Photographer // Speaker // Mexican // Contributor to National Geographic // Co-founder of SeaLegacy// SonyArtisan // NatGeoCreative // Founder of iLCP
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I am building a new website, and as I go through my images, I am reminded of all the amazing women I have met along the way. Some have names, some I never asked. On many occasions, I have given away my shoes, my reading glasses, my pens and pencils, to women who had less than I do. I have always been rewarded with so much more: gratitude, honesty, the occasional meal or cup of tea, and countless brief friendships. It is going to take a lot of work from all of us to lift all these women up from poverty and despair, I would love to hear back from you on how you think we can accomplish it.
With @Jennygnichols and @radharangarajan for @Sea_Legacy in Kerala, India
When I ask them what they want, women from every corner of the world, like this Kayapó mother from the Brazilian Amazon, have always told me the same thing. Regardless of religion or race, we all want the same thing: control over our own reproductive future. Not only should that be a basic human right, it is also the solution to an overpopulated planet. #mujeres#femalequotient@wearetfq#girlpower#humanrace#rights
This week I will participate in @wearetfq a meeting of women from all over the world who are gathering in Cannes to discuss how women are changing the world. For myself, as one of NatGeo female photographers, making sure that the stories of women and girls, like this young Lisu girl I photographed in the southwestern corner of China, are not invisible, is one of the best parts of my job.with @amivitale and @natgeocreative.
Oh Canada! What an honor it is to be part of promoting ocean protection here in my adoptive country. Blessed with the largest coastline in the world and beaches on three oceans, we also have the largest responsibility. On track to protect 10 percent by 2020, Canada will have to create more marine protected areas in the next four years than it has in its entire history.....and it is determined to do it. I hope that portions of the #salishsea, where I photographed this egg yolk jellyfish are among them. @sea_legacy#oceans20#justintrudeau#speakfornature#canada150#canada#moreocean#mpa#10by2020
As I continue to think about the organizations and people who have played a significant role in my conservation work, I can't help but think of @enricsala and Pristine Seas at National Geographic. ⠀
The Ocean covers 70% of our planet and yet, only 3% of it is protected. Pristine Seas at National Geographic was established in 2008 to explore and protect the remaining wild ocean places. Thank you, Pristine Seas at National Geographic for making it possible to share these stories. ⠀
Photo: #onassignment for @natgeo, @natgeopristineseas and @sea_legacy . Iconic stories, like the fabled friendship that my partner, photographer @PaulNicklen struck with a female leopard seal that insisted on feeding him Penguins back in 2006, are the kind of storytelling that create emotional connections with people. We recently had the privilege of going back there to see if the behavior was the same. When we first arrived at the same spot where he had photographed leopard seals 11 years ago, there were no seals to be seen. As soon as we got in the water, however, this large female immediately swam over to Paul. Thankfully, Paul had told me that this big “show of teeth" is more of a greeting than a threat display and once her initial “hellos” were said, she went back to hunting for penguins and all we could do was smile and try and capture her grace, beauty, and power in these icy seas. Moments like this, are impossible to forget.⠀
⠀ @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations, @lonelywhale, @oceana, @Conservationorg, @natgeo, @natgeopristineseas⠀
⠀⠀ #WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe |#StopClimateChange | #teamwork
Instead of letting what seems like a major setback on the road to ensuring the ecosystem that sustains our planet remains intact discourage our collective society, the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement has become one of the most exciting things I have experienced in my career as a conservationist. ⠀
"When the sea rises, so do we" has become the rallying cry of the UN Oceans Conference here in New York. I am energized and inspired by the renewed commitment from every citizen on this ocean planet. This is the momentum that is going to move us forward. ⠀
Today is acknowledged as World Oceans Day. For me, every day is Ocean Day because the ocean is what makes our days possible. ⠀
All week, I, along with @sea_legacy and @PaulNicklen are acknowledging some of our partners in conservation. Today, we draw your attention to @Oceana. In 1999, a collective of foundations concerned with the fate of our planet commissioned a study and discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. From that, a commitment to protecting our oceans was born. Today, Oceana has more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean. ⠀
Photo: Orcas in Norway, @Sea_Legacy / @NatGeo expedition 2016⠀
⠀ @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations, @lonelywhale
⠀ #WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe |#StopClimateChange | #oceancorps
I have had the pleasure of working in every ocean on this planet and I am inspired and encouraged by efforts and initiatives from passionate and knowledgeable people in all of them. ⠀
This is World Oceans Week and, along with my non-profit organization, @SeaLegacy, I am celebrating the power of collaboration. Like the oceans, we do not exist in isolation. ⠀
