What’s the best time to go to Tuscany? I come here each spring and autumn. In April you will encounter lush green hills with blooming flowers. May is the time for poppies. October and November is the time for golden vineyards, atmosphere of harvest celebration in rural villages and fresh emerald grass on fields. #italy
What's your favorite place? Mine's outside. Whether walking in a city, sitting on the porch, swimming, hiking, camping, or writing, I want to be outside. All of my best work comes from something written in the moment, and I know I'm repeating myself here, but also it's when I'm outside. If you read my most recent Alaska post, I wrote that right here, listening to the water, watching birds float by. The process became a lot easier with my iPad and @zagg keyboard, a company l'm stoked to have a partnership with. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from us at the end of the month. Are you obsessed with outside too? #zagg#sp
11/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • Yesterday in the @ca_centralcoast was such a blast from sunrise to long past sundown. It started in our base of @shareslo before we drove down to Pismo Beach for an adrenaline-fueled buggy ride on the sand dunes. The views were incredible and the thrill could easily replace my morning cup of ☕️ which I desperately needed later in the afternoon as we followed the dunes up with a tour of @libertinebrew and a looonnngggg boozy lunch trying as many of their sour beers as possible. We adored the time we spent with Founder and Director of Brewing: Tyler Clark, all of us finding something to love about him from his rockin' mustache to his taste in music (which infuses the brewery design with fun and just the right amount of irreverence) to the philosophy with which he brews his beers. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a brewery so much. Yet it was time to keep drinking and switch to wine on the insanely historic Santa Margarita Ranch where the cover photo was taken of the vintage truck. This property holds evidence of early man, has an original Mission, old trains and trucks, a zip line and an old stone structure that pre-dates our country. On overload already we finished back in San Luis Obipso for their Thursday Night Farmers Market adding our DNA to their Bubblegum Alley and getting our tongues burnt on Mexican Street Corn before finding sunflowers we wished we could fit in the space shuttle we're driving around for these 19 days. Alas, there's no room with all the sweet gifts we've been given by the kind folks of California. 😍 #ca_centralcoast #shareslo#visitcalifornia#thisisadventure
You don't have to leave home to go on an adventure | From the city to the coast, I put the @BMW #4series 440i to the test this past week. It reignited my love for this city I call home and reminded me how lucky I am to have all of this in my backyard. With every curve, the changing scenery made me realize that even after spending my whole life here there's still so much more to explore #bmw#ad
The last day of summer or the first day of fall? It's rained five inches in the last few days, putting out most of the fires in the Gorge. The storm broke last night just in time for one of the first smoke free sunsets I've seen in months.
Tuscany is like a second home for me already. I love the lifestyle here: medieval towns with rural pace of life, friendly people, classical landscape and amazing food. In October I will guide Tuscany, Dolomites and Slovenia photography workshops. Time to relax and enjoy low autumn sun, morning mists and golden foliage. You may join me at DanielKordan.com #tuscany#nikon#italy
After two days of endless rain, it was unbelievable to wake up to a winter scenery on our third day in the Engadin Valley. Although the snow melted in less than 24 hours, it was crazy to witness that the mountain passes went from golden brown to completely white just overnight, still on a summer day (shot taken on the 10th of September). #peaksofeurope @myswitzerland | @graubuenden
Have you ever been told, "oh I wouldn't do that! It's too dangerous! You're too young, too old, too (insert word here)"? A lot of women are told that about traveling alone. And you know what? I agree. I've got 25 reasons why (link in bio) (📷: @the_roadtripper)
I love helicopters. When I was young, I wanted to be a pilot (ok, I still do). So occasionally I splurge on scenic helicopter tours when I travel. This one over (and through!) the Grand Canyon was one of the best so far! • ——————————————— Check out my new blog post to learn more! ——————————————— ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ | #grandcanyon | #lasvegas | #helicopter ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
Remote life in the Engadin valley, far away from the crowds. This house is part of an old village that look like abandoned but is not. Although the exterior of the buildings aren't very inviting, when we had a look through the windows we discovered a warm, modern and cosy wooden-made interior that made me look forward to winter evenings! #peaksofeurope @myswitzerland | @graubuenden
I am very proud to announce my South Georgia expedition for November 2018. South Georgia island located almost in Antarctica, and it’s truly an Animal Kingdom! That’s incredible 3 week sailing expedition devoted only to South Georgia. Just for 8 photographers/travelers on board of our Arctic “Aurora” yacht. Itinerary is available at DanielKordan.com #southgeorgia#antarctica
It always amazes me how mountain pass roads can look like alpine rivers sometimes. Here, the Julier pass road perfectly blends in with the Julia river. On another note, anyone else sees Dugtrio in that road shape? #peaksofeurope Shot for @myswitzerland | @graubuenden
Would you rather: be able to breathe underwater or fly like a bird? I find this one impossible to answer. Taken on a bush flight in Alaska to the start of the eight day hike I've been referencing so much lately. Still can't get over it. By the way, check out my most recent blog post if you haven't heard about the tours am offering in 2018 yet! Would love to see you there.
