François Plamondon

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Photo by @gordonwiltsie Earlier in my career I was debatably fortunate to be chosen to guide and photograph some of the world's best skiers and a #WarrenMiller film crew as they shot a segment in #Antarctica for one of the company's revered annual ski films, this one entitled "Extreme Winter" - the first-ever serious downhill #skiing expedition to the continent. After many years working as a ski photographer, I had often worried about inciting someone to get hurt displaying "Kodachrome Courage" and this production proved to be an #extreme example of a dilemma I have often subsequently faced as an #expedition photographer. As the guide, hired by the aviation company that flew them to the Antarctic Peninsula, my responsibility was to keep everyone safe. When skier Mike Farny front-pointed up this steep and icy glacier to set up a jump, the guide part of me wanted to scream, "Are you crazy?" If he seriously injured himself, the nearest hospital was 1,700 miles away, assuming that our plane could take off and that weather was flyable the entire distance in a part of the world where even at full throttle, winds can push an aircraft backwards. It isn't hard to guess, however, what the photographer part of me wanted, and guess which side won? #adventure @natgeocreative @natgeotravels

These Colorful, Dramatic Cliffs Are a Half Million Years Old

Travel<p><b>Location: South Dakota<br>Established: November 10, 1978<br>Size: 244,300 acres</b><p>They call it The Wall. It extends for a hundred miles through the dry plains of South Dakota—a huge natural barrier ridging the landscape, sculptured into fantastic pinnacles and tortuous gullies by the forces of water. …

This Small Seaside National Park Is One of the Most Visited

<b>Location: Maine<br>Established: February 26, 1919<br>Size: 49,600 acres</b><p>Sea and mountain meet at Acadia, where, as one presumably ambidextrous visitor wrote, "you can fish with one hand and sample blueberries from a wind-stunted bush with the other." Most of the park is on Mount Desert Island, a patchwork …

East River at night