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Photo by @babaktafreshi The World at Night photography A couple of nights ago next to an icon in Utah. A great aspect of US National Parks is their pristine dark skies, thanks to the Night Sky Program in the parks which controls light pollution. To me as a night photographer who spent past 2 decades imaging under stars in all continents, this is the paradise! The Milky Way, from Scorpius to Aquila, appears at the end of twilight above the Delicate Arch, 60 ft (18m) high, in the Arches National Park. On @babaktafreshi find more of our planet’s wonders at night. @natgeo @natgeocreative @archesnps #utah #southwest #nationalparks #nightsky #longexposure #milkyway

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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // For many people the main reason for visiting Cabo Verde is the spectacular island of Santo Antão. A geographically diverse island filled with canyons, gorges, and mountains that reach as high as 4,921ft (1,500m), it is known as the island of mountains, wind and water. With sparse human development, nature lovers can find many idyllic hideaways such as this small picturesque village known as Fonatinhas. Perched on a narrow ridge filled with pastel colored houses, Fontainhas boasts some of the most spectacular views of the steep vertical valleys that drop off directly into the Atlantic ocean below. With a landscape like this, it’s no wonder that Santo Antão offers some of the most amazing hiking in West Africa. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto for more photos and stories from around the world. #Africa #capeverde #island

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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Sea stacks as seen from Second Beach in Olympic National Park near La Push, Washington. This morning dawned clear, which is a small miracle for this time of year on the Olympic Peninsula. We also had the beach to ourselves, which was another amazing surprise. To get this image I stood in the water with my tripod firmly embedded in the sand. #olympicnationalpark #secondbeach @olympicnationalpark

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Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // Carefully stacked, row upon row of wine barrels holding fortified wines, including the aptly named Grandfather Tawny, are protected from the elements in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Matured in small oak barrels and blended via the ‘Solera’ method, the prolonged and highly specialized process for the Grandfather Tawny produces a fortified wine with a minimum average blended age of 20 years. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com

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Photo by @amivitale. A donkey sleeps under a dark sky in Melako, an arid landscape in northern Kenya. Rainfall here is rare, as are permanent settlements and solid infrastructure.  Pastoralists from Melako are part of the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) and are learning how conservation and grazing management can lead to healthier cattle, better grass and more wildlife. Follow me (@amivitale) for more stories on conservation efforts that not only protect wildlife and resources but promote peace and community resiliency. @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeoadventure @thephotosociety #amivitale #kenya #whyilovekenya #seekenya #natureisspeaking #conservation #photooftheday

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Video by @BertieGregory. Glassfish pulsating in a cave in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. The diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation. Follow @BertieGregory for more wildlife adventures!

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Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // Very old, contorted, knotted and serpentine vines on Block 42 in the Barossa Valley are thought to be the oldest continuously producing Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the world. For many decades these vines have produced flavour-intense, mineral-rich fruit with exceptional concentration and balance. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // There is an underwater sea garden, almost forgotten by the world, where species that have disappeared almost everywhere else, like this elk horn coral, can still be found just beneath the surface. The Gardens of the Queen, aptly named to honor Queen Isabel of Spain by Christopher Columbus when he first arrived to the New World, is one such place. To see more images of this magical, untouched, marine wonderland of spectacular diversity and health please #follow my @instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier #TurningTheTide, with @paulnicklen and @andy_mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina | #marineconservation

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Photograph by @jasonedwardsng // #Sponsored by @Penfolds // At the height of the Australian summer the dry, rolling hills of the Barossa Valley glow golden in the setting sun. A patchwork of lush green grapevines are the reason this region draws people from all over the world - to savour its unique food and wines. #Penfolds magic is founded in the diverse and rich wine regions of South Australia, where every bottle starts its story. Discover more at penfolds.com

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Photo by @renan_ozturk// I set this timelapse up on the edge of a still lake in Ólafsfjörður and left it overnight. When I came back to retrieve it in the morning, the dropping temps had frozen the lake edge into a solid block. The tripod legs were completely locked in, sword in the stone style and I wasn't the knight. Ended up having to take big rock boulders, lift them over my head, and smash them onto the ice. Shot with @chrisburkard @taylorfreesolo @sweatpantsmedia

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