Seattle's brief bit of sun on Friday and--for a few hours, following a mostly wet afternoon--Saturday evening is long gone. Real #Seattle spring is back. Today marks either day 142 or 143 of precipitation since Oct 1. You know, in case anyone's counting.
Seattle has had 140 days of precipitation since Oct 1. Today was spectacular, so snuck in a quick hike this eve w/buddy @chrisasolomon near the #Cascade foothills. Because the forecast calls for more rain "for the foreseeable future." Gulp. Fun while it lasted.
Get signed prints from @natgeo photogs for $100 today. See link in @ladzinski profile. #Repost@ladzinski
Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images in honor of Earth Day. Sale ends on April 22nd.
Another stellar @jtkerby pic from our story about these incredible monkeys. It's in April issue of @natgeo. Still on news stands today!
Photo by @jtkerby | The gelada monkey herd walks back towards their sleeping cliffs on a foggy afternoon. They're agitated by the weather - it's hard to know if predators are lurking nearby in the fog - so they pack densely together. Moments after I took this photo, one monkey let out an alarm call and the herd began sprinting en masse back to the safety of the cliffs. Herds in this species of grass eating primates can reach over 1,000 individuals. Shot in the #Ethiopian Highlands alongside fellow photographer @tbfrost and writer @craigwelch for #NatGeo. #Guassa#Ethiopia#Guassa#Monkeys
Still life with egg (and daughter). Happy Easter, everyone.
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Our exit from Antarctica - another, wetter view. Five of the longest days of my life. But one of the many things upon which @paulnicklen and I agree: Misery makes great copy. We're thinking of lobbying to make it the official @natgeo creed. In the meantime: go see his new gallery opening in NYC. Plenty more amazing images there.
The joy of crossing the Drake Passage from Antarctica to the Falkland Islands. 700 nautical miles of 40 knot winds and some big seas equaled some churned up stomachs. But, rarely do perfectly calm conditions make for good stories and it is all about story-telling. Excited to share stories at the opening of my gallery in New York on April 22nd. 347 West Broadway. Hope to see you there!!! #fineart#naturephotography#hanshansson#thelittleshipthatcould
First glimpse of new/used toy. A buddy picked up this fantastic 12-year-old Scadden from a fellow fly fisherman. Asked why he was ditching such a beauty, the seller offered the only answer that made sense: "Why does any angler sell a boat? To make room for a bigger boat." Reminded me of an ad I ripped from a magazine some 15 years ago and still have floating around. It showed a solitary figure fishing on a snowy mountain stream. The caption: "There are 3,652,255 miles of river in the United States, which means eventually you will get fired."
W/ @a_nickelz@chrisasolomon #river#fishing#flyfishing#trout#cutthroat#stream#dryfly#Northcascades
Joshua Tree National Park. Wish we didn't have to disappear, but grateful we had a chance to get reacquainted. And very glad my child enjoyed it as much as I. We'll be back.
It's been way too long since I've played on these rocks. So good to see you again, Joshua Tree. And this time I got to watch my eight year old discover scrambling and bouldering, which, it turns out, she loves. May finally be time to pony up for that midget harness.
The dying of the #superbloom. On the edge of the Mohave in Joshua Tree National Park, California's crazy moist winter -- after half a decade of drought -- has produced stunning spring flowers. Caught the tail end of this amazing burst of desert colors today. Fantastic.
Photo by @jtkerby | Words by @craigwelch | Gelada monkeys scamper by a road worker napping in the shadow of his bulldozer in the central Ethiopian highlands. The population of these grass-eating primates in Guassa, a protected area, is relatively healthy. But the highlands are changing fast. Farms are spreading as climate change makes higher ground more suitable for agriculture, and the government is encouraging new development, such as road paving in rural areas. More farms and better roads might help villagers economically. But that also fragments and destroys native grasslands, which geladas rely on for food.
