California sea lions are known for their intelligence, playfulness, and noisy barking. Their color ranges from chocolate brown in males to a lighter, golden brown in females. Males reach 850 pounds (390 kg) and seven feet (2.1 m) in length. Females grow to 220 pounds (110 kg) and up to six feet (1.8 m) in length. They have a "dog-like" face, and at around five years of age, males develop a bony bump on top of their skull called a sagittal crest. Sea lions are migratory, following food. Beth has been observing and photographing sea lions for a number of years along the California coast and in Baja California.
The images in this gallery exemplify the resource values and restoration of San Francisco Bay wetlands. Through collaborative partnerships such as the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture which is coordinated by Beth Huning, protection and restoration of 200,000 acres makes the restoration of San Francisco Bay and coastal wetlands and riparian habitats one of the largest restoration programs on the continent.
From Africa to the Arctic and the deserts to the tropics, this gallery of images illustrates Beth's passion for wildlife and nature. The goal is to not just capture a snapshot but to use a variety of photographic techniques to draw the viewer into the landscape or to create an emotional connection to the animals as they are portrayed in their native habitats.
Projected between the sea and the sky is the alluring landscape of the peninsula of Baja California. A short flight yet a world away, this harsh yet rich environment supports a rich diversity of plants and animals adapted to an arid landscape and perhaps the greatest diversity of marine mammals anywhere on the planet. Beth's extensive collection of images from Baja California Sur were taken over the course of her many years of leading natural history and photography tours in the region. The images in this featured gallery are a sample of those captured on a recent kayak trip between Loreto and La Paz on the Sea of Cortez.
The Svalbard archipelago lies in the path of the Gulf Stream, which provides rich foraging for a variety of wildlife and enables travelers to more easily access the most northern latitudes. The island of Spitzbergen is the best known island in the archipelago which is comprised of glaciated islands, fjords, glaciers, and ice caps. The images in this gallery were captured during polar day.
Connections with people of other countries often lead to photographic opportunities well beyond the mere travel log. Having traveled and photographed in more than 40 countries, this gallery is an example of Beth's connections with both the people and cultural heritage of the places she photographs, capturing the essence of place.
Fes is the oldest of the Imperial Cities of Morocco and the largest living Islamic medieval city in the world. Getting lost in the Medina reminds one that life in Fes el-Bali (old Fes) is as it has been for centuries with its winding narrow footpaths and souks crammed with shops and food stalls, workshops, restaurants, mosques, dye pits and tanneries.
At the center of the Indonesian archipelago lies a tiny island steeped in rich Hindu culture and blessed with dramatic landscapes and colorful traditions. The images in this gallery illustrate the natural beauty of this volcanic island surrounded by azure seas as well as the strength that tradition holds in a changing culture.