Some attractants are more powerful than others. For the last year, @carltonward , @Peter_houlihan , @macstonephoto and myself have been snared in an occult mystery - seeking answers down a wild and unknown path. Lured here by a moonlit sorceress, we were quite defenseless against its powers. But somehow the glue that stuck us all here eventually bound us on a shared quest. And we lived to tell the tale. Coming soon. Ghost Orchid, Fakahatchee Swamp, Summer 2018. #chasingghosts #hititandquitit #ghostorchid #keepflwild #florida
In another lifetime (called high school), my dad brought me here to the shoreline of Lake Russell. The swamp had not yet welcomed me. The wilderness I understood was mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers, pretty postcards. I was daydreaming about being anywhere else. But as we paddled out, I saw something in the corner of my vision. Two bald eagles circling. They locked talons in mid-air and began a tumbling, rapturous, freefall hurtling through open sky. A split-second before hitting the surface, they released their grip, separated and sailed high over the cypress trees. It was the first and only time I've witnessed eagle courtship and it cut through my senses like a sharp arrow - awakening me to the present. To the depths of a wild place and a wild moment captured only by a father and son. At the time, I had no thought of returning. But last April, I returned to the shore of Lake Russell to film 'The Last Green Thread,' the short film produced with fellow swamp monsters @danny_schmidt @grizzlycreekfilms @fl_wildcorridor @carltonward @joeguthrie8 @mallorydimmitt @aadkinspdx @3bearsmedia @implementproductions The film screens today on my birthday @mountainfilm When I reflect on the journey between this moment and that day long ago, I'm filled with gratitude for all the experiences, friends, family, and mentors that continue to move me down this path. I'm thankful for the wild that moves in all of us. For our ability to see it despite all the forces that compete with our attention. And for our willingness to stand up and fight for places that have no voices but who speak the loudest - if only we know how to listen. 📸 @alexofthewild
It seems like only yesterday You were just a child at play Now you're all grown up inside of me Oh how fast those moments flee Once we watched a lazy world go by Now the days seem to fly Life is brief, but when it's gone Love goes on, and on, and on. ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day ❤️ (Song by Nancy Adams)
Tonight, the fourth and final episode of Epic Yellowstone, "Down the River Wild" airs on @smithsonian_channel - this marks the season finale and we're going out with a bang. The Yellowstone River has been a source of inspiration for me ever since I journeyed to its headwaters, the farthest place from any road in the lower 48 states, in fall 2007. At the time, @3bearsmedia Luke Rice and I bushwacked through some particularly dense grizzly country to experience a place where the sidewalk ends. We found one of the wildest places on the planet. This wild spirit flows downstream with the river itself - which is the story we reveal tonight. Edited by the hugely talented @avelagita and filmed by an amazing team @grizzlycreekfilms. Huge thanks to everyone who tuned in these last few weeks or got the series via Amazon/iTunes/Google. PS this 📸 by the legend @3bearsmedia still making magic alongside the Yellowstone.
Kiss of desert sun and spine. Duct tape for the fine ones, tweezers for the barbs. But the memories are the ones we keep.
Yellowstone has been home to several ‘superpacks’ since reintroduction - the largest of which was the Druid wolf pack which contained an astounding thirty-seven individuals in 2001. This was the largest wolf pack ever recorded. These ‘superpacks’ are hives of social activity among members with complex hierarchies, behavior, and lineages. So when the Wapiti Lake pack formed in 2014 and rapidly grew into a 26-member force of nature by 2018, Grizzly Creek Films went into overdrive to try to capture this phenomenal event. But the ‘Wapitis’ proved difficult to film - they eluded our cameras numerous times and were difficult to see together as a single pack. . Finally, in the winter of 2018, @3bearsmedia, @jeffreedfilm, and @thomaswinstonbzn, witnessed an incredible gathering along the Madison River. The pack was not only assembled - they were successfully taking down bison in the deep snow! The feast lasted only a few days but the iconic imagery that it produced will endure for a lifetime. . JOIN US @dceff_org @smithsonian_channel @grizzlycreekfilms WORLD PREMIERE EPIC YELLOWSTONE: Return of the Predators - Saturday, March 16th. Link in bio!
The alchemy of winter in Yellowstone creates a singular magic and nowhere is it expressed more vividly than the Hayden Valley. One hour until @grizzlycreekfilms and @smithsonian_channel world premiere ‘Epic Yellowstone: Fire & Ice.’
Unforgettable moment filming our new series ‘Epic Yellowstone.’ The circular shadow of the eclipse creates a 360 degree sunset - visible in the lower left corner of the frame. With crews spread throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem we captured the full progression of cosmic fireworks - totality won’t occur again in the GYE for another two hundred and thirty five years! . @smithsonian_channel ・・・ Hello again from @grizzlycreekfilms! 👋 . We set out with headlamps in darkness. Speaking loudly to ward off grizzly bears and bracing ourselves against the morning chill. . At dawn, we crested Table Mountain and crawled out onto a warming spine of sparkling granite. A mountain goat fled its lonely perch. We put our cameras there. And waited. . Our specific goal was to capture the eclipse and the alpine landscape - no easy feat. After countless hours studying sun tables, solar calendars, forecasts, and projections, it all came down to 2 minutes. 🌙☀️ . Images via @grizzlycreekfilms for our #EpicYellowstone Instagram Takeover. Watch Epic Yellowstone on Sundays at 9PM on Smithsonian Channel. @jeffreedfilm @thomaswinston_gcf @ricksmith_media @michaelpauljones #eclipse #eclipse2017 #totality
Swamp stompers @mallorydimmitt, @carltonward, and @joeguthrie8 in their natural habitat. Looking forward to gathering the tribe in DC next week! @dceff_org with @fl_wildcorridor @danny_schmidt ・・・ Don’t sleep on #DCEFF’s Short Film Programs! These are excellent opportunities to catch more incredible #environmental films on a wide variety of issues - from #conservation to #climate change. ____________________________________ Pictured: select stills from our “Protection & Restoration” Program. THE LAST GREEN THREAD
We hit -39 in Montana this week. Guess what? Bison ain’t skeered. The countdown begins as we takeover @smithsonian_channel insta to reveal moments from the new series #epicyellowstone ・・・ Three years in the making, Epic Yellowstone is a jaw-dropping look at the crown jewel of America's national parks. Leading up to the premiere on Sunday @ 9PM, the filmmakers ( @grizzlycreekfilms) are taking over our page to share some of their gorgeous photos from Yellowstone. Be sure to follow along!
