The painted skies in Antarctica can seem unbelievable, especially when the sun sets amid all that ice. On this evening in Lemaire Channel (which was accurately described to me as "500 Grand Tetons surrounded by icebergs"), the sun danced off the water behind a massive snoozing leopard seal as we tried to sneak by in our zodiac. Then the dying rays lit up the 87-foot Hans Hanson like something out of a Johnny Depp flick. A stunningly beautiful evening. #antarctica Shot #onassignment for @natgeo
Can selective breeding save coral reefs from #climatechange? The fates of hundreds of millions of people hang in the balance. See below for killer #multimedia investigation by scrappy journalists in Hawaii. Be sure to check out link in their bio for story, stills, video. Or cut and paste this: http://www.civilbeat.org/projects/saving-coral/
Super excited for my pal @jtkerby who just won the 2017 #Banff Mntn Photo Essay Competition for his gelada monkey pics for our April @natgeo story. See below for deets. Psyched for u, JTK! Well done! Just terrific.
I'm very excited to announce that my photo essay on gelada monkeys from the #Guassa Plateau in #Ethiopia has won the 2017 #Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition (@banffcentre)! When I was first introduced to the idea of going to Ethiopia as a researcher, mountains were far from my mind. Yet more so than any other country in Africa, Ethiopia is a land full of highlands and montane environments. This unique geography has given rise to species found nowhere else on the continent, including the fascinating gelada monkeys I documented for @natgeo. This alpine environment, reaching 11,000ft in elevation and beyond at #Guassa is as much a character in these photos as the monkeys. Cloud banks slam into the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley and settle with a gray chill over the landscape during the rainy and winter seasons. Many of the plants in these areas are specialists, able to cope with strange weather patterns that would kill less hardy species. All of this exists in a pocket of the central #Ethiopian#Highlands that has been protected for centuries by the local community. There is so much to learn about and from this place (well covered by @craigwelch with additional pics by @tbfrost in the @natgeo article I photographed last April - link in bio). A big thanks to the @banffcentre for selecting these photos (more to come!) and the story they tell as this year's winners! Also a big thanks to the #NationalGeographicSociety grants and support from researchers in the field that made this possible. #Monkeys#GuassaCommunityConservationArea#NatGeo#Banff#MountainFilm
A #tbt to this date last year, when @natgeo sent photographer @brianskerry and me to interview President Barack #Obama on Midway Atoll about his expansion of #Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. As a bulwark against overfishing and climate change, Obama increased a protected area first set aside by President George W. Bush. It's home to 7,000 species, including endangered #turtles, monk #seals, spinner dolphins, rare ducks and the world's largest albatross colony. Hawaii-born Obama loves the sea, and told me his calm demeanor came from "understanding what it means when you see a sea turtle in the face of a wave." It remains to be seen whether Pres. Trump scales back these protections. @natgeopristineseas
Coolest birthday present ever: map of Jackson Hole, one of my favorite places on earth, drawn to scale in the 1960s by Grant Hagen. Wow. So beautiful. Thanks, @jen.e.langston
High camp at ~ 7,000 feet below the Black Buttes on Mt. Baker. The stars at 2 am when we rose from here for our summit push were incredible. Posting now because nothing makes me daydream about #climbing or #wilderness more than sitting at my desk trying to write. W/ @oliver.staley@cornwallw
Me coming off the top of Mt. Baker, heading toward a rock band that marks the start of the Roman Wall. Climbing the 10,700-foot volcano in August was terrifically beautiful. But we zipped so quickly past hanging seracs like the monster I'm looking at in the distance that we didn't get many great pics. It was too frightening to linger. Thanks to @oliver.staley for this cool photo.
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Descending to our snow camp after summiting Mt. Baker. Learned a valuable lesson this wkd: Climbing the Northwest's second-most glaciated volcano in late August in one of the hottest summers in history is slow going. We added several miles to our 7,000-plus feet of climbing zigzagging around all the enormous, yawning crevasses. Then there were the spooky, dripping, hanging seracs and the dirty sand-and-scree start (really) to the ridge before the Roman Wall. Shiver. Great climb, but next time we'll definitely go in June. Photo by @oliver.staley#northcascades#getoutthere#mountainsforever
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"ALL I HAVE IS A PILE OF PAPER COVERED WITH WRONG WORDS."
Happy birthday, Dorothy Parker. Which is really just an excuse to re-post this incredible telegram to her editor. Because it is wonderful. And reassuring. And oh so bloody familiar. #writingishard
After a full day of tremendous photos, leave it to @ladzinski to completely surprise me. Wow. #eclipse2017 ... #Repost@ladzinski
It's been over 3 hours since the solar eclipse passed over #JacksonHole and I'm still beaming. That was truly like nothing I've ever seen before! I took a risk for this photo, the full #totality lasted about 100 seconds which wasn't much time. This photo here is an in-camera double exposure of the #solarEclipse, 2 pictures exposed onto one frame in camera, no photoshop, all taken on a single RAW file. I first shot the eclipse and then turned my camera to @alexmason#highlining. There was a lot to mess up on my side, 2 different exposures, eclipse placement, 4 ProFoto strobes, timing Alex and having very little time to pull it off! The margin for error was slim and I was for sure nervous, I shot as many as I could before the moment passed. I'm grateful that it all worked out! Huge thank you to @redbull for believing in me to get the shot, Alex for walking the line, @andylewisglobal for all the laughs/expertise/rigging, @andybardon for being all around rad, @skydick for producing such a creative shoot, @jacksonhole for making the locations reality, my lovely wife @danahrichardson and the entire film crew and team! 🏻
My photographer/scientist buddy @jtkerby and I had been trying for a reporting trip in the Arctic for September, after mosquitoes die down. Here, Jeff demonstrates why timing matters.
A beautiful morning shared with the 'Siberian Air Force'. Days like this are actually a good sign for getting drone mapping done. Low winds and a clearing sky provide ideal conditions for capturing the spectral reflectance patterns I was measuring across various tundra research sites this summer. That said, the mosquitoes were a bit worse in Russia than northwest Canada, though part of that may have been a function of when I was there. Scene from ecological fieldwork in the north supported by a grant from #NatGeo#Society. #Siberia#Russia#Mosquito#Arctic#Yamal#Dartmouth#DartArctic#HUMANOR
What journalist-climbers do on days off while tackling ridiculous first ascents in Greenland. For more adventures like these follow my crazy, brave @natgeo pals @ladzinski and @andy_mann
Video @ladzinski & @andy_mann / The hallmark of any grueling expedition is the ability to laugh along the way with your friends as much as possible. It makes the hard times tolerable and the good times even that much better. We just returned from a 6 week expedition to Southeast Greenland, a mission led by @mikelibecki, where @ethan_pringle and Mike climbed the hardest route in the country up an unnamed mountain. A burly first ascent on un-chartered terrain. On the long boat ride back to Tasiilaq, Ethan wasn't done with "firsts" and decided to ride an inflatable slice of pizza down a 300 foot iceberg, launching into the icy waters. This trip was peppered with moments like this, the ones that make you feel like a kid again and keep you and your friends laughing. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did in person @connor_seybert
Saying goodnight to GTNP as storm clouds roll in just after our long row on the upper Snake River. Lucky timing. #wyomingwater
Smoky sunset behind the Tetons, as viewed from deep in the National Elk Refuge outside Kelly, Wyoming. Tried a little time-lapse, too, but got impatient after about 20 minutes and went to stills. Just one of the hundreds of reasons I'm a word guy. #writernotaphotographer#wyomingsky@grandtetonnps#elkrefuge