National Geographic Travel (@natgeotravel) — It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photo by @gerdludwig. A rediscovered tourist attraction following German reunification, the Bastei is a rock formation scaling roughly 194 meters above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Not far from the city of Dresden, they are the major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park where especially strict conservation rules are in place. Follow @gerludwig for photographs from assignments and travels around the globe. @natgeocreative#Germany#Bastei#saxonswitzerland#mountains
Photo by @taylorglenn // The waters at Lava Falls in the Grand Canyon are softened into a silky stream in this long exposure under the light of the full moon. The softness of this image contrasts greatly with the deafening roar of the Colorado River as it crashes through this infamous section of the canyon. Follow @taylorglenn for more from the West and beyond. #arizona#grandcanyon#coloradoriver#nature#travel
Photo by @max.lowe // The Bison is without a doubt, a pilar of the American image. Once numbered around 18 million, the Buffalo were almost hunted to extinction during the western expansion of European settlers across the Great Plains of the US in the late 1800s. From 541 individuals in 1889, the population has since rebounded in specific parks, reservations and private lands back up to a sustainable number. I always took for granted growing up with these fluffy ungulates in my backyard here in Montana, but they truly embody part of what it means to be “way out west”. To see more Montana winter follow @max.lowe
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Black sand beaches are rare in my experience—this one is in the Hawaiian Islands and I am purposefully not naming it so it isn’t overrun. This place will long live in my mind as. The bay of paradise with an angry ocean — at least in this morning. The black sand here is formed by crushed volcanic basalt rock, which also happens to line the sides of the bay. #hawaii#blacksand#remotebeach — Please don’t tag this spot in the comments.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Fish is as valuable as gold in coastal communities like the historic fishing town of Winneba in Ghana. Fishing here is seasonal, with large catches of fish happening only three months out of the year. During these months, there is no means to preserve the fish that is caught. Fish that isn't sold is thrown away or sold at a very low cost and results in an income loss that threatens the well-being of entire families. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier to find out how a non-profit organization in Ghana is helping to combat this problem, while saving innocent children from slavery. #HumanRightsDay#Ghana#fishing#family#ocean
Photo by @KristaRossow // After seeing the Torres del Paine massif in person this past spring, I realized that no photo could ever do justice to the beauty of those moutain peaks (although us photographers have an addiction to keep trying!). Their majesty, viewed from any angle, was beyond words and it brought me to tears more than once. To see more of #Patagonia,#Chile, and beyond, follow me @KristaRossow.
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Moonlight paints the sky in blue and illuminates snow-covered Maroon Bells, iconic peaks in the Rockies, near Aspen, Colorado. High altitude air transparency and crystal clear sky of this November night allowed me to photograph the Milky Way despite the light of the first quarter moon. Explore the world wonders of dark hours @babaktafreshi.#colorado#maroonbells#rockymountains#astrophotography#milkyway#twanight@natgeoimagecollection
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Danakil region, Ethiopia, on the summit of the Volcano Erta Ale. In this photo the portrait of a young Afar guide who accompanies travelers to the edge of the crater. The Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia and the Danakil region is one of the most vulnerable places of our world: the fire is just below our feet, five kilometers away. The Afar people are the inhabitants of this region. They are nomads mainly devoted to sheep farming and to the extraction of minerals. Their traditional life is extremely hard, and the young people who do not want to work in mines become guides for adventurous tourists visiting these areas. The Afar people seem to have appeared from nowhere. They are a sort of miracle: they have kept a strong identity without having a testimony to their story. They are nomads struggling with the hostility of both climate and land. They have gained, in time, a good reputation as warriors. They have adapted to survive in a harsh and impossible land. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Africa#Ethiopia#Danakil
Photo @emilypolar The color of the glacial rivers in the Solukhumbu reflect such a stunning light blue color I get thirsty just looking at them! May they continue to flow as nature intended nourishing all forms of life below. To see more of Nepal follow @emilypolar#nepal#khumbu
Photo @stephen_matera // The Empress Hotel reflected in the Inner Harbour at night, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Opened on January 25th, 1908, the Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria. The building was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada by Parks Canada in 1981. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this form Canada and around the world. #victoria#innerharbour
Photo @ladzinski / “Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.” This was certainly the case here with this bull #elephant and the last thing you ever want to do is be in-between where an elephant is trying to get to! My mother-in-law @juliefranzrich seen here in the backseat enjoying an up close view of this beautiful animal on the backroads of Kruger National Park, South Africa 🇿🇦
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A hiker on the lower Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park, Alaska hops along an icy path on a shallow glacial river. The colors are not a reflection of the sky, but the actual color of the blue ice! To see more images from our National Parks and Monuments follow @argonautphoto.