Photographer for National Geographic Magazine.
Passion for images and exploring the world
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The ancient artwork in Chauvet cave is beyond compare. It is 36,000 years old yet seems so fresh. Standing in front of this artwork is a moving experience. It is as if the artist is talking straight to you across an unimaginable gulf of time. We don't have to wonder what paleolithic people thought, they tell their stories on the cave wall.
I founded the Ancient Art Archive to help preserve and explore humanity's first stories (there is a link at @ancientartarchive that tells you more).
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I see the strangest things on the forest floor sometimes! A florescent green caterpillar using a red eft as a bridge. The funny part to me was watching the eft wait patiently for the caterpillar to cross the length of its body before moving on. #redeft#home#forestunseen
My contribution to #worldpenguinday
A King Penguin in front of an abandoned whaling ship at Grytviken, South Georgia
Happy Earth Day! The world is such a beautiful place. But I am old enough to remeber the 70s. I remember when the air in our cities was not safe to breath. I remember lead paint and leaded gasoline. I remember persistent hacking coughs from smog. I remember an auto industry that claimed catalitic converters would bankrupt them. I remember when a new agency, the EPA, began to change all that.
Safe Water, Safe Air, Safe Climate- these are things we need to keep!
We need a strong EPA! Call your representatives and vote the environment! #TND4#HappyEarthDay
Red Eft, Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
It looks like a little dragon doesn't it? Red efts are the juvenile form of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescen). At some point they migrate to streams and ponds to take on their aquatic form an look more like conventional salamanders.
One of my weekly "rituals" at home is a morning hike down the mountainside. The appearance of red efts on the trails is one of the ways that I mark the true beginning of spring. How do you all mark the change of seasons? Are there daily, weekly, or monthly things you do that help you see them?
Beautiful light on the lake this morning. The fresh green of spring trees always shocks me and makes me hopeful for the coming season! #spring#home
I've always enjoyed traveling by motorcycle. It gives you a whole different perspective on the landscape. Not just the sights but the smells, the air temperature, the feeling of the road. It is all so much more immediate. #spring#slowmotion#heroblack#alpinestars#motorcycle
Confluence, Canyonlands Utah.
I've photographed the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park a lot in my career. Funny thing is that the best image I've ever made of it was with a smartphone. When I made this smartphone picture I realized that much in photography had changed. Good pictures were no longer going to be the exclusive domain of high-end cameras and professional photographers. Smartphones had come of age. They democratized photography! A photographer still has to know where and when to point the camera but the camera itself was no longer a huge factor. In the intervening years telephone cameras have only gotten better.
Another big storm passing across the Atlanta airport tarmac last night. After almost an hour of waiting for this one to pass we were finally called back to the gate and I ended up sharing a 2 hour Uber ride to my destination. It's humbling to have your travel plans derailed by the weather. Always good to be reminded that there are bigger forces at work in the world. And as I always tell my kids "the key to being a good traveler is flexibility." #weather#travel#atlanta
Cleared to land in Atlanta this morning just in front of a major storm the brought tornado warnings and sever weather to the South. In fact on taking off this morning our flight was struck by lightning. That's a fairly common occurrence but frightening none the less! #clouds#flight
Waterfall and spring wildflowers in Sewanee.
The storm that dumped a foot of snow on my friends in the Northeast only brought rain here. Streams are still running high and spring is in full force. #home#sewanee
A throwback to last week's road trip across the American West with @thatssorach
The Tetons have to be the most dramatic mountains in the lower 48. #latergram#tetons
One of thousands of sandstone shelters that dot Southern Utah. I don’t know the percentage but many of these show signs of human occupation dating from the first arrival of people to the South West.
