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.
A proboscis monkey, known for its long nose (which you can see here), looks out over the forest around the Kinabatangan river in Sabah, Malaysia, island of Borneo. #liveyouradventure
One of the great privileges of being a photographer is the chance to take to the skies in small planes and helicopters in search of photographs that explain something that can't be explained on the ground. Drones are great for sure but they won't ever replace that feeling you get when you're cruising just over summits of mountains , like a bird riding thermals. This was taken during a flight in British Columbia with legendary explorer and conservationist Mike Fay, who I lived with for a year in south east Alaska while we worked on a project together. He was one of the best pilots I've flown with and without a doubt the most committed conservationist I've ever met. #liveyouradventure@eddiebauer
Damn, I love snow. Spent the whole day sledding, now time to rest the bones before a late night or early morning session. Feel like a kid again!
Spider monkey eating a banana. Unfortunately, many tourism operators feed wild animals, including monkeys. It is bad practice for many reasons , including disease transmission. Best way to see a monkey is at a distance swinging through the trees, it is quite impressive!
A little frog photographed in Ecuador eons ago (I was 20!) and a tip of the hat to my friend @robindmoore, who is certainly one of the preeminent amphibian photographers in the world. Coincidentally, @robindmoore is also - for better or worse! - the one who helped me break into this whole wildlife photography shindig. A good reminder success , no matter how you define it, isn't just the result of the talent or dedication of an individual , but rather the result of a tapestry of people all pouring themselves into a final product/ work of art.
The question I'm asked most is where I'd like to go next. The answer is always back to Africa. I love the continent more than any other. Can't say - exactly - what draws me back; I find that I can't usually explain the things that make me happiest. Photo is of a young male mountain gorilla in Rwanda. This was taken on my second trip to see the gorillas, the first being in 2006, when I was backpacking across Africa. @eddiebauer#liveyouradventure
There might not be a better view in all the world than watching distant sheets of rain move across the land or sea. This isn't my view at the moment (it is cold and rainy here in Virginia) but one of the great joys of photography is going through the archives and finding pictures like this. Reminds how lucky I am ! Photo is from a trip to Tasmania with my father @iangfrost@eddiebauer#liveyouradventure
The best part about living in Richmond, VA is the james river park system. A 5 minute walk from my house, it is a small wilderness nestled amongst sky scrapers. As of a few years ago we were the only city in the lower 48 with nesting bald eagles and we've got otters, sturgeon, herring, and all matter of smaller creatures. The occasional black bear too! Went for a walk a couple weeks back to take photos for a @homeonthejames fundraiser and found this simple scene: tree roots and a railroad tie.
Foggy morning here in Urbanna, Virginia. Happy holidays to everyone.
Flew to Boston Thursday evening for 4 days of interviews with @timlaman for an orangutan film I'm making with @melissalesh . Even though I prefer wild areas, I'm always struck by how beautiful and hypnotic cities are from the air at night.
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