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Photo by @jonathan_irish / Keep calm and waddle on. I’m t-minus eight days from heading back to the Great White Continent (Antarctica) and it is safe to say that I’m starting to get ice fever. I love the polar regions and can’t get enough of their extreme beauty. Here’s a fun shot of adelie penguins walking along their penguin highway (from the breeding grounds to the water’s edge). One of my favorite things to do while exploring on land in Antarctica is to sit somewhere close to these highways and capture their endless procession back and forth. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Words by Justin Kavanagh. “The writer George Bernard Shaw described the Skellig Islands as ‘an incredible, impossible, mad place…part of our dream world.’ It is now part of the #StarWars dreamscape, used as Luke’s remote hideout for “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.” Adventurous travelers can take a boat trip out to this ancient monastic site where monks survived harsh winters in stone beehive huts, but book ahead, as numbers of visitors are restricted.” For more photo adventures from our galaxy to one far, far away, please follow @jeffmauritzen.
Photo by @FransLanting Crazy clouds are common in Patagonia where strong air currents flowing over mountains cause phenomenal patterns on the downwind side. If you are a pilot you do not want to go anywhere near them but if you’re a photographer it’s a bonanza. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of our living planet. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Patagonia #clouds #weather #photography
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Like kids everywhere else, a group of Cuban girls huddles together near a WiFi hotspot to check their social media. Internet access and content remain severely restricted in Cuba, with only a very small percentage of Cubans, about 5%, enjoying web access at home. Outside homes, however, the situation has changed in the past year with the appearance of more than 40 government approved wi-fi hotspots around the capital, Havana, and other major cities. 
#follow me at @cristinamittermeier to see more travel images and stories from around the world. 
#ILoveCuba #LaIslaBonita #girls #photography #cuba #havana
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Hiking the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.  The Salkantay Trail takes hikers through the Salkantay Pass reaching 4,600m (15,200 ft) at its highest point. You start the trek hiking through ice and snow and finish the hike down in the jungle!  Shot #onassignment for @natgeotravel.  For more adventure travel photos follow @argonautphoto.
Photo by @babaktafreshi
A caravansary, countless memories… By the morning twilight the Caravan gets ready to depart, on its long journey across the desert. Reminds us the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, caravansaries were the motels if you were traveling several hundred years ago in the Middle East and central Asia, the roadside Inns to safely rest overnight. 
Here in the morning blue hour, Mars shines brightly in Taurus, the Bull, near Pleiades (the Seven Sisters star cluster). Perseus is on top right. This was in 2005 when I was slowly shifting from film to DSLRs. Rests in Kavir National Park, 4 hours drive from Tehran, this is known as Qasr-e Bahram (or Bahram Palace). Not visiting there for 10 years now I have beautiful memories from this caravansary, my teenagehood first stargazing nights in early 90s to a morning like this when I met my future wife.
Caravansary (pronounces Caravanserai) is a Persian word comes from caravan and sarāy “house”. About 500 of them are remained in Iran (and others in neighboring countries) and listed as protected historic monuments, some are even updated to working hotels. The earliest examples were the stations along the 2500-km long Royal Road in the Achaemenid Empire, some 2500 years ago but most of the remaining Caravansaries are built during Shāh Abbās I of Persia, about 400 years ago. The network was built to support the flow of commerce, information, and people on trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe.
Explore more of the world at night photography @babaktafreshi. 
#longexposure #astrophotography #twanight #mars #pleiades #caravansary #caravanserai #iran @natgeo @natgeocreative
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez )
View of Olivia River. It crosses the wide Carbajal Valley, a space covered with peat bogs between two chains of the Andes, forming meanders and maintaining an east-Southeast direction. The function of the peatlands benefit the city Ushuaia because they ensure that potable water is available during dry seasons, they regulate water runoff from the mountains around and reduce the possibility of flooding by dampening the riverbeds. 
#ushuaia #argentina #southamerica #oliviariver  #valley #andes 
Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez )
Photo by @kristarossow // #sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization // Japanese deer have become accustomed to tourists and wander freely on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Photo by @max.lowe // A lone stone figure, known to the native people of Rapa Nui or Easter Island as a Moai, stands watch as the faint glow of sunrise splashes the world with color. More so than anywhere else, while visiting Rapa Nui this past summer I found myself entwined in a mystic history of mankind, and the tangible weight we all cary on our shoulders, as passed down from one generation of people to the next. Follow @max.lowe to see more from his travels and work on Easter Island this past summer.
