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Photo by @CarltonWard // The Econlockhatchee is one of my favorite rivers in Florida. It begins in Orlando and flows east to its confluence with the St. Johns River, which flows northwards (like the Nile) to the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville. Rivers unite and sustain us, while not always seen or appreciated. Both originating in Central Florida, the Evergaldes and St. Johns watersheds encompass the entire length of the Florida peninsula. Please follow @carltonward to see more of my vision for keeping keeping Florida connected and wild. #River #palms #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @natgeocreative


Photo by @amivitale. Prema Ratana, a buddhist monk, takes care of a spotted deer that he rescued after he found it alone in the forest without his mother at the Ritigala Monastery, an ancient Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka. I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and I worked for National Geographic covering the political upheaval and aftermath of the thirty-year war in Sri Lanka. Read the @natgeo story here: @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #srilanka #asia #everydaysrilanka #photooftheday #photography #topshot #photojournalism #monastery #buddhism #amivitale


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Wild textures and shapes created by endless sand dunes south of Abu Dhabi, as seen from a hot air balloon at sunrise over the desert, in the United Arab Emirates. #uae #abudhabi #sanddunes


Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The sky and ocean serve as an amazing backdrop to this ancient fortified city. Essaouira’s history as a vital Moroccan trading port is best captured while walking along the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Atlantic seawalls and imposing ramparts. Do it when the sun begins to set and the colors and hues of the sun bleached structures come alive and make you feel like you have gone back in time. #morocco #africa


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The Great Jaguar Temple dominates Tikal with its nine tiers representing the nine levels of the underworld and raising its temple to an imposing 37 meters above the spacious central plaza below. Tikal was a capital of the Maya world in ancient times, and it’s easy to believe when you’re confronted with the thousands of massive pyramids, plazas, temples, and dwellings that remain today. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #guatemala #natgeotravel #tikal #mayans


Photo by @raymondmercado // #sponsored by @llbean // The #BeanOutsiderContest ends this Wednesday! This week we are highlighting a heart-shaped hot spring in California. To enter, upload your best photos showing how you live to embrace the outdoors. Tag with #BeanOutsiderContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @llbean, runs through November 22. For more information, visit // This aerial shot shows people soaking in a heart-shaped hot spring called Wild Willy's near Mammoth Lakes, California.


Panorama by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Swipe left to see the entire image. Boston and the New Moon, photographed last evening (Nov 19). #boston #newmoon #astrophotography #cityscape #massachusetts #newengland #dusk


Photo by @renan_ozturk // Only a few lights and brilliant sky visible from be small town of Massouri on the island of Kaylmnos, Greece. Originally known for its sponge diving economy the limestone cliffs have become an international destination for rock climbing. Shot with @taylorfreesolo 🇬🇷 #Kaylmnos #Greece


Photo @ladzinski / Sunrise at #Chile’s #GeyserDelTatio is an experience you’ll never forget. The colder the morning the more steam fills the sky, bringing a surreal beauty to this high altitude volcanic area. #AtacamaDesert


Photo by @FransLanting The best indication that you have earned the trust of wild animals is when they fall asleep in front of you. This is Nickel, a female chimp cradling her newborn baby Teva, while they’re sleeping in a tree in the Fongoli region of southeast Senegal. There are less than 200 chimps left in Senegal and their future hangs in the balance, just like it does for all chimps in Africa. We worked with Nickel and the rest of her family for six weeks, following them on foot through their forest and were able to capture unique behavior never documented before. Follow me @FransLanting to see amazing footage of chimps playing in water. @Natgeocreative @ChristineEckstrom #Chimps #Africa #Senegal #Wildlife #Conservation #Baby #Family #Motherhood


Photo by @taylorglenn // The wildlife is definitely closer than it may appear. We just had an absolutely amazing encounter with this wonderful bull elephant here in Etosha National Park. The game viewing here is just extraordinary. Jump over to my feed @taylorglenn to see a series of images from our chance meet up. #namibia #elephant #etoshanationalpark


