Aloha from the beautiful island of Maui! On Monday, we had the great pleasure of visiting O’o Farms located on the slopes of Haleakala in what is referred to as upcountry Maui. The farm is located in the little town of Kula, just off of the main road and the property overlooks the valley and ocean. O’o Farm is the only true farm-to-table operation on the island and for a nominal fee, one can visit the farm and learn about their coffee, vegetables and even pick the greens to be served for lunch! It’s a nice way to spend the day in the cool, misty outdoors and an unexpected pleasure to experience fine dining in a unique island setting. Below are some images from our visit that I hope you enjoy. Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!
While visiting the island of South Georgia, I slipped in a slurry of penguin poo and mud which resulted in a very painful sprained ankle. This left me unable to walk well when we pulled into Stanley. Instead of exploring the city I went with my fellow shipmates to a beautiful farm about an hour’s drive outside of the capital city. One of the highlights of travel is the ability to peer into the life of the locals, which is precisely what we were able to do when we visited Long Island Farms. The Watson family welcomed us in to their home with a beautiful spread of hand made cakes. They also gave us a tour of their property where they keep sheep, horses and chickens. This morning was just one small bit of a much larger expedition to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with National Geographic. I’m heading back to this area in February 2017 and hope that you’ll join us! Below are some photos from our farm visit, and tune in later for more images from this most incredible journey.
I just returned home from just over three weeks in Antarctica on board the National Geographic Explorer, an ice class expedition ship, where I served as the National Geographic Photography Expert. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Words cannot begin to express the vastness of the continent. Here is a link to a gallery of images from the two expeditions that I attended. I hope you enjoy the images of the three brush-tailed penguin species, the Weddell seals, the incredible ice formations and the most elusive of creatures, the mighty Emperor Penguin. More to come about this adventure in later posts. Thank you and season’s greetings!
Here is a time-lapse from Cuverville Island, where people and gentoo penguins go about their day. Enjoy!
I recently returned from a month spent in the Kimberley region of Western Australia working on board the National Geographic Orion as the photography representative for the National Geographic Society. This expedition is part of a larger program that National Geographic developed by partnering with Lindblad Expeditions to provide unique travel experiences for the adventuresome. I worked along side biologists, zoologists and geologists who illuminated the journey with their expertise. My contribution was pictures – documenting the trip every day and sharing these images with my fellow travelers. I also taught people how to make great pictures under sometimes challenging conditions.
The Kimberley is one of nine regions of Western Australia. It is in the northern part of the continent and is bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Timor Sea, and two Deserts: the Great Sandy and Tanami. The eastern border is Australia’s Northern Territory.
Because we were exploring by ship, most of our shore excursions involved landing by zodiac. This rugged area is sparsely populated, so there was rarely another soul in sight. The Kimberley embodies the true spirit of the Australian outback where one can observe saltwater crocodiles, dugongs, sharks and sea snakes in the wild. On land, furry animals are rare, but we were lucky enough to see a rock wallaby while exploring the Ord River. The Kimberley supports myriad species of birds, which made the trip that much more exciting.
At King George Falls, I was part of the expedition team leading a group hike up a 17-degree incline to the top of the falls. Because of the lack of rain during the wet season, there was no water at the top, but the view was worth the hot scramble up the rocky trail. Our group climbed without incident so we were able to have a good amount of time to explore the scrub-land that would be otherwise inaccessible during the wet season.
Below is a selection of images from my adventures on board the Orion in The Kimberley. I hope you enjoy them! You can see all of the images from the Kimberley adventure by clicking here.
Unless otherwise indicated, all of these images are copyright © Susan Seubert and may not be used in any form without express permission from Susan Seubert. Thank you for respecting the images. 🙂
For the first time, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to watch a robin build a nest, incubate eggs and have a successful hatch just outside of our kitchen window. The American Robin is one of the most common birds found in urban settings and will often nest near, or on, homes throughout North America. I’ve learned a lot about the behavior of Turdus migratorius by observing, and photographing, them almost daily since the babies hatched around the beginning of this month.
I read that the the incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days, which was spot on for this mother of 4. Now we are eagerly waiting for the babies to fledge, as it appears that they are very crowded in their nest and their wing feathers look like they are well developed.
With so many chicks in one tiny nest, I wondered how the nest stays so clean. It turns out that in addition to feeding the babies worms and berries, the robin also “changes the babies’ diapers” by removing the waste directly from the bottoms of the chicks. This may not be the most appetizing topic, but I was amazed at how efficient the bird is at keeping house. Below are some photos from the last week. I built a “blind” in the kitchen in order to keep our peering eyes mostly hidden so as not to disturb the nestlings. There was plenty of glare which the blind reduced, but it was still challenging photographing through dirty glass. All of these pictures were made with the Canon 7D Mark II which has a beautiful sensor and a fabulous frame rate, which is what allowed me to capture such a fast and intimate moment. The RAW files were processed using Adobe Lightroom.
