Watch video of me making this pre-dawn photo over Arch Canyon and more on @NatGeo’s Instagram stories feed right now! I’ll be showing behind the scenes shots and video footage from my assignment in #BearsEarsNationalMonument in South Eastern, Utah all day today.
Climbers in the last light of day, on Coyn Crack, in Indian Creek, South East Utah. Indian Creek is a recently protected area included in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, but may not remain that way. Im on assignment for @NatGeo this week looking at the heated battle over public lands and the administration’s desire to dramatically shrink the Monument’s boundaries.
Grand Gulch, in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. President Trump notified Senator Orin Hatch last week that he will be taking @repryanzinke’s advice and will be moving to shrink the Monument down, by some reports, to approximately 160,000 acres from 1.35 million. On assignment for @natgeo this week looking at this heated battle over public lands. The story is very complex and layered here on the ground.
My shadow friend teaching me about the Procession Panel in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. The Panel shows three lines of marchers or pilgrims as well as mountain sheep, deer or elk and snakes, headed to a circle that possibly represents a great kiva during the Basketmaker III period of ancestral Puebloans. On assignment for @natgeo.
Headed back to the red rock of Southern Utah for @NatGeo next week! Anyone in Indian Creek next Tue-Thur? This image was taken a bit further north long ago, looking down at my climbing partner Drew Ludwig on #MosesTower in #CanyonLandsNationalPark
THIS is what the future looks like. 17 yr old @xiuhtezcatl (who's name means Turquoise Mirror) is leading the way in a youth movement to save the planet. He is a compass pointing to the path we should all be walking. It's time to start listening to these young people! @earthguardians
Another view of this ancient double granary, which was created by the Ancestral Puebloans roughly a thousand years ago in what is now #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. The ruin is relatively unique for being both freestanding and for having no door. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo magazine.
Even when you know that many travelers have come before you to these same ruins it still feels like an incredible adventure rounding the corner and seeing them for the first time. This ancient double granary was created by the Ancestral Puebloans roughly a thousand years ago in what is now #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. The ruin is relatively unique for being both freestanding and for having no door. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo magazine.
Sunset a few nights ago! After 7 visits to this unnamed granary in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah I got some incredible light! These structures, built by the Ancestral Puebloans, could go back to anywhere from 1 to 1300AD. In August Secretary @RepRyanZinke announced his recommendation to shrink several National Monuments set up by Presidents Clinton and Obama including Bears Ears. The sources briefed on the report have told reporters that, in the days leading up to the announcement, Zinke had been considering a dramatic reduction to Bears Ears, to approximately 160,000 acres from 1.35 million. What are your thoughts on the potential changes to the Monuments?
Sunrise over #ValleyOfTheGods, #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. Yesterday Interior Secretary @RepRyanZinke announced his recommendation to shrink several National Monuments set up by Presidents Clinton and Obama. The sources briefed on the plans said that along with Bears Ears, Zinke had proposed to the President reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, also in Utah, and two others yet to be named. Reporters have been told that in days leading up to the announcement, Zinke had been considering a dramatic reduction to Bears Ears, to approximately 160,000 acres from 1.35 million. I will be returning to Bears Ears and other Monuments on assignment for @natgeo magazine over the coming months. Stay tuned for more.
A hiker thinks twice before attempting to climb down old Moki steps (hand and foot holds carved into the near-vertical sandstone) once used to access the ruins now called the Eagle's Nest in #BearsEarsNationalMonument, Utah. The ruins are anywhere from 800-2000 years old. #MokiSteps can be found all over the American southwest, and were carved by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples and other related cultures. With a potential fall of a couple hundred feet, this hiker chose not to enter the cave. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine.
Fallen Roof ruin in #BearsEarsNationalMonument , Utah. This Ancestral Puebloan ruin has 3 fully intact rooms and negative hand prints on the spot stained ceiling. These prints were created by spraying pigment from the mouth around their hand. By 1300 AD Ancestral Puebloans (AKA Anasazi) had vanished from the area. These could go back to 1 AD or earlier. Bears Ears is one of several Monuments up for review under the current administration to possibly be rescinded in the coming month. Difficult question: will Monument status protect this or drive tens of thousands to this spot possibly making it "loved to death"? Hard questions on the ground here. #OnAssignment for @natgeo magazine.
A cowhand lassoing a calf at a branding on Dan Probert's ranch near TNC’s #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in Oregon. This story, shot for @nature_org, shares the lives of both ranchers and field scientists who are all playing important parts in preserving the Pacific Northwest’s largest remaining expanse of bunchgrass prairie, a vital habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species. This is a controversial subject to many but without a doubt the healthiest and most integrated beef operation I've ever seen. Now, if you don't eat beef that's probably not comforting.
A picnic lunch of BBQ beef and cold beers after a branding in the Probert Ranch on the #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in Oregon. Shot on assignment for @nature_org. More on their stream and mine over the coming days.