Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 43, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 21, 2014 Submit an Update
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While staying at #laselvabiologicalstation this past holiday break I passed up this big monster green iguana everyday while walking across the suspension bridge to get to the trails. His camouflage wasn't working too good but it didn't matter too much. Their main defense is leaping off the branches into the water to swim away from danger and he was positioned right above the river.
Haven't posted any bird photos from my Costa Rica trip so here's one. I shot this pair of male (front) and female scarlet-rumped tanagers while eating breakfast at La Selva Biological Station. I did most of my birding photos while sitting and eating meals because all the plants around the food area attracted tons of tanagers and parrots.
Red-eyed tree frogs are the icon of Costa Rica. I shot this picture right outside of our place a month ago at the Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center. The owner had built a few ponds on his property a while back and all of the frogs just populated them naturally. The sounds in Costa Rica are amazing at night.
Been a while since I've posted so I wanted to put some more Costa Rica pics up here. This is a good example of why it's difficult to find Brown Vine Snakes (or any vine snakes for that matter) in foliage. They are just so thin and pretty much look like sticks. I found this little one while looking around at Cahuita National Park one day right before finding 3 eyelash vipers on our walk back to the car.
When your mom is fighting a losing battle with lung cancer and she has one last request to go to vegas what do you do? You pack her up into the car and get her to Vegas and post up in a baller 3 bedroom suite for one last ride. Moms going out swinging. Quote of the weekend "let's go down to the blackjack table and make something happen". #getbusylivingorgetbusydying
When I first found this eyelash viper in Costa Rica a couple weeks ago, I fired off what I thought were pictures I liked, but then when I got back to the car and reviewed them they were just weak. So I hiked back down the trail and reshot it. I was treated to a nice snake yawn, which I've seen photos of before but never seen myself. I was hyped because the newer pics were so much better composed and a little behavior enhances all photos. Channeling my inner @mark_kostich_photography with this one.
Shot this photo in Costa Rica two weeks ago in an absolute total downpour rainstorm. I don't think I've ever had my camera out when it was raining that hard but I managed to get off a couple of photos of this massive grey-eyed tree frog. My eyepiece was totally fogged over and lcd was covered with rain on the back so I just tried to make sure I got it focused and had my settings correct. These frogs are found in a select few spots in Costa Rica and are really more close to what you see down in Peru and Ecuador rather than Costa Rica.
Finished up editing photos from my trip to Costa Rica a couple weeks ago so here we go..... I still can't believe that there's an animal out there that looks like this. Even though yellow phase Eyelash Vipers are an iconic snake of Costa Rica, it's really crazy how brightly colored they really are. This snake was on the side of a trail at the first place we stayed at, La Selva Biological Station, and I ended up shooting photos of it for three days straight under different lighting conditions. Amazing looking beast right here.
Here's a snakey little montage video from last week in Costa Rica. Back home now and at work so I figured I would keep posting cell stuff until I get my pictures edited. In order in this video is a baby little brown vine snake, then a hognosed viper and finally an eyelash viper. All exactly as found.
Always have to be on your toes and watch out while in Costa Rica. The place we stayed at for our last 3 days here was chock full of these fer de lances. Saw at least one every single hike we took, which might just be the most abundant snake finding I've ever done anywhere. At the airport on the way home now, back to reality and work. See all my skateboard brethren at Agenda coming up this week. Final snake count while here was: 7 fer de Lance, 2 cat eyed snakes, 4 eyelash vipers, 1 hognosed viper, 1 Halloween snake, 1 velvet necked snake and 2 unidentified snakes that just plain got away from us. Plus tons of frogs, birds, monkeys and other stuff. Filmed with iPhone using an @olloclip wide angle
Here's a little frog collage from the last couple of days here in Costa Rica. Clockwise from top left: masked tree frog, grey eyed tree frog, lemur frog and of course the red eyed tree frog on the bottom left. The lemur tree frog only exists here in small pockets of Costa Rica and Panama and no where else. The owner of where we are staying is a wizard at finding things and has dedicated his life to studying these and all the other amphibians of this region.
Finding eyelash vipers on the beach yesterday was pretty fun times. This was the first of 3 that we found, all on our hike back to the car after finding none on the way in. Maya was "relieved" when I found this one so I wouldn't complain about not having found any at the easiest place to find them. Ha.
iPhone collage of all the snakes my wife and I found today here in Cahuita, Costa Rica. 3 different phases of eyelash vipers along with a tiny little brown vine snake (lower right). 4 snakes during the daytime is hard to beat. Tomorrow is our last day here then we fly home on Saturday. Happy New Years everyone!!!! 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍
iPhone pic with @olloclip telephoto to keep me out of striking range of our highlight find of tonight. Beauty hognosed viper while here hiking at the Costa Rica Amphibian Research center. Also found a pretty good sized fer de lance and a velvet necked snake and tons of frogs. But this one took the cake. Such a badass looking snake.
