Out of the cold and into the cold, watching this #polarbear climbing onto an #iceberg in south east Greenland was a beautiful moment. This last summer I spent a total of 18 days round trip on a boat at sea, combing coastlines as we made our way to and from basecamp to climb an unnamed peak. In this vast landscape we only saw 3 polar bears, a stark sign of over hunting and climate change heavily effecting the population of this mighty apex predator. Seeing a polar bear in it’s true element is a powerful thing, the king of the arctic and an animal that would be heartbreaking to loose to extinction. @sea_legacy@mikelibecki@andy_mann@ethan_pringle@connor_seybert@dell
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