⠀ @OceansInitiative, Science for the Sea, was founded by scientists Erin Ashe and Rob Williams. Their mission is to protect marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon & seabirds. They have a lot going on. You should check them out. ⠀
Their current project focusses on ocean noise. "Sound is as important to many marine species as vision is to humans. Sound travels farther and faster in water than in air, whereas vision is only useful to whales at ranges of a few body lengths at most. Our acoustic ecology work addresses two aspects: the role of sound in the ecology and predator-prey interactions of marine wildlife; and the extent to which human-made noise disrupts those processes." - from The Ocean Initiative website. ⠀
Photo: Orcas in Telegraph Cove where Oceans Initiative focusses some of its work.⠀
*⠀ @lonelywhale, @oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans ⠀⠀
⠀⠀ #WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConferernce l #TheWatersEdge l #SaveOurOcean l #speakfornature, l #follow@oceansinitiative | #orcaawarenessmonth
We are going Live at 11 am EST at the B+H Optics 2017 Event. Join me on a journey around the World as I present 'Sacred Ecology' #optic2017 | #newyork | #sony | #live
Conservation takes a team and teams come in many forms. Each one of our partner organizations that we are acknowledging as part of World Oceans Week has a team, or several, working towards specific goals with passion, purpose and a knowing that the ocean, and the planet, needs our help. The teams within these organizations make up a larger team of conservation warriors who dedicate more than just time and expertise to their work. They bring heart. This larger team, in turn, creates a global team and with that, there are no limits to what we can do to ensure the future vitality of our oceans.⠀
Today we are celebrating The Marine Conservation Institute, @savingoceans. The Marine Conservation Institute has many important projects underway, with a current focus on 1) The Global Ocean Refuge System, GLORES, that is designed to catalyze strong protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030 and 2) MPAtlas.org, an online resource and webapp that lets users discover the world's marine protected areas and see amounts and types of protections within regions around the global ocean.⠀⠀
Thank you to The Marine Conservation Institute for this, and other important work. ⠀⠀
Photo: Galactic Ice, Antarctic Peninsula. Like an ephemeral spaceship drifting out to sea, this iceberg was equal parts “outer-space" and “inner-space.” ⠀
This image is featured in "The Water's Edge", a fine art exhibition at the @paulnicklengallery, opening on June 10th. ⠀⠀
⠀⠀ @oceansinitiative, @lonelywhale, @oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue⠀⠀
⠀⠀ #WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConferernce l #TheWatersEdge l #SaveOurOcean l #speakfornature, l #follow@savingoceans
As we kick off our series events for World Oceans Week, I am honored that @Sea_Legacy is partnering with several organizations that are making a significant impact in ocean conservation.⠀
The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is "Our Oceans, Our Future". That is a theme we, as a society, need to internalize and embrace. Without our oceans, we have no future. ⠀
I had to laugh when this baby harp seal plunged its face into the snow. The frozen seas around Iles de la Madeleine is where harp seals head to have their pups. After a short few weeks, the mother returns to sea and the babies trade their white coat for a silver one and head to sea. We must #SpeakforNature to make sure that the drama of nature continues to play uninterrupted by the ravages of climate change.
Join @SeaLegacy here www.sealegacy.org/join-us/ and if you are in New York, join us on Saturday June 10 at the @paulnicklengallery#hedoesnotspeakforme#speakfornature
I took this photo of a group of Adelie penguins near the Larsen C glacier that is slowly breaking off of Antartica and that could raise sea levels by 2 feet. The game the White House is playing with climate change is dangerous and irresponsible. On behalf of all species on this great planet, especially those that wander the polar regions, do not give up; passionate citizens are rallying, only becoming bolder in their voices and actions. It is up to leaders, citizens, educators, consumers and activists who understand the severity of this decision. #follow us on @sea_legacy as we continue to tackle this issue with true science and cameras. Join us at the @paulnicklengallery this June 10 for the opening of an exhibit that continues this conversation. #oneearth |#thisisouronlyhome |#HonorParis |#climatechangeisreal |#climateaction |#photographersforantarctica
During the winter of 1986 an Inuit team of dog mushers crossed the frozen ice bridge between Baffin Island in Canada, and the Thule region in Greenland. They arrived just in time. A huge epidemic of canine distemper had decimated the dog population in Greenland and people feared that that their way of life might disappear along with the dogs. The dogs that arrived from Canada, however, saved the day! The Canadians gifted their huskies to restart the population, and today, the dogs that run across the sea ice in northern Greenland are the descendants of that generous gift.
In order to feed herself and her two growing offspring, a mother polar bear must be an infallible hunter. If there is enough sea ice and the hunting is good, a bear might double or even triple its body weight. An excess of fat is needed to nurture growing cubs, as bears wait for the long Arctic summer to end and for the sea ice to form again. As a bear gains weight, the satellite collar, like the one you can see on this mother, might become so tight around her neck as to choke her. Science is important, but when have we gone too far to collect data?
