National Geographic Travel

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

Photo by @FransLanting A lone visitor stands at the edge of infinity where earth, sky and universe join in the immensity of Botswana’s Makgadigadi pans. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more views of wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Botswana #Safari #Photography #Twilight #Infinity
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // An adult emperor penguin waddles through a maze of baby chicks as it returns from the sea with a belly full of food for its chick. When one considers the size of these colonies, it's mind-blowing that this bird can identify its own chick from the hundred thousand other hungry baby chicks. While the adults are out at sea gathering krill and fish to feed their young, the chicks move great distances and every chick thinks that this could be their parent. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to find out how an adult penguin is able to find its offspring through all of this chaos. #nature #Antarctica #penguin
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The Tetons reflected in the Snake River at Schwabachers Landing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. #wyoming #jackson #grandtetons
Photo by @bertiegregory // A pair of wandering albatross greet one another at their nest on Bird Island, South Georgia. This species reaches sexual maturity at around 10 years of age. After what has to be one of the most epic courtship displays in the animal kingdom, they pair up. They can then stay with their partner for the rest of their lives meaning this bond can last up to 50 years! We had the great honour of filming this spectacle with the British Antarctic Survey. This incredible organisation has been studying the wanderers on Bird Island for over six decades! Shot for a new @natgeo online series coming very soon. Behind the scenes photo by @spono. Follow @bertiegregory for more.
Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Rhino Day! Here is a powerful example of the work being done to save these incredible creatures. In 2014, I witnessed a group of Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife ). Only their grandfathers saw rhinos in the wild and these young men had never even seen a photo of one. Based on stories and their own imaginations, they expected the young rhinos to be as big as elephants, as dangerous as lions and for their horns to be flexible, like an elephant's trunk. Much-needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife, but very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the frontlines of the poaching wars. The Nature Conservancy in Africa (@nature_africa ), the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya ) and Lewa are doing incredible work to strengthen these communities, who hold the key to saving Africa's great animals. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them. Follow @amivitale for more stories about these important wildlife conservation efforts. @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa #WorthMoreAlive #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #africa #everydayafrica #worldrhinoday #photojournalism #amivitale
video by @andrea_frazzetta // Flying over Nosy Iranja Island and its famous white-sand beach. Nosy Iranja is located north-west of Madagascar, 45 kilometers (30 miles) from Nosy Be. Nosy Iranja is actually formed by two islands, Nosy Iranja Be, the bigger one and Nosy Iranja Kely. Those are connected by a sandbank, only visible at low tide. On Nosy Iranja Be there is a small fishing village and a lighthouse designed by Gustav Eiffel. The island is also the breeding place for two species of turtles, green and hawksbill. Follow @andrea_frazzetta to know more about my next projects #madagascar #nosyirania #africa #traveltheworld #dronephotography
Photo by @renan_ozturk // From an ancient seabed to uplifted castles in the sand. A vision of #bearsearsnational Monument of SE Utah shot with @protectbearsears. See @renan_ozturk for more imagery and understanding of this public land. #nationalpubliclandsday
Photo by @babaktafreshi After an entire night under star-filled sky, this was my last view before going to sleep. The first rays of sunrise on Mt Damavand, 10 years ago in the Alborz Mountain Range of Iran. At 5610 meters, it is the highest volcano in Asia, only 70km away from Tehran. It has been a legendary and sacred mountain in the ancient Persian culture. #damavand #alborzmountains #volcano @natgeocreative
Photo by @christopheviseux // Located in the Canadian Rockies, the picturesque turquoise-colored Lake Moraine has become one of Canada’s most famous icons. Surrounded by rugged peaks and glaciers, it is the starting point of many seasonal adventures: hiking, canoeing, paddling, skiing, and dog sledding to name a few. Standing on the edge of the Lake is a mesmerizing experience that makes you feel completely immersed in nature. Follow @christopheviseux to see more pictures of Canada #canada #natgeotravel #lakemoraine #banff
Photo by @PaulNicklen // While photographing this southern elephant seal on South Georgia Island, I was caught by surprise, as this male flung a clump of sand over its body in a perfect arch. This behaviour is a tactic for keeping cool while on land. The largest of all seals, southern elephant seals can be recognized by their unique facial appearance, however, it is only males that have the large elongated noses. In the past, elephant seals were close to extinction because they were hunted for their oil. Fortunately, due to protection, their populations have been increasing. Today, close to half a million elephant seals can be found on South Georgia Island. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen to find out about a dangerous encounter I had with a male elephant seal.
Photo by @jessicasamplegram // The ocean vista from Belvedere lookout in Moorea is best viewed at sunrise or sunset. #moorea #frenchpolynesia
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Narembeen Golf Course, Western Australia. Putting greens are sprayed black with sump oil to keep them weed-free. This outback golf course technique is used to cope with a combination of an increasingly arid climate and salty groundwater that prevents irrigation. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
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