The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Captured #withgalaxy S9+, produced with @samsungmobileusa using Pro Mode at ISO 50 at 1/11876th f 1.5. This past June I joined a group of scientists and park rangers on a National Geographic Society expedition led by archeologist Laura Stelson @ through the backcountry of Alaska’s Katmai National Park. We were following in the footsteps of botanist Robert F. Griggs who led multiple National Geographic Society expeditions in the early twentieth century to explore the region and study the aftermath of the 1912 Katmai Volcanic eruption. The Nova Rupta volcano displaced the area's mainly Alutiiq indigenous population, filling their surroundings with ash flow we can still see today. Meanwhile the eruption decimated massive swaths of land, including what Griggs named the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, “The whole valley as far as the eye could reach was full of hundreds, no thousands—literally, tens of thousands—of smokes curling up from its fissured floor,” he described. After nearly two weeks hiking hundreds of miles, climbing up mountains, wading through rivers and sleeping uncomfortably close to Grizzly bears, we finally reached the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. But to be honest, after all of the amazing and challenging things we saw and experienced on our way there, as impressive as the valley is, crossing it’s 40 miles kind of felt like a cake walk :)
Yak. Siberia, 2018 on assignment for @NatGeo with writer @craigwelch. This particularly friendly yak is one of the dozens of animals currently roaming around @pleistocenepark. Pleistocene Park is a nature reserve, research station and long-term scientific experiment located along the Kolyma river in the northeast of Siberia. The park was created by renowned Russian scientist Sergey Zimov and is run by both Sergey and his son Nikita. The Zimovs believe that by recreating the ecosystem of the Pleistocene era, which was dominated by grasslands and large mammals, they can slow down permafrost thaw and it's inevitable mass emission of greenhouse gases.
Almost midnight in the Arctic. (I know it's a sunset. But it's a SIBERIAN sunset.)
On my layover in Yakutsk, Siberia on assignment for @natgeo we stopped by the "Kingdom of Permafrost" museum, a tourist attraction that entails walking through permafrost tunnels dug into the side of a hill decorated with psychedelic lights and ice sculptures. Yakutsk is one of the only cities in the world built entirely on permafrost, a layer of frozen soil that spans the global North and up until recently remained completely frozen all year round.
Climbing back into social media land today, and finally home from Alaska and back in NYC for a while! This is at the top of the small but mighty Nova Rupta volcano last week on day 12 of an amazing (and pretty damn exhausting) expedition through Katmai National Park. More to come on that soon :)
The sun sets on Sergelen and his best friend. Uvs, Mongolia. 2018.
Thanks for following along through some of my journey in Mongolia this past winter, it was a privilege to document this amazing country. I hope with enough attention, assistance and planning the disasterous effects of the dzud extreme weather crises can be managed and mitigated and that the people of Mongolia can live a happy, free and peaceful life. @iamcaritas@natgeo
Animals graze along the Mongolian countryside during an extremely cold winter. Local herders worry their undernourished animals may not survive the season. January 2018.
Flying across Mongolia from the country's capital Ulaanbaatar to Uvs, Provence on the Siberian border. I'll be sharing my work from Mongolia this past winter for one more day! Thanks for following along and you can read/see more from following the link in my bio @iamcaritas@natgeo
Ulaangom, the capital of Uvs Provence, Mongolia.
Munkhaanan, 4 years old, outside his family yurt in Uvs, Mongolia.
A peak inside the yurts of Mongolian children in the Uvs Provence.