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It’s only been a few months since American football quarterback Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson4) graduated from Clemson University, but he’s already got his eyes on the next prize: his first season in the National Football League. “Everyone wants to win Super Bowls, but in my rookie season, I would love to earn a starting position that can give me the opportunity to be Rookie of the Year,” says Deshaun. And he’s no stranger to achieving high goals; in just three years at Clemson, Deshaun led his team to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship — only the second in the school’s history — and was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist for outstanding player in college football. After declaring for the NFL draft earlier this year, the day has arrived for Deshaun to find out where he’s heading next. “You can’t control what’s going to happen, so I am trying to enjoy the moment,” he says. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the routine and playing the game I love. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a locker room with a team — I definitely miss it.” Head to @deshaunwatson4 to follow him along on Draft Day. Photo by @deshaunwatson4
Sweden’s dreamy forests lay the backdrop for sisters Elin, Lovisa and Therese’s (@sagosystrar) adventures. “We’re driven by our love for fantasy and the dream of feeling like we’re in a fairy tale,” explains Elin. “We do this because of the strong feeling we get when dressing up like this and being in nature. It’s almost like meditation and therapy.” Inspired by medieval times and fantasy movies, the sisters point out that what they do is not LARP (live action role-playing) or cosplay, it’s their own unique variety of self-expression and play. Learn more about the sisters’ fantastical scenes on our Instagram story right now. 🦄✨ Photo of @sagosystrar by Henrik Jensen
“I’m drawn to fantastical and natural elements and dark edgy humor in my characters and storylines,” says comic book maker Kaveri Gopalakrishnan (@kaverigeewhiz), who loves drawing the magical stuff in ordinary life, things that come up when she can’t sleep at 4 a.m., and her “gharelu” (plain, introverted) witch girls. Bangalore, India-based Kaveri thinks of herself, and other freelancer friends, as part of this band of imagined female subjects, describing them as “imperfect, maybe cursing a fair amount, handling mood swings and a full-time career, secret ideas and potions that you develop when most of your day is spent with, well, yourself.” Her illustrations span topics like growing up secrets, body positivity, safe urban spaces for women and questions of privacy. Kaveri examines these themes in her own work and with Kadak Collective, a community of South Asian women who collaborate to self-publish their graphic stories and art. Photo by @kaverigeewhiz
Here are Spanish chef David Montero Miguel’s (@ricepaella) tricks for the perfect paella: use fresh ingredients, take your time, give it a lot of love and triple sauté the tomatoes. “When I’m cooking, I feel as if my body were just another ingredient in the recipe,” says the former waiter-turned-professional chef, who is based in Valencia. “I let go and improvise with different ingredients and steps. In general, I just feel happy.” Today, David leads cooking workshops where foodies can learn new recipes and disconnect from their daily routine in the kitchen. Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Photo by @ricepaella
"Women have always been a part of punk and hardcore, but we've always had to fight for space and recognition. And while that hasn't completely changed, I think in the past few years, more women are getting the recognition they deserve, and then inspiring other women. There's still a long way to go before it's even remotely equal, but I've definitely felt a change. It's very important to me to document people involved in punk and hardcore who have been underrepresented in the past. I can think of so many women who have been forgotten by history — it's heartbreaking. In twenty years, if someone wants to know what hardcore was like in the US in 2017, they're going to see a room full of women participating and supporting each other. That's what I want to preserve." —photojournalist Angela Owens (@angelaowens) Check out our Instagram story to see more of Angela’s work.  Photo by @angelaowens
We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever. We’ve made it even easier for people across the globe to join the Instagram community, share their experiences and strengthen connections to their friends and passions. With new features like stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, people now have more ways than ever to express themselves and feel closer to what matters to them. From all of us at Instagram, thank you! Photo by @heysp
Flowers are an endless source of inspiration for Kateryna Dekhtiarenko (@katska_ya), who took this photo on a sunny day at home in Düsseldorf, Germany. “I like the light and the mystery of objects in shadow,” she says. #whpnaturalbeauty Photo by @katska_ya
