Photo by @max.lowe // The seasons are one of the things that keep me coming back to Montana. Traveling to Glacier National Park this last spring to catch the wild flower bloom was the first time I’d seen that landscape in such vibrant color and life. The fact that we walked for miles with mountain goats happily munching the fresh shoots of springs giving was a bonus. To see more from #photography from #montana and beyond, follow @max.lowe
Photo by @taylorglenn // A break in stormy weather a few a days ago revealed Sheep Mtn as the Jackson Hole elk herd foraged in the meadows below. The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the wintering grounds for one of the largest elk herds on Earth. Also known as Wapiti, these animals come from as far as southern Yellowstone to wait out the depths of winter snows in the high country. Bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, trumpeter swans and sometimes wolves all can be found here periodically throughout the winter. Follow @taylorglenn for more images of #Wyoming and beyond. #wildlife#travel#jacksonhole
Video by @bertiegregory. A hungry gentoo penguin chick chases its parent through the colony. These comical pursuits are very common once the chicks are mobile. As the chicks repeatedly beg for food, the adults slowly reach a threshold at which point they suddenly bolt off! It's easy to anthropomorphise and assume the adult is just running away in frustration. However, there are theories that suggest there's more to it. Gentoos often have multiple chicks. It's thought that these chases could ensure that only the fittest chick keeps up with the adult and subsequently gets fed. Shot on Sea Lion Island in the South Atlantic Ocean as part of a new online series for National Geographic. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife videos!
#Sponsored by @visit_arizona // Today’s #UnRealAZContest featured photo from @seanparkerphotography captures the moon hovering above Cathedral Rock, one of the state's most spectacular sandstone formations. For a chance to win a trip to Arizona, upload your best awe-inspiring shots that play on both the authentic feel of Arizona and the unreality of its experiences. Tag with #UnRealAZContest and include a caption with the location and a short description. The contest, sponsored by @visit_arizona, runs through March 5. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com/unreal-arizona
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite. Here, we see a scientist searching for the rare cryogenic calcite crystals (CCC’s) inside a large ice formation that is flowing over the limestone inside Eiskögel höhle near Werfenweng in Austria. @natgeocreative
Video by @renan_ozturk
Painting – alpine style.
Many artists will labor over a certain painting for months or years. I’ve always just immersed
myself completely in a specific environment and moment in time and let things flow. After a mad 24 hour push at 13,000 feet I finished a large landscape of the mountains that surround one of my favorite places on the planet – Khumjung, Nepal. At one point the dew washed away hours worth of watercolors, blending it all into strange patterns - forcing
me to start over on a soaked canvas, fixing some spots and leaving others. Over the course of the night, spotted by stars and clouds, I was accompanied by old friends - Ama Dablam and Tawoche, Kongde and Khumbila. Collaborative art, indeed. Shot with @firstname.lastname@example.org#followme@renan_ozturk for more travel art
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // By the 1970s nobody in Hawaii remembered the ancient art of wayfinding or “celestial navigation”, so a group of brave Hawaiians set out to re-learn it. Wayfinding or navigating by observing the stars, tides, and currents, was used by ancient polynesians to travel across the Pacific and lived only in the minds of only a handful of Micronesian navigators who still remembered. Determined to revive it, they reached out to their brethren in Micronesia and with their help, they built the Hōkūle’a, a replica of the old Hawaiian double-hull canoes they sailed in the past. Crewed by Hawaiians, this vessel has traveled around the globe several times, sharing a message of hope, and protection of our island planet: Earth. Learn more about the revival of Hawaiian traditions at @cristinamittermeier#polynesianvoyagingsociety@bbbscmakaha#buffalokeaulana#Makahaohana@Haakeaulana@BrianKeaulana#beauty#culture#hope#love#mahalo#rainbow
Photo by @ErikaSkogg inside the #Oculus. Also known as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in #NewYorkCity, this light-inviting ribbed structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava connects commuters on the PATH trains to the New York City Subway system located in lower Manhattan. How incredible to witness the powerful revival of lower Manhattan. #WorldTrade
📸 @johnkernickphotography The Priory Gate, one of the entrances to Cathedral Close in Winchester was built in the late 15th-century.
The two massive iron-studded oak gates once gave access to the ‘working’ courtyard of the medieval priory, including a guest-house and stabling for visitors. It’s still closed up every evening. The gate is topped by a tiny room, originally part of the organist’s house. Recently used as a location in The Crown, during the summer is covered in flowering Wisteria. .
Photo by @renan_ozturk
The Chamonix Mont Blanc Massif landscape looking across at the iconic tram that drops you off atop the Aiguille du Midi. It feels like being deposited on a Himalayan summit. It is also the keystone that defines this place for its alpinism, because of the access it provides. #chamonix
Photo @stephen_matera // Aerial view of the Juneau Ice field in summer. It's hard to comprehend how much ice lies below. The Juneau Ice field, just north of Juneau, is the fifth largest ice field in the western hemisphere at an astounding 3,900 square kilometers. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Alaska and around the world. #glacier#icecap#aerial#icefield
Photo: @andy_mann // Today is the day that we celebrate the giants of the ocean. #WorldWhaleDay was founded in Maui, Hawaii in 1980 (I was founded then too 😝) to raise awareness for these magnificent creatures. This particular moment, captured in Azores, of a pod of Sperm Whales at the surface singularly changed the trajectory of my life and into conservation photography. To these beautiful animals, I tip my fins and raise my glass. @sea_legacy#turningthetide // If seeing moments like this is something that brings you joy, please #followme@andy_mann as I share daily images from our blue planet.
Photograph by @paulnicklen // On behalf of all cetacean species on this planet, here is to celebrating #WorldWhaleDay. In today’s day and age it is getting more and more challenging to find success stories in nature. Fortunately, humpback whale populations have bounced back to near historic numbers after nearly being hunted to extinction in many areas. What species of cetacean is called a whale but in reality is a dolphin? Go to @paulnicklen to find out. #follow#whale#nature#naturelovers#instagood#sunset#beauty