Paul Nicklen Way North & Way South

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Paul Nicklen/Paul Nicklen Gallery

I listened to this interview while walking the trails at Chan Chich Lodge this morning, so had no photos to look at. And yet, it was vivid. And highly relevant to what we do here. I will let you listen to get what I mean.

Six photos accompany this story on the Fresh Air website, and those are curated for the podcast. If you only have time for photos click over to Paul Nicklin’s website, but the interview with him is worth every one of the 48 minutes. If you only have ten minutes to listen, go to 22:30 and if you do not find yourself bursting into a mix of laughter and other unidentified emotions, let me know; it means one of us may need some professional help:

Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

Conservation photographer Paul Nicklen has spent more than two decades documenting the ice and wildlife in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth — the Arctic and the Antarctic.

It’s a risky business: Nicklen often finds himself immersed in frigid waters, just a camera’s length away from deadly predators. Once, in Antarctica, he came face-to-face with a 1,000-pound leopard seal: “She opened up her mouth and her head is twice as big as a grizzly bear, and I am starring down her throat,” he says.

Nicklen adds that his utmost concern is for the well-being of the animals he encounters. “I want to get close, but I also never want to harass an animal,” he says. “What you learn about these animals is how communicative they are, how intelligent they are, how social they are, how forgiving they are.”

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