In the shallow waters of Florida, photographer and conservationist Jimmy White captures a tender moment shared between a mother manatee and her calf, who will remain nursing and dependent for one to two years after birth. As a chairman of the board of directors of Sea to Shore Alliance, Inc., White knows a thing or two about the endangered creatures, and his work is geared towards their conservation as well as that of right whales and sea turtles.
Birds in the wild are difficult to photograph. So when I saw these photographs by Minneapolis-based Paula McCartney, I was impressed by her closeness to the animals (although just the right distance to have the viewer fooled, at least at first), as well as the inclusion of the environment. “This seems realistic,” I thought, “only slightly better. She must be a really quiet and really still person.”