coryrichards At long last, @mikelibecki is on Instagram! Mike is one of my best friends...a true brother in every sense of the word. We've shared some outrageous adventures together...like this one in Antarctica. Check out his feed for some killer images...let's give @mikelibecki a warm insta welcome!!!!!! "Sweetness of life" 2w

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coryrichards HAPPY EARTH DAY "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." Carl Sagan spoke these words describing an image of earth taken by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990 from a record distance from Earth of 3.7 billion miles. In it, earth appears as a slightly lighter pixel on a very black screen.

Despite how concrete it seems, this is a fragile place. This image of @mikelibecki and @freddiewilkinson was taken in Antarctica on assignment for @natgeo. Antarctica is the largest pristine wilderness left on the planet...and it's largely because we can't effectively sustain our existence there. EARTH DAY is a celebration of our home...lets do our best to take care of our little planet floating out in space. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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coryrichards Every time I look back at images from a trip, I think to myself 'I could have done it so much much better...' I think that is the part of this job that I love even more than going to incredible places and documenting amazing events...it's a constant evolution. I've been going through some Antarctica images recently from an assignment I did for @natgeo nearly 3 yrs ago. I wonder how I would shoot it differently now? Here @mikelibecki and @freddiewilkinson sort climbing gear before starting a long, wind-blasted first ascent of a remote tower in Antarctica's Queen Maud Land. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @eddiebauer 2w

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coryrichards I've spent a lot of time with this girl @melissaarnot . I think if I were to be asked about the most pure fun I've ever had on an expedition, it would have to be with 'M'. Right now, Melissa is at base camp attempting, yet again, a life long goal. Having already climbed Everest five times, with any luck, her sixth will be the most impressive. Branching from her Himalayan career, she and fellow climber/guide @davidcmorton started The Juniper Fund to help aid Sherpa families affected by accidents in the mountains. You can follow Melissa's climb this year by clicking on the link in my profile. Get it girl! #meliclimbs @eddiebauer @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative 2w
  •   mahmoodeidipour You will succeed. I wish 2w
  •   tamaio I love the colours, sharpness and light of your photos. Really a great job! 2w
  •   ikeh20 Praying for her safety. 2w
  •   rokcb Hope she is okay!!! 2w
  •   jdname Please, let her be safe. 2w
  •   jazziebc Please let us know when you find out Melissa is ok. Even though I don't know her my heart is on a string hoping she's safe. Praying for everyone at #everestbasecamp 1w
  •   l_a_lynnie Just checked her twitter feed and she and her team are safe and well. Can find no information on Cory. 1w
  •   christy_in_italy how are you Cory? ?? let us know! 6d

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coryrichards Just spent an incredible two days at the senior campus of St. George's School in Vancouver. @argonautphoto @andreabruce and #jeffbarnaby were also on the program...all tough acts to follow. We were invited as part of the schools annual art week which aims to inspire and foster creativity across all platforms and ages. In between speaking to individual classes, I found a quiet moment in the art room. It reminded me of my own journey with the arts, where it started, where it is, and made me wonder if I had an education more focused on creativity, would I have left school at 14. I don't have the answers, but I do admire the schools dedication to the arts and their belief that art is integral in moving forward as a human family. 2w

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coryrichards Pulling from the archives. There is elegance in simplicity. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo 3w

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coryrichards I once wrote that the knowledge I seek only comes from experience I lack. In short, I'm a perpetual dumbass always getting a bit smarter through the experiences life throws at me. I think we tend to believe that we will somehow arrive at some point of clarity, when we'll have our "shit figured out...". It's the idea that we'll arrive at a state of balance or equilibrium and then and there, we will be happy. More and more however, I'm wondering if we never get there...and putting that happiness over the cognitive horizon is somehow backwards. What if we just started with happiness? Would the rest fall in to place? 3w

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coryrichards Three paleontologists move quietly across a barren landscape as storm clouds gather for a late afternoon shower above the strata of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The layers in the back ground represent millions of years of Cretaceous history, holding thousands of dinosaur fossils. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo profiling the unique Dino speciation of the lost continent of Laramidia. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 4w

