Larung Gar


32.1356°N 100.4565°E


Hundreds of dwellings - all painted in a vibrant red color - make up Larung Gar, the world’s largest Buddhist institute. The settlement is located in a remote valley in Tibet and contains a population that has grown to approximately 20,000 people since its founding in 1980. In recent years, the Chinese government has started to systemically demolish homes and force thousands of occupants out of Larung Gar, claiming the settlement is too crowded and unsafe. They have also closed off the area to all foreigners. Many Tibetans fear the erosion of their language, traditions, and ways of worship in the midst of these incursions by the Chinese government.


Today marks my 1000th post on Instagram! I started this project because I believed the Overview perspective not only offered a means to look at our planet like never before, but also was something that could bring people together. To see where the project is now, nearly three years and 1000 posts later, has exceeded all of my wildest expectations. A sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has shared the images, purchased a copy of “Overview", or simply followed along. Here’s to the next thousand posts!



Residential development

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

36.160237, -115.291319


Hundreds of residential homes are seen in the southwestern suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The city’s metro area is home to roughly two million people. 




Venice, Italy

45.440995°, 12.323397°


Here’s one of my favorite images from "Overview” - Venice, Italy. The city is situated upon 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. With its tide waters expected to rise to perilous levels, the city has constructed 78 giant steel gates across the three inlets, through which water from the Adriatic could surge into Venice’s lagoon. The panels – which weigh 300 tonnes and are 92 feet (28 meters) wide and 65 feet (20 meters) high – are fixed to massive concrete bases dug into the seabed.



Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing, China

40°04′21″N 116°35′51″E


Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world, handling more than 90 million passengers every year. The dragon-like layout of the terminals is meant to celebrate the thrill and poetry of flight, while the orange roof evokes the vibrant coloration of the city’s famed Forbidden City.




Cadiz, Spain

36.531514, -6.299827


Cádiz is an ancient port city surrounded by the sea in southwest Spain. Because the city was constructed upon a spit of land that cannot support high-rises, its skyline has not substantially changed since medieval times. A portion of the “Old City” — an area characterized by narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas and markets — is seen in this Overview.



Bondi Beach

Sydney, Australia

33°53′28″S 151°16′40″E


Bondi Beach and its surrounding suburb are located in Sydney, Australia. One of the city’s most stunning and popular destinations, the beach gets its name from the Aboriginal word “Bondi” that means waves breaking over rocks.

Source imagery: Nearmap



Qinhuangdao Port

Qinhuangdao, China

39.933622°, 119.683840°

Here’s one of the most stunning images from the Where We Power chapter of “Overview”. Automated cranes move on tracks at the Qinhuangdao Port coal terminal, the largest coal shipping facility in China. From here, approximately 210 million metric tons of coal are transported every year to power plants in the major cities of southern China. That yearly tonnage is roughly equal to the mass of 3.6 billion people. To see more images from the book and to learn more, click here.



The White House

Washington, D.C., USA

38°53′52″N 77°02′11″W


The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C, the building has served as the home of every U.S. president since John Adams (1800). If you’re a United States citizen, make sure you get out and exercise your right to vote today!

Source imagery: Nearmap


Our new book “Overview” contains 70 images that have never been posted on our feed before! Here’s one that captures the natural beauty of Mount Fuji — an active stratovolcano and the tallest peak in Japan, rising 3,776 meters (12,389 feet). As seen in this Overview, Fuji has an extremely symmetrical cone, which is snow‑capped several months of the year. During warmer months, climbing routes make it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to scale the volcano each year.



Wrigley Field

Chicago, Illinois, USA

41.948°N 87.656°W


Last night the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, ending a 108-year streak since the franchise won its last championship. Congratulations to all of the Cubs fans in Chicago and all around the world! The team’s home stadium, Wrigley Field, is captured in this Overview.



Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

39.96839°N 75.172652°W


The haunted house at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is consistently ranked among the scariest Halloween attractions in the United States. The prison operated from 1829 until 1971 and housed notorious criminals like the gangster Al Capone. The facility was also the first of its kind to be constructed in a “wagon-wheel” layout with seven wings of cellblocks radiating from a central hub. Hope everyone has a safe and scary Halloween!

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