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  • Photo and story by @donaldmiralle // 23 years ago while roaming a spring thaw in Yosemite solo with only my backpack, I had no idea what I was doing with my life other than I wanted to chase the dream of taking photos for a living and pay down my daunting student loan debt. After hiking half the day through the valley, I decided to pitch camp at an unmarked spot at the bank of the river alone with my thoughts...In the middle of that first night, I was awakened to the sound of something big roaming around my site, sniffing around the perimeter of my tiny tent inches from my head. Lucky for me I didn’t leave anything in my shelter that night except my clothes, sleeping bag and my knife, which I clung to tightly, like it could actually help me against a full-sized black bear. For the next couple hours that seemed like an eternity, the animal clawed and gnawed on my bear can full of my food that he dislodged from the fork of the tree where I stored it, about 10 feet from where I was frozen in fear. I don’t remember falling asleep that night and I don’t remember when the animal left, I just woke up to first light exhausted and packed up camp as quickly as I could. That morning I hiked up to the top of the hill and shot this exposure on my roll of film, looking down at where I slept the night before (zoom into the river bank in the bottom right of the frame). Taking in the view of Half Dome, I was just happy to be alive and breathing the clean air in one of the most beautiful places on Earth... Looking back at that moment and the naive 23 year-old me, I never thought I would be where I am now, with all the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met traveling this beautiful planet, and being fortunate enough to call San Diego home with my wonderful wife and two kids. Just thankful for everything, that I made it through that night, shot this photo, ended up where I am now and made it through another week happy and healthy! #tgif #fbf #flashbackfriday
  • Photo and story by @donaldmiralle // 23 years ago while roaming a spring thaw in Yosemite solo with only my backpack, I had no idea what I was doing with my life other than I wanted to chase the dream of taking photos for a living and pay down my daunting student loan debt. After hiking half the day through the valley, I decided to pitch camp at an unmarked spot at the bank of the river alone with my thoughts...In the middle of that first night, I was awakened to the sound of something big roaming around my site, sniffing around the perimeter of my tiny tent inches from my head. Lucky for me I didn’t leave anything in my shelter that night except my clothes, sleeping bag and my knife, which I clung to tightly, like it could actually help me against a full-sized black bear. For the next couple hours that seemed like an eternity, the animal clawed and gnawed on my bear can full of my food that he dislodged from the fork of the tree where I stored it, about 10 feet from where I was frozen in fear. I don’t remember falling asleep that night and I don’t remember when the animal left, I just woke up to first light exhausted and packed up camp as quickly as I could. That morning I hiked up to the top of the hill and shot this exposure on my roll of film, looking down at where I slept the night before (zoom into the river bank in the bottom right of the frame). Taking in the view of Half Dome, I was just happy to be alive and breathing the clean air in one of the most beautiful places on Earth... Looking back at that moment and the naive 23 year-old me, I never thought I would be where I am now, with all the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met traveling this beautiful planet, and being fortunate enough to call San Diego home with my wonderful wife and two kids. Just thankful for everything, that I made it through that night, shot this photo, ended up where I am now and made it through another week happy and healthy! #tgif #fbf #flashbackfriday
  •  22,154  101  18 hours ago

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  • Photos by @shonephoto Robbie Shone // In a small clearing surrounded by trees and thick vegetation, three tiny explorers admire the scale of the Niubizi Tian Keng in Wulong, China. In such a space, the obvious question to ask by any cave explorer is how big the cave chamber must have been before the roof collapsed in opening it up to the daylight outside. Hidden from view, this lost world now contains it's own unique ecosystem thriving, secluded in paradise. Thin wisps of clouds gather and gently rise up following a heavy downpour of rain.
  • Photos by @shonephoto Robbie Shone // In a small clearing surrounded by trees and thick vegetation, three tiny explorers admire the scale of the Niubizi Tian Keng in Wulong, China. In such a space, the obvious question to ask by any cave explorer is how big the cave chamber must have been before the roof collapsed in opening it up to the daylight outside. Hidden from view, this lost world now contains it's own unique ecosystem thriving, secluded in paradise. Thin wisps of clouds gather and gently rise up following a heavy downpour of rain.
  •  35,874  107  24 May, 2019
  • Photo by @chrisburkard I’ve always been obsessed with finding new breaks in cold regions - for years I wondered what Kamchatka, Russia had to offer. Thanks to the creation of a new flight that connected Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, this dream finally became possible. The gears quickly began to turn and we got a trip planned as soon as possible, excited to explore the area at last.

