Dolphin Breaching with the Sun

a dolphin crests the sea of cortez just as the sun breaches the horizon

“The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. Future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning. It is happening now.”

– Joanna Macy, environmental activist, scholar

I’ll never forget heading out in a zodiac boat before sunrise, skimming across the Sea of Cortez in preparation for taking this photograph. It was one of those experiences where I wonder if I’m better off just putting the camera down and taking it in with my raw eyeballs, and for a brief moment I did just that – lowered the camera for just long enough to see a dolphin breaching the sea’s surface and heading our way. “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let that dolphin come up for air at the right moment….” and *SNAP!* this beautiful mermaid did just that – quite a gift to have clicked the shutter at just the right moment. It doesn’t always happen like this! 

Being aware of more than what is happening through the viewfinder can make all the difference, especially with wildlife photography – perhaps even more so in our daily lives.

Photo Credits:  Dolphin Breaching with the Sun  by Susan J. Preston, Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur © 2017, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-2 | XF 100-400mm