My kiddo at work, helping out a friend with his home business. I mean hobby. I mean business. #Repost@clumsycrowbaking
A pro here is helping reconceptualize the logo. That pro is the 8-year-old daughter of my pal @craigwelch.
An extremely rare and wonderful sight. Nothing to add other than: read the caption and follow my friend @jtkerby. He's a scientist and an extraordinary photojournalist. This is terrific. Oh, and read our story - link in my bio and his or found in April issue of @natgeo #Repost@natgeo
Video by @jtkerby | This gelada monkey mother is holding an infant that is only minutes old. Full photo sequence of its birth on my profile @jtkerby | Prior to photographing this story, I worked as a biologist in the Ethiopian Highlands. On this day, that training paid off when I noticed a female monkey acting oddly - she walked away from the herd on her own, not something adult females will often do. I had been following an Ethiopian wolf with fellow photographer @tbfrost, but quickly decided to figure out what this monkey was up to instead. It soon became apparent that she wasn't sick or hurt as I initially feared, but was about to give birth. I put on my telephoto lens, gave her some space, and watched her silently bring a new infant into the chilly alpine air. This video captures her moments after giving birth, just before a cool rain began to fall as she rejoined the herd. For more on geladas and the Guassa Community Conservation Area, check out @jtkerby and the full story in the April issue of #NatGeo with additional photos by @tbfrost and text by @craigwelch. #Ethiopia#ExpeditionsCouncil#Gelada#Guassa#GGRP
Watching these penguins (like watching the amazing @ladzinski work) was endlessly fascinating. They are so tentative (the birds, not Keith), like fawns taking their first steps. The birds huddle close, almost touching. A few at the front will push toward the water, then stop. Some in back will flap their wings and inch forward. Those at the waters edge will move, ever so slightly, a little more toward the sea. Some may even lean in and crane their necks, teetering as if about to fall. Then they'll pull back at the last second. Suddenly, eventually, one leader will just go. #Repost@natgeo
Photo @ladzinski / words by @craigwelch - Watching Adelie penguins lining up to enter the sea along the Antarctic Peninsula is like witnessing a group exercise in indecision. They line up at the waters edge hesitantly, staring into the icy water seemingly as if they don't want to go in. The first in is either bold enough to jump in on their on accord, or simply pushed in from the bustling flock stacking up behind them. Some of the penguins pictured here are fledglings, about to venture into the sea for the first time in search of their primary food source, krill. The water is a dangerous place, with leopard seals on the prowl. Heading out in a flock for your first adventure at sea is critical for survival and the best way to learn how to make it in the wild. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy@paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso@shanemoorefilms@pattersonimages
Will never forget this day. Rain. Rock. Steep, steep slopes. And Taso, moving like a cat on treacherous terrain while I worried every step about falling hundreds of feet. I did it to see how Taso lives. He did it to go home and to church. Easily. Without breaking a sweat. And with a smile. #Repost@jtkerby
The foggy slopes of the Great Rift Valley in the central Ethiopian highlands are heavily terraced with small farms. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church plays an important role in the highlands, and has strong ties to the rhythms and traditions of local life - even elements tied to local conservation. This small church, partially obscured by an ancient tree, draws worshipers from hamlets on the eastern edge of the #Guassa, even during poor weather. The gelada monkeys will sometimes descend these slopes to raid crops. Here, a Guassa guard and gelada research scout, Taso W. begins the trek back uphill towards his farm. | Unpublished photo from #NatGeo April article on the grass eating monkeys, Geladas, that live on the nearby Guassa Plateau. More photos from myself and @tbfrost tied together by excellent reporting by @craigwelch in the link in bio above. #Ethiopia#Fog
Was beside @cristinamittermeier for this stunning moment. We arrived 114 years to the day after the Antarctic, a Swedish expedition ship, sank and forced 20 men to spend a dark, bitter winter on this island. They eventually left behind a cabin and food that Ernest #Shackleton initially (and desperately) set out to find after the #Endurance sank a dozen years later. #Repost@natgeo
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. In the dying light of evening, Adelie penguins cluster on ice floating just offshore of tiny Paulet Island. By morning, all these penguins would be gone - out fishing for krill or huddled back on Paulet, home to a colony of more than 100,000 penguins. On the northwestern side of the peninsula, Adelie and chinstrap penguin populations have dropped by half over the past 30 years, but on another island near here, on the northeastern side, scientists recently discovered a surprisingly healthy colony of nearly 1 million Adelies. One factor: ice. Sea ice, which helps feed the krill upon which penguins rely, is much more extensive on the peninsula's northeast side. On the west side sea ice is declining much more rapidly. In fact. the week this image was taken, in mid-February, sea ice around all of Antarctica hit its lowest extent in recorded history.
