Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | After the sun has set, this climber from Innsbruck, Austria, tackles a via ferrata route. The clear skies helped generate a wonderful warm light that sharpened the distant ridges and peaks, providing beautiful 360-degree views.
Photo by @babaktafreshi | This is one of the world’s largest publicly accessible telescopes, where people come to observe the night sky, host events, or even propose! I visited the Hooker telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles during this almost full moon night. This 100-inch reflector (2.5-meter aperture) was the world's largest telescope from its completion in 1917 until 1949, when the Palomar Observatory's 200-inch telescope was built. The Hooker contributed to science immensely. This is where Edwin Hubble proved the existence of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way and later discovered the expansion of the universe. Explore more astronomy and space photo stories with me @babaktafreshi. #mtwilsonobservatory #losangeles #stargazing #astronomy
Photo by @dinalitovsky | A sunset scene at Venice Skatepark. Los Angeles is the birthplace of skateboarding, and it remains an iconic tradition all through the city. A feature on the previously fringe sport that is now influencing cityscapes and culture is in the June issue of National Geographic. For more images, follow me @dinalitovsky.
Photo by @amivitale | Women with Surf Diva school learn to surf in Nosara, Costa Rica, at Playa Guiones. Nosara ranks as one of the world's leading surf towns, and anyone lucky enough to have caught one of the many perfect waves there understands why. Warm, crystalline blue waters, a friendly lineup, and good waves 365 days a year combine to make this place a true surfing paradise. Follow @amivitale for more stories about the beauty and hope in the world. @thephotosociety @photography.for.good #costarica #surfing #waves #beach #ocean
Photo by Kahli Hindmarsh @kahliaprilphoto | A bizarre clash of summer and winter as wildflower-filled meadows border glacial ice fields in British Columbia.
Photo by @daisygilardini | During an evening cruise along the Chobe River in Botswana's Chobe National Park, we encountered this beautiful elephant. When it comes to silhouettes, less is more! The key to success is to look for a clearly outlined subject and avoid overlapping multiple subjects. Keep in mind that the goal of a silhouette is to render your subject as a shape with a clearly defined outline, with no color or texture. The shape needs to be absolutely perfect to work. In contrast to normal portraits, when I like the subject to look at me—possibly with the head tilted a bit in order to see both eyes, creating a 3D effect—I find that profiles work best when shooting silhouettes. When photographing elephants along the Chobe River, it’s always a challenge to get a clear view of an elephant’s entire body in silhouette. As one is often shooting from a boat, the horizon line tends to cut the subject in half, something I really don’t like. In this instance the elephant was on a high riverbank. By lying in the boat as flat as possible, I was able to get the horizon line right where I wanted it to be. I waited for the elephant to lift its trunk to give my image more depth. Coincidentally, the elephant flicked its tail—an extra detail that made all the difference. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #elephant #botswana #africa #silhouette #sunset
Photo by @acacia.johnson | Growing up in Alaska, I've always thought of summer as camping season—time to live and sleep outdoors and tune in to the natural world. In the age of COVID-19, I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing right now! Here's one of my favorite campsites at Lake George, a glacial lake near Anchorage, Alaska, which blooms every summer with brilliant wildflowers. Follow me @acacia.johnson for more stories from Alaska and beyond. #alaska #camping #getoutside
Photo by @SofiaJaramillo5 | Mountain bikers ride near Temple Mountain. Temple Mountain is located in the San Rafael Swell, a 70-by-40-mile geologic zone in Utah. It features sandstone towers, canyons, and rolling desert plateaus. The recreational area offers backpacking, canyoneering, hiking, and camping. For more photos from the American West, follow @SofiaJaramillo5. #desert #desertview #lovetheride
Photo by @stevengnam | The Columbia River winds through Wenatchee, Washington–named after the Wenatchi tribe, who lived at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers. This is from a photo series redefining travel during the shutdown, with scenes from my daily run exploring corners of my backyard. #Cascades #PNW #Wenatchi
Photo by @babaktafreshi | While it was barely visible to the naked eye, a rare spectacle was revealed with a long exposure. The moon setting just behind Mount Whitney and the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada formed rays through wildfire smoke on this August night in California. At 14,505 feet (4,421 meters), Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of the World at Night photography. #twanight #nightsky #sierranevada #mtwhitney
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Last February I visited the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. A couple of weeks later, Jordan temporarily closed all tourism sites, including archaeological ones, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Here I’m walking through the Siq, a narrow gorge that is the main entrance to the city, toward Al Khazneh (the treasury), one of many facades carved into the mountains. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Petra #الاردن #COVID19 #Staysafe