Back to Monterey Bay

While the rest of America was watching the Superbowl, I took the opportunity to have Monterey Bay pretty much to myself. Visibility was fantastic and the marine life is second to none. Kelp forests, plentiful fish, anemones, perfect weather, and noone else around! What more could you ask for?

Pilgrimage to Lalibela: Stepping back 1000 years

Northern Ethiopia has been a stronghold for the Christian faith since 330AD – nearly 1700 years of faithful practice and tradition. One of the highlights of Ethiopia’s year is the annual Christmas celebration in Lalibela. Built in the 12th century as an alternate pilgrimage site to Jerusalem, Lalibela centers around 11 stone churches that have …

Happy New Year – and a recap of 2014

Here’s a final image from 2014. This has been an epic year. Leopards in Sri Lanka, sharks in Cape Town, a lion attacking a hippo in Kenya, photographing from a helicopter above the Okavango Delta, and a new challenge of learning to dive underwater. Just fabulous – I feel lucky to be alive. Looking forward …

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. …