Plott Hound Portrait

May 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

I love domestic animals as well as animals in the wild. There is something about human’s best friend that just tugs at the heart strings. Here is a portrait of a lovely Plott Hound by the name of “Sister”. Isn’t she beautiful?

Sister the Plott Hound

Sister the Plott Hound

Antarctica Interview with GeoLounge

May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

I was delighted and honored to be interviewed a few weeks ago by the wonderful blog about all things Geography — GeoLounge.

This was a great forum to talk about the geographically important Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region, as a geographer and photographer. I must say, it was interesting to bring those two interests together in this capacity, and I had to put a lot of thought into what it means to my vision as a photographer with my background in geography — and how that manifested during my trip to the bottom of the world.

Check out the full interview here — I thoroughly enjoyed being able to share my thoughts as well as my images of Antarctica in this way. Thank you to GeoLounge for the feature!

Thank you to my fellow passenger who too this picture!

Thank you to my fellow passenger who too this picture!

Molting Weddell Seal

May 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Seeing Weddell seals in the Antarctic was another unique experience. Named for James Weddell, a sailor and seal hunter, these are true, earless seals. They molt in the beginning of the summer, like the Weddell seal (Scientific name Leptonychotes weddelli) pictured here.

Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli)

Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli)

Remarkable Mothers of All Species

May 11, 2014 § 2 Comments

Mother’s Day, a special day of the year to let your mom know how much you appreciate all the sacrifices that she has made for you. Cards and flowers fill every store you walk into around this special day. 

Today I get to celebrate with my mom, who has sacrificed hours upon hours for me — namely, laying eyeballs on every single picture that I came home with from Buenos Aires, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Just when I didn’t think she could handle another penguin or seal picture, I would lob a few hundred more at her. Then I got back into her good graces by showing her a few thousand glacier and iceberg photos.

I have been lucky enough to not only have a wonderful mom, but to observe motherhood in nature this past winter in some pretty amazing places.

In South Georgia, I observed a Gentoo penguin mom feeding its young chick. After hiking through fur seals and up into a small hill, I was greeted with the view of Gentoo penguins nesting with their chicks.

Gentoo mother and chick South Georgia island December 2013

Gentoo mother and chick South Georgia island December 2013

In La Jolla, CA I caught a couple of sweet moments with Harbor seal mothers and their days old pups. Imagine the joy my own mom felt when I let her know that I had even more seal pictures to show her (I think those were tears of joy).

Harbor seal mom and pup bonding La Jolla, CA January 2014

Harbor seal mom and pup bonding La Jolla, CA January 2014

Harbor seal pup staying close to its mother La Jolla, CA January 2014

Harbor seal pup staying close to its mother La Jolla, CA January 2014

And of course, here is a picture from a few years ago of my mom and I. Happy Mother’s day to my favorite mom! Thank you for all of the support and love throughout the years – I love you! And guess what– i found more seal pictures!

Mom and I in Washington D.C. in October 2010.

Mom and I in Washington D.C. in October 2010.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there– of all species!

Penguins in the Wild

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Something that I still cannot believe is that I saw penguins in the wild. Sure, I have seen penguins in zoos and aquariums all of my life, but there is something about seeing penguins in the wild with my own eyeballs that I just cannot get over.

My first penguin in the wild sighting was of Magellanic penguins in the Falkland Islands. I just felt so peaceful, knowing that these really do exist in the wild, and they looked — dare I say — welcoming to us humans.

However, seeing penguins in the Antarctic just blew my mind. Being in Antarctica was one thing – to see penguins among ice floes in the Antarctic was just amazing.

Perhaps one of my favorite penguin moments occurred as our ship sailed along the Antarctic Peninsula. the sun was making its way down toward the horizon, creating the most beautiful light at 10:30 pm. As I gazed upon the beautiful ice sculptures drifting in the sea, I noticed that there was something very dark on top of them. It turned out to be a few chinstrap penguins hanging out on top of the ice, in beautiful light and casting long shadows.

Chinstrap penguins December 2013

Chinstrap penguins December 2013

Cowboys and Pictures

May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Last weekend, I attended an annual event full of trick roping, gun slinging and horseshoe making. Add in a mix of old country music and Old West attire, and this is a great place for fun imagery.

The annual Cowboy Festival is an annual two day festival held at Melody Ranch movie studios, home to many productions over the decades here in Southern California. Performers entertained on stages throughout the venue, as well as milling about the “streets”.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the afternoon:

Delicate parasols

Delicate parasols

Trick roper Dave Thornbury shows of his roping skills

Trick roper Dave Thornbury shows of his roping skills

Country entertainer Dave Rainwater plays a tune on his harmonica

Country entertainer Dave Rainwater plays a tune on his harmonica

A blacksmith prepares a horseshoe for customization

A blacksmith prepares a horseshoe for customization

Portrait of Dave Thornbury

Portrait of Dave Thornbury

A beautiful day at Melody Ranch

A beautiful day at Melody Ranch

Boots for sale

Boots for sale

Pooch Pictures Published

May 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

last year, I attended a local low cost dog vaccination, microchip and licensing clinic. This is a great even that was held, and lots of people and their their dogs came out to take advantage of this great opportunity. of course I took the opportunity to make some pictures of pooches. This year, some of those pictures were published in press releases about the event. I have three pictures below the blue box:

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