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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man walks past Abu Darwish Mosque in Amman, Jordan, located on Jabal al-Ashrafiyeh, one of the city’s seven hills. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic

Photo by @babaktafreshi.| I'm in Washington DC for the 50th anniversary of moon landing. This impressive life-size projection of Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket appears on the east face of Washington Monument in DC. The project and film screening continues to July 20, each night at 9:30-11:30. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo. The projection is organized by @airandspacemuseum partnered with @usinterior and 59 Productions. Explore astronomy and space photography with me @babaktafreshi.

Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Mt. Cook (also known as Aoraki) under the Milky Way, seen here from Kea Point, is the tallest peak in the southern alps of New Zealand. At 12,218 feet and with three separate summits it is a serious challenge for any mountaineer. It is also the peak that Sir Edmund Hillary used to train for his Everest climb.

Photo by @bertiegregory | A female coastal grey wolf resting on her mudflat territory at low tide on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These incredible wolves get up to 90% of their diet from the ocean eating barnacles, mussels, clams, crabs, fish and more! As top predators they play a crucial role in keeping herbivore populations in check allowing countless other species to thrive. Using the famous Yellowstone National Park wolves as an example, since their reintroduction, the entire ecosystem has totally transformed and is now much healthier. I've spent months looking for coastal wolves and only had a handful of encounters. Because of their illusiveness, most people who visit the coast of Vancouver Island won't see one. But when hiking the beaches, even if you don't spot one, there's something special about knowing they're there.

Video by @Renan_Ozturk | Basecamp on the north side of at 17.5k feet - I had never felt the pull of this mountain or wanted to climb it much at all until arriving here with such a soulful team. The iconic and presence of the peak from this vantage point is a magnet for exploration, all the lines of the valleys pulling you upward. Join me @Renan_Ozturk for more images from the roof of the world

Photo by @babaktafreshi | This view wasn't from the Alps or the Smoky Mountains—this is an October day in northern Iran. This month ,UNESCO announced 29 new World Heritage Sites and one is the Hyrcanian Forests, which stretch 850 km along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. In that area, the humidity is blocked by the massive Alborz mountain range. The unique forests are 25 to 50 million years old, but are shrinking fast due to human impact and poor management. Now, hope accompanies the UNESCO designation. The Caspian Tiger, now extinct, once roamed the area. But the forests are still home to other large mammals, including Persian leopards, lynx, brown bears, wild boars, wolves, golden jackals, jungle cats, badgers, and otters. Follow me, @babaktafreshi, for more. ⁣

Photo by @amivitale.| Reticulated giraffe can run as fast as 35 miles per hour over short distances or 10 miles per hour over longer distances. Here they are shown in northern Kenya's Leparua Community Conservancy as a group from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Kenya Wildlife Service, San Diego Zoo Global, and the Northern Rangelands Trust put GPS tags on11 giraffe to better understand their migration patterns. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. The population decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation, @sdzsafaripark and @amivitale.

Photo by @jimrichardsonng | Inside Fingal’s Cave on Staffa Island in Scotland, the Basalt columns echo the sea that has battered and eroded its way into the island. But these columns survived better than the dinosaurs who went extinct about the same time this vast lava flow of the Paleocene was reshaping what would become Scotland and Ireland. Small wonder Jules Verne referred to this place in his novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

Photo by @andy_mann // sponsored by @parkhyatt // The Registan, a square dating back to the early 1400s, was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, now part of Uzbekistan. People gathered in the square to hear royal proclamations, trade goods traveling along the Silk Road, and witness public executions. What we see today is the tireless work of hundreds of people who have restored this unique and historic monument over many decades. Thousands of visitors flow through the square each day, admiring the afternoon glow that bathes the turquoise domes and stone pillars. // For discerning @parkhyatt guests, luxury is not easily defined but often reflected in their most personal travel mementos.

Photo by Aaron Huey @argonautphoto.| People say we have no great aged Cathedrals in the US, but I disagree—this is an American Cathedral. In this image, Wakinyan Two Bulls places prayer ties in a tree near the sacred place called Mato Tipila asking for healing and protection for his family. The Wyoming landmark is often called Devils Tower by non-Natives. Traditionally the Lakota (and many other tribes) fasted, prayed, left offerings, held sweat lodge and sun dance ceremonies, and did their vision quests around this great geological formation. To see more images of American Cathedrals and the Lakota, follow me @argonautphoto.

Photo by @daisygilardini | Baobab trees are found in arid regions in Africa, India, and Australia. There are nine different species of this genus (Adansonia). They all have huge trunks that can store up to 120,000 liters of water (32,000 gallons) and can live for thousands of years. Maybe this is why, when close to them, one can feel a kind of wise energy. During my last adventure in Botswana, we had a great opportunity to photograph this beautiful baobab under the Milky Way. I used an exposure of 25 seconds at f4, with the ISO camera setting at 2500. Follow me, @daisygilardini, for more images and behind-the-scenes stories.

Photo by @hannahreyesmorales | A view of the scenic Ha Long Bay from atop Poem Mountain. Ha Long Bay, which means 'descending dragon,' is a UNESCO world heritage site. Most of the islets of Ha Long are uninhabited. Geologists note its unusual and Karst landscape, which is often found on land. Follow me, @hannahreyesmorales, for more stories in South East Asia and beyond.

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