Photo @ladzinski / The road to #TorresDelPaine’s iconic cuernos view is about as good as it gets. #patagonia


📸 @johnkernickphotography Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack (Old Harry) and a stump, (Old Harry's wife) located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rocks can be viewed from the Dorset section of the South West Coast Path. The chalk of Old Harry Rocks used to be part of a long stretch of chalk between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight, but remained as a headland after large parts of this seam were eroded away. One of these stacks is known as Old Harry. Old Harry's Wife was another stack which was eroded through corrosion and abrasion, until the bottom was so weak the top fell away, leaving a stump. Hydraulic action is the main cause of erosion (sheer force of the wave) that damaged the rock and caused it to fall away. . . . . . #oldharryrocks #jurassiccoast #isleofpurbeck #johnkernickphotography #dorset #ukcountryside #uk


Photo by @CarltonWard // Caladesi Island has been an inspiration to me since childhood. I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida near the city of Clearwater amidst the most densely populated county in the southeastern US. Caladesi was, and remains, a last remnant of nature amidst a landscape completely consumed by human development. I later learned that my great grandfather helped save Caladesi as a state park in the 1960s. After becoming a photographer in collage, Caladesi was the first place in Florida I pointed my lens, and I can now clearly see how the island shaped my career and purpose for saving wild Florida. Standing on the north end of Clearwater Beach beside the Gulf of Mexico, it is my favorite place to watch the full moon rise above the pines as palms. #caladesi @fl.stateparks #floridawild #keepflwild #gulfofmexico #moonrise. Please follow me @carltonward to explore the hidden wild.


Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night photography Swipe left to see this 2-panel panorama. A calm peaceful dusk on the western border of Iran. Not the same last Sunday around 10pm local time when a major earthquake hit an area not far from this place, taking hundreds of lives in Kermanshah province where I’ve visited a number of times for photography when I was living in Iran; an area filled with archeological sites and rich culture, but poor infrastructure against natural hazards. My today post is a tribute to thousands of families who were affected and now need immediate help. This photo shows Uraman, a mountainous area of unique villages in Kurdistan of Iran. In the sky Venus is the first “star” showing up in twilight. @natgeocreative @natgeo #earthquake #iran #kurdistan #uraman #kermanshahearthquake


Photo by @jeffmauritzen. Waves crash powerfully against Piro Beach, as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque rocky coastline is located along #CostaRica’s Osa Peninsula, a true gem of biodiversity in Central America. For more photo adventures from Costa Rica and beyond, please follow me @jeffmauritzen.


Photo by @FransLanting Wildebeest living on the vast plains of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem never stop moving. Their lives are governed by rain and grass; wherever that is available they go. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Serengeti #MasaiMara #Wildebeest #Migration


Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Cerro Torre (on the left) and Cerro Fitz Roy (tallest peak on the right) rising above El Chalten in Patagonian Argentina. This view never gets old and this has to be one of my favorite places on the planet. The weather can be extreme but this is one serious playground for alpinists, backpackers and photographers looking for inspiration. #patagonia #cerrotorre #fitzroy #elchalten


Photograph by @patrickwitty | The light was incredible this morning while touring The Treasury in “Lost City” of Petra in Jordan. This enormous, intricately-decorated facade was built sometime in the 1st century BC and is visited by millions of people every year. @natgeoexpeditions #Jordan #Petra #Unesco #natgeoexpeditions


Photo @stephen_matera // A rare winter sunset on Mt. Rainier. Sunny days in winter are rare in the Northwest, even more rare on Mt. Rainier as it's massive size creates its own clouds, even when it's sunny nearby. With almost 13,000 feet of vertical rise on the western side of the mountain, Mt. Rainier is thousands of feet bigger than anything else nearby. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #winter #sunset #volcano #glacier


Photo by @babaktafreshi A winter night in a traditional Sami village near Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. Aurora is a master artist of nature with its ever changing forms and colors painted by these dancing lights in polar areas. Seeing these patterns it becomes easier to understand why some cultures called them the dancing spirits and departed souls (as Sami people called them). Wonder where and when to see the lights, see my @natgeo web article “7 Magical Places to View Auroras”. Google aurora natgeo. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore more of the world at night. #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights #longexposure #nightphotography #astrophotography #twanight #sweden #lapland #kiruna #saami @natgeocreative


