Happy Fish!

There is something about fish that makes them look happy. The big lips, the constant look of surprise, the general sense of “I’m just hanging out”. I can’t think of anything more peaceful than diving in 80 degree water surrounded by reef fish. Just fantastic. And then, there are the “underwater creepy things”. On dry …

Many, Many, Cups of Tea

I spent much of my summer in Kilgoris, a Maasai village in western Kenya. I can’t even begin to count the number of cups of tea I drank. Strange as it may seem, the myriad cups of tea were the highlight of the trip. Some cups of tea helped first time visitors to Kilgoris understand …

A Palestinian Christian Baptism

As a photographer I get to do some extraordinary things. Today was no different. Above San Francisco, in the Diamond Heights neighborhood, a small community of Palestinian Christians meets to worship. Today they welcomed a new member to their community through baptism. As a Christian myself I love to experience the way different communities worship …

An Amazing Summer Of Animals (and One Epic Landscape)

This summer was extraordinary. Lions, elephants, the “great migration”, sharks, and a chance to photograph Namibia’s “Dead Vlei” – made famous by my friend Frans Lanting’s iconic “Ghost Trees” image. Africa’s natural diversity always stuns me. The whole continent feels like temple. I’ll begin posting photographs of my time in Kilgoris in a week or …

My Favorite Leopard

2014 had been a big year for me as far as leopards go. So far I’ve photographed 11 different leopards in locations stretching from Sri Lanka to Botswana to Kenya. Of all, my favorite leopard is a massive male that lives in an area called Buibui in the north of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Leopards always …

Elephants and Rhinos

Poaching amazes me. Especially poaching or Rhinos and Elephants. Neither make any sense. A rhino’s horn is made of keratin, the same stuff that’s in your hair and fingernails. Ascribing medicinal value to this is beyond absurd. Similarly with Elephants. The tusk is basically a massive tooth. Sure, it’s pretty, but elephants have the largest …

The Great Migration

Every year nearly two million wildebeest, zebra, eland, and gazelle complete a massive circuit of the grass lands that span the Maasai Mara and Serengeti in East Africa. The highlight of this “great migration” is the crossing of the Mara River. Animals jostle, push, and false start until finally one braves the crocodile infested river. …

Maasai Lions

Kenya’s Maasai Mara is renowned for lions. Massive, regal, fearless. They lounge during the day and hunt by night. Early one morning I came across three female lions hunting a hippo. The hunt was unsuccessful but the courage of a lion attacking an animal six times their size was amazing to watch. Lions don’t always …

Swimming With Great White Sharks

Imagine coming face to face with one of nature’s most feared predators. Now imagine that this predator, a great white shark, simply ignores you. You’re not a threat, you aren’t food. At most, you are a curiosity. This is how I spent my Friday – in the presence of 25 of South Africa’s great whites. …

Phinda (aka Paradise)

Nestled at the eastern edge of South Africa is the Phinda Reserve. This place is positively overflowing with wildlife: lions, elephants, cheetah, rhino, leopard, hippo, giraffe, … you name it. it seems to be there. While at Phinda I had my favorite wildlife experience yet. As we sat by a water hole more than 60 …