For as long as he can remember, Rubén García Ramos (@rubnru) has visited the natural pools near his grandmother’s beachside home. “I love how peaceful he looks in the water,” says Rubén, of his floating cousin. #whpnaturalbeauty Photo by @rubnru
In the rolling mountains of the Eastern US, geotechnical engineer Brad Smith (@disasterfilm) took his day off during a work trip to see the woods at sunrise. “One morning of nature was exactly what I needed,” he says. Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #whpnaturalbeauty. Photo by @disasterfilm
Hello, world! It’s time for today’s #weeklyfluff. BB (@birdbee0705) is a Japanese white-eye bird who was rescued off the streets of Taipei, Taiwan, when she was just a baby. True to her nickname “Princess,” BB loves getting pampered — especially when she’s massaged or brushed. “We don’t cage her, so she can fly around in our house all day,” explains BB’s human. “No matter which room we go to in our house, she always follows us like a tiny flying puppy.” Video by @birdbee0705
When Elisa Detrez, one-half of @bestjobers, says hers is the best job in the world, she means it literally. Description? Stargazing in Jordan, swinging in hammocks over sugar-white sand in the Bahamas, exploring the Technicolor markets of India, heli-skiing in a Swiss snow globe. Requirements? “Being curious, open-minded and adaptable,” says Elisa, a 32-year-old former web marketer from France, who snagged the job of her dreams in a 2013 contest. Out of the thousands of applicants competing for one of seven “Best Jobs in the World” with Tourism Australia, Elisa won — she and her partner Max Coquard were assigned to live and travel around Queensland and write a blog for six months. When the adventure ended, neither wanted to go home. “Everyone kept asking us how we could possibly return to a ‘normal life,’” says Elisa, who today with Max, shares tips and details from travels around the globe. “We realized this could be our new life.” 🌏 Photo by @bestjobers
In Victoria, Australia, Sunny (@s.wei_) ventures out to explore the mysterious, foggy forest. 💨 #whpnaturalbeauty Photo by @s.wei_
Slowly but surely, greenery takes back control in Artem Rozhnov’s (@artemi) #whpnaturalbeauty submission. 🌿 Photo by @artemi
Mother Nature dazzles as the northern lights dance across the sky, illuminating the jagged peaks of Norway’s second-largest island. #whpnaturalbeauty Follow along to see more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project. Photo by @eventyr
The highly anticipated matchups between soccer clubs Real Madrid (@realmadrid) and FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) are so hotly contested, they are given their own name: El Clásico. Watch our Instagram story now to see how the Real Madrid players get ready for the big game. ⚽️
A herd of goats race the setting sun in Madurai, India. #theweekoninstagram Photo by @sreevathsav
Golden braids match golden cornfields in Veracruz, Mexico 🌽 #theweekoninstagram Photo by @luzzy_luu
After 25 years of work, one of the greatest wilderness conservation success stories in history came to fruition — and photographer Jimmy Chin (@jimmy_chin) was there to document it. Tompkins Conservation, a wilderness protection organization founded by Kris Tompkins and the late Doug Tompkins, made the largest private-to-public land donation in history. The one million acres (405,000 hectares) of land donated by the Tompkins, along with the 10 million (4,050,00 hectares) pledged by the Chilean government, will create five new national parks and expand three others in Chile. “It’s incredibly beautiful terrain and landscapes — coastline, rainforest, glaciated mountains,” says Jimmy, who spent time exploring the vast, now-protected land during the official signing of the agreement between Kris and Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in March. “Kris and Doug were so passionate about this land and understood its value — not for utilitarian, human needs, but its inherent value to exist on this planet,” says Jimmy. “Humans are so anthropocentric; we think about how things fulfill our needs. But wilderness is above that. It’s beyond us.” #earthday 🌎 Photo by @jimmy_chin
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #theweekoninstagram Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
Passersby stop to watch a dramatic storm roll in off the coast of Itamaracá Island in Brazil. #theweekoninstagram Photo by @ytallobarreto
A good splash in the suburbs stars in our #boomerangoftheweek. On a rainy day in New York City, photo editor Kruti Kothari (@o_bani_thani) ventured to New Jersey to visit with a friend over a cup of coffee. “The sun came out just before sunset and gave everything new life. All the kids were running out of their houses with a sense of freedom after a long day at home,” says Kruti. “Adulthood is so much about issues that we forget to lose ourselves in simple joy.” Add #boomerangoftheweek to your next Boomerang’s caption — yours might show up here on @instagram. #boomerang by @o_bani_thani