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Photo by Matt Borowick @mborowick Boating down Dawley Passage Provincial Park allows for some remarkable views. During the pandemic, I have been able to look back through my archive to find some real gems from the last few years of travel. Tofino in British Columbia, Canada, ranks very high on that list. With incredibly pristine nature and extreme wildlife, it's a perfect place to travel to when it's finally possible.
Follow @mborowick for more pictures like this. #tofino #wild #adventure #canada #britishcolumbia
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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto The mountainous landscape in the Italian Dolomites contains a hidden world. During the First World War this was the site of a ferocious battle, and the Lagazuoi Tunnels remain in superb condition. They are well worth a visit for any adventurous traveler.
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Photo by @joshuacogan In Herero origin stories the Omumborombonga, or ironwood tree, is believed to be where the first people emerged from. Ndjambi Karunga (or Makuru) is the ancestral father, and Kamungarunga is the ancestral mother. They are figures of the spirit world known for their generosity.
The trees can reach up to a thousand years old and represent a union of heaven and earth in the mythological realms. The intertwining of the plant, spirit, and human worlds is something seen cross-culturally—expressions of our deep interdependence with the natural world known by indigenous peoples and coded into their stories.
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Photo by @juancristobalcobo People celebrate the end of four days of carnivals in the northern city of Riohacha, Colombia. In this photo men and women impersonating clergy members dance in the streets to mark the death of Joselito, a popular character known as the main party lover of the event. The celebrations take place every year toward the end of February. #colombia #carnivals #riohacha
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Photo by @emilypolar Smoke rises from the cremation pyres at the sacred site of Pashupatinath in eastern Kathmandu Valley. Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu complex of temples and monuments along the Bagmati River enclosed by enchanting forests. To see more of Nepal and beyond, follow me @emilypolar. #Nepal #Pashupati #Kathmandu
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Photo by @KristaRossow While I was on a day trip to the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava, the temperature was soaring on a hot August day. Ice cream was a popular option to beat the heat, but so were the water misting systems set up around the city to cool the visiting crowds. How are you staying cool if it is summertime where you are? To see more images from Europe, follow me @KristaRossow. #Bratislava #Slovakia #summer
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Photo by @amivitale Kamara, a Kenyan rhino keeper, walks in the rain with orphaned black rhinos he hand-raised at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. Indigenous communities are on the front lines of the fight against poaching and landscape destruction, making them the best protectors of the endangered wildlife around them. One of the best ways to get involved is to visit and support the communities that protect them.
Follow @amivitale, @lewa_wildlife, and @nature_org to learn about the incredible work being done to protect this fragile ecosystem. @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @nature_africa #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #africa
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Photo by @gerdludwig The blooming poppy fields of Tasmania not only provide a beautiful view day and night, but they also serve as a reminder of opium’s many medicinal uses. Legal opium farming is one of Tasmania’s most lucrative industries. #Tasmania #poppies #medicine
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Photo by @MichaelGeorge A visitor takes a quiet moment to breathe in the view of Tokyo at the Seaside Top Observatory. This inexpensive observation deck is often overlooked by travelers. Sitting on the 40th floor, it provides a 360-degree view including iconic buildings like the Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree. You can also watch the boats pass slowly near the Rainbow Bridge and marvel at the density of the surrounding neighborhoods. I highly recommend visiting at sunset, as seen here. Even at this beautiful time, the observatory was not crowded at all.
For more photos and writing from my travels, follow along @MichaelGeorge. #tokyo #japan #seasidetop #observatory #seasidetopobservatory
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Photo by @daisygilardini During my recent trip to Costa Rica I had the great opportunity to visit a rehabilitation center. Rescue centers are of great importance in highly populated areas where animals get injured because of human activity. Every animal brought to the @ToucanRescueRanch is provided treatment, with the ultimate goal of returning it to its natural habitat.
I spent two days at the ranch, and I was impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the people who work at the clinic and rehab center. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release Costa Rican wildlife while focusing on conservation, education, and research.
I immediately fell in love with Camila, a two-toed sloth found on a tree all by herself a year ago. She was probably weaned too early by her mother. She was brought to the rehab center to be fed and get bigger before being released into the wild.
Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #sloth #costarica #twotoedsloth #conservation #rehabilitationcenter
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Photo by @tobyharriman This is such a cool scene, mixing my two favorite things: cities and mountains! As a visitor to Los Angeles, I didn’t realize how close the mountains are to the downtown area until I hopped in a helicopter to shoot aerials. I captured this image with a zoom lens in January, after a dusting of snow fell on the San Gabriel Mountains.
Follow @tobyharriman for more. #aerial #losangeles #california #natgeo
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Photo by @babaktafreshi To many of us who live under urban light pollution, where the artificial skyglow leaves nothing but a blank dome, the night sky has become a forgotten part of nature. I hope images like this reconnect us with the essential part of the environment we are missing. Here in a rural area of central Germany, the winter stars, from Sirius to Orion and Taurus, stand above the glow of Frankfurt 50 kilometers (31 miles) away.
Explore more of the world at night photography with me @babaktafreshi. #twanight #darkskies #lightpollution #frankfurt #germany
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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto Golden aspens are seen from an overlook on the Horse Ranch Park Loop on Kebler Pass above Crested Butte, Colorado. #colorado #keblerpass #aspens
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Photo by @chrisburkard The Kuril Islands are a remote archipelago near Russia. These mythical islands brought about an amazing adventure. To say we got lucky on this trip would be an understatement. The dark, stormy weather cleared and gave way to fairy-tale conditions.
I had the unique opportunity to be part of @taylorfreesolo's new environmental doc, “From Kurils With Love,” which is currently touring film festivals. The film discusses how the ecosystem here is being pushed toward collapse as climate change affects the world. This film was made in hopes that public awareness will inspire humanity to save this precious ecosystem. I encourage you to check it out and see some more of the amazing Kuril Islands.
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Photo by @juancristobalcobo Cyclists ride on a main avenue in the north of Bogotá, Colombia. Every Sunday starting at seven in the morning, thousands of people claim the streets of this city’s main avenues and highways, replacing cars for bicycles, skates, scooters, or just plain walking. The event dates back to 1976 when a group of citizens concerned about the lack of public space for sports practice demanded that the city close stretches of roads usually filled with cars and buses. The experiment, called Ciclovía or Bikeway, continues to grow and has become one of the main attractions of this city, which is usually choked by impossible traffic. #bogota #colombia #bicycles
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Photo by @stephen_matera Cottonwood trees in autumn colors are seen through a sandstone arch in Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah. Cottonwoods are a common but beautiful sight along riparian zones in the Southwest. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Utah and around the world. #desert #fremontcottonwood #sandstone #grandstaircaseescalante #GSENM
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Photo by @joshuacogan During my time in Bali a few years ago, I met this man, named Latin, as he was placing canang sari in a morning ritual. This act is the most ubiquitous daily devotional practice of Balinese Hinduism. Canang translates as “beautiful purpose”; sari translates as “essence.”
It prompted me to think about this phrase and how elegant and simple it is. We all have an essence of purpose that guides us. It may not be our work, or even how we identify ourselves, but it is a deep rudder that guides our being—the thing that we do sometimes without even being aware. When I struggle with insecurity, or even a sense of being stuck or mired in a feeling of underachieving, as I often do, I am reminded that my purpose here on Earth probably has very little to do with what I think it is. In all likelihood that thing, the essence of our gift, happens in a subtle and steady way despite our best efforts for or against it.
For more journeys both inward and outward, follow me @joshuacogan.
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Photo by @bertiegregory A gray wolf pauses during a snowstorm on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This particular wolf is part of a pack that takes on polar bears. They’re the only pack in the world known to do this. Although this pack was bold, whenever they came over to investigate us, we felt zero aggression—just curiosity. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wildlife #animals #wolf #snow #canada
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Photo by @francescolastrucci Just before sunrise, a man cleans the beach below gigantic Chinese fishing nets in Kerala, India. Of the many Chinese fishing nets that dotted the Fort Kochi shore four decades ago, only half a dozen remain. Fishermen manually operate the nets according to the tides. The 10-meter-high nets form an integral part of Fort Kochi’s landscape. They were introduced in the 14th century by the merchants of the court of Kublai Khan.
Follow me @francescolastrucci for more places, daily life, and stories around the world. #kerala #india #dailylife
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Photo by Muhammad Fadli @mfimages Visitors gather at Jago Temple during sunset in East Java, Indonesia. The temple, which dates back to the 13th century, was built by the Hindu Singhasari kingdom. Follow @mfimages for more images and stories. #eastjava #temple #indonesia
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