Photo by @taylorglenn // Not much shade out here in the desert. This beautiful Oryx (or Gemsbok as it is known in Afrikaans) finds a bit of relief under a scrawny acacia tree in the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. There is very little flora here in the vast Namib desert so these guys take advantage of it when they can. They are found throughout arid regions of Southern Africa and also happen to be the national animal of Namibia. Such gorgeous markings! #namibia #wildlife // Follow me @taylorglenn for more from Namibia


📷: @krystlejwright // The Moroccan town of Merzouga is often known as the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. There is an old legend to how the dunes came to be; When a wealthy family refused hospitality to a poor woman and her son, God was offended, and buried them under the mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. Folk tales or not, there is no denying the majestic appearance of the dunes rising above Merzouga. The landscape is spectacular as tourists flock here especially in the winter to experience a slice of the Sahara. #morocco #sahara #travel


Photo @ladzinski / Fiery sunrise at #lagoAmargo illuminating the reflected towers in Chile’s #torresDelPaine National Park. To see more photos of this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski


Photo @stephen_matera // A Washington State Ferry sailing on the Puget Sound towards the Olympic Peninsula at sunset. The Puget Sound was created by ice sheets during the last ice age, including the Vashon Ice Sheet, and reaches a maximum depth of 930 feet near Point Jefferson (very close to where this ferry is sailing). The ice reached a thickness of 6,000' in this area about 15,000 years ago. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #ferry #pugetsound #sunset #iceage


Photo by @babaktafreshi Some night scenes are very abstract to the eyes and it becomes more mysterious and colorful to the camera. Here at 10,000 ft high on the top of Halaekala Crater on Maui, Hawaii, I was watching a face in the clouds (top center, looking upward) as it formed under the four brighter stars of the Dragon head (constellation Draco). The lower clouds are lit by yellow sodium streetlights. I have photographed many “faces” at night. These are good examples of Pareidolia when our brain detect faces even in irrelevant contexts. Neuroscience can explain it today. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore the world at night. @natgeo @natgeocreative #clouds #astrophotography #haleakala #nightsky #nightphotography #longexposure #fineartphotography #abstractart


Photo by @taylorglenn // High above the dunes in the Namib Desert. They are beautiful at any angle but this perspective is exceptional. #namibia #desert #aerial // Follow me @taylorglenn for more from Namibia


Photo @emilypolar Walking along an exposed ridge above valleys below surrounded with nothing but open space where winds circulate stormy clouds. Gotta say it's a pretty good feeling. The mountain pictured here is named Khumbi La roughly translated as "God of Khumbu" and is considered a sacred peak by most local Sherpa people and forbidden to climb. #Nepal #KhumbiLa #Himalaya #Mountains


Photo by @ciriljazbec / One of the few places where ice from the Greenland ice cap enters the sea, Sermeq Kujalleq or Jakobshavn is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. This photo was taken during a boat trip in the Ilulissat Icefjord. Seeing the glacier so close up was mesmerizing and so was picturing the further magnitudes below and inside by itself a gigantic sight. Follow more from my Arctic journey @ciriljazbec #Arctic #Greenland #travel #climatechange #glacier #melting


Photo by @elnaz555 // #sponsored by @llbean // The #BeanOutsiderContest is in full swing! This week we are sharing a peaceful autumn moment on a lake in Canada. To enter, upload your best photos showing how you live to embrace the outdoors. Tag with #BeanOutsiderContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @llbean, runs through November 22. For more information, visit // I’ve come to realize what “breathtaking” means after visiting Muskoka, Ontario, during the peak of fall. Surrounded with mist on a rainy fall morning in Bala where this shot was taken, I was so captivated with the beauty of nature that at times I could forget to even breathe. Nature is a mirror to my identity, and I find myself daydreaming, wandering, or mesmerized in the landscape, every day.