National Geographic Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Panama and Costa Rica

National Geographic Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Panama and Costa Rica

¡Hola!

I just returned from an amazing photography expedition in Panama and Costa Rica where I served as the Photography Expert for National Geographic on board the small ship, the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Our journey started in Panama City where we spent a morning strolling through Caso Viejo before paying a visit to the Biomuseo, a museum designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to Panama’s biodiversity.

A street in the historic district of Panama City, Central America

A street in Caso Viejo of Panama City, Central America

Panama hats for sale in the historic district of Panama City, Panama, Central America

Panama hats for sale in the historic district of Panama City, Panama, Central America

The Museum of Biodiversity, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, in Panama City, Central America

The Museum of Biodiversity, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, in Panama City, Central America

Panama city as seen while Transiting the Panama Canal, Panama including views of Frank Gehry's colorful Bio Museum

Panama city as seen while Transiting the Panama Canal, Panama including views of Frank Gehry’s colorful Bio Museum

We transferred to Colón, located on Panama’s Atlantic Coast, where we boarded the ship and started our transit through the Panama Canal.

Transiting the Panama Canal on board the small passenger ship the National Geographic Sea Lion, Panama, Central America

Transiting the Panama Canal on board the small passenger ship the National Geographic Sea Lion, Panama, Central America

Our first land stop was at Barro Colorado, an island in the man-made Lake Gatun, located in the middle of the canal.

The island is the site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute which is dedicated to studying tropical forest ecosystems.  It is here where we saw Tent-making bats, birds like the Rufous motmot as well as Mantled howler monkeys.

A newborn howler monkey with its mother at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

A newborn howler monkey with its mother at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

The Rufous Motmot, a species of tropical bird, photographed at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

The Rufous Motmot, a species of tropical bird, photographed at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

After we passed through the third and final lock, we headed up the Pacific Coast of Panama and Costa Rica, stopping at beautiful parks where we swam, hiked and enjoyed the tropical beauty of the area.

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Stand Up Paddle-boarding and kayaking at Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

A Black-mandibled toucan at Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Horseback riding at Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

A beautiful beach sunset at Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

National Geographic Expeditions Photographer Susan Seubert in Alaska

Greetings!  I had the wonderful privilege of being the on-board Photography Expert for the week of May 22 on the National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska’s Inside Passage.  The week was packed with wildlife sightings, hiking, zodiac tours and kayaking – I can’t believe how fast the 8 day journey went!  We explored a lot of territory in a short amount of time, and being on board a small ship we were able to go places that larger vessels cannot.  I arrived with a large portion of the guests on a flight from Seattle to Juneau, from which we were whisked to a wonderful lunch.  Afterwords, we had an hour or so to peruse the Alaska State Museum, then we were off to Mendenhall Glacier, just 12 miles outside of the city center.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw 3 stand-up paddle-boarders in full wetsuits making their way through the icebergs towards the glacier.  The visitor’s center is quite nice, but I relished the time outdoors.  Later that afternoon we boarded the Sea Bird and were treated, as usual, to a delightful dinner.  Later that evening we set sail for the remainder of our adventure, which culminated with a brief tour of Sitka, its Russian Orthodox Church and the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates injured birds of prey.  More on this expedition in future posts but in the mean time, here are a few snapshots from the first 24 hours of our adventure.  You can see a web gallery of images from Alaska here.  Enjoy!

A Stand-Up Paddle-boarder (SUP) paddling through the icebergs at Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau

National Geographic Sea Bird anchored in Endicott Arm near Dawes Glacier

Zodiac excursions to see Dawes Glacier up close and personal

tasting the icebergs!