Mike Theiss (@extremenature) [similar]

National Geographic photographer and founder of Extreme Nature Photography & Travel. All Photos and Video in this feed copyrighted by Mike Theiss.

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Tourists getting a close up view of the almighty Niagara Falls and its powerful force of rushing water. Niagara Falls, which sits on the border of the United States and Canada, is made up of three main waterfalls. Special #cinemagraph edit by @jonathanwennstroem Original photo shot by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

(Video) Incredible tornado intercept !! It was extremely difficult to stand outside and be fully exposed to the powerful winds and capture this approaching tornado as it passed just behind a small church in Faith, South Dakota. The wind was blowing into the giant tornado at speeds greater than Hurricane force, it felt like a giant vacuum cleaner was trying to suck me in. TAG a friend you want to go storm chasing with. Video by storm chaser Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Aerial image of snorkel boats at Sombrero Key coral reef in the Florida Keys. The dark spots in the turquoise water are coral heads made up of millions of tiny animals called polyps. Sombrero Key is within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The Sombrero Key lighthouse was put into service in 1858 and is still in operation today. Tag a friend you want to snorkel in the Florida Keys with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

(Video) The incredible "Jellyfish Lake" on the island of Palau in the Pacific Ocean. Jellyfish Lake, or Eil Malk Lake, is one of Palau's most popular snorkeling sites with millions of golden jellyfish which migrate horizontally across the lake daily. Update: since shooting this film back in 2012 these harmless jellyfish have almost completely disappeared and local tour operators have stopped visiting this lake. The local Koror state government blames warming ocean temperatures for the disappearance of the golden jellyfish and this famous tourist attraction. (Music "Night Light Full" by RFM) Video by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

A peaceful dream-like scene as we flew at 28,000 feet over a freezing cold Andes Mountains in Chile. This is the reason I always request a window seat when flying. TAG a friend that is a photographer. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

A dream come true while standing in the arctic circle admiring the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, dancing throughout the sky. This epic adventure took place in Yukon Territory, Canada while standing in subzero temperatures below -40F. TAG someone you want to witness the Northern Lights with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Incredible experience hiking the treacherous Inca trail to the summit of Machu Picchu in Peru. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located 7,970 feet above sea level in the Cusco region of Peru. It was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. TAG someone you want to hike the Inca trail with to the summit of Machu Picchu. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Large and violent waterspout that occurred in Key Largo, Florida in 2015. This mature waterspout caused havoc for roughly 5 minutes then dissipated after it crossed the 18-mile stretch highway (US-1). TAG a friend you want to see a waterspout with #teamcanon Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

🇧🇷 Lush green mountains provide a beautiful backdrop at Camburi Beach in São Sebastião, located on the southeast coast of Brazil. TAG a friend you want to take a Brazilian beach vacation with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Paradise found 🌴🇧🇷🌴 Currently enjoying a relaxing week with family in São Sebastião, Brazil. There is no extreme weather to report about from here, only gentle breezes and tropical sunshine. TAG a friend you want to visit the beautiful beaches of Brazil with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

(Watch Video) A hikers dream trail !! This challenging trail ends on the summit of Huayna Picchu which overlooks the mysterious Machu Picchu in Peru for a spectacular 360 degree view of the eastern slope of the Andes mountains. It takes roughly 4 hours to reach the summit at 8,835 feet. This moderately challenging trail contains tunnels you must climb through, narrow bridges, step brick stairs with ropes and chains. If you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo, this is NOT the hike for you. TAG an adventurous friend that would like to hike the Inca trail in Peru. Video by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Violent tornado crossing the prairies of South Dakota. I've been asked many times if I have photos or video of flying cows? The answer is no, but almost. The little black dots in the green field are cows in South Dakota with a violent Tornado heading straight for them. There is a famous quote from the 1996 movie "Twister" (staring Helen Hunt & Bill Paxton) that says "We have cows" and a cow goes flying by. I think this is where many of my clients got the idea of asking for images of flying cows. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. This photo is available for licensing from @NatGeoCreative Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Cancelled but not forgotten ! This was one of the last KLM 747 jumbo jet airplanes to land at Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Saint Maarten. KLM Airlines stopped buzzing tourists at Maho Beach with this enormous 747 jumbo jet airplane on October 28th, 2016. Tourists visit here from around the world to witness these planes fly right over this tropical destination. You can still experience this today, just not with a 747 jumbo jet. TAG a friend ! Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

The almighty Mooney Falls standing 210 feet tall on Havasu Creek in the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona. Havasu Creek is a tributary to the Colorado River, which it enters into the Grand Canyon. Mooney Falls is located over 2 miles from the village of Supai and only accessible via hiking the trail. TAG someone you want to hike to Mooney Falls with. #TeamCanon Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Connecting with the Northern Lights !! A truly memorable night shining man made energy back in the form of a blue laser into the Northern Lights in Iceland while surrounded by icebergs. The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere. #teamcanon Photo copyright Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature TAG a friend you want to share an adventure with in 2017 !!

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Tourists getting a close up view of the almighty Niagara Falls and its powerful force of rushing water. Niagara Falls, which sits on the border of the United States and Canada, is made up of three main waterfalls. This is a photo of Horseshoe Falls which is the most impressive of the three waterfalls and best seen from the Canadian side. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Happy New Year everyone ! I hope your 2017 is filled with many new wonderful adventures. In this photo Andrea and I are setting foot on Antarctica for the first time thanks to @lindbladexp Photos from this expedition are available for licensing from @natgeocreative

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Penguins trying to stay on top of an iceberg as it rolls and flips over during a storm in the frigid waters of Antarctica with @lindbladexp @natgeoexpeditions aboard the National Geographic Orion @natgeocreative TAG a friend !! Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

While documenting the National Geographic Orion break through sea ice in Antarctica with @lindbladexp I noticed this scene behind me reflecting off the glass windows in the ships bridge. I am honored to announce I will be taking over the @natgeoexpeditions instagram feed this week to post my top 10 favorite photos and moments from our journey to Antarctica. Please follow @natgeoexpeditions to see my favorite photos including some new photos never published on Instagram.

Mike Theiss (@extremenature)

Massive Ice 🇦🇶 It's challenging to capture the scale of how much ice there is in Antarctica, this photo will give you an idea of how tall some of the glaciers are using the zodiac boat for scale. The deep blue cracks in the ice were mesmerizing and occasionally you could hear them cracking apart @lindbladexp @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
More...