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Instagram Spotlight: Life in Technicolor

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Left: A Blue-footed Booby in the Galapagos Islands. Right: A man and his dog herding Merino sheep outside of Sydney, Australia.

Some photographers just have a way of making everything look beautiful. Swedish photographer Mattias Klum has this gift. Klum is a fellow at National Geographic and has worked on a wide array of natural history and environmental stories, including a feature on venomous snakes.

Klum is a vibrant and meticulous photographer and filmmaker, making every effort to highlight the detail and beauty of his subjects. He has worked with the World Wildlife Foundation, the BBC, and the New York Times to educate people about deforestation, sea changes, and preserving biodiversity. Here we share a small collection of Klum’s Instagram photos from Australia, Iceland, and beyond.

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Jameson’s mamba is, in my opinion, one of the most handsome snakes in world. The “Aston Martin” of snakes is a pretty sizable, slender snake with smooth scales.

Early spring near Håvberget in Dalarna, Sweden. The cold air, the thin ice under my boots, the colors.

Feed me? Cuddle me? Whatever this five-week-old meerkat pup wants, there’s likely to be a grown-up meerkat nearby ready to meet the need. Group members take turns providing day care—even though baby-sitting means going without food all day.

A salt production facility that I photographed in Dominican Republic. One of the things I love about photography is that it’s truly endless and borderless. It becomes a way to see and live.

Proud sheep farmers displaying the quality of their Merino wool on a living sheep, Sydney, Australia.

A volcanic landscape in Landmannalaugar, Iceland. Fast-flowing rivers and volcanic hotspots provide power, heat, and fuel to Icelanders, while innovative new technologies are being developed to help other countries.

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