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Pete McBride

Photos, Film, Speaker @NatGeo & others | Sony Artisan | Author “Grand Canyon: Between River & Rim” | Fan of Wild Places | Chasing Water👇🏼

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The elusive wave: Every few years, the cosmos align, mixing snow pack and cold runoff to form the endless, soulful wave in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The exit can be exciting, the passing trees challenging, but the long rides on the "American Nile" are always memorable and humbling. #ColoradoRiver #surfing #chasingrivers #water 📸 by #PeteMcBride @pedromcbride

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Solstice Smooch: On this longest day of the year, let’s celebrate our long necked friends — giraffes which amazingly have seven vertebrae like us —just much larger. Despite their graceful beauty and evolutionary marvels like leathery tongues that can munch acacia thorns, giraffes are facing unprecedented population drops throughout Africa from habitat loss, fragmentation and poaching. Follow @giraffe_conservation to learn more, get involved, and help them stick their necks out to understand what is happening to these lofty, wonderful creatures. Happy #WorldGiraffeDay #giraffes #solstice #conservation #Africa 📸 #petemcbride

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#Powell150 | Echo Park, the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers, was threatened by a proposed dam in the 1950s. Conservationists opposed it, in part because it would encroach on Dinosaur National Monument. The fight led to a compromise which allowed for the construction of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River downstream. When John Wesley Powell came through here 150 years ago, he and expedition member Bradley climbed “Steamboat Rock” (ctr of photo) remarkably with just one arm and the help of his friend’s pants. “I fear I cannot hold on to it...It is sixty or eighty feet to the foot of the precipice. If I lose my hold I shall fall to the bottom...At this instant it occurs to Bradley to take off his drawers, which he does, and swings them down to me. I hug close to the rock, let go with my hand, seize the dangling legs, and, with his assistance, I am enabled to gain the top.”- John Wesley Powell, June 18, 1869 Ongoing series with @americanrivers honoring #JohnWesleyPowell #ColoradoRiver #oxbow #rivers #aerial 📷 #petemcbride

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“Mr. Peter, you worry too much”, my Indian friend Madhav said. “Worry is praying for what you don’t want.” At that point, on the banks of the Ganges River while doing a story for @natgeotravel about yoga, I realized that Madhav was the hero of my piece — standing in front of me. The beauty and challenging part of storytelling is sometimes being patient enough to realize the story will find you, if you don’t look past it. I’m honored and inspired to be teaching this week for @aspenwords. #India #yoga #don’tworry #travel #gratitude 📷 #petemcbride

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Thanks for always being my wingman Dad and making me realize the importance of the backyard — including its water and rivers. A short clip from my early film “Chasing Water” (Sound on). Looking forward to more years of flying “low and slow”. #Happyfathersday #coloradoriver #water #conservation #chasingwater full film in bio link.

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Happy Friday. Archive shot from a happy place. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife #nature #dawn #kenya #tree #sonyalpha 📷 #petemcbride

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Summertime… A Rocky Mountain Toad glides down the Little Colorado River like a queen. This shot from my book “GrandCanyon- BetweenRiver and Rim” (now in its third printing - link in bio) — makes me smile. If we are going to keep these cool amphibians around and many other critters, we need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. #campaingforNature #Wildlife #grandcayon #betweenRiverandRim #nature #summer #swim 📸 by #petemcbride

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Light Show: Always nice to be home to witness a double rainbow glide over your buddy's house. I’m frequently on the road so I am honored to lead a reading workshop in my backyard this summer as part of @aspenwords June 17-19th exploring the hard work, technique and challenges of travel writing — including the magic of serendipity — that unpredictable guide to unsettling places or #rainbows. There are few spots still open so join us for three days of great storytelling of which a few award-winning authors will join discussions. Check my bio link to learn more. #travel #writing #reading #light 📸 by #petemcbride

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The Big Blue — Happy #WorldOceansDay. I’ve spent hours being humbled by our ocean’s. They deserve more than one day a year to remind us of their importance — and their challenges. With growing pressures from climate change and acidification bleaching coral reefs to now plastic that is predicted to outnumber fish by 2050, our big blue seas need a big hand. One simple thing we can can all do is avoid single-use plastic and carry reusable water bottles. Only 9% of all plastic gets recycled so I try to limit my plastic use as much as possible by carrying re-usable bottles. Thanks @sealegacy and @lonelywhale for your work. #planetnotplastic #archive 📷 by #petemcbride #mantaray

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Water is Life | #Powell150 (3/14) | By June 6th, 1869, John Wesley Powell and his crew were only two weeks into their historic journey down the Colorado River. As I follow their journey’s ebbs and flows with @americanrivers, we are reminded that Powell wasn’t just an adventurer. He was also a scientist with forward-thinking ideas about how we should manage rivers and water in the arid west. He wrote, “All winter long, on its mountain-crested rim, snow falls, filling the gorges, half burying the forests, and covering the crags and peaks with a mantle woven by the winds from the waves to the sea — a mantle of snow. When the summer-sun comes, this snow melts, and tumbles down the mountain-sides in millions of cascades. Ten million cascade brooks unite to form ten thousand torrent creeks; ten thousand torrent creeks unite to form a hundred rivers beset with cataracts; a hundred roaring rivers unite to form the Colorado, which rolls, a mad, turbid stream, into the Gulf of California.” Today, hundreds of diversions capture water for irrigation, transforming much of the Rocky Mountain West since Powell first floated through the upper Basin States. The resulting water allocation has enabled growth and development across the Rockies so many can enjoy the fruits of this arid landscape. However, the rivers shoulder much of the strain, as many upper basin tributaries are often depleted — some, like the Crystal, frequently run dry by late summer. There are 22 trans-basin diversion projects that carry water from the Colorado River Basin through the Continental Divide to Colorado’s front range and the Mississippi Basin. #water 📷 #petemcbride

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Happy World Environmental Day — a reminder to cherish our fragile ecosystem that keeps our fragile species, and many more, going. Recent predictions say that the planet will carry on but it won’t include us and many of the wild critters that share our big blue home if we don’t act soon and change our consumptive habits. Our current human activity could lead to the extinction of one million species — many of which a play a role in our food and water systems — so helping biodiversity, helps us. Get involved today. Learn more how to support and engage either in your back yard or beyond with the many conservation organizations around the world working to build a future for us all. Here are a few I engage with. @nature_org @wwf @nrt_kenya @grandcanyontrust @ecoflight #worldenvironmentalday #conservation #wildlife #climatechange #penguin #elephants #baldeagle #bear @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection all 📷 #petemcbride

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Summertime: Dreaming of salt water jaunts. #croatia #archive 📷 by #petemcbride back when we paddled the coast.

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