Photo @ladzinski / Sled dogs, adorably moving in for a sniff and seconds before licking my lens in #tasiilaq Greenland. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the planet please visit @ladzinski
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Young girls in traditional dress carry their baby lambs through the streets of Cusco, Peru.  Shot on assignment for @NatGeoTravel headed to Machu Picchu on the Salkantay Trail!
Photo by @taylorglenn // Moonlight illuminates Mt Kilimanjaro and our tents under a clear, starry night at Shira camp. It was around 3am and I was a bit restless. I decided to take a peak outside and there was no question that I had to make a photo. We were climbing via the Machame route and this camp is typically used on day 2. You never know what kind of weather to expect and I wanted to be sure I had a great landscape shot of 'Kili'. This is one of the favorites I made during our ascent. Follow @taylorglenn for more from around the globe. #tanzania #kilimanjaro #climbing
Photo by @FransLanting The annual gathering of king penguins on the beaches of South Georgia Island in the Antarctic is one of the most phenomenal bird spectacles on the planet. It is an overwhelming sensation to be among them and it is a confirmation of the abundance of the Southern Ocean on which these birds depend. Fisheries around South Georgia are well-regulated, but beyond the territorial limits of the island, a lot of work remains to be done to safeguard a future for king penguins and all other wildlife dependent on the frigid seas surrounding Antarctica. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from the Southern Ocean.  @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #SouthGeorgia #Penguins #KingPenguins #SouthernOcean #Conservation
Photograph by @paulnicklen // I have been fortunate enough to see a lot of rainbows while spending so much time out in nature, however this one at the Bonzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii was perhaps the brightest and most delineated one I have ever seen.  I saw this while standing with @zaknoyle and @cristinamittermeier, waiting for a surfing competition to start. #followme on @paulnicklen  #surf #surfing #hawaii #rainbow #pipe #pipeline #bonzaipipeline #smile #adventure #travel  #instagood #tbt
Photo by @jessicasamplegram // Getting lost in the rainy blue alleys of Chefchaouen, Morocco with cats peering out from every corner #Chefchaouen #morocco
Photo by @babaktafreshi 
The World at Night project
In a clear evening of southwest Switzerland, the New Moon is photographed above the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Lausanne. One of the values that led me to create The World at Night project (twanight.org) over 10 years ago is universality of the night sky, above all symbols of our cultures and beliefs. This eternal roof brings us together as a single family of humanity in one home. on that evening the same new moon was appreciated by Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems, Jews, and all other 4200 public religions. 
Explore more of this @babaktafreshi and @twanight
#twanight #religion #newmoon #nightsky #longexposure #astrophotography #nightphotography @natgeo @natgeocreative
Photo by @renan_ozturk 
The wonder of the lights quickly turned into a soggy rainy night camped on the melting edge of Europe’s largest glacier. These days there is always some sobering reality of climate change built into every trip to the north. ~

Shot with @brandonjosephbaker @timkemple @kakiorr @hansjoergauer @bookofsamuel @pfaff_anna @retro_outdoors @the_dunne @kbish801 #climatechange #turningthetide #actonclimate
Photo @stephen_matera // Sunset on Víkurkirkja in the village of Vík. Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island, about 110 miles southeast of Reykjavík. Vík is also the warmest place in Iceland, with a mean temperature of 41.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Iceland and around the world. #church #sunset #kirkja
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // How do you like to travel?  In the Amazon, where I photographed this sunset along the shores of the mighty Xingú River, people carve canoes with fire and ax from the trunks of massive trees.  In the absence of roads, most travel is done on the river.  When the canoes are not being used, they half-sink them to prevent air from rotting the wood.  For more images of beautiful Amazonia, #follow @CristinaMittermeier  #reflections #river #brasil
Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Words by Justin Kavanagh. “This intriguing avenue of 18th century beech trees, known as the #DarkHedges, is now legendary among watchers of HBO’s #GameofThrones, a story set in medieval times. Ireland’s landscapes, like its people, adapt well, and are constantly being reinvented as another time, another place. In ancient times Ireland’s stories were told by saints and scholars, who left a rich legacy of myths and mysteries; in recent times, filmmakers and digital storytellers have used the island’s dramatic landscapes and dreamscapes to forge new narratives that now attract travelers from far and wide.” For more images of scenic #Ireland, please follow @jeffmauritzen.