With @PaulNicklen for a @NatGeo assignment, has been one of the highlights of my photographic career. To see images from this assignment, please #followme at @cristinamittermeier. With @natgeopristineseas@natgeocreative@andy_mann@ianvaso and @craigwelch *
To see more images from this assignment #followme at @cristinamittermeier#MPA#StopClimateChange#naturelover#nature#beauty#love#wild#photographersforantarctica
The wicked colors of an Antarctic sunset. It was approaching 9 pm after a long work day and we all thought the sunset was over. But then the clouds shifted in the Lemaire Channel and suddenly a cry went out aboard the Hans Hansson: "Everybody, you've got to get out here!" Apologies for the shaky footage, but try holding an iPhone steady outside at night on a boat in Antarctica for 20 minutes and you end up with a few wobbles. But you get some amazing transitions, too. A very special evening.
Seeing this creature while snorkeling in the Southern Ocean was one of the top moments in my journalism career. Thanks, @paulnicklen. I'm forever grateful. #Repost@natgeo
Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo // Antarctica feeds my soul, senses and camera more than any other place on Earth. It is all about the wildlife, the encounters and the experiences. In 2006, I had my first encounter with the supposedly fearsome leopard seal. On that expedition, a huge leopard seal took me under her care for four days and constantly tried to feed me penguins. I have been in the water with hundreds of leopard seals since and I have never known the leopard seal to be anything other than inquisitive, intelligent, playful, curious, gentle and an incredibly cool top predator of icy seas. They always make me laugh and smile just as this one did when it struck this pose. When you look at elephant seals, fur seals and crab-eater seals, they are covered in scars and bite marks from their constant squabbles. When you look at leopard seals, it is rare to find a bite mark or scar on their bodies. They mostly communicate through gesture and display. They don’t want to bite and they don’t want to be bitten. Just as @goranehlme showed me the way of the leopard seal in 2006, I felt honored to be able to show the leopard seal to @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann, @craigwelch and @ladzinski. To learn more of my encounters with this beautiful animal #followme on @paulnicklen // #nature#naturelovers#antarctica#gratitude#photooftheday#picoftheday@natgeo
Our little friend (see previous post) ditches the spin move for a run-and-jump-and-slap thing. Love how the adults barely notice. You can imagine them sighing to themselves and shaking their heads. "That kid's got wayyy too much energy for this time of day." One of the funniest half hours of my life. #wildlife#gelada#Guassa#Africa#highlands#monkeys#natgeo#wildlife#nature See link in my bio to my new @natgeo story about these amazing animals (w/astonishingly great photos by @tbfrost and @jtkerby and cool video work by @melissalesh)
While in Antarctica last month, I got to swim with @paulnicklen (Ok, I'll be honest - I mostly hovered behind him) and see a moment just like this. I will never forget it. #Repost@natgeo
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier ~ Iconic @NatGeo stories, like the fabled friendship that photographer @PaulNicklen struck with a female leopard seal that insisted on feeding him penguins while he was trying to photograph it in 2006, are the kind of storytelling that makes this magazine so special. When Paul was asked to return to Antarctica to see if that behavior was still there, I was privileged to have a chance to document it. When we first arrived to the spot where he had photographed leopard seals so many years ago, there were no seals to be seen. As soon as we got in the water, however, this large female immediately swam over to Paul. Thankfully, Paul had told me that this big “show of teeth" is more of a greeting than a threat display. Once her initial “hellos” were said, she went back to hunting for penguins and all we could do was smile and try and capture her grace, beauty and power in these icy seas. Moments like this, are impossible to forget.
My @natgeo colleague @cristinamittermeier working underwater, per usual. Here's to more opportunities for women in journalism! Photo by @paulnicklen#Repost@natgeo • • • Photographer and marine biologist @CristinaMittermeier explores the clear waters of a “cenote” in the Yucatan Peninsula. Being a photographer on assignment @natgeo is exciting but it requires tremendous sacrifice. It demands boundless energy, unflagging enthusiasm, a spirit of adventure, the ability to survive under difficult circumstances, and the courage to confront danger. For me, this all-consuming career is fueled by a passion to make a difference to the conservation to our beautiful planet. The life that we have chosen is frenetic, exciting and sometimes dangerous but, for the chance of making a difference, every minute of it is worth it. Photo by @PaulNicklen#InternationalWomensDay
- @Microsoft - Empowering girls to change the world, stay in STEM, and be the ones to #MakeWhatsNext. Microsoft welcomes girls for a free workshop with @natgeo personalities at select Microsoft stores on 3/18. Visit makewhatsnext.com for details. #IWD2017#sponsored
Go see these guys. They know their stuff and the photos will be absolutely amazing. (Trust me; i've seen 'em.) #Repost@vivekvasivvv
If you're in Washington DC this Tuesday night, please join @jtkerby and me for our @natgeolive talk about ten years of research on gelada monkeys living in Ethiopia. You'll hear about geography and climate, Ethiopian wolves, gelada births, and a conservation success story, among other things. 730pm at @natgeo headquarters. #natgeolive#natgeo