Jody MacDonald (@jodymacdonaldphoto) — Photographer / Adventurer / Explorer. Represented by @natgeocreative.  Member of the @sea_legacy  Collective. @gitzoinspires  ambassador
Athlete @kimi_swimmy coming up for air. Hunting sustainably requires careful pre
Athlete @kimi_swimmy coming up for air. Hunting sustainably requires careful preparation and an unerring respect for the environment. “I was always taught that with this skill comes responsibility.” Kimi Werner says. Kimi is one of the most inspiring people I know. Follow her to see some amazing underwater adventures. @natgeocreative@gitzoinspires@patagonia
14.08.2018 20:08:10
I love flying. Most of the time we judge a place from our experiences on land an
I love flying. Most of the time we judge a place from our experiences on land and you can’t blame us, it’s all we know but as soon as I get in the air, even the starkest landscape on the ground takes on a whole other personality and my judgements of that place disappear and all I see is beauty. Life is really all a matter of perspective. @natgeocreative@gitzoinspires#morocco#paragliding#lifeisamatterofperspective Here @gavinmcclurg follows the edges of light and dark to see where it leads.
13.08.2018 20:39:30
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I have been incredibly fortunate to spend some time with these amazing giants an
I have been incredibly fortunate to spend some time with these amazing giants and they always leave me speechless. Like many of our large land mammals, their numbers are rapidly declining. Thanks to all the organizations like @savetheelephants, @sanctuaryasia, @dswt and @r.e.s.c.u.e that fight to save and protect these incredible mammals. Happy #worldelephantday!@natgeocreative@gitzoinspires@leica_camera@leicacamerausa#iloveelephants#conservation#elephants#India
13.08.2018 01:47:06
Why do humans travel? To explore undiscovered lands? To experience the thrill of
Why do humans travel? To explore undiscovered lands? To experience the thrill of adventure? Maybe it’s simply to immerse yourself in the tranquility of places like these? A stand up paddler cruises through the beautiful tropical waters of Tonga. A South Pacific archipelago compromising of 169 islands of which only 36 are inhabited. The perfect place to get away from it all. #happyfriday@gitzoinspires@natgeocreative#tonga#southpacific
10.08.2018 22:43:49
Days like this are forever seared into my mind. You never know how much time you
Days like this are forever seared into my mind. You never know how much time you will have to spend with these gentle giants but I’m grateful for every second I get! @sea_legacy@gitzoinspires@natgeocreative#turningthetide#whales#humpbacks#frenchpolynesia
06.08.2018 22:22:48
In today’s @nytimes issue. Let this sink in. “The world has warmed more than one
In today’s @nytimes issue. Let this sink in. “The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement hoped to restrict warming two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20. If by miracle we are able to limit warming to two degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the world’s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf. The climate scientist James Hansen has called two-degree warming “a perscription for long-term disaster.” Long-term disaster is now the best case scenario. Three-degree warming is a prescription for short-term disaster: forests in the Arctic and the loss of most coastal cities. Robert Watson, a former director of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has argued that three-degree warming is the realistic minimum. Four degrees: Europe in permanent drought; vast areas of China, India and Bangladesh claimed by desert; Polynesia swallowed by the sea; the Colorado River thinned to a trickle; the American Southwest largely uninhabitable. The prospect for a five-degree warming is prompted some of the world’s leading climate scientists to warn the end of human civilization. Thirty years ago, we could have saved the planet. Almost nothing stood in our way-nothing except ourselves.” Thanks @nytimes, @geosteinmetz and #nathanielrich for this incredibly depressing and amazing issue. #climatechange
05.08.2018 16:39:27
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A beautiful string of islands on Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The lowest lying cou
A beautiful string of islands on Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The lowest lying country in the world is not built on sand, but on the planet's most endangered ecosystem, coral reefs. The 1,000 km long archipelago is an extreme test case to the global environmental crisis. Not only is the sea level lapping at the shallow islands, but sea temperatures are rising as is the acidity of the ocean: both kill the corals. Add to all these challenges the vast and growing rubbish mountains and the growing freshwater crisis and it's clear the Maldives is on the environmental front line. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists mid-level scenarios for global warming emissions show that the Maldives can expect a sea level rise of around half a metre by 2100 and could thus lose 77% of its total land area. The government has identified many potential strategies for adapting to rising seas the main one requiring relocating its people to a new homeland. @sea_legacy@natgeocreative@gitzoinspires#wehavetotrytodosomething#turningthetide#climatechange
04.08.2018 15:28:43
Paraglider @realwillgadd putting the landscape into perspective in the Canadian
Paraglider @realwillgadd putting the landscape into perspective in the Canadian Rockies. Like so many parts of Canada and the US, forest fires are raging in this beautiful wilderness. Thanks to all the firefighters and hotshot crews working tirelessly to keep us safe. @natgeocreative@gitzoinspires#canadianrockies
03.08.2018 23:24:30
It’s amazing to me that when you know a backstory to a photo it changes the way
It’s amazing to me that when you know a backstory to a photo it changes the way you see it. If I didn’t take this image I would think it was just another photo of a surfer or kiteboarder on a wave but I will never see it that way. At the time, I had just been released from a hospital in Indonesia diagnosed with Typhoid fever. The largest swell anyone had ever seen in the last two decades had arrived and I knew I had to try to get some photos. I had been staying on a catamaran and as it lurched in the swell as the captain tried to inch her closer to the surf break I reluctantly climbed the mast. When I reached the top I wanted to wretch. Nauseous and sweating I wrapped my weak legs around the spreaders to keep from being swung and battered on all the metal crap that kept getting in the way. Between the violent rolls I tried to compose a photo. I thought that if I could hang on long enough I might be able to get a couple of shots that would make it worth it. Barely. When I look at this image the discomfort and chaos of that moment comes flooding back into my memory and I realize that the lasting presence in most photographs is not what you see but more of the things that were never captured. @gitzoinspires#indonesia
31.07.2018 17:25:54
Two Asian elephants enjoy their lazy Sunday afternoon in the shade. The Asian el
Two Asian elephants enjoy their lazy Sunday afternoon in the shade. The Asian elephant once roamed from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in western Asia as far east as China's Yangtze River. No longer. It has been eliminated from western Asia completely, from substantial parts of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and almost entirely from China. Exceedingly adaptable in diet and behavior, elephants can survive anywhere from grasslands to rain forests but they must migrate across large areas to find water and suitable food at different times of the year. Such vast ranges have and continue to decrease dramatically in the face of a rapidly developing Asia. As conflicts between humans and elephants increase due to dwindling resources the future for these amazing giants does not look good. An image from an on going project on the plight of the Asian elephant and the hopeful stories of those trying to save them. @natgeocreative@gitzoinspires#asianelephants#elephants
29.07.2018 22:23:46
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The earth from above. Always an amazing perspective. #happyfriday 
#paragliding
The earth from above. Always an amazing perspective. #happyfriday#paragliding#morocco@niviukparagliders —————————— Pilot @gavinmcclurg exploring the Moroccan landscape.
27.07.2018 22:29:26
They say when a person spends time in solitude, they may experience changes to t
They say when a person spends time in solitude, they may experience changes to their self-concept. Here athlete Fred Clark contemplates giving up his day job while exploring the remote waters off the coast of Mozambique. @natgeocreative@gitzoinspires#protectourpceans#kiteboarding
25.07.2018 19:55:04
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