Once we were there, we set off in an old soviet military truck and it was no easy mission. After climbing a mountain pass, traversing volcanoes and crossing a questionably deep creek, we found ourselves in front of this sunset and astonishing cloud formation lingering amongst the active volcanoes. There was no option other than to stop, get out, and take it all in. Years in the making, this moment was extra special for me but only the start of what I still consider one of the most challenging expeditions of my career.
  • Photo by @chrisburkard I’ve always been obsessed with finding new breaks in cold regions - for years I wondered what Kamchatka, Russia had to offer. Thanks to the creation of a new flight that connected Anchorage to Petropavlovsk, this dream finally became possible. The gears quickly began to turn and we got a trip planned as soon as possible, excited to explore the area at last.

    Once we were there, we set off in an old soviet military truck and it was no easy mission. After climbing a mountain pass, traversing volcanoes and crossing a questionably deep creek, we found ourselves in front of this sunset and astonishing cloud formation lingering amongst the active volcanoes. There was no option other than to stop, get out, and take it all in. Years in the making, this moment was extra special for me but only the start of what I still consider one of the most challenging expeditions of my career.
  •  76,755  343  23 May, 2019

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  • Photo @coreyrichproductions | Many prodigies don’t survive the pressure and acclaim of their early success in life and continue to thrive and pursue their passion into adulthood. Dane Jackson (@danejacksonkayak) is an exception. This #throwback portrait, shot about a decade ago at this point, captures some of Dane’s legendary passion that continues to burn to this day. Check out Dane’s Instagram page for kayaking inspiration. He was arguably the best kayaker in the world 10 years ago, and he’s only gotten better with age.
  • Photo @coreyrichproductions | Many prodigies don’t survive the pressure and acclaim of their early success in life and continue to thrive and pursue their passion into adulthood. Dane Jackson (@danejacksonkayak) is an exception. This #throwback portrait, shot about a decade ago at this point, captures some of Dane’s legendary passion that continues to burn to this day. Check out Dane’s Instagram page for kayaking inspiration. He was arguably the best kayaker in the world 10 years ago, and he’s only gotten better with age.
  •  14,127  56  23 May, 2019