@thatssorach takes in the view from an enormous cave in Comb Ridge. Shelters like this provided shelter for the first inhabitants of the South West. This cave is still littered with obvious evidence of human habitation hundreds of years after people have moved on to other abode. #utah#bearsears
Another day, another group of ancient handprints. These are from a site in San Juan County, Utah. An interesting thing is that there are both left and right hands recorded. These were not necessarily easy to make. Blowing aersolized paint across an outstretched hand takes some technological sophistication. More than any other forms of Rock Art, negative hand prints remind me of a form of spray paint graffiti. I guess it is because the method is the same. #bearsears#utah
Dawn at the summit of Comb Ridge. This is part of the new 1.3 million acre Bears Ears National Monument. Besides the spectacular scenery the monument also holds over 100,000 archeological sites. It is the homeland of the Dine, Hopi, Ute, and Mountain Ute people. #bearsears#utah
Stars wheel above engraved boulders in Comb Wash, San Juan County Utah.
Comb Wash and Comb Ridge cut into the heart of the new Bears Ears National Monument. #night#utah#bearsears
4 negative and one positive handprint in a cave in San Juan County Utah. Handprints have to be the most ubiquitous form of rock art. I've seen them the world over. They are the original signature. The first sign that "I was here." #rockart#Utah
Comb Ridge, Utah
Rock art fascinates me. The images last thousands, sometimes tens of thousand of years. And even though we don't share the culture or even the language of the artist, the images still have power.
This panel is carved into the sandstone of Comb Ridge in Southern Utah. It's part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. The Bears Ears contain over 100,000 archaeological sites. Th e landscape is central to the Dine, Hopi, Ute and Mountain Ute tribes. Check out the support link in my profile to help as I work on a massive project documentation the deep history of art. #BearsEars#Utah
Petroglyphs in Comb Wash, Utah
Comb Wash runs through the heart of the Bears Ears National Monument. The floor of the wash is sprinkled with boulders that have fallen from the heights of Comb Ridge. Certain boulders seem to stand out within the landscape. Inevitably those rocks are carved with petroglyphs. Its a basic human instinct to mark our passage. I have an archaeologist friend who says that what people are doing with those carvings is making the landscape sacred. The landscape of the Bears Ears has thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs, it certainly feels sacred. The landscape is beautiful and open and empty. It also belongs to all Americans. Lets work to keep it that way. #standwithbearsears#bearsears#utah#ancientartarchive
Evening petroglyph shoot in Comb Wash.
The new Bears Ears National Monument is a cultural treasure. The land in the monument is central to the histories of the native people of the Southwest. Signs of their time here is everywhere. #ancientartarchive#keepitpublic#bearsears#utah
The top of Comb Ridge in the new Bears Ears National Monument.
The quiet here is so profound. Except for the occasional buzz of a fly or the trill of a canyon wren it's as if there is an absence of sound. The only other place I've experienced that is northern Namibia. The Bears Ears is stunning and belongs to us all. #keepitpublic#bearsears#utah
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The first time I saw Barrier Canyon Style rock art was in Sego Canyon. The figures intimidated me so much at the time! I still find them spooky but more enigmatic that frightening. Rock art is a window into the world view of its creator. The subject still fascinates me! #utah
Never waste a sunrise. Road trip continues. #wyoming
Entering Idaho with the best traveling companion. I do love a road trip! #roadtrip#idaho
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Dr. Marcos García Diez squeezes through a tight cave passage in Northern Spain while looking for the world's oldest art. Marcos is one of the world's leading experts on the paleolithic art of Spain. He was leading me deep into this cave to show me the different kinds of cave art. There are huge, sites like the famous Altamira and El Castillo caves. Those artworks seem to have been made for public consumption. Then there are small intimate sites. He was leading me to one of those on this trip. We climbed, crawled and squeezed our way into the back of this cave. Finally after what felt like hours we came to a tiny passage that contained an exquisitely carved goat. It is among the most incredible things I have seen in my long career photographing for @natgeo. The passage was so narrow that only one of us could be in it at a time. 20,000 years ago one of my ancestors (I am Spanish after all) carved an animal into this the cave wall in a place that no one would likely see it. Why did they do it? We will never know, but tracking down those questions still fascinates me.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo in #Spain