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coryrichards Sometimes the landscape is more than enough story. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument doing a story on late Cretaceous dinosaur speciation of the lost continent of Laramidia. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 4w

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coryrichards @tedhesser ascends a fixed line outside of a cave entrance in Mustang on the border of Nepal and Tibet. Our team, led by #peteathans and #markaldenderfer, used climbing to access ancient caves hand hewn into the rough cobble and sandstone cliffs of the Kalighandaki River basin. Working with @natgeo our goal was to document as much of the caves as we could placing a heavy emphasis on burial crypts and human remains. Using human teeth, Dr. Aldenderfer was able to sample the strontium contained in the enamel, allowing for a look at where the individuals were born. Comparing that to where their respective remains were found, the team was able to begin to see a clearer picture of human migration and trade between the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan Plateau. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 4w

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coryrichards Deep in a remote corner of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Paleontologist @dinosaur_joe_ (Joe Sertich) uses a rock saw to extract the fossil remains of a turtle from the Late Cretaceous. Shot on assignment for @natgeo for an article profiling the lost continent of Laramidia. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @markstonephoto 1mon

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coryrichards Prehistoric skull found in a burial crypt on the border of Nepal and Tibet in the Kingdom of Mustang. The caves of the river basin we were exploring were full of treasures that shed light on a forgotten leg of the Silk Road and human migration between the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan Plateau. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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coryrichards Dromaeosaur tooth from the late Cretaceous found in Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument . Shot #on assignment for @natgeo Dromaeosaurs are family of bird-like theropod dinosaurs, which included the famous Velociraptor. They were small- to medium-sized feathered carnivores which flourished in the Cretaceous period.

They are often called raptors, a term popularized by the movie Jurassic Park. They were fast-running predators.

Dromaeosaurs had a world-wide distribution. They first appeared in the Middle Jurassic, 167 million years ago (mya). The larger types are not found before about 124 mya in the Lower Cretaceous, and are only found in the northern hemisphere. They survived until the end of the Cretaceous, 65.5 mya at the K/T extinction event.

The presence of dromaeosaurs in the Middle Jurassic is shown by isolated fossil teeth, though no dromaeosaurid body fossils have been found this early. (Wiki def.) @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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coryrichards Grosvenor Arch, located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, under fast clouds and stars. The arch was named after Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, a seminal President of the National Geographic Society. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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coryrichards Poison bolts fashioned from bamboo and tipped with scrap metal and stone. These 'mini arrows' are shot from hand made crossbows, a skill the industrious Rawang people of the Kachin State of Northern Myanmar are known for. During our 300 mile walk through the jungle, we only saw fowl and insects...proof that the hunting skills maybe a little too good. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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coryrichards @emilyaharrington and @hilareeoneill make steady progress upwards towards Hkakabo Razis unclimbed West Ridge on the geographic border of Myanmar and Tibet. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo #antieverest @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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coryrichards A Rawang man weaves a bamboo mat in his home deep in the heart of the Kachin State, Northern Myanmar. Shot on assignment for @natgeo going sea to summit in an attempt to measure SE Asia's highest point. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @petzl_official @clifbarcompany 1mon

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coryrichards Rawang and Tibetan porters laden with heavy loads descend a makeshift ladder lashed only with vines to a small cliff. We walked 300 miles round trip through some of the most dense jungle I've ever seen in an attempt to climb and measure the highest point in SE Asia, Hkakabo Razi. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo in the northern region of the Kachin State, Myanmar. Because of violent infighting and a decades long civil war, much of this territory remains largely unexplored by westerners. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @petzl_official @clifbarcompany @renan_ozturk 1mon

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coryrichards @renan_ozturk and @md_jenkins attempt the unclimbed West ridge of Hkakabo Razi on the geographic border of Tibet and Myanmar. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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coryrichards A group of Rawang and Tibetans rest on a bed of bamboo leaves on the 150 mile approach to the base camp of Hkakbo Razi. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo in the Kachin region of Northern Myanmar on the border of Tibet going sea to summit in an attempt to measure the highest point in SE Asia. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative 1mon

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