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Capturing the Action at Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary

For more photos and videos from the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, browse the #slothsanctuary hashtag and explore the Sloth Sanctuary location page.

On Costa Rica’s eastern coast, some of nature’s slowest mammals call a small refuge home.

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has humble beginnings. Couple Judy Avey-Arroyo and Luis Arroyo had an established history of running a privately-owned biological reserve when neighbors brought them an orphaned baby three-toed sloth. Unable to find assistance from local institutions, they took matters into their own hands and raised the sloth, Buttercup, on their own.

Buttercup is now 21 years old, and the Arroyos have been running their home as an authorized sloth rescue center since 1997. The family-run Sloth Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated more than 500 sloths to date, nearly 150 of whom are permanent residents.

As the sanctuary continues its efforts to learn from the sloths in rehabilitation and teach the public about them, Instagrammers are increasingly visiting and documenting their time with the sloths through photos and videos.

Interested in helping out? Explore the sanctuary’s website for more information and ways to get involved.

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Going Behind the Water at Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss

For more photos and videos from the falls, explore the Seljalandsfoss location page.

In the south of Iceland near the western base of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull, the Seljalandsá river spills over a 60-meter (197-foot) cliffside to a placid pool below.

The waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, stands as one of Iceland’s most photogenic natural attractions. The jutting angle of the cliff allows visitors to explore behind the veil of water, revealing a waterfall that can be captured from nearly every angle. Whether camping at the falls’ base in summer or braving thick ice and snow during the winter, the sight of the falls throughout Iceland’s dramatic seasons has proven a longtime attraction for local and visiting Instagrammers alike.

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#WhoIFollow: Discovering Germany’s Coffee and Cars with @bosch

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from André and some of his favorites on Instagram, follow @bosch, @christopherhall, @eskimo and @knurrt on Instagram.

Hamburg Instagrammer André Krüger’s (@bosch) passions on Instagram could be divided into two themes: karre (old cars) and kaffe (coffee).

André’s hashtag series #boschkarren is an extensive collection of the classic European cars he spotted on the streets in Berlin. “It’s not only the historic cars that make a #boschkarren photo,” he says. “It’s more that the car has to fit into an interesting setting.”

In addition to old cars, André likes to use Instagram as his “coffee diary,” joining an international community of roasters, coffee shop owners and connoisseurs on Instagram. Last year, he ran an international pre-Christmas Wichteln (“Secret Santa”), #thirdwavewichteln, with more than 350 participants exchanging coffee beans from 25 countries. After its success, he plans to run the scheme again this year.

For a taste of André’s flavor for old cars and coffee, follow some of his favorite accounts on Instagram:

  • @christopherhall – “For the greatest cars on Instagram”
  • @eskimo – “For urban tristesse
  • @knurrt – “For non-touristy Berlin insights”
  • @ofeneck – Design, architecture, furniture, cars, records and coffee in Berlin
  • @roitsch – Coffee tasting from Düsseldorf
  • @lastguest_hh – Coffee and magazines from the owner of Coffee Table Mags.

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Follow the Pen of @shantell_martin

To see more of Shantell’s life and work, follow @shantell_martin on Instagram.

Blank canvases were once intimidating for the artist Shantell Martin (@shantell_martin), whose black-and-white work travels across surfaces from crisp white shirts to refrigerator doors. “I used to worry, ‘what if I make a mistake?’” she says. “Then I realized that it’s all a big mistake. You just have to enjoy it.”

Shantell’s advice for artists who are facing the beginning of a project is simple: “Just follow the pen and hope that the pen knows where it’s going.”

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPsolstice

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPsolstice, which asked participants to capture the changing light of the seasons through creative photos and videos. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Going Behind the scenes at Wimbledon 2014

For more photos and videos from Wimbledon 2014, browse the #wimbledon and #wimbledonmeet hashtags, explore the Wimbledon location page and follow @wimbledon on Instagram.

The lawns have been manicured, the flowers watered and players warmed up for Wimbledon 2014, the grand slam tennis tournament in England.

The 41 mown grass courts will soon feel the thud of tennis shoes from 480 players, and 38,500 daily visitors are expected descend on the All England Lawn Tennis Club grounds in Southwest London over the next two weeks.

