((Sound on)) A saltwater crocodile slides off a muddy bank on the Adelaide River and into the salty waters below. Northern Territory, Australia. .
45 years ago saltwater crocodiles were nearly extinct in northern Australia. Today they have rebounded to what scientists believe are historic population numbers. How did efforts succeed? I am very excited to share a photographic story @tbfrost has been working on for several years now published on @natgeo digital. Head over to his page for the link. .
The six months that I filmed on the project, over two years, was a tough and testing time; three wrecked landcruisers, one terrible car accident, several smashed cameras, one tropical disease, many mosquito filled nights and a lot of wonderful memories. I still think back on that time fondly and know we need to go back. Maybe one day it will feel complete. This is a critical time for wildlife and conservation and solutions come in many forms. Check out one part of the story at @natgeo digital - "Inside the Rugged Lives of Crocodile Hunters"
Meet Leo. He is a young leopard frog who enjoys early morning hops along our backyard pond. His favorite pastime is relaxing on a somewhat moist bed of creeping thyme that hangs over the water. Currently he is solo and has not been with a lady in a very long time, possibly ever. I have no doubts he would be an agreeable mate and now that he has found the perfect home, my hopes are high that he finds a dependable partner next spring. #tolovealeopardfrog#ridingsolo#myheartmelts#lawnintolife
Found this beauty on the trail in #Nantahala National Forest while hiking down after the eclipse. A Timber rattlesnake, one of North America's most dangerous, head gently resting on a stick. They are known to use fallen logs as a waiting site for prey to pass by, giving them an elevated perch from which to strike. No hikers or snakes were harmed in the making of this photograph! #cheoahbaldeclipse#timberrattler#snakesarefriends#eclipse2017
1:38pm, August 21, 2017.
The storm before the calm.
That moment you are reminded we are all sitting on a perfectly situated rock whirling around on a predictable path within a massive galaxy surrounded by a hundred billion other galaxies, each with countless solar systems, suns and moons of their own, and that it all is much larger and more complex than we could ever know and is expanding faster and faster and maybe, just maybe there's not just one universe, but multiple, or infinite multiverses and, uh yeah... thank you eclipse. And thank you clouds for clearing just in time.
30 million years ago three volcanos erupted in central Anatolia. The entire region was covered in a thick blanket of ash and began to solidify into soft rock. Over the next few million years wind and rain worked on it, chiseling parts away until only the hardest pillars remained standing. These "fairy chimneys" stand here as geologic proof. The best way to see them? Hot air ! #Cappadocia#turkey@natgeocreative
It is hard to truly understand a conflict until you see it right before your eyes. The last ten days here in Israel have been nothing short of eye opening. Traveling to the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, the West Bank, it is clear just how complex the situation here is. A couple days ago I stood overlooking the Syrian boarder as explosions hit the air. I could feel them on the ground and up into my entire body. Dozens of rebel groups fight just beyond the Israeli boarder as a UN peace keeper watches from the sidelines. In Jerusalem the history and culture are so thick you can slice the air. Locals voice their prayers and opinions about the situation and I can feel the tension. My hope is for peace and resolution, as bleak as that reality seems. My heart goes out to all of the citizens of the world. Love and peace be with you.
Finding new art in old places.
This ancient water reservoir provides some
much needed reprieve from the 110 degree Israeli heat.
A pretty spectacular sendoff
Fireflies fill the night sky here in Richmond, VA.
Using pheromones and light, love and a lot of luck they rush to reproduce for only a few weeks out of every year. #wetlands#jamesriverpark@natgeocreative
When I was a kid I loved to paint, anything wildlife and mostly from photographs. It made me feel like I could go inside the life of that animal, study the hairs, the eyes, all the elements that made that creature alive. I guess deep down I thought it would help me connect with it, learn about its life and maybe even let me inside its mind. This gorilla was one of my first gouache paintings back in 2002, I was 11 years old. Today, 15 years later I am still thinking about the internal minds of animals and how much we have yet to learn. Science is only now finding what my child brain always thought, or wanted to think, that they are smarter than we could have ever imagined. What animals do you think about and wish we could understand more? What questions would you want answered?
In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Photographer @timlaman, researcher Cheryl Knott, and young explorer @rrsuro shed new light on the similarities between ourselves and our ancient ancestors, before it's too late. @mountainfilm here we come! #PersonoftheForest will be premiering later this week. Thanks to daredevil co-producer @tbfrost for believing in me/making it possible and @timlaman for having this brainchild, dedicating a lifetime to it and letting me run with it. Here's to an exciting week ahead! #thebestfestivalever#mfilm17@natgeo
The spawn is here!! Blueback herring make their way up the rapids of the James River to reproduce before returning to their ocean life.
Anyone in the Richmond area head down to pineline, near third and fourth drop rapids. There might only be a couple days left. The strongest surge I've ever seen
Native to northeast india, Bhutan, Nepal and throughout Southeast Asia, the tokay gecko is highly prized for its alleged medicinal properties. One can fetch thousands of dollars for a large specimen. Today they face indiscriminate hunting in some parts of the world. A happy gecko is one climbing around, defending its territory, calling for a mate and living out its perfect gecko life. This little guy is doing exactly that. We were lucky to spot him as they are nocturnal and usually very hard to find in the trees. #nameri#assam#india#geckolife 🦎
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants
Last month National Geographic Magazine published a story on the gelada monkey, "The Grass Eating Monkeys of Ethiopia" photographed by @tbfrost and @jtkerby and words by @craigwelch. I had the pleasure of joining the team to the highlands of Ethiopia, spending every waking and hiking hour with the geladas and in the process getting some pretty cool behaviors. Here a large male gelada chomps on a fistful of freshly picked grass. His teeth might look like the canines of a carnivore but in fact geladas are the only grass-eating monkeys in the world. #outtakes#gelada#guassa#ethiopia@natgeo
A Malayan giant squirrel pauses from its scurrying and jumping life in the trees. Walking through these forests, eyes up, neck back, undoubtedly makes you feel the terrestrial-ness of being human. #Nameri National Park, Assam
The back leg of a creature that was at first so mysterious and strange it was originally thought to be a real living unicorn. I felt similarly mystified seeing it for the very first time. Guess who?! #assam#india
The stage is set. A heavy calm hangs in the morning air, leaves rest unafraid on an open path, and silent anticipation sets in. Now will the main character present itself? #Kaziranga holds the highest density of tigers in the world, yet still seeing one is a lucky gift and very often they remain concealed.
A magical morning here in Kaziranga. Outside our hotel at 4:45am. And we're off.
An armed guard patrols by elephant back on the banks of the Jia Bharali River in Nameri National Park. #Assam
The first snow of the year! When clouds turn to ice and adults become kids again. ( Currently in recovery mode from a full day of sled riding, jump making and hard landings yesterday) #fultonhill
Happy young, beautiful, bright new year all!
May the days ahead be full of adventure and discovery. And most of all the protection of our wild backyard places. .
Check out the link in my profile for a short film about the place I call home, Richmond, Virginia and the community of people that made this river city what it is today. I feel lucky to call it come. #WeAreRichmond#jamesriverpark
Making colorful friends on the still waters of the #Rappahannock. I wouldn't get in, but I do love to look. #neverstoplooking#jellyfishmoment
Lion’s mane, the largest know jellyfish species in the world, prefer to hang out in the northern latitudes, and travel to the Bay in the winter because the water is cold. The further north you travel, the larger the lion’s mane jellyfish becomes! The largest recorded specimen washed up along a beach in Massachusetts in 1870, had a bell (body) with a diameter of 7.5 feet and tentacles 120 feet long.