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Photo by @amivitale | Cowboys gather to play music in a trailer after a long day of herding cattle in Southwestern Montana. Ranching is tough business with most working 14-16-hour days during calving season. Spurred by growing consumer concern over meat's environmental impact and their own concern about the long-term viability of their livelihood, a cohort of ranchers apply the understanding gleaned from the science of ecology to livestock management. Follow @amivitale for more photos of this incredible world and the people who inhabit it.

Photo by @renan_ozturk | This year on Everest I had a personal mission to explore the Yak culture. On the China/Tibet side of the mountain yaks make it all possible–carrying hefty loads all the way up to advanced base camp through a labyrinth of ice, steep rock, and snow. And the yak drivers ascend the 26-mile round trip route over and over while singing and wrangling the awkward loads. Over the course of the expedition, I would often sneak out to interact with them at their makeshift nomad camps down valley and walk with them at their pace if we happened to be headed the same way between BC and ABC. I only know 10 words in Tibetan, but it’s remarkable how you can get to know someone and the personality of their yaks after 10 miles on the trail. for @natgeo

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti and Paolo Woods @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Florence, Italy. Last month we celebrated Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago. Walter Conti is a street artist authorized by the municipality of Florence to dress up like Leonardo da Vinci. He usually stands near the entrance of the Uffizi Galleries and lets tourists take photographs with him. It takes him an hour and a half every day to prepare his disguise.

Video by @tobyharriman | Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Always a busy and happening place. Music by James Everingham.

Photo by @Chrisburkard | It’s these lights that keep me coming back– I’ve been to Iceland over 30 times (and have many more trips there planned) and this spectacle is one of the reasons I’m so drawn to the small island country. There’s something special about its people and much of the landscapes themselves are breathtaking as well, but standing below this natural phenomenon is inexplicable. The scientific term for this display is an aurora, specifically an Aurora Borealis for the northern hemisphere, which is pictured above. On the simplest level, these bright lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles emitted from the sun and gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. I always seek situations where the outdoors makes me feel small, and knowing this event stems from particles shot all the way from the sun makes me feel just about as small as I can imagine. It was extra humbling to take in this view with Heiðar Logi, an Icelandic local who has spent much time under these colors, but is still just as awe-struck as I every time he sees them.

Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto | Tourism fuels Dubai’s economy and many of its 15 million annual visitors flock to the Burj Khalifa for a bird’s-eye view, here from the 125th floor. The building is home to an Armani-designed hotel, 900 apartments, office space, restaurants— and to more energy-efficient systems. Solar panels heat its water supply and about 15 million gallons a year of condensate from air-conditioning are reclaimed to cool potable water and keep the tower’s landscaping green. A decade ago, Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there? My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment and to our cities. I’ve embarked on a journey with National Geographic to showcase how Dubai aims to become one of the world’s greenest cities. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the Dubai story I covered for @natgeo.

Photo by @taylorglenn | A dazzle of zebra move past a vehicle on an early morning drive through the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania Follow me @taylorglenn for more from Africa and beyond.

Photo by @kiliiiyuyan | An Alaskan brown bear chows on sockeye salmon downstream from the well-known Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park. During the salmon season, the bears are partially aquatic, spending much of their time with their faces underwater, searching for salmon. Follow me, @kiliiiiyuyan, for more from Alaska and the North.

Photo by @hoffmanbrendan | People relax on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv. Previously the center of both the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, Maidan is the city's heart and foremost public space. The square draws people from all over the city on warm summer evenings to meet friends, stroll with their families, sit at nearby cafes, or maybe just read a book.

Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | On a recent trip to Japan, we explored several of the more famous sites in and around Kyoto. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a well known and much traveled site. It's also a great hike up to incredible views over the city of Kyoto. It can be tricky to get an image like this with no people in it, but if you go early or late there are opportunities.

Photo by @mborowick | Sheep in Iceland roam free during the summer months. They travel near and far from their home farms, sometimes walking as far as 500 miles to explore the island.

Photograph by @PaulNicklen.| Iceberg alley in Antarctica. Beautiful and disturbing all at the same time. Here, icebergs come to die. As ice-shelves in Antarctica break up, icebergs the size of apartment buildings get trapped on the ocean floor near the Lemaire Channel. Within weeks, these monoliths will return to their original liquid state. Massive towering icebergs framed by a rich sunset feed the soul and the lens. To see more from my favorite place on this planet, Antarctica, please follow me, @PaulNicklen.

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