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7 Instagram Accounts Every Nature Lover Should Be Following
It's hard to believe Instagram is only five years old since now it is ubiquitous. By December 2010, Instagram had 1 million registered users. By September of 2011, it was up to 10 million. As of December of last year, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom announced that Instagram has 300 million users accessing the site per month. That is some crazy growth. And of course that many users means an insane amount of uploaded photos.
So, choosing who to follow can be an overwhelming task. If you're like me, you love beautiful shots of nature and should follow these seven Instagram accounts:
1. U.S. Department of the Interior is home to the National Park Service, this department posts some insanely beautiful photos on the daily. Seriously, it was so hard to pick just one to feature.
#Colorado #NationalMonument has experienced some intense thunderstorms this month, making for some dramatic photos. ⚡️ This amazing shot by Bob Ingelhart from July 10 captures a #lightning storm overlooking Monument Canyon. Photo courtesy of Bob Ingelhart.
A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on
2. National Geographic is, of course, renowned for its stunning images, and its Instagram account is definitely one to follow.
Photo @coryrichards Lioness and cub sharing a quick Okavango shower. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @intotheokavango going source to sand on the Cuito River. The water that becomes the Delta originates in the Angolan highlands and forms a complex web that relies heavily on management by Angola, Namibia, and Botswana. Use of the waters that flood the delta every year sustaining wildlife such as this is key to its longevity as a cohesive ecosystem. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @eddiebauer #okavango15 posted from the field A photo posted by National Geographic (@natgeo) on
3. Conservation International: I could easily scroll through this organization's pictures for hours. Who cares what Kim Kardashian is up to? Look at this!
A photo posted by Conservation International (@conservationorg) on
4. National Marine Fisheries Service: This is the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and they've got some awesome shots of our friends in the sea.
NOAA’s newest research ship, the Reuben Lasker, departed San Diego last week on its first scientific mission that includes surveying gray whales along the West Coast. The survey will also search the Gulf of Alaska for right whales, among the most rare and endangered whales on Earth. The population of gray whales in the eastern Pacific Ocean is estimated at about 20,000, but biologists want to know how many of those summer south of the Aleutian Islands and whether they are genetically distinct from whales that summer farther north in the Bering and Chukchi seas. Learn more about the Reuben Lasker here: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/News/newest_noaa_ship.htm #whales #Pacific #ocean #biology #research #ReubenLasker #NOAAFisheries #NOAA Credit: Wayne Perryman/SWFSC/NOAA A photo posted by NOAA Fisheries (@noaafisheries) on
5. Oceana: Whales and dolphins playing together. Does it get any better? I challenge you to scroll through their page and not have your heart instantly warmed.
A photo posted by @oceana on
6. The Nature Conservancy: This conservation organization has some truly breathtaking photos like this one taken in Costa Rica.
The scene at Campanario Point and Cano Island Biological Preserve in Costa Rica—by Sergio Pucci. A photo posted by The Nature Conservancy (@nature_org) on
7. National Parks Foundation: If this organization's photos don't make you want to go visit America's beautiful parks and natural areas, then I don't know what will. Maybe you should listen to Bill Nye and Michelle Obama tell you why you need to "find your park" for some extra motivation.
There’s something hopeful, almost magical, about a perfect sunrise. The day is before you, full of endless opportunities for #adventure. Sunrise over the #PaintedHills at #JohnDayFossilBedsNational Monument. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque [Pic: Images by Charyn]
A photo posted by National Park Foundation (@goparks) on
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