Reflective Silence: During our 700-mile, 71 day walk through the length of the Grand Canyon, we often depended on shallow puddles of rain water to survive. Not only do they provide life, but they reflect the stillness, silence and river of stars that for me, define this wild realm more than its rich geology and humbling landscape. #chasingrivers#grandcanyon#nature#reflection#sonyalpha
The plug: Glen Canyon Dam creates Lake Powell on the Colorado River which has more shoreline than the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Today Lake Powell is, on average, less than 50% full leaving a white "bathtub ring" due to a changing climate, over allocation and a growing, thirstier West. As water levels drop, many question the future of this concrete machine. #aerial from my book on the Colorado River. #chasingrivers#colorado#dam
A Father that Flies: My father has flown a single engine plane, low and slow, over 60 years around the Rocky Mountains. I’ve been lucky to fly with him for many of those years in the back seat of his 1973 Piper Cub, much of it on grass and dirt runways. We've seen and photographed a lot from the air — some stunning, some shocking. We’ve also soared on glassy air, bounced on bad turbulence and been jolted by wind sheer (once I got sick). Throughout it all we’ve become great friends. I feel lucky to have such a great wingman who has taught me perspective - especially the aerial one. To my dad and all the fathers out there, fly high… and low and slow too. #HappyFathersDay#chasingrivers#aerial#supercub video by @pedromcbride with #sonyalpha#sonyactioncam
Thin Air Water Dance: Three of the world's five pink flamingo species, reside in the Andes mountains in some of the highest salt lakes on the planet. Laguna Colorada - the Bolivian shallow red lake known for its vibrant reds due to algae is perched at 14,035 feet. I once kayaked across this magnificent flamingo sanctuary - with special government permission -- for a story for @natgeo about these high mountain lakes. #chasingrivers#bolivia#nature#wildlife#flamingos#andes#gratitude#archive@pedromcbride
A world once proposed to be drowned: This ancient landscape where two rivers join — one wild, the Yampa (foreground), meets the Green which is dammed up stream. But thanks to the hard work of a few, the Echo Park dam which was proposed in the 1950s (location top of photo), would have flooded this national monument in water but was not built. Amazingly. the final congressional vote was decided by one vote. Today, the Yampa is the only wild river left on the Colorado River Basin. Thanks to @americanrivers and @oars_rafting and #friendsofyampa for showing me this world again last week. #chasingrivers#aerial#yampa#dinosaur#greenriver@pedromcbride
Patterns of shrinkage: The Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska attracts tourists each year, some by foot, some by dogsled, some by mechanical bird (helicopter). Last summer I visited this blue world and was amazed at the rate at which this icy realm is shrinking. #aerial#chasingrivers#abstract#climatechange@pedromcbride
Land of the Dinosaurs - honored to float through this world of ancient time with @americanrivers and a host of river and water rats this week. The Yampa River is the last free flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. #aerial view of the Green and Yampa River confluence at Echo Park and Steamboat Rock. #yampa#chasingrivers#friendsofyampa@oars_rafting
Collapse: Through my work, I’ve been lucky to spend many a night outside in remote wild lands that sit on the front edge of climate change. I've witnessed its many faces — drying rivers, angry drought, vanishing glaciers, bleaching seas and even rain in Antarctica. The visual evidence surrounds us and so does the science. So frustration over the U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris Climate accord is high. Our future needs leadership, not partisan politics, to find solutions to this shared problem. For now, continuing to shrink my own carbon footprint is a start. It is something I can control. #stewardship#climatechange#parisagreement#archive@pedromcbride
Keyhole to public land -- Your voice. If this is how you feel about shared public lands, then let the Secretary of Interior office know. The Department is reviewing previous national monument designations with an eye to shrinking up to 26 monuments and Bears Ears in Utah is the first on the list. Bears Ears is a sacred landscape with more than 100,000 Native American cultural sites and the monument was developed by a coalition of five sovereign Tribal Governments (Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute, and Zuni). It also boasts irreplaceable wildlife and biodiversity, and recreational fun that drive local economies. Lend your voice to the land with a letter to the Interior or call 202-208-7351 --The review ends tmrw May 26th. #bearsears#monumentsforall#conservation
