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Photo by @FransLanting This is the time of year when the next generation of newborn emperor penguins gets its first look of the world beyond the belly feathers of their parents. They shelter them on their feet to keep the chicks from freezing on the sea ice where they gather. But it’s the melting of that sea ice that may become of a bigger problem for their survival. As Antarctica’s ice edge fractures under the influence of global warming emperor penguins are going to become symbols of vulnerability just like polar bears are that already for the Arctic. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of emperors. @LeonardodiCapriofdn#Antarctica#Penguins#Planet#Climatechange#Earth
Photo @stephen_matera // With almost 13,000 feet of vertical rise on the western side of the mountain, Mt. Rainier is thousands of feet higher than anything else nearby. The vertical rise is large enough that Mt. Rainier will create it's own weather, as seen here where clouds form around the mountain on an otherwise clear day. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Washington State and around the world. #volcano#nationalpark#lenticularcloud
Photo by Andy Mann @andy_mann // #sponsored by @parkhyatt // A turn of the century sailboat takes guests under Sydney’s harbor bridge during a slightly more adventurous tour of the city. Australia continues to blow me away with its beautiful architecture and artistic landmarks. If you travel to Sydney, I highly recommend taking water taxis or even a scheduled boat tour through the harbor. You will quickly realize why it is considered the most beautiful harbor in the world. // For discerning @parkhyatt guests, luxury is not easily defined but often reflected in their most personal travel mementos. #ParkHyatt#LuxuryIsPersonal
Photo by @kevinfaingnaert // The church of Kirkja village on Fugloy Island. When visiting the Faroe Islands, it’s not easy to decide which of the 18 islands to include in the trip. One thing is for sure: a trip to one of the remote islands is worth the detour. Fugloy is one of the remotest islands of the archipelago. The main village of Kirkja only counts 9 inhabitants. There isn't much to do, but you can hike around and get to know some of the locals who are happy to share stories about their life on the island. #faroeislands
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | Whilst appreciating El Nido for its beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters - I thoroughly enjoyed its colorful visual stories and the locals' wonderful hospitality. No tourist left feeling like a foreigner. #palawan#phillipines#nature
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A polar bear sniffs the cold north wind during a blizzard as it waits for the sea ice to freeze. Please #followme on @paulnicklen to see a collection of my favorite images taken at both ends of the Earth. #borntoice#nature#fineart#bw#bear#polarbear#instagood
photo by @andrea_frazzetta // Ethiopia, Danakil region, the Plain of Salt. An Afar nomad loading the camels and prepares to leave. The salt mines of Lake Assal, 116 m below sea level, is an arid and scorching desert of rock salt, where from ages Afar people extract blocks of salt which are transported with caravans of dromedaries towards the Ethiopian plateau. 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. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #Africa#Ethiopia#Danakil
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Clouds forming around Denali’s peak (20,237ft) at sunset. The mountain’s base to summit height is about 18,000 ft making its vertical rise far greater than Mt. Everest which rises only 12,000 ft from its base (to a total height of aprox 20,029ft)! When I was working in Denali National Park I couldn't always see the Mountain because it is usually shrouded in clouds, but its presence was always felt. Denali is, after all, translated to "The Great One" or "The High One." And like most big peaks in the world it seems bigger than life, a kind of transcendent thing, beyond time. Denali is without a doubt one of our great #AmericanCathedrals, and the crown jewel of the Park. Follow @argonautphoto for more photos from our National Parks and Monuments.
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // The Canadian Rockies are so beautiful that even forest fires can’t mar the beauty of its landscape. With a rugged mountain range that spans the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta it has the kind of scenery that you would only expect to see in postcards. However you choose to experience this sublime wonderland, be it through hiking, mountain biking, paddling, climbing or back country skiing, you will quickly appreciate its magic and the more you will want to discover. Here athlete @gavinmcclurg navigates through the wilderness by following the rivers edge while on a paragliding expedition. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more of my adventures and images from around the world. #canada#canadianrockies#travel