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Photo by @stephen_matera | A pair of curious mountain goat kids play in the Tenmile Range, Colorado. These goats were hanging out near the trailhead and kept us entertained for a while. Mountain goats range from Colorado through the Northern Rockies, the Cascade Mountains, and up into Alaska. The Tenmile Range is a subrange of the Rocky Mountains near the town of Breckenridge. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Colorado and around the world. #wilderness#wildlife#colorado#rockymountains
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | A drone image looking straight down at Waiāhole Beach Park on the east shore of Oahu near Waikane. Drones have revolutionized photography on some level. We now have relatively inexpensive tools to get wild and crazy perspectives, though with that ease comes huge responsibility. Know your limits and know where you can fly and where you can't. #hawaii#waiaholebeach#oahu
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride.| Dawn Patrol — Nothing like chasing glassy waves at sunrise before the crowds arrive, which has become harder and harder on certain breaks with the convenience of better forecasting for waves and weather. To see more remote reaches, follow @pedromcbride.#mexico#surf#sunrise#nature
Photo by @jonathankingston | Expedition leader Jimmy White explores a cave on the island of Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. The name of the island is derived from the drinking water being brought out of caves like this one by local residents. “Ma,” indicates clear water and “Atea” indicates the light of day – with the “K” thrown in between the two words to make the resulting phrase “Ma-K-Atea” sound pleasing to the ear. For many years the island was the site of a large phosphate mining operation that produced hundreds if not thousands of hand dug pits. The mine was abandoned in 1964, but an unsuspecting visitor could easily fall into the pits while walking through the thick underbrush that has reclaimed the land. The cave is filled with more helictites – a twig like stalactite – than I have ever seen. The pool is illuminated with underwater dive lights. #frenchpolynesia#makatea#tuamotu#cave
Photo by @coryrichards | As an alpinist, I find most of my travels are in neighboring villages to the mountains. The moments of being immersed in culture is a major part of what keeps me coming back to these mountains and places. These moments - the vulnerable and the intimate ones - the moment where the subject is in their internal space so deeply that it is expressed externally - are what keep bringing me back to the lens as a @natgeo photographer. #followme@coryrichards to see real-time footage of Himalayan #travel and #culture as I am attempting to ascend a new route on the North East face of #everest.
Photo by @ErikaSkogg | Berber villages and crumbling kasbahs blend into the red rock formations along the Dadès Gorge of Morocco’s Great Oasis Valley. Known as the ‘Road of 1,000 Kasbahs’, Berber populations have settled among these fig and date oases for hundreds of years since royal dynasties and caravans traversed these Saharan trading routes. #Morocco#DadesGorge
Photo by @babaktafreshi.| On this starry night of May at an elevation of 2,000 meters (6,000 ft) on La Palma in the Canary Islands, I felt like I walked into a science fiction scene. These giant flowers, when in full bloom, look like nothing else on Earth. They are "Echium wildpretii," known as tajinaste in Spanish. About one to three meters tall, the plant was nearly extinct a few decades ago on this island due to intrusions by both rabbits and humans. Now, they're preserved and growing in number. The same plant on the neighboring island of Tenerife turns red instead of pink. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me @babaktafreshi.#echium#nightphotography#canaryislands
Photo by @daisygilardini | Harp seal pups are born on sea ice from late February to March. At birth, they are covered in a beautiful white coat that will last for only a couple of weeks. After that, dark waterproof hair will grow in and a third molt will occur in a little more than a year. Pups are skinny at birth, weighing only around 10-12 kilograms. Insulation from the elements is provided by their warm white coat rather than fat at this early stage of their lives. The mother will stay and nurse the pup for a period of 12 days, short by mammal standards. The fat-rich milk provided will allow them to gain two kg of blubber a day. Once weaned, at around 40 kg, the pups will stay on the ice for roughly another six weeks before entering the water and learning how to hunt by themselves. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #canada#seal#harpseal#Quebec
Photo by @stephen_matera | The deep green hue of fir trees is matched by the emerald-colored waters of the glacier-fed sub-alpine lake in the Central Cascade Mountains of Washington. The runoff from a glacier contains minerals, sometimes called rock flour, that are suspended in the lake water and give it that incredible green color. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington and around the world. #glacier#rockflour#lake#wilderness