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Photo by @Sofia_Jaramillo5 | Mountain bikers ride near Temple Mountain. Temple Mountain is located in the San Rafael Swell, a 70-by-40-mile geologic zone in Utah. It features sandstone towers, canyons, and rolling desert plateaus. The recreational area offers backpacking, canyoneering, hiking, and camping. For more photos from the American West, follow @Sofia_Jaramillo5. #desert #desertview #lovetheride

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Photo by @joshuacogan | A buffalo grazing for his evening meal in the northern parts of Montana paints a beautiful silhouette in the western sky. For more wanderings inward and outward, follow me @joshuacogan.

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Photo by @steven_gnam | The Columbia River winds through Wenatchee, Washington–named after the Wenatchi tribe, who lived at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers. This is from a photo series redefining travel during the shutdown, with scenes from my daily run exploring corners of my backyard. #Cascades #PNW #Wenatchi

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Photo by @babaktafreshi | While it was barely visible to the naked eye, a rare spectacle was revealed with a long exposure. The moon setting just behind Mount Whitney and the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada formed rays through wildfire smoke on this August night in California. At 14,505 feet (4,421 meters), Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the World at Night photography. #twanight #nightsky #sierranevada #mtwhitney

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Last February I visited the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. A couple of weeks later, Jordan temporarily closed all tourism sites, including archaeological ones, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Here I’m walking through the Siq, a narrow gorge that is the main entrance to the city, toward Al Khazneh (the treasury), one of many facades carved into the mountains. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Petra #الاردن #COVID19 #Staysafe

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Photo by @MichaelGeorge | In the morning I confirmed that waking up in Patagonia is a permanent extension of that groggy headspace between dreams and reality. To my right, I saw a rainbow in the fog as I walked to breakfast. To my left, two free-range horses ran up as if to say good morning. My pre-coffee brain tried to catch up as I thought, It is too early to weep in the face of nature. I arrived in the lobby where Geraldinne, our guide, was waiting to announce her next slogan: “Welcome to Patagonia. Four seasons. One day.” In Patagonia the wind is a spirit. It arrives at night, waking you up with the sounds of the afterlife. It howls and spooks and will easily knock you down. Last year it blew a bus of 40 people off the road. From atop this bluff, I understood why Chile is described with mystical language. The lakes are bluer, the mountains are sharper, the winds are stronger, and the weather is stranger. Meteorology is a moot profession. A waterfall in Patagonia can’t fall just once. It has to fall three times, on two sides. For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #torresdelpainenationalpark #chile #patagonia #torresdelpaine #glaciallake

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Photo by @robert_ormerod | The town of Varenna on Lake Como, northern Italy, is beautiful—even in the pouring rain.

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Photo by @paoloverzone | The coal mining industry on Svalbard developed during the early 20th century. While working in Svalbard, I was impressed by the beauty of its industrial facilities, which are visible from multiple sites around the city of Longyearbyen. Follow me @paoloverzone for more photos and stories. #svalbard #norway #arctic #longyearbyen #coal

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Photo by @daisygilardini | A spirit bear looks comfortable hugging his moss-covered log—as if it were a soft pillow—while napping between fishing sessions in the Great Bear Rainforest. The Kermode bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American black bear has white or cream-colored fur. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #britishcolumbia #greatbearrainforest

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Photo by @dina_litovsky | The vibrant evening scene in Philadelphia's Spruce Street Harbor Park, a new space featuring floating gardens, outdoor games, and relaxation areas with 50 hammocks. This was photographed last September for a feature on the colorful city in National Geographic. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.

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Photo by @amivitale | A bumper crop of 14 baby pandas sit on a blanket at the panda breeding center of Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya'an, Sichuan, China. The giant panda's resurgence is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations, and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading my @natgeo stories "Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side" and "The Unusual Difficulty of Photographing Pandas." @thephotosociety #pandamonium #china #conservation #panda #giantpanda

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The mountains can be a real playground for adventure sports enthusiasts, and the Austrian Alps are exactly that. Last year, we took advantage of a great summer evening and joined some paragliders and mountain bikers close to Innsbruck.

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