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  • Sponsored by @visitmaine // This week's featured #WhatsInYourPackContest photo comes from @adventuresofagreatlakesgirl who snapped this picture of her trusty companion @mittenmadepups as they backpacked through Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We chose to feature this image because there's nothing better than packing up and going on an adventure with your best friend! // Enter the #WhatsInYourPackContest for a chance to win a vacation for two to Maine! To enter, upload a photo of your adventure essentials with the hashtag #WhatsInYourPackContest with a tag to @natgeoadventure and a short caption describing the image. The contest, sponsored by @visitmaine, runs from May 1 to May 31, 2019. U.S. residents only. For more information, go to nationalgeographic.com/whatsinyourpackcontest
  • Sponsored by @visitmaine // This week's featured #WhatsInYourPackContest photo comes from @adventuresofagreatlakesgirl who snapped this picture of her trusty companion @mittenmadepups as they backpacked through Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We chose to feature this image because there's nothing better than packing up and going on an adventure with your best friend! // Enter the #WhatsInYourPackContest for a chance to win a vacation for two to Maine! To enter, upload a photo of your adventure essentials with the hashtag #WhatsInYourPackContest with a tag to @natgeoadventure and a short caption describing the image. The contest, sponsored by @visitmaine, runs from May 1 to May 31, 2019. U.S. residents only. For more information, go to nationalgeographic.com/whatsinyourpackcontest
  •  29,300  209  22 May, 2019
  • Video by @Andy_Best // Years ago a project that had me questioning everything, even more than I had before. It was time to shift gears in my career and leave for the road. Take chances. Don't look back. Enjoy this small window of some fresh air.
  • Video by @Andy_Best // Years ago a project that had me questioning everything, even more than I had before. It was time to shift gears in my career and leave for the road. Take chances. Don't look back. Enjoy this small window of some fresh air.
  •  16,140  104  22 May, 2019
  • Photo by @donaldmiralle // The word “biodiversity” was occasionally mentioned while I as a Biology Major in my first three years at UCLA undergrad in the mid-90’s but rarely in the context it’s used in today. While competing in a 16km distance swimming race around the perimeter of Bora Bora, I stopped to shoot this photo when a bunch of the athletes and I noticed this school of black tip reef sharks congregating in an area (not sure if it was a popular feeding area or they just finished feeding) and I luckily grabbed my gopro off the nutrition boat to document the tail end of it. I can count at least seven different species all coexisting harmoniously and giving a variety of life in this particular ecosystem. But it’s a sad fact that the species pictured here are just seven of millions of species that may be extinct in the coming decades. The shocking @unitednations global assessment of biodiversity recently released based on findings of 500 scientists from 50 countries, outlined the catastrophic effects of human impact on the environment the last 50 years. We are literally at a crossroads on our planet, with “transformative change” needed now. Go to www.globaldealfornature.org and www.nature.org or to my bio or stories @donaldmiralle to learn more and sign petitions today to protect earth. It literally takes minutes but can help to protect and preserve this one and only planet we call home 🌎 #globaldealfornature #biodiversity #conservation #protect #respect
  • Photo by @donaldmiralle // The word “biodiversity” was occasionally mentioned while I as a Biology Major in my first three years at UCLA undergrad in the mid-90’s but rarely in the context it’s used in today. While competing in a 16km distance swimming race around the perimeter of Bora Bora, I stopped to shoot this photo when a bunch of the athletes and I noticed this school of black tip reef sharks congregating in an area (not sure if it was a popular feeding area or they just finished feeding) and I luckily grabbed my gopro off the nutrition boat to document the tail end of it. I can count at least seven different species all coexisting harmoniously and giving a variety of life in this particular ecosystem. But it’s a sad fact that the species pictured here are just seven of millions of species that may be extinct in the coming decades. The shocking @unitednations global assessment of biodiversity recently released based on findings of 500 scientists from 50 countries, outlined the catastrophic effects of human impact on the environment the last 50 years. We are literally at a crossroads on our planet, with “transformative change” needed now. Go to www.globaldealfornature.org and www.nature.org or to my bio or stories @donaldmiralle to learn more and sign petitions today to protect earth. It literally takes minutes but can help to protect and preserve this one and only planet we call home 🌎 #globaldealfornature #biodiversity #conservation #protect #respect
  •  31,446  165  21 May, 2019
  • Photo by @shonephoto Robbie Shone // As night falls upon the surface across Wulong County, China, a lonesome cave explorer ascends a rope out from the Niubizi Tian Keng, a giant collapsed cave chamber that is now open to daylight. Clouds rise from the saturated vegetation on the floor of this mighty Tian Keng. The portal will soon be shrouded in total darkness and left to its natural state.
  • Photo by @shonephoto Robbie Shone // As night falls upon the surface across Wulong County, China, a lonesome cave explorer ascends a rope out from the Niubizi Tian Keng, a giant collapsed cave chamber that is now open to daylight. Clouds rise from the saturated vegetation on the floor of this mighty Tian Keng. The portal will soon be shrouded in total darkness and left to its natural state.
  •  19,471  72  21 May, 2019
  • Photo by @donaldmiralle // Cyclists Brett Foss of Swaziland and Tom How of the United Kingdom bike past a waterfall during the Yak Attack in Tal, Nepal. Over 7 stages, competitors bike 300km of the Annapurna Circuit with 9000m of total ascent, including the Thorong La mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 metres (17,769 ft) above sea level, making the Yak Attack the highest and possibly the most extreme mountain bike race on Earth. Covering this race from foot, horse and bike with all my cameras and nutrition in my backpack was a challenge within itself, but an amazing adventure I’ll never forget... #followme @donaldmiralle for more extreme adventures of the world’s best athletes.
  • Photo by @donaldmiralle // Cyclists Brett Foss of Swaziland and Tom How of the United Kingdom bike past a waterfall during the Yak Attack in Tal, Nepal. Over 7 stages, competitors bike 300km of the Annapurna Circuit with 9000m of total ascent, including the Thorong La mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 metres (17,769 ft) above sea level, making the Yak Attack the highest and possibly the most extreme mountain bike race on Earth. Covering this race from foot, horse and bike with all my cameras and nutrition in my backpack was a challenge within itself, but an amazing adventure I’ll never forget... #followme @donaldmiralle for more extreme adventures of the world’s best athletes.
  •  38,704  182  20 May, 2019