Photo by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
The crescent moon in a long summer twilight of Iceland, standing above Hekla volcano (~ 1500m). Last erupted in the year 2000, the volcano can erupt any day according to geologists. The magma chamber is totally full and ready to go!
The pale green moss covering the landscape of the highlands and a characteristic of the lava slopes is a lichen; a composite organism that arises from algae.
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Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Malé, the capital of the Maldives is like a mini-Manhattan in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Built on an atoll, the reef is now dead and unable to grow upwards with rising sea levels.
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Photo by @jonathan_irish // The beautiful Aurora Borealis (northern lights) appeared overhead the other night as we were cruising on a Nat Geo expedition ship in a remote fjord in western Greenland. It’s always a treat to see this beautiful, otherworldly display. The show was mesmerizing, as the lights danced all over the sky. What’s particularly interesting about this image is that we were on a moving ship, so it was shot handheld. A tripod would have been useless, as we were moving and it would have transferred the engine rumble to the camera. I didn’t think I’d come away with much, as you usually need a long exposure and a tripod to capture this spectacle. But pushing the iso up into the 6400 range, with a wide, fast lens, and a half second shutter speed, I walked away with some keepers. My hit rate was maybe one out of thirty, but that’s good enough for an otherwise impossible situation. It just goes to prove, today’s cameras and lenses are pretty incredible pieces of equipment that can handle extreme situations. By the way, can you spot the face in the aurora, above the highest peak? Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images like this and around the world.
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Clutching fall this weekend in Colorado. After a summer of drought, it’s great to at see the Aspen forests of the Uncompahgre National Forest still start its vibrant season with flying colors. See @renan_ozturk for more travel imagery from around the globe
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // The Grand Tetons, as seen from the top of the Snow King resort, lit with a brief spat of warm light. We awoke to cloudy skies but got up early anyway just in case the clouds parted and illuminated the Tetons with some magic light. The pink light lit up the top of the mountains for only a second or two—just enough time to snap a few images and then it was gone. #wyoming#jackson#grandtetons
Photos by @babaktafreshi
The World at Night project
A couple of nights ago at a waterfall in Iceland's interior highlands. When the night begins with this view you know it's going to be spectacular.
Once you are near polar latitudes anywhere with clear sky and away from city light with open horizon is fine to see the northern lights. Pick a moonless night to see fainter aurora when activity is low. Sometimes you have to wait until midnight to see a better display. Anytime from September to March is fine, when the night sky is dark. Learn more on my natgeo.com article “7 Magical Places to View Auroras”. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars.
Photo by @taylorglenn // Not a ripple in sight. The glassy surface of Lake Solitude in Sunapee State Park, New Hampshire reflects the hues of the evening sky on a beautifully still summer evening. Follow @taylorglenn for more from New Hampshire and beyond #newhampshire#lake#summer#sunapee