To see a beautiful video of this mother bear playing with her cubs head to @PaulNicklen. Shot for @sea_legacy Legacy. @natgeocreative | #love | #mother | #snow | #HonorParis | #Arctic | #ClimateChangeisReal@SonyAlpha
How do you cool yourself in a hot Arctic day? If you are a polar bear, the next best thing to going for a swim, is sliding down a snowy hill on your belly. This large male did a “caterpillar” slide that had us all in stitches. #Suchamazinganimals
What to us might seem a featureless snow-covered landscape, is to polar bears a complex realm. An invisible map filled with smells and geographical cues that lead to prey, mates and interesting visitors, like ourselves. We watched this big male travel across a frozen scene for over a mile until he finally came all the way down to the edge of the fjord,where we were quietly floating on our zodiac, and he calmly laid down for a nap. Animals never cease to amaze me! #honorParis#stopclimatechange#sea_legacy@sea_legacy@_tomconlin@paulnicklen@lnixpix
The first time I went on a dog sled; the musher didn’t speak English and all he said was “sit."⠀
I didn’t know if he was talking to me or to the dogs, but the minute I put my butt on the sled we took off. Interestingly, there are no handles and no seat belts so I just held on for dear life and I am not entirely sure that if I fell off, he would have come back for me. ⠀
On a more serious note, the fate of the last tribes of the north and perhaps of all humanity is tied to the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, Antarctica, and Greenland, where this video was taken. ⠀
The ice caps of Greenland is melting at an alarming rate and it is not only having an immediate and significant impact in the lives of these hunters, but because Greenland’s ice cover holds 10% of all the water in the world, stored as ice, its melting is already having an effect on the input of freshwater to the north Atlantic and to the global sea level. What we do, or fail to do in the next few years will determine what our planet will look like for the next thousands or millions of years.⠀
⠀ @natgeocreative, @natgeo, @enricsala@paulnicklen, @sea_legacy, #husky, #dogs, #dogsled, #nature, #animals#love, #culture, #tradition, #enoughness, #gratitude, #ice, #climatechange
Happy Mother’s Day! When baby humpbacks are little, they have very poor buoyancy control. They are not able to stay submersed on their own and they get tired when they have to be on the surface. On this day, we found this mom with her calf resting on the surface. The baby was asleep on top of its mother’s back and barely even blinked when we approached. I especially enjoyed the small school of fish that had formed between them. I guess a big whale can provide a lot of shade and a safe haven from predators!
Photo by @DaisyGilardini for @SeaLegacy // Few women personify the idea of wildlife and conservation photography better than Daisy. As a polar-obsessed photographer, she has made it her mission to give a face and a voice to polar wildlife and this week she graces the pages of SeaLegacy’s Thin Blue Line with her story of adventure, love and hope in the Arctic. In the spirit of #MothersDay, her series of images of a mother polar bear with her cubs is not just beautiful and uplifting, it is a testimony to endurance, perseverance and love. I am grateful to count Daisy as a friend and colleague in arms. Click on the link in my bio to read the whole story. #love#gratitude#polar#osopolar#polarbear#mother@maptia#follow#instagood#madre
Going home to pack for my next Arctic adventure. I am so excited to head back to northern latitudes in hopes of finding some Arctic wildlife. Maybe harp seals or polar bears?
How does such a large animal manage to propel itself so completely out of the water? We watched in awe as this massive mother humpback launched herself out of the water, over and over and over again. Whether she was just happy or trying to shed some of the barnacles that covered her massive fluke and fins, we will never know. All I can tell you is the acrobatic spectacle that only a humpback whale can create, is nothing short of unforgettable. With @PaulNicklen and @_AquaticAdventures.
I want my pictures to show that the people who live in the areas that are at risk of being destroyed are just like us. They are mothers, children, elders and they are scared. They are naive and they don’t really understand the enormity of what is about to happen to them but you and I do and we know that the future for them is uncertain and very frightening.⠀
Please join me for "Water's Edge" at the National Geographic Auditorium in Washington, DC, May 9th, 2017. ⠀
"Water's Edge" will take you on a visual journey through my experience of learning about the concept of responsible earth stewardship as a child growing up in Mexico, and then explore that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.⠀
Photo: Young Kayapo girl bathing in the Xingu River, before the dam.⠀
⠀ @natgeo, @sea_legacy, #watersedge, #awesomeearth, #awesome_earthpix, #discoverearth, #earthofficial, #earthpix
My work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be a human. It is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet also lives within us. It is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.⠀
My presentation, "Water's Edge", features first-hand experiences with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, a society reliant on their local waterway to survive who found their way of life being threatened by a massive new dam; the First Nations in British Columbia protecting their sacred headwaters; an expedition in Greenland where I witnessed how warming global temperatures are impacting the Inuit people and finally, some time in Hawaii where I got to know, admire and respect a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. Through all of this, I have discovered one concept, other than water, that binds these four disparate communities together. That concept is "Enoughness".⠀
"Water's Edge" blends informed compassion, personal insight, and expertise with what I hope is a little bit of humor. Please join me in Washington, DC, at The National Geographic Auditorium on Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:30. You can get tickets through the link in my bio. I hope to see you there. ⠀
⠀ @natgeo, @sea_legacy#watersedge, #awesomeearth, #enoughness, #earthfocus
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