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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // A small fish swims circles around elkhorn coral as bouncing sun rays illuminate this dreamy scene. Elkhorn coral are endangered, and their disappearance has been detrimental to Caribbean ecosystems as they are a keystone species and are important reef-building engineers. But amazingly, here, in the Gardens of the Queen, they are flourishing. This marine reserve has been protected since 1996, and houses one of the last healthy and thriving reef ecosystems in the Caribbean. Thankfully, places like this exist to showcase the benefits of marine protection in the most beautiful ways, and hopefully inspire future protection for vulnerable marine areas that need it most.   #FollowMe at @cristinamittermeier and explore my feed for more underwater photography.   #ocean  #marineprotection   #coral   #Cuba

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Photo by  @mattiasklumofficial This photograph of a Rafflesia pricei was taken from within a flower, peeking out through its opening at the dusky rainforest canopy. Please go to  @mattiasklumofficial to see what this gigantic flower looks like from the outside! This funky flowers rank smell attracts (photographers from Uppsala, Sweden) and insects such as blow-flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. Photographed on assignment for  @natgeo near Tambunan, Sabah Malaysia.  #borneo  #malaysia  #rafflesia  #protectbiodiversity  @mattiasklumofficial  @alexandrovklumofficial  @natgeo

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Photo by Cory Richards  @coryrichards //  #sponsored by  @IncredibleIndia // I’ve never felt smaller than sitting on a beach in the Andaman Islands. Being in the high mountains pales in comparison to the vastness of the sea. There is something that is both comforting and unsettling in its ceaseless rhythm. To me, standing on a beach is like standing at the confluence of ALL life on earth and as such is a stark reminder of just how small we really are the grand scheme of things. Stars and storm clouds sweep over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, at the juncture of the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in  #UntamedIndia.

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Photo by Cory Richards  @coryrichards //  #sponsored by  @IncredibleIndia // Wandering through the overgrowth that is slowly devouring the ruins of Ross Island is a haunting experience. Empty corridors of memories consumed by time and roots fall silent aside from the crack of dried palm leaves under the hooves of the deer that roam free. It’s difficult to imagine the outpost alive as nature seeks to reclaim its own territory. Ross Island is a small island with just under two miles of coastline. But for such a small island, it has a big history. From the mid-19th century, it served as the residential headquarters for the British administration of the Andamans and the penal colony located there. Rocked by an earthquake in 1941, Ross remained under British control until 1942 when the Japanese took control of the Andamans at the height of WWII. After the war, the island was returned, but largely abandoned. Today, the island offers a park-like setting for visitors from nearby Port Blair. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in  #UntamedIndia.

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Photo by Cory Richards  @coryrichards //  #sponsored by  @IncredibleIndia // A trekker explores the edges of Hemis National Park high above the Indus River, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, Northern India. Hemis National Park is a massive swath of rugged terrain in the Himalaya and is the largest national park in India. Due in part to the remote nature and rough topography, the park is home to a number of rare mammals including the fabled snow leopard with a population of around 200. Trekkers can weave their way through the deep valleys and over high mountain passes to visit the most remote inner spaces of the park. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in  #UntamedIndia.

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Photo by Cory Richards  @coryrichards //  #sponsored by  @IncredibleIndia // For me, the beauty of travel is found in the unexpected, which demands its own brand of curiosity. In this case, I crossed craggy hillsides, traversed rooftops and alleyways, wound my way up stairways, and found myself in a moment unfolding – two monks taking breakfast. Legend holds that the exact location of the Thiksey Gompa, one of the largest in Ladakh, was divinely placed by two crows on the east bank of the Indus river. Thiksey belongs to the Gelugpa or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism and was founded in the 15th century. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in  #UntamedIndia.

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Photo by Cory Richards  @coryrichards //  #sponsored by  @IncredibleIndia // Exploring Ladakh is more like time travel than anything else. It pulls you backward in to a quieter time and place that is both un-wanting and arresting. New roads end and take you down old roads, which in turn give way to trails, and then nothing at all. It’s in those places that the full beauty unfolds, awakened by its quiet vastness. Stakna Gompa rises above the Indus Valley dwarfed by the mountains of the Leh District, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, Northern India. The monastery was founded in the 16th century and was named ‘Stakna’, translated as ‘Tiger’s Nose’ because of the shape of the hill upon which it was built. It was founded by a Bhutanese monk and scholar, Chosje Jamyang Palkar. // From mountain tops to seacoasts, India is filled with breathtaking landscapes, amazing wildlife, and untamed experiences you’ll never forget. Plan your adventure of a lifetime now in  #UntamedIndia.

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Photo by  @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) // From a small ledge part way down a glacier cave or moulin, this is the view looking up at a giant wall of ice as an explorer ascends a rope to the surface. What is interesting about this particular moulin is that it is located inside the contact between the Gorner glacier and Schwärze glacier in Switzerland, forming a cave inside this enlarged fracture.

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Photo by  @FransLanting The holidays are a time for togetherness and in that spirit I’m sharing this image of an emperor penguin family gathered around their chick. Right now it’s early summer in Antarctica and that means multitudes of young emperor penguin chicks are being nurtured on sea ice around the margins of the frozen continent. Their parents alternate between shuttling in food from open water and guarding their adorable offspring. It is an epic example of parental commitment under extreme conditions. Follow me  @FransLanting and  @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about heroism in the natural world.  @thephotosociety  #Penguin  #EmperorPenguin  #Antarctica  #Nature  #Family  #Parent  #Nurture  #Love  #Togetherness  #Heroes  #Gratitude

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Photo by  @GerdLudwig.  A parishioner arrives before daybreak at the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, the oldest monastery in Murom, which in turn is one of the oldest cities in Russia. Follow  @gerdludwig to see images from my assignments and journeys around the globe. @thephotosociety  @natgeo  @natgeocreative    #Murom  #Russia  #church  #RussianOrthodox  #dawn

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Photo by Adam Ferguson  @adamfergusonphoto //  #sponsored by  @explorecanada // As the sun rises husband and wife David and Anna Bosum, both Indigenous Cree Canadians, paddle in a canoe to check a fishing net on the lake at Nuuhchimi Wiinuu, Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, Canada on Sept. 10, 2018. They caught tens of fish which they shared with other elders in their community. David and Anna run a cree cultural tour hosting visitors who can experience their unique relationship to the environment. Drawing on the wisdom passed down from their ancestors, David and Anna understand the life cycles that have sustained their tribe for thousands of years.

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Photo by  @drewtrush // Family road trips through southern Utah. What an amazing way to get kids involved in the outdoors. What’s your favorite way to get the family outside? Follow  @drewtrush for more from our  #publiclands  #commonground  #cameraphonesrock

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