As well as being one of four major tennis grand slams throughout the year, Wimbledon has a special attraction for its quintessentially British feel—particularly the consumption of strawberries and cream and Pimm’s drinks. It is estimated 28,000 kilograms of strawberries, 7,000 liters of cream and 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s will be consumed over the two-week event. Also in keeping with the traditions of the event, players adhere to an all-white dress code, and staff wear navy and green uniforms.

Last year, Andy Murray (@andymurray) became the first British player in 77 years to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon when he beat Siberia’s Novak Djokovic (@djokernole).

"I can’t wait to get started on Monday," he says. "I love playing at Wimbledon, and it’s an honor to open The Championships, I’ll give it everything I’ve got."

Victoria Azarenka (@vichka35) is also preparing for The Championships. “I’m so excited to be back at Wimbledon,” she says. “Before the tournament begins you can catch me at Wimbe village, the Player’s Party, and, oh, it’s strawberries and cream season! But when the tournament starts, I’m all business.”

This year, Instagrammers were given access to the lawns ahead of play, and tennis stars have been sharing behind the scenes from Wimbledon in the lead up to The Championships. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out the following accounts on Instagram:

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Imagining @mydaywithleo

To see more of Joel’s imagined moments with Leonardo DiCaprio, follow @mydaywithleo on Instagram.

For Joel Strong, a locations scout and talent manager in New York City, My Day with Leo (@mydaywithleo) is part joke, part tribute. “He’s an icon who is still relevant,” he says. “Growing up in the ’90s, he was certainly on all of my girlfriends’ walls.”

Sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, each post is like a single-panel comic that hinges on a found picture of Leonardo DiCaprio, clipped from a magazine or book. “I might put a 14-year-old, This Boy’s Life Leo on the body of a grandma,” he says. “Or I might take him to the streets in the East Village where he probably actually walked around in the ’90s with David Blaine and Tobey Maguire, trying to find girls.”

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The Cabazon Dinosaurs: A Surprise in the Desert

For more photos of Dinny and Mr. Rex, explore the Cabazon Dinosaurs location page.

For any adventurous road-tripper making the 157-kilometer (97.5-mile) drive between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, there are three surefire signs that you’re on your way: vast expanses of desert, fields of industrial windmills—and dinosaurs.

Dinny the Dinosaur and her companion, Mr. Rex, tower over the horizon of Cabazon, California. The pair were created by sculptor Claude K. Belle as a roadside wonder to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Restaurant located beneath their feet. Belle led the project without the help of external companies, opting instead to work with a few friends to complete his vision.

Dinny, an Apatosaurus, came first in 1981, built from salvaged interstate materials over the course of 11 years. In all, she measures 46 meters (150 feet) in length and stretches 14 meters (45 feet) into the sky. Mr. Rex, who is slightly taller at 20 meters (65 feet) came next in 1986. Made from concrete and steel, both dinosaurs weigh more than 100 tons each.

In addition to their photogenic exteriors, the dinos were designed as hollow structures that visitors can explore. Dinny’s belly contains a gift shop and adventurous Instagrammers can scale Mr. Rex for a shot of the desert horizon through the Tyrannosaurus’s mouth.

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Uncovering the Rock Churches of Lalibela in Northern Ethiopia

To view more photos and videos of the rock churches of northern Ethiopia, browse the #Lalibela hashtag and location page.

Nine hundred years ago, workers set out to construct a new holy city in the northern highlands of Ethiopia. Instead of building from the ground up, they began chiseling down into the red volcanic rock. Believed to be built with the assistance of angels working through the night, the 11 rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were carved into giant blocks of sandstone and connected through a series of tunnels, ceremonial passageways, drainage ditches and caves.

Today, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s most holy cities and carries the nickname of “New Jerusalem.” It has been a pilgrimage site for Christians for centuries and continues to be a destination for worship and daily devotion for the priests, monks and orthodox Christians who comprise the town’s population. Tourists from around the world now also trek to Lalibela to marvel at its stunning architectural accomplishments. Though all of the original churches are still in active use, many of the structures are considered to be in critical condition as a result of water damage and seismic activity. UNESCO declared Lalibela a world-heritage site in 1978 and has organized support to restore the monuments. A number of the churches are now protected under temporary light-weight shelters.