I love yosemite! and i’m sure thousands of photographers & painters, hikers & rock climbers, and environmentalists share the same feeling. this striking landscape transformed the young ansel adams (early 20th century) to a legendary photographer. here on a starry night of yosemite national park in california, from the bank of merced river, the setting moon shines on el capitan rock, with the milky way in cassiopeia and cygnus above it. you may even notice a diffuse “star” in the center which is the andromeda galaxy. the night looks so peaceful that you feel i was the only person in the entire valley. but that never happens! with 5 million tourists in 2016, yosemite can hardly rest. while this is a successful ecotourism that created jobs and revenues which protect back the nature, i wonder what is the tourism capacity that comforts the wild life and environment of this world heritage?
At 3 months old our little aban is all truth but soon he will understand why we all lie to some extent. enjoy reading the latest @natgeo issue. the magazine is as true, brave, current, & worthy as ever. @natgeocreative#nationalgeographic#natgeo
It was a beautiful twilight. the so-called blue hour painted the bavarian alps in subtle blue. i was anticipating the first stars to appear at dusk over the iconic neuschwanstein castle in bavaria, southern germany. the life story of the very eccentric king ludwig ii brings many visitors to this castle. he was a fan of art and architecture and commissioned to build this castle in the 19th century. it became an inspiration for disneyland's sleeping beauty castle and later for similar structures in the world.
Whitewater and green aurora. the rapids in hvítá river in iceland was roaring more than daytime as our sense of hearing is often stronger at darkness. if you wonder where and when to see the northern and southern lights, read my recent article “7 magical places to view auroras” on natgeo.com/travel or google “aurora natgeo”. and interested in joining me on aurora photo workshops email me (under my bio) for march & sep 2018 programs in iceland (the sep2017 workshop is fully booked). @natgeo@natgeocreative@twanight#auroraborealis#aurora#northernlights#nightsky#nightscape#longexposure#nightphotography
A moonlit night at a lighthouse not too far from sydney. despite the bright gibbous moon the milky way is still visible due to the clear transparent sky. the fisheye image is taken from barrenjoey lighthouse at palm beach on sydney's northern beaches. built in 1881, the heritage light is an iconic sydney attraction.
Swipe left to see the entire panorama. a behind the scene shot of me working at 5000-meter high alma observatory (one of the world’s highest), an array of 66 radio telescopes working together as a single dish, a massive international scientific partnership among europe, us, canada, japan, s korea, taiwan, and chile (the host). costing about $1.4 billion, alma is the most expensive ground-based telescope in operation. i visit alma every other year on imaging assignment for the european southern observatory (eso.org). here my friend & colleague @yuribeletsky did a great job light painting me during the exposure!
After a stormy day the sky becomes crystal clear as the night falls on yellowstone national park, home to a supervolcano. the milky way and bright star antares at the heart of scorpion appear above mammoth hot springs. those of you with larger screens may also notice a few red nebula in the galactic core. yellowstone is where you feel the true power of nature in every angle. in 1872 it became the first us national park and the first one in the world, starting a new movement to respect nature as the source, not a resource; the issue we are still dealing with today. @natgeocreative@natgeo@yellowstonenps#yellowstone#wyoming#montana#nightsky#volcano#starrynight#milkyway#nationalparks#worldheritagesite
In pitch black darkness of a sahara night, the home galaxy stands above the remote tassili national park in southern algeria. on an adventure trip to locate dark sky places as part of the world at night project @twanight, i went there in 2009 with an algerian astronomer colleague, a local guide/cook in 2 off road cars. from the nearest town tamanrasset it took us 3 days to reach this amazing world heritage where i love to return in future. unfortunately we were there in may, late in the season and it was already 55c (130f) in mid-day and still too hot at midnight, though a happy temperature for scorpions and viper snakes! it generated a lot of adrenaline encountering a few of them at dark while i was imaging the celestial scorpion itself (center right of the picture). here bright planet jupiter is at left. people of #sahara were inspired by this stunning sky for thousands of years. @natgeo@natgeocreative#nightscape#milkyway#africa#desert#algeria#tassili#astrophotography#nightsky#nightphotography#longexposure#stargazing#darksky
Diamond ring! the seconds right before and after the total solar eclipse form this beautiful effect as rays of the sun shines on the edge of the dark moon. this was the july 2009 eclipse, the longest of the century which lasted about 7 minutes from our location on board a ship in the middle of the pacific ocean. the next totality on 2017 aug 21 is in the us, crossing 14 states, from the west coast in oregon all the way to the east coast in south carolina. it reaches a maximum of 2 minutes and 40 seconds in illinois. @natgeo@natgeocreative@twanight#eclipse2017#eclipse#solareclipse
There is nothing like observing the deep sky with a large telescope. on this self-portrait i was stargazing in the atacama lodge near san pedro de #atacama, chile (april 2016), looking at the omega centauri majestic star cluster. it was a scene of the upcoming documentary film “borderless sky” featuring me and 4 other @twanight photographers, traveling in 5 different continents. the series will be premiered by arte channel in europe later this year and later in the us. @natgeotravel@natgeocreative@natgeo#astrotourism#stargazing#telescope#astronomy#nightsky