10/16 #CaliforniaWild #sponsored post • Last night one of the moments I was most looking forward to in our trip, occurred in the #cadeserts between the towns of Trona and Ridgecrest. We visited the Trona Pinnacles starting at sunset and stayed until after the milky way appeared so that we could experiment with long exposure night photography. Local residents came out with telescopes and star apps so they could help us find the very best spot to situate our cameras. There were stories about the night sky and about the history of the area, a talk from the Bureau of Land Management which takes care of Trona Pinnacles and I don't think I have ever had more fun as a photographer. The skill of night photography is something I very much am still learning but it was fun to further hone those skills during this adventure. The Trona Pinnacles are an unusual geological feature and the site consists of more than 500 tufa spires rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake Basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate. Formed underwater between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago, some of the spires are more than 140 feet high. The Trona Pinnacles were made a National Natural Landmark in 1968 by the Department of the Interior and might be recognizable to you as a filming location for more than a dozen hit movies, including Planet of the Apes and Star Trek. #thisisadventure#visitcalifornia#tronapinnacles#nightskyphotography#milkywaypics#sonyrx1rii#blmcalifornia
The Allgäu Alps in Germany. They have been on my radar for quite some time now. Unfortunately I only had a couple of days to spend there and the hiking conditions have been very hard. This is a shot I managed to take during a very brief sunny spell. I'll have to come back here for some proper missions in those incredible mountains. #peaksofeurope Shot for @germanytourism
Weekends are meant for road trips to epic places with good company | I had the opportunity to take the @BMW #4series to one of my favorite places in California, except this time it was a completely different experience. I savored every second on the road with the #bmw 440i and the roads I know so well were brand new again. The amount of free time I get outside of work is limited but it's important to me to always find the time to do the things I love most #bmw#ad
Senja island in Northern Norway. Senja is an island north from Lofoten islands. It looks like a hand from above. You can climb any of it’s “fingers” and enjoy awesome midnight sun in summer. #norway#senja#gitzoinspires#nikon#lucroit
9/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • Have you ever wanted to visit a legitimate Wild West Ghost Town? 👻 I have and last night I finally got to, with a catch. I learned a new phrase when we visited Randsburg: population 50. It's called a "living ghost town." When we first pulled into town, we didn't see a single soul, not human or animal. The sun was starting to set and the colorful, crumbling facades of the wooden buildings set aglow in the light seemed perfectly poised in a long gone time. We'd expected it to be quiet since we were told in advance the town businesses that are left are only open on some days of the week and Monday isn't included. So we walked around and began to take a few photos of each other, many photos of the details -- and after a while a wonderful thing began to happen, people started to appear. We met an artist/woodworker who was quietly busy in a darkened studio with the door open to let fresh air (or intrepid explorers?) in. We were visited by a German Shepherd who was curious yet aloof. And we met the three town firefighters who work in 48 hour shifts and drive from as much as 100 miles away to call the town home during their times on call. We learned, from former gallery owner @cherylmcdonaldc, that the 2010 census recorded Randsburg as having 69 residents. We saw a ridiculously charming fixer upper for sale for such an affordable price I could have bought it. In between the initial stillness and the welcome we ended up receiving, I found a town whose worth can't be measured in the size of its population but in the length which its residents go to create a community that works for them yet which can be inclusive for the truly curious, willing to take their time... #cadeserts#randsburg#randsburgca#visitcalifornia#thisisadventure#fujifilmx_us #fujifilmxt2
Mystical Patagonia. Somewhere deep in Patagonia forest where dragons roam… Autumn is very short and incredibly beautiful in Patagonia. Middle of April brings cold, snow and burst of colors for just a week or two. I’m mad about this time in South America: I could return here each year with my groups to seek for endless compositions. DanielKordan.com #patagonia#argentina#southamerica#nikon#gitzoinspires#lucroit
Everywhere I go I still somehow manage to occasionally find cell service. Pretty special to head out exploring one of Greenland’s least know areas for the next week… completely off the grid. Always grateful for opportunities like this 🤙🏼
In three weeks, the #vanlife book that I've been working on for the last year comes out! @philliptannand whipped up some limited edition bumper stickers for the release. Best part is that they are free with a preorder of the book. Follow the link in my profile to preorder your copy or upload your sales receipt (if you've already ordered it!) to get your stickers. I'm super happy with how the book turned out and can't wait for people to start checking them out 🙏🏻💪🏻
Guess what? If you've been seeing all these pictures over the years and wishing you could be there too, I invite you to come with me! For years, you guys have been asking how we can travel together, so I've partnered with an experienced and super fun guide to bring you tours in 2018. My travel style is unique, seeking adventures that are immersive, off the beaten path, and authentic. I've been having a blast and I want to share it with you. I'm sending out a special email this week to the newsletter subscribers allowing you guys to pick which destinations appeal to you most, Plus you'll be the first to be able to sign up for tours before they sell out. You can read more about the Alaska trip at the link in the bio and you can sign up to receive that special email when you scroll to the bottom of the page. I can't wait to travel with you.
Today I'm leaving back to Greenland. Stay tuned for updates from my expedition. This time I'm going with my group to south Greenland. I call this area "Arctic Patagonia" because of incredible granite walls. Danielkordan.com #greenland#djiphantom#dji
8/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • During our several days in the @visitmammoth area, we have scrambled over rocks, up rocks, down rocky slopes, under bridges, over bridges, ridden up chairlifts and gondolas, raced each other on bikes and developed new interests in things like rock climbing and mountain biking. We've easily made friends with the locals who are *no shortage of awesome* and I think I speak for the whole team when I say we have really enjoyed this area of California's vast #highsierras. When we were looking down on lakes like these from the top of @mammothmountain at over 11,000 feet, I did think I could live here. If you like the outdoors, this place just seems to have it all. Instead, I think I'll return for a true vacation. Soon as I can. And I won't be alone. While this area might not get as much press as nearby Lake Tahoe & Yosemite -- it's the 3rd most visited ski resort in the USA in winter and in summer the over 200 miles of paved bike and walking paths + countless miles of mountain bike trails are just one of the draws for tourists from around the world who want that clean mountain air and backdrops that must rival heaven itself. Breathe deep in a spot like this and you can feel the zen change you from the inside, out. Or maybe I've just been breathing so deep I'm delirious now?! 😝 Either way, it's going to be tough to move on today. But our next region is calling our names... #thisisadventure#visitcalifornia#mammothmoments#nosmalladventure#visitmammoth#mammothstories • • • #mountaingirls#fujifilmx_us #fujifilmxt2#borderfreecali#womenwhoexplore
After eight days in the Alaskan backcountry with no trail, only what I could carry on my back, and two near-perfect strangers, all I can say is wow! What a life-changing experience to be in complete solitude in nature. We saw incredible things, and it's all on video! I just finished editing it and posted it today! Click the link in the bio to check it out!
