Alaska the Nutrient Cycle

This is a personal short made in the rugged wilderness of Southeast Alaska. I will never forget sitting down near a stream the day after arriving in this new world. It couldn’t have been more than five minutes when a black bear came out of the forest, snatched up a salmon and disappeared again in the thicket. I was speechless.

Once they enter fresh water, chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their bodies become a source of nutrients for everything in the forest and sea.

 

De Nieuwe Wildernis / The New Wilderness

With The New Wilderness we kicked off the wildlife filmmaking in The Netherlands. A two-year project that was filmed entirely in the Dutch nature reserve The Oostvaardersplassen.

One of my most exhilarating wildlife moments happened during a late summer evening with the koniks. Standing among the families in the golden light made for some good shots. Suddenly a horse started running. Then another. And another. Soon, the whole herd was in motion. A roaring thunder, the ground shaking, horses everywhere. They raced around me like water passing a stone. Ever flowing, but never touching. Their speed awe inspiring. The deep thumping sounds of thousands of hoofs hitting the ground were deafening. Standing in this grand spectacle made me feel small and humbled. Never to forget that these horses possess a mighty force and have a tremendous spirit to feel alive.