by Brandy D. Anderson
Instagram is a lovely place to go if you’re in search of brilliant photography. Since it’s only accessible by Smartphone, Instagram is sort of in its own league, which means it has a certain credence that other apps lack. There’s no limit to the travel accounts you can find there, but I’ve searched for the four very best examples of travel photography around the world.
About: “United Kingdom. The best photos of the UK. Tag your photos with with: #LiveUK.”
This Instagram account gives you breathtaking photos from Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The colours are bright and bold and the views are absolutely stunning. There’s one recent picture of Scotland’s Isle of Skye, in the highlands, where a grey mossy cliff is precariously perched aside a jade hill, a swirl of rocks frame the picture. Another photo shows a dramatic landscape featuring a canopy of clouds, with just a tiny bit of blue light peeking out of the middle, while clear water ripples beneath, large mountains looming in the background.
While most of the photos feature picturesque landscapes, there are some domestic beauties here as well. For example, there’s a recent picture of a quaint white cottage in Dorset, green vines and ivy filled with pink roses cling to the walls as they hug the doorway and windows. Flushes of purple flowers are strewn among the the greenery. The caption reads, “Now if I could just live here please…” You can see Whitby Abby, where the ruins stand proudly in front of a bright blue and white sky. There is an impressive view of Tintagel, Cornwall, the caption, a quote from the Book of Fears, reads, “The young man goes out looking for the diamond in the sea “. You’ll also find really cool urban scenes, such as a picture of a train station in Hebden Bridge, or the cool artsy shot of a rarely seen angle from London’s infamous Tower Bridge.
About : “Architect/ Istanbul – Turkey – Canon Eos 600/ iPhone 6… all photos are taken by me… Contact: email@example.com. Tag: #sselcukozkan”
Özkan takes amazing pictures. You’ll find a bright array of street scenes, natural landscapes, and architectural wonders. For instance, there’s a lovely photo of Colmar, France, where you can view old buildings with gobs of character, all are complete with weathered, wooden shutters. The caption reads, “Good night wishes from Colmar “. Another view offers you an afternoon glimpse at Bruges, Belgium, where you can look upon an arched bridge over a shimmering river as ducks line the riverbank and drooping branches frame the top.
Another photo gives you “Good night wishes with a photo from Atomium, Brussels, Belgium”. The caption goes on to read, “Day 10. Completed, thank God. Allah accept. Tune in by calling the symbol of Brussels with the structure of the Atomium (iron atom, which is 165 billion times magnification personified) we’re moving on,” (the page is translated from Turkish into English, so the translation is a little wonky sometimes). You can also catch a brilliant photo of a pregnant sun hovering above an orange lit ocean, “Turkey’s most south[ern point?] of the Sun”. One of my favourite pictures shows a lovingly used wooden cart filled with large clay vases, parked in front of the brick and concrete town of Uschisar, Kalesi. The caption reads, “To Cappadocia, to come in the evening when I don’t work with names [?]. Goodnight and have a good weekend. ” You can dream about tropical weather as you gaze at a magnificent photo of Long Island, Phang Nga Bay in Phuket, Thailand where the cliffs and water are matching shades of emerald.
About: “The world’s best place for travel inspiration. Share your global photos and include #beautifuldestinations. Snapchat Bdestinations.”
This is one of the most diverse travel pages on Instagram, and probably the most well known. A recent photo shows you Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant nightlife, giving you an aerial view of the sky-rises and busy streets as orange lights streak the main thoroughfare. In utter contrast, just beside that post, you’re invited to look into a quiet and peaceful night in Venice, Italy, where purple light shines on dark, murky water, with bridges and old buildings lining the watery ‘road’.
There’s a crazy shot of a creeping bridge in Norway, where the road zips along a raised mountain encased in the water before it lurches upward in a curve: “Norway is full of insane brides!” Green trees and a khaki earth greet you in the photo of Monkey Forest, Ubud, and there’s a note below the photo telling you that Beautiful Destinations hosted a live Facebook exploration of the forest. Elsewhere, a vibrant woman strolls through the yellow grain of Yosemite Wilderness, and another shot shows the curved harbour of Varenna, Lake Como, Italy, where the homefires are lit amongst the antique red and tan houses. One of the best things about this page is how the photos come from submissions around the world, so you get some awesome pics, like a shot of the Metro’s subterranean tracks in Paris, France; the caption reads: “We got to Paris and knew we had to scratch the underground off our bucket list. We were so excited to go on this mission. Something about this dark underworld beneath the city held a special attraction for us. A place that not many get to see, with a little bit of danger.”
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If you’re unfamiliar with Newfoundland (pronounced “New-fun-land”), it’s a gorgeous Atlantic Canadian island off the East Coast, north of Maine, US. Canadians often call it “Canada’s Ireland”, but it’s really more like a mix between Ireland and Alaska. The beauty never ends, and this Instagram account captures the scenery like no other. A recent photo of Tors Cove “Brightens the way…” as it shows a fabulous celestial view of the starry sky, the land below looks as if it’s almost glowing. There’s a snowy photo of Kilbride, St. John’s, where the ice runs through the frigid creek as it pours over mossy rocks.
You’ll find a moody shot of a rocky waterway in St. John’s, the caption reads: “Rainy evening… Seems as if the rain & cloud don’t want to stop here in St. John’s! Making it very hard to get out on shoots”. A cheerful Rumped Warbler stares at the lens as he stands perched atop a wooden post. A mysterious shipwreck at Kingman’s Cove, Fermeuse Harbour, is displayed along with a request for more information regarding the ancient wreck. Icebergs dot the account during the Winter months, such as a particularly dramatic shot from Bay Bulls. There’s a curious picture of an abandoned boat in Harbour Grace: “Stranded until further notice…” The best photo, in my opinion, features an eerie lime green sky as the Northern Lights stripe above the vast wilderness of Gros Morne National Park.