This October I've decided to visit beautiful Dolomites. I will visit places I enjoyed in summer and also scout for new autumn locations. I'm bringing a small group of 3 persons with me. If you'd like to take one of these spots to learn from me in person, please review itinerary, link in bio or at Danielkordan.com #italy#dolomites
7/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • To get from Gold Country to the #highsierras we drove into @yosemitenps via the Big Oak Flat entrance. If you have been to Yosemite before, what's your favorite part of the park? • It was a dream come true for me to be in the park. As a young photographer, I spent many years pouring over the work of Ansel Adams & his contemporaries, in which Yosemite features heavily. It was ridiculously inspiring to see the spots I felt I knew so well from still photos, in person. There wasn't a moment of the drive I didn't love!! Not having all the time in the world though we did have to be strategic about where we stopped so we chose Tuolumne Meadows & Olmsted Point as places to really take our time and get great content. That gave our driver @adamballard1978 time to take off his shoes and wade into the river at the Meadows, as we were filming. When I saw him, not only did I want to do it too but it also sparked the idea of using my @apple iPhone clad in its @lifeproof case to try something a little different. I hope you enjoy this virtual trip to Yosemite via my 20 second video. • #visitcalifornia#yosemitenationalpark#tuolumnemeadows#livelifeproof#shotoniphone#findyourpark
In a couple of days I'll fly back to Greenland. This sailing expedition will take place in South Greenland. When I say "South", I do not mean palms at the beach and cozy bars. Instead we will encounter icebergs, freeze ourselves during countless cold nights and sail for days in absolute solitude, one to one with nature. Danielkordan.com #greenland
I feel like anywhere else this lake would be a destination in itself but in Alaska it was just something we stumbled upon by wandering around our chosen campsite. Who knows if it even has a name? Alaska is stupid beautiful!
I used to think that secluded white sand beach's only existed in the tropics. Reserved only for those privileged enough to visit. Truth is - natures beauty is out there for anyone willing to suffer for it. These beaches were used to launch boats by fisherman for over 100 years. At one point these incredibly resource rich islands held some of the poorest communities in Norway.
6/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • I don't think there's an adventure activity I love more than white water rafting, except maybe hot air ballooning. Though I don't really put those in the exact same category. So you can imagine how excited I was to spend a #californiawild morning rafting the South Fork of the American River with @oars_rafting in @visitgoldcountry. Class 2 and 3 rapids provide the adrenaline rush and in between the rapids, there are gorgeous stretches of calm water that flow through a canyon dotted with historic sites from the Gold Rush days, bridges, beaches, clusters of wild flowers and serene forests hiding wildlife. I don't have a photo of me to prove how much I loved this experience because it was my job to be behind the camera but just look at how much fun @kellyenglish78 & @ottsworld are having and that's me. Times ten. 😝 🤘🏼With @gopro Hero 5 Black in one hand and a paddle in the other, I was so darn happy I could have kept going for hours and hours and hours. Is rafting something you enjoy? Where have you been before? • #visitgoldcountry#visitcalifornia#oarslife#goprohero5#goprogirls#thisisadventure
I took that shot in Tyrol, Austria, two weeks ago. After 3 consecutive days of 0 visibility and endless rain, when the view finally cleared up, the whole Alps woke up to snow covered mountains. Three days later it was already all melted but still, first proper snowfall of the season happened early September, still in the summer! #peaksofeurope @alpbachtal_tirol @visitaustria
Autumn in Japan is very poetic. Just to see the view of graceful Fuji-San worth visiting this beautiful country. Can't wait to travel in Japan again in November. Danielkordan.com #japan#fujisan#mountfuji#nikon#gitzoinspires
Some would say they're drawn to it, they just can't help but look. Staring 200 ft down to the Greenland Sea, over the edge of a once raging waterfall in the Westfjords @haukursigurdsson spies his father's boat in the distance.
5/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • I haven't really shown you the truth of our journey yet & the truth is that it's about THE PEOPLE. It's a theme that I'm not as good at presenting in a format which might be "likebait" for Instagram. I'm embarrassed to admit I all too often choose photos that I think will do well in this space over the ones which might tell a story more accurately. Not today though because I'd be doing an injustice to our @visitgoldcountry experience if I didn't tell you about the people featured here. 📍First is Tracey Berkner at @volcanounion in the town of Volcano which has only around 100 residents now but was at one time a boom town during the Gold Rush. She's taken a boarding house that was built for $400 in 1880 and turned it into a culinary destination in and of itself. Tracey serves up wine and beer pairings with beef, duck, salmon and trays of herbs to tempt or challenge your palette in a way that makes you want to stay overnight in one of her four hotel rooms so you can turn around and repeat the process again the next day! 📍Then there is Steve, Bea, Tyler and Trevor at @gracepatriotwines. A family of talents that range from medicine to cinematography to wine-making and who are as kind and welcoming as they are exceptional. We visited their winery around Golden Hour and long past sunset with a host of folks that work in tourism from the area. It was a night that I never wanted to end. From the light that shined on the rows of gleaming Tempranillo grapes as Steve showed us around, to the taste of their Golden Bear award-winning wines, to the laughter that flowed freely and quickly over a delectable dinner as I sat alongside Mo from Amador County who had been showing us around all morning -- I'll cherish those moments during the times this month where I'm worried about deadlines and lost sleep and the pace of covering an entire state in 19 days. • It's my job as a Storyteller for @visitcalifornia and @adventure.travel_ to
One of the most complicated parts of traveling is this concept that you can become someone 'different' or ideally 'better' through the process of doing it. As if the planning, culture, photos, stories, summits, waves & food will in some way change you. But the harsh reality is that you can leave & come back the same ignorant person if you filter every experience by perpetuating what other people have done before you. Leaving no room for the unknown to occur (which is where the growth happens) I know this well... because I've done it many times in my life, always hoping I would be a better person through my travels. It took me many years to realize that that process of becoming someone better starts before you leave your front door.
