Environmental Humanities

By UC, Santa Barbara | The humanities have a major role to play in our shared challenge of forging an environmentally better future. Students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara search the web for artists making environmental interventions. 

Speed Climber Ueli Steck: Man Vs. Altitude

In 2011, alpinist Ueli Steck set out to complete “Project: Himalaya”—a personal, multi-mountain, six-month expedition to scale some of the world’s highest peaks. We look back at Steck’s training preparation to sprint up 8,000-meter peaks.

Mount Everest

These Salt Flats Are One of the Most Remarkable Vistas on Earth

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni can make for an incredible experience or a logistical nightmare. Plan your trip with these tips.<p>Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is considered one of the most extreme and remarkable vistas in all of South America, if not Earth. Stretching more than 4,050 square miles of the …

South America

The Most Stunning Visions of Earth

See a phenomenal photo of the world’s wonders from the June 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Photography

6 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

With the launch of Chasing Genius, National Geographic invites you to explore your instinct for changing the world.<p>Sometimes certain places, at specific points in history, become incubators of brilliant ideas. London during the Elizabethan era, for example, or 1920s Paris—author Eric Weiner has …

Creativity

An Uncertain Future on the Shores of Africa's Vanishing Lake

Lake Chad is a vital source of food, water, and income for increasing numbers of displaced people—and it's slowly turning to sand.<p>Korean-American photographer Jane Hahn has been based on the African continent for over ten years. She’s covered health crises, political violence and other humanitarian …

Nigeria

Effects of Global Warming

The signs of global warming are everywhere and more complex than climbing temperatures.<p>The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. Since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased between 1.1 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6 to 0.9 degrees Celsius)–even more in sensitive …

Climate Change

The Energy of Tomorrow Looks Strikingly Artistic from Above

A photographer shares his unique perspective on the growing wind and solar power industries.<p>When seen from thousands of feet in the air, solar installations and wind turbines become abstract works of art: a glinting fractal of metallic petals circle a single pale stamen, and sharp, slender flowers …

Renewable Energy

People Are Planting Flowers in Potholes Their City’s Neglecting to Fix

Today, many contemporary artists and creative problem-solvers strive to come up with inventive solutions to aesthetic problems. In addition to broken artifacts and forgotten everyday objects, works enhanced by these imaginative individuals include public spaces and streets—namely, those plagued …

Flowers

4.5 Million Blue Flowers Bloom Across Japanese Park Like a Field of Fairies

Back in February, we were mesmerized by the early arrival of Japan's famed cherry blossoms. Now, nearly 3 months later, the pretty pink flowers have come and gone in most regions. Fortunately for us, however, the previously pink Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is now blanketed in blue …

Colorful Curtain of Over 2,000 Flowers Cascades Down a Building’s Façade

In colorful collaboration with landscape artist Cornelius Gavril, architecture studio Piuarch has transformed the façade of its Milan-based headquarters into a hanging garden. Called <i>Flowerprint,</i> the immersive installation brightens up the building with a sky-high wall of cascading flora.<p>Over 2,000 …

Flowers

Photographer Explores Concept of Vanity By Placing Mirrors in Isolated Scenes of Nature

In his striking series titled <i>Vanity</i>, self-taught photographer Murray Fredericks places a mirror in otherwise undisturbed scenes of nature. As a conceptual twist on traditional landscape photography, the series plays with reflections to offer unexpected and unexplored perspectives.<p>In <i>Vanity</i>, …

Otherworldly Infrared Photography Transforms Alaskan Fjord into Another Planet

Director and photographer Bradley G. Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, captures nature's stunning beauty in new light—literally. Through infrared photography, he reinterprets the landscapes we think we know and transforms them into places that look like they're from another planet. Where we'd expect to see …

Galaxy Journals Wrapped in Batik Art Capture the Glittering Beauty of the Cosmos

In a world that’s becoming increasingly digitized, taking time to write or draw in a notebook is a fantastic way to unwind from screens. Patrycja Odzimkowska of the shop Patiak has created a beautiful way to record your thoughts and observations with her handmade batik painting journals. Using the …

Floral Designer is Turning NYC Trash Cans into Giant Vases Overflowing with Flowers

New York City-based floral designer Lewis Miller has proven his plant-y prowess by transforming the city's grimy garbage cans into larger-than-life flower vases. Called <i>Flower Flashes</i>, the elegant arrangements beautify the busy streets with their bright colors and delightful designs.<p>As the owner of …

