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Photo by @sarahyltonphoto / The goddess Durga is immersed in the Ganges River in Howrah, West Bengal, India. The procession, on Vijaya Dashami, marks the end of the Durga Puja festival, where the goddess is symbolically returned to the divine and her home with Lord Shiva in Mount Kailash. For more travel stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto. #bengal #festival #durgapuja #india
Photo by @jessicasample / Kerlingarfjöll is a geothermal mountain range in the highlands of Iceland, southwest of the Hofsjökull ice cap. The mountain range was formed by multiple subglacial eruptions during the last ice age, creating rhyolite peaks, calderas, and geothermal hot springs. Icelandic folktales depict this otherworldly area as a refuge for outlaws and trolls. “Kerling” means “old hag,” and legend has it that the old hag was a troll woman who was the daughter of the fire giant Surtr. One day she didn’t make it home before sunrise and was turned to stone in the shape of a 25-meter-high (50-foot-high) pillar at the peak of the range. #Kerlingarfjöll #iceland
Photo by @joshuacogan / Watching ravens play in the breaking mist of the Northern California coast helps me understand the deep and abiding mythologies that surround these birds cross-culturally. Their calls to each other and the way they play and interact serve as insights into their intelligence and awareness. One can learn much just by listening to them in these magical forest lands. For more images of journeys inward and outward, follow me @joshuacogan.
Photo by @daisygilardini / Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba, Canada, is one of the few locations in the Arctic where it’s possible to see polar bears leaving their maternity dens with their newborn cubs. Polar bears in the Hudson Bay area are the most studied of the 19 different subpopulations identified by scientists, owing to the area's relatively easy access and the fact that it’s the southernmost location to see the Arctic bears. Polar bear families generally emerge from their dens in March and April, when cubs are strong enough to survive outdoors and are ready to make their first trek to the sea ice to learn how to hunt for seals. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #polarbear #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #joy #play
Photo by @dina_litovsky / The first Halloween celebration in New York City since the pandemic began. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by @MartinEdstrom / Ever since I saw how vividly they paint their houses in Tasiilaq in southeastern Greenland, I've wondered why we all don't do the same. At first I thought these colors were used to add a bit of vibrance to the monochromatic Arctic setting. But as it turns out, the painted buildings are part of an old system where each color signifies where to find a specific type of service. Yellow was used for hospitals and anything health-related, while green houses contained a radio or something to do with communications. As far as I recall, red houses are the most common, signifying something to do with the church but also relating to trade. It's a smart system for remote locations, right? Imagine trying to find your way through a snowstorm in the dark Arctic winter. This makes things so much easier. Perhaps we could use this idea to make our own cities smarter and easier to navigate. #Greenland
Photo by @sofia_jaramillo5 / Swimmers jump off cliffs into the Pacific Ocean in Maui. I love finding small, simple moments of adventure when I’m traveling. These scenes tell me so much about the soul of a place and its people. For more photos from around the world follow @sofia_jaramillo5. #Maui #swimming #beach
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen / Visitors hold umbrellas by the entrance to Gur-e-Amir, the mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Timur (also known as Tamerlane) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Uzbekistan #Samarkand
Photo by @BabakTafreshi / During an autumn night over a peaceful, remote lake in northern Maine, a long-exposure image reveals the bright stars of constellation Orion rising in the sky. The star trails are formed with the Earth's rotation during the exposure. #twanight #newengland #longexposure
Photo by @DaisyGilardini / An Alaskan coastal brown bear scavenges on salmon carcasses along a riverbank. I'm always fascinated by the results of camera traps, but I have never experimented with them because I like the feeling of being behind the camera and living the moment with wildlife. Sometimes, however, it’s not wise to get too close to your subject. During my recent trip to Alaska, I set up one of my cameras with a remote-controlled trigger alongside a riverbank. While waiting at a safe distance and watching a bear approach my camera, I got the same adrenaline rush when I triggered the remote shutter release as I do when I am closer to my subject. Even with a remote, it’s a risky business though: The bear is free to start playing with the camera in the river or simply break it. To my great surprise, none of the bears ever touched the camera. I came home with some cool shots—and all my camera gear intact. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #alaska #grizzlybear #brownbear #wildlifephotography #conservation
Photo by @Justin.Jin / A woman at a mountain village in Guizhou, one of China's less modernized provinces, dresses her daughter in a traditional Miao ethnic minority garment that she made for her. She wove the cloth using a wooden loom, dyed it with tree bark, and glazed it with egg white. Traditions like these are disappearing as people move away from rural life to big cities for work and education. Follow @justin.jin for more stories and images from around the world. #china #guizhou #miao #embroidery #justinjin
Photo by @paoloverzone / This is a detail of the main entrance hall of the Gagarin Sports Complex at Pyramiden. The Soviet ghost town on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago was a coal-mining settlement active between 1927 and 1998. The complex houses what is probably the northernmost swimming pool. When it was in use, it was heated, and people came from the main town of Longyearbyen to enjoy it. While I was there I had a deep feeling of traveling back in time. Follow @paoloverzone for more photos and stories.