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Photo by @dina_litovsky | Taking a ferry on the Bosporus is one of the best and most convenient ways to see the magical city of Istanbul, Turkey. There are more than a dozen ferries that crisscross the strait from the European to Asian sides all day long, providing passengers with incredible views. For more images follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | The Parthenon glows atop the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic. #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis #Parthenon
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | The parks in New York City morph with the seasons, but few change as dramatically as Bryant Park. From November through February the lawn is converted into an ice rink—the only free skating rink in the city. The rink is surrounded by glass-enclosed shopping kiosks that glow like a circuit board swarming with ants. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by @andy_bardon | Since 1904 the Rosales family has been producing tequila just west of Guadalajara, Mexico. Three generations later, they continue to stick to tradition at their distillery named Cascahuin, meaning "Mountain of Light." Here the family loads blue agave into an earthen pit to be cooked for days on end. The juice is eventually extracted from these cooked "pinas," fermented, and bottled to become what we know as tequila. Most modern distilleries use a more industrial method with machinery and additives to create the flavor and color they want. But the Rosales family has gone back to their roots. In collaboration with sustainability expert David Suro, they have brought back the true artisanal process that was used generations ago—much to the delight of connoisseurs. Follow @andy_bardon for more images from the road less traveled.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The team's base camp glows on the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland, with the majestic Matterhorn dominating the skyline. From here we could explore moulins all over the glacier and carry out important scientific studies with glaciologists.
Photo by @drewtrush | The coyote is always a favorite animal to photograph in Yellowstone National Park. I can't wait to get back to Yellowstone with @natgeoexpeditions this winter during another photo trip. From animals to landscapes, you never know what's going to be around the corner. To see more, follow along with @drewtrush. #coyote
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Six brand-new CRH380A Hexie trains sit ready for delivery. With a maximum speed of 380 kilometers an hour, they are part of the first Chinese-developed series of electric high-speed trains—among the world’s fastest. #highspeedtrain #bullettrain #highspeedrail
Photos by @michaelgeorge // Sponsored by @intercontinental // After living in New York for 12 years, I am delighted to share some hidden gems that provide the same beauty and wonder as the most popular tourist destinations but are much less crowded. To begin, taking in sunrise or sunset from the North 5th Street Pier provides a gorgeous view of Manhattan. Next you'll see that the Morgan Library & Museum has one of the most spectacular interiors in the city. If you go when it opens, you might have it all to yourself. The northeast corner of Central Park boasts winding, tree-lined paths with beautiful lakes and the Conservatory Garden. Did you know there is a gorgeous cocktail bar in Grand Central Terminal? The Campbell is the travel hub's best kept secret. And finally, the classic exterior of the Barclay Hotel stands out against the glass buildings surrounding it and warms up the block on a cold winter’s day. Inside the lobby is a communal gathering space with an elaborate ceiling, as well as the lively restaurant and bar. There are also plenty of nooks to rest in after you've spent a long day exploring this new side of the city. // With every journey you take, enhance your stay with @intercontinental Hotel & Resorts for an unforgettable experience. #InterContinentalLife
Photo by @max.lowe I As a full moon lit up the winding Colorado River and the work it's done on the layered expanse of the Grand Canyon, we hiked through the heat of the night toward the Nankoweap Granaries. These still largely intact ancient Puebloan grain silos were built into the high cliffs overlooking the river's broad expanse. To see more from my trip down the Grand Canyon, follow @max.lowe.
Photo by @robert_ormerod | A triangular house near Húsavík, Iceland, is lit by a head torch as the aurora borealis fills the winter sky.
Photo by @daisygilardini | Human psychology has an innate tendency to anthropomorphize animal behavior. Generally speaking, we like to attribute human emotions to wild behavior. In photography typical anthropomorphic behavior—like kissing—creates a connection between the subject and the viewer, even if that connection is tenuous at times. In some instances this can result in misreading an animal’s biological behavior. For example, these two southern elephant seal pups are not courting; they are play-fighting, practicing for the more serious standoffs that will occur during mating season. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #kiss #elephantsealpup #FalklandIslands #sealionisland
Photo by @BabakTafreshi | The southwestern coast of Iceland glows in a moonlit midnight. As my workshop group was waiting for the northern lights, the atmospheric phenomenon known as a 22-degree halo formed around the moon due to refraction of moonlight by ice crystals in the high cirrus clouds. #twanight #nightscapes #nightphotography #atmospheric #iceland
Photo by @jonathan_irish | Not far from the Turkish city of Antalya lies Termessos, one of the greatest archaeological ruins I’ve ever seen. Alexander the Great, who didn’t bother to try to invade this strategically located city, once called Termessos the “eagle's nest” due to its precipitous perch 3,000 feet high on top of a mountain. To walk through this ancient city is to walk through time, passing ruined buildings, woodlands overtaking the fallen stones, and birds chirping in the crisp mountain air. The pathways, houses, and gathering places come to life as you wander through the scattered stones. The highlight of a visit to Termessos is this incredibly preserved Roman theater. Can you imagine the views the spectators had while plays and orations were taking place in the round theater below? Although it is a bit of a trek to get here, I highly recommend a stop at this site during a visit to Turkey. Follow me @jonathan_irish for more images from around the world.
