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Daisy Gilardini

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  • Photo by @daisygilardini  Polar bears evolved to live in the cold. Two layers of fur — one of which has hollow hair —  black skin and a thick layer of fat protect them from frigid temperatures. 
Polar bears’ ears and tail are small, to avoid unnecessary heat dispersal. Their paws are huge, allowing them to walk on thin ice.
Their black footpads are covered by papillae which, coupled with their long claws, act as a crampon effect, gripping the ice while walking.
Polar bears have long necks for swimming and for catching seals through breathing holes in the ice. 

#conservation #bear #polarbear #climatechange #cute  #Canada #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #visitmanitoba
  • Photo by @daisygilardini Polar bears evolved to live in the cold. Two layers of fur — one of which has hollow hair — black skin and a thick layer of fat protect them from frigid temperatures.
    Polar bears’ ears and tail are small, to avoid unnecessary heat dispersal. Their paws are huge, allowing them to walk on thin ice.
    Their black footpads are covered by papillae which, coupled with their long claws, act as a crampon effect, gripping the ice while walking.
    Polar bears have long necks for swimming and for catching seals through breathing holes in the ice.

    #conservation #bear #polarbear #climatechange #cute #Canada #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #visitmanitoba

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  • Photo by @daisygilardini  Creating a starburst can add an interesting, eye-catching element to your photography. It can be achieved both at night and during the day.
Simply point the lens towards a bright source of light (the sun or a street light will do), using a wide angle lens at a small aperture (f18/22).
The number of spikes depends on the number and shape of aperture blades. Lenses with eight aperture blades will produce a star with eight spikes, while lenses with an odd number of aperture blades will double the spikes. 
During daylight hours, if you’re shooting straight into the sun you’ll have to pay particular attention to lens flare. Newer lenses with multi-coated glass technology are better than older lens. Also, keep in mind that any dirt (dust, smudge, oil) on the lens will increase lens flare. I religiously clean my gear every night while on assignment.

#iceberg #starburst #greenland #scoresbysund #landscapephotography #conservation
  • Photo by @daisygilardini Creating a starburst can add an interesting, eye-catching element to your photography. It can be achieved both at night and during the day.
    Simply point the lens towards a bright source of light (the sun or a street light will do), using a wide angle lens at a small aperture (f18/22).
    The number of spikes depends on the number and shape of aperture blades. Lenses with eight aperture blades will produce a star with eight spikes, while lenses with an odd number of aperture blades will double the spikes.
    During daylight hours, if you’re shooting straight into the sun you’ll have to pay particular attention to lens flare. Newer lenses with multi-coated glass technology are better than older lens. Also, keep in mind that any dirt (dust, smudge, oil) on the lens will increase lens flare. I religiously clean my gear every night while on assignment.

    #iceberg #starburst #greenland #scoresbysund #landscapephotography #conservation

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  • Photo by @daisygilardini  Meerkats are extremely interesting creatures. They lead complex social lives and live in large communities, comprised of several families. They live in arid areas of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari region of Namibia, South Africa, and southwestern Botswana.
They sleep in burrows at night and leave at the first rays of sun in the morning.
After  warming up in the sun for a few minutes, they take off on their daily hunt. A handful of colony members serve as lookouts, watching out for predators —  eagles, hawks and jackals — while the others forage for food: birds, lizards, insects, and fruit. 

#meerkat #africa #Botswana #wildlifephotography
  • Photo by @daisygilardini Meerkats are extremely interesting creatures. They lead complex social lives and live in large communities, comprised of several families. They live in arid areas of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari region of Namibia, South Africa, and southwestern Botswana.
    They sleep in burrows at night and leave at the first rays of sun in the morning.
    After warming up in the sun for a few minutes, they take off on their daily hunt. A handful of colony members serve as lookouts, watching out for predators — eagles, hawks and jackals — while the others forage for food: birds, lizards, insects, and fruit.

    #meerkat #africa #Botswana #wildlifephotography

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  • HAPPY CANADA DAY! 
A very special place to call home .. especially because I live in the same Province of the amazing Spirit Bear!

The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei) is one of the rarest bears in the world. It is a black bear that has a white/creamy fur, which is produced by a recessive gene. He lives principally in the central and north coast of British Columbia in Canada

#bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #greatbearrainforest #conservation #nikon #lowepro
  • HAPPY CANADA DAY!
    A very special place to call home .. especially because I live in the same Province of the amazing Spirit Bear!

