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Panorama by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Swipe left for the entire view. Taishan or Mount Tai is an unusual sight at night where two different worlds merge in a single scene, ancient temples against modern citylights. I was exploring this contrast from dusk to dawn, the bridge of past and present. This is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of Tai’an in Shandong province. The most sacred mountain in China (traditionally one of the nation’s Five Great Mountains), Taishan was visited by the emperors and has been a place of worship for at least 3000 years. It served as one of the most important ceremonial centers of China. Today thousands of people visit the mountain everyday, specially for the rising sun from the peak. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories at dark. #panorama #nightphotography #china #taishan #shandong #ancient @natgeo @natgeocreative at Taishan, China

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Photo by @FransLanting Today is International Biodiversity Day and we’re celebrating that with this image of a lowland rain forest from Belize. Expressing the bewildering diversity of life in a tropical forest in a single image is a great photographic challenge, but once in a while the conditions are just right. In this image every tree is festooned in epiphytes and the buttress roots of the trees indicate that this is a mature forest where everything is connected. The overcast lighting reveals a dazzling amount of texture and detail. Follow me @FransLanting and @Christine Eckstrom to see more images of our living planet. @UNBiodiversity @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Biodiversity #Belize #Rainforest at Belize

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Photo @stephen_matera // Wild Pacific rhododendrons blooming in late spring in the Olympic National Forest. Wild rhododendrons grow prolifically in the mid and low elevation forests of the eastern Olympic Peninsula and are the state flower of Washington. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #wildflowers #wildrhododendrons #forest at Olympic National Forest

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photo by @andrea_frazzetta // A panoramic view of the forest surrounding Mount Ijen. - Swipe left for the rest - Mount Ijen, on the Island of Java, Indonesia, hosts one of the last remaining active sulfur mines in the world. Active since 1968, the mine produces 14 tons of sulfur per day, which is mainly exported to China and Southeast Asia. Indonesia is situated on the Ring of Fire—a 25,000-mile seismically active belt of volcanoes and tectonic plate boundaries that frame the Pacific basin. About five million Indonesians live and work near active volcanoes, where farming soil is most fertile. Java alone is home to 141 million people—one of the most densely populated islands on Earth. “Sulfur Road” my latest assignment for National Geographic is online, check it on NatGeo website and follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about this story #natgeotravel #ijen #java #indonesia

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Video by @bertiegregory. A king penguin chick wrapped up warm in its unbelievably fluffy coat on St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island. King penguin chicks take over a year to fledge so they must be capable of surviving the brutal Antarctic winter. Whilst this fluffy brown coat keeps them warm, they possess another key adaptation. During particularly bad years, winter food is so scarce that adults are forced to stay out at sea hunting for months on end. As a result, the chicks possess the ability to go without food for over 5 months! Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more!

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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Hampi, India. A fantasy world of rocks and ruins that fill a surreal landscape. I have always heard about the wonders of Hampi and this past month I was finally able to visit. It did not disappoint. Heaps of giant boulders dot the terrain surrounded by lush paddy fields that lend to its magnificence. I hiked up to a high point to take it all in. I think the dog was in awe as well;) #Followme @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more photos of my adventures around the world. @natgeocreative #Hampi #India at Hampi, Karnataka

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Photo by @taylorglenn // The beautiful Mendocino Coast and Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. The swirling action of the water is created from a long exposure. This is a fairly simple way to create a more dynamic photograph. All you need is a good tripod, a neutral density filter, and a little patience. The ND filter allows for a slower shutter speed to capture the motion of the water. Something I always have in my kit just in case. Follow @taylorglenn for more from #California and beyond. #mendocino #hwy1 #pacificocean #lighthouse at Point Cabrillo Light

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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park, Yukon. 98% of glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere are receding. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to learn how @sea_legacy is #TurningTheTide.

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A Portuguese man-of-war placidly floats on the surface off the Azores Archipelago, where a thriving whale watching industry makes it possible for thousands of tourists to get up close and personal with many species of whales, including the largest animal to ever live on our planet, the beautiful Blue Whale. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier to see images of these gentle leviathans underwater. #TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy @PaulNicklen and @_TomConlin at Azores

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Photo by @KristaRossow // As the sun goes down, the grills fire up at the food vendor stalls in Djemaa El Fna, #Marrakech's main square. The square, which is designated a UNESCO Intangible Heritage space, has been a hot spot in the city since the 11th Century. Follow @KristaRossow for more from #Morocco. at Place Jemâa el-Fna

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Photo: @emilypolar Nepali tourists entertained by little workers finishing up a fresh coat of paint on the Boudha Stupa. To see more of our world follow @emilypolar #nepal #boudha #travel #stupa

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