Sculpture Watching at Paris’s Musée Rodin
Today we’re headed to Paris to see the sculptures of Auguste Rodin. Perhaps best known for his statue “Le Penseur” (“The Thinker”), Rodin’s career reached its height in the late 1800s as his distinctive naturalistic style and emphasis on bodily form grew in popularity.
Rodin also capitalized on the process of plaster casting, in which plaster molds are made from clay sculptures so they can be reproduced. This process allowed Rodin and his studio to create multiple copies of his many works, the likes of which can now be seen in museums across the world.
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The Lush Rolling Tea Fields of Boseong, South Korea
In the Honam region of South Korea, towards the country’s southern tip, sits Boseong, an area famous throughout the world for its green tea leaves.
The region—home to tea cultivation for over 500 years—has become a popular destination for Instagrammers because of the photogenic tea plants that cover its hillsides.
See more photos and videos of these vibrant tea plants by visiting the Boseong Dawon Green Tea Field (대한다원 보성녹차밭) location page.
Exploring California’s Hearst Castle on Instagram
For more photos and videos from Hearst Castle, explore the Hearst Castle location page.
In 1919, media tycoon William Randolph Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan to design a home atop the 270,000 acres (1,093 square kilometers) of property he owned in the hills of San Simeon, California. Over the next 28 years, Morgan created one of the most ambitious architectural projects in American history: Hearst Castle.
The home, formally named La Cuesta Encantada (“The Enchanted Hill”), contains over 160 rooms and boasts tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield and 127 acres (.5 square kilometers) of gardens. Most iconic, however, are the property’s two ornate pools—one indoor and one outdoor—that Morgan designed with Hearst’s love of Roman antiquity in mind. The outdoor Neptune Pool (rebuilt three times until it was perfect) features the façade from an actual temple imported from Italy, while the expansive indoor Roman Pool is decorated with a floor-to-ceiling mosaic made of glass and fused-gold tiles.
During its prime, the Castle also held the world’s largest private zoo. Though the zoo was dismantled after Hearst’s death in 1951, a sparse population of zebras can be seen roaming the grounds to this day.
Hearst Castle is now a state historic park and welcomes nearly one million visitors each year.
Exploring the Abandoned Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital
For more photos and videos from Beelitz Heilstätten, explore the Beelitz Heilstätten location page.
Beelitz Heilstätten is an abandoned military hospital in Brandenburg, Germany. The hospital, a complex of about 60 buildings, opened in 1898 and served the Imperial German Army during World War I and Red Army forces during World War II. While some sections of the hospital are still operational, most of the complex has been abandoned, including a rifle range and the surgery and psychiatric wards. The hospital has also become a destination for Instagrammers in the area to photograph the large, empty spaces and the artwork found on its walls.
Storm Chasing on Instagram
Storm chasing is one of the most exhilarating and dangerous jobs in the world. Whether in pursuit of research data, better forecasting methods or heart-stopping footage, these thrill-seekers actively seek out deadly tornados, all the while putting themselves in contact with magnificent—and photogenic—scenery.
Fortunately for risk-averse extreme weather fans, many storm chasers document their experiences through Instagram. For a glimpse into the tornado-chasing life, follow these people on Instagram: