Like ghosts appearing from the deep, one second I was alone, and the next I was surrounded by hundreds of Adelie penguins returning to land after spending the day feeding at sea. Clumsy and funny on land, they are like a symphony in motion underwater. There were several seals in the area waiting to ambush them and I had to smile when I realized they were using me as a “shield” to get to land safely.
An unbelievable experience on an island that is now protected in perpetuity thanks to the efforts of the @TheWCS. Steeple Jason is part of the Falklands archipelago (once known as islas Malvinas). On assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
Spending time with animals in the wild is a privilege reserved for a very few. What is my responsibility as somebody who gets this chance? I don’t want to just make pretty pictures; I want to tell stories and I want to give a voice to animals, like this polar bear, who cannot speak for themselves. The work is hard, dangerous, and often lonely. I am really lucky to have an amazing team supporting me. Thanks to @PaulNicklen, @derek_rushton, @Maptia, @erichroepke, @burgankait, @samkretch, @Mikeberard, @lnixpix and @steinretzlaff. Thanks to their hard work, @SeaLegacy is an effective Impact organization.
The Arctic is changing rapidly and what to many of us is still a theoretical problem, happening far away, for others, like the Inuit people who live in the most remote corners of the Arctic, is already a reality. While traveling on the sea ice, one of our dog teams fell through the ice. As the heavy sled pulled the dogs underwater, the entire team had to help rescue the dogs and the vessel, which was loaded with our heavy gear. Thankfully we were able to pull the dogs out and lost only a young pup, who was pulled under for too long. We just couldn't save it but the rest were okay.
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Those eyes….they seem almost human. A male Grizzly bear assesses my presence as we share a small length of the Fishing Branch River. He fishes, I photograph. If we take the time to be with animals as equals, they tend to surprise us…with their sensitivity, their intelligence, and their vulnerability.
On assignent for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen.
It is impossible to tire from the company of humpbacks. Whether underwater or under moonlight, their presence always makes me skip a breath. @PaulNicklen and I have spent many hours hoping to catch a glimpse of these amazing giants and sometimes, when the light is just right, we have been gifted with amazing moments.
How do you relax? I like gardening and I have a mild addiction to my backyard hot tub. Polar bears, on the other hand need to cool down and they do so by rolling around on the snow. What most impresses me about polar bears, is the size of their paws. Larger than dinner plates, they are designed to travel over snow and ice. Polar bears are so well insulated they must release excess heat through areas where fur is absent or blood vessels are close to the skin, like muzzle, nose, ears, and those black footpads. So happy to be heading back to the #Arctic with @paulnicklen @SeaLegacy | @NatGeoCreative | #bear | #polar | #wildlife | #animals | #nature
After taking turns to sit on the nest for 70 days, the black-browed albatross chick finally hatches. Instead of the bright, white plumage spotted by the adults, the baby is covered with a soft, fluffy gray coat of downy feathers. Its black beak will eventually turn bright orange, and as both parents work around the clock to keep it fed, the baby will grow quickly and after only 120 days, it will take flight for the first time. I truly enjoyed sitting quietly among the nests, watching the comings and goings of the colony during an assignment for @NatGeo with @PaulNicklen. Thankfully, this island has been protected by @TheWCS so this baby has very little to worry about. @NatGeoCreative | @NatGeoTravel | #love | #beauty | #nature | #malvinas | #moreocean
Ice, light and mood, are all it takes to entertain a photographer for hours in Antarctica. Regardless of where you look, there are incredible ice formations and reflections everywhere. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes awe-inspiring, the ephemeral nature of ice, with all tis hues of blue and white, makes it the most fascinating subject.
When I first saw one of these large male Southern Sea Lions I honestly thought it looked like a Grizzly bear! During the mating season, the males come on land to build their harems and they become quite territorial and they will chase away anything and anyone that comes within their invisible boundary. They literally wait at the water's edge for the females to come out so they can mate with them. Majestic and wild, the Falkland islands are a real paradise for wildlife and thanks to the efforts of organizations like @theWCS, some of these islands are now protected. On assignment for @natgeo with @paulnicklen @natgeocreative@natgeotravel#wildlife#animals#nature#beauty#sealion#moreocean
There is so much wisdom encapsulated in the minds and hearts of elders, and especially old matriarchs, like this Saramacca woman I photographed in the remote village of Asindohopo in the interior of Suriname’s vast rainforests.The water we drink, the food we eat, the fibers that clothe us, the fuels that keep us warm and cool, and the medicines that restore our health are all part of a toolkit for sustainable survival that lives and breathes in the minds of elders. With @Jittermeier and @jennygnichols for @conservationorg
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