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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man walks past Abu Darwish Mosque in Amman, Jordan, located on Jabal al-Ashrafiyeh, one of the city’s seven hills. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Amman #الاردن

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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mt. Cook (also known as Aoraki ) under the Milky Way, seen here from Kea Point, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 12,218 feet and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb. #aoraki #mtcook #newzealand #milkyway

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Photo by @bertiegregory | A female coastal grey wolf resting on her mudflat territory at low tide on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These incredible wolves get up to 90% of their diet from the ocean eating barnacles, mussels, clams, crabs, fish and more! As top predators they play a crucial role in keeping 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. I've spent months looking for coastal wolves and only had a handful of encounters. Because of their illusiveness, most people who visit the coast of Vancouver Island won't see one. But when hiking the beaches, even if you don't spot one, there's something special about knowing they're there. #britishcolumbia #photography #wildlife #coast #wolf #rainwolf

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Video by @Renan_Ozturk | Basecamp on the north side of #Everest at 17.5k feet - I had never felt the pull of this mountain or wanted to climb it much at all until arriving here with such a soulful team. The iconic shape and presence of the peak from this vantage point is a magnet for exploration, all the lines of the valleys pulling you upward. #sirensong #everestmystery Join me @Renan_Ozturk for more images from the roof of the world

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Photo by @babaktafreshi | This view wasn't from the Alps or the Smoky Mountains—this is an October day in northern Iran. This month ,UNESCO announced 29 new World Heritage Sites and one is the Hyrcanian Forests, which stretch 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. In that area, the humidity is blocked by the massive Alborz mountain range. The unique forests are 25 to 50 million years old, but are shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. Now, hope accompanies the UNESCO designation. The Caspian Tiger, now extinct, once roamed the area. But the forests are still home to other large mammals, including Persian leopards, lynx, brown bears, wild boars, wolves, golden jackals, jungle cats, badgers, and otters. Follow me, @babaktafreshi , for more. ⁣ #hyrcanianforest #worldheritage #dohezar #iran

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Photo by @amivitale | Reticulated giraffe can run as fast as 35 miles per hour over short distances or 10 miles per hour over longer distances. Here they are shown in northern Kenya's Leparua Community Conservancy as a group from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service, San Diego Zoo Global, and the Northern Rangelands Trust put GPS tags on11 giraffe to better understand their migration patterns. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. The population decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation , @sdzsafaripark and @amivitale #giraffe #savegiraffe #kenya

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Photo by @andy_mann // sponsored by @parkhyatt // The Registan, a square dating back to the early 1400s, was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, now part of Uzbekistan. People gathered in the square to hear royal proclamations, trade goods traveling along the Silk Road, and witness public executions. What we see today is the tireless work of hundreds of people who have restored this unique and historic monument over many decades. Thousands of visitors flow through the square each day, admiring the afternoon glow that bathes the turquoise domes and stone pillars. // For discerning @parkhyatt guests, luxury is not easily defined but often reflected in their most personal travel mementos. #ParkHyatt #LuxuryIsPersonal

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Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto | People say we have no great aged Cathedrals in the US, but I disagree—this is an American Cathedral. In this image, Wakinyan Two Bulls places prayer ties in a tree near the sacred place called Mato Tipila asking for healing and protection for his family. The Wyoming landmark is often called Devils Tower by non-Natives. Traditionally the Lakota (and many other tribes ) fasted, prayed, left offerings, held sweat lodge and sun dance ceremonies, and did their vision quests around this great geological formation. To see more images of American Cathedrals and the Lakota, follow me @argonautphoto

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Baobab trees are found in arid regions in Africa, India, and Australia. There are nine different species of this genus (Adansonia ). They all have huge trunks that can store up to 120,000 liters of water (32,000 gallons ) and can live for thousands of years. Maybe this is why, when close to them, one can feel a kind of wise energy. During my last adventure in Botswana, we had a great opportunity to photograph this beautiful baobab under the Milky Way. I used an exposure of 25 seconds at f4, with the ISO camera setting at 2500. Follow me, @daisygilardini , for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #africa #baobab #nightphotography #milkyway #botswana

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Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | A view of the scenic Ha Long Bay from atop Poem Mountain. Ha Long Bay, which means 'descending dragon,' is a UNESCO world heritage site. Most of the islets of Ha Long are uninhabited. Geologists note its unusual and mature Karst landscape, which is often found on land. Follow me, @hannahreyesmorales , for more stories in South East Asia and beyond. #vietnam #halong

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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | The sun rises behind a pronghorn buck in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Pronghorn are the fastest land animal in North America. To see more images of wildlife in wild places, follow along with me, @drewtrush

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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

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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

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Photo by @mborowick | Skogafoss is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. In the summer, the surrounding area is peppered with the beautiful Lupin flower. #waterfall #summer #iceland #nordic

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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

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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

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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

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | People enjoy a boat ride on a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #Amsterdam #netherlands

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Cape Disappointment on the Oregon coast showcases the beauty of the temperate rainforest and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Where are your travels taking you this summer? #oregon #beauty #landscapes

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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

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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

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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | A man rides his bicycle on a rural road near the North Korean city of Kaesong. Please follow me, @dguttenfelder , for an inside look at North Korea, where I have been traveling and photographing for the past 19 years.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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