Flowers

Giant Lion Carved from Single Tree Trunk Took 20 People 3 Years to Complete

Taking 20 people more than 3 years, a single tree trunk has been carved into a giant lion titled <i>Oriental Lion</i>. Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao led the team in carving out the enormous redwood trunk, which is now located in Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province.<p>The …

China

Designer Perfectly Matches Pantone Color Swatches with Real-Life Landscapes

It's no secret that designers love playing with Pantone swatches. From tiny objects to tasty treats, contemporary creatives have introduced and embraced a Technicolor trend of matching color samples with everyday items. Italian graphic designer Andrea Antoni has put his own spin on the Pantone …

Graphic Design

18-Year-Old Photoshop Expert Pairs Unexpected Objects to Create Dreamy Composite Photos

With a speciality in surrealism, Lisbon-based artist Luisa Azevedo creates delightfully dreamy composite photographs. Her clever collection of surreal photography showcases her talent for turning unexpected objects, figures, and locations into seamlessly surreal scenes.<p>Azevedo crafts each composite …

More Early Highlights from the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Entries for the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are rolling in. We recently brought you some early entries from the <i>Nature</i> category, and National Geographic continues to dazzle us with a preview of what's being submitted in the <i>People</i> category.<p>Photographers from …

Quaint Turf House in Iceland Looks Like It’s Rising Up from the Earth

Photographer Luke Gram recently embarked on a 12-day road trip across Iceland with old university buddies and took advantage of the voyage to capture some stunning images. We couldn't help but fall in love with his shots of the Lindarbakki House, a small cottage made of brick, wood, and natural …

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper Concept Lets You Live in the Trees

Architecture and design journal eVolo focuses on innovative design based on technological advances of the 21st century. Since 2006 they have run an annual Skyscraper Competition, inviting architects from around the globe to unleash their fantasy and create the skyscrapers of the future.<p>One of 444 …

Artist Draws Countless Lines and Dots to Capture the Majestic Beauty of Mountains

Inspired by her local landscape, Canada-based artist Christa Rijneveld creates pen and ink drawings of mountainous scenery. Each stark and stylized piece is rendered entirely in black and white, allowing the artist to focus on form and experiment with tonality.<p>Though most of Rijneveld's inked …

Bicycle Embroidery Feature Lovely Baskets Overflowing with Colorful Flowers

In his <i>Velo Series</i>, embroidery artist Walker Boyes of TrueFort captures the quaint and colorful charm of flower-filled bicycle baskets. Every handmade piece exhibits a cheerful color palette and showcases the artist's knack for needlework.<p>The beautifully embroidered <i>Velo</i> pieces feature big bunches of …

A Guide to the Best Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Photo credit: Chris GoldbergWaterfalls, caves, mountain peaks, and ancient forests. This probably doesn’t sound much like Los Angeles to those who …

Adventure Travel

NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Database

Now you can easily peruse more than 140,000 of the agency’s photos, videos and visualizations<p>Comment on this Story

New York Architects Plan Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space

The quest to cram ever more human beings into ever-decreasing square footage of city real estate continues – with a skyscraper suspended from an asteroid.<p>A New York architecture firm is proposing a design for the world’s tallest building Analemma Tower, which would hang down from the sky suspended …

Asteroids

Africa as you’ve probably never seen it before, courtesy of NASA

It can often be challenging to find alternative viewpoints of Africa. Perceptions of the continent are so colored by decades of stereotyped coverage and biased academic study that it can be hard to sift through the misinformation to understand the reality.<p>Often that search requires taking a step …

NASA

See eerie photos of unfinished concrete buildings in Spain

Photographer Loïc Vendrame is obsessed with ghost buildings<p>French photographer Loïc Vendrame captures architecture in surprising ways, whether as optical illusions, as in the “ArchiNature” series, or as ghostly unfinished structures in his latest project, “Future Dust, Future Rust.”<p>A …

Great Recession

Mesmerizing Photos Reveal Hidden World of Underwater Caves

Dye experiments and a 360-degree tour are helping Floridians understand their water supply.<p>Where does my drinking water come from? You probably aren’t asking yourself this question on a daily basis. Maybe it has never crossed your mind. But for National Geographic Young Explorer Jennifer Adler, …

Google Street View

Venice Beach California Street Photography

Where do I even begin… Venice Beach is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. I met some of the nicest...

Street Photography