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1 day ago

Jaxson Pohlman describes, "These colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals (iron compounds produce red, pink, and yellow, decomposition of tuff-derived mica produces green, and manganese produces purple).The rock unit provides evidence for one of the Death Valley areaโ€™s most violently explosive volcanic periods."๐ŸŒ‹ (๐Ÿ“ท: @jaxsonpohlmanphotography ๐Ÿ“: Death Valley, #California )

6 days ago

Gunnar Freyr says, "September is easily one of my favorite months in Iceland...thereโ€˜s just a general feeling that things are starting to slow down after a busy summer. Itโ€˜s also the season for the annual round-up of sheep in all corners of the country. Itโ€˜s an Icelandic tradition that gathers the entire community. After having spent the entire summer roaming free in the Icelandic nature, the sheep are now gathered by the local farmers and taken home to their local farms." ๐Ÿ‘ (๐ŸŽฅ: @icelandic_explorer ๐Ÿ“: รžjรณrsรกrdalur, #Iceland )

1 week ago

Ride the rhythm in Jamaica! Surfing ๐Ÿ„ is the main focus at Cable Hut Beach in #Jamaica. Just a 40 minute drive from Kingston, beginners and advanced surfers can enjoy a great surf at the beach. Thanks to the two different wave breaks, it is a great spot for all levels of surfing. Jamnesia Surf Camp is on Cable Hut Beach and individuals can learn to surf and have an affordable place to stay for surfers on the road. Where is your favorite place to surf? #VisitJamaica (In partnership with @VisitJamaica ๐Ÿ“ท: @storyofsage ๐Ÿ“: Cable Hut Beach, Jamaica)

1 week ago

Although it is located between the two cities of Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park feels like a lush escape from the urban hustle. There are more than 125 miles of hiking trails, so there are plenty of ways to escape in the park. The park is a great place for skiing or sledding in the winter, hiking in the summer, and leaf-peeping in the fall. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ #UnitedStories (In partnership with @visittheusa ๐Ÿ“Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio)

2 weeks ago

Imagine being one of the 300,000 people who travel each day through the busiest station in Stockholm ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช! The artist designed it with chill, blue vibes ๐Ÿ’™ in mind. (๐Ÿ“ท: @themodernleper ๐Ÿ“: Stockholm, Sweden)

2 weeks ago

Daniel Ernst says of bivouacking ๐ŸŒ„ (camping without a shelter), "For me itโ€™s the best and most intense way to spend the night somewhere beautiful, not many things make you feel more connected to the nature youโ€™re in." Tag a friend who'd try this with you! (๐Ÿ“ท: @daniel_ernst ๐Ÿ“: Lysefjord, Norway)

1 month ago

@grlswirl is on a mission to create an empowering & inclusive skate sisterhood. Started in Venice, California, they now have womxn around the world getting outside and skating. Have you ever tried skateboarding? Tag a friend who is all about inclusive communities! ๐Ÿ’• (๐Ÿ“ธ: @shanmoss ๐Ÿ“: California)

1 month ago

We share images from all over the world but we have to be conscious of what can happen when something becomes "loved to death" โ™ฅ๏ธย On their recent trip to the Kuril Islands @renan_ozturk , @chrisburkard , and the team with them dealt with that dilemma. ๐Ÿ”๏ธ Yet @renan_ozturk says, "I thought that may be the case as well and a question we have asked many times to the local director of @WWF in this region and Vladimir Burkanov @bigdaddivladi , the leading scientist who is with us. The response is the same every time. This region needs tourism instead of extractive industries and particularly it needs more funding for ongoing research and protection. The images we are creating are specifically working toward that. This island, Ushishir, as well as many others deserves to be a full on @UNESCO world heritage site." (๐Ÿ“: @renan_ozturk ๐Ÿ“ธ: @chrisburkard ๐Ÿ“: The Kuril Islands) #FromKurilsWithLove

3 months ago

Surfing is the closest you can get to this 576-foot-tall Morro Rock in Morro Bay, #California. ๐Ÿ„ The rock became a state landmark in 1968 and exists now as a preserve for the endangered peregrine falcon. To protect the wildlife, no climbing is allowed on this rock! The grandeur of the rock can still be admired from the shore or from the water. Tag a friend you would surf in Morro Bay with! ( In partnership with @visitcalifornia and @visittheusa ๐Ÿ“: Morro Bay, California)

3 months ago

"Feeling like the queen of the sea๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ˜Œ No but really I donโ€™t think we could have lined up this photo with my arms and the fish if we had tried... but somehow it happened and I just love this photo. An underwater twirling ball of magic I wonโ€™t ever forget." (๐Ÿ“ท: @cobiandewey & @chelseakauai ๐Ÿ“: Wayag Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia)

3 months ago

โ€œTravelling as a lesbian couple can be quite a challenge! Itโ€™s funny how people say โ€˜how did you come outโ€™ - because while travelling, you have to come out all the time! Or, as we found out, you go back in the closet - or a suitcase in this case ๐Ÿ™ˆWeโ€™re often โ€˜just friendsโ€™ and keep all signs of affection out of the public eye. Itโ€™s still illegal to be gay in many countries, yet we donโ€™t boycott countries for it. Because we believe in conquering the world with love - which is why we love meeting local LGBT+ communities everywhere and hearing (& sharing) their stories ๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธโ€ We would like to thank the creators who shared their travel experience with us as a celebration of #pride. We are proud that our channel can provide a voice for creators around the world. ( ๐Ÿ“ท: @onceuponajrny ๐Ÿ“: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

3 months ago

โ€œHad you asked me 10 years ago about this same time of year if I could imagine waving a pride flag on top of one of New Yorkโ€™s most famous landmarks and I would have laughed right in your face. I was 22 years old and just starting to come out. I was shy, not confident in myself and rather than giving many people closest to me a chance to be accepting I pushed them away. I canโ€™t wait to be back in the city for #worldpride2019 and witness so many others having similar moments.โ€ Today we celebrate WorldPride in New York! Follow @beautifuldestinations for more ๐ŸŒˆ (๐Ÿ“ธ: @lindscale ๐Ÿ“: New York)