What does depression look like? What does PTSD look like? I can’t tell you because they are faceless ailments. Unless someone is self harming , it is close to impossible to tell whether they are struggling from their appearance. In this photograph , @harry__turner doesn’t look depressed or anxious. The truth is he isn’t, not here, and that’s because of the small bunny you see. And, yes, the bunny has wheels. His name is Sylvester. Sadly, Sylvester passed away from parasites that caused him to lose control of his legs and bowels. The wild is a beautiful but very unforgiving place. I remember when I was there that @harry__turner would wipe Sylvester’s bum almost every hour. And then almost as often Harry would hand feed Sylvester his favorite food: broccoli, which you see here. I also remember it made Harry happy. It was, For a moment, as if all Harry’s struggles with mental health were gone. Most of us have felt this with our pets. It isn’t hippy shit. Science has shown us animals can help us. I don’t want to give away too much , but with this film , which is as of yet untitled, @melissalesh and I will be highlighting the lives of @harry__turner and @sjzwicker in the Amazon in an attempt to do what science can’t: make people care about the facts. @hojanueva has raised a little more than half of their $10,000 goal. If you can, please donate via link in my bio. If you can’t, I still love you, just keep following along and doing your best to be your best. Love me
For most of my adult life I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety. I find it almost impossible to describe to others, but there are a few things I “think” I’ve figured out. Depression (for me) isn’t sadness as some think, it it as William Styron said in Darkness Visible a world without color. It is also - for me - an overwhelming feeling of worthlessness, a feeling that can’t be scared away simply because friends and family point out I’m not a sack of shit. This toxic combination above is what can keep me locked away in my house for weeks watching movies and doing nothing else; and that’s ironic because it is this behavior which reinforces the feelings that caused me to watch movies all day. I take medicine , every single day, morning and evening, to help keep me from sinking. The truth is the medicine does help, but it’s not a cure. Far from it. But this brings me to a topic I’ve always been fascinated by: the power of nature on the human mind. Science is proving what many of us who are addicted to nature already know: our brains can change on a chemical level when we are in the wild , away from all the bullshit of the modern world. I know for a fact I am happiest out there in the company of wild animals. All of this above is not me seeking your sympathy , rather it is how I thought it best to introduce to you the most important story I’ve been trusted to tell in my life. @sjzwicker and @harry__turner are currently attempting to re wild / re introduce an ocelot named Keanu , who is pictured here. And while he is cute and perfect and that story is important on its own, the real story here is how Sam and Harry found each other in the Amazon and why they were both drawn there, Sam from Seattle and Harry from England. It would be bad taste to go in detail now but as I’m sure you’ve put together they, like me, find a quiet and happiness in the forest that often eludes them elsewhere. Thanks to @eddiebauer , @melissalesh and I are working everyday to turn their story into a film. I don’t like bothering all of you but I’m making an exception here: Please please consider donating to their work in the Amazon. Link is in my bio. Thanks so very much. Trev
Photo @paulrosolie | As photographers we often miss out on truly witnessing what is happening before us. As I grow more comfortable and confident in the field, i try hard to take time to put my camera down and appreciate what is before me. The last time I felt so strongly about not taking pictures was with humpback whales in Tonga . That was four years ago. Spending time with this 12 foot king cobra was the privilege of a lifetime. Want to see a king cobra drinking from a water bottle ? Then don’t waste time: follow @paulrosolie - he has the video live now! #kingcobra#ophiophagushannah#ophiophagushannah#india#karnataka#snakesofinstagram
A king cobra, the world’s longest and largest venomous snake, eating a Indian rat snake before being released back into a forested area, safe from humans. To me the Indian people rescuing snakes are conservation heroes , but one major thing that needs to be addressed in the rescue community is where rescued snakes are released. Many scientific studies indicate that snakes which are released far from where they were captured die slowly for a number of reasons. They are very prone to stress and because they have incredible mental maps of their territory even the slightest change can disrupt them severely. Some studies suggest translocated snakes can have a mortality rate of 50-100 percent. Hoping my storytelling work with @paulrosolie can help generate positive discussion on this topic.
#natgeo100contest I have the privilege of sharing stories with all of you because of @natgeo . They have given me a voice to use for good. This image is the most popular picture I’ve had on the Nat Geo Instagram and hopefully has made more people frog friendly. To celebrate them reaching 100 million followers they are hosting the #natgeo100contest photo contest. All you need to do is post your most Nat Geo inspired photo with the tag #natgeo100contest . Ten winners will be selected and will have their image featured on the natgeo feed. And one grand prize winner will receive a safari to Tanzania with @natgeoexpeditions . Contest is live for 24 hours only. Good luck!
I am very reluctant to use the word hero, but i wouldn’t hesitate using the word to describe @snakesshyam (pictured here). Get this: he has been rescuing snakes around Mysore, India for 35 years. That is longer than I’ve been alive. In that time He has rescued well over 40,000 snakes! He never asks for money and can be seen at all hours , even 2 am, scooting around Mysore in one of his snake rescue vehicles. He does it because he loves snakes. Nothing more to it. Snakes make him happy. Giving snakes a second chance makes him even happier. And I can’t even imagine how many people he has inspired to protect wildlife. I do know There is a long list of Indian conservationists who mention Snake Shyam has their reason for joining the fight to protect our wild places and wildlife. He is a hero. If you enjoy watching animals being rescued, follow @snakesshyam and his wonderful son @suryakeerthi82
Some of you may remember I shared in my Instagram stories a macro of yellow snake scales? As promised, here is that snake , an Indian rat snake. She was rescued by @suryakeerthi82 and @paulrosolie from the police training center in Mysore. Rat snakes are quite common and typically they aren’t very colorful but this one was spectacular: a mix of gold and yellow and Amber with black tiger-like striping near the tail. More important she was as gentle as they come, and as has been the case with now over 20 snakes on two continents - she did not bite Paul or Surya once. #scalesandskin#indiansnakes#snakesofinstagram#liveyouradventure@eddiebauer
Cobras are quite common throughout the Hindu religion and Hindu mythology. As @paulrosolie and I try and document the unique relationship many Indians have with snakes I’ve thought a lot about how I could photograph a cobra that would reflect - to some degree - their depiction in temples around India. With the help of @suryakeerthi82 and @paulrosolie I started playing with multiple exposure images made in camera to give the appearance the cobra has 3 heads. This is not the best image and we will try more as cobras are rescued here in Mysore. Rescued spectacled cobra is the species.