A new documentary short on orangutan cultures, Person of the Forest, is having its global premiere this weekend at @mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. The film follows photographer @timlaman and others as they work to document the complex lives of orangutans. Check out the full length trailer at the link in my bio @tbfrost .
This film was born out of 7 months of fieldwork over 3 years across two islands and 7 orangutan research sites. Too many people to thank for making it possible, though @eddiebauer kept me clothed and didn't blink when I said I'd be months without internet and unable to do anything. It is truly impossible to do this kind of work without businesses, organizations, and people that know it is critical to our future.
Directed by @timlaman and @melissalesh. | Produced by @melissalesh@tbfrost@timlaman | Principal cinematography by @timlaman@tbfrost and @rrsuro | Special thanks to @natgeo@rebeccaexplore
Quite possibly one of the best days in nature I've had in many months. And I learned something new : floating chunks of ice are not called icebergs unless of a certain size. The ice in this photo is a bergy bit. Smaller chunks are called growlers. Shot on assignment for @natgeoexpeditions and @eddiebauer . Dawes Glacier, Fords Terror wilderness. Southeast Alaska. #liveyouradventure#ice#glacier#scenic#alaska
This isn't a unique photo . It has been done a thousand to the power 1000. Or more! But doesn't make it any less fun to take. I am endlessly captivated by patterns in nature. What an awesome place earth is. @eddiebauer#liveyouradventure
In Alaska at last. Haven't been here in almost 5 years. Have to say: really nice to be back. What a beautiful, strange place. Photo shot from the M/V Sea Lion on assignment for @natgeoexpeditions while en route to Petersburg, Alaska. @eddiebauer#liveyouradventure
Crazy proud of @melissalesh for wrangling and taming 8 TB of footage shot over 4 years into a beautiful story / documentary. The film , Person of the Forest, was co directed by the wonderful @timlaman , who made all this possible, and is to premiere at the prestigious @mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado end of May. Hearty congratulations also to @rrsuro . Also pleased to say I was lucky enough to contribute video to the film and to serve as a producer. Trailer coming soon! @eddiebauer
Early morning fog hovers over the coastal hills of British Columbia'a Great Bear Rainforest. Shot on assignment with @natgeoexpeditions@eddiebauer
Finally found internet service while on assignment for @natgeoexpeditions cruising the coast of British Columbia. When we were In Nanaimo on Vancouver Island waiting for customs to process our papers we spotted this large ship loading timber for transport to Hong Kong. Was pretty cool to watch the intricate process of loading the large trees from the ocean surface to the deck of the ship.
Been home 4 days and already missing the ocean. For years I wondered what place on earth was my place. What I mean is a place where, with little effort, I feel happy and healthy. I don't mean little effort as in I'll sit on butt and do nothing with this crazy life we are gifted. Hard for me to explain, I guess. But I know now that being next to the ocean invigorates me , makes me come alive. And I remember that quote that goes something like : don't ask what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive because what the world needs is people are alive, fully awake. Here's to the ocean and to all of us doing more to protect it.
As promised, video of a oceanic white tip shark swimming right by me while on expedition with @fonassociation . The reason I want to post this is that is shows the sharks are curious but quite obviously not interested in eating me. Sharks, like crocodiles, are misunderstood. It's worth repeating more people die from cows and coconuts each year than sharks! @eddiebauer thanks for giving me the freedom to explore our world and tell important stories about wildlife and wild places.
A building storm in the Exumas, Bahamas. At the moment I can't think of anything more mesmerizing than a storm in the distance moving across the sea. @eddiebauer#liveyouradventure
Farmers Cay post office, Exumas, Bahamas. Technology is helpful but sometimes I wish we could go back to slow communication, letter writing and all that. The whole fast paced life of the western world isn't really my thing. Ironic , I know, to be saying this on instagram of all places. But that is the nature of things. Still, I try my best to keep my phone put away , it remains one of my most important objectives each day: to be present with those around me. Another giant shout out to @eddiebauer whose support has allowed me to let loose and explore. Can't wait for the years ahead! @bahamas#bahamas#Caribbean
One of the great stories of the Bahamas is the fact that they have one of the healthiest shark populations in the world. Yesterday I went to Tiger beach, a dive site off Grand Bahama , and was lucky enough to see first hand a great number of sharks , maybe 40 or 50. The highlight was seeing Emma, a 14 foot tiger shark. What an impressive animal and what was even more special was diving with her and seeing that it is true sharks aren't the mindless killing machines many media outlets portray them as. The shark in this picture is not Emma , FYI, it is a unnamed lemon shark, probably 6 feet long. @bahamas#liveyouradventure@eddiebauer#bahamas#sharks#shark#diving
On the island of Dominica for 12 days filming sperm whales with @brianskerry and @fonassociation . Took a walk yesterday through the town of Roseau , beautiful place , old French buildings and cobble stone streets. Tropical flowers and plants everywhere. Trying to figure out how I can live here! Thanks to @eddiebauer for keeping protected from the sun here in the tropics .
Photographer and scientist @jtkerby doing a little dance in the early morning sun because the weather is looking great for photography. Outtake from our assignment for @natgeo. With @melissalesh and @eddiebauer
Gelada monkeys are incredible jumpers! While on assignment in the Ethiopian highlands for @natgeo I always loved when it rained because small creeks would flood and the Gelada monkeys would have to leap across. They kind of remind me of superheroes flying through the air with their front legs stretched out. @eddiebauer
Scientist and Photographer @jtkerby navigating a field of giant lobelia trees at dusk in the Ethiopian highlands while working on our project for National Geographic. #liveyouradventure@eddiebauer
It should come as no surprise to most of you that I did not vote for Donald Trump.
Having had the privilege to travel around the world and meet wonderful people from dozens of cultures, like this bedouin man in Syria, and having witnessed environmental destruction firsthand I could not support someone who showed such disdain for “others” and who cared
So little for a healthy environment, the bedrock of a healthy society with happy people. That said, I will say that I do not wish him ill or bad luck in the years ahead, because Doing so is counter productive. I will however stand with friends and colleagues and fight Against actions he takes that are unfair , un-American, and bad for wildlife and wild places. I think Obama said it best, elections have consequences and now we must live them. Today we must remember that it is not the end Of the world that Trump is President and we must remember that the sun will shine again - the president doesn't control the weather! Even though I am a saddened by Trump’s rhetoric (And that he is our President), I Am uplifted by the fact I’m so damn lucky to live in America, the grand experiment it is. I thought a lot today about This Bedouin man from Syria and how much he would probably love to live in a country where there is a peaceful
Transfer of a power and not a dictator that won’t relinquish control after a 6 year civil war. Perspective is a potent thing, and that is why I travel.
We used to think all animals were stupid, especially crocodiles with their walnut size brains. While they certainly aren't as smart as dolphins or elephants, crocodiles aren't just mindless killing machines. Hopefully recent discoveries that highlight this help us protect them.
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