Six Month Check In

June 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Six months ago today, I stared into these eyes as he waddled up to me and snuggled me on the beach of South Georgia Island. That afternoon, I visited the largest King Penguin colony in South Georgia, and it was just magical.

December 26, 2013 was definitely a magical and memorable day.

Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

Juvenile Elephant Seal South Georgia Island. December 2013.

Juvenile Elephant Seal South Georgia Island. December 2013.


First Floor Gallery Exhibit

June 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

I am so very excited to be part of a new exhibit in the First Floor Gallery at the City of Santa Clarita City Hall. There are many talented artists of a variety  of mediums included in this exhibit, and I am honored to be included among them.

I knew about this exhibit early on, and knew that I would want to submit something special to show a piece of Antarctica. Of course I had a few thousand images to choose from, and it was a tough decision what about the Antarctic I wanted to represent.

I finally settled on the image– but then needed to find the appropriate medium. I knew that because of the subject matter, I wanted to feeling of “cold” to come through, in a beautiful way. I decided to use Mpix professional services for this image printed on metal, and I was overjoyed with the results.

Kristina next to “Antarctic Ice Sculpture”

I call this image “Antarctic Ice Sculpture”.

If you are in the area, stop by to see this piece, as well as several other artists on exhibit until October 2014.

Sharing the Antarctic

June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Just over six months ago, I was fortunate to visit the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic region. This was an amazing trip that made me appreciate Earth’s beauty, the amazing way that ecosystems work together, and made me realize that people need to know that places like this exist.

I have been slowly posting pictures to the blog, website and social media. But I have also been putting together a small presentation to educate others about this amazing place and the creatures that call it home. Last week I was able to give this presentation along with one of my travel buddies.

I found it to be really rewarding to be able to share my experience with other people, and to educate and inspire those who had never even thought about the Antarctic as a travel destination to want to travel there.

Here are a few of the images that I showed during last week’s presentation:

Thanks to Jill Levenhagen for the collage template!


Lessons from Dad

June 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

My dad has taught me a lot of things that will stick with me throughout my life, but perhaps the best thing he could have taught me is to see through a lens. As an avid photographer his whole life (like converting a portion of his parents’ garage into a darkroom as a teenager), he always encouraged me to pick up a camera and experiment. As you can see, this started at an early age:

Taking “pictures” of my maternal and paternal grandfathers, while my paternal grandmother, aunt and mom look on. This camera probably had no film in it.

As I have grown up, he has always encouraged me to see things a little differently, and was always willing to give up his camera to me if I saw something I just had to capture.

When I could afford my own DSLR, we both gained a camera buddy. It is really great to be in a beautiful place and to be able to create images with my dad. it’s amazing how we will be in the same spot, but see things differently.

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. August 2011 Photo by Joanna Jacob

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. August 2011 Photo by Joanna Jacob

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. August 2011 Photo by Joanna Jacob

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. August 2011 Photo by Joanna Jacob

My dad is my #1 fan, and is always excited to see what images I have created. He was willing to sit through every single image that I created in the Antarctic in order to help me flag the best ones. And when I have an editing question (Which way do you like this cropped? Like this or like this?) he is always ready and willing with his opinion.

Thanks dad for giving me the gift of seeing the world a little bit differently through a lens, and for willingly giving your camera up to me on our family trips all of those years.

Happy Father’s Day! I love you!

Getty Villa, 2011

Getty Villa, 2011

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

The United Nations has been recognizing June 8th as World Oceans Day, a day to help people “celebrate and honor the ocean, which links us all”.

I am pretty lucky to live on the West Coast of the Pacific Ocean. I benefit from the wonderful temperatures that the ocean provides (even though living in “the valley” gets pretty warm). I usually vacation somewhere along the Pacific Ocean- either up the coast, down the coast, or an island in the middle.

I had a chance to cross oceans and make it down into the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Sound. While I think the ocean in general is amazing and historical (people have been crossing them for centuries and have some terrifying stories), there was something about the Southern Ocean that was especially magical. It’s pristine beauty was just stunning– and to see penguins on ice floes while cruising down the Antarctic sound was just an amazing experience.

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