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Each melting iceberg holds a little bit of mystery in its shape. For every crack, serration, arch, cave and pool we find on the surface, a bit of the story of how it came to be unfolds. Maybe it dragged itself across a rock, flipped over and over, collided with another larger berg... or simply melted during the midnight sun. I love studying these shapes. Theories?
A Guanaco & it’s young Chulengo take a moment to examine us atop a windy ridge in Parque Patagonia. It didn’t matter how high or remote you climbed, if there was grass, a Guanaco would be there. To survive in this harsh terrain these animals have to be resilient. We silently watched this family eat for hours as males fought over mating territory. I’m excited to finally be able to share more of my experience in this park and the conservation efforts by the @tompkins_conservation in the following weeks. • @renan_ozturk @kristine_tompkins @jamesqmartin
Even when the sun is out of sight, it makes its presence known.
Even when surrounded by all the beauty in the world there are moments while traveling that can feel incredibly lonely. Mostly when I know I have loved ones at home I had to leave behind. I sat down this week & talked about how I cope with these experiences & others while working on the road for long stretches of time with my friend Rachel @yoga_girl as apart of her Podcast series. For anyone who wants to learn more about balancing travel, family, work & some thoughts on conservation... check it out. . Link in Bio or here:
Many hands make light work. I’m fascinated by cultures where this proverb can come to life. Hard work is humbling and the need to support one another through it tends to transcend race, religion, sex and many of the other barriers we create in every day life.
from India
Moving under the pressure of a breaking wave can be addicting. There is even an acoustic sound created can change depending on the ocean floors surface. Shot years ago in Tahiti w/@thetorpedopeople
For a moment I thought the Mountain was surfing a cloud.
If there is something I have learned about exploration it is that often the greatest journeys you ever take will be the internal ones. Deep inside yourself. In the end its not about the photos you took, waves you rode or the mountains you climbed... its about how the experience changed you & forged into somewhat of a better or different person. That process takes introspection, sometimes a lot of it. This is the time of year where I start to fill up notebooks & emails threads with potential expedition locations. Sometimes there is such little information that the planning process feels like I’m trying to decipher a hidden language. From tiny Russian Islands in the middle of nowhere to the ultra remote tip of South America & many desert landscapes in between, my list of places I want to explore has grown exponentially. I know I will never get to them all.. but one can always dream. I wonder what has been on your must explore list? • My next expedition will hopefully be this upcoming spring alongside my friends at @montblanc , a brand rooted in exploration for over 100 years. #SpiritOfExploration #SIHH
I’m now convinced that birds truly have the best view of anyone.
from India
I’ve found that often right before the Ocean humbles you (in this case it was a waterhousing to the face & a wrestle with the reef) it typically shows you a beautiful perspective. It’s one of those rare places where things can be incredibly peaceful and almost hypnotic one second then total chaos the next. @nolecossart In India. @prana
from India
A visual summary of a few of my favorite things.
A few weeks ago I was asked to come and take part in an ongoing project called @gatherfilm . We arrived over the weekend at the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona & at first I didn’t really know how I could help with the complicated issue of Native American food sovereignty. An issue that Gather Film has begun to tackle. But our goal was simple... share our knowledge of digital storytelling & photography to help empower native youth to tell their own stories. Our day centered around using cameras, iPads and mostly our voices to help share the importance of Native cooking with native ingredients. We watched as chef @nephi_craig made dish after dish (with the help of the kids) and taught us all how simple & healthy native cooking can be when you source your own food & try to grow as much as you can. His goal was to help liberate them from prepackaged & mass manufactured food that is not apart of their native diet ( or anyone’s for that matter) As always I left learning more from them than they did from me. It was a day I will never forget... the idea that growing your own food & knowing your traditions can truly empower us as a people is something I will never take for granted. • Thanks @taylorfreesolo for the invite. To follow more of this ever developing story please check out these feeds @renan_ozturk @forestwoodward @nephi_craig @gatherfilm @apachefarmer @gretacaruso @shaandiin @mrsanjayr
A quiet Sunday morning in Greenland.
As a kid my Grandpa played a huge role in my life. During my early years without a dad his influence & mostly his Time was critical in fostering my love for the outdoors. I vividly remember my first road trip with him starting in the Sierra. One of my goals this year was to finally buckle down & build a van so I could share those same joys with my kids. Something brand new was out of my price range so I opted for a used Sprinter van. Something with tons of character and well over 100K miles. I made a short film about my relationship with the road, my van build and the importance of these experiences for the younger generation. • For the full length check my bio link for ‘The Road to Inspiration’. Or . Filmed by For a short list of products we used in the build. @kammok @goalzero @thule @polkaudio @prana @gnarbox @rigracks
The Dolomiti landscape provides a pretty decent argument that these Italian dairy cows may be the happiest on earth.
Good things take time. Last year was a perfect example where I got to cross off one of those ‘maybe someday I’ll be able to shoot this’ scenarios. A record early season snowfall provided a short but epic window to experience Glacier Point like I had never before. The snow set up perfectly as the conditions stayed cold. This year, sadly, is a different story & doesn’t look anything like this. Here @kcdeane feels the reward of leaving a Canadian winter for once in a decade Sierra snowfall.
It’s pretty comical when I tell people I’m colorblind. What results is usually a game of someone pointing at things while I try to identify the color. I would deny it for years but my grade school tests would prove otherwise. It was always colors next to one another. Blues and purples, browns and greens.. never a single color in isolation. Patterns were always confusing on clothes. Last year my wife bought me a pair of glasses to help correct color blindness but when I wear them it gives everything a purple haze and usually results in a headache. How do you edit your photos ?! People always ask. When I was the sole person color correcting my images it always presented some unique challenges for me.. my workaround was usually just to look for an overall tonal value or temperature (cool or warm) instead of trying to add a bunch of overall saturation I couldn’t really identify. I’m not totally sure if the world is truly a more vibrant and colorful place than I see it. In the grand scheme I don’t really think it matters too much either as good photographs for me are usually defined by their composition and how they make me feel as opposed to how they look.
Sediment brushstrokes near the confluence of the Dirty Devil & Colorado River. An area often void of color variation tends to give you a different perspective from above.
Seemed like a path worth following.
Words from my good friend @kcdeane • “Stoked to see this photo in the Powder Magazine photo annual which was taken by chris burkard. This was one of the craziest trips I've ever done, and started over a year ago as a hair brained idea to ski off Glacier Point. Chris called me and said conditions were lining up so I jumped on a flight and we drove to Yosemite National Park to make the 16 mile tour out to Glacier point. After 10 hours of touring at 2am in heinous conditions; Me, Chris, and Wezzy (ryan) found ourselves exhausted, hypothermic, and still 2 hours from Glacier point huddled in a Forest Service bathroom. Chris and I woke up a few hours later in order to make it for sunrise & ski this place. After two days we made the long tour back out sore, blistered, and thankful that for one we didn't die from hypothermia, and two that we got to ski here in perfect conditions. This was the last run I skied the morning we left and is one of the most memorable lines I've ever skied.” @_ryanhill_ @powdermagazine
Over 1,000 ft deep, the Goosenecks of the San Juan River give us one of most perfect examples of a meandering river. It’s the almost mirrored perspective that really gets me. You look close and begin to see a symmetry that is hard to fathom.