Photo by @daisygilardini | On February 6, 2020, Esperanza Base in Antarctica registered the warmest temperature ever recorded on the southern continent: 18.33°C (65°F). Even if the temperature was the result of a foehn wind—a dry, warm downslope wind from nearby mountain ranges—the Antarctic Peninsula is still one of the fastest warming areas on our planet. According to University of Washington glaciologist and climate geochemist Eric Steig, this record will probably be broken again “in the not-so-distant future.” Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #antarctica #climatechange #landscapephotography #polar
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Throughout the Alps, the glaciers are melting, the spring snowmelt is occurring earlier, and the summers are getting drier. These consequences of climate change can be seen directly at the Geltenbach Cave near Kandersteg, Switzerland. Looking up from the Gasterntal valley, the huge, imposing black hole of the cave entrance, situated high up a steep cliff face, lures the eyes of those with a curiosity for what lies beyond.
Photo by @MichaelGeorge | The Empire Builder is an Amtrak train that travels from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest. Looking out the windows of the observation car, you can see the spectacular scenery of Glacier National Park. There are also more bucolic views, like this farm that sits somewhere in Big Sky country. One of my favorite details in this image is the tree that is perfectly reflected in the small pond. Photographing out a train window is not an easy feat, as the outside world is passing by so quickly. Most of the time I read a book, chat with strangers, or watch the world like a film. Occasionally, I’ll spend some time snapping, and upon review find a few gems such as this one. #empirebuilder #montana #bigskycountry #amtrak #train
Photo by Matthew Borowick @mborowick | Ice sheets can be seen from above as they move under a bridge in southwestern Iceland. After traveling from the upper parts of the river near the village of Selfoss, this is the last step before these sheets of ice enter the sea. Please follow @mborowick for more images like these. #Iceland #sunrise #coast #nature #explore
Photo by @SofiaJaramillo5 | Mount Daly at sunrise, as seen from a butte near McLain Flats Road in Aspen, Colorado. Mount Daly is in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and has an elevation of 13,300 feet (4,000 meters). According to some sources, the peak was named after former National Geographic Society president Augustus Daly. For more photos from the intermountain West follow @sofiajaramillo5. #winterwonderland #mountainpeak #chasingsunrise
Photo by @JimRichardsonNG | The Isle of Lewis is loaded with megalithic ruins, romantic reminders of all the folk who have lived here before. Dun Carloway, pictured here, is on the way to the west coast, just above Loch an Duin, and juicy with history. It’s a broch, built about 2,000 years ago, very likely by traveling crews of broch builders who could make your dwelling the most impressive in the island neighborhood. Still formidable in 1601, when the Morrisons were hiding out inside before the MacAuleys (who wanted their cattle back) found them. Donald Cam MacAuley is said to have climbed the walls and smoked them out with burning heather. (MacAuleys, Morrisons, and cattle still live around here.) Stones were “robbed” from the walls, probably to be found in farmhouses down the road a bit. Follow me @JimRichardsonNG for more Scotland. #scotland Editor's Note: A previous version of this image had the wrong caption. The caption has been updated with the correct text.
Photo by @bertiegregory | A curious arctic fox searches for prey on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada. These foxes spend much of the year hunting for lemmings, a small brown rodent. As winter sets in, the lemmings stay underground. To combat this, the foxes use their incredible sense of hearing to listen for the faint footsteps of the lemmings under the snow. Once a target has been located, they jump up high and pounce to break through. #arctic #fox #cute #wildlife #cold
Photo by @andreafrazzetta | Strombolicchio is the small, uninhabited sister island of Stromboli. Once part of the original volcano from which these islands were formed, this rock now stands out in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. A lighthouse is located on its summit. Have you ever imagined working as a lighthouse keeper? The view from the tower to the looming volcano, one of the most active in the world, is spectacular. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andreafrazzetta. #stromboli #volcano #italy
Photo by @stephenmatera | Every four or five years in North America, there is an explosion in the snowy owl population— known as an irruption—and 2012 was such a year, with snowy owls traveling farther south and in much larger numbers than normal, including many like this one at Boundary Bay park in southern British Columbia. There were probably 20 or more in a square mile area. Follow me @stephenmatera for more images like this from Canada and around the world. #owl #snowyowl #irruption