Stefanie Payne

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13 Badass Adventures in the U.S. National Parks

One of the reasons that we cherish America’s national parks so much is that they provide us a place to go play, outside, away from technology, away from work, and in some of the most unique and wonderful natural environments found anywhere in the world. Such places have inspired inventive creations …

10 Tips for Better Canyon Photography

<i>By</i> <i>Jonathan Irish</i><p>With steep narrow walls and tricky, high-contrast lighting, canyons are notoriously difficult to photograph. Whether it is the Grand Canyon or a narrow slot chasm, most people get frustrated trying to walk away with a great picture while visiting a canyon. Black Canyon of the …

The Heir to Matisse With a Dose of California Cool

There’s nothing like seeing one of Richard Diebenkorn’s joyful Ocean Park paintings in real life—but a new catalogue of his work comes close.<p>In the …

The Zika virus in Latin America, protests in Greece, Curiosity on Mars, the earthquake in Taiwan – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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Aspiring Reporter Interviews Bolden about NASA's Journey to Mars

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I'm Going to Every U.S. National Park During 2016...

<i>Sunburst at Utah's Canyonlands National Park. Credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>59 parks in 52 weeks  --  that's fewer than one per week  --  and it's all happening by road, save a few plane rides to reach island destinations. Everybody I've told seems genuinely excited for me. <i>I</i> am excited for me. And I am …

"Time machine" by @vincentbourilhon 500px.com/vincenttim

A competitor practices on his kayak during the Canoe and Kayak test event for the RIO 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Beazil, on November 26, 2015. AFP Photo by Christophe Simon @christophesimonafp

'In times where space is an issue in most of the world, there's no problem here. Tasiilaq is the biggest town in East Greenland with 2000 residents. Living close to the nature by hunting, fishing, hiking, sailing and dog sledding is not just a necessity, but a way of life.' - Mads Pihl, @ilovegreenland #lpInstaTakeover

In the main public square of Jacmel, a beautiful small city on the southern coast of Haiti, young men gather each afternoon to play soccer for amusement after work or school. Photo by @fotokonbit student Wilky Douze, 20. As in so many Caribbean, South American, and other nations soccer is huge for Haitians. Besides their own national team Haitians are also big fans of Brazilian teams. Residents gather every afternoon to watch these matches until the sun sets and the players go home. The main square, heavily damaged in the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, is surrounded by newly restored houses and buildings with architecture typical of Jacmel. This town had a thriving merchant class in its hey day, made wealthy from export of coffee. Today it is called the city of artists. Wilky's photo is an outtake from the story on Haiti as seen by Haitians and shot by Fotokonbit students for @natgeo in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The excellent story, written by Alexandra Fuller, is well worth reading for a fuller and more representative understanding of Haitii, is entitled Haiti on Its Own. Also nationalgeographic.com. @fotokonbit @natgeo @natgeocreative @wilky_douze #haiti #ayiti #jacmel #alexandrafuller #soccer #outtakes #proudnation #natgeo

Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures

Emily Calandrelli Contributor<p>Emily Calandrelli is a producer and the host of FOX's Xploration Outer Space.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>A brief history of SpaceX<br>• SpaceX’s Next Steps Toward Rocket Reusability<p>Last week the space tourism company Blue Origin became the first company to launch a rocket …

10 places you have to visit in Nepal

Nepal is a small country but when it comes to humongous mountain ranges to see, a day won't be enough for you to see them all. Moreover, going to Nepal just to see the Mt. Everest is just a jigsaw piece of the whole picture of this amazing country. There are more natural attractions to see and here …