Selfies. You’ve heard of them, seen them on the web, maybe you’ve even snapped off a few. Or maybe you hate them, think they’re the scourge of the internet because they are simply nothing but a bunch of self-absorbed people trying hard to garner attention. Whatever your opinion on the subject, the fact is that they are here to stay, at least until the next big fad washes over humanity in a social media tidal wave. Sure, there are a few bad apples out there who are taking dangerous self-portraits (posing in front of a wild grizzly or stepping off a cliff accidentally) but for the most part, the selfie revolution is all in good fun. For outdoor enthusiasts, selfies have opened up a whole new world of sharing and documenting our adventures. And what adventures you are having! The net is loaded with amazing selfies taken by intrepid adventurers. Here are the best of the best.
Wildlife selfies have become all the rage lately. And though there are some ignoramuses out there who are putting themselves at great risk, there are others who have the training, experience, and expertise to work with wild animals. Underwater photographer Aaron Gekoski is one of those professionals. It may appear quite dangerous, but Gekoski claims there was actually in very little risk, saying the sharks were more interested in the sardines he was feeding them.
Believe it or not, this turtle is smiling. It’s an impressive shot, and it should be stressed just how difficult it would be to get such a picture. Sea turtles don’t just hang around in the ocean, waiting for a photo op.
Magnificence. Sea jellies might be taking over the oceans, but they’re doing it beautifully. If you have ever dove in such a jellyfish bloom, you know exactly how majestic it can be. Just don’t get stung.
Another example of a perfectly timed selfie. I would love to know the story behind this one. Did the diver make friends with the seal before the snapshot, or was it a chance encounter? Whatever the case, the seal sure looks happy to be there.
This is Captain Richard Andrews showing off one of his beautiful stripers he caught on the Pamlico River in North Carolina. The fish is nice, but it’s no world’s record. So why do I think this is one of the world’s best? Because taking a selfie with a 20+ pound fish isn’t easy. Good job, Captain.
I’m uncomfortable with heights. Not overly scared, just uncomfortable. So skydiving is a terrifying prospect. I just can’t get why anyone in his right mind would want to jump from a perfectly good airplane. But to each his own. One thing is for sure, he’s one happy adrenaline junkie.
The next few pictures aren’t technically selfies, and they really have nothing to do with outdoor sports. I included them because I love animals and they are pretty darned cool…