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!

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