Pete McBride@pedromcbride

National Geographic Photographer // Filmmaker // Public Speaker // Sony Artisan // River Rat // Fan of wild places and wild things //

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Land of shadows: Excited to share my experiences and lessons learned from spending over a year on foot inside this magical world of erosion for @natgeo and @grandcanyontrust tonight at the Lone Tree Arts Center Denver. #grandcanyon #chasingrivers @kevinfedarkoauthor #nature #aerial #bw

Grand Canyon National Park

Upside down: Today was a sad day for African elephants as the U.S. lifted the ban on importing elephant “trophies” into the country. This image shows a tranquilized elephant getting moved by @africanparksnetwork to safer regions last summer in effort to protect them during a historic conservation effort. I fear today’s news will enable a flood of images of dead “trophy” elephants getting moved to people’s living rooms instead. While many argue hunting can help pay for conservation, corruption has paved the way for widespread declines in elephant populations. #elephants #africa #conservation #500elephants #malawi
@savetheelephants @r.e.s.c.u.e


The sweep of seasons. Winter is looming but taking its time to fully arrive here in Colorado. #rockymountains #nature #aerial

Elk Mountains

Layers of time, light and stillness. What happens here - resonates elsewhere. #grandcanyon #aerial #fineart #nature #bw #dustintheblood

Grand Canyon North Rim

Winter dusting on the lakes named after Pierre. #home #wilderness #rockies #aerial thx for platform @ecoflight

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness

Paddling perspective: This narrow strait off the coast of Graham Land called “Kodak Alley” is blessed with placid waters, but the climate here is anything but calm. Temperatures are changing faster than anywhere else on the planet. Shrinking sea ice challenges the populations of many species like Adele penguins and krill, the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that sustain the marine food chain. When we made this sea kayaking expedition, I was amazed to experience 50 F degree days and even rain. #archive 📷 @pedromcbride #climatechange #antarctica #frozen #nature #gratitude


The power of a few: A gondola development, The Grand Canyon Escalade, was proposed to whisk 10,000 people a day into the confluence site inside Grand Canyon but two days, in an emotionally-charged Navajo Tribal Council meeting, the tribe voted down the project citing an array of concerns. The grassroots opposition to the tram, #savertheconfluence, was led by a group of predominantly Navajo women, who want economic growth but “not there”, adding they don't want “a Disney-style development at our sacred places." It’s been an honor to document this small but mighty group of women and their unwavering dedication to a landscape they love. #dustintheblood📷 @pedromcbride thx for film assist @justinclifton #grandcanyon #bw #confluence #navajo #chasingrivers

Window Rock, Arizona

“Where life begins” is how many native tribes describe this sacred confluence. Today, the future of this landscape begins anew as the Grand Escalade, a tram proposed to be built at this location, and its request for Navajo financial support (65 million) is being debated in the Navajo Council chambers — in English and Navajo. Honored to be filming this historic mtg. @justinclifton @laurendefilippo #grandcanyon #navajonation #chasingrivers #dustintheblood #nature

Marble Canyon

Confluence: The start of a sacred flow: The Ganges River officially begins its spiritual run here, where the Alakananda meets the sediment-free waters of the Bhagarathi river (dammed upstream). From here this river begins its challenging journey downstream, supplying water for 500 million people across India. I spent two years following this holy river from its headwaters in the Himalaya to the sea at the Bay of Bengal with @mountainworld @davidcmorton. Our film #holyunholyriver will release online soon and shows tonight @stanford United Nations Film Fest. #chasingrivers #ganges #india #aerial #nature #gratitude


Mountain Man Farewell: Thanks to my friend Andrew for his slow speaking drawl, his high speed skiing, his artful craftsmanship and for teaching us all how to listen - to each other, to the hills and to our hearts. I’ll see you somewhere in the mountains where the spirits dwell. 📷 @pedromcbride Somewhere on Aconcagua 1999. #memorial #grateful #friendship #rip

Cerro Aconcagua Argentine

The dwindling days of fall in Colorado - a time and place I love. I, however, am in #nyc speaking at Photoplus today for @sonyalpha and sharing images and stories from such places. For those here, come join me at 11:30 am today to learn about my photographic journey. #aerial #nature #sonyalpha #fall

Carbondale, Colorado

I’m always amazed by the flash of color in fall - and how quickly it vanishes. #maroonbells #colorado #nature #fall #iphone

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness

I’m used to being on the other side of the lens, but it was an honor to have my ongoing work telling fresh water stories and my passion for chasing water , featured on a recent magazine cover. This image was captured during my paddle to the sea across the Colorado River delta. Sadly, our team of three were the last people to paddle the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico because it is currently a river run dry. Thanks #etched #chasingrivers #coloradoriver #conservation #nature 📷 @pedromcbride

San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora

Heading Home: The babies @r.e.s.c.u.e follow their Samburu warrior caretakers home for the night. These dedicated animal lovers are helping save these cuties who lost parents to poaching or human/ wildlife conflicts across northern Kenya. They are also creating a conservation model at the same time with @nrt_kenya. It is amazing how quickly views can change: one local Samburu told me he used to fear elephants but now loves them like his children. #elephants #orphans #hope #wildlife #conservation #kenya
Video @pedromcbride edit @michellescreative


