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Photo @stephen_matera // Mt. Agassiz (13,892') and Mt. Winchell (13,775') at sunset from Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, Sierra Nevada, California. Dusy Basin is reached via a wilderness hike over lung searing 12,000' Bishop Pass. Kings Canyon National Park was originally established in 1890 as General Grant National Park, but was greatly expanded and renamed on March 4, 1940. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #highsierra #nationalpark #wilderness at Kings Canyon National Park

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Photo by @gerdludwig. “Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered.” — Guy de Maupassant “Sabantuy” in Kazan, Russia is a traditional Tatar summer festival, popular with both the young and old alike. Attendees celebrate traditional Tatar cuisine, games, folklore, and crafts. As if entering into a virtual reality, a participant traverses through a mural representing rural Tatarstan. The city of Kazan, known as the Third Capital of Russia and home to roughly 1.2 million residents, is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, an ancient Muslim region in the heart of Russia. The rich and fascinating Tatar culture of Kazan has, for centuries, widely proclaimed tolerance with other religions and ethnicities. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Russia #Kazan #Tatar #Sabantuy #festival #mural

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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Young fishermen returning to the island of Nosy Iranja. Nosy Iranja is located north-west of Madagascar, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Nosy Be. The archipelago of Nosy Be is one of the top destinations in Madagascar, its islands blessed with gorgeous beaches, corals, tropical forests, and a slow and easy pace of life. The Nosy Be archipelago is home to the Sakalava people, once part of a powerful kingdom that ruled much of western Madagascar. Today, the Sakalava are known for their seafaring abilities and their women’s elaborate face-painting designs. Several small fishing villages dot the islands. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #madagascar #nosyirania #africa #traveltheworld at Madagascar

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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // One second I was alone, and the next I was surrounded by hundreds of gentoo penguins appearing like ghosts from the deep. After spending the day feeding at sea, they were returning to land and their hungry chicks. Clumsy and funny on land, they swim like a symphony in motion underwater. Several seals lurked close by, waiting to ambush them and I had to smile when I realized they were using me as a “shield” to get to land safely. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier to hear about another dive encounter, this time, with a mischievous leopard seal. #penguin #underwater #dive at Falkland Islands

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Photo: @andy_mann // Moments like this have the powerful ability to transform our views and rethink what it means to be truly wild and directly connected to this planet. This particular one will forever be etched into my soul (along with a tinge of #sealbreath) after being awoken by a mother #polarbear at 230am outside my cabin room aboard a steel (thankfully) ship In #Svalbard. // Please follow me on journey to truly feel #wild and #connected to the planet. @sea_legacy @ladzinski at Svalbard

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Photo: @emilypolar Porters in the khumbu region walk long distances at high altitudes through a variety of terrain to bring food and supplies to villages and tourists. Anything from meat and eggs to bottled water and soda, sadly with the plastic waste staying in the mountains. Pictured here, porters walk across a high plateau en route to Gokyo Lake. Second image is in the forest below Namche Bazaar with some heavy loads. And third carrying water up to Tengboche and above. To see more of Nepal and our amazing world follow @emilypolar #nepal #khumbu #himalaya

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A Glacier under the Northern Lights Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A night in the far north in early March. This spectacular glacier in southeast Iceland became alive at dark with aurora borealis shining gently on it. The frozen lagoon is on the foot of 2110-meter high ice-covered Oraefajokull volcano, within the Vatnajokull National Park. Even to me who travels twice a year to Iceland for aurora photo workshops, this was a stunning night as aurora activity increased to storm level. Follow me @babaktafreshi to explore the beauties and wonders after dark. #twanight #astrophotography #auroraborealis #northernlights #iceland #glacier @natgeocreative at Iceland

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Photo by @jessicasamplegram // Ponta da Ferraria on São Miguel island in the Azores is an ocean hot spring which especially at low tide creates a warm protected ocean bath. The natural sulfurous hot springs have been used as a wellness treatment and swimming spot since the 15th century. #azores #portugal at Termas da Ferraria - S. Miguel - Açores

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Photo by @FransLanting A juvenile orangutan is hanging out at a rehab center in Northern Borneo where dozens of orangutans are taken care of. They are victims of the massive deforestation that is ravaging Borneo. I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting them, such as @World_Wildlife, @WildAid and @Freelandfoundation. And check out @FransLanting to see an image of an adorable baby orangutan testing her climbing skills. @thephotosociety #Freelandfoundation #Endangered #Orangutan #Borneo #orangutanalliance #WorldOrangutanDay at Sabah, Malaysia

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Photo by @gerdludwig Sheep on a hill near Kawakawa on the North Island of New Zealand, where the people are outnumbered by sheep nearly 6 to 1, or 4.7 million people and 27.6 million sheep. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @ #landscape #sheep #rollinghills #newzealand #hills #kawakawa

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Photo by @renan_ozturk // The cigar smoke and dripping sweat seemed frozen by the first rays of sun down the narrow streets. Searching for the intersection of natural light and humanity, Old Havana, Cuba, 2016. ~ Follow @renan_ozturk for more images if adventure mixed with culture around the globe. at Old Havana, Cuba

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[email protected] While in the Gobi desert of Mongolia there was a beautiful storm at dawn. Mostly cloud to cloud lightning but I was lucky enough to get this one gift after which I decided the inside of the ger was a safer place to watch the sunrise. Shot on a Nat Geo Around the World by private jet trip. #mongolia #lightning #weather #sunrise #nature @natgeocreative

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