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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto | Traditional fishing sailboats in the heart of Banc d'Arguin National Park in Mauritania. Centuries ago, the people of Mauritania adopted boats from the Canary Islands. To this day, they are used by African fishermen as an integral part of their livelihood. Can you spot the optical illusion?

Photo by @tobyharriman | Long exposure of a busy Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Photo by @robert_ormerod | A vineyard on the volcanic island of Lanzarote, around 60 miles off the southwest coast of Morocco. Here, winemakers dig crater-like hollows, “hoyas” or “gerias”, by hand to reach past the layers of ash on the surface. They then build small semi-circular walls using lava stone to protect the vines from the strong winds blowing in off the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A group of Kayapó girls take an afternoon bath in the waters of the Rio Pequeño, one of the thousands of small rivers in the Xingú region of Brazil. Indigenous people, their way of life, and the intimate connection many of them have to the natural world has been important to me for as long as I can remember. The relationship between human and planetary health has never been more precarious than it is today. We need to do more for our earth and our ocean. Follow me, @CristinaMittermeier to learn more about how you can make a difference everyday.

Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Kamchatka - is a very powerful land. It lies on the “Ring of Fire” and counts 160 volcanoes - 29 of which active. During our stay at Lake Kuril reserve we were blessed with a magnificent sunset with the view of the Llyinky Volcano. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scene.

Photo by @Chrisburkard | Don Sheldon was a legend. Born in Colorado, he went to Alaska at age 18 seeking work and adventure. He became a pioneer glacier pilot and from his base in Talkeetna, Alaska, he transported climbers, skiers, fishermen, and other adventurers to areas inaccessible via ground transportation. He also built a tiny house, personally flying all of the building material to its remote location piece by piece. Years later, on his tiny rock outcropping amidst Denali National Park a larger shelter was created to celebrate his dedication to this wild place. Sheldon is a reminder and inspiration to live a life of purpose and a life of adventure. Deep in the wilderness, the vantage point from this cabin made it hard to tell what was Earth and what wasn’t, it felt like we were a part of the night sky on this vibrant night.

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | In 2015, I took part in the first Greenland Caves expedition to Northeast Greenland. That original expedition was full of adventure; it involved flying as far as we could in a twin otter to a tiny landing on a sandy spit of land in the middle of nowhere. We inflated a boat and crossed a 20 km wide lake, and then hiked for three days to get to some small seemingly insignificant caves near the top of the world. At the time we didn’t know it would become a reconnaissance expedition, and would lead on to years of research. Project leader Prof. Gina Moseley collected samples of cave calcite to use to reconstruct records of past climate change. The pilot data proved highly important, and resulted in a prestigious FWF Start prize, enabling the research to continue for the next 6 years. On July 3rd, 2019, 9 people set off on an interdisciplinary expedition back to 80’N.

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz.| The fort on Ibo Island, Mozambique, was a major conduit for slaves sold to the French sugar plantations on Mauritius and beyond. Built in 1791, it was the second most important port on the Mozambique coast for over a hundred years, but is now a sleepy tourist destination. To explore more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.

Photo by @Babaktafreshi | Stars, storm clouds, and lightning in a summer evening of the New England, in northern Maine. Swipe to see the entire view.

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A scene from the ancient city of Petra, with Al-Khazneh seen on the right, Arabic for the Treasury, one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic

Photo by @hellokrisdavidson | An elegant tree seems to lean into the setting sun against a backdrop showing the varied ecosystems of the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado; it’s a lofty perch from which to study the park’s climatic variables of temperature, precipitation, and elevation. The Montane Zone is the lowest, with meadow valleys that support the widest range of plant and animal life. Next is the Subalpine Zone, where we begin to see forested areas, which disappear again in the Alpine Tundra Zone, with its limited vegetation and gusty winds at the mountain tops. The Riparian Zone, which runs through all other elevations, is often found next to water.

Photo by @bethjwald.| Wind whips across sand dunes at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. I started going to hike and camp amongst these dunes before it was a National Park. During that time the dunes and other parts of the high altitude San Luis Valley were under threat from development and exploitation of water resources that help form the dunes. National park status for Sand Dunes, along with other land conservation projects in the region have helped protect this unique and fragile area and have also boosted nature-based tourism to this part of Colorado that is rich in beauty but poor in terms of income and economic opportunities. National parks make available to all the natural wonders and heritage of our country and are an intrinsic part of America and also enrich the economies of nearby communities. For more photos of our ancient and modern relationship with nature and of National Parks around the world, follow me at @bethjwald.

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