Himalayan Transport Train: A yak team heads to basecamp on Everest's south side (upper left corner) in Nepal. As many prepare for their summit attempts this spring climbing season — safe passage to the climbers like @coryrichards, the unsung Sherpa guides and route buildings, the porters and of course the yaks too. On my journey, a stray dog made my tent at 18,000 feet her temporary home for a week and then vanished one morning. Wishing her godspeed as well. #nepal#himalaya#lohtse#nature#humility#archive@pedromcbride
Corridor of transport: Glenwood Canyon near my home is a maze of train tracks, an interstate, a hydro-electric dam and the lifeline of the American West — The Colorado River which quietly provides water to 40 million folks. Amazing it all fits in this narrow rock alley, and equally amazing it was under snow last week due to a cold may shower. #chasingrivers#coloradoriver#colorado#shishone#i70
Rising tide blues: I once marveled at the enormity of icebergs in Antarctica. Now scientists are marveling at the rate at which they are shrinking - with a new satellite study showing they are shrinking faster than they are getting replenished and huge fractures in the Wilkens ice shelf, which stretches 160 square miles, are signaling immense change. #Antarctica#climatechange#nature#archive@pedromcbride
"Where the weather gods live" -- The Water Tower: This 17,000 ft peak is the highest in Kenya and it supplies the country with 70% of its fresh water. It used to have 16 glaciers. Today it has less than one.
The results are a changing watershed defined by increased flood and drought. This footage is from a short film I did with @mountainworld@kimhavell@francothepapa looking at this remarkable peak, Mt. Kenya, and the world below that depends on its changing water supply. #climatechange#chasingrivers#kenya#mountkenya#africa Video by @pedromcbride.
Calling all River Divas: I’ve been lucky to float many a river and as a result, experience how these watery lifelines can change perspective and one's life.
My friends at @downriverdivastribe believe the same and are now offering retreats to do just that — but for women or 'river divas' only (sorry lads). Check them out at the link in my bio. Next launch fall 2017 - Rogue River. #chasingrivers#riverdivas#rafting#nature
"Truth and Beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth." -- David Brower. He could have said it yesrerday - as it resonates even truer today. #bearsears#monumentsforall#istandwithbearsears
Nothing like the friends you meet when you are young. Big love for some bright lights that gathered in Texas. Thanks @matthewmbell for the big Texas hospitality.
A tribute to the mountains and the gods that live among them - mortal and immortal. Wishing all on Everest, from the Sherpa ice doctors to climbers -- safe passage. Saddened by yesterday's news about the legendary Swiss Climber #UeliSteck -- RIP . You inspired a generation. #Everest#Lhoste#nepal#archive by pedromcbride
The edge of shrinking, frozen world: Today many of my friends and colleagues are marching for science. I’ve spent years working on the front lines of climate change seeing rivers dry, glaciers dwindle and our frozen realms shrink. The science explaining this rapid rate of change is agreed upon by 97% of planets scientific leaders and yes, we are playing a hand in it, all of us, myself included. It shouldn’t be political though. It should simply be a call to change, to find solutions and innovations together to protect this beautiful blue sphere we all share. Thanks for the leadership @jeremyjones@protectourwinters#climatechange#climatemarch#antarctica#scienceisreal#keepparis#noplanetb@pedromcbride
Hi Mom and Dad - the nice folks in Ohio @vtadayton say hi. I just finished a whirl of talks in Omaha, Stanford and ended my 35th #chasingrivers talk for @natgeo live last night in Dayton to a warm crowd of over 1000. It has been an honor to be a visual voice for rivers, fresh water and wild landscapes - all of which are huge economic engines - but are sadly often neglected or even pitted at war with our economy.
Earth Day was yesterday -- It seems to me, with only one home, we should celebrate it more than once a year. #noplanetb