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A Hiker’s Ever-Changing View from the Tent with @michaelmatti

For more from Michael’s adventures in the Pacific North and beyond, follow @michaelmatti on Instagram.

Even though his photography has taken him around the world, Michael Matti (@michaelmatti)’s heart—and Instagram feed—belong to beautiful landscapes near his home in Seattle.

“The amazing outdoors scene in the Pacific Northwest inspired me after college,” he says. “There is so much to see with its sea-stack-filled beaches, rugged mountains and cascading waterfalls.”

Michael frequently frames nature shots through tents, a technique he says is common among his peers. He also includes a human or animal figure against every backdrop—no matter how small they appear in the image.

“People give scale to nature,” he says. “A waterfall shot with a tiny person in the frame helps to really add a sense of wonder to the falls.”

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Photos from Seattle’s World-Record-Setting Snowball Fight

Want to see more photos from Seattle’s epic snow battle? Browse the #SeattleSnowDay hashtag, and the @SeattleSnowDay & @REI Instagram feeds!

On January 12th, over 5,800 people turned out for a snowball fight at the base of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. The official count of 5,834 participants was enough to set a new Guinness World Record, topping the previous record of 5,347 set on January 22, 2010, in Taebaek City, South Korea.

The event was carefully planned to ensure an accurate count, utilizing barcoded wristbands that were scanned anytime someone entered and left the battle area.

After viewing photos from the official @SeattleSnowDay Instagram account, be sure to check out this great footage of the snowball fight as well.