Photo @stephen_matera // Balsamroot at sunset, Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Crest, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Tom McCall Preserve comes alive every spring with the spectacular wildflower bloom. Rowena Crest is in the transition zone between the moist west side of the Cascades and drier mountains and prairies of eastern Oregon. Catch it at the right time, usually early May, and you can get the blues and purples of lupine and yellows of the balsamroot together. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Oregon and around the world. #rowenacrest#columbiariver#gorge
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Photo by @michaelclarkphoto // Hiking below Cerro Torre on the Patagonia Ice Cap. We spent a day here with perfect weather while traversing the ice cap. Literally in the “throne room of the mountain gods” as Galen Rowell used to say. #patagonia#cerrotorre
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Photo by @tylermetcalfephotography | Traveling down the northwest coast of Washington State and Oregon by bike last summer, I arrived in northern California’s coastal redwoods, where the tree tops reach as high as 379 feet tall. A winding road took me through the dense groves of the Avenue of the Giants in California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
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📸 @johnkernickphotography Sian Ka’an Biosphere in Quintana Roo near Muyil. The biosphere was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987 and covers an area of 5200km2. Part of the reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. The reserve also includes some 23 known archaeological sites of the Maya civilization including Muyil. Home, to Crocodile, Manatee and Jaguar and any number of birds it’s a special place and well worth a visit. .
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Photo by @taylorglenn // Last light falls on the Mitten Buttes in Monument Valley, Utah. Located in the very southeast of Utah just above the Arizona border, these formations are part of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the Navajo Nation's equivalent to a national park. Follow @taylorglenn for more images from the Utah desert and beyond. #utah#monumentvalley#navajonation#desert#travel
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Photo by @babaktafreshi - The World at Night photography
Happy Spring! Stars of the Big Dipper above apple blossoms in the Alborz Mountains of Iran. The Earth reached the orbital point of vernal equinox yesterday which begins the spring in the northern hemisphere. This also marks Nowruz (New Day), the Iranian New Year and a major celebration for other Farsi-speaking nations and related cultures along the Silk Roads, from Kurds to Turks, Tajiks, Uzbeks.
On UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Nowruz is originated more than 2500 years ago in ancient Persia.
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Photo by @ciriljazbec / View over a remote settlement of Aappilattoq in Northern Greenland. Greenland is melting for the first time on its entire surface. Large lakes form, creating a web of thousands of rivers that are slowly filling up the ocean. Unlike Antarctic, its southern bigger counterpart, the Greenlandic ice sheet is the fastest-melting glacial land ice in the world. Just as worrisome as the increasing sea levels, is the darkening of the surface, which will gradually turn Greenland from a cooler to a self-heater, which could together with the melting of permafrost set a fatal rate to the speed of global warming. Follow @ciriljazbec to see more photos. #Greenland#Arctic#climatechange#melting#settlement
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Photograph by @anandavarma // #Sponsored by @landolakesinc // Bret Adee opens one of his 72,000 beehives near Lost Hills, California. His family-owned company, Adee Honey Farms, is the largest commercial beekeeping operation in the world. He moves his hives between South Dakota, California, and Washington to pollinate various fruits and nuts and to produce honey. // Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at www.TheFoodEffect.com. #TheFoodEffect
Photograph by @michaelmelford // #Sponsored by @landolakesinc // Sunflowers, Denton, Montana, human population 255, Sunflower population ... many more! As far as the eye can see are sunflowers, 8 feet tall grown for seed. Standing on top of my SUV, I barely got high enough to see over them. Returning here again the next year, there was hardly any sunflowers as a hail storm came through in May, wiping out the crop. // Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at www.TheFoodEffect.com. #TheFoodEffect
Photograph by @jimrichardsonng // #Sponsored by @landolakesinc // Farms along St. Mary’s Ridge in Wisconsin sometimes seem to float in the clouds as the valleys fill with fog. They look to be the very picture of agricultural fertility — and they are, living testimony to the farmers who brought this land back from being the most eroded farmland in America in the 1920’s. Using contour strip cropping and other conservation practices these farmers created one of agriculture's great success stories, evidence that soil and fertility can be restored. // Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at www.TheFoodEffect.com. #TheFoodEffect
Photograph by @jimrichardsonng // #Sponsored by @landolakesinc // The Palouse region of eastern Washington is a stunningly beautiful agricultural landscape, made more so with clouds and shadows to reveal the subtly shaped rolling hills. Revealed, too, as I flew over them on that bright morning were the intricate patterns of the ways we grow our food. Farmers here have fertile soil but scant rain so strips of land lie fallow for a year, collecting moisture for the next crop. The little farmhouse in the sprawling landscape reminded me of how productive one American farmer can be. // Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at www.TheFoodEffect.com. #TheFoodEffect
Photograph by @feedtheplanet (George Steinmetz) // #sponsored by #landolakesinc // Growing Artisan lettuce like this requires seeding a variety of greens in adjacent rows so that they can be ready to harvest simultaneously. This allows the crop to be field boxed as a salad-ready assortment for immediate shipping. Such innovations by growers like Tanimura & Antle have combined with ideal climate and soil conditions to allow the Salinas Valley remain the salad bowl of the U.S. Feeding the world in the future depends on people working together. On #NationalAgDay, we invite everyone to help farmers feed human progress. See what it’ll take at www.TheFoodEffect.com. #TheFoodEffect