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A young Nepali lighting candles at Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. As holiday season begins, my thoughts always drift to the spiritual celebrations at this Buddhist temple - where monks and visitors light up thousands of candles that illuminate the whole hill as a beacon over Kathmandu. I'll post a few images to show you what I mean.

#nepaliloveyou #kathmandu #swayambhu #asia #buddhism #temple #candles #celebration
A young Nepali lighting candles at Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. As holiday season begins, my thoughts always drift to the spiritual celebrations at this Buddhist temple - where monks and visitors light up thousands of candles that illuminate the whole hill as a beacon over Kathmandu. I'll post a few images to show you what I mean. #nepaliloveyou  #kathmandu  #swayambhu  #asia  #buddhism  #temple  #candles  #celebration 
I've seldomly seen a jungle river like this without wishing I was there. What is it about river bends that just sparks the imagination?

#zambia #southluangwa #wildlife #nature #river
#adventure
Can't get enough of these aerials. When you can't use a drone, go old-fashioned style in a plane!

Shot on a handheld gimbal camera from a small Cessna over South Luangwa National Park.

#zambia #aerial #aerialview #dji #djiosmo #birdseye #southluangwa
Spending a few weeks in one of my favourite places on earth: South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Currently here scouting for a new venture, and its great to be back in the field with old and new friends.

Epic view, huh?

This was one of those mornings after 2,5h of sleep, where the bedroll was trying to trick you back to sleep and you feel the nauesea coming with every sharp turn of the plane. Glad I got up.

#zambia #southluangwa #aerial #river #forest #africa #wild #bluesky #neverstopexploring #WYMTM #JustBackFrom #plane #airplane #adventure
Spending a few weeks in one of my favourite places on earth: South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Currently here scouting for a new venture, and its great to be back in the field with old and new friends. Epic view, huh? This was one of those mornings after 2,5h of sleep, where the bedroll was trying to trick you back to sleep and you feel the nauesea coming with every sharp turn of the plane. Glad I got up. #zambia  #southluangwa  #aerial  #river  #forest  #africa  #wild  #bluesky  #neverstopexploring  #WYMTM  #JustBackFrom  #plane  #airplane  #adventure 
As winter is slowly creeping upon us, with Sweden getting reeally dark and cold, I often think of the monks of Swayambhunath in Nepal who really know how to light up the darkness.

I happened to stumble in on their celebration of the Gyalwa Karmapa a few years back - and the beauty of thousands of small candles lighting up Swayambhu will never leave me.

#swayambhu #swayambhunath #kathmandu #nepal #buddhism #spiritual #candlelight #asia #celebration #art #natgeotravel #natgeocreative
As winter is slowly creeping upon us, with Sweden getting reeally dark and cold, I often think of the monks of Swayambhunath in Nepal who really know how to light up the darkness. I happened to stumble in on their celebration of the Gyalwa Karmapa a few years back - and the beauty of thousands of small candles lighting up Swayambhu will never leave me. #swayambhu  #swayambhunath  #kathmandu  #nepal  #buddhism  #spiritual  #candlelight  #asia  #celebration  #art  #natgeotravel  #natgeocreative 
Peering into a Kathmandu courtyard. Wonder what they were talking about?

#nepaliloveyou #nepal #kathmandu #women #temple #orange #magenta
Imagine being shut off from the world through winter.

That's what happens when you live in Taasilaq, the largest village in Eastern Greenland. In summer there's just a few icebergs in front of the village, but in winter the whole fjord freezes over! That's why the ships can't come in - for over 6 months - and the villagers have to make do with what they already have.

#greenland #eastgreenland #ilovegreenland #greenlandpioneer #exploregreenland #kulusuk #taasilaq #iceberg
Imagine being shut off from the world through winter. That's what happens when you live in Taasilaq, the largest village in Eastern Greenland. In summer there's just a few icebergs in front of the village, but in winter the whole fjord freezes over! That's why the ships can't come in - for over 6 months - and the villagers have to make do with what they already have. #greenland  #eastgreenland  #ilovegreenland  #greenlandpioneer  #exploregreenland  #kulusuk  #taasilaq  #iceberg 
The stark reality of Greenland.

Two glaciers, slowly moving into the Arctic waters, melting into fjords of Greenland. Even though these glaciers look absolutely massive compared to any other I've seen, the irony is they've never been so small as today.

While out and about with the @auroraarktika this summer, when I shot this frame, we flipped through books of old photos from the same vantage point. Yet we could barely place ourselves in the photos - as the glaciers were so large that time that the fjord wasn't even visible.

Currently researching for a new project on climate change, which is as depressing a subject as it is important. It's simply the one and only story of our common future on this planet.

#glaciers #climatechange #greenland #eastgreenland #ilovegreenland #greenlandpioneer #exploregreenland
The stark reality of Greenland. Two glaciers, slowly moving into the Arctic waters, melting into fjords of Greenland. Even though these glaciers look absolutely massive compared to any other I've seen, the irony is they've never been so small as today. While out and about with the @auroraarktika this summer, when I shot this frame, we flipped through books of old photos from the same vantage point. Yet we could barely place ourselves in the photos - as the glaciers were so large that time that the fjord wasn't even visible. Currently researching for a new project on climate change, which is as depressing a subject as it is important. It's simply the one and only story of our common future on this planet. #glaciers  #climatechange  #greenland  #eastgreenland  #ilovegreenland  #greenlandpioneer  #exploregreenland 
Natural shapes. In this case, a small iceberg photographed in the middle of the day - with the sun being so strong that mountain shadows turn black on the Arctic sea.

