It may be the beginning of spring, but for many of us in the long cold slog until Memorial Day weekend makes it seem like forever until we get back into the great outdoors. But just because we’re not out there now, doesn’t mean we can’t live vicariously through those who are, and that’s where our Instagram feeds come to the rescue. So next time you’re feeling claustrophobic from your cubicle and apartment life, check out these fabulous nature ‘grammers and get your fix of Mother Nature and follow these folks on your lunch break.
Some of you might have heard of Pascal's Wager. It's an argument in favor of religion that pretty much says there is no risk to believing in God and a much bigger risk to not believing. The same logic can be applied to man-caused climate change. Whether or not you want to believe the overwhelming majority of scientists (including myself), it'd be hard to argue that cutting fossil fuel use and the carbon pollution that results won't help the environment (and create new alternative energy jobs), even if climate change were complete fantasy. If it isn't fantasy (at this point it's as close to fact as is possible in science) then failing to pursue changes could be the most catastrophic mistake we ever make. There's no downside to producing cleaner, more effective forms of energy, and we have everything to lose if we don't. Including polar bears.
Dreaming about the next hike all day! Tag Hiker_mentality to be featured. Photo Credit: landofwhitedeer #explore #wanderlust #travel #camp #camping #hiking #hike #mountains #outdoors #outdoor #gear #climbing #trail #ski #skiing #snow #powder #lake #view #creek #flyfishing #trout #tent #rei #outdoorresearch #arcteryx #thenorthface #patagonia #hiker
Oh, just another epic photo location in Grand Tetons National Park. This park is so full of epic views that you could almost get a bit nonchalant on all the grandeur. Almost. This was shot early morning on Mormon's Row at John Moulton's ranch, and old settler farm from the late 1800's and early 1900's. It just so happens that the barn stands in front of a beautiful view of the Teton range. In the early morning autumn light, with fog still lingering from the previous night, it is a breathtaking view. If you are curious to learn more about this, and other, photo locations within Grand Teton NP, I wrote a full article on our project website about where to fin and how to get these shots (link in bio). • Grand Teton National Park (42 of 59) • Shot with FUJIFILM X-T1 and XF16-55mm F2.8 lens • #59in52 #onassignment #findyourpark #NPS100 @natgeocreative @fujifilmUS @fujifilmx_us #fujifilmx_us #myfujifilm #myinstax #XT1 @instax @airstream_inc
What is it about humpback whales that fascinates me so much? Perhaps the fact that they were almost wiped out from the face of the planet during the whaling era and that over the past 30 years they have made such an amazing comeback? Maybe it is how they are able to communicate over vast ocean distances and orchestrate global symphonies that only they can understand? On this day we enjoyed the spectacle known as “carrousel feeding” in which several humpbacks work together to “corral” a school of fish with bubbles. Their coordinated efforts created an unbelievable ballet under the canopy of the Great Bear Rainforest in beautiful British Columbia. Unforgettable! With @SeaLegacy and @PaulNicklen in [email protected] territory. * * * #canada #whale #humpback #sea #ocean #beauty #wildlife #love #respectnature #salishsea #whs
#TBT to one of my favorite places to travel, Australia and more specifically the colorful state of Queensland. People seem surprised when I tell them that Australia is probably my favorite travel destination but it's at that moment when I know they haven't visited the Land Down Under. If they had there'd be no look of confusion on their face, they'd instantly understand. An enormous nation, years could be spent exploring it and still not everything would be covered but a good place to start is Queensland. Glittering cities, dusty Outback and primordial forests, Queensland is Australia in miniature but it's perhaps best known for the natural wonder straddling the shoreline – the Great Barrier Reef. Along with the reef though is another natural treasure, the Whitsundays. Tropical perfection in every way, my first introduction to these islands was a helicopter flight over to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Routinely named one of the best beaches in the world, it's accessible only by air or sea which is probably why I was all alone that afternoon with this slice of paradise all to myself. Looking back, it's one of the best travel experiences I've ever had and is just one of a million reasons why Australia has wedged itself so deeply into my heart.
Photograph by @paulnicklen // Highway travelers work around an iceberg to get back to their colony of hungry chicks. Emperor penguins pick up a lot of speed once they start gliding on their bellies as opposed to waddling along like the flightless 70 pound birds they are. Their colony was about 6 miles from the ice edge and they covered this distance in less than an hour. #journey #explore #penguin #love #beauty #antarctica #ice #snow #winter #tbt #glider #instagood @thephotosociety @goranehlme
Big thanks to @gimmeaCURLEYfry for her recommendations! And if we missed any, tweet us @litdarling
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