I still get this excited when it snows...sometimes. #puppy #photobomb #colorado


The West: Headed to the headquarters of the Navajo Nation to try to understand how tribal traditions can be balanced with economic Sustainablility - all part of my ongoing film project #DustintheBlood No matter how many times I drive this iconic rd, it never ceases to amaze me. #monumentvalley #bw #navajonatio

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Back at this place of awe giving a talk tonight for @goparks and the @usinterior. @kevinfedarkoauthor and I will do our best to impart what we learned on our 750+ mile hike through this magical public park. #grandcanyon #dustintheblood #humility #nature

Grand Canyon National Park

Feeding time: I had the privilege to spend time at the @r.e.s.c.u.e elephant orphanage this summer where a small group of dedicated animal lovers are helping save these cuties and create a conservation model at the same time with @nrt_kenya. It is amazing how independent each of these orphaned elies are - some are sweet and gentle while others want to wrestle all day. You can learn more about this remarkable program at the link in my profile. #elephants #orphans #hope #wildlife #conservation #kenya #africa video @pedromcbride edit @michellescreative

Sarara Camp

Your spirit and light will be missed far and wide, Hayden.


Feather of a Delta: The Colorado River delta in Mexico no longer connects to the Sea of Cortez. In its wake are artery-like drainage patterns that remind us of a wetter time before a changing climate and over allocation left their drying mark on this river lifeline. But there is some good news - a new treaty with US and Mexico will create water savings for restoration. #hope #chasingrivers #aerial #coloradoriver 📷 #archive @pedromcbride

Colorado River Delta

Patterns of life: Icelandic river delta seen from above. I've been making a documentary film lately, which feels at times, as chaotic as this volcanic delta-- and the world we share. Sometimes, amidst the chaos though, we find clarity and a way. #hope #chasingrivers #aerial #iceland


Landscape of light and shadow: My mind often drifts back to this land of snowy silence. #grandcanyon #bw #nature #chasingrivers

Grand Canyon National Park

Last face a gazelle sees? Leopards are stealthy, secretive, and one of the strongest big cats, pound for pound. In my many assignments to Africa, I've seen very few of these amazing creatures and felt very lucky to spy one this summer. To learn more about #bigcats, and the challenges they face, check out my friend @stevewinterphoto. #happyfriday #kenya #leopard #nature #wildlife

Samburu National Reserve

Soaking up the silence of an early season snow flurry yesterday. #silence #winteriscoming #wilderness #iphone 📷 @pedromcbride #colorado always fun teaming up with @vitalfilms @natgeocreative

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness

Winter is creeping closer. Had fun shooting VR in the snow atop the hills of my home with @vitalfilms @natgeocreative. #maroonbells #bw #colorado #iphone

Highland Bowl

It's amazing to think about how much this copper lady has seen since gifted from the French to the U.S. in 1886. Fun to be back in the big apple briefly. #statueofliberty #ladyliberty #aerial #newyorkcity #sonyalpha

New York, New York

This way? Finding a way forward can sometimes be hard - especially when there is no trail or route - here and beyond. To hear how my friend and nytimes best selling author @kevinfedarkoauthor and I navigated 750+ miles by foot through @grandcanyonnps and learn about the challenges facing these beloved public lands and others, come to his talk in Albuquerque, nm. Tonight. Free. Kimo theater. More info @grandcanyontrust thx for the 📷of us @richrudow. #chasingrivers #gratitude #nature #grandcanyon

Grand Canyon National Park

That time we soared... In a cloth-covered time machine above Egypt's monuments of time - the great Pyramids of Giza. It was my first and most memorable story for @natgeo - a historical re-enactment of the first African air passage with a Vickers Vimy biplane made the first flight from London to Cape Town in 1920. It took those aviation pioneers 43 days. Any guess how long it took us to fly an exact replica Vimy the same route in 1999 (top speed 65 mph)? #aviation #adventure #vimy 📷 #petemcbride #bw #archive

Cairo, Egypt

Chasing weather -- Inside the rocky world of silence. I nearly got blown off my ledge trying to capture this storm. @richrudow and I marveled in awe at this monsoon shower, blazing across the desert. Its app part of the fun and challenge trying to capture the power of this landscape for an upcoming film #TheCanyon. #grandcanyon #nature #timelapse 📷#petemcbride

Grand Canyon North Rim

Penpal from Petra: Sept. 13th, 2001. I had just returned from a @natgeotravel photo assignment in the Middle East. I was glued to the TV, horrified by the tragedy unfolding, when an email beeped: Subject said- Peter's friend Hamoudi. The msg read: “Mr. Peter, please know I am very sorry for tragedy. This is not my religion. My prayers to you, all victims, New York, world.” Hamoudi is a Bedouin who lives near the ancient sandstone city of Petra and worked as my translator and fixer. After 9/11 occurred, he rode his camel all day to the nearest town, found a college student who could write English and shared that message. I'll never forget it. It will always be a reminder that there are amazingly kind people and goodness in the world, everywhere. #remembering911 #travel

Petra, Ma`An, Jordan