme conditions. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me, @babaktafreshi #saveournightsky #twanight #monolake #nightphotography
Photo by @Chrisburkard | Chasing surf has taken me to places around the globe that I never could have imagined when I first began taking photos. High on the top of this list of unexpected locations are the remote parts of the Pacific Northwest—specifically Alaska. The Aleutians are comprised of a string of 167 islands that span the gap between Alaska and Russia. They’re about as remote as it gets. The few locals who live there can trace their history back 8,000 years. They rely on hunting and fishing for food and graciously offered me an oily slab of seal blubber to eat soon after my arrival (which would have been rude to turn down ). Many nights were spent around a fire or table learning about their ancestors and the traditions of their community. By day, we spent our time searching for breaks via ATVs, often taking treacherous trails to hidden bays. With a topographic map and some help from a native Aleut hunter, we scored some of the best cold water barrels I have ever seen to this day.
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Weddell seals feed mainly on fish, squid, and other invertebrates like krill. They are extraordinary divers. They can reach 600 meters in depth and spend more than an hour underwater. Weddell seals are the most southerly breeding mammal in the world and can be found from to Sub-Antarctic Islands to the Ross Sea. I simply love their cat-like faces and the beautiful patterns of their grey coats. These seals usually come on land or lay on ice to rest and digest, so it is not very easy to photograph them as they are very passive when outside the water. The occasional yawn, however, makes for great grimaces and funny portraits. Follow me, @daisygilardini , for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #Antarctica #seal #weddellseal #conservation #climatechange
Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | Looking up at the sky through Zebra slots, shot on assignment in Southern Utah. The slot canyons of Escalante National Monument tell a tale of time, in waves of red sandstone, like no other. Follow me, @argonautphoto , for both video and stills from these slots and other public lands.
Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | The Raohe Street Night Market is a maze of delicious food, shops filled with curio, and bright lights. I briefly got distracted by yummy looking noodles and when I looked behind me, I had lost my friend. Follow me, @hannahreyesmorales , for more stories on Asia and beyond. #Taiwan #Food #Raohe
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Split-shots are not easy to achieve in cold water. Most of the time, you photograph blind by holding your gear on the side of the Zodiac. Usually you end up shooting hundreds of images and getting only a few that are fine. I achieved this image by using an underwater case with a dome port and a 16-35mm wide angle lens. Follow me, @daisygilardini , for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #Antarctica #iceberg #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | As I was walking toward the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, there was this priceless moment of a happy boy holding a stray puppy. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #jordan #الاردن #Petra
Photo by @amivitale | A curious llama inspects wild bear-grass in Swan Lake, Montana. Indigenous to the Andes, Llamas in this outfitter were brought to Montana in 1979 to help move timber cruising equipment. Seeing what great trail companions and sure-footed mountaineers they were, the group began to offer commercially guided pack trips in 1981 to Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas. With their padded foot, cleanliness, calm nature and ability to browse on a variety of vegetation, llamas have no more impact in the high country than a deer. Follow me, @amivitale , for more photos of fascinating creatures and stunning locales. #montana #llamas #trekking
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The half moon rose around 11 p.m. while I slept out in the White Desert of Farafra, Egypt. The bedrock here is composed of soft, white chalk that has been sculpted by strong winds into strange and beautiful shapes. To explore more of our world, follow me @geosteinmetz
Photo by @stephen_matera | The wind blows sand across Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunset in Colorado. The area receives only 11 inches of precipitation each year and was measured to be the quietest of the U.S. National Parks in the contiguous 48 states. Sand temperatures can reach a blistering 140 degrees Fahrenheit during hot summer days and dunes are up to 750 feet high. Follow me, @stephen_matera , to see a video of the sand blowing and for more images like this from Colorado and around the world. #desert #colorado
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A view of Amman, the capital of Jordan, at sunset. Amman is considered to be among the most liberal Arab cities and a major tourist destination in the region. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me, @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #amman #الاردن
Photo by @daisygilardini | Play is very important in each animal species as it helps the newborns grow stronger, build self-confidence, and learn to socialize and hunt. Besides the biological importance of playing, this behavior give us —the photographers — great photo opportunities. Here, two lion cubs play in Chobe National Park in Botswana. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists lions as “vulnerable” on their red list of endangered species. The population is decreasing and is down to 23,000-39,000 individuals left. Major threats to the lion population include human-wildlife conflict, territory fragmentation, habitat loss, and trophy hunting. Follow me, @daisygilardini , for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #Africa #lion #Botswana #chobenationalpark #lioncub #conservation
Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | Twilight over two massive tabular icebergs off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. These tabular bergs have come out of the Weddell Sea from the eastern part of the peninsula, likely from the Larsen C ice shelf. The reason they are rectangular and flat-topped is because the’ve calved off from a massive ice shelf of floating ice that eventually broke at its end. For more images from around the world, hop over to @ronan_donovan
Photo by @Chrisburkard | We came to Mallorca for the seaside climbs and could have stayed for years exploring new ones each day. The island’s perimeter is almost entirely made up of limestone cliffs like these and is always paired with this bright blue water. Our primary mode of transportation was sailboat, as pictured. The climbs were often done without rope, a style of climbing called "deep water soloing." In this style, the water below acts as your safety device in the case of a fall. But, even if you complete your climb successfully, you still have to make it back to the boat. If you look closely, you can see this diver is still wearing his climbing shoes as he plunges into the ocean to swim back to the home base. Not a bad commute.
