Salute to the Sound

Join Puget Soundkeeper Alliance at their 10th Annual Gala and Auction featuring “Voices from the Sound ” on October 17, 2013. Experience individual and unique perspectives from those most familiar with our waterways as you enjoy a special evening of some of the very best Northwest seafood served family-style right at your table. Dinner will include outstanding fresh local shellfish from Taylor Shellfish and delicious seafood and vegetarian fare by Bacchus & Arianna Catering.

Check out the amazing live auction items you could bid on!

Voices from the Sound
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance 10th Annual Gala & Auction 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:30-9:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets

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Rhodes River Ranch Event

My good friend Jeany Rhodes is hosting a troupe of absolutely fabulous Lusitano horses at her Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington, WA.

They will be at the Ranch from Sept. 14-22, 2013, with dinner and brunch performances on both weekends. There will be aires above the ground, capriole, courbette, levade, pesade and other spectacular maneuvers.  There will also be quadrille – the synchronized swimming of the horse world – along with some dancing and piano playing with the horses… As a VIP, you could even be on the arena floor – up close and super personal!  All great fun and not to be missed!

More info at rhodesriverranch.com

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BEARS ‘A Global Perspective’

Fabled and feared, rescued and reared— bears, through time have experienced human impact, both negative and positive. Indeed, the current circumstance of these impressive creatures reflects our behavior, depth of understanding, and attitude towards them.

In this Special Edition we share the perspective of photographers, explorers, scientists and those dedicated to the conservation of bears and their habitat worldwide. Their stories and images reflect the diverse nature of bears, the vital role they play in the health of an ecosystem, their spiritual significance and reverence to native culture. These are but some of the aspects explored through first-hand encounters and expressive photos which capture intimate moments of bears in the wild.

Viewed through a global prism encompassing past, and present with expert insight on the future— we open a much wider window, into the world of bears.

Deepest gratitude to all who contributed, for enriching this issue with your knowledge and experience. You have helped provide a global perspective that I hope will raise awareness and support for our beloved bears.

View the digital edition or download our free app from iTunes.

Chief Editor – Inga Yandell
Bare Essentials – Seek Adventure. Save Wildlife.
www.bare-essentials.com.auwww.wildlife-warriors.com

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Natural Wonders: Art Wolfe

Cappella di Vitaleta, Val d'Orcia, ItalyFor a second year, The Venetian presents Carnevale, the timeless inspiration of Italian summer festivals blended with the contemporary elegance of The Venetian and The Palazzo. Step into a summer of endless possibilities. Carnevale is living life. In bold strokes. Unless you experience it, it’s only a dream.

Natural Wonders: Art Wolfe
JUL 12, 2013 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Natural Wonders

Nature’s Carnevale– unmask the original inspiration for celebration with renowned artist, Art Wolfe. Enjoy an evening of fine art, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

>>Tickets

Carnavale at The Venetian

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Today is Nature Photography Day!

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BLOG: June 15, 2013 is Nature Photography Day – Images by Art Wolfe

Explore Your World!

http://www.nanpa.org/nature_photography_day.php

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On Location: Roma: The Eternal City

Italy 2013: Roma – Images by Art Wolfe

Just a little travelog on the way to the PODAS workshop.

Rome embraces ancient and modern together in a beautiful dance of architecture, plants, art, graffiti, and culture with the unique verve of life in its people.

Today is Earth Day, 2013.  I love this planet!

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National Park Week April 20-28

Get out to your National Parks the week of April 20-28, 2013 for a dose of reality, a breath of fresh air and a good view of our tax dollars at work. Entrance fees are waived from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26. The parks are inviting you to experience all they have to offer.

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Here are a few places I’ve been to that can give you some ideas.


Glacier National Park


Smoky Mountains National Park


Lake Clark, Alaska National Park

After your visit, share your experiences, photos and videos here:

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I was Jim Whittaker’s paperboy

Jim Whittaker is all about this place. Growing up in Seattle gave me the good fortune to be in the same neighborhood as the Whittaker family and I delivered newspapers to their home. Jim was an early model for me when I began discovering the majesty of the mountains and landscape of the Northwest. To watch him go on to Mt. Everest was a huge inspiration and stuck with me. I was eventually given an opportunity to travel to the Himalayas, which changed my life. Congratulations on 50 years!  Thank you, Jim!