traveling has become such a big part of my life over the last few years and has no doubt shaped me into the person i am today. discovering new places fuels me to see as much of this world as possible. for me, there’s nothing more rewarding than immersing myself in the landscapes, culture, tradition, and food of an unfamiliar place 🌏 | this is a short compilation of some of my favorite adventures over the past few years that i made for @thedscvrr in hopes to inspire others to make their own adventures ✌🏼music: @jaiwolfx - Indian summer
Nothing could be more perfect than a nature's creation. Photo was taken from our expedition yacht in Greenland. Next year I'm guiding a photography workshop there again in July. Danielkordan.com #greenland
Here's my one and only picture from Burning Man. I'd almost forgotten all about it. Usually, I love going out and taking photos but at Burning Man, I usually just want to be present. This year I brought my camera and vowed to take more because I put so much time and effort into my costumes. This is far from the most ornate one I have! Yet each time I went out for the day, I got so immersed in the moment that I forgot all about my camera. So here's the one and only! This year was more transformational than ever before. Thanks to all of the beautiful souls who made that so 🙏🏻#burningman
4/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • I think our group saw and did more things during our short time in the #northcoastca than I could explain or talk about in a month. So sharing this photo of the view from Point Arena Lighthouse is sharing only a fraction of what there is to do in this amazing region characterized by stunning coastline, soaring Redwoods, locally-sourced food, rugged landscapes, glass beaches, fog-blanketed towns, lighthouses of all shapes and sizes as well as characters you instantly want to be friends with for life! • I hope you've checked out posts from my colleagues @ottsworld, @borderfreetravels & @stuffedsuitcase to see more? • You can also follow our awesome local guide/driver/new BFF @kellyenglish78. Kelly is a true Californian with roots here that pre-date the gold rush! • But about this Lighthouse I was standing in when I took this photo: it's the tallest you can climb to the top of on the West Coast and my goodness is the view ever awesome. From this high up, I could see grey whales breaching off shore and in the distance the Stornetta Public Lands where we experienced a thrilling tour with Margaret of @ourunbeatenpath (highly recommend this!) and I felt like I could see all the way to the marvelous Mar Vista Cottages where we spent our last night and morning in the North Coast, where I highly recommend you stay if you visit this region. I couldn't see all the way to the town of Mendocino but I was still thinking of it after we'd had a wonderful lunch there and in this moment I was marveling at just how STUNNING California is, period.... #thisisadventure#fujifilmx_us #fujifilmxt2#visitcalifornia#pointarena#exploremore#visitmendocino
Legs out on a doors-off heli flight above the Alps. Being super scared of heights I would have never thought one day I would be doing that but I did it. And boy did it make me feel alive! #peaksofeurope
A camera, tripod & head full of crazy ideas & thoughts. Photography will always be a way for me to filter a complicated world. . Shot using @gitzoinspires mountaineer tripod & @Sonyalpha A7SII / Sigma 20mm F1.4 10 seconds @ ISO 6400
I love being surprised by the weather & the resilience of plant life in the polar regions. T-shirt & shorts with blooming lupin are something I would have never believed unless I experienced it firsthand. Places that surprise you are critical for creativity. . @_ryanhill_ @blackdiamond
3/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • Of all the things we have been scheduled to see in the #northcoastca for this adventure, the Redwoods were # 1 on my list of what I was most excited about. Because I LOVE trees, these ancient giants have always been calling me. Unlike so many things and places that can let you down when they’re overhyped, the Redwoods don’t do that. Instead, I’m told they have made grown men cry and they made me feel more at peace than I have in longer than I can remember. This trip is about bringing you the lesser-visited parts of the state of California, so we focused on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Founders Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Both are part of the larger @redwoodnps system which links the National Park and State Parks into one system of stunning tree-filled goodness. Even though we skipped Avenue of the Giants and other parts of this park system that more visitors tend to frequent, we still saw the tallest and the biggest trees in California. We learned that they are so immense, they live in three climatic zones at once. The base of each tree is in one set, the stem of the tree is in another and the crown is in yet another. We also learned that there are Redwoods which have lived for over 1,000 years. The scale and the sheer majesty simply cannot be contained in a photo and photos make it hard to appreciate the scale so I wanted to show you one image that I took with my #fujifilmx_us X-T2 and another with my #goprohero5 so you can at least get an idea of just how massive the Redwoods are!! 🌲#RedwoodCountry #thisisadventure#humboldtredwoods#visitcalifornia#redwoodtrees#findyourpark
I can never seem to get it right. Packing seems to be the hardest part of any trip for me. I've been in places where the summer months are the coldest I have ever felt... and others where winter feels dry & humid. For as many years as I've done this you would think I'd have it figured out. But I still stay up till 2 am the night before a trip unpacking & repacking my bags, looking for what I missed. This next week ill be taking off for trips to Greenland & India. You couldn't plan for more opposite climates, activities, cultures and parts of the world. Sometimes I feel like the hardest question you have to ask yourself on a trip is what do put in this bag! (besides Gummies) 😉
one of those moments i'll never forget while flying above the most impressive array of colors 🚁🍭 | what are some things on your bucket list that you've been wanting to check off? would love to hear them!
From this perspective you begin to appreciate the world on a really grand scale. Certain things becomes smaller & almost insignificant while your overall view broadens to an almost never ending level giving you a new appreciation for your surroundings. Regardless of the mode of transportation.. a 15 hour packed passenger flight or an open door helicopter.. the mystery of flight always gets me feeling some level of excitement for what I'm about to see.
Watching the Eagle Creek Fire burn afternoon yesterday from @moviemountain . It's been a crazy week of fires, smoke, and evacuations. We almost had to packed up the #poolscum set! The fire on the Washington side is now almost contained but the Oregon fire is still raging at some 40,000 acres. it looks like rain is on the way to help out on the Oregon side but it's going to be weeks until it's fully extinguished by fall rain🤞🏻💦 #raindance#thankyoufirefighters
I spent a lot of time picking blueberries in Alaska...so the other day I was googling myself (admit it, you do it too!), and saw that 'bemytravelmuse camera' comes up in the top search questions and thought, maybe I haven't adequately answered that question. So I wrote a post with all of my equipment and exactly how I take selfies like this one, and how I edit too! I shared every single step of my process. Link in bio!
Stay or leave. That decision always haunts me. At some point on every expedition you have to face that question. Weather, swell, resources, budget & sometimes the inevitable longing for home will make you question whether sticking around is gonna be worth it. I've had to make these decisions sometimes.. never easy.. especially when you know there's other people involved, each with their own goals & desires. That is the biggest crux of group travel in unknown territory. . There's never been a time where sticking around paid off more than while filming 'Under an Arctic Sky'. Download the film tonight on iTunes or Vimeo at www.UnderAnArcticSky.com my bio link.
Hurricane Irma has left a path of destruction that will be felt by many for years. For an unlucky few it will be a lifetime, as many islands like this one here are completely uninhabitable. The Caribbean & Florida need our help & we don't need to wait till it's over. It's a time for action.. more than just sending good thoughts & prayers to those in need. My friends @wavesforwater are on of the most legit relief funds out there that actually have boots on the ground helping people. They are already in place with their main effort to bring people clean water. Founded by my good friend @jon_rose years ago. If you're looking for a good place to donate, this is a good one to look into. www.WavesforWater.org 🙏🏽 . You are the answer people..
A popular alpine lake summer destination empty of people. I had the whole spot for myself for hours until the evening fog rolled in and made the scenery disappear in just a couple of minutes. Experiencing the changing season at its best here in the Alps. #peaksofeurope . Shot for @lechzuers | @visitvorarlberg
Alaska absolutely smashed my expectations and ideas of what a week in the backcountry could be like. I took this on the bush flight to the start of the trailhead. There were just four of us in the plane, the pilot, my hiking buddies, and myself. He dropped us off not far from here and then flew away, not to be seen again for 8 days. It was just us, a map, compass, and a satellite phone. No trails, no people, nothing but glacier after glacier until oblivion. I've never felt so small, so connected, and so part of the world around me. Have you ever felt cradled by mother nature? When? Where?
A little teaser for a personal project I've been working on over the last few months. A Van buildout that took me all the way to my roots in photography & asks the question ... "What is it about being on a road trip that seems to fuel so much creativity?" Full video coming Soon! . @advanture.co @prana @thule @goalzero @polkaudio @kammok @blackdiamond
2/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • thinking of everyone in the path or Irma and those suffering because of so many other natural disasters right now, doing my part to help with @gnbinfluence's #influencelove campaign and I hope you will check it out • If you're following my colleagues you have already seen this spot in @visitcalifornia. It was the destination for a spectacular hike we completed in Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Northern California @ShastaCascade region. The Park has many geothermal areas which include several groups of hot springs and fumaroles, remnants of former volcanic activity. Most of them are in, or are adjacent to, Mount Tehama's caldera. We saw several by driving around but you have to hike to #bumpasshell, there's no way to drive there, and as is true of most things that are this spectacular to see in person - it's worth the work to get there. This spot is the "destination" but the journey there and back is every bit as stunning and then some. The unusual name is in honor of Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a miner who worked in the Lassen area in the 1860s. He discovered it and was named on a mining claim for the area but that's not all. In 1865 the editor of a newspaper took a trip with Bumpass to see the area and while they were there, Bumpass broke through a thin crust above a boiling mud pot, his leg was badly scalded and eventually had to be amputated. I think it's a lesson in staying on the path these days. Geothermal areas can be spectacular but they are also dangerous and Park staff maintain the boardwalks very well, for our safety. ⛰🌲 #shastacascade#lassennationalpark#visitcalifornia#thisisadventure#findyourpark#shotoniphone
Built & removed just for the viewing of the Solar Eclipse. This temporary Dome is one of my favorite structures I have ever photographed on assignment. Positioned perfectly for stargazing in an area void of light pollution, you could even view the Stars from bed. Some of the best things aren't meant to last.