Here's another baby fer de lance from last nights hike. Also found a nice little cat-eyed snake as well crossing our trail. If you don't know what the fer de lance will do to you if it bites you...look it up. Its terrifying the amount of damage they can do to humans. Always keeping an eye out for them while hiking. Last night at La Selva is tonight before moving on to the Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center for 3 nights. Nerrrrrrrrrrrds!!!!
iPhone pic of a neonate Fer De Lance from last nights hike here at La Selva, Costa Rica. Hiked for about 2-3 hours in the absolute pouring rain and I can only keep my camera gear dry for so long so we called it. Found a few red-eyed tree frogs but they were too far for me to shoot photos of. But it's sunny and dry now so tonight should be good for stuff.
Made it to Costa Rica last night late after a nice ride over a fog covered mountain in the pouring rain. Straight into the mix here. Our room here at La Selva has an interesting feature. We went out on our balcony to check it out and the door locked behind us. Soooo....I had no shoes on and was 1.5 stories up on a balcony over the rainforest. Took my socks off and shimmied on a 2 inch ledge till it was low enough for me to jump. Fun fun fun on the first night. Today found a ton of these blue-jeans frogs today along with my first eyelash viper (yellow phase) and lots of these collared peccaries running around.
Stoked to wake up and find me getting a trick in the new @tiredskateboards video along with a ton of homies like @boblems @joeryck @scubasteve @robertbrink @joshfriedberg @heyfilmthis and for sure @dave_waite who shut it down with the ender part. Skateboarding rules. Off to Costa Rica tomorrow though for some tropical hiking and snake/frog finding missions for a week. Next update will be really really 🐍🐍🐍🐍🐸🐸🐸🐸🐢🐒🐊. Enjoy Christmas.
Two coyotes cruising the dry lakebed checking out cars while a storm is brewing over in the hills. Trying to shoot a little wildlife/landscape combo with this one. I'm not used to having tiny subjects in my frames as I'm always trying to get as close as possible. Fun contours to play with out in DV.
Coyote out on the dry Panamint lake bed in Death Valley from 2 weeks ago. There were 3 coyotes chilling out in this zone when we drove by. They were super healthy looking, but were also looking for handouts from some tourists nearby. I didn't want to be Debbie downer and tell them they were killing these animals by feeding them, mostly because the tourists were French and wouldn't understand me. But for sure these coyotes will end up getting hit by cars someday since their location was right next to the road. I do like how the coyotes of DV are more robust than Joshua tree or other places. Just overall badass looking.
1990 was a fun year. Turned 18, went to skatecamp in Visalia and ended up getting sponsored by @santacruzskateboards which came with a spot on @independenttrucks as well...a bonus. Here's a curb trick I really need to learn again...lipslide to front board. Always loved this trick. And the nose manny is at one of the best schools ever to skate, Mesa View. @guymariano put it on the map with Video Days.
Tawny Eagle from my trip to South Africa back in Oct of this year. These eagles are thick and just intimidating looking. I'm sure they're a terror to all the mammals out in the Kalahari. The #kgalagaditransfrontierpark is easily the best place I've ever been for seeing birds of prey. Owls, hawks, Falcons and eagles are just everywhere you look. Lots of barren trees there so everything just sticks out so much.
Top photo 1989 trying to be @matthensley22 with his proper melon grab style and bottom photo 1990 trying to get those Ollie Japan's like @jasonlee70 he would always get his knee to bounce off his board and I always tried to emulate that. I don't know if my fat old body can still reach down and touch my board anymore when I ollie. I might have to give it a shot sometime soon.
Pretty fun little Saturday here in Vegas. Won $4000 late last night, woke up early and drove my wife and her mom up to the mountains to see the wild horses cruising around. It's awesome that within a half hours drive of vegas you can be up in the snow with a herd of wild horses. They don't look like regular horses you see, they've got a thick coat of hair and are pretty hearty looking (although this mom one could use some fattening up).
Spent my Thanksgiving morning shredding curbs with @clockradiospeaker I put rails on my board for the first time in 24 years I'm guessing just for fun and some curb dancing action. I tried to find a song that I listened to when learning all these tricks. Thanks for the inspiring shirt @slappy_hour and box of goodies. Filmed using the @olloclip wide angle. @akadune trying to keep up with your curb rippage lately!
Our view from the hotel room here in Tahoe at Harvey's casino. Went to the movies so I left my phone in the room set up for a little iPhone #timelapse action. @olloclip fisheye came in handy to make this work. This storm came in strong and fast. Hopefully I'll be able to drive out of here tomorrow to be back in SoCal for thanksgiving. Interested to see if the 395 got a good dusting of snow for our drive back.
Current status at 6am and 19 degrees out. Good morning light color usually doesn't last longer than 20 min, mostly less. That's why you need to show up like 45 min before sunrise to shoot it. As we were walking back to the car here at Mono Lake I saw a dude carrying two tripods full of gear out to shoot. Sorry bud, better get up earlier next time. It was pure grey when he got here. My wife was gonna keep sleeping till I mentioned I was making hot chocolate then she said "ok, maybe I'll go". Shot with @olloclip fisheye lens
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