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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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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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Inside Ruby Falls, Tennessee’s Underground Waterfall

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

341 meters (1,120 feet) beneath Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an underground stream winds its way through the caverns before plummeting to depths below. This site, known as Ruby Falls, has become one of the most famous tourist spots in the southeast United States, drawing visitors to capture the sight of the falls.

The caves of Lookout Mountain have a rich and storied history leading up through the 19th century, but in 1905 railway construction along the mountain shut off all access to the caverns, leaving it inaccessible to visitors. Inspired by the stories of the past, cave enthusiast Leo Lambert garnered resources to reopen the site by constructing an elevator shaft down into the cavern, and in 1928 construction on his project commenced. In excavating the shaft, however, Lambert discovered a new section of the cavern and—at its end—the waterfall.

Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and went on to develop the site into a destination for visitors with regular tours and Cavern Castle, an elaborate above-ground reception center. In time, Ruby Falls also came to be one of the first caves outfitted with electric lights. Now, colored lights illuminate the falls, making it an even more attractive destination for visiting Instagrammers.

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Instagrammers Brave the Mists of South America’s Iguazu Falls

For more photos from the falls, check out the location pages for Garganta del Diablo in Argentina and Garganta do Diabo in Brazil.

The Iguazu River marks the border between the South American countries of Argentina and Brazil. As it snakes eastward towards Paraguay, the river encounters the Paraná Plateau where the it suddenly surges over an 82-meter drop. A series of islands along the 2.7-kilometer ridge divides the river into the hundreds of cataracts that make up Iguazu Falls, one of the widest waterfalls in the world.

The giant U-shaped gorge known as “The Devil’s Throat” marks the focal point of Iguazu. A kilometer-long walkway on the Argentine side leads visitors to a dizzying view from the gorge’s top, while the Brazilian side boasts a platform at the falls’ base that affords tourists a panoramic view of the surrounding 260 degrees of falls.

The protected environment on both sides of the border is home to many jungle species including Iguazu’s particularly photogenic coatis. Intrepid Instagrammers braved the mists and weren’t afraid to get their phones a bit damp for these incredible photos from the falls.