National Geographic Photographer / Director @3stringsproductions / 7 Continents Explorer / @sea_legacy / @alpinestartfoods / Thankful
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Horses on the move, being herded by ranchers from winter pasture to the Chef Family summer ranch near Nine Pipes Montana. I took this back in the spring of 2015 while #onassignment for @natgeotravel, a fun shoot road tripping from North West Montana to the South East.
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Earlier in the week I was searching through some archive drives and came across this photo: While driving through a grove of #acaciaTrees on a foggy sunrise in #Zimbabwe@danahrichardson and I were gratefully surprised to see this #WhiteRhino come walking into the misty scene. He was a lone bull, pretty disinterested in us and didn't stick around long before disappearing into the thick #savannah. Fun while it lasted
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It's impossible to fly into #laguardia airport and not be moved, the sprawl of the boroughs into #newyorkcity is impressively beautiful. I was born in Staten Island New York but raised in Colorado, the mountains will always be my home but the city will always have a place in my heart
The early signs of an #algalbloom, tendrils seen here sticking to submerged foliage in North Carolina's #OBX. Blooms are the bi-product of excess nutrients in fresh water, exasperated by phosphates introduced generally through run-off or toxic dumps. Algae grows rapidly in areas were these excess nutrients exist and flourish in the heat. If you're glazing over by now just know that it's a problem world wide, affecting drinking water globally and the longer this problem goes on the worse we will be for it since fresh water is finite! The #barleyprize is offering $10 million dollars to ANYONE that can solve this global issue. I'm heading to Long Island this week with my good friend and project director @andy_mann to continue documenting this crisis, stay tuned for more! @3stringsproductions@sea_legacy
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Staring at a wild dog eye to eye from ground level is an experience I won't soon forget. As soon as the pack picked up my scent it was a whole lot of growling and raised ears. This dog here was one of the 2 alphas in the pack and approached me closer than the others, let's just say I was hyper-aware of my situation. After some prolonged direct eye contact and sniffing in the air the pack relaxed and semi-ignored me. The alpha here started chewing on dead tree branches and the facial expression here is nothing more than an awkward moment of mid-chew. Swipe right to see an even funnier moment. @danahrichardson@jacadatravel@alpinestartfoods
What I love about working as a professional photographer is the inspiration I draw from the work others are doing. I think it's incredibly important to be a fan, to cheer your peers on and to appreciate the effort and vision that goes into the photos others are shooting. I'm excited to once again be a part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale, a collection of prints from some of my favorite National Geographic photographers. I bought 1 of each during the last sale, not even kidding! The sale is from Sept 9th - Sept. 16th. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints from myself and other National Geographic photographers on sale for $100 per print, I'm definitely buying a few more! 🏻Photos here by the legendary @daviddoubilet@amytoensing@ngmjohns@brianskerry@jodicobbphoto@thomaspeschak
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Epic belated birthday gift to see @U2 this evening with my lovely wife @danahrichardson Music is a huge part of my life, my day to day, creative inspiration and hideaway. I couldn't help but be deeply moved this evening as I watched a stadium filled with 10's of thousands of people, myself included, get wrapped up in nostalgic sound. Anytime I am in crowds this big I can't help but stare out into the faces and think of how each person here is living their own complex life, unique to them, navigated by their surrounding and relationships. It's something special to behold. These are wonderful moments in life and I find a lot of clarity in them. We're all collectively one big unit and our individuality plays a huge role in the decisions we make as a species. I left inspired tonight and can't wait to pour that inspiration into my photography. 🏻
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Thoughts and prayers to the people in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean after being ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes 🏻
Live today! I’m pleased to announce that my photo of @mikelibecki stand-up paddle boarding in the fiords of southeast Greenland is a part of the @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible prints that capture unique travel locations from Sept. 9th - Sept. 16th. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints from myself and other National Geographic photographers on sale for only $100 per print 🏻
After a week of filming Algae blooms I really just wanted to post something colorful. Keep our beautiful places beautiful 🏻 @sea_legacy
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Summer in the northern hemisphere is slowly coming to a close, I can already feel the cool welcome of fall setting in. This year feels like it's blowing by quicker than any I can remember. It won't be long until moments like this are gone.
