It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Krill are at the center of Antarctica's food chain and are a vital food source for seals, whales, and penguins. In high demand, these tiny crustaceans have been overfished for their oil, which is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. After years of negotiations, a majority of the fishing industry formally agreed to stop hauling in krill from around the Antarctic Peninsula's troubled penguin colonies in 2018. This agreement is the first commitment of its kind and is a vital piece in the ongoing, collaborative effort to ensure the survival of polar wildlife. But we can do more. Follow me @PaulNicklen to find out how you can start #TurningTheTide for healthy and abundant oceans as I work with my incredible partner John Bernhardt Weller to encourage the establishment of new marine protected areas in the Antarctic Peninsula. #ExtinctionEndsHere #CCAMLR #Penguins
Photo by @paoloverzone | I had the privilege of working for some days in the Karelia region of Russia, where the mix between raw nature and preserved wooden traditional houses is a must-see. In the picture: A church that’s part of the Kizhi Pogost (Kizhi Enclosure ), located on one of the many islands in Lake Onega. In Kizhi, the wooden architecture is a masterpiece of carpentry technique—all of the incredibly decorated buildings were constructed without the use of a single nail. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories. #kizhi #Karelia #Russia
Photo by @stephen_matera | Sunset at the appropriately named Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego, California. Sunset Cliffs is an area on the ocean side of Point Loma. Besides cliffs, the park includes caves and arches, along with spectacular views over the Pacific Ocean and stunning sunset views. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #sandiego #sunsetcliffs #pacificocean #sunset
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Walking on Water. In the dry season (November to April ), it is possible to walk across the Mekong River from Laos to Thailand. But since the building of the first hydropower dam in Laos and a prolonged drought attributed to climate change, many sections of the Mekong are now wadable even during the rainy season. #Mekong #Laos #Thailand #climatechange #drought
Photo by @daisygilardini | A young elephant seal poses in front of the scenic hanging glacier in Gold Harbour on South Georgia, a real nature photographer’s paradise. Elephant seal pups have long, black hair at birth, which will molt after a month or so. During this molting phase, they look really funny! Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #southgeorgia #elephantseal #antarctica #climatechange
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | Even a cloudy night like this can be magical. A moonlit evening in the Elqui Valley of Chile, known for its wine, nature, and pristine night sky. The moon passing behind thin clouds forms a colorful atmospheric corona. Explore more of the World at Night with me @babaktafreshi . #elquivalley #moonlight #nightscape #twanight
Photo by @chrisburkard | Yosemite National Park is a wonder all its own, from the granite monolith of El Capitan to the sweeping valley floors and countless river bends. It can be hard to find your own little slice of heaven. But if you’re willing to take the time to get down the trail—or up—just about anyone can find complete solitude. Luck tends to favor the prepared, so you can create a recipe for an experience you will never forget.
Photo by Kahli Hindmarsh @kahliaprilphoto | Mountain summits are swallowed up by turbulent clouds as a storm rolls though Banff. Bonus points if you can spot the bird!
Photo by @bertiegregory | A male snowy owl hunts for lemmings during a blizzard on the coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes, but this snowy owl looked totally unfazed by the brutal conditions. Feathers evolved initially for insulation, not flight, so by trapping pockets of air in his plumage, he’s able to stay warm and focus on other tasks. #owl #arctic #canada #wildlife #camera
Photo by @carltonward | Winter reminds me of Florida’s Nature Coast—the estuaries, river deltas, and parks and preserves wrapping the Gulf of Mexico from north of Tampa toward Tallahassee. During the 2015 Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition (supported in part by @insidenatgeo ), our team had the privilege of exploring much of the Nature Coast. On this particular January morning in the Chassahowitzska River delta, a cool morning fog added magic to the sunrise. For another photo from the same sunrise, please visit @carltonward . #GulfofMexico #sunrise @fl_wildcorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild
Photos by @hellokrisdavidson | Mardi Gras is one of America’s most magnificent displays of history, culture, community, and creativity. In New Orleans, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French ) is more of a season than a single-day holiday, beginning officially on the Christian Epiphany (Three Kings Day ). But as soon as New Year decorations come down in the Big Easy, the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold crop up across the city, and the increasingly fevered spirit of Mardi Gras takes hold, breaking at last on Ash Wednesday, which is today. Layered in deep and increasingly overlapping traditions, the citywide festival is largely structured around the krewes, member-driven organizations that put on parades and other events. Many are close to 150 years old (like Zulu and Rex, both pictured here ) and have deep commitments to community service. Other groups, like the Rolling Elvi (that’s plural for Elvis, and they are all on scooters ), are younger organizations infusing much welcome comedic relief. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a citywide experience like no other, a beautiful cross-pollination of culture and tradition (and copious amounts of glitter ). #MardiGras #AshWednesday
Photo by @stephen_matera | A glacial stream winds through a braided riverbed beneath the stormy Alaska Range in Denali National Park, Alaska. Streams like this will start and stop seemingly randomly throughout the day as the flow of rain, snow, and glacial meltwater changes. On another day in a similar location, we were hiking along a dry braided river when a small stream started running toward us. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #braidedriver #stream #denali #nationalpark
Photo by @paoloverzone | View of the Winter Palace from the frozen Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. The baroque-style palace, a key monument in Russian and world history, was designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli and served as the residence of the Russian tsars. In 1917, after the revolution, the Winter Palace became the seat of the provisional government. Today, it’s part of the State Hermitage Museum complex. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories. #russia #hermitage #winterpalace #saintpetersburg
Photo by Kahli Hindmarsh @kahliaprilphoto | The first rays of daylight burst through the mountains on a wintry day in the Canadian Rockies.
Photo by @FransLanting | I was in Antarctica recently when temperatures there reached more than 20ºC (69ºF ) for the first time in recorded history. During our entire two-week voyage the temperatures barely dipped below freezing. Icebergs were disintegrating everywhere in a magnificent but disturbing spectacle that underscored how rapidly things are changing along the Antarctic Peninsula. The iceberg in this image broke apart as I was watching it. Go to @FransLanting and Christine Eckstrom to see the immediate effects of the record temperatures on local Adélie penguins, which were standing in mud instead of on ice. #Antarctica #Iceberg #ClimateChange #globalwarming #savetheplanet
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | This massive cliff near Persepolis in southern Iran is one of the most striking archaeological sites I have visited. It was even more otherworldly on this night, under the full moon. Known as Naqsh-e Rustam, it is home to the cross-shaped tombs of ancient Persian kings, each 22 meters (72 feet ) high—the height of a seven-story building—and cut into a 60-meter-high (200-foot-high ) cliff. The Achaemenid Empire dates back about 2,500 years and became larger than all previous empires. Explore more of the World at Night with me @babaktafreshi . #achaemenid #shiraz #naqsherostam #twanight
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | A view looking over the ice. This is the northeast coast of Greenland, and it is one of the last untouched places on Earth.
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | The Cordillera Paine towers of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, beautifully reflected in the soft morning light of an unusually calm Lago del Toro. The lake’s name, which means “bull,” comes from the strong prevailing winds that cause up to four-meter (13-foot ) swells. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #Torresdelpainenationalpark #chile #landscapephotography #sunrise