It happened. Again. Earth, a giant 4.5 billion-year-old rock, made one more 584-million-mile trip around an even bigger, very hot rock at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour over 365.256 days.
And so we’re all celebrating. Maybe it’s because that’s just a tradition that’s been set for us all or maybe it’s because all these incredible things happened, big things moved really fast and traveled really far, the universe expanded and all that, and none of the 7.5 billion humans here were flung off the face of the Earth. Thanks, Gravity. We’re still here.
The planet we live on is, in fact, a really, really incredible, fascinating, and beautiful place. Scroll through these photos as proof…or just for a smile-inducing reminder.
These were shared with us by talented photographers from every corner of the globe this year. And they were taken in every corner of it too. We saw some amazing things in 2018 and this is simply a collection of some of our favorites. So cheers to everybody who took the time to share their work with us, to everybody who double tapped when they saw it pop into their feed, to all our new friends, to all our old ones, and most of all to everybody who looks at moments like these and gets even a little more excited about doing more of it in 2019; the first chilly duck dive on a cold dawn patrol morning, drinking coffee in the parking lot with friends while you wait for the tide to fill in, checking swell forecasts eight times a day, picking up a brand new board that’s never touched wax and mind surfing next to the guy who shaped it, waiting for the first snow of the season, drawing fresh lines in the morning ahead of a bluebird day.
We’ll be here for the next 584-million-mile trip enjoying it all with you.
Wishing you all a very happy new year. With love,
Your friends at The Inertia.
Note: If you’re a photographer who’d like to join our growing contributor base in 2019, send us a hello and some of your favorite work to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a brief introduction.