National Geographic Travel

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

Photo by @michaelmelford - off to Tanzania today on safari with @natgeoexpeditions. Always good to visit wide open wild places that are teaming with wildlife. #africa #tanzania #wildlife #nature #photography
Photo by @taylorglenn // Crystal Shower Falls on the Wonga Walk in Dorrigo National Park near Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel Amazing to see these ancient forests still intact. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Australia and beyond. #gondwana #rainforest #australia #unescoworldheritage
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). The red roofs of Piran, Slovenia on the Adriatic Sea.
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project The crescent moon in a long summer twilight of Iceland, standing above Hekla volcano (~ 1500m). Last erupted in the year 2000, the volcano can erupt any day according to geologists. The magma chamber is totally full and ready to go! The pale green moss covering the landscape of the highlands and a characteristic of the lava slopes is a lichen; a composite organism that arises from algae. Explore the world from dusk to dawn @babaktafreshi. #twanight #heklavolcano #nightphotography #volcano @natgeocreative
Photo by @FransLanting When emperor penguin chicks are a month old they are no longer guarded by their parents around the clock and they begin to form creches where they keep each other warm by huddling together, just like their parents do. When parents return from the sea they head for the creches to pick up their chicks. Go to @FransLanting to see a creches of emperor chicks after a blizzard and follow @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with the animal world. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #Penguins #Extreme #Photography #Wildlifephotography #Cold #Parenting #Baby #Care #Bird #Naturelovers #Together
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Malé, the capital of the Maldives is like a mini-Manhattan in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Built on an atoll, the reef is now dead and unable to grow upwards with rising sea levels. To see more about our response to changing climate, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by @jonathan_irish // The beautiful Aurora Borealis (northern lights) appeared overhead the other night as we were cruising on a Nat Geo expedition ship in a remote fjord in western Greenland. It’s always a treat to see this beautiful, otherworldly display. The show was mesmerizing, as the lights danced all over the sky. What’s particularly interesting about this image is that we were on a moving ship, so it was shot handheld. A tripod would have been useless, as we were moving and it would have transferred the engine rumble to the camera. I didn’t think I’d come away with much, as you usually need a long exposure and a tripod to capture this spectacle. But pushing the iso up into the 6400 range, with a wide, fast lens, and a half second shutter speed, I walked away with some keepers. My hit rate was maybe one out of thirty, but that’s good enough for an otherwise impossible situation. It just goes to prove, today’s cameras and lenses are pretty incredible pieces of equipment that can handle extreme situations. By the way, can you spot the face in the aurora, above the highest peak? Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @bertiegregory // King penguins bathe in the waves of St Andrews Bay on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. After feeding their chicks in a very beautiful, but very stinky, 400,000 strong colony, these penguins were in need of a good wash! Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming very soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more on what’s to come! #penguins #wildlife #photography #ocean #southgeorgia #penguin
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Clutching fall this weekend in Colorado. After a summer of drought, it’s great to at see the Aspen forests of the Uncompahgre National Forest still start its vibrant season with flying colors. See @renan_ozturk for more travel imagery from around the globe
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The Grand Tetons, as seen from the top of the Snow King resort, lit with a brief spat of warm light. We awoke to cloudy skies but got up early anyway just in case the clouds parted and illuminated the Tetons with some magic light. The pink light lit up the top of the mountains for only a second or two—just enough time to snap a few images and then it was gone. #wyoming #jackson #grandtetons
Photos by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project A couple of nights ago at a waterfall in Iceland's interior highlands. When the night begins with this view you know it's going to be spectacular. Once you are near polar latitudes anywhere with clear sky and away from city light with open horizon is fine to see the northern lights. Pick a moonless night to see fainter aurora when activity is low. Sometimes you have to wait until midnight to see a better display. Anytime from September to March is fine, when the night sky is dark. Learn more on my article “7 Magical Places to View Auroras”. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight #northernlights #aurora #astrophotography #nightphotography @natgeocreative
Photo by @taylorglenn // Not a ripple in sight. The glassy surface of Lake Solitude in Sunapee State Park, New Hampshire reflects the hues of the evening sky on a beautifully still summer evening. Follow @taylorglenn for more from New Hampshire and beyond #newhampshire #lake #summer #sunapee
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