National Geographic Travel (@natgeotravel) — It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.
Photos by David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder) // #sponsored by @statefarm // Words by Megan K. Stack (@megkstack76) // We’re traveling the Mother Road all the way west from Chicago to Santa Monica this month, swinging through hardscrabble towns and booming cities; past tourist traps and national monuments and every imaginable roadside kitsch rendered in neon. Perhaps none of the passing icons can rival Route 66 itself, the pavement muse to John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac, retracing the journey of desperate Okies and Prohibition-era gangsters and the 1950s holiday makers of a newly mobile America. Nowadays the famed highway comes and goes in spurts, having been rerouted, eclipsed by the interstates and finally allowed to sink into disrepair. But the fascination with Route 66 endures. A new generation of tourists from around the planet still make the pilgrimage along the quirky, poignant and uniquely American roadway. From diners and drive-ins to thriving state parks and ordinary families, the road offers a rich portrait of what America has been, and what it may yet become. // Route 66 is the most celebrated stretch of highway in America. However, with more travelers opting for the interstate, it needs your help. Join @savingplaces and @statefarm on our 2,400-mile journey across America’s most iconic roadway at natgeo.com/route-66.
📷: @krystlejwright // On the plains of Texas, a fiery sunset lights up a lightning storm and a group of mammatus clouds soaring high above us. Storm chasing photographer @nampix takes a moment to review his images. Each summer in the American Midwest, storm chasers and photographers of all skill types travel thousands of miles through the plains in hope of witnessing these incredible forces of nature. #storm#stormchaser#midwest
Photo by @jimrichardsonng Canal boats moor beneath the towering Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland. These sculptures are 100 feet high, depicting the mythical horse creatures who could rise out of the sea. On this evening I was on assignment for NG Traveler for an upcoming feature on Scotland where I’ve been photographing for 25 years. Follow me @jimrichardsonng for more. @natgeo#scotland@natgeocreative
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project An entire peaceful summer under stars is captured in this single 9-hour exposure on film. It was 20 years ago when I was 20, working as an editor in Iranian astronomy magazine, studying physics in Tehran, and often traveling to Alborz Mountains for stargazing. The Earth rotation constantly rotates the sky above us and a long exposure shows this with star trails. When pointed north they circle around the north celestial pole, marked by Polaris. See how the North Star is not exactly on the pole, but about one degree off. Polaris is not one of the brightest stars in our night sky but its well located to roughly mark the north. Note the various colors of stars in the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Follow me @babaktafreshi for daily stories of the world under stars. #twanight#longexposure#nightphotography#astrophotography#startrails#alamut@natgeo@natgeocreative
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#wilderness
Photo by @taylorglenn // Floating the Colorado River through Conquistador Aisle in Grand Canyon National Park. In 1540 Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado made their way to the rim of the massive Grand Canyon as they were searching for a rumored city of gold. What they found was an incomprehensible landscape. Legend has it that their Hopi guides purposely misled them from finding access to the canyon floor. Follow @taylorglenn for more from the American West and beyond #arizona#grandcanyon#coloradoriver@grandcanyonnps
Photo by @FransLanting Two young cheetah brothers are crouching down to drink from a water hole in the Serengeti. Cheetahs may be able to survive for long periods without drinking water and rely instead on the blood from their prey, but they don’t pass up an opportunity to drink when they can. You can tell they are still young because of the ruff of fur along their necks, which disappears when they mature. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see more intimate encounters with these cheetahs. @Thephotosociety#Cheetah#BigCats#Endangered#Wildlifephotography#Wildlife#Safari
Photo by @gerdludwig. At the La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival in Austria visitors admire a huge photograph by Paras Chandaria, depicting a giraffe in a nature reserve outside Nairobi, Kenya. Until September 30th, photographers from all over the world show fascinating work in 35 outdoor exhibitions focusing on geography and the environment, amongst them amazing exhibits by my fellow National Geographic photographers @chancellordavid, @brentstirton and @joelsartore. In total roughly 2000 photographs are displayed in an open air gallery of 2.5 miles length, transforming the gardens, alleyways and squares of the city of Baden into a picture city. @thephotosociety @paraschandaria #Baden #Austria #photofestival #LaGacillyBadenPhoto
Photo @Chrisburkard: Tumbling eighty feet to the beach below, McWay Falls is iconic for a reason. Being a “tide-fall,” it is one of only two waterfalls that flow directly into the ocean. For those willing to wait until night, a whole other view appears as a river of stars begins to pour into the Pacific Ocean.
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A summer evening at Moskva River near the Red Square. The moon hangs low in the sky next to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Moscow expected about 1 million tourists during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with the final match this Sunday in the capital. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more night walks around the planet. #fifaworldcup#moscow#russia#twilight#nightphotography#twanight@natgeocreative@natgeo
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Meet one of the most unique—almost fantastical—animals of the oceans: narwhals. Their most identifiable feature, often misnomered as a horn, is actually an elongated upper left canine tooth, a helical tusk filled with millions of nerve endings that transmit information about their surroundings. Taken in the future marine protected area of Tallurutiup Imanga or Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more images of polar wildlife. #Nature#NatureLover#Arctic