| Unpublished photo from April's article on gelada monkeys at Guassa. See the full story in the magazine and more shots from the field from assignment photographers @jtkerby and @tbfrost. #Ethiopia#NatGeo#ExpeditionsCouncil#gelada#wildlifephotography#wildlife#monkey#monkeys#africa#animals
Former soldier Admassu Getaneh, me (in red), a volunteer, and @jtkerby patrol for poachers at 12,000 feet in the Ethiopian highlands. Some Ethiopians compliment tough men by using the Amharic word "anbessa" - lion. But Admassu was so fast (and I looked so worked over trying to keep up) that he took to calling me "Lion With Broken Paw." More below from @jtkerby
We woke up before dawn this day to join Admassu as he walked the rim of the Great Rift Valley. He bounds up the kilometer long slopes to the plateau, higher than most peaks in the Rockies, without heaving a heavy breath. We struggle to match his pace as he trains his eyes through the fog for threats. After a full day of alpine patrols, we've traversed the length of the conservation area. Craig and I are spent, but Admassu is unfazed. This is his job, his landscape, his Guassa. The local sense of ownership has kept this region preserved for four centuries whilst so many others have become degraded pasturelands. | Behind the scenes photo from April issue article on gelada monkeys in @natgeo, photographed with @tbfrost. See the full story in the link in my bio. #Guassa#Ethiopia#Gelada#Africa#animals#Gelada#AfroAlpine#wildlifephotography#wildlifephotography#monkey
Another incredibly cool @jtkerby shot. Caption by me. Outtake from our story in April issue of National Geographic, on newsstands today.
Photo by @jtkerby | Words by @craigwelch | Geladas bare their massive canines not when they're eating, but when they are fighting or threatening one another, which happens often. Among males, it seems there's always something to quarrel about. These grass-eaters live in small reproductive groups of mostly females, with one leader male. Sometimes, a bachelor will challenge the leader and a vicious squabble ensues, with one or more #monkeys ripping after the leader. In my few weeks in Guassa, in the highlands of #Ethiopia, I witnessed several of these confrontations. These conflicts may start suddenly, or bubble beneath the surface over time and then abruptly break out into the open. But once the battle is on, nothing about it happens quietly. There are squawks and screeches, many with precise meanings. Sometimes the fight is over before any animal even touches another. But sometimes, these battles can last days and only end with one monkey severely wounded or dead. | Shot on assignment for #NatGeo along with fellow photographer @tbfrost. For more pics of gelada politics and Guassa, check out @jtkerby. #Guassa#ExpeditionsCouncil#Ethiopia#GGRP#Africa#wildlife#wildlifephotography#monkey
Everything in Antarctica is huge--the seas, icebergs, seals, whales. Everything, that is, except the 89-foot HansHansson, seen here at proper scale. Luckily for us, @paulnicklen is right: Captain Poncet is larger than life. His knowledge and experience kept us safe and on track during our expedition. Look forward to meeting the big man again soon. #Repost@natgeo
Photograph by @paulnicklen while on assignment in #antarctica for @natgeo // The little ship that could. The Hans Hansson is piloted masterfully around disintegrating icebergs and through a narrow passageway along the Antarctic peninsula. The 75 foot steel boat is designed for these waters and the captain, Dion Poncet was actually born in Antarctica and has been plying these challenging waters ever since. Many of our heroes come in the form of actors or athletes but for me, when I meet someone like Dion, I look no further for a true hero, adventurer and explorer. #followme on @paulnicklen to see life below this polar sea. With @pattersonimages, @andy_mann@cristinamittermeier@ianvaso@ladzinski and @sea_legacy // #gratitude, #antarctica#ice#iceberg@photooftheday@picoftheday
Check out @nytimes today online or follow link in @dionnesearcey bio for a harrowing acct of lives now spent entirely on a road in Niger after 130,000 fled Boko Haram. At least now, one squatter says, "no one is shooting." Incredible pics by @adamfergusonphoto
What are Wonder Woman and the Tin Man fleeing in Cinderella's chariot? GIANT MONSTER KEN DOLL IN A TUX. Thank heaven for the flying Knight of the Round Table. (Better with sound.) The 8-year-old's first film project.
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
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