It's been a hectic few weeks for both Jon and me. Jon was away in Alaska until just a few days ago, while I was in Papua New Guinea for the entire month of June.
And...as it turns out, both of us are headed out on trips in the next few days that will see us on the road pretty much until October.
Jon's headed to the Bahamas soon, where he'll be trying out a new Aquatech housing for his 5D Mark II with the wild Atlantic spotted dolphins there, and I'm going south on my annual trip to Tonga to photograph humpback whales.
So it was good that we were able to find a little time to catch up over Skype yesterday, just before I was fortunate enough to have a chance to have a brief conversation with Flip Nicklin (see next post).
Among other topics we discussed, Jon told me about how he (accidentally) dumped(!) his dad into the water in Alaska. Talk about a unique father/ son bonding experience.
We also shared our experiences with weather during our respective trips. Even though we were in totally different parts of the world, the weather patterns were off...basically we both had a lot rain.
Despite difficult conditions, Jon came back with stunning images like this:
Dwarf fireweed (Chamerion latifolium) covering the old Columbia Glacier
moraine bar on Heather Island at sunset in Prince William Sound, Alaska
Not to be outdone by Jon, I whined a bit about how bad the weather was in PNG during June and about the dearth of critter life. Again, not to be outdone by Jon, I came back with photos of large aggregations of fish like this:
Countless hardyhead silversides (Atherinomorus lacunosus) swarming under
the jetty at Samarai Island in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.
Oh...if you're looking for an adventure in the fall, Jon still has some spaces available for his trips to photograph polar bears with Steve Kazlowski later this year.