>>Jim Whittaker (Seattle Times)

Mountaineers is hosting two events for legendary climbers Jim Whittaker & Tom Horbein. Both men were huge inspirations for me. These events raise vital funds for Mountaineers conservation and stewardship programs. I am donating a place in my upcoming Seattle Art of Composition workshop and a copy of my book “THE HIGH HIMALAYA”” for their auction.

This event is sold out: http://www.mountaineers.org/everest50/default.cfm

But tickets for the presentation and book launch on May 22 with Tom Hornbein and author Jon Krakauer are still available: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5431034370#

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Meet Beate Dalbec

Beate Dalbec has become a friend over the years and she is celebrating her first big commercial sale of an image of bison and Grand Prismatic to the state of Montana. Hear from Beate in her own words her path as a photographer and the role Art has played along the way:
“My introduction to photography came when I was 15 years old, a gift from my father.
I’ve always had a passion for nature and travel photography which led me to watching Art Wolfe’s “Travels to the Edge” on PBS. It gave me a needed boost and when Art offered a workshop in Acadia National Park in Maine in 2009 I jumped at the opportunity to learn from him. Taking this workshop completely changed the way I approach photography.
Art took me out of my comfort zone and made me look at the world around me with new eyes. I followed up this first workshop with a second one from Art the same year at Mt. Rainier National Park. Though the weather was miserable I was amazed at the photographic opportunities before us.Art has taught me to always keep looking, not just to go for the obvious shot. Sure, take it, but then keep looking for different angles, details, and never walk away too soon.  Anyone who has taken one of his seminars or workshops can attest that his passion for photography is infectious and that you walk away inspired to take your photography to a new level.
Through Art I connected with Gavriel Jecan and took my first photo tour with him to Myanmar in 2011 – I was instantly hooked on this gorgeous country and its wonderful people.  Seeing it through the eyes of a professional photographer makes all the difference.  My next project is an exhibit of my Myanmar images from this first as well as my most recent trip.
The bison at Grand Prismatic is my first big commercial licensing sale (and hopefully not my last).  I traveled to Yellowstone National Park in June 2011 with my mother.  While there I had hoped to hike up one of the hills surrounding Grand Prismatic hot spring in order to photograph some nice abstracts (I was inspired by Art’s captures which he had shared during the seminar).
With unpredictable weather I headed straight to Grand Prismatic to take advantage of some accommodating afternoon light.  As intended I hiked up one of the hills and when I reached a nice vantage point I was quite surprised to see a herd of bison heading straight for the hot spring. I just couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t really be that lucky that they would walk right past it?!  But they did! I photographed a variety of compositions, from the entire herd to smaller groups, vertical to horizontal to panoramic. After the herd had passed by, the dark clouds on the horizon earlier opened up into a thunderstorm. We packed up quickly and headed back to the car, drenched but elated to have witnessed and photographed this wonderful scene.
Photography is a wonderful creative medium that is available to anyone. My advice for other aspiring photographers is to photograph what you love and connect with others who share your same passion.  Try to connect with photographers that inspire you and take advantage of opportunities to learn from them. Lastly have a website so people can see your work – there are so many different options out there, that there is really no excuse not to have one.
And speaking of websites – mine is www.beatedalbecphotography.com
Beate Dalbec
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NEW BOOK IS HERE!

The New Art of  Photographing Nature

Officially publishes today, April 2.

Here is an excerpt from The New Art of Photographing Nature that is officially available today.

The New Art of Photographing Nature – Excerpt by Crown Publishing Group

We are proud to present this fully revised edition of the classic bestseller The Art of Photographing Nature, in which master photographer Art Wolfe and former Audubon photo editor Martha Hill team up to explain the art of composing images of enduring beauty. Against a backdrop of more than 250 photographs of nature, wildlife, and landscapes, they share insights and advice about what works and what doesn’t, and how small changes can take an image from ordinary to extraordinary.

>>ORDER THE BOOK

We have the book in stock and are filling orders now.

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