Cat nap 😂😂😂 - Fresh off a #trailcam in #westtexas Davis mountains. Doing a short film with @bri_srsu on their lion research. Shoutout out to @yeti for making the film possible. #igtexas #trailcamera #trailcamology #davismountains #catnap #cougar #mountainlion #puma #panther #builtforthewild
The mountains on the left part of this photo are in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas's largest at 300k+ acres. The highway is the Texas Mountain Trail, river road section, possibly the most scenic drive in the state. The Rio Grande river is on the far right side of the pic, slowly carving its path deeper through the vast largely uninhabited region. The mountains on the far right are in Forest Service equivalent land in Mexico, where Desert Bighorn Sheep that were reintroduced into West Texas routinely cross back and forth along with a multitude of other wildlife. Driving and filming along this stretch of road, I've often wondered if I was forced to make the choice, would I construct the potential thirty foot high #borderwall on the north side of the road, blocking access into Texas' largest state park, or on the south side of the road, blocking access to the Rio Grande River where tens of thousands of paddlers annually float through world renowned canyons? While the luxury of choosing which side of the road to recreate on is a very 21st century thought, for the wildlife, it wouldn't matter. For hundreds of miles along the Rio Grande, the river is the only source of reliable water in a desert that can receive annual rainfall in the single digits. A potential border wall would simply be the end for those individuals and populations that rely on the river for water, not to mention the blocking of dispersals of Mexican Black Bear, Coati, desert bighorn, and other recovering species in the borderlands. While the effects of a physical wall to immigration is debatable, the effects of a physical wall to this regions' landscapes, wildlife, tourism, landowner rights, and public lands would be extreme. This photo is a still frame from a timelapse #shotonred for @natgeowild and @reddigitalcinema documenting the potential wildlife impacts of a border wall. #wildxred #theriverandthewall #riogrande #westtexas #doublerainbow
Had a far fetched dream come true a few days ago. @cliffandcactus and I were in the Chisos Range in West Texas and saw this lion dart in front of us right before dark. We had just gotten done filming some bears and cameras were ready to roll. @cliffandcactus snapped this awesome photo while I rolled video on the @reddigitalcinema 8k Helium I'm using for the #wildxred @natgeowild wildlife film contest. This is the second time I've seen a mountain lion in the wild and to have the best camera I've ever had my hands turned on, sitting on a tripod, and with a long lens set up and ready to roll! Unreal. So lucky. Still can't believe it happened. The odds of randomly getting lion footage in the wild, especially in Texas, is miniscule. It's like the cat, which appears to be a middle aged female, wanted to get her video taken. I'll post a vid when I get back to the edit bay. It's unreal. Thanks for letting me post this pic @cliffandcactus, such a great shot! #westtexas #lionsofwesttexas #bigbend #chisos #cougar #puma @bri_srsu
Santa Elena Canyon on the Texas-Mexico border. Mother nature's 1500 foot #borderwall. It's great.
THAT my friends is a RED helium 8k camera that I'm shooting with until Sept. 1. Ive been honored to be one of ten contestants in a competition by @natgeowild and @reddigitalcinema to make a wildlife short film of our choice. Whoever's short film wins the contest gets to keep the camera. I've decided to make my short film on the wildlife along the Rio Grande river and US/Mexico border in West Texas. This camera is powerful good luck- In 4 days I've somehow managed to film a mountain lion in the wild, two black bears making more black bears, carmen mountain whitetail, mule deer, and the monsoon season skies are popping every PM. If any of y'all out there know where to film bears, especially cubs, hook me up with some intel! #wildxred #bigbend #texasbear #thewindow #chisos #westtexas
Made a good trade with a West Texas fellow in the Davis Mountains yesterday- he's letting me put trail cams up on his ranch to film a mama mountain lion and her baby. In exchange, I told him I'd help him find a good mule. So, any of y'all know of a good mule for sale? He's looking for one that's good and broke, willing to go off by itself without a fit, 14-15 hands high, black feet, and has spent lots of saddle time in the hills. Preferably in West Texas or New Mexico. Please comment or send me a DM if you e got intel. It'd help me lots. Thanks and I'll post some pics when I pick the cams up. FYI this cat photo was taken in a sanctuary, not in the wild. #muleforalion #goodtrade #lionsofwesttexas