Photo by @stephen_matera | The Columbia River Gorge near Mosier, Oregon. The Gorge is a canyon through the Cascade Mountains that is approximately 80 miles long and includes a diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. It stretches from the temperate rainforests of the west slope of the Cascades, which receive an annual rainfall of about 100 inches, to the dry sage country of the east slopes, which receive only about 10 inches of rain per year. The Columbia River watershed begins in British Columbia and ends in the Pacific Ocean. It's also one of only four rivers that cross the Cascade Mountains. Follow me, @stephen_matera , for more images like this from Oregon and around the world. #columbiarivergorge #nationalscenicarea
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | The full moon at dusk above the Atlantic Ocean shore. I took this single exposure photograph near my home in Boston. The moon has been the Earth's companion for more than 4 billion years. This month marks the 50th anniversary of when we finally landed there on July 20, 1969. The moon plays an essential role to life on this planet. Without its tidal force, the evolution path of life may never have developed in this way. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me, @babaktafreshi #twanight #moon #apollo #nightphotography
Photo by @bertiegregory | A coastal wolf searches for seafood at low tide on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. We need large carnivores. These top predators keep herbivore populations in check, allowing countless other species to thrive. Using the famous Yellowstone National Park wolves as an example, since their reintroduction, the entire ecosystem has totally transformed and is now much healthier. If you’d like to help coastal wolves, consider supporting organizations like the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Their new campaign involves purchasing the trophy hunting licenses for a large area of the Great Bear Rainforest so that they're not accessible to hunters. #britishcolumbia #photography #wildlife #coast #wolf #rainwolf
Photo by @acacia johnson | Sunrise illuminates a sea of icebergs in front of Booth Island, Antarctica. A narrow passage between this island and the mainland of Antarctica forms the Lemaire Channel, one of the most breathtaking landscapes visited by many travelers to the Antarctic Peninsula. Follow me, @acacia johnson for more images from the Polar Regions and beyond. #antarctica #icebergs #lemairechannel
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | A double rainbow appears at the edge of a thunderstorm in the Shoshone National Forest in Northwestern Wyoming. Beartooth Pass is probably one of my favorite places to photograph. What's your favorite place to photograph? #wild #wyoming #nature #rainbows #beauty
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr @carltonward | Summer brings back lifelong memories of the Gulf of Mexico. Long days with family and friends, diving, fishing, surfing, and tropical storms. The Gulf was my initial connection with wild Florida. These two photos are from edges of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, where Florida's wild interior meets the Gulf coast. The image shows Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola. The beauty of the Gulf's surface hides a darker truth—pollution and development on land threaten its health. The Gulf of Mexico watershed encompasses 31 US States (and parts of Canada ), making it downstream from most of the country. #GulfofMexico #FloridaWildlifeCorridor
Photo by @max lowe | Traffic doesn't always come in the same shapes and sizes. Here, two bull elk face off with each other in a the snow-shrouded parking lot of the Mammoth Service Station near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. To see more from of my work in Montana, follow me @max lowe.
Photo by Beth Wald @bethjwald | Luli, a local gaucho who now works for the new Iberá National Park, attaches a canoe to the saddle of his horse in the marshlands of the Arroyo Carambola. This area is part of the Esteros del Iberá, a vast wetlands and grasslands in the Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. A handful of families like Luli’s still live full or part time out in the marshlands. Now some of these families are working with tourists and bringing them into the wetlands the traditional way—with horses pulling canoes. Many visitors come to explore the natural wonders and wildlife of the Park and then become fascinated with the rich local culture and unique traditions of Iberá.