Set at 12,000ft elevation, Bolivia’s #uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, clearly visible from space. Driving though here is otherworldly, starkly beautiful with harsh fluctuations in temperature. Hot days are filled with deceiving mirages followed by freezing temps at night, a notoriously deadly place to travel through on foot. The area was once a giant lake, connecting far into Peru. As the water retreated it left behind the giant salt flat, an estimated 10 Billion tons.
A sled dog drinking from a rain puddle near an abandoned boat harbor in #Tasiilaq Greenland. This scene was starring me in the face, no less than a couple hundred meters from a helipad where we landed on the island, a beautiful and stark early morning arctic scene.
It’s hard to take a bad photo in the alps, but a little bit of luck always goes a long way. While doing a story for @natgeotravel on backpacking in the #alps, I was lucky enough to catch this unexpected moonrise over the #montblancmassif. I nearly missed it, catching a small glimpse of it as it peaked out. Thankfully I had packed a 150-600mm telephoto lens for wildlife, also great for moon shots!
Throw back of my friend @bookofsamuel getting ready for battle, swipe to see him in action on this beautiful pillar in Rifle Colorado. This pillar only comes in on an extraordinary ice year, when Sam called I knew I couldn’t miss out on this! Photographed in January 2008, 10 years ago! Time flies to say the least. @blackdiamond
This might look a little aggressive, but these #wilddogs are actually playing. Fresh from a mid day nap and a quick stretch, the entire pack began wrestling and nipping at one another shortly after waking up. These playful interactions strengthen the bound amongst one another and also loosens up the muscles before heading out to hunt. @danahrichardson@jacadatravel
It’s good to be home, back in Boulder after an inspiring and fun week at @natgeo I unfortunately managed to catch a cold along the way but hangin with our new pup #Vesper is making it a little more tolerable
A juvenile #gentoo#penguin drinking from a rain puddle on the Antarctica peninsula. In recent decades the peninsula has warmed significantly, turning times of snow to a season of rain, only increasing the melt in a place where ice is receding rapidly. Millions upon millions of animals in #Antarctica depend on this ice and colder temperatures. The primary food source for nearly every mammal here is krill, a small shrimp that feeds on plankton and algae which grows on ice. Krill is heavily fished in the waters of Antarctica as well, doubling the pressure on this organism. By 2050 It’s estimated that there will be 9.7 billion people on the planet, we need to figure out a balance of how we are affecting our environment, how sustainably we farm the seas and the lands, it’s all unbelievably connected. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo@sea_legacy / @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso@shanemoorefilms@pattersonimages#CCMLAR2018#turningthetide
Very excited to share my latest video reel, featuring film and commercial projects from 2017 and years prior- full link in profile if you’d like to see it! This clip here is from a commercial project I worked on last year with the truly talented @coralie_balmy for @adidas_swim. Coralie is a multi-medaled #Olympiad swimmer from #Martinique with a big heart for conservation. She spends much of her time removing debris like old fishing nets and plastic from oceans as well as publicly speaking about the importance of oceanic conservation. Notably, this line of swimwear is made entirely from recycled plastics and nets removed from the ocean, pretty damn foreword thinking if you ask me. Check her feed out, very worth a follow! @sea_legacy
Fledgling #Gentoo Penguins nested among a graveyard of #BlueWhale bones in #McMurdo#Antarctica. The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, was hunted to near extinction in the 1900’s, the Antarctica Peninsula was an area where much of the hunting took place. Flashing forward to present day their numbers have never recovered. Seeing these penguins taking shelter among the skeletal remains was a surreal sight. With climate change rapidly warming the arctic these penguins are facing problems of their own, with heavy loses in sea ice and their main source of food, krill, a small shrimp that feeds on algae and plankton which grows on sea ice. Over the last decade krill has been heavily fished by man through suction harvesting, these tiny shrimp are primarily used as food for fish farms and health supplements, like omega 3 capsules. Something to note is that you can get omega-3’s naturally through a variety of vegetables, nuts and seeds, not just fish and supplements. Krill is a key species, it’s the main source of food for a whales, seals, albatrosses, petrels and all penguins in Antarctica. Krill fishing needs to be regulated responsibly to avoid the same problems we’ve had with so many species of fish in the sea that are now critically endangered due to over harvesting. Now, more than ever, we look to the leadership of #CCAMLR, the council responsible for managing the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica, to make the right decisions on how Antarcticas oceans are fished responsibly. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy@paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@andy_mann@craigwelch@ianvaso@shanemoorefilms@pattersonimages#ccmlar2018