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.
Something like a fairy tail here in Urbana Virginia. Happy holidays all!
Geladas huddle under a passing storm.
Guassa, Ethiopia 2015. (Video still)
Thinking of you today @tbfrost. So proud and excited for you! The time has come, he presents his first photo story to @natgeo magazine alongside @jtkerby on this fascinating creature, the gelada monkey and the age-old conservation story behind them. Sending so many good vibes!! I know you guys will blow them away.
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A place I will never forget. As I go back through old footage from Australia, finally logging and rewatching, I am flooded with memories. This image stands out. @tbfrost and I spent close to two and a half months here in an attempt to film and photograph a mother crocodile attending her nest. Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve, a hot, muggy, miserable, wonderful, beautiful, animal filled swamp. I especially like thinking about it now from the comfort of a mosquito-free home.
Tomorrow! So very excited to be apart of a great show. For those in the #Richmond area, check out @crossroadsrva this Saturday from 12-4pm for a James River Park fall photo show featuring work by @homeonthejames@tbfrost myself and many others. Photos will be sold with proceeds going directly to the park.
I took this picture six years ago in Mysore, India as I wandered the colorful winding gullies looking for anything and everything that caught my eye. This moment, a young girl standing on a piece of copper, stood out to me. It felt like an aerial view of the world, human feet on the planet, the weight of the human race. I've been thinking about this a lot recently, especially as tomorrow approaches. One of the most pivotal elections of our time. .
The stakes are too high, the climate, the economy, the culture of this country, our global relations, the future of our planet is on the line and I beg and plead that you vote not to make a point, not to escape a "lesser of two evils system" but with the future of our planet in mind. We can protest for a better system, a third party inclusion in debates, I'll happily join, but as of tomorrow we cannot throw away a vote. This is history, this is our planet, this is too important. #imwithher
Finding forest structures w/ @davidlesh and @kt_go in the evergreens of Colorado. A beautiful day of family adventuring.