What a year !! I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to go on new adventures and make many new friends along the way. Thanks for following and liking our posts over 1 million times this year. These are the top 9 most liked photos #2017bestnine See you in 2018 !!
(Dashcam capture) While storm chasing in tornado alley my Garmin dashcam captured a rare phenomenon called "upward-moving" lightning, also known as "ground-to-cloud" lightning. I witnessed this TV tower get struck 3 times in a 10 minute span. The third strike occurred when I was close to the tower and it was truly incredible. The lightning shot straight up from the tip of the tower and branched out like a tree up into the clouds and flashed several times before it finally discharged all its energy. Video still by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(Slideshow) Will you be in Miami for #ArtBasel this weekend ? (Dec. 7-10th) If so, make sure you stop by the @NatGeoFineArt pop-up gallery located at 1 Hotel South Beach (2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach). Check out a wide assortment of art pieces available from top National Geographic photographers specializing in turning nature into beautiful fine art prints. My volcano photo, “A Giant Awakens”, will also be on display and available for purchase, limited edition to 200 prints. Hopefully we will see you there !!
(Video) The catastrophic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially come to an end !! This was a tough season to document with many emotional and scary moments. I’m honored to have worked with the @WeatherChannel on their latest TV project titled: Hurricanes 2017 “Cruel and Unusual”. The show premieres on the @WeatherChannel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET). It was a pleasure working with @JimCantore and the rest of the Weather Channel production crew on this historic show highlighting the recored breaking hurricane season. There is an assortment of my video coverage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Nate in Biloxi mixed in throughout the show as well as an on camera interview discussing my chasing experiences. Please tune in to the Weather Channel this Sunday December 3rd at 10pm(ET) to watch the show !!
Intense supercell thunderstorm with multiple lightning bolts striking the ground at the same time in Kansas after a long day of storm chasing. The sound was so loud it left my ears ringing for over an hour. Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the surface of the planet. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, referred to as a "strike" if it hits an object on the ground. TAG someone you want to go storm chasing with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
Best assignment ever !! A few years ago I was camping alone on top of the Kilauea volcano with a sky full of stars. I have never felt more connected to mother earth in my life. The glowing red in the cracks is a river of scorching hot molten lava flowing underneath my campsite and the red glow on the horizon is where the lava is dripping and oozing into the Pacific Ocean. Kilauea is an active shield volcano located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island in the Hawaiian Islands, the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the islands of Hawaii. TAG a friend you want to camp on this volcano with!! Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
Check out this incredible underwater video of king penguins swimming offshore of Salisbury Plain in the South Georgia islands courtesy of Paul North, director of @MeetTheOcean. Meet the Ocean is a 501c3 multimedia nonprofit organization created to prioritize a healthy ocean via education. To learn more about this organization tune in and watch a series of podcast available on iTunes. Please visit MeetTheOcean.org to access the podcasts.
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Large male elephant seals (bulls) warning other males to stay away by making a deep bleating noise. We documented many males fighting it out over territory on this cold morning at Gold Harbour in the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(Extreme Video Slideshow) While on assignment with @lindbladexp we experienced an intense snowstorm with sub-zero temperatures and blizzard-like bone chilling winds while documenting the worlds second largest king penguin colony at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia Island. Video by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Slideshow of thousands of king penguins at one of the largest penguin colonies in the world at Salisbury Plain in the South Georgia Islands. It was a memorizing experience to see the combination of baby “chick” penguins and adult penguins. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) On our last day of the expedition we visited Salisbury Plain on the South Georgia islands and within minutes of arriving a crippling snow storm unleashed blinding snow with harsh sub-zero temperatures. We were able to get a rare view at how these penguins survive in such extreme blizzard-like conditions. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) We encountered many types of penguins on this expedition to the South Georgia islands and one of my favorites and most photogenic is the macaroni penguin. We hiked up a steep hill through thick tussock grass at Cooper Bay to reach a large macaroni penguin colony to capture this shot. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) One adult king penguin surrounded by hundreds of baby chick penguins aka “oakum boys” at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia island. The chicks of the king penguin are covered in a brown down and sometimes referred to as “oakum boys” because of the resemblance to the youths who packed the seams of wooden boats with oakum, a tarred fibre, to make them watertight, wisps of the oakum stuck to them, so they were brown and fluffy and early seamen thought the king penguin chicks looked the same. TAG a friend. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Baby fur seal known as a “pup” and his dad strolling the beach at Stromness Harbour. Fur seals are closely related to sea lions and share with them external ears, relatively long and muscular foreflippers, and the ability to walk on all fours. They are marked by their dense underfur, which made them a long time object of commercial hunting. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) (SLIDESHOW) We encountered a large king penguin colony with many baby chicks at Gold Harbour in the South Georgia islands. When first born, the baby king penguin has a very warm brown coat. After roughly 12 months, the youngling will go through its first moult. The baby penguin loses its brown coat, which gives way to the signature look of an adult penguin. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Cute baby elephant seal, also called a “weaner”, giving me a nice portrait shot in the South Georgia Islands. After suckling her pup for about twenty-eight days, the mother elephant seal shuts off the supply of rich milk. The mother weans her pup abruptly so that she can return to the sea and replenish her depleted nutritional supplies after having fasted since coming ashore to give birth. She will leave her pup, now re-named “weaner” to fend for itself on the beach. TAG a friend you want to visit the South Georgia islands with. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) Say hello to the South Georgia islands welcoming committee. The king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is a large species of penguin, second only to the emperor penguin in size. King penguins eat small fish, mainly lanternfish, and squid. On foraging trips king penguins repeatedly dive to over 100 meters (300 feet), and have been recorded at depths greater than 300 meters (1,000 feet). King penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica and the South Georgia islands. Photo by Mike Theiss @ExtremeNature
(On assignment with @LindbladExp) This current expedition to the South Georgia islands has been absolutely incredible and only possible because of the National Geographic Explorer expedition ship. Inaugurated in 2008, the Explorer is the world’s ultimate expedition ship uniquely equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment perfect for polar expeditions. Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 cabins, including 13 cabins with private balconies, six spacious suites and 14 cabins specifically designed for solo travelers. At 367 feet in length with six decks, she is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer startling views of the passing landscape. If you want to learn more about all the expeditions and locations @LindbladExp offers please visit the website www.Expeditions.com