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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The pyramids of Giza arose from the desert floor some 4,500 years ago, but how exactly the ancient Egyptians constructed them is still unclear. Camels arrived much later, when foreign invaders  introduced them as the main transport to cross the desert. And for good reason: the one-humped camel, otherwise known as a dromedary, doesn’t break a sweat until its body temperature hits 106°F (41°C). For more on animals and cultures around the globe, follow @pedromcbride. #camel #Egypt #pyramids #Giza #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The pyramids of Giza arose from the desert floor some 4,500 ye...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride. | Two anglers are framed by the last of fall color on a tributary of the Colorado River. A study highlighted that the recreation value of this 1,500-mile river supports a $26 billion economy and a quarter million jobs—a powerful reminder of the value of flowing rivers. Sadly, I have seen how we ask too much of this lifeline; downstream it vanishes and no longer reaches the sea. To see more on fresh water, follow @pedromcbride. #Coloradoriver #water #flyfishing #catchandrelease #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride. | Two anglers are framed by the last of fall color on a tributa...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Mist rises above one of the 10,000 hydrothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. When visiting here, you can sense the raw power of Mother Nature bubbling up around you in the myriad of hot springs and geysers. It always feels like I’m witnessing a "naked Earth," from another time, reminding us of the power and complexity of our shared home. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #yellowstone #nationalpark #nature #BW #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Mist rises above one of the 10,000 hydrothermal features in Ye...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Each year 13 billion gallons of snowmelt water—supplying 7 percent of Denver’s needs—flows into or around the treatment ponds above the Blue and Eagle River tributaries (for the Colorado River) and the Arkansas River Valley. The Climax open-pit mine near Leadville, Colorado, extracts molybdenum and has released “spikes” of molybdenum at levels up to 14 times higher than the state limit into the watershed. Climax has requested multiple extensions for the temporary lifting of those health limits, and water-quality scientists hope the mine will use the extension time to stop the molybdenum pollution spikes. The constant push and pull serves as a reminder of the fragile balance between mineral extraction and clean water in the Colorado River Basin. To see more on freshwater, follow @pedromcbride. #coloradoriver #water #mining #naturalresources #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Each year 13 billion gallons of snowmelt water—supplying 7 per...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The wake of nature’s work: The humbling power of an avalanche leaves an old aspen forest brushed over and rooted like toothpicks. After roughly two decades of drought in the Colorado River Basin, the record snowpack was welcome, but it didn’t depart quietly. This past winter saw one of the most extreme avalanche cycles in Colorado's history, thanks to an unsteady snowpack followed by heavy storms. For more on natural phenomena, follow @pedromcbride. #avalanche #nature #mountains #aerial #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The wake of nature’s work: The humbling power of an avalanche...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | “Mr. Peter, you worry too much,” my Indian friend Madhav said. “Worry is praying for what you don’t want.” At that point, on the banks of the Ganges River while doing a story for @natgeo about yoga, I realized that Madhav was the hero of my piece, standing in front of me. The beautiful and challenging part of storytelling is sometimes being patient enough to realize the story will find you, if you don’t look past it. For more stories from around the world, follow @pedromcbride. #India #yoga #travel #gratitude #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | “Mr. Peter, you worry too much,” my Indian friend Madhav said....
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | "Something about this place curiously inclines one's thoughts toward the scientific, and yet simultaneously toward the theological. Which may be a pretty good definition for 'magic.'" – Hampton Sides, from the prologue to my book on the Grand Canyon. To explore its magic, check out "Into the Grand Canyon," a film about our 750-mile transect on foot, on @natgeochannel, Wednesday, June 26, at 4 p.m. EST. #IntoTheCanyonMovie #humility #publiclands #nature #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | "Something about this place curiously inclines one's thoughts...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Surf Patterns: As a lifelong surfing junkie, I love the feeling of gliding across glassy water and the texture of the ocean, which can both inspire and humble. According to some historians, early accounts of surfing may have influenced Thomas Jefferson to write "the pursuit of happiness" into the Declaration of Independence as an “unalienable right.” True or not, “riding the hand of Mother Nature,” as some describe it, can induce fear and smiles alike. For more on waves and water around the world, follow @pedromcbride #petemcbride #surfing #greenroom #Mexico #aerial
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Surf Patterns: As a lifelong surfing junkie, I love the feelin...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Greening the desert:  Which is winning, the desert or the green? The Colorado River is the lifeline of the American Southwest, and it also produces the vast majority of America's salad bowl—in short, every piece of lettuce you eat in the United States in the winter months grows because of the Colorado River.

But as we ask more from this river artery, not only is the river running lower and drier but the greening of the desert to grow food becomes ever more challenging. For more on life-sustaining rivers, follow @pedromcbride. #petemcbride #ColoradoRiver
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Greening the desert: Which is winning, the desert or the gree...
Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The Colorado River is drying up: it hasn't reached the ocean in two decades. In 2014 a binational agreement provided for the release of a surge of water equal to less than 1% of the river's annual flow in an effort to restore parts of its delta estuary. I recently returned to visit one of the restoration sites and was heartened to see that a small baseflow of water has turned a section of arid wasteland back into a forest of native vegetation. This gives me hope for nature's resilience as long as we work to protect it. To learn more about the Colorado and other rivers, #followme @pedromcbride #petemcbride #ColoradoRiver
Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The Colorado River is drying up: it hasn't reached the ocean...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Elephants live in matriarchal societies, so the oldest and largest adult female in a family watches over the entire clan, including her sisters and offspring, forming a closely-bonded family that stays together for life. For more images of wildlife, follow @pedromcbride #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Elephants live in matriarchal societies, so the oldest and lar...
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Looking up and onward: I had the privilege to camp with my nieces recently and explore the best natural screen we have—the night sky. It's been reported that teenagers spend over seven hours a day consuming content on screens outside of schoolwork. So it was a treat to share a few moments gazing at the infinite away from pixels (of course I had to access them to capture the moment). I was honored that @natgeotravel picked this image as one of the best of 2019. Here's to many stargazes for you in 2020. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #stars #nightsky #nature #family #petemcbride
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Looking up and onward: I had the privilege to camp with my nie...