Stacked layers of earth like the chapters of a book, the desert landscape can teach us a lot about the earth's history. Maybe more than any other. It's clues are subtle with the slightest change in color, texture, rock & vegetation, often stacking on top of eachother. I love looking back to try & understand what I see in a photograph. Maybe someone much smarter than me can explain the geomorphology going on here?
For the whole month of December I am offering 10 free prints to anyone that brings us Food for the homeless shelter. If you are in California & can swing by my gallery in Pismo Beach we would love to have you drop off your non perishable items & accept this small gift from us. Last year we filled two bins. 🙏 . Address is Geotagged above. You can find us there M-F / 9-6. Sadly this is only an in person offer 😌. . Looking for Holiday Gifts? everything in my shop is currently 25% off - Prints/Books/Merch - Use code: CBHOLIDAY25 at checkout. 🤙 www.ChrisBurkard.com
“It’s sometimes easy to lose track of the days, weeks & months - loose sight of where you’re headed & where you want to go. It happens to me all the time - getting too caught up inside my own head or deep within all the projects I’m working on. . It often turns out easy just to follow the path I’m already on, while being too busy to remember what I actually wanted in the first place or too scared to take chances - scared of going into the unknown and the unsafe. When you have been pushing your limits for a long time - your definition or normal becomes different from other people; what seems epic to others might just be everyday for someone else. And vice versa. Trust me, even in the social media world and as a creative entrepreneur, this happens all the time. Just take a look around here on Instagram - how often don’t you see talented people, posting great stuff - but at the same time safe, often something you’ve seen before. . It’s a trend, in part created by the modern day algorithms that surround us. Everything is being filtered based on what supposedly is right for us. But what the algo forgets is that we often need things that aren’t obviously right for us - those random & unexpected things that remind us to stop for a moment and rethink everything. These are the things that help us remember that there’s more than just one path - and that you always can stop for a moment and change direction.” - beautiful words from GUNNAR FREYAR. . Also known as @icelandic_explorer . A person worth following whose words are just as powerful as his images. Be inspired by those around you.
Beyond my first experience, sharing an Aurora filled sky with friends, strangers & loved ones is by far the greatest experience photography has given me. . This Holiday I am offering my prints, books & entire shop 25% off. Use code CBHOLIDAY25 at www.ChrisBurkard.com ( this happens once a year 😉)
Legend goes that an Icelandic outlaw named Jón Markússon lived & bathed in this lava cave hideout in the early 1800’s. I would be tempted to do the same except an eruption made the water too hot to bare. One can dream though.
It’s so much more than just transportation. Amidst turbulent air, often negative temperatures, and a completely exposed cockpit with little room to move, you are never totally ‘comfortable’ flying in an experimental aircraft. So why do you do it? Because it provides a vision of earth seldom seen...often at a slow enough pace that you can take it all in. You are embracing the varying landscape and every ripple of wind that comes with it. Compressed into a sea of sand, pilot and photographer @shotsfromabove flies 2,000 feet above evening shadows in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Roughly 11k feet. . Shot alongside @renan_ozturk
"Sometimes I forget to breathe" he said. "It's just so beautiful." It is great to celebrate your own work... but even better to pay homage to those that inspire you. This week I have been in the San Luis Valley flying in Sub-Zero temperatures while documenting the story of Chris Dahl-Bredine or better known as @shotsfromabove. His aerial photographs are stunning, but more important is the process he has gone through to get these visions. By building an experimental plane in his garage he explores terrain that many would never see. It's a bit like the wild west up here, with a cowboy behind the wheel. Grateful to be working with one of my favorite cinematographers @renan_ozturk as he brings Chris' vision to life. . This photo shot from a 300mm telephoto lens flying around 11k feet from another experimental craft known as an 'ultralight trike.' The Trikes below us hover at around 10K feet as Renan shoots video of Chris flying and shooting.
A modern image of an ancient practice. The Kayak originated in Greenland. Used traditionally by hunters who trained on them from an early age. The very word ‘kayak’ comes from the Inuit language - Qajaq.
After a few weeks catching up on sleep at home & holiday festivities I started itching for early mornings chasing the sun. I woke well before dawn today in 17F and it reminded just how much of a love/ hate relationship I have with sunrise. The anticipation kills me... often rushing while half asleep then all at once there it is. It happens everyday but always feels like the first time.
The ghost town of íkáteq suffered from exposure to the elements. With no natural barriers to the open ocean or nearby mountains to protect from the wind the town was extremely vulnerable. At times the wind got so ferocious that homes would have weighted ropes thrown over the roof just to keep it from blowing off. The 12 homes still stand intact with many possessions still left inside as if everyone left suddenly taking only what they could carry & never came back.
One of the hardest truths to accept is that our very existence is at conflict with Nature. Regardless of how much we try to 'offset' we are all consumers & will be hard pressed to make up for what we take in the end. These thoughts weigh heavy on me everytime I jump on a plane. Regardless of how many solar panels I put up, dietary choices I make, enviro campaigns I work on or trees I plant it really won't make up for a lifelong dependency on fuel & plastic among other things. So what is the answer? Is it to sit on your hands, lash out on the internet or shake your fist at every jumbo jet in the sky? . I don't think so. I think experiencing joy is one of the great pursuits of life & the more we can learn to do it without competition to the natural world... the better. But even in your most honest effort there will usually be some resources used. The climbing gear, skis, surfboard, running shoes etc etc.. all have a cost - doesn’t mean we stop doing what we love. Instead consider that maybe in the pursuit of consuming less, you can use your voice, time, talents & ‘platform’ (no matter how big or small) to share your experiences, thoughts, feelings & hopefully a more intimate story of the places we work,play & ultimately experience life to the fullest. In the end what I think is going to help the planet most is a deeper connection to the places we love & hopefully we can make others care about them as well. It’s hard to want protect something you never experience.
While breaking through the ice during our warmest day in Greenland this quickly became the best seat in the house. As temperatures rise this is what September can look like in the Arctic. Sub-Zero one second & t-shirt no shoes weather as soon as the wind dies & sun comes out. Funny that I packed my hammock for India but only managed to use it in Greenland. Somedays it feels like the world is turning upside down. . 📷 @_ryanhill_ @kammok
On the far end of Bears Ears National Monument sits the Valley of the Gods and within it lie some of the most beautiful desert formations you have seen. It doesn't take long to realize how special this corner of the world is. This 'Giving Tuesday' consider supporting the Kickstarter to create an Education Center for this delicate area. A place to help visitors protect the cultural & ecological resources and ultimately experience it's beauty. . For more information check out the Kickstarter : https://goo.gl/GueCH6 Or www.friendsofcedarmesa.org