Camping in Nevada's #valleyoffire the other night! What a beautiful place. Only an hour outside of Vegas! • ——————————————— | #nevada | #lasvegasstrip | #getoutdoors ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
1/16 #californiawild#sponsored post • Our first stop on this journey is the @shastacascade region of Northern #california and I was so excited when I realized that would take us to the town of Redding. It is home to the #sundialbridge designed by one of my favorite architects: #santiagocalatrava As the name suggests, the bridge acts as a sundial along with a marker on the ground not far from where I took this photo. In my home city of New York, Calatrava is most famous for having designed the Oculus, which I've shown before on my feed. From the great City of Arts and Sciences in his home city of Valencia, Spain to Milwaukee to Malmö - he has made the world a more stunning place with everything he has built and I wanted to capture a photo of his bridge that somehow paid homage to how happy his architecture makes me. How it fills me with wonder and makes me feel so inspired. It wasn't that hard when I combined sunrise with my friend & co-worker on this trip: Kristen of @borderfreetravels. We always have fun working together and learning from her vision as a cinematographer always seems to push my abilities to new heights. As I said this morning after we captured this moment, "teamwork makes the dream work." I can't wait to see what else we are able to create for you as we #visitcalifornia this month with @adventure.travel_. #thisisadventure • I shot this with my @fujifilmx_us X-T2 and 18mm f/2.0 lens. #fujifilmx_us • #borderfreecali
Majestic Fuji-San framed by autumn "heart" 🍁 I waited for this moment quite a long time until the wind will blow the branch on the right side to form a 💛 I understood the essence of "momiji" there. This japanese word means: enjoy, observe autumn leaves, "koyo". I just looked at vibrant colors and disappeared in them, smiling to warm autumn sun and graceful Fuji-San 🗻 Danielkordan.com #japan
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One of the biggest issues I've had to overcome as a photographer that travels the globe is to learn awareness of the issues facing the places I love & have dedicated my life to documenting. I cringe to think of the times in my life where I've photographed something purely for its beauty while failing to mention that it's under threat & in need of protection. Which is why my work documenting Iceland's rivers have been more than just an artistic endeavor for likes. . The latest issue that has been brought to my attention from the many passionate locals & incredible messages from people like you - is the potential for oil drilling in Norway's Lofoten islands as well as other neighboring locations. I cannot express the beauty & importance of this wild place & as always I hope you do your own research & form an educated decision. If you have been inspired by this landscape then I urge you to speak out as the window to be heard is now. . Negotiations to open the area for drilling start after sept 11 & the fate of this landscape falls upon the Norwegian prime minister candidates @jonasgahrs & @erna_solberg . Feel free to tag them in a comment expressing your position or express your feelings to them directly. For more info check out www.lovese.no
As someone who absolutely loves the state of California, I am so thrilled to be part of #californiawild with the ATTA @adventure.travel_ and @VisitCalifornia. The goal of this campaign -- which physically starts today as we drive away from our meeting spot in Sacramento -- is to help promote the fact that right outside California’s popular, large cities (the places I already know well!) are easily-accessible areas which are rugged, natural and unadulterated; places that are already ready for visitors but that not enough travelers ever experience. For me it’s a distinct honor to be spending the balance of this month challenging myself to discover and learn about these new parts of #california through the people, natural wonders, activities and history that make this state such a cool part of the USA. The four of us who are part of this epic adventure won’t just be following the beaten paths. We’re going off the path to find empty beaches, towering trees, deserts lit only by the full moon and who knows what else! We are looking for photogenic #landscapes that aren’t spoiled by man, flora and fauna that we have not seen elsewhere, climates we didn’t even know existed in this state PLUS culture and culinary delights that will help us refuel and re-engergize ourselves for more adventures! Many of the places we will visit are only a short, scenic drive away from metropolitan hubs. Plus, several regions can be combined to form longer trips. I hope you will follow along to get your own ideas for your next California adventure via the hashtag #californiawild. ⛰🌊☀️ You can also see lots to inspire you at the ATTA’s official hashtag: #thisisadventure.
Yesterday afternoon we took a Zodiac out in the Columbia to see the damage caused by the Eagle Creek fire. The smoke was so thick that the sun was barely visible. The damage was less than I feared after seeing the hillsides glow with flames a few nights before. Having grown up in the Gorge, I've been accustom to the sounds of I-84, the silence the last few days has been hauntingly eerie. The wind was dead calm and the only noises were from the occasional bird overhead and distant whir of a fire fighters chainsaws. The second photo is a shot of Multnomah Falls, thankfully the lodge was saved. The Archer Mountain fir looked very small compared to the destruction on the Oregon side. The next week or so looks relatively calm which would be ideal for firefighters. 💔💪🏻🤞🏻
From Austria, I passed through NYC only long enough to pick up @dante.vincent & then we flew to California. We've been exploring the Los Angeles area in a 2017 @lexususa IS 200t and, as per usual, actually exploring as much as possible. We love road tripping! From Malibu to Laguna Beach to Beverly Hills to Griffith Park and much more, with Eco mode engaged pretty much the whole time. I have loved the Lexus!! • I also made time for a date with my @gnbinfluence agent @kylehjelmeseth & family member @mybelonging at @ladureegrove. Thank you for hosting us @ladureeus! • Danté photographed me wearing my new favorite @lillypulitzer dress that I wanted to tell you about because it's part of their ongoing 'Print with Purpose' collection. This one in particular supports the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marine Life Center. • And now it's time for me to begin one of my biggest projects ever -- exploring the rest of California from top to bottom until the end of September with Sherry of @ottsworld, Kristen of @borderfreetravels & Kim at @stuffedsuitcase. I know LA and San Francisco well but I'm looking forward to seeing all the areas of the state I've never visited before. Can't wait to share our adventures with you! • #drivelexus 🚘 #fujifilmx_us #fujixt2 📸 #discoverla#lastory 🐢 #lillypulitzer#resort365#lifeinlilly#calilove 🌅 #shotoniphone
THIS IS FOR YOU! Wow, what an amazing week that was at burning man! Now I'm back and want to give you something since you've been so amazing to have along on this journey over the past few years. I've partnered with @pacsafeofficial to give away my favorite travel gear including a Venturesafe EXP65 backpack, a Camsafe V9 camera sling pack, a Slingsafe LX50 slash-proof mini crossbody bag, and a bag protector with a 360 degree eXomesh locking system to kit you out for your next trip!! To win, follow me and @pacsafeofficial and leave a comment here tagging a friend, stating where you're from, and which trip you'd take the gear on. Winners announced next Friday September 15! #safetravels (you get two entries if your friend follows me and comments back!)
