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These 18 stunning photos prove natural light is the best thing on Earth.

Take a trip to the foggy Netherlands with these incredible Instagrams.

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We don't think about it very often, but natural sunlight is all kinds of awesome.

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.


Famous Dutch nature Instagrammer Vincent Croce knows a thing or two about the amazing benefits of natural light.

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

The dad of two spends a lot of time in the great outdoors with his camera, but he says his best photography tool isn't hardware; it's the natural light that shines almost constantly in the Netherlands. In fact, he prefers to photograph landscapes when most people are still sleeping.

"I love the quietness and peace the forest brings to me," Croce says. "In my opinion, photos are like souvenirs representing precious moments."

Croce's stunning photos remind us of just how lucky we are to live on such a beautiful planet.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. A web so beautiful, even Charlotte would be proud

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

This is what the September sun looks like in the Netherlands, according to Croce.

"I'm always looking for an interesting foreground when taking shots with my wide-angle lens," he says. "These spiderwebs in the middle of the meadow were just about perfect."

2. This complacently mysterious cow

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"I was at the right place, at the right time," he says. "Foggy weather has the ability to make even a random cow look interesting."

3. An alluring forest scene

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

Croce took this shot of the Haagse Bos Forest during what he calls "the magic hour."

"I love the morning glow that sometimes occurs the morning after rainy weather," he says. "It really adds mood to the forest."

4. A glowing pathway

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"This is a road that is perfectly aligned for potential sun beams," Croce says. "I occasionally check it out on my commute to my work."

5. This sprawling and frozen ocean scene

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

Utakleiv Beach has been called the most romantic beach in Europe. In the bottom lefthand corner of this photo, Croce says to look for the famous "eye of Utakleiv."

6. A gorgeous fall foliage shot

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"This is Twickel canal in all its autumn glory," Croce says. "Twickel estate is full of woodland, heather, swamps, and gardens in the eastern part of the Netherlands."

7. An incredible, foggy sun

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

8. This cottage in the woods

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

Croce shot this picture of a historical farm in the Twente, an area located in the eastern part of The Netherlands.

9. An endless mist

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"This is a typical Dutch scene," Croce says. "You can find lots of perfectly symmetric tree alleys spread across the rural areas of The Netherlands. In my opinion, the bicycle finished it off."

10. This photo is just pure magic

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

This old watermill, in Twickel, looks even more beautiful with fog obscuring the natural light.

11. Again with the incredible foliage

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"Always consider the leading lines when doing landscape photography," Croce recommends.

This is a classic scene for him: the disappearing road. Again, Croce says the fog is "adding the juice" to the photo.

12. A stunning sunset

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission, taken near the German border.

13. A make-you-wanna-hike moment, captured

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

"Like many landscape photographers, I consider autumn to be my favorite season," Croce says. "This was shot in Lochem, hometown of one of my favorite photographers, Lars van de Goor."

14. Long, muddy, misty paths

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

15. Frozen landscapes

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

These are traditional red cabins, seen in the fishing village of Hamnøy and captured during Croce's recent trip to Lofoten, Norway.

16. A moment without light

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

Croce says this moment, on a glow-y forest road, was inspired by horror movies such as "The Ring."

17. A moment of loneliness

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

Croce captures a Scottish Highland cattle in this photo. These cattle are semi-wild, released to graze the nature reservations in the Netherlands.

18. And finally, a moment of epic sunlight

Image by Vincent Croce, used with permission.

This Earth of ours is pretty awesome. So what are you waiting for?

The best part of Croce's Instagrams is that they're mostly about taking advantage of the tools that are already available right outside your door: natural light and crazy cool landscapes — no special photography equipment required.

Get out there and enjoy the nature around you!

All images provided by Bombas

We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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14 things that will remain fun no matter how old you get

Your inner child will thank you for doing at least one of these.

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Many of us want to have more fun, but making time for it still doesn’t come as easily as it did when we were kids—whether that’s because of guilt, a long list of other priorities or because we don’t feel it’s an age-appropriate thing to long for.

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