Children are the future

talented kids at Montessori School

                                      Talented kids at Montessori School

I have been busy creating a new educational program to share with the children at Montessori Up Country Maui,  with about 90 new images of Humpback and Sperm Whales.  I presented there about this time last year and had a ton of fun. Thats why I am so excited to to share new stories and answer questions from the inquiring young minds.

I will bring three signed photographs of whales and give them away to three lucky kids.  In order to enter the drawing each child must do a drawing of a whale.  Later, the teacher will draw three names and those students will get the photographs.

Safe place for Mother whale to tend to her calf.

                                                     Sanctuary

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Priceless Moment

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Priceless Moment

Observing the relationship of a mother and calf in the wild is incredible. During the encounter time seems to stand still and all that exists is the moment.  Within the moment  glimpses of the relationship that exists between a mother and baby, but more than that you feel love.  And, that is a Priceless Moment.

Experience this for yourself in September 2016, as space is available on a private whale swimming adventure.  

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Whale Tales 2016 Feb 12-14, 2016 at The Ritz in Kapalua Maui

A week or so ago the director of Whale Trust, asked me to exhibit whale photography in the foyer of the 10th annual Whale Tales conference, happening in February in Maui. If that was not exciting enough, yesterday I got a call asking me to do a short 10-15 minute program with Marty Wolff on opening day.  The icing in the cake would be that I would follow Flip & Chuck Nicklin.  This father and son combination are icons in the underwater photography industry and have been my role models ever since my Grand Parents got me a subscription to National Geographic Magazine.  Needless to say I said yes!

So this week I am assembling a program and selecting a few portraits for the exhibit. I will also work on some sort of promotion so people can purchase a whale portrait and know that a percentage of the proceeds will go to Whale Research.

created under Gov't Permit

                                                    created under Gov’t Permit

If coming to Maui, or if you live here try to check out this event Feb 12-14 at the Ritz in Kapalua Bay.  While on that side of the island check out the whale photography exhibit at the Beach Club in the Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel.

Mother and calf  swimming in the same position

                                                             Mother and calf 

 

The weekend is packed with educational programs, fun whale watches, and a whole bunch of like minded people.  It’s going to be a whale of a time…..

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Nature Challenge Day Two

Thank you to Mark Strickland for this most recent Nature Challenge. This is day two and as part of the challenge need to call out another photographer.  Kai Matthes, I choose you! Post a Nature image for seven days and nominate someone each day.

Moby Dick

                Image used by WDCS for campaign to End Commercial Whaling.

Image created under Govt Permit.

This image was created while volunteering on a project with the Whale Dolphin Conservation Society several years ago.  It was the face of a international campaign to end Commercial Whaling, with signed petitions sent to both President Obama and the European Union.

The feelings I experience when swimming with whales are incredible and hard to describe. The best I can come up with it is humbling, surreal, emotional, exciting, and in my case addicting. Each year like the whales I migrate too, but rather than feed, mate, or give birth I observe and create photographs.   Who wants to join me?    The next adventure is in Tonga with Humpbacks this coming September.

Poetry in Motion

                                Poetry in Motion –  Kodak Award of Excellence 

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Recent Review on Trip Advisor

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This is what I saw first thing in the morning today, and I thought its going to be a beautiful day.    I love teaching and sharing my knowledge of photography. When my clients take the time to write a review like this it tells me I am on the right track and that is priceless.

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Kail’i Smith Photography College Intern

I am mentoring Kail’i Smith, from the Big Island of Hawaii, that is about to graduate from Langara College in Vancouver with a photography degree.   We have spent 4 days together and during this time we have covered camera mechanics, composition, retouching, and a lot about the business of photography.  While were putting in long hours, we are having fun.  It seems underwater photography is something she is very interesting in so we made time for a snorkel.  Tomorrow is our last day and we’ve got a lot scheduled, including one more snorkel with the turtles.   Kail'i

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Last day of 2015

This is the last landscape photograph I created in 2015.  The location is about 1/2 way to Hana, and is one of my favorite places on the island.   I come here a lot as the lava rocks and ocean capture my attention.   I appreciate the stark beauty and strength of the lava, not to mention the power of the waves as they crash on the shore.

Mauis rocky coastline

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Concentrate on the positive….

Is it possible that the only thing limiting us from doing what we want is us?  I know it sounds crazy but is it is really.  Perhaps the presence of fear and doubt affects how we perceive ourselves, how we act, and the decisions we make.   How about in 2016, instead of looking at the negative side  how about concentrating on the positive side.    Happy New Year everyone live Pono!

Mother and calf  swimming in the same position

                                Mother and calf swimming side by side

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Post 597 on this blog.

Hard to fathom that this is my 597th post.  So many images, so many stories…..

This image was created two weeks ago under Gov’t. permit in Dominica.  This is a female Sperm Whale checking out the swimmers in the water.   While it may seem a bit intimidating having a large whale with teeth show you their jaw, it was actually quite peaceful and serene.  I cant wait to do it again in 2018.

If interested in swimming with whales send me an email douglas@mauiphotography.net

Thank you to Images Dominica for all the support provided in this project.

created under Gov't Permit

                                                        created under Gov’t Permit

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Happy Turtle

Happy Holidays

                                                     Happy Holidays

Yesterday the skies were cloudy but the sea was flat.  I decided to go snorkeling and was rewarded with running into a herd of turtles.  There were about five feeding in the shallows. This one decided to check me out.   He came so close I thought he was going to give me a high fin….. But, he just circled me, took a breath and went back to the shallows to continue feeding.

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