that scene with the clouds and the mountains

Morning greets Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming with curling clouds and snow-dusted peaks. When photographer Eric Adams noticed the weather clearing through airport windows, he rebooked his flight, rented a car and drove along the park’s Jenny Lake Road to capture this stunning scene. Photo courtesy of Eric Adams.


natgeotravel 📽 by @renan_ozturk // The full spectrum of summertime conditions in the climbing hotspot of the East Creek Basin, Bugaboos Provincial Park, BC, Canada. On this particular day we had sun, classic afternoon thunderstorms and then a lighting show illuminating a cloud layer below the Milky Way. A sheet of green Northern Lights even floated through late in the night. This 4-axis motion control timelapse (which took most of a day to set up with @robfrostmedia @jimmy_chin @conrad_anker @alexhonnold) even caught some climbers starting to climb the majestic South Howser Tower by headlamp. As technology and the demand for virtual reality content rises everyday, I can’t help but dream of shooting scenes like in this and being able to look around in full 360°!

It’s still hard to believe the colors that appear during a sunset at White Sands.  The bright white sand reflects all the hues of the sky, making the entire landscape look surreal and otherworldly as the sun dips below the horizon.  Using the new panoramic camera I finally got an image that captured the entire event from the deep blues and purples of twilight on the left to the explosive yellows and reds of sunset on the right.  Even the silhouetted Organ mountains in the distance took on a unique color.

I was incredibly excited about this image as I watched the sunset happen.  Only one piece of film came out with all the elements that I wanted, as the colors started to fade from the clouds during a second exposure of this scene.  I’m glad it came out perfectly!

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico - March 2015

Shot Notes:
Velvia 50 6x17, 105mm lens
30 seconds at f32, polarizing filter


We’re not going to bury the lead here: Bob Ross’ hair was actually straight. Just ask his longtime business partner Annette Kowalski, who knew Ross better than anyone — he had just gotten out of the Air Force, and was unsuccessfully trying to make a living as a painter, she says.

“He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Kowalski explains.

Before he could change it back, though, the perm became his company’s logo — Ross hated it. “He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski says. “He got tired of that curly hair.”

But viewers never got tired of Ross or his show The Joy of Painting. With his soft, hypnotic voice, he’d bring his viewers in close as he created 30-minute masterpieces — distant mountain ranges, seascapes, forest scenes, always with those happy little trees. He’d sling his palette around, blend the titanium white paint, whisper about his life in Alaska, then gently tap his fan brush to create a canvas full of fluffy clouds. With his partly unbuttoned chambray shirt, his halo of tight curls and his soothing demeanor, Ross was a fixture on PBS.

Re-watching the show decades later — it’s now streaming on Netflix — The Joy of Painting still feels like a personal art lesson. And yet the oil painter we spent so many hours with remains a mystery. Ross led a private life and did only a few interviews during his career.

The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Photos: Bob Ross Inc.


natgeotravel Video by @tobyharriman // One of my favorite places in Alaska (so far) is at the end of a multi-day backpacking trip into the Talkeetna Mountains- just out of the Hatcher Pass area. Witnessing these clouds flow through the valley around Snowbird Glacier Hut was surreal. We stayed here for two days waiting for and capturing these scenes.
Video taken in June 2015


natgeotravel Video by @tobyharriman // Within a five or so minute drive outside of Anchorage, Alaska, you can be in some of the most incredible mountains. This particular area is a favorite of mine, and if you decide to drive a bit farther north to Hatcher Pass (which is a short hour or so trip), you will be treated to some of the most pristine landscapes in the area. From gorgeous roadside views to even more breathtaking scenes if you decide to backpack deeper in, it’s absolutely worth the trip. These #timelapse shots were taken over the past few weeks in 8K resolution. My favorite part: I love seeing the clouds and light playing with the mountains and valleys.
Music @jteveringham