National Geographic Travel

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Photo by @FransLanting “Meerkat Manor” A family of meerkats are sunning themselves at first light in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana, where it gets cold in winter. After they warm up, they’ll scamper across the desert searching for scorpions and other insects, but they’re always on the lookout for their enemies in the sky. They can spot eagles as specks in the distance and when they do, they’ll dive into the nearest burrow. 
Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters of the animal kind. @thephotosociety #Meerkat #Kalahari #Botswana #Family #Together #Wildlifephotography
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A common dolphin (there is nothing common about them) breaks the glassy surface as it rides in our bow pressure wave as we head offshore of the Azores in search of blue whales. To see how they release the air from their lungs just inches below the surface so they are ready to grab a quick breath as soon as their blowhole is exposed to air, please #followme on @paulnicklen. Taken on assignment for @sea_legacy. #nature #dolphin #ocean #love #instagood #photooftheday #naturelovers
Video by @bertiegregory. A king penguin returns to its to colony with a belly packed full fish on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. These penguins hunt mainly for laternfish here. This prey species undergoes a daily vertical migration so during the night, the kings hunt near to the ocean's surface. If hunting in the day though, the kings must dive much deeper. Whilst they might look clumsy on land, these penguins have been recorded diving to depths of over 300m/1000ft. Once on land, the adult pictured must now find its chick to offload the hard earned meal. Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more!
Photo by @kengeiger | If you are looking for a unique summer vacation, then check out this months Traveler Magazine. Editor in chief @georgewstone takes you on a journey to the wilds of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia...where your safari truck is waiting. Follow @kengeiger and see more images from Zamba. #photooftheday #instagood  #naturelovers #NaturePhotography
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Wind sculpted gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico. #whitesands #newmexico #gypsumdunes
Photo by @amivitale. Hindus wash at sunrise after making prayers to Lord Shiva through the night for Maha Shivaratri at the river Saruj in the northern Indian city of Ayodhya. The holiday Maha Shivaratri honors the marriage of Lord Shiva and celebrates his overcoming of darkness and ignorance in life and in the world. Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world. #india #incredibleindia #travelrealindia @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #water #freshwater   #amivitale #photojournalism #latergram
Photo by @CarltonWard // Stilt houses stand over the shallow grass flats of Biscayne Bay in Biscayne National Park. Just a few miles from downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay is the beginning of the Florida Keys and a watery wilderness adjacent to the deep waters of the Gulf Stream and the Bahamas only 60 miles to the east. See @CarltonWard for a different view looking towards Miami. Shot #onassignment for @NatGeoTravel @BiscayneNPS #FloridaWild #stilthouse
Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night photography A couple of nights ago, the crescent Moon and Venus set above an ocean of clouds on La Palma, Canary Islands. Nature offers many hidden beauties at darkness. I visit the island every year in May to do a night sky photo workshop. It’s a paradise indeed both in day and night, and certainly one of the best places in Europe for stargazing. Google “stargazing natgeo” for my @natgeo web article on the top 10 World’s Best Stargazing Sites, a personal favorite list based on 2 decades of night photography in all continents. Explore more @babaktafreshi. #astronomy #astrophotography #nightphotography #longexposure #twanight #newmoon #moonset #canaryislands #spain @natgeocreative
📷: @krystlejwright // takayna/Tarkine wilderness in north western Tasmania is one of the last remaining tracts of undisturbed Gondwanan rainforest. To think that this landscape is reminiscent of when dinosaurs roamed the planet and yet, now this delicate landscape is under threat from destructive extraction industries such as logging and mining. Modern conservation is a complex topic but I hope we continue to promote the importance of protecting these areas and designate the Tarkine into a world heritage listing so that future generations can enjoy as well. #tarkine #tasmania #wilderness
Video by @tobyharriman // Exploring glaciers has become one of my favorite things over the years. Especially going back to the same one over and over again like Matanuska Glacier. They can change so much these days, it’s always different looking and it’s pretty cool to see that in person and be able to stand in the same spot months later and have a completely different landscape. Here is my buddy @jussiruottinenphotography exploring the glacier on our recent visit. Music by @jteveringham #alaskastories #planetunicorn #matanuskaglacier #viewak #alaska #natgeotravel
By @drewtrush // There’s nothing quite like exploring Arches National Park under the light of a full moon. Where are you headed this weekend?
Photo by @renan_ozturk The granite monoliths of Pakistan’s Karakoram Himalaya also known as the ‘Trango Towers’. On our expedition here in 2007 @cedarwright and I were the first to stand on top of one of the ‘Cat Ear’ spires on the right side of this frame via a route that spiraled around the formation for 4,000ft of climbing to a 18k summit. On top we climbed one at time to a tiny spike to balance upon surrounded by the greater Himalaya! #adventuretravel #exploration See @renan_ozturk for more images from this adventure.
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