I find it very soothing to revert so classic still photography of abstract shapes sometimes. As we work with 360-video and VR stories, that often focus on being extremely realistic and capturing those all-encompassing views of a story, there's not much room for abstraction. 
But yeah. Icebergs.

#greenland #eastgreenland #ilovegreenland #greenlandpioneer #exploregreenland
 #iceberg #ice
Natural shapes. In this case, a small iceberg photographed in the middle of the day - with the sun being so strong that mountain shadows turn black on the Arctic sea. I find it very soothing to revert so classic still photography of abstract shapes sometimes. As we work with 360-video and VR stories, that often focus on being extremely realistic and capturing those all-encompassing views of a story, there's not much room for abstraction. But yeah. Icebergs. #greenland  #eastgreenland  #ilovegreenland  #greenlandpioneer  #exploregreenland  #iceberg  #ice 
Few people know that vultures are some of the most endangered species in the world.

Often frowned upon because of their depictions in popular culture (the lion king etc) as well as association with eating dead animals - they should actually be celebrated for just that. Being scavengers that pick up the rest of what other animals leave behind, they're an important part of the ecosystem. 
But their numbers are dwindling. Being at the top of the food chain they get the accumulated waste and chemicals from everything they eat. Not surprisingly - they are deeply affected by a human invention: diclofenac. This drug, used in veterinary medicine for cattle, is toxic for the birds and has led to a devastating decline of vultures in India and other places.

This is a White-Backed vulture photographed in South Luangwa last year, as we filmed the #lion360 project.

#vulture #birds #birdofprey #bw #blackandwhite #lion360 #natgeo #natgeowild #zambia #southluangwa #wildlife #nature#predator #natureonly #photooftheday #africa #wildafrica #naturephotography
Few people know that vultures are some of the most endangered species in the world. Often frowned upon because of their depictions in popular culture (the lion king etc) as well as association with eating dead animals - they should actually be celebrated for just that. Being scavengers that pick up the rest of what other animals leave behind, they're an important part of the ecosystem. But their numbers are dwindling. Being at the top of the food chain they get the accumulated waste and chemicals from everything they eat. Not surprisingly - they are deeply affected by a human invention: diclofenac. This drug, used in veterinary medicine for cattle, is toxic for the birds and has led to a devastating decline of vultures in India and other places. This is a White-Backed vulture photographed in South Luangwa last year, as we filmed the #lion360  project. #vulture  #birds  #birdofprey  #bw  #blackandwhite  #lion360  #natgeo  #natgeowild  #zambia  #southluangwa  #wildlife  #nature #predator  #natureonly  #photooftheday  #africa  #wildafrica  #naturephotography 
Fixing a blown tire in the searing heat, while a seasonal storm is virtually already upon you. Zambia wilderness work in a nutshell... While filming the #lion360 project, this was a large part of our daily routine - as the tires go out all the time just because of the heat. I think we had well above 40 degrees Celsius (105F) every single day.

Yet I'm excited to be heading back soon!

#justgoshoot #exploretocreate #peoplescreatives #visualsoflife #passionpassport #theoutbound #worldtravelbook #neverstopexploring 
#JustBackFrom #WYMTM #earthfocus #awesomeearth #zambia #zcp #landrover #car
Fixing a blown tire in the searing heat, while a seasonal storm is virtually already upon you. Zambia wilderness work in a nutshell... While filming the #lion360  project, this was a large part of our daily routine - as the tires go out all the time just because of the heat. I think we had well above 40 degrees Celsius (105F) every single day. Yet I'm excited to be heading back soon! #justgoshoot  #exploretocreate  #peoplescreatives  #visualsoflife  #passionpassport  #theoutbound  #worldtravelbook  #neverstopexploring   #JustBackFrom  #WYMTM  #earthfocus  #awesomeearth  #zambia  #zcp  #landrover  #car 
A lioness of Mwamba pride stalking warthogs in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

I remember this moment perfectly, where me and @eriklofblad had been tracking the pride for a full five hours without seeing a glimpse of them. And then she suddenly appeared - ever stalking through the bush of South Luangwa. This was a good day, where we got tons of footage that went into the final film.

Shot while working on the #lion360 project last fall. 
#zambia #southluangwa #wildlife #nature#predator #natureonly #photooftheday #africa #wildafrica #naturephotography #lion360 #natgeo #natgeowild
A lioness of Mwamba pride stalking warthogs in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. I remember this moment perfectly, where me and @eriklofblad had been tracking the pride for a full five hours without seeing a glimpse of them. And then she suddenly appeared - ever stalking through the bush of South Luangwa. This was a good day, where we got tons of footage that went into the final film. Shot while working on the #lion360  project last fall. #zambia  #southluangwa  #wildlife  #nature #predator  #natureonly  #photooftheday  #africa  #wildafrica  #naturephotography  #lion360  #natgeo  #natgeowild