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7 Day-To-Night Photographs That Perfectly Capture Wanderlust

What a wonderful world. 🌎

All too often, travelers jam-pack their schedules to squish as many places as possible into as little time as they can. But as many of us know, this is NOT the best way to truly experience the world we live in.

Stephen Wilkes knows this well. As a day-to-night photographer, he hangs out in a given spot -- Paris, Jerusalem or maybe the African savannah -- for up to 30 hours at a time, capturing the same place on camera at all hours of the clock.

Crafting images of America's national parks for the January issue of National Geographic magazine, for example, involved 26 hours tethered to the edge of a rock, snapping photos throughout.

But the result is yet another set of striking panoramas that capture locations as time moves from day to night. The images remind even the most selfie-obsessed travelers to stop, breathe and savor the moment.

"People overbook themselves when they travel sometimes," Wilkes told HuffPost. "Instead of seeing eight places, take two or three and really experience them."

After seeing these photos, we're inclined to agree.

Sacre Coeur, France
Day to Night 2014 © Stephen Wilkes
Regata Historica, Venice, Italy
Day to Night 2015 © Stephen Wilkes
Serengeti, Tanzania
Day to Night 2015 © Stephen Wilkes
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
© Stephen Wilkes/National Geographic
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
Day to Night 2011 © Stephen Wilkes
Western Wall, Jerusalem
Day to Night 2012 © Stephen Wilkes
Central Park Snow, New York City
Day to Night 2010 © Stephen Wilkes

You can see more of Stephen's work on his Instagram, in a current exhibition at NYC's Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery or in the January 2016 issue of National Geographic.

Happy travels!

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