Great read about a river trip from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico along the Rio Grande. The kind of book that makes you want to go on a questionably long trip. If you're into river trips, border culture, cold beer, and deep thoughts check it out- #thetecatejournals #keithbowden
Some vid of the #axisdeer I posted yesterday. There were some comments that made my realize my ignorance about the species. Did a little research- they're native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and have been introduced to Hawaii, Argentina, Texas, and other places as hunting animals and because they look awesome. Males get to 250 lbs and make a bugling bark sound. In their native range tigers would pick em off but we don't have tigers in tx and there's minimal predation. Their diet is really broad which could give them an advantage over native more specialized species like whitetail. They breed year round but peak breeding is june-July followed by a 7.5 month gestation. Twins are rare and lifespan is 9-13 years old. Axis were introduced to Texas in the 1930s and are found in about 50 counties. Statewide population is 50,000ish. #guadaloupe #hillcountry #shotonred @reddigitalcinema #wildxred
Axis deer in the Texas Hill Country. They're native to India and were introduced to Texas in the early 1900s. I have mixed feelings about them. They're not native but they're insanely beautiful. #axisdeer #hillcountry
Anyone interested in a week long pack trip into Wyoming's Teton wilderness with me and uncle Val Geissler from @unbrandedthefilm? We just had 3 spots open up. It'll be a 70 mile loop through Yellowstone country. No roads, very few people, lots of wildlife and insane scenery. Email Cindy at email@example.com or call 307-587-4412 for details, price, etc... doing the trip under Hidden Creek Outfitters, they've got great horses and mules. #mustang #wyoming #yellowstone #tetons #packtrip
@chefeduardogarcia chomping mushies on the go! So excited to see this man in person for the Texas premiere of @chargedfilm tomorrow in Austin. Ed, @jennyofthejane , and @implementproductions will all be here for Q&A and afterparty. If you come you'll leave inspired. It's an awesome story and I'm super proud to be a part of it. 7pm at the Alamo on Lamar st. Google Charged Film Austin for tix and details. #chargedfilm #luke #mustang
Married one of my best friends last night. Best of luck @ifthatscbass and @c_hafner! Thank you for the honor.
I was standing next to @richardhorstphotography when this wild horse battle broke out in Nevada. I was cameraless and just stared in awe. Ric dropped to a knee and took this insane photograph. I can't stop looking at it. Framed, in person, at 40 inches wide it's just a mind blower! Thank you Ric for letting me include this photograph into my art gallery at @slategraygallery in Austin this Thursday as a fundraiser for @texasparkswildlifefoundation . Still a few tickets available. #mustang mustang #wildhorse #artshow #nevada
It is my honor to present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Horner! @kelleycrane and @horns1374 , officiating your wedding was an indescribable honor. Thank you.
@chefeduardogarcia is a good pal of mine and has a crazy life story. Pic taken on a Yellowstone pack trip. Both Ed and Phill Baribeau, director of @unbrandedthefilm and @chargedfilm, will be in Austin on May 15 for the Texas premiere of @chargedfilm. Q&A after the flick. Come! you'll leave inspired. At the Alamo @drafthouse . Google 'Charged Film Austin Screening' for tix #charged #eduardogarcia #builtforthewild @yeti #yeti
Hiked 18 miles of the Appalachian Trail yesterday with my high school pal Collin Bagget and @kgsmasters on the NC/TN line. That's Collin in the pic, he's walking the entire 2,200 mile trail and is about 400 miles in. It was interesting comparing the pros and cons of hiking vs. horse riding on a long journey. Mile number one hiking sounded really cool, mile 18 I was missing my mustangs! If you randomly see him, his trail name is Tex and if you buy him 5lbs of lasagna and a six pack, I'll pay for it and he'll love you forever. #attrail #nc #hodude #tn
Happy 2 year anniversary @kgsmasters ! Love you! #dryflylove
Recently went on a 5 day pack trip with the @heroesandhorses crew on their @500milesproject mustang ride through NM and AZ. They adopted 15 mustangs in January, trained them, and did a 500 mile ride to prepare them to be good horses for their veterans program. This shot is a frame grab from footage From the trip. I spent a lot of time around the mustangs they adopted from Beaty's Butte, OR and they were really nice well-disposed big mountain 'Stangs . Today is the finish line for them. Congrats @micah5326 , Mike , Russ, and @elliottwoods ! Thanks for the inspiration, for adopting mustangs, promoting public lands, and being general badasses at life! #gila #newmexico #500milesproject #heroesandhorses #mustang