Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty The posse thundered through the flooded Pantanal, their horses snorting and chomping the cold steel between their teeth. They showered the banks in a torrent of swamp water and flung clods of uprooted grass in their wake. The riders whooped and urged their steeds faster into a breakneck gallop, surrendering safety for the thrill of flight. Such is the life of a cowboy, or pantaneiro. These horsemen have made their home in Brazil's wild savannas for the last 200 years. They live closely in tune with the seasonally flooded landscape, sharing the space with an astonishing amount of biodiversity, including jaguars, giant anteaters, and ostrich-like birds known as greater rheas. Follow me @Mitty for more stories from my work as a conservation photographer and learn about how cultures around the world are intertwined with the landscape.