Photos by Jim Richardson @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @intercontinental // It’s always a thrill for me to come back to Edinburgh. The castle up on a volcanic crag looms over a thousand years of history (some deliciously sordid) as the centerpiece of the vibrant life all around. I feel history lurking everywhere as I hike down the Royal Mile, past Holyrood Palace, around St. Margaret’s Loch, under the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel, and up to Arthur’s Seat. Sometimes I follow the Water of Leith walkway down to the harbor or sit by the Forth Bridge (that incomparable Victorian symbol of Scottish engineering), waiting to hear a train taking travelers off to the Highlands. To end the day, I like to stroll down storied Princes Street in search of a single malt whisky. Like Scottish whisky, Edinburgh is a powerful, distilled spirit. // Live the #InterContinentalLife with @intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and excite your curiosity, broaden your mind, and take your imagination to places you would never expect.
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | At this time of year, a tradition known as Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) takes place in many Alpine countries. Krampus is an assistant of St. Nicholas. He is a hairy, horned, cloven-hoofed figure with bells, chains, birch rods, and sometimes a basket. During the Christmas season, St. Nicholas rewards children who have behaved well, while Krampus punishes children who have behaved badly.
Photo by @andy_bardon | After harvesting ripe agave from the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico, jimadors shave down the plants farther to prepare them for the process of tequila production. The skills of jimadors have been passed down over generations. Their work is physically demanding and takes both expertise and experience. Boom-bust cycles occur within the tequila industry due to the availability of raw materials, creating sustainability challenges for workers. Consumers have begun requesting supply chain transparency to gain insight into the products they are purchasing and the communities they come from. Follow @andy_bardon for more images from the road less traveled.
Photo by @renan_ozturk | A cowboy and a climber stand atop the North Six Shooter tower in the northern end of Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. It's easy to see why this land is so hotly contested between Native Americans, ranchers, climbers, extractive industries, and others. I hope that sharing images of it and inviting more people to travel here responsibly will help forge the best path forward. Follow @renan_ozturk for more from Bears Ears.
Photo by @max.lowe I On a lucky day of clear skies during our flight into base camp, the massif of Denali—the highest peak in North America—and the expanse of the lower Ruth Glacier were exposed in their full glory. Nowhere else in the world have I seen such expanses of wild mountains than while traveling across Alaska en route to Denali National Park. To see more mountain images follow @max.lowe.
Photo by @daisygilardini | Harp seal pups, like this one in Canada, are born on sea ice from late February to March. At birth they are covered in a beautiful white coat that lasts for a couple of weeks. After that dark, waterproof hair grows in. Pups are skinny at birth, weighing around 10 to 12 kilograms. Mothers stay and nurse pups for a period of 12 days—a short time by mammal standards. Their superfat milk helps pups gain two kilograms of blubber a day. Once weaned, at around 40 kilograms, the pups stay on the ice for another six weeks before entering the water and learning how to hunt by themselves. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #harpseal #seal #Canada #magdalenislands
Photos by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder // Sponsored by @intercontinental // To grasp the massive scale of Tokyo, the world’s most populous city, it's best to start by looking across this complex cityscape from above. But the only way to truly explore and understand Tokyo is to descend down, get lost, and start walking the maze of its lively streets. A megacity of steel and concrete like Tokyo may seem gray and impersonal, but when I go out exploring with my camera I find surprising splashes of color and intimate moments everywhere. This modern, frenetic city often feels futuristic. But tucked away are sublime reminders of the past, beautifully preserved cultural traditions, and serene hidden spaces. // With every journey you take, enhance your stay with @intercontinental Hotel & Resorts for an unforgettable experience. #InterContinentalLife
Photo by @robert_ormerod | Late winter light catches the small settlement of Svinafell as part of the Hvannadalshnúkur mountain towers behind. Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak in Iceland and is just off Route 1, or Ring Road, which circles the country.
Photo by @TasneemAlsultan | At-Turaif, dating to the early 18th century, was the home of the royal family and served as the seat of government during the first Saudi state. Now that it is open to the public, visitors can walk alongside the walls with projections and listen to the bustle of the streets. #AtTuraif #SaudiArabia #Diriyah
Photo by @mathiassvold | Fort William is most famous for being the gateway to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the U.K., but down in the valley the view is stunning as well. I visited the Scottish Highlands in May and came across this small creek surrounded by beautiful green colors. Follow me @mathiassvold for more stories and nature images.