What I can say, after about a week and a half of all day every day underwater shoots with the whales, is that I'm hooked. Much like aerial photography, underwater photography allows us to explore worlds that our normal eyes and bodies cannot, which is why I find it so intriguing.
Building trust with humpback whales is perhaps one of the most special experiences one can have in the ocean. This is especially true when swimming with moms and calfs, as humpbacks are not only highly empathetic animals, but also very protective of their young.
Greenland is a wild, stunningly beautiful, expansive island in the high Arctic. Due to it's remoteness, and the fact that Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, it is a very expensive travel destination. But there are some tricks to doing it independently and somewhat affordably.
I walked straight onto the plane, seating was not assigned, and before long we were on our way to Nuuk, about thirty minutes earlier than our scheduled departure time. The flight took us directly over the ice cap, a bright, glowing white as far as the eye can see.
Snapbacks worn backwards and died, ambré hair are common in Tasiilaq, East Greenland’s city of sorts. There is more than one store, and even a restaurant or two, and I’ve counted at least five trampolines here.
Being amongst the icebergs was an incredible feeling that I cannot use words to describe. The immense size of them was jaw dropping, and every few minutes one could hear cracks and breaks followed by a splash across the fjord as ice blocks calve off and fall into the sea.
Tinit is a small settlement, smaller than Kuummuit, and it somewhat feels abandoned, as many of the homes once occupied not sit empty, with windows boarded up. However, Tinit is located in one of the most dramatically beautiful places in the world, just alongside a massive icefjord.
Ammassak, a small, slender fish, were gathering along the fjords in massive numbers to lay eggs. This presented a great opportunity for fishermen to stock up. We took the dingy past what seemed like a gate of icebergs, carefully navigating around them from the harbour to the sea before turning down a nearby fjord.
Just like a scene out of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, there were only seven people on the Air Iceland seventy-seater propeller plane. Seven. The flight attendants informed us that we should remain in our assigned seats, which were scattered about the cabin, for even weight distribution.
Sleep in a tulou, stand mesmerized at a vast canyon deep in the himalayas, hike to Hmong villages, and see flowers bloom from ancient houses in Jiangxi. These are some of China's best and unknown places to foreign visitors.