    The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei) is one of the rarest bears in the world. It is a black bear that has a white/creamy fur, which is produced by a recessive gene. He lives principally in the central and north coast of British Columbia in Canada

    #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #greatbearrainforest #conservation #nikon #lowepro

  •  0  129  1 July, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini  The best time to observe the elusive spirit bear in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is during the salmon run in September.
This is when bears gather around the rivers to fish and teach their offspring how to catch salmon.
Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishermen. Their success rate is around one-in-four, or 25%.
Interestingly, studies show that spirit bears' white coat is less visible to salmon in daylight. This gives the bears a slight advantage when fishing, and raises their success rate to about one-in-three, or 30%.
This slight advantage makes it easier for them to gain the fat reserves necessary for hibernation. It might also explain why the gene has not receded over time.

#bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #britishcolumbia #greatbearrainforest #conservation
  • Photo by @daisygilardini The best time to observe the elusive spirit bear in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is during the salmon run in September.
    This is when bears gather around the rivers to fish and teach their offspring how to catch salmon.
    Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishermen. Their success rate is around one-in-four, or 25%.
    Interestingly, studies show that spirit bears' white coat is less visible to salmon in daylight. This gives the bears a slight advantage when fishing, and raises their success rate to about one-in-three, or 30%.
    This slight advantage makes it easier for them to gain the fat reserves necessary for hibernation. It might also explain why the gene has not receded over time.

    #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #britishcolumbia #greatbearrainforest #conservation

  •  0  111  30 June, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | Midway Atoll, on the western edge of the Hawaiian Islands archipelago, is well known for its  historic and decisive naval battle early in the Second World War, just six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Not many people know that Midway is also a birders’ paradise. It is part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

Among Midway’s many species of birds, one that really captured my attention during my visit is the fairy tern (Gygis alba). This small seabird, with its pure-white plumage and black eyes, feet and bill, was one of the most reliable of all the land-finding birds used by Pacific navigators and seafarers in the 1800s. They’re found no more than 45 kms from land, and will return to land at nightfall.

#Hawaii #midwayatoll #tern #birdphotography #whitetern #fairytern #gygisalba #conservation #PapahānaumokuākeaMarineNationalMonument #UNESCO #unescoheritagesite #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags  #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #daisygilardini
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | Midway Atoll, on the western edge of the Hawaiian Islands archipelago, is well known for its historic and decisive naval battle early in the Second World War, just six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

    Not many people know that Midway is also a birders’ paradise. It is part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

    Among Midway’s many species of birds, one that really captured my attention during my visit is the fairy tern (Gygis alba). This small seabird, with its pure-white plumage and black eyes, feet and bill, was one of the most reliable of all the land-finding birds used by Pacific navigators and seafarers in the 1800s. They’re found no more than 45 kms from land, and will return to land at nightfall.

    #Hawaii #midwayatoll #tern #birdphotography #whitetern #fairytern #gygisalba #conservation #PapahānaumokuākeaMarineNationalMonument #UNESCO #unescoheritagesite #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #daisygilardini

  •  0  163  29 June, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | It’s interesting how, over the years, I’ve changed my feelings about penguin species, from a photography point-of-view.
I remember, during my first time in Antarctica in 1997, I only had eyes for the gentoos. I loved their orange beak and the white stripes of feathers above their eyes that extend across the top of their heads.
I found chinstrap penguins to be too serious-looking, with the strap under their chins resembling an English police helmet.
At the time, I didn’t really think much about Adélies. I found their habit of raising their hind-crown feathers to form a diagonal occipital somewhat unsightly.
Lately, perhaps because of the abundance of gentoos and relative scarcity of Adélies, Adélies have really grown on me. I simply adore their strong personalities, and the white ring around their eyes.

#antarctica #penguin #adeliepenguin #conservation #climatechange
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | It’s interesting how, over the years, I’ve changed my feelings about penguin species, from a photography point-of-view.
    I remember, during my first time in Antarctica in 1997, I only had eyes for the gentoos. I loved their orange beak and the white stripes of feathers above their eyes that extend across the top of their heads.
    I found chinstrap penguins to be too serious-looking, with the strap under their chins resembling an English police helmet.
    At the time, I didn’t really think much about Adélies. I found their habit of raising their hind-crown feathers to form a diagonal occipital somewhat unsightly.
    Lately, perhaps because of the abundance of gentoos and relative scarcity of Adélies, Adélies have really grown on me. I simply adore their strong personalities, and the white ring around their eyes.

