Aloha from the island of Maui! I will be based here in the islands until November 30th. Already, it’s been an extraordinary trip beginning with an encounter with an Hawaiian Monk Seal, both on land and in the water. In the morning, tourists discovered a female monk seal hauled out on the beach here in Kaanapali. Later, as I was stand-up paddleboarding, looking for turtles to photograph, she swam directly to the tip of my board, sorted a few hellos, then headed off for a nice ocean brunch. 🙂 It was an incredible encounter as the Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most critically endangered sea mammals on Earth. It is estimated that fewer than 1500 remain. They generally occur in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, so it’s rare to see them in areas like Kaanapali Beach, which is populated by humans.
I’m taking a little time off in order to test some underwater photo equipment for a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions where I’ll be the on board National Geographic Photography Expert. I’m thrilled to be working with National Geographic Expeditions as every trip is truly an adventure! If you’d like to join me in the Galapagos, I’ll be on two departures in January, the first beginning January 4th. I’ll be giving tips and tricks to enhance your photography experience while we’re on the Expedition together, and demonstrate the type of work I do on assignment. You can read more about the itinerary here. In the mean time, if I don’t answer the phone, you can find me here:
The view from Honolua Bay on West Maui looking out over the marine preserve and the island of Molokai in the distance. Aloha!!!
Summer is definitely on its way out as is evidenced by the fall magazines that are arriving in my mailbox. The October 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler landed and features a story I shot for their Road Trip section on central Washington State. The adventure begins in Centralia then wanders over the Cascade Range, winding up with explorations through Yakima, Ellensburg and Prosser. This is a beautiful area of the country, particularly at this time of year when the stone fruits of the Yakima Valley are ripening and everyone is getting excited for harvest. There are some fine wines produced in this area, which also boasts the second largest hops growing area in the world. If you decide to take this trip, I highly recommend staying at the Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn where one can go on trail rides through the vineyards on horses that have been rescued and rehabilitated. While I was there, a pony named “Wild Bill” adopted me when I was shooting in one of the places where they keep some of the horses. He was adorable!!! Spend the night in a truly luxurious tee pee and take a bath under the stars in one of their outdoor tubs. You can read the story on National Geographic Traveler’s web site here.
The opening image for, “Northwestern Exposure,” a story by Freda Moon about an adventurous road trip through Central Washington State. Photographs by yours truly.
Me on assignment, with the rescued pony, “Wild Bill.” My childhood dream of having a pony, if only for one night. 🙂