It has been an illuminating experience to watch how quickly these cute little birds grow and I will certainly miss them when they leave the nest.
Update on June 13, 2015
This morning, three out of the four nestlings fledged! There is still one in the nest and it looks very ready to leave. It’s preening and standing up to stretch its legs. What a wonderful experience this has been.
Update on June 13, 2015
The last robin fledged this evening. Sniff.
From the North Pole to the sands of Hawaii, my cameras and I saw many incredible places.
Here are some of the highlights.
My year began in Birmingham for National Geographic Traveler for a story about the history of Civil Rights in the city, but from a traveler’s perspective. The assignment took me to the Civil Rights Museum and the inside of the 16th Street Baptist Church, both sobering experiences. Birmingham also has a fabulous food scene from down home BBQ to some seriously delicious high-end Southern Cuisine. The lively arts scene was a surprise, complete with small music venues and vegan restaurants.
The next great assignment came from the Smithsonian Magazine : photographing the Von Trapp children who have made Portland, Oregon their hometown. We spent time climbing trees and jumping on rooftops with umbrellas to get some wonderful images of these multi-talented youngsters.
From there, it was off to Baja, where I taught photography on board the National Geographic Sea Bird. We traveled throughout the Gulf of California experiencing all kinds of wildlife. Swimming with sea lions at Los Islotes, Orca whales bow riding at midnight under a full moon and huge flocks of elegant terns choosing their mates at Isla Rasita are just a few of the amazing encounters we had during our eight day voyage. The wildlife experts on board kept our shutters flying.
After a few loads of laundry and some face time with the kitties, it was off to Maui for the month of May, where I shot a story about Happiness for Prevention Magazine. We had fun making smiley faces on trees in the lush, tropical forests. We did street casting to choose our lovely models who expressed joy with their smiles and their feet. 🙂
From Maui, I flew directly to Quebec City for National Geographic Traveler where I spent ten days on assignment. The European vibe and French speaking Vieux Quebec made me feel as though I had crossed two oceans.
In June, I headed to Svalbard to work as the Photography Expert for National Geographic Expeditions on board the Explorer, a beautiful ice breaker. We sailed among the ice sheets, spotting polar bears and photographing the most incredible blues I’ve ever seen. The landscape around the North Pole cannot be properly captured in pictures, but we all did our best.
Teaching photography has been a focus of 2014. In July, I taught a group of aspiring young photographers through National Geographic’s Student Expeditions program in San Francisco. We explored Muir Woods, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the streets of San Francisco and magnificent Big Sur. Later in the year I taught two one-day seminars in L.A. and Portland for National Geographic on “The Travel Assignment.”
After wrapping in San Francisco, I photographed for several days on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington. The subject? Chickens. Chickens and their coops for Amber Lotus, a calendar and card company. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2016 edition of City Chickens and Their Coops!
It was off to Switzerland in September for two weeks covering 1000 miles of Swiss bliss. Every village and mountain peak was as picturesque as one would expect from this iconic country. One of the many highlights was visiting a small creamery in the Alps that makes Alpkäse, a traditional cheese made entirely by hand. I also hiked around the mountains, explored the country by train, car and boat, and (how could I resist?) sampled lots of chocolate.
What could be better than this? Crete. I flew directly there from Switzerland and was met by my husband — and my fixer. We proceeded to spend just over a week shooting the western half of the island. The food, people, landscape and architecture were outstanding. That story has already hit the newsstands in the Netherlands for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler.
After Crete it was off to another island, our home on Maui, where we spent October and November surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and, of course, making more pictures. This time the assignment was for me: to explore the underwater world with a Canon 7D and an SPL water housing. I photographed turtle after turtle, had a few octopus encounters and enjoyed a beautiful moment with a very large spotted eagle ray.
Thank you to all of my clients for sending me on such remarkable journeys.
You’ve made 2014 marvelous!!!
As I was preparing for my forthcoming National Geographic Seminars, I realized that in the last 10 years I’ve photographed over 30 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler Magazine, ranging from Beaujolais to Bangkok to Birmingham. 🙂
I look forward to sharing my experiences, tips and tricks of the trade for all who attend the National Geographic seminars on The Travel Assignment in Los Angeles and Portland. For the schedule of events, click here.