    #antarctica #penguin #adeliepenguin #conservation #climatechange

  •  0  138  28 June, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini |  The first warm rays of daylight sun shine through the fog in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. This Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world and certainly one of the most pristine places I have ever visited. Its territory extends from the central to the north coast of British Columbia in Canada and covers roughly an area of 32’000 km2. The forest is home of grizzly bear, black and Kermode bears among many other species. 
#conservation #britishcolumbia #canada #greatbearrainforest #rainforest #sunrise
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | The first warm rays of daylight sun shine through the fog in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. This Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world and certainly one of the most pristine places I have ever visited. Its territory extends from the central to the north coast of British Columbia in Canada and covers roughly an area of 32’000 km2. The forest is home of grizzly bear, black and Kermode bears among many other species.
    #conservation #britishcolumbia #canada #greatbearrainforest #rainforest #sunrise

  •  0  73  26 June, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini |  We experienced unusual weather this past January, during my last expedition to Antarctica. We had gloomy, overcast and rainy weather for the whole month, with only three or four partly sunny days.

I really dislike shooting in rain, but I have to admit that I enjoyed some of the stormy cloud formations we witnessed — even though, by the end, I was desperate for some warm sunset/sunrise colours.

I’ve just finished going through the 3,332 images of icebergs I shot, and I found some wonderful blue gems!

Iceberg photography is actually better under overcast sky as the clouds act as a huge diffuser filter. That dramatically reduces the dynamic range in the image, because it eliminates strong shadows and bright highlights, and enhances the blues of the ice at the same time.

#conservation #climatechange #iceberg #storm #antarctica #ice
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | We experienced unusual weather this past January, during my last expedition to Antarctica. We had gloomy, overcast and rainy weather for the whole month, with only three or four partly sunny days.

    I really dislike shooting in rain, but I have to admit that I enjoyed some of the stormy cloud formations we witnessed — even though, by the end, I was desperate for some warm sunset/sunrise colours.

    I’ve just finished going through the 3,332 images of icebergs I shot, and I found some wonderful blue gems!

    Iceberg photography is actually better under overcast sky as the clouds act as a huge diffuser filter. That dramatically reduces the dynamic range in the image, because it eliminates strong shadows and bright highlights, and enhances the blues of the ice at the same time.

    #conservation #climatechange #iceberg #storm #antarctica #ice

  •  0  133  25 June, 2020
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | Glass frogs are named for the fact that, when looking at them from below,  you can see through their skin. Their translucent skin allows one to see the frog’s interiors, from bones and intestine to heart and veins.

There are 60 different types of glass frog. They live in rainforests throughout Central and South America, usually in the tree canopy above water.

They are small frogs, as frogs go. The larger species reach just 3 inches in length, and are surprisingly long-lived. In the wild, they can survive anywhere from 10 to 14 years.

#costarica #frog #glassfrog #emeraldglassfrog #conservation
  • Photo by @daisygilardini | Glass frogs are named for the fact that, when looking at them from below,  you can see through their skin. Their translucent skin allows one to see the frog’s interiors, from bones and intestine to heart and veins.

    There are 60 different types of glass frog. They live in rainforests throughout Central and South America, usually in the tree canopy above water.

    They are small frogs, as frogs go. The larger species reach just 3 inches in length, and are surprisingly long-lived. In the wild, they can survive anywhere from 10 to 14 years.

    #costarica #frog #glassfrog #emeraldglassfrog #conservation

  •  0  134  24 June, 2020
  • Time lapse Video by @daisygilardini | While adult polar bears only growl and vocalize when upset or threatened, cubs make various sounds in different situations. They might rumble, whimper or squeal when hungry and asking for food. They might hiss and smack lips when fighting and playing with their siblings.
Mothers usually communicate with their cubs through sight and touch, but they will also chuff and chomp their teeth from time to time.

#conservation #bear #polarbear #climatechange #cute  #Canada #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #visitmanitoba
  • Time lapse Video by @daisygilardini | While adult polar bears only growl and vocalize when upset or threatened, cubs make various sounds in different situations. They might rumble, whimper or squeal when hungry and asking for food. They might hiss and smack lips when fighting and playing with their siblings.
    Mothers usually communicate with their cubs through sight and touch, but they will also chuff and chomp their teeth from time to time.

    #conservation #bear #polarbear #climatechange #cute #Canada #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #visitmanitoba

  •  0  117  22 June, 2020