Earth Day is upon us. While this day can elicit all sorts of feelings — happy feels about nature and sad feels about climate change — we all have to agree that it’s the perfect day for admiring the world.
To help you celebrate this wonderful day — even if you’re stuck at your desk — we’ve rounded up a beautiful selection of Instagram pics from talented users around the world.
1. Rocks against a night sky
User erichanson has an amazing eye, and some top-notch time lapse skills. That’s probably because he’s a landscape and adventure photographer. This image was taken at West Temple in Zion National Park, Utah.
2. Rock formations
Instagram user sophieeliana captures just how beautiful a red-sand desert can be. This picture was taken at Monument Valley, which is on the Arizona-Utah border.
3. Misty rainforest
This gorgeous, misty rainforest shot was taken by aamirhatim in Puerto Rico. We love it because it’s not the typical rainforest shot we’re used to seeing.
Take a dip
4. Look at the stars
Scubapro took this amazing shot of a scuba diver swimming with starfish near Bimini Island, Bahamas. This looks like a vacation of a lifetime.
5. Blissful swim
Who wouldn’t want to take a dip here? Windansea Beach is located on a stretch of coastline in La Jolla Beach, San Diego. This stunning image was taken by robinjpark. This artist’s work is impressive, so make sure to scroll through this account.
Here comes the sun
This gorgeous photo of a sunrise comes from Instagram user gencatandphotos. While the location of this sunrise is unknown, I think we all can safely say we adore the view. Check out her account to see other gorgeous outdoor shots.
7. Sunlit field
This is probably because I’m a Kansas girl, but I think there’s little better than photos of sunlit fields. That’s why I find this photo from daria_zakharova so satisfying. Daria takes her photos from Russia.
8. Before dawn
Sometimes the most glorious part of a sunrise is right before it happens. And that’s why we love drewylewy’s pre-sunrise capture at Winchester Bay, Oregon.
It’s all about the trees
9. Foggy forest
This gorgeous shot was taken by juusohd at Puijo in the city of Kuopio in Finland. We can see why people love to visit this spot. Juusohd is a photographer and digital artist and his account is filled with amazing images.
10. Green on green
All sorts of interesting things reside on trees — just take a look at this amazing lichen captured by newtrinity in Germany. This photo is a great reminder that beautiful things are everywhere… You just have to look.
11. Cactus flower
This breathtaking cactus flower is blooming in our editor @jill_ettinger‘s yard in sunny Los Angeles right now. Just another little reminder that the magnificence of nature is all around us, and too often taken for granted.
Image of beautiful forest via Shutterstock