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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush.| The sun rises behind a pronghorn buck in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Pronghorn are the fastest land animal in North America. To see more images of wildlife in wild places, follow along with me, @drewtrush.

Photo by Beth Wald @bethjwald.| Outside a small chapel in pre-dawn light, a young man readies a team of horses to take part in a religious pilgrimage through the rural landscape of Iberá, in the Corrientes Province of northeastern Argentina. People from small villages across the region travel for up to five days on horseback or horsecart, carrying religious icons to the cathedral in the town of Itatí to celebrate the Virgin of Itatí. The last days of the pilgrimage are an incredible spectacle as tens of thousands of people on horseback, most in traditional finery, take over the roadways of Corrientes and converge on the town. For more photos from little known corners of the world, follow me, @bethjwald.

Photo by @andrea_frazzetta.| A panoramic view of Florence. In the middle of the city stands the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The dome covering the cathedral is known as Brunelleschi’s dome in honor of its creator, the architect Filippo Brunelleschi. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. the dome is still a masterpiece of beauty, engineering, and pioneering construction. In many ways, it remains unmatched. Florence holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. For around 250 years, before 1300 and until the early 1500s, it was politically, economically ,and culturally the most important city in Europe. To see more photos from my travels, follow me @andrea_frazzetta.

Photo by @mborowick | Skogafoss is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. In the summer, the surrounding area is peppered with the beautiful Lupin flower.

Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Savannah Cummins climbing the super classic route Scarface (5.11) on the Scarface Wall in Indian Creek, Utah. For this image, we had another climber up on the wall with a big, battery-powered strobe (i.e. a big flash) to light up the climber at sunset. This route has been photographed tens of thousands of times, but something different can always be done to show it in a new light—quite literally here.

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz.| For me, reality has always been more interesting than imagination. When a Brazilian friend told me to check out Lençois Maranhenses, I couldn’t believe what I saw on Google Earth. What I found when I launched my glider there was beyond anything that even Dr. Seuss could dream. Oh the places you’ll go! To explore more of our world from above, follow me, @geosteinmetz.

Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | Sunrise on Walter Peak above Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown, New Zealand. While staying with some friends in Queenstown, I happened to look out the window and snapped to attention when I saw this vista. Clouds below the tops of mountains never seems to get old. Queenstown and the surrounding area is a mountain paradise.

Photo by @hoffmanbrendan | Southwestern Ukraine, along the border with Romania, is home to a rugged section of the Carpathian Mountains known as the Marmarosy Alps. Once located on the Soviet frontier, access was restricted for decades, and one still requires permission from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine to hike here. The rewards, however, are stunning views and a lack of crowds even in peak summer months. Our group pitched camp here along the trail and rode out several afternoon rain showers and a storm that dumped enough hail to have a snowball fight, but as the fog wafted over the peaks and the sun set, we were treated to a spectacular show.

Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | People enjoy a boat ride on a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic

Photo by @babaktafreshi.| With billions of stars that host planets in our galaxy, there are endless possibilities of other worlds habitable to some sort of life. This singe-exposure photograph of Mono Lake looking at a little island of tufa was taken far from light pollution in California. These limestone towers are formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals in water. Mono Lake has no outlet, so the trapped salt made the lake very alkaline and salty. But the lake has an unusually productive ecosystem, including a strange bacteria that has been deeply analyzed by astrobiologists studying the possibility of life in other worlds with extreme conditions. Explore more of The World at Night photography with me, @babaktafreshi.

Photo by @Chrisburkard | Chasing surf has taken me to places around the globe that I never could have imagined when I first began taking photos. High on the top of this list of unexpected locations are the remote parts of the Pacific Northwest—specifically Alaska. The Aleutians are comprised of a string of 167 islands that span the gap between Alaska and Russia. They’re about as remote as it gets. The few locals who live there can trace their history back 8,000 years. They rely on hunting and fishing for food and graciously offered me an oily slab of seal blubber to eat soon after my arrival (which would have been rude to turn down). Many nights were spent around a fire or table learning about their ancestors and the traditions of their community. By day, we spent our time searching for breaks via ATVs, often taking treacherous trails to hidden bays. With a topographic map and some help from a native Aleut hunter, we scored some of the best cold water barrels I have ever seen to this day.

Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Weddell seals feed mainly on fish, squid, and other invertebrates like krill. They are extraordinary divers. They can reach 600 meters in depth and spend more than an hour underwater. Weddell seals are the most southerly breeding mammal in the world and can be found from to Sub-Antarctic Islands to the Ross Sea. I simply love their cat-like faces and the beautiful patterns of their grey coats. These seals usually come on land or lay on ice to rest and digest, so it is not very easy to photograph them as they are very passive when outside the water. The occasional yawn, however, makes for great grimaces and funny portraits. Follow me, @DaisyGilardini, for more images and behind-the-scenes stories.

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