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It’s Earth Day! Here’s some landscape porn

Americans celebrated the first Earth Day back in 1970 as a way to bring attention to our nation’s natural beauty: oceans white with foam, towering redwood forests, Walt Whitman’s blades of grass, etc. At the time, the United States’ environmental bounty was threatened by the country’s toxic habits, and political leaders felt it was worth preserving.

But for some of us in the 21st century, the most natural beauty we see all day is the emerald-colored mold growing on the inside of the Tupperware container someone left too long in the break room fridge. Fear not, fellow cubicle dwellers; we have something those hippies from the first Earth Day did not: social media.

In honor of the holiday, Now This News released a guide to who to follow on Instagram for amazing landscape imagery. The 30-second mashup starts with stunning sunrises by @Ferdinanlim and ends with @02q’s incredible mountain views.

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If Instagram isn’t your thing, check out these Tumblr accounts.

F*** Yeah Beautiful Landscapes
F*** Yeah Beautiful Landscapes is an amalgamation of landscape photography from places German blogger Jonas would “like to go or live.” Jonas updates with individual images and photo sets — mostly of mountains and trees — on a near-daily basis. His reblogs won’t clutter your feed, but they will inspire wanderlust. (Warning: This link includes profane language.)

Wndrlst
Speaking of wanderlust…This blog is different from others on this list, because it includes man-made structures. Alongside dramatic, snow-covered peaks and surreal aquamarine bodies of water, you’ll see photos of architectural wonders in Dresden and the serpentine streets of Norway.

NPS Cultural Landscapes Program


Photo courtesy National Park Service’s Cultural Landscapes Program

Photo courtesy National Park Service

This is the official Tumblr of the sector of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving cultural landscapes. The office posts many of its own photos, but it also reblogs other organizations like the Smithsonian and the Interior Department, for an excellently curated collection of photography and video.


Nature Conservancy

This blog includes an array of majestic landscape shots, interspersed with portraits of animals, birds or people. There is the occasional picture with unobtrusive text, marking occasions like World Water Day and World Wildlife Day.

My Public Lands


Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management

Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management

The My Public Lands Tumblr is run by the Bureau of Land Management, and it does a great job of incorporating informative text posts and stunning photo collages. BLM bloggers are spread out across the country, so following this Tumblr will put an array of natural beauty in your feed: from D.C.’s cherry blossoms to Oregon’s Badlands Wilderness and everything in between.

Mother Nature Network (MNN)
MNN is a media company for environmental news and activism. In addition to beautiful nature photography, MNN’s Tumblr boasts fun facts, green living tips and scrumptious recipes like this one for grilled peaches.

Sonia Bicker
Sonia Bicker captures close-up photos of wildlife, mostly flowers and insects, but there is also a wonderful set featuring a highland cow with an enviable head of hair.

Sarah Parnass is a video producer for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, she wrote about politics for ABC News Digital.
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