Sublime sendoff. Well played 2018. #happynewyear
Time. It runs through our fingers like quicksilver. Its breath fogs the mirror when we look behind. Its atomic dust swirls in the beams we cast ahead. It's the one thing we never get back. Very few of us have the courage to invest in something we may never see fulfilled. To wait for the extraordinary. The miraculous. This photo was taken in the Fakahatchee during the first week of production in Spring 2017. This coming year will be @carltonward ’s fourth in the swamp. Countless nights burning under the blaze of headlamps. Racing the bloodthirsty insects. The swarm of steel tractor blades, the shudder of concrete mixers, road graders, swamp dredgers - all of whom want a piece. It's an honest question: how long is long enough? How long is too long? But we realize our time down here is in the service of something timeless. With these limited resources, imperfect technology, dull human senses - we just keep on searching. For the place where time means nothing. For the place where the panther still walks. . . . Recently, we've begun a grassroots campaign to invite others onto the #pathofthepanther . We're funding to continue our work on the ground. Only a few days remain to hit our initial all-or-nothing goal. Thanks for your support. Thanks for getting involved. Even if all you have to give are a few words of encouragement. Link in my bio. . . . Yes, you too can find this spot in Fakahatchee. Tip: just walk a few meters southeast of the giant moss-covered alligator skeleton. Or better yet, come on a field trip with us in 2019! @fl_wildcorridor @grizzlycreekfilms @torilinder @mallorydimmitt @danny_schmidt @3bearsmedia @jeffreedfilm @ricksmith_media #pathofthepanther #floridawild #keepflwild
Seconds before @sailandsilo and son Ethan were invited inside the spaceship from the planet Cnidaria. #tetons
Last week, I called @carltonward. “I’m staring at a Florida Panther right now,” he said. This post has now been shared over 2,000 times. ・・・ For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few distant frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. I was just watching when filmmaker Eric Bendick called. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther; the conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still sitting in the road in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched back to my main camera and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable, but it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you. Thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place. #pathofthepanther
When in doubt throttle out. #braap #yonder #slednecks #greatescape #montana #shotoniphone
Three days off the grid. Not enough! But a fine birthday present nonetheless. My friend Buck likes to say "you need a little air under your ass every once in awhile.” He’s a pilot. So he means this quite literally. But it's true on so many levels . . . thanks friends near and far! #itsachapa #offthegrid #latergram
“I’ve got this little project I’m working on.” Willow Creek, Montana #memorialday #montana #workinprogress #lastbestplace #america
The first hint of what’s to come from the underbelly of the swamp. As a storyteller, it can be difficult to remain patient and focused when all you want is to share an experience with the world. #2019 #Repost @carltonward ・・・ There is a saying that cats don't like water, but for the endangered Florida panther, the ability to live in flooded forests and wetlands has been a matter of survival. The Florida panther is the last puma surviving in the eastern United States, where the species was hunted or displaced from most of its range, except for the southern tip of Florida. Before roads and canals were built to cut and drain the land, the inhospitable, watery wilderness protected panthers from persecution by settlers who were moving south into the rest of the peninsula. The same difficult terrain also helped Seminole Indians endure three wars with US calvalry and remain unconquered. To show a panther walking in water, I set one of my camera traps — a studio in the woods — deep in the Fakahatchee Strand on a seasonally flooded trail. This is the same camera trap that photographed the great blue heron from my last post. Finally, after several months trying, a panther came through. Part of my #PathofthePanther project with @Natgeo, working to inspire the protection of the @FL_WildCorridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #swamplife @myfwc @usfws
"No wonder the ruined woods I used to know don't cry for retribution! he thought. The people who destroyed it will accomplish its revenge.” William Faulkner, Big Woods. . . . We filmed this mother and cub winter ‘18 in the Northern Everglades. I have experienced moments in the wild where everything slows down. You can hear your own heartbeat. Feel your chest rising. The sun on the grass. Earth moving beneath your feet. We are not alone on this planet. We cannot take its future for granted. #earthday . . . . . . . @3bearsmedia slowing down time @danny_schmidt @carltonward @alexofthewild all outstanding in their field! @grizzlycreekfilms . . . . . . . #earth #earthday2018 #reddigitalcinema #keepfloridawild #flwildlife #keepflwild #florida #swamplife
Just a man and his bicycle. Adios Moab and thanks for all the enchiladas! #portal #roadtrip #desert #weweresomewherearoundbarstow
World’s biggest walleye, 1982. #fishstories #northernexposure