A #WhiteBackedVulture patiently perched on a cold and rainy day in #GonarezhouNationalPark#Zimbabwe - These birds heavily rely on their sense of smell to find carrion and can smell food from miles away. They are currently listed as critically endangered, primarily due to loss of habitat and in many cases unintentional poison from pesticides and poisons in livestock. These poisons are added to livestock, safe to them, but deadly to hyenas and lions that hunt them. These incidental killings to the vultures is taking its toll, their roll is necessary to a thriving ecosystem.
One of the true joys of my job is the people I meet along the journey. This is Hans, an #inuit born and raised in Tasiilaq Greenland. I was lucky enough to spend 11 days on a boat with Hans, where he was first mate to the captain. He had a sharp eye, a strong work ethic, silent humility and a heart of gold. A man full of life and stories. He's seen here, in this small carousel of images, just after shooting and cleaning a seal for meat he would be bringing back to his family. He was generous enough to cook us all dinner this night, preparing it the same way he grew up eating it. Understandably there may be people that see a couple of these photos as a little shocking, but for Hans this is just a way of life. Hunting seal for the Inuit is a completely sustainable way of life and one they've been practicing for thousands of years. I'm grateful to walk away from every trip I take with a new perspective of what life is like around the world, in the vast cultures that inhabit it.
A lightning fast #BarnSwallow, flying low on the surface of a pond catching insects effortlessly. (Swipe through the carrousel to see more #cliffswallows and #barnswallowsfarm ) These colorful birds are extremely efficient hunters, feeding primarily on flying insects and small bugs, even in water. They thrive in human populated areas, hunting and nesting affectively on man made structures like bridges, barns, houses and buildings. Barn Swallows are wide spread, found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas and are quite commonly seen. I shot these photos a few months ago, crouched in an icy pond for the better part of 2 hours, soaking wet and holding position! My feeble attempts to stay warm and dry we're quickly overshadowed through the sheer entertainment of impossibly trying to keep these birds in focus through a 600mm f/4 lens while they hunted! #BoulderSafari
Really psyched to see the new film the all ladies crew at @nevernotcollective are working on! Never Not Collective started almost a year ago when 4 bad ass creative minds @etteloc@shelmatic@joolyhart & @lesliehittmeier got together with the shared dream to create a production company. As young female climbers, they were always seeking out stories about rad women climbing hard, but found they were few and far between. They're trying to change that with their new film project, #PrettyStrong. The feature-length film will follow 5 female climbers around the world as they explore new climbing areas, find projects, and push the boundaries of the sport. If you want to see this film made, check out the Kickstarter link in the @nevernotcollective bio 🏻
Rain in the mountains is a recipe for rock fall and increased #avalanche conditions, like the one seen in the last clip of this short video. We watched this ice and rock avey from a few hundred meters away as we were bringing gear to camp 2, it heightens your awareness of your surroundings to say the least. Many of the mountains in the valley we were camped at in #greenland had large hanging seracs and cornices. It doesn't take much for them to blow and anytime we experienced heavy rained you would hear and often see them crashing down throughout the valley, beautifully terrifying to witness. @dell@mikelibecki@andy_mann@ethan_pringle@connor_seybert@mountainhardwear@alpinestartfoods
Everybody loves a good sunset, especially #polarBears. Next May I'll be heading to #Svalbard with my good friend @andy_mann where we will be leading a trip with Natural World Safaris tracking and photographing polar bears in Svalbard. If you're interested in coming visit @naturalworldsafaris for details!
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Happy birthday to @jonathansiegrist - you're one of the coolest dudes I know and gnarliest rock climbers out there! Have the best day bro, let's hang soon! 🍾