Your Shot Series: Breaking Barriers
March is Women’s History Month and to honor the women in our community and around the globe, Your Shot Associate Photo Editor, Kristen McNicholas, will be curating one image a day from the Your Shot community that celebrates women. Each day in March the photographs will be shared on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.
Your Shot Photographer Dalida Innes captured this quiet underwater image of a mother humpback whale and her calf. Dalida had been in the water everyday for three weeks waiting patiently for an ocean critter to swim through her frame. After two hours in the water her last day, her patience paid off when these gentle giants floated in front of her on their way to Antarctica. Often, the waiting game is common for a photographer and Dalida excellently displays how that patience can result in beautiful images.
The images I chose to feature this month celebrate female-identifying Your Shot photographers telling a visual story of empowerment, the freedom and flexibility of womanhood, photographers and their images #BreakingBarriers whether it’s identifying women’s issues in their images or a beautiful landscape or underwater image. — Your Shot Associate Photo Editor, Kristen McNicholas
Credit to @mattlarmand : Screen grab from a video I shot last Sunday of a mom and calf gray whales heading up the coast to Alaska. Look at them holding hands as them swim! Pretty awesome. Check out @danawharf YouTube page for the video.
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This is by far the most touching whale picture I have ever seen, new born calf rising to take a breath, captured by Craig Dietrich. I am considering buying this for my home!
“Baby humpbacks take these short dives to nurse while their mom lays relatively still at the surface. I’m not too sure how many gallons of milk they consume but based on how fast they grow it must be a lot! A future project I want to work on is using the drone to measure the growth/loss rate for mom and calf!”
/ by @uheheu
🐋 The cuteness here is over-whale-ming! 🐋
Each winter, thousands of humpback whales visit the warm waters of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to mate, give birth, and care for their newborns. Mothers and calves like this pair can often be seen swimming or resting at the surface. While adult humpback whales can hold their breath for 10 to 15 minutes, calves must rise to the surface every three to five minutes to breathe.
(Photo: J. Moore/NOAA, under MMHSRP permit #20311)
[Image description: An aerial view of a mother humpback whale and her calf swimming through bright blue ocean water. The calf is close to the mother’s side.]