Up Close And Personal: Paul Nicklen Meets The Leopard Seal…

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I love this video – the photography, the story, the incredible encounter. Man’s triumph over fear.

 This is the most humbling and endearing nature story I’ve ever heard or read about. This video is an incredible visual account of Paul’s encounter with a leopard seal. The Book Bench says, “…four-day experience with a leopard seal” – about 13 feet long and 3 feet wide. Yikes!

 The leopard seal is a dominant predator in its environment. Found mostly in the frozen Antarctica – but also found in some warmer climes – South America, New Zealand,  Australia and South Africa. The females are larger than their male counterparts. The gestation period is about 9 months to birth and the baby is called a pup. It is not a team player, mostly a solitary predator but gets together with other leopard seals during the mating season.

 To think that the seal had his camera and head in his jaw. Makes you want to cry – it’s that awesome!  An edge-of-your-seat kind of story. As I watched the video and followed his narrative, I was absolutely mesmerised by the sheer courage and beauty – a humane interaction between man and animal. It was like a friendship waiting to happen.

 I am an island girl and am familiar with fishes and animals in the marine environment I grew up in. But this has to be the bomb! I hope that Paul’s book “Polar Obsession” nestles among our favourite coffee table collections and private libraries.

 As someone who is an avid amateur-ish photographer, I can say, standing at the low-end of the chain, that the photography in this post is the highest-end of great professional photography. There is also something about Paul’s photography in this video: heart-warming and awesome-ly spiritual. The Book Bench says of the class of photography, “…one of the best of shots of his career.”

 When I read about his life and experiences in this part of our world I can understand why the empathy for nature becomes second nature to him. It’s a spirituality that reaches beyond photography. His heart is telling the story.  The camera helped and enabled him to share this  incredible experience.

 This is a story worth sharing.

Police – Friend Or Foe?…Anna Shares This Pearl

Police state utopia.

I loved this blog because of the subject and also because it came from another expat blogger – Anna Nicholas, living in rural Majorca, Spain. Her blog is called ‘Majorcan Pearls’. What a lovely name for a blog.  You know sometimes the things we take for granted as locals make a totally different impresssion on expats. 

This are the sorts of occasions that make up my magic moments in the UK. Sometimes the most mundane and mediocre events or situations make a great story for an expat blogger. Expats could either put a negative or positive spin on something that appears to be part of the woodwork.

Thank you Anna for this post. I’ve never been to Spain or Majorca but I’ve learnt something useful for when I visit in the not too distant future. I’m sharing it with my readers and visitors to this blog because it is a lovely story and because it comes from a fellow expat blogger albeit separated by a fair few miles between London and Majorca.