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It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.

Photo @stephen_matera // Mt. Rainier reflected in a small stream at sunset in late autumn, Mt. Rainier National Park. Usually this area is buried under a few feet of snow by now but autumn has been warm and dry in the Pacific Northwest. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Mt. Rainier and around the world. #mtrainier #glacier #wilderness #sunset


Photo @ladzinski / Who needs the spa when you can just have a #RedBilledOxpecker do all the work? These little birds are the great groomers of Africa, bouncing from animal to animal in search of tics and parasites to eat, a welcoming invitation. Here’s a small carousel of photos of this little bird here grooming a small herd of Impalas. To see more photos of Africa please visit @ladzinski


Photo by @jimrichardsonng Just a small island off the west coast of Scotland, nevertheless Iona has a powerful draw on people, dating back to 563AD when St. Columba landed here. Perhaps it was a day like this with the turquoise waters lapping on the beach. (On the other hand I always imagine the day was dark and stormy when the Viking raiders came in their longboats in 795AD.) Today the beach and village exude tranquility as you approach on the ferry. I shot this on assignment with @natgeoexpeditions. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more Scotland travels. @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #scotland #iona #hebrides


photo by @andrea_frazzetta // The Danakil depression is located in the northern part of Ethiopia, in the so-called “Afar’s Triangle”, which takes its name from the nomadic people who live there. It is a region close to the border area among Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. This is a land made of fire, salt, and lava, close to the Rift Valley. This land can be considered a sort of a “Ghost Ocean”. It is from the retreat of the sea, evaporated twenty thousand years ago, that the Danakil has gained its peculiarity: it is a spread of evaporitic rocks that give rise to the Great Plain of Salt - a desert which stretches for about 6 hundred kilometers. Here arrive, from the Ethiopian plateau, caravans of dromedaries and mules to load the slabs salt. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Africa #Ethiopia #Danakil


Photo by @babaktafreshi On the end of my short trip to Colorado, saw some very impressive scenes, both in day and under stars. This late afternoon iPhone shot is from the Black Canyon National Park with its stunningly deep dark walls. A night-time image of the canyon will be revealed soon @babaktafreshi. #blackcanyonofthegunnison #colorado @natgeoimagecollection


Photo by @ChrisBurkard One of my favorite parts about aerial photography is how it can give you an uncommon perspective. Especially in mountainous zones you gain the ability to see areas and features that would otherwise take days to reach by foot. This pristine alpine lake in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand is a great example. Frozen and snowed over for most of the year, it’s only in the summer months that these hidden gems reveal themselves. There are hundreds of these scattered throughout the region, and their waterfalls are responsible for feeding the braided glacial rivers thousands of feet below.


Photo by @FransLanting From the air the amazing patterns surrounding a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park that are invisible to visitors on the ground become clear. Steam rises from the boiling blue water in the center and the stains along the edges are created by bountiful bacteria which thrive in this extreme environment. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from our living planet. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #Yellowstone #Nature #Earth #NationalParks


Photo by @taylorglenn // A view from above of one of the many beautiful patterns in the salt flats of Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, California. This incredible landscape is shaped by water and time. It rains here very rarely and when it does the flows carve through the basin creating amazing patterns. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Death Valley and beyond. #deathvalley #california #aerial


Photo by @PaulNicklen // Sharing the ocean with orcas just doesn't get old. The dynamics between the members of a pod never ceases to amaze me. Their formations, cunning movements, and teamwork are carefully calculated as I watch them corral a school of herring. Herring are a foundational food source in the Great Orca Fjords of Lofoten, supporting one of the largest orca populations in the world. My team and I are in Norway right now working on a project to showcase the importance of these species and their habitat. #FollowMe @PaulNicklen for more orca photos and to follow along with our expedition. #Norway #orca #grateful #ocean #nature


Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // Shielded from the Gulf of Alaska by a string of islands, the protected waters of Prince William Sound, named after an 18th-century British prince, is home to precipitous fjords, sheer-sided coastal mountains and numerous tidewater glaciers that roll down to the water. Its 2,700 miles of coastline offer some of the most stunning scenery in Alaska. Enjoy the accessible glaciers for kayaking, hiking, trekking and even rappelling or raft nearby rivers and mountain bike the local trails. The unparalleled natural scenery is matched only by the endless adventures to be had. Follow @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images of my adventures in Alaska and beyond. #alaska #princewilliamsound #travel