Michael Becker
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I hate inspirational quotes about wilderness. Get your ass outside while it still exists. BBC Natural History Unit

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Found this candid shot by my favourite expedition partner @chelsea.chisholm. Probably taken while we stared at Mount Thor on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. If only I had long flowing hair and yoga leggings I could call this #blessed and get a feature on @alpinebabes

This is where blue raspberry flavouring comes from. A recently flipped iceberg in Antarctica after a particularly stormy evening.

Sunset in Antarctica.

The Matterhorn.

Flying high over the Canadian Rockies. . . . . #clineriver #abrahamlake

Type II fun with @chelsea.chisholm Glacial river crossings on Baffin Island through 2°C water. We checked the log books after this one and saw that there had been 4 broken legs on this river the month before. I'm assuming a horse died. . . . . . #baffinisland #nunavut #nunagram #arctic #canada #explorecanada #explore #nature #mountains #instatravel #instagood #instanature #girlswhohike #akshayukpass #mountthor #hike #hiking #getoutside #wilderness

The official trailer is finally out for the series I worked on for several years: BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet. Marine invertebrates are my favourite group of animals on the planet, and it was great to see our shoot from McMurdo, Antarctica highlighted. It takes a certain amount of crazy to love doing 3 long dives a day in -2°C water for weeks on end to pull something like this off. Big props to cameramen @hughdmiller and @espenrekdalphotography for capturing stunning behaviour of these beautiful creatures, and to the legendary USAP dive team led by Rob Robbins and Steve Rupp @webgoalie that kept us running. Couldn't have asked for better company for an intense and frozen shoot, thanks guys. The show airs on BBC in late October and in the meantime the trailer is available here: ( https://youtu.be/IlFRPkT-hVc ). . . . #mcmurdo #antarctica #bbc #onlocation #nsf #underwater

Mountains mountains mountains. I am not someone inclined to go uphill. I was born in a swamp where getting to altitude was considered walking to the second floor of a building. But @chelsea.chisholm has dragged me kicking and screaming up enough pointy peaks that now I can see their beauty and I love them as much as the ocean. Fun fact: you are less likely to get eaten by a shark on a mountain than in the water, which almost makes the burning in the legs worthwhile. This photo was taken in one of my favourite corners of the world, the Akshayuk Pass in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island. It's a long way from anywhere, but stunning proof that Canada should be protecting more of its northern land for conservation. . . . #arctic #baffinisland #mountains #nunavut #akshayukpass #auyuittuqnationalpark #nunagram

An Arctic hare being driven mad by the Canadian air force. The mosquitos of a northern summer will make a rational person insane. At least I had a tent. This little guy probably hoped he'd get eaten by a wolf. Fun fact: as Arctic summers get warmer with climate change, the mosquito season will get worse and worse. . . . . #arctic #explorecanada #wildlife #nunavut #climatechange

Up close and personal with an Arctic wolf. During my five years working on Ellesmere Island in Arctic Canada I spent most of my time alone on the land. With no predators and having never been hunted by humans, the resident Arctic wolves were curious, confident, and fearless. They would come right up to me, and if I was still, they would even get close enough to nuzzle my boots. Humans are new to them, was I a threat or something to eat? That's what the wolves would try to figure out with me. I thought these were magical Disney-like moments of connecting to another animal. And then I watched them kill a giant muskox and realized they approached me in the exact same way. But that's why Arctic wolves are my favourite animal on the planet - they look like the dogs we all know and love and feel close to. But inside them remains something wild. And there's just not enough of that left in this world. . . . . #wildlife #wolves #arctic #canada #wilderness

Typical Swiss local. . . . . . . #mountain #glacier #swiss #switzerland #myswitzerland #interlaken #alps

Recently had the pleasure of seeing the Valley of the Temples in southern Sicily. The site is one of the most important remains of the ancient Greek world (the Greeks colonizing Sicily before the Romans came, then the Moors, etc). Of the 7 temples, the one that really caught my eye was the Temple of Concordia. Built it 440 BC it's one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world and most of it remains completely intact and freestanding. At almost 2500 years old it is aging far better than I am. Pro tip: if you wait until the park closes you can get photos of the temple without distracting humans. Downside is your car gets locked in the lot ... . . . . . . . #neverstopexploring #sicily #valledeitempli #italy #temple #templeofconcordia #instatravel #instagood #nikon #d850 #travel #igtravel #livetravelchannel #travelstoke #bbctravel #justgoshoot #theglobewanderer #passionpassport #worlderlust #theculturetrip #adventureculture #departedoutdoors #earth_deluxe #artofvisuals #travelawesome

On the search for something dangerously cuddleable. One of these days I'll actually be able to say something about the damn things I've been filming. . . . . . . #neverstopexploring #north #instatravel #instagood #nikon #d850 #travel #igtravel #livetravelchannel #travelstoke #bbctravel #justgoshoot #theglobewanderer #passionpassport #worlderlust #theculturetrip #adventureculture #departedoutdoors #earth_deluxe #artofvisuals #travelawesome #sunset #arctic #fit #secret

A massive leopard seal sizes up cameraman @hughdmiller . Watch HOSTILE PLANET in the US at 9pm on @natgeo channel. I know I was shaking in my boots during the dives, hopefully you will too. . . . . . . #antarctica #leopardseal #hostileplanet #polar #natgeo #natgeowild #cold #ice #iceberg #penguin #climatechange #instagood #nature #wild #diving #cameraman #onlocation #behindthescenes #underwater #iceberg #outdoors #wilderness #dive #mermaid or #merman

What lurks beneath.....? Check out my leopard seal sequence airing tonight in the US at 9pm on @natgeo It's going to be intense! Shot with the immensely talented @hughdmiller @alexvail08 @johnaitchison1 . We spent two months on the Antarctic peninsula living with penguins and diving with the massive critters. . . . . #antarctica #leopardseal #hostileplanet #polar #natgeo #natgeowild #cold #ice #iceberg #penguin #climatechange

See you in three weeks. Bye internet.