The idea for the scavenger project started when I saw a photo on Instagram of vultures feeding on a carcass. The image was distinctive because it was taken within the deteriorating carcass. At the time, I was attending WiLDSPEAK, a conservation photography symposium. The presenters’ passion for conservation and wildlife was inspiring, and that made me want to start my own project. I decided I wanted to capture the wildlife in Nebraska scavenging on a carcass and bring those opportunistic hunters to light. At the time, I had no idea how I was going to start the project, but I was ready for the challenge…
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.” -Lao-Tzu
Across Wyoming’s sea of sagebrush, two cargo vans full of students approach the Wind River Range or also called, The Winds and will soon embark on a ten-day learning experience through the backcountry. The trip is a part of UN-L’s Campus Rec and Outdoor Adventures program Outdoor Leadership Seminar (OLS). Every year, students sign up for this course which provides experiential leadership training in the backcountry. Upon completing the training, most of the students will lead outdoor recreation trips throughout the Platte Basin and beyond…
In June, a small team of PBT interns set out for the highest point in the Platte Basin watershed.
We had big intentions of catching 5-star media to fill in cracks for the Grays Peak scene in the upcoming PBT documentary featuring Mike and Pete’s 55-day, 1,300-mile journey across the watershed.
Grays Peak is the highest point in the Platte Basin watershed. The mountain, located west of Denver in the Front Range of Colorado, is ranked as the tenth-highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America. With the top reaching an elevation of 14,278 feet, it may be considered to some as quite a commitment to reach the top…
Role: Contributing photographer/videographer
The Platte Basin is located in the heart of the United States of America, encompassing a broad diversity of landscapes and habitats. From the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado to the Great Plains of Nebraska, this watershed, waters cities, small farming communities, and provides habitat for wildlife.
The Platte Basin is made up of five sub basins, the North Platte, South Platte, Central Platte, Lower Platte and the Loups. Fueled by snowpack and precipitation, the North and South Platte contain the headwaters of the Platte River, eventually merging to form the main stem Platte River. The Platte River then flows throughout the Central Platte to the Lower Platte where it runs into the Missouri River. The Loups’ streams and rivers are fueled by groundwater from the mighty Ogallala Aquifer, the largest aquifer in North America, which spans throughout parts of South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas…
The Wildcat Hills are considered a biologically unique landscape composed of ponderosa pine woodlands, mountain mahogany shrub land, freshwater seeps, and a series of steep rocky escarpments, rising high above the short grass prairie landscape along the North Platte River Valley. The Wildcat Hills have been carved and shaped through millennia by forces of wind and water, erosion and deposition. It is a rich and biologically diverse ecosystem that contains both eastern and western species. Rising from the plains, their formations served as monumental landmarks for pioneers that trekked west along the North Platte River following the Oregon Trail, and they continue to be a sight to behold today. My current Masters program is focused in the Wildcat Hills, with the purpose to create digital multi-media exhibits for the Wildcat Hills Nature Center. The purpose of this video is to display the landscape and diversity of wildlife that call the Wildcat Hills home.