Photo by @chamiltonjames (charlie hamilton james) // #sponsored by @nature_valley // #naturevalleyhikeamillion // a moose fords the buffalo fork river at dusk on the edge of grand teton national park, wyoming. winters are long and harsh in this part of the rockies and moose and other animals have to struggle to survive the winters. this moose is heading to an area of willows where it spent several days finding what sustenance it could beneath the snow. // join @nature_valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. track your miles with the mapmyhike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!
Photo by @babaktafreshi, the world at night photography (babak tafreshi) // #sponsored by @nature_valley // #naturevalleyhikeamillion // the long exposure images of sky motion (earth rotation) creating star trails, reminds many of the swirls in the van gogh "starry night". this was a peaceful night in november in yosemite national park, california. there was no wind and the sky was crystal-clear. the golden aspen trees and towering sheer cliffs were softly shining under the moonlight. i was enjoying the midnight quietness during this one-hour image, and the occasional sounds of animals in the near and far distance. being a night sky photographer for over two decades, i have enjoyed many of our planet's starry sky sanctuaries, and the u.s. national parks are ranked high on my list. // join @nature_valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. track your miles with the mapmyhike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!
Photo by @michaelmelford (michael melford) // #sponsored by @nature_valley // #naturevalleyhikeamillion // palouse falls state park, washington. on assignment for a story on the great ice age floods, (also known as channeled scablands) that wiped the soil off the lands of eastern washington state, i went to palouse falls to show how much water must have been flowing over this dramatic cataract to create this amazing amphitheater and massive canyon, with a stream running through it that seems comically out of scale. now the falls that flow there are just a tiny fraction of what flowed from when the great floods occurred from a broken ice dam of lake missoula some 15 thousand years ago. // join @nature_valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. track your miles with the mapmyhike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!
Photo by @michaelmelford (michael melford) // #sponsored by @nature_valley // #naturevalleyhikeamillion // the koyukuk river, brooks range, gates of the arctic national park, alaska. shooting on story celebrating our wild and scenic rivers, i chose to go to alaska in august to photograph this beautiful river with the fall colors of the aspen and tundra. flying in a fixed wing airplane gave me a great vantage, and seeing this oxbow bend in the river was a nice foreground element. i did camp out on the river, and being in bear country, i had to keep my food in a “bear can” that conceals the smell of food. i have great respect for grizzly bears. wild and scenic rivers are designated by congress to be forever wild — no damns, no construction within a ¼ mile of the river, forever free flowing. // join @nature_valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. track your miles with the mapmyhike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!
Photo by @michaelmelford (michael melford) // #sponsored by @nature_valley // #naturevalleyhikeamillion // logan pass, glacier national park, montana. as i started on the hidden lake trail, i saw all of these beautiful glacier lilies in bloom, and left the trail to find a nice shot to get the flowers and the mountains in the perfect composition. i waited several hours for the sun to get lower in the sky and make for sweet soft light, photographing the flowers as i went along. my one month assignment had me hiking most of the park’s beautiful trails. in 1850, there were some 150 glaciers in the park; today, there are but 25 active glaciers remaining. go and hike in glacier and see some glaciers before they are all gone. this image ran as a two-page spread in the magazine, and was later made into a stamp. // join @nature_valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. track your miles with the mapmyhike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!
Photo by @franslanting usually the magic light that can transform an ordinary scene into something extraordinary occurs at dawn or dusk, but in arizona’s slot canyons it happens in the middle of the day. that’s when a shaft of light suffused with dust penetrates deep into a narrow canyon whose sandstone walls are shaped by water over time. light bounces back and forth between the walls and it creates an ethereal luminosity at the bottom that is reminiscent of a cathedral. this particular canyon is located on navajo tribal land. follow me @franslanting for more images of special places around the world. @natgeo@thephotosociety@natgeo creative #beauty#awesome#amazing#colors#nature#picoftheday#earth
Photo by @kristarossow // churning, nutrient-rich waters surround the #inianislands where the inside passage meets the pacific ocean at cross sound. no wonder that haul-out rocks are covered in steller sea lions, otters cling to abundant kelp, and it is common to see the white heads of bald eagles speckling the treetops. to see more of #alaska and beyond, follow @kristarossow .
📸: @krystlejwright // it was a sight i wasn’t expecting to find on maui, hawaii. from the lush green coastline to a landscape that suddenly felt reminiscent of the moon when trekking through haleakalā national park. the park area was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1980 and the hike is well worth the visit as it weaves through the volcanic landscape. #hawaii#maui#hiking
Photo by @taylorglenn // late afternoon light creates a beautiful rainbow in the mist below snoqualmie falls near seattle, washington. for the snoqualmie people, who have lived for centuries in the snoqualmie valley in western washington, the falls are central to their culture, beliefs, and spirituality and long served as a traditional burial site. for them, the falls are the place where first woman and first man were created by "moon the transformer" and where prayers were carried up to the creator by great mists that rise from the powerful flow which are said to connect heaven and earth. follow @taylorglenn for more scenery from the western united states and beyond. #washington#waterfall#snoqualmiefalls
Photos by @babaktafreshi
while on most trips i’m imaging under stars and sleeping in daytime, on this summer day of normandy i was off, attending my friends 10th anniversary celebration. the entire family and international guests took a day to cross the saint-michel bay, walking on the ocean floor in low tide, towards the world heritage monastery. this amazing several-mile walk is popular but has to be guided. the ground is swampy, includes fast streams even in low tide, and if you miscalculate the time the tidal flood rivers will come. this bay has the strongest tides in continental europe where the sea goes out as far as 10 miles from the coast, becomes completely out of sight in a matter of few hours, and water returns in massive flood rivers. the exposed ocean floor in this view would be 40ft (12m) under water a few hours later, when mont-saint-michel, one of europe’s most unforgettable sights, becomes an island. #normandie#brittany#france ##montsaintmichel@natgeo@natgeo creative
Photo by @dguttenfelder // sponsored by @yellowstone on @paramountnetwork // a fence casts a long afternoon shadow over a hillside pasture on the chief joseph ranch near the town of darby, montana. in 2014, after 20 years of living and working as a photographer outside my native usa, i moved home to begin an assignment for @natgeo on yellowstone national park. during my year in the state, i fell for the glory of montana’s rugged beauty and tough but generous people. this past may, i was lucky enough to return to western montana to experience the bitterroot region's springtime season. // academy award winner kevin costner stars in paramount network’s @yellowstone , an original television series from the writer of ‘sicario’ and ‘hell or high water,’ taylor sheridan. #yellowstone premieres wednesday june 20 at 9/8c on @paramountnetwork .
Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // a rare afternoon shower painted the sky a lovely purple hue as the sun set over this fabled and iconic malagasy scene. #followme at @cristinamittermeier to see more images from madagascar and other breathtaking places around the world.