Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @charlieboscoe - imagine being tasked with the job of getting thousands of soldiers safely across this terrain out of sight from the enemy. that was the challenge faced by military commanders as battles raged across the dolomites during the first world war. the solution they came up with was nothing short of ingenious; make the mountains climbable and accessible to troops using cables, wires and metal rungs. those "via ferratas" (iron roads) are still in place and now lead climbers and mountaineers to some of the greatest summits in the alps.
Photo by @andywcoleman // it is never fun to leave patagonia, but views like this make it much easier. as glaciers start moving down the mountain, they will start picking up various rocks and dirt along with them. when the glacier melts, all of that will be released in a long, streaking pattern known as moraines. for more images from around the world, follow me at @andywcoleman
📸 @johnkernickphotography norwich cathedral rises to 96m and has the second tallest cathedral spire in england. the cathedral was begun in 1096 completed in 1145, it was partly rebuilt in 1169 after being struck by lightning. the cathedral close is one of the largest in europe and has more people living within it than any other close. .
Video by @paulnicklen // a flurry of snow rapidly covers the seascape as a mother polar bear frolics with her young, four month old cubs. in order to feed herself and her two growing offspring, she must be an infallible hunter. after a successful hunt, the playful cubs nuzzle and play with their mother, and she, ever patient and tender, endures their affections. to see my favorite photograph from this moment, #follow me on @paulnicklen
for @sea_legacy with @fredgranath music by @adamnriddle
Photo by @carltonward / sunset over boca grande pass, on florida's west coast between gasparilla and cayo costa islands where charlotte harbor flows into the gulf of mexico. during the late spring and early summer, anglers from around the world gather here to drift outgoing tides in hopes of catching tarpon - a migratory game fish that can weigh up to 200 pounds. #bocagrande#gulfofmexico#sunset please follow @carltonward for more #floridawild
Photograph by @susanseubert // a group of visitors to the brick house winery in newberg, oregon enjoy wine and snacks under an old oak tree on the edge of the vineyard. the first pinot noir grapes were planted in the oregon wine country in 1965. since then this region has become world famous for its terroir and is now home to over 500 wineries. #oregon#winecountry follow @susanseubert for more from the pacific northwest and beyond!
Photo by @andywcoleman // hiking to see the mountain gorillas in the bwindi impenetrable national park in uganda can sometimes be a bit exhausting. to get to this family, we trekked up and down the steep slopes of the forest for nearly two hours. it would have been nice to catch a ride like this baby gorilla. fortunately, they stayed in one area for the entire hour we got to spend with them. for more wildlife images, follow me at @andywcoleman
Photo by @shonephoto (robbie shone) with words by adventure writer and presenter @charlieboscoe - the beauty of nature enhanced ever so slightly by human interaction. to make somewhere so high and wild accessible to mere mortals is extraordinary but when you consider who might have passed along here and in what circumstances they might have found themselves, these via ferratas (iron ways) of the italian dolomites take on an almost mystical quality. it’s rare to find somewhere like the dolomites which combines beauty with history so perfectly.
Video by @bertiegregory. a wild peacock displaying in yala national park, sri lanka. despite his incredible tail fan, the peahens just didn't seem interested. it's amazing to think that this male will shed and a grow a new fan each year, all in the name of reproduction! shot during a leopard assignment for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Photograph by @paulnicklen // narwhals jockey for position and gently cross tusks as they push for a breath of air. they are diving under the sea ice in an attempt to access the thick schools of polar cod. soon after taking this image, i slipped into the water and was caught in the middle of two courting male narwhal. one narwhal never realized that i was there and started to rub my neoprene clad head with its tusk. to see this image please follow me on @paulnicklen. i am comfortable in saying that i am the only person on the planet who has found themselves in this position. @seal_legacy#unicorns#unicornsofthesea#narwhals#climatechange
Photo @materas // it seems like i wait all year for wildflower season in the cascades, which on a good year might last for two weeks from late july through early august! last year was a little disappointing for wildflowers in the cascades, with this blossoming steeplebush below mt. rainier at sunset being a good exception. i've shot near this spot many times but never seen this steeplebush in bloom. thankfully the conditions were perfect with some beautiful color in the clouds to match the flowers. follow me @materas for more images like this from washington and around the world. #wildflowers#mtrainiernationalpark#summer
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // sunset over the valles caldera near los alamos, new mexico. the valles caldera is one of the most studied super volcanoes in the world. it is a massive 13.7 miles wide and the floor of the caldera is covered with hot springs, fumaroles, natural gas seeps, volcanic domes and rolling grasslands. a small stream also bisects the caldera offering incredible fly fishing. science estimates that this volcano might have risen as high as 35,000 feet at one point. #supervolcano#vallescaldera#vallescalderanationalpreserve#newmexico#losalamos
📸 @johnkernickphotography for me, one of the many privileges of photographing on location, especially for a magazine like national geographic traveler is the access to places and the interesting people i get to meet and talk to. there is never a dull moment. i met siobhan while photographing a story for traveler, such an interesting woman and having photographed stonehenge a number of times, a photo, quite different from ones i'd taken before. .
Video by @tobyharriman // sometimes the best part of life is confronting a "why?" and then doing it just to see what becomes of it. that was this day, when my buddy @kyle_kochan and i decided to fly out to inner lake george and the knik glacier area. apparently a while back, someone left a green canoe, life jacket and paddles (only one left) around the lake for anyone to use (which i have to say is a very alaskan thing to do). we found it, and made something special of the experience. it has definitely gone through some damage and duct tape repair, so paddle at your own risk if you ever make it out there!
Photo by @andywcoleman // monument valley is on the navajo reservation on the border of arizona and utah. this is a view of totem pole and yei bi chei, two of the iconic formations in the area. this tall spire monument is an example of what erosion does to a butte. the best way to see this area is with one of the navajo tours as they will make sure get to places you can't get on your own and will also know how to find some of the best vantage points.