Just finished an amazing trip with @natgeoexpeditions through British Columbia, Haida Gwaii, and Southeast Alaska. Had some amazing photo opportunities, but on top of that had a chance to have some amazing, meaningful conversations about photography, conservation, and wild places while sharing some of my stories from the field. This is definitely one of my favorite places on the planet. I am always thankful for and amazed by the naturalist staff on expeditions like these, and always leave knowing more than I thought possible. Thanks to everyone one the expedition for making it such an unforgettable experience. Thanks to @david_franklin_jaffe and @briandoylephoto for showing me the ropes up there. #alaska #icebergs #sunrise #glacierbay #instagood
Imagine what it must be like to be a mt. lion.
Pretty soon these little guys will be coming out. Can you believe that someone told me once their story “could be summed up in one picture”. Hands down one of the funnest shoots I’ve done. Pika communities are simply 🙌.
I had never gotten a picture of a mountain lion plucking the hair from a kill until I got this shot. Not that I was looking for it..... From early in my days photographing mt. lions with researchers from @pantheracats and working for @natgeo. Looking forward to getting back out there with help from @fstopfoundation as I continue to document what I believe to be one of North America’s most awesome animals. 🤘
How do you get outside? How do you recreate on public lands? For me, it’s been fun getting back on the bike after a few years. Especially when you get to hit places like this. #moab
Sundog. Swiftcurrent Creek, Glacier National Park, MT.
The Poster Project. As long as I can remember I’ve loved posters. I can still remember my favorite Pink Floyd poster in college. So I’ve printed out a couple of my favorite images to share with you as an 18x24 inch poster. You can hear why I picked each image if you check my IG stories. They’re on sale today signed for $35 with free shipping (in the US). Click the link in my bio to learn more. As an added bonus I throw in both posters for the first 25 orders (buy one get one free). As always thank you all so much for your continued support. ✌️click on the link in my bio for more.
Mountain Goat’s owe their amazing climbing abilities to their hooves. Hard edged on the outside to step on the tiniest of ledges and soft on the inside to grip and schmear rock faces.
I had no idea that Mountain Goats weren’t just goats, but rather members of the larger bovidae family. Cloven hoof, ruminant mammals, they’re more closely related to cows. Always excited when work ends up great places. Check the article at the link in my bio to see another mt. goat shot and some great work by some other @natgeo natural history shooters. ✌️
Red Desert/ Black & White.
“The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him? No, thank you,' he will think. 'Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning •These are my notes•
Well did you? 🦉 #owls #birdsofinstagram #cool
Great Plains. #hay #wy #instamood
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream.”- Vincent Van Gogh #moonlight #stars #instagood #nature
I am so thankful to have spent so much time traveling through Utah over the last few years. The fact that I have had a chance to do it with family and friends (old and new) while working to educate people about the environment we live in makes it all that much sweeter. Out of all the spots in Utah, Capitol Reef may just be my fave. As always, thank you guys for tuning in here and for the continued support. Much love. 🙌 #utah #sandstone #rock #sunrise #instagood #wild #landscapes
Please take a second to read the caption below about the work of a fellow @natgeo photographer @franslanting. • Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage. If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." @hassanrouhani @jzarif @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @FedericaMog @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #FreeIranianConservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature #wildlife #conservation #cheetahs #bigcats اميد_براى_طبيعت#
Red Desert, Wyoming. #wild #wyoming #commonground #mypubliclands
Wild West ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The population of wild horses is expanding across the west, and range managers are struggling with ways to deal with the extra animals. Great article in the AP about wild horses. Click the link in my bio to read. Where have you seen wild horses before? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wild #horses #reddesert #publiclands #commonground
Dig In. 😺 #catsofinstagram #cats #commonground #publicland #cougars
Curiosity and the Coyote. Just read a great piece on the @harvard_business_review website by about curiosity (click the link in my bio to read it). Did you know that research shows that fostering curiosity can reduce group conflict, reduce decision making errors and lead to more innovation? Swipe left to find out what you can do to foster your (& your kids) curiosity. #wild #coyote #publiclands #commonground #curiosity
Mystic Falls, Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wild #water #flow #commonground #publiclands
Nothing quite like it, flying over the Snake River at sunrise.🐍☀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #flight #paramotorlife #goals #wild @skyparagliders #commonground #publicland
People ask me all the time....”do you fly drones?”.....“Not really” I say. #wild #flight @skyparagliders #paramotorlife
Stop the car.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #shotoniPhone #gottastop
#TBT to hanging with the bighorns at Whiskey Mtn. Wildlife management area. 🐑 #wild #ram #publicland #commonground
#natgeo100contest Wow!! I feel so fortunate to be able to contribute to the @natgeo Instagram feed. Being able to say that I am proud contribute photography and video to such an amazing organization is an understatement. I have wanted to have this job since I was a kid and am so thankful to those who have helped along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the top slot for engagement there a few times, this being one of those shots. 1.4 million views on the @natgeo feed. Thank you everyone. You have no idea how much it means to me. That being said..... @Natgeo just hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Check my story for details. Good luck! #shotoniphone
Did you know? 👉🧠 💪 🐐__________________________________________________••• #nature #wild #goat #commonground #publicland
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it." “We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities … Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.” - Lyndon B. Johnson President of the United States #wild #wilderness #yellowstone #commonground #publicland @natgeoexpeditions
Raven. The word can be a verb or a noun. Two words with completely different meanings spelled the exact same way. A homograph. ••• #bingo #ravens #wild
Brooming: The breaking of a Bighorn Sheep’s horns at the tip from fighting and sparring with other males. As in “Look at his horns how they’re all broomed off at the end.” #wild #nature #publiclands #commonground
I’m excited to be heading back into Yellowstone National Park today. Winter in the park is definitely my favorite time of year. What’s yours? #nature #wild #publicland #commonground @natgeoexpeditions
Breathe Deep. ✨✨✨ #commonground #publiclands #stars
So rad that @schwarzenegger chose this image to support his amazing program @afterschoolallstars providing free after school programs for youth. 100% of the proceeds from sales are are going to support the program. Check my stories to see more. So greatfull to be a part of it. 🙌 Thank you to @natgeofineart and @schwarzenegger for putting all the pieces together with @natgeoimagecollection • #wild #thankfull
I feel like I have the best possible job in the world, working with wildlife and wild places, trying to bring them to the collective attention while highlighting our commonality through appreciation of simple beauty in nature. On any given day my biggest threat is maybe having a bear charge me or say getting injured in the backcountry somehow. What you see here as a result is my version of that beauty, that truth. I can’t fathom having to be scared for my life, or face the risk of assassination for bringing that truth forward while exercising my First Amendment rights. I am at a total loss thinking about Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist assassinated recently by Saudi Arabia in an operation that has essentially been condoned by the White House. I can’t stand by and watch this get swept under the rug because of falling oil prices, arms or nuclear deals. If we as a society championing freedom and democracy for all are willing to accept the assassination of journalists working for a free press, I am afraid to find out where we go from here. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, are in the first amendment because they are the foundations of a free and open society. Democracy. I saw a post the other day with a journalist bagging on the “cliched” statement that “journalism gives voice to the voiceless”….In this particular case, it seems clear to me that is exactly what we as a community of journalists should be doing. I refuse to stand by and watch this all go away without trying to use this feed for the common good. @whitehouse your actions regarding the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are unacceptable and shameful. You’re not destroying our country, you’re destroying Democracy. Wherever you’re reading this, if you believe in Democracy I urge you to click on the link in my bio to find a list of your congressmen and women (or pick one, you can even find your congressional leaders on social media). Write to them today to let them know what you think. @senatorenzi @liz.cheney @senjohnbarrasso
Hoping to find a few of these to be thankful for this November. • #sheep #bighornsheep #wildlife #thatswy
The tail. Probably the coolest physical feature about a mountain lion. Used to help it balance as it explodes for short bursts across the uneven and steep terrain it’s known to inhabit chasing elk and deer. Love it. 🏔 🐈 ❄️ • #cats #cougars #wild #wildlife #wildanimals #commonground #catsofinstagram
#tbt to warmer times in Natural Bridges National Monument (created by Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 btw. ) ✨ ✨ ✨✨• #nature #wild #stars #publiclands #commonground
Mountain Climber, Mountain 🐐. My buddy @dstahler calls this one a Mountain Wizard. Hard to believe they’re considered an invasive species in northwest Wyoming. 🏔 • #wildlife #mountaingoats #commonground #publiclands
❄️ Winter’s coming ❄️ • • #winter #moose #commonground #publiclands #wildlife
Great article out by @outsidemagazine & writer Steve Rinella @stevenrinella about co-operation in the woods bringing people together and working together to protect what we love. It can only happen through cooperation and understanding. 🙌 Check it out at the link in my bio. #commonground #wildlife #outside #publiclands #elk
Ursus Horribilis • 🐻 • #grizzlybears #commonground #wildlifephotography
Excited to be headed back to the source w/ @natgeoexpeditions. Hoping to see a few of these on this trip. 👑 #yellowstone #wildife #elk #wapitiwednesday
Caught the sunset with @natgeoexpeditions in Yellowstone National Park. ••• #commonground #shotoniphone
Make a wish. ••• #commonground