Photograph by michael yamashita @yamashitaphoto - shwe myint zu pagoda provides a big splash of color in the middle of monochrome indawgyi lake, myanmar's largest inland body of fresh water. due to an ancient superstition that the lake is inhabited by evil spirits, few people live along its shores and it has become a wildlife refuge, a paradise for birds and major feeder of clean water for the irrawaddy river which flows to its south. the pagoda comes alive for just 10 days before the full moon in march when thousands of pilgrims from all over kachin state come here to pray and play. for more on the #irrawaddy and #myanmar please visit @nature_org#indawgyilake#livenature#protectpreserve#freshwater#buddhism
Photo: @chrisburkard almost every place on earth has a name, like these vibrant lakes in switzerland. from left to right: lago dello stabbio, lago cadagno, and lago ritòm. the hike up was so worth it for a view from amongst the clouds.
Want to see the world’s most magical auroras? you’ll have to travel to both hemispheres to catch a glimpse of these glittering night shows. from iceland to tasmania, plan for the best time of year to visit and hope for clear weather to reveal otherworldly colors. swipe left to see more photos. to read the full story and plan your trip, visit natgeotravel.com.
photos by // (1) babak tafreshi, national geographic creative; (2) babak tafreshi, national geographic creative (3) richard mcmanus, getty images; (4) accent alaska.com/alamy; (5) babak tafreshi, national geographic; (6) yuichi takasaka; (7) don johnston, nc/alamy
Why did the bison cross the road? wind cave national park is one of those parks with two personalities: one above and one below ground. below ground you'll find a network of lovely caves to explore, full of a very interesting cave formation called boxwork. 95% of the world's boxwork lies in this cave system, which is enough to get anyone with even a mild interest in caving very excited. above ground is a world of rolling prairie lands, beautiful skies, and beasts like this guy roaming free. two different worlds, each unique, in one national park.
wind cave national park (45 of 59)
shot with fujifilm x-t1 and xf16-55mm f2.8 lens
photo by @jonathan_irish // photographer jonathan irish (@jonathan_irish) was on an epic road trip in 2016 to visit and create incredible content in all of the 59 u.s. national parks in 52 weeks during the centennial of the national park service. #59in52#onassignment#nps100
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta // maldives, faafu atoll, starry night over magoodhoo island.
a marine constellation of roughly 1190 islands comprising of 20 ring shaped coral reefs spanning an area about the size of portugal and with just a mere 150 cm of average altitude, the maldives risks being submerged by the rising sea level due to global warming. the maldive islands are a blue horizon; dotted by the single groups of islands created throughout the millennia by tiny organisms that found enough light and nutrients to support their growth. if it were possible to look at it over the ages we’d see it appear and disappear over a few hundred thousand years: from the first sandbanks to the first palm trees, it is truly a nation of appearance and disappearance. @andrea_frazzetta@instituteartist#maldives#natgeotravel#sea#ocean#blue#stars
Photo @materas // wild pacific rhododendrons blooming in late spring in the olympic national forest. wild rhododendrons grow prolifically in the mid and low elevation forests of the eastern olympic peninsula and are the state flower of washington. follow me @materas for more images like this from washington and around the world. #wildflowers#wildrhododendrons#forest
Photo @pedromcbride // crumbling reflections: much has changed in cuba over the 17 years i have visited this island. but much has stayed the same. time still ticks at a cuban pace and old cars still run… i don’t know how... and while pockets of new construction and renovation exist thanks to a growing tourism boom, most buildings are crumbling and cracking under the caribbean climate. but amidst the hardship, nostalgia and messy vitality, the cuban people keep moving, like their cars. and somehow, they do it with a colorful friendliness and warmth that always amazes me. to see more, follow @pedromcbride#cuba#havana#photo#workshop@natgeoexpeditions#reflection#photooftheday#petemcbride
Photo: @chrisburkard the name of this waterfall is very literal; havasupai, the people of the blue-green waters. the natives who live in the area share its name and consider the ancient calcium and magnesium rich water sacred. grand canyon, arizona.
Photo by @timlaman. a sea fan adorns a dock piling in bali with swarms of fish behind. just a few years after construction, this jetty has essentially become an artificial reef teaming with marine life. indonesia has the world’s greatest marine biodiversity. see a lot more coverage of indonesia’s amazing biodiversity by following @timlaman. #indonesiabiodiversity, #bali, #indonesia, #scubadiving, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.
Impetious young impala go head-to-head as they practice sparring. a talent they will need later in life when the rut begins. photographed on assignment for @natgeotravel in kruger national park. for more images from kruger, south africa, follow @kengeiger#natgeotravel#krugernationalpark
Photo by @christopheviseux // the cirque de mafate on la réunion island. this impressive landscape is a caldera, which is the result of the collapse of an old volcano. entirely enclosed by mountains, the cirque was settled in by slaves in the 19th century. it is very remote and only accessible by foot or helicopter. a paradise for hiking. follow me @christopheviseux for more images from the indian ocean and africa. #reunion#volcano
Photo by @franslanting the annual gathering of king penguins on the beaches of south georgia island is one of the most phenomenal wildlife spectacles on the planet. it is an overwhelming sensation to spend time among them and they are a confirmation of the abundance of the southern ocean on which they depend. fisheries around south georgia are well-regulated, but beyond the territorial limits of the island, a lot of work remains to be done to safeguard a future for king penguins and all other wildlife dependent on the frigid seas surrounding antarctica. follow me @franslanting for more stories and images from the southern ocean.
Video by @babaktafreshi, the world at night. find out when & where in the world to see #aurora, in my new story "7 magical places to view auroras" on @natgeo travel website (nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/7-aurora-destinations). from #iceland to #alaska, #canada, #lapland (#finland#sweden #norway) #greenland, and chasing aurora australis in #tasmania & #newzealand. the fisheye #timelapse video here is from march 2015 showing wild stormy #northernlights above iceland. the first time i filmed an aurora was on an icebreaker near antarctica in 2003. luckily, there are much more accessible places if you’d like to take in these light shows yourself! @natgeocreative#astronomy#astrotourism#auroraborealis#arctic
The vatnajökull glacier in iceland is one of the largest in europe. looking down into these crevasses you can see hundreds of feet into the ice. - @benhortonphoto - watch the instagram story today to follow our adventures!
What did you see on your morning drive?
it's my last morning in kruger national park, south africa. intending to make the most of it, i was at the gate when it opened at 5:30am. not ten minutes down the road, literally walking down the middle of the road, were these three gorgeous guys. what a great way to end an assignment for @natgeotravel. photo by @kengeiger#krugernationalpark#southafrica
Photo: @chrisburkard when i saw this river formed by glacial melt in new zealand it reminded me of similar rivers in iceland. it’s striking to see the similarities between the northern and southern hemispheres as you near each pole. before drones and planes, all we had was our imagination of these places.