Mike Theiss@extremenature

National Geographic photographer and founder of Extreme Nature Photography & Travel. All Photos and Video in this feed copyrighted by Mike Theiss.


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(Slideshow) Will you be in Miami for #ArtBasel this weekend ? (Dec. 7-10th) If so, make sure you stop by the @NatGeoFineArt pop-up gallery located at 1 Hotel South Beach (2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach). Check out a wide assortment of art pieces available from top National Geographic photographers specializing in turning nature into beautiful fine art prints. My volcano photo, “A Giant Awakens”, will also be on display and available for purchase, limited edition to 200 prints. Hopefully we will see you there !!

1 Hotel South Beach

(Video) The catastrophic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially come to an end !! This was a tough season to document with many emotional and scary moments. I’m honored to have worked with the @WeatherChannel on their latest TV project titled: Hurricanes 2017 “Cruel and Unusual”. The show premieres on the @WeatherChannel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET). It was a pleasure working with @JimCantore and the rest of the Weather Channel production crew on this historic show highlighting the recored breaking hurricane season. There is an assortment of my video coverage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Nate in Biloxi mixed in throughout the show as well as an on camera interview discussing my chasing experiences. Please tune in to the Weather Channel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET) to watch the show !!

The Weather Channel

Intense supercell thunderstorm with multiple lightning bolts striking the ground at the same time in Kansas after a long day of storm chasing. The sound was so loud it left my ears ringing for over an hour. Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the surface of the planet. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, referred to as a "strike" if it hits an object on the ground. TAG someone you want to go storm chasing with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature


Best assignment ever !! A few years ago I was camping alone on top of the Kilauea volcano with a sky full of stars. I have never felt more connected to mother earth in my life. The glowing red in the cracks is a river of scorching hot molten lava flowing underneath my campsite and the red glow on the horizon is where the lava is dripping and oozing into the Pacific Ocean. Kilauea is an active shield volcano located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island in the Hawaiian Islands, the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the islands of Hawaii. TAG a friend you want to camp on this volcano with!! Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature


Check out this incredible underwater video of king penguins swimming offshore of Salisbury Plain in the South Georgia islands courtesy of Paul North, director of @MeetTheOcean. Meet the Ocean is a 501c3 multimedia nonprofit organization created to prioritize a healthy ocean via education. To learn more about this organization tune in and watch a series of podcast available on iTunes. Please visit MeetTheOcean.org to access the podcasts.

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Large male elephant seals (bulls) warning other males to stay away by making a deep bleating noise. We documented many males fighting it out over territory on this cold morning at Gold Harbour in the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(Extreme Video Slideshow) While on assignment with @lindbladexp we experienced an intense snowstorm with sub-zero temperatures and blizzard-like bone chilling winds while documenting the worlds second largest king penguin colony at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia Island. Video by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Adult king penguin feeding its baby chick mouth to mouth at Golden Harbor in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands aboard the #NationalGeographicExplorer. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Slideshow of thousands of king penguins at one of the largest penguin colonies in the world at Salisbury Plain in the South Georgia Islands. It was a memorizing experience to see the combination of baby “chick” penguins and adult penguins. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Multiple rows of king penguins lined up along the river at St. Andrews bay in the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) On our last day of the expedition we visited Salisbury Plain on the South Georgia islands and within minutes of arriving a crippling snow storm unleashed blinding snow with harsh sub-zero temperatures. We were able to get a rare view at how these penguins survive in such extreme blizzard-like conditions. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

(On assignment with @LindbladExp) We encountered many types of penguins on this expedition to the South Georgia islands and one of my favorites and most photogenic is the macaroni penguin. We hiked up a steep hill through thick tussock grass at Cooper Bay to reach a large macaroni penguin colony to capture this shot. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands