Honestly, I think Im guilty of living in a bubble. The world is open to me in a big way because as a National Geographic Explorer, doors are easy to walk through. I know how lucky I am to travel the world with my camera as a co-pilot, telling stories that I think matter. But even with access, opportunities and good intentions I am still guilty of seeing the world through my lens. I don't understand how everyone doesn't share the same unbridled enthusiasm for nature the way I do. But just because some may not share MY enthusiasm for one thing doesnt mean they dont care about something. Family, friends, Love and personal investment becomes easier to witness when I step outside of what I think only matters and try to look at life through the perspectives of others. Its my job to have empathy and compassion as a story teller but sometimes I become so focused on convincing someone of my views that I dont consider their's. So im going to try and do a better job of listening, observing and trying to understand where others are coming from. I want to make the world a better place for animals and the stories I work on will always reflect that, but through my actions Im going to try and make the world a better place for humans too.
One side is Mexico, the other side is the United States of America and in between is natures border: the Rio Grande River. On both sides there are humans and what's important to focus on is that we share more similarities than differences. Please watch our film "The River and The Wall" available on iTunes, Hulu and Amazon then let me know how you feel.
Defiance. At some point in my life I think I struck a balance between individuality and not entirely being a disrupting force. I learned to be different while still contributing to society, not conforming but still being a part of the flock. Or not...what the hell am I talking about? The only balance I have in my life is through extreme opposites. I haven't figured anything out to be honest, just that I Love animals more than anything else on this planet. And I really Love this photo because it feels like this chick is ready to fly, soar and be free even though he may not have the tools to do so just yet. I Love animals for their tenacity, resiliency and just get it done attitude. Also, I realize he may just be calling out to mom...but I think there's something else going on in him. Taken with @brianmoghari and @acr_conservation_photography while on assignment for @natgeo in Costa Rica.
Happy #worldotterday to this little jem and all the other water monkeys that bless our universe. Emma is a Neotropical River Otter that resides in Costa Rica. You can visit her @toucanrescueranch along with all the other beautiful animals that they are rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing back into the wild.
Almost looks like a Thresher, but its a Great Hammerhead. To be specific, The Great Hammerhead...my favorite Shark in the world, Pocahontas. Im still yet to see a wild Thresher though so if anyone is keen for a dive buddy, I dive 🙋🏽♂️. Taken while out with my buddy @jim_abernethy in the Bahamas.
4 in the AM and I'm just laying here unable to sleep. When I cant rest, its usually because I haven't nature-d in a few days. Capturing images of Hummingbirds doing the mundane in an extraordinary way puts me right to sleep. Operation Hummingbird weekend just became official. Filmed with @brianmoghari for "Untamed Costa Rica" on @natgeo
Intimate moments in nature are more difficult to come by than going to places that exploit animals, but they are genuine and beyond worth it. Anyone can and deserves to witness wildlife and how incredible is it to know that the quality of life of the creatures you're looking at is the one they deserve. If national parks or certain species are too expensive for you to see up close, please find a sanctuary that is rehabilitating and releasing animals and not breeding them for selfies which leads to a miserable life for the animals. Fight the good fight Wildlife Warriors, the animals and their homes deserve it 😸
Let em know how fierce you are. Just make sure to act on it. 📸 for @natgeo
Before applying 3,000 frames per second to Hummingbirds, they were just a series of clicks, dashing colors and drunk nectar chitter chatter to me. But when we slow them down, the intricacies of their lives become intimate. Have you ever seen a Hummingbird blink before? Neither had I, thats why I wanted to make this video. Stay curious wildlife warriors. 🎥 for @natgeo @natgeowild
Predators are considered a keystone species because of the role they play within their environment. They keep the balance on the lower level of the food chain and without them, deer and vermin populations would be too high and beyond environmental health, human health could be affected. Basically...keep animals like Bobcats around. Thats my birthday ramble 😸.
Great Green Macaw chick being groomed by its maker. Y'all...there's around 1,500 of these beautiful birds left in the wild. They are on postcards, billboards, magazines and even adult diapers (at least they will be on mine ). How the hell can we protect wildlife if we cant even protect some of the more iconic species? Please start to give a damn otherwise animals will be things we read about and we'll be left with cows and chickens. I filmed these two beautifies for a new film series by @bamboodocs based in Costa Rica. This is a 4K still frame from video out of the @reddigitalcinema GEMINI. HUGE shoutout to @tscottwood for making it happen so quick for me and if you have RED needs, hit him up. Stay wild and be kind to animals! #shotonred
Presence...the state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing. 📸 @brianmoghari of me with a beautiful Mako.
Thats a wrap! Three straight days of @pbsnature "American Spring Live." What went in to the series however, was a hell of a lot more time. I was on location 2 weeks early to ensure I got Bobcat footage for my segment and damn was that the right call. Not because we barely had enough, but because we had WAY MORE than enough. Two weeks with Bobcats was a living dream. I Love cats, more than ANYTHING. They move, inspire and drive me towards a purpose, always have and always will. A million things had to come together to make this happen. A live, nature, cross-country 3 day event...think about it. So a billion thank you's to @pbsnature @coneflower_studios @dan_quiterio for allowing me to be a part of this. And there's one more important thank you I have to make. @danieldietrichphoto (Daniel Dietrich, hooman name ) is a world class conservationist and after this experience an even better friend. His relentless, passion and talent filled efforts made this ENTIRE Bobcat story possible. Eyes like a superhero hawk, mind like a mega server and a heart of gold...with passion to follow. Thank you my friend. A Bobcat story has been the summit to my mountain for a long time and after this, we have a lot more mountains to climb. Stay wild, and be kind to animals my friends. #americanspringlivepbs
Animals are amazing, try hard at things. My only two life takeaways. Photo for @natgeo
Video @filipe_deandrade and @brianmoghari // The Neotropical Rattlesnake is kind enough to warn you when you are too close for comfort. All too often snakes are killed out of fear because we enter their world. When you see one, just take a step back and walk around because they are way more afraid of you. As predators within their natural habitats they play an important role in keeping vermin populations down. Cheers for Snakes, they're so underrated, and dare I say BEAUTIFUL.
Photo @danieldietrichphoto // Throw the Bobcat guy some love by smashing that follow button on his page. He's the Bobcat guy, but he's also the everything guy.
Ice cream for your eyes...enjoy. Filmed with @brianmoghari while living out of a mini van and eating cheese. Process was stinking, product was...well, you be the judge.
This is my dive buddy, a beautiful Tiger Shark saying hello to @ambassador4ouroceans in the Bahamas. She comes in so close that he has to stop her from going face to face. On this most appropriate of celebrations, Earth Day, let's remember that we're all in this together. Coexist and soak up the beauty of our natural world because we only have one home. Every creature, especially Sharks, have an important role to play here on earth. Like @abc4explore said..."Sharks are dope and they do dope stuff" (don't quote me, or him on that ).
Magnificent Frigatbirds...the pirates of the high seas. New video drops on @natgeo this Tuesday.
HEY YOU! Im taking over @pbsnature for the next 2 weeks! Why, because America. More specifically, American Spring Live. This is an ambitious, ground breaking (or healing rather ) conservation movement from PBS. We are featuring multiple locations, wild animals and wild humans that are movers and shakers on our beautiful planet. This will all lead up to a 3-day LIVE broadcast on April 29, 30 and May 1st. So head over to @pbsnature to get your nature fill. Stay wild Wildlife Warriors.