Salzburg was the most lovely end to my #austriantime in @visitaustria. As I explained in my first post about my trip to Austria, having grown up in Vermont knowing the von Trapp family, I'd always wanted to go to Salzburg to see some of the 'Sound of Music' sights. It was so fun to finally be able to do that and to hum a few of the tunes from the movie. Yet that was not even the best part of exploring the city. I found that all on its own, completely separate from that story -- the city is such a delightful urban destination. It's just small enough to be able to experience a lot of it in just two nights. Yet it's also big enough to have so much to offer, that I will need to return one day to finish my list! I particularly enjoyed attending a performance of Mozart in the Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace, cooling off at Hellbrunn during the Trick Fountains tour, biking along the river on the dedicated bike lanes and out to Hellbrunn as well as the taste of traditional Austrian food. The people in the city were very kind and welcoming. Now I have another favorite city to add to my European list!! #visitaustria#visitsalzburg#feelaustria#fujifilmx_us #shotoniphone#salzburgaustria
some of my favorite adventures have taken place in the columbia river gorge. what's going on right now is such a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all those affected by it. this is one of those incidents that really reminds us how important it is to protect the world we play in 🙏🏼
A group of 30 of us stood on the bluffs of North Bonneville watching the fire jump ridge to ridge down the Oregon side of the Gorgeas the east wind raged. Over head, two hewy helicopters made laps, scooping up buckets of water from the Columbia and dropping them on the fires. "It looks like a scene from a movie..." people kept saying. The destruction is unfathomable. Hours after I shot these clips the fire jumped the Columbia and started burning on a place the @moviemountain crew and I hike a bunch some 4 miles from the studio and tree houses. My dads house was evacuated and we started packing up hard drives and camera equipment. Thankfully the wind switched and the fire started burning in the opposite direction. It's been a crazy 48 hours and thanks to everyone that's been sending messages and positive vibes our way. Thanks to everyone fighting fires, cleaning up flooding, and other natural disasters this year, with climate change, radical natural events will only become more common 💔💔💪🏻💪🏻 🙏🏻🙏🏻 🤞🏻🤞🏻
there's nothing i cherish more than those days outside when i can disconnect from daily life and all its routines 🙂 | i love taking photos but sometimes i feel like it can distract me from the beauty that's right in front of me. @frontrow allows me to capture those moments while still being fully immersed in them #myfrontrow#ad
Back to Austria photos next, or you can check out my Takeover at @VisitAustria 🇦🇹 but I wanted to tell you that today, along with my @gnbinfluence family, I'm committing officially to #influencelove. From my agent, G&B founder, @kylehjelmeseth: "God & Beauty has been about 'influencing the world, together' from the start, and now we want to invite you to be a part of influencing the tone of the world around us." • In a world that seems to be breaking apart, I'm making a list of all the ways I want to bring you as much positivity and positive change as I possibly can. I commit to being part of a movement that counteracts the actions of those who seem determined to spread hate, to use fear as a weapon and who are encouraging violence to become normalized. I will do what I can to help and advocate for those who are marginalized. I commit to sharing stories that show there's still so much to be thankful for and to hope for. I commit to being a part of as much good as I can. I commit to being driven by optimism and the belief that it's not too late to make the world a better place; that one of the ways that can be done is by more love. ♥️ More people supporting people and not waiting for others to do the supporting. 🌈 More being the change and not waiting for change. 💪🏼 You can join me and my G&B family! First, comment with your suggestions of organizations we should support and ways we should be activating for GOOD ‼️Then, share your message tagging @gnbinfluence #influencelove here in IG or elsewhere on social • You can also buy your own Influence Love t-shirt to help us spread the word! All proceeds will go to the Anti-Defamation League on a permanent basis, but right now in light of Hurricane Harvey, you can choose between the League and American Red Cross. Your donation will be made in your name. Shirts come from a high quality manufacturer in a small town in the USA and labor has been generously donated by a small business: Str8 Jacket
It’s sad to hear that President Trump is restricting travel to Cuba (again)… but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit! It was still technically “illegal” when I was there, all you need to do is travel through a foreign country like Mexico or Canada first. • ——————————————— Check out my new budget travel guide to Cuba to learn more! ——————————————— ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ | #cuba | #travelguide | #havana ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
It's official. @anna.everywhere & I are hitched! 😆 ----- After 7 years of nomadic living around the planet, I've returned to the United States to settle down a bit. Got myself a wife, a fur baby @poofythefluffycat, and I'm ready to embrace a new chapter in my life. ----- Travel will still be a huge part of it (like 6 months a year). But living out of a backpack was starting to get old. I'll be sharing more soon. ----- Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! •
A look at what we have been working on for the last 5 months at @moviemountain. This is how one shot from our first project, POOL SCUM, comes together. This shot is 50 frames, a little over 2 seconds and is composed of 4 passes; an animation pass (the puppet is moved frame by frame), a green screen pass (so that we can remove the arm that holds the puppet and replace the sky), a lens flair pass, and a clean plate (so that when we remove the puppets arm we have what's behind it). The camera motion is mapped out on our motion control machine, a giant computer controlled robot arm, that repeats the same motion perfectly. These 4 takes are then comped together on #aftereffects and this is the final result. For more follow @moviemountain #stopmotion#nerdalert
