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  • Photo by @max.lowe / One of the things I decided to put my time into during quarantine was birding, and what a true joy it was. One of the most special encounters while tromping across my home state of Montana with binoculars in hand was the run-in we had with this female saw-whet owl. She popped out of her nest to see what all the fuss was about. To see more from my summer, follow @max.lowe.
  • Photo by @babaktafreshi / Green flames seem to emerge from city lights. When an aurora is bright enough, it can be easily viewed from small cities, despite the skyglow. This was last year in the town of Keflavik, near Iceland's international airport. Learn more about the wonders of the night sky with me @babaktafreshi. #auroraborealis #northernlights #twanight #nightphotography
  • Photo by @kiliiiyuyan A willow ptarmigan in its breeding plumage waits on the snowy tundra as its nesting season approaches. Ptarmigan are unique Arctic birds, well adapted to a life in the cold, but they share the little known and poorly named National Petroleum Reserve in the summer with millions of migratory birds.⁠ Follow me @kiliiiyuyan for more from the Arctic. #arctic #bird #snow
  • Video by @DaisyGilardini / It's rush hour on Deception Island's Baily Head beach. The island is the caldera of an active volcano and lies in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands. On the side of the caldera’s eastern outer slope, we can find one of the largest chinstrap penguin colonies in Antarctica, consisting of roughly 50,000 pairs. Despite their seemingly healthy overall numbers, their population is decreasing over most of the Antarctic Peninsula’s nesting sites. Scientists attribute the decline to climate change—which affects the abundance of krill, their main food source—coupled with expansion of the commercial krill fishery, which affects krill numbers as well. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #bailyhead #Antarctica #penguins #chinstrapenguins
  • Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav / A mountain tribe called Khasi have been practicing bioengineering for centuries in Meghalaya, India. "Our ancestors started building these living root bridges so we can traverse the turbulent rivers during the monsoon," said Bahdrong, a villager living in the remote mountains of northeast India. Dwelling in one of the wettest places on the planet, these tribes have ingeniously developed a way to use rubber plants to make what they call jing kieng jri or a living root bridge. These bridges can survive for hundreds of years and get stronger with age. There are estimated to be about a hundred such bridges spread across the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya, but most of them are isolated, and very little is known about them. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more photos from the extremely biodiverse states of India and parts of Central Asia.
  • Photo by @taylorglenn / A September storm blanketed the Tetons with snow, creating a remarkable scene at Oxbow Bend. The contrast of the landscape seemed ideal for a black-and-white image. Follow @taylorglenn for more from Wyoming and beyond. #grandtetonnationalpark #Wyoming
  • Photo by Matt Borowick @mborowick / In autumn the forests near Colorado's iconic Maroon Bells are truly a sight to see. With so many winding trails in the area, it's no wonder that this is one of the most popular places to visit in the entire state. Follow @mborowick for more pictures like this. #nature #snowmass #adventure #birchtrees #colorado
  • Photo by @juancristobalcobo / This is one of the many small barrier islands around Cabo Corrientes in Chocó, Colombia. Located at the southern end of the Gulf of Tribugá, this pristine paradise is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. It is presently threatened by a plan to construct a megaport that would cause irreparable damage to the rainforest and to the rich waters of this part of the Pacific Ocean. #colombia #chocó #nuquí
  • Photo by @joshuacogan / In the backwater regions near Cochin, Kerala, communities set brush fires to keep canals that are vital for transportation from clogging with vegetation. This area of India was cut off from much of the subcontinent by the Western Ghats, allowing it to develop its own culture that is unique to the region. For more images of India and Kerala, follow me @joshuacogan. #India #Kerala
  • Photo by @sarahyltonphoto / Teenage girls from Gulmit load onto a van after an all-female soccer tournament meant to promote gender equality in the Hunza Valley of northern Pakistan. For more travel stories, follow me @sarahyltonphoto. #Pakistan #genderequality #sports
  • Photo by @kiliiiyuyan / The mountains of Lugu Lake are illuminated at sunset. Lugu Lake in Sichuan Province is home to a large population of Indigenous peoples, of which many are Tibetan Buddhist. Follow me @kiliiiyuyan for more on the relationship between people and the natural world. #china #lugulake #mountain
  • Photo by @emilypolar / A Burmese woman carries a woven basket of flowers to sell as offerings at the Golden Palace and Pagodas in Old Bagan, Myanmar. To see more of the magnificence in the mundane, follow me @emilypolar.
  • Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto / Imagine all the challenges of getting your soldiers safely across this terrain in these weather conditions and out of sight from the enemy. That was what military commanders faced as battles raged across the Dolomites during the First World War. The solution they came up with was to make the mountains accessible to all the troops. Using cables, wires, and metal rungs, via ferratas (iron roads) were installed and are still in place today.
  • Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / Visitors walk through the Shah-i-Zinda complex, a necropolis in the ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Uzbekistan #Samarkand #necropolis
  • Photo by @Justin.Jin / Crowned the Jewel of Siberia, Baikal is the world's deepest lake, holding 20 percent of the world's freshwater. In the winter, the lake surface is entirely frozen with ice averaging two meters (6.5 feet) thick. The first time I went there, I trekked across the frozen lake for three days, pitching a tent on the ice and gazing at the stars. I’ve since been back several times with better support to shoot this icy wonderland. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #baikal #siberia #winter #lake #ice