Tucker showing Bill, our partially blind friend, the corona around the total eclipse last week. Three years ago, Tucker and I were in over our heads working on the tree houses and needed help. Tucker suggested we fly in his childhood friend and carpenter, Bill, out from Maine. The plan was for Bill to come out for a few weeks, but he ended up staying until the project was finished. Shortly after, Bill was in a bad accident and suffered a severe brain injury. He spent 8 weeks in a coma and when he finally regained consciousness, he was partially blind. He's had a long path to recovery. Two years after the accident, Bill came out for the eclipse. I've taken hundreds of thousands of photos over the years, and this is without a doubt one of my favorites. You're a bad ass @mccheww 💪🏻🙏🏻
Looking at glaciers atop mountains, pouring into the valley, and carving the rocks, days away from anyone or anything, I finally understood why everyone talked about Alaska with a twinkle in their eye. It's truly the last frontier. This is from day two of an 8-day backcountry hike without a trail in Wrangell St Elias National Park. Can't wait to share more but for now, it's time to head to Burning Man. To my fellow burners, see you at 'home'
Morocco's beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen and the Riff Mountains. There is a lot more to Morocco than sand & camels! • ——————————————— | #morocco | #chefchaouen | #bluecity ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
Showing my 91 year old grandmother, Trudy, around the tree houses. She made it to the tallest tree house, up three flights of stairs and a 30 foot suspension bridge. She's had an amazing life, growing up in the Jungles of Panama, studying the Amish and teaching anthropology at the University of Michigan, and protesting various wars (she was arrested in 2013 protesting the war in Iraq). I hope when I'm her age, I'm running around protesting, seeing the eclipse and climbing up tree houses.
Hello from the Alaskan backcountry! I've been out hiking for the past 8 days off the grid just enjoying the nature with no other people but my two hiking buddies and plenty of glaciers. Can't wait to share it with you. For now here's a pic of @dudarfst and I trying not to freeze a few weeks ago in Switzerland. It's live on the blog now! (📷: @tizirdn)
Wild rainbow colored formations at the Colorado paint mines. Native American’s used this clay to make paint for their pottery. Isn’t it amazing what the Earth can produce? • ——————————————— | #colorado | #paintmines | #earthart ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
The French Broad River flows right past Asheville, North Carolina. Light class 1 & 2 rapids are great for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and river tubing. Just one of many fun things to do in Asheville! • ——————————————— Check out my new blog post for more tips about Asheville. ——————————————— ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ | #visitasheville | #northcarolina | #ashevillenc ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
Three years ago I stopped shooting film and switched to digital cameras. One of the biggest perks is the ability to shoot in low to no light. It's a total game changer. Here are some of my favorite lowlight shots from the last few months
Tofino has some epic sunsets! This fun Vancouver Island surf-town is a lush wilderness outpost, and a great place to base yourself for wildlife trips including whales, bears, and even wolves! • ——————————————— Check out my new blog post with tips & advice for visiting. ——————————————— ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ | #vancouverisland | #canadabydesign | #aboriginalbc ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
Here's a peak at what the #vanlife book looks like! I just got an advanced copy and am so pumped on how it turned out. The book is made up 10 of sections of various types of vehicles and interviews with people that live in them. The book comes out in October! Preorder your copy in the link in my profile. It's a strange coincidence that six years ago exactly, I left New York and moved into my van!🌌🌌🚚🚌 @bdlev
My hammock camping setup for 10 days in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters wilderness. Do you prefer tents or hammocks for camping? • ——————————————— | #hammockcamping | #boundarywaters | #bwca ——————————————— Adventure Travel & Photography ——————————————— 👉🏼 ExpertVagabond.com 👈🏼
Vancouver Island boasts rugged coastline, carpets of trees, colorful wildflowers, and tons of wildlife. During my 8 day road trip I went sea kayaking, whale watching, learned about First Nations culture, and more. Check out my new blog post (and video!) with tips for visiting. ••••••••••••••••••••• ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign #canadabydesign#aboriginalbc
self-portrait at thunder butte, "wakinyan paha" to the lakota people....in traditional lakota lore, thunder originated on the butte....magical country....the tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, "sue," was found here
The landscape at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland is full of broken icebergs, streaked with blue, floating with the tide, occasionally breaking apart in a mighty crash. With its black-sand beaches, the lagoon feels other-worldly. Check out my new blog post about Jökulsárlón that shares tips for visiting this magical place. ••••••••••••••••••••• ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ ••••••••••••••••••••• #iceland#jokulsarlon
PRINT SALE! Buy this signed, museum-quality, 6x6 inch (15.24 x 15.24 cm) print for $100, now until Friday. Order from the website in my profile. For those who purchased the first Congo airplane photograph, of children playing on abandoned airplanes in Goma, this image is from the same series, taken within the same hour in late 2012. Other signed and estate-stamped photographs are also available from over 70 colleagues at Magnum Photos! "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," Robert Capa famously said. Inspired by the Magnum co-founder's legacy, the CLOSER print collection explores the meaning of "the greatest war photographer's" maxim through classic and contemporary photographs.