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This little piggy

Tropical piggy eating a coconut

We came to this atoll to take a break from the towns, but when we saw some small buildings in the distance, Eric and I took a zodiac over to check them out. We found two people working their coconut grove: harvesting coconuts and drying them. We stopped for a visit and met a little […]

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Perched on the ocean

Low lying coral atoll with line of palms

These islands, the Tuamotus, lie so low and shine so bright. Each one makes a hoop on the ocean — circular from above, but long and linear from water level. So beautiful and so harsh. A perch from which to return to the ocean.

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The little things

Gecko in my hand

Arriving to a new place I’m often drawn to the small things. A new landscape, in its entirety, is too overwhelming. I have to take it piece by piece. So this is one of the first encounters I had in French Polynesia once we embarked the National Geographic Orion and headed out into the blue. […]

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A new start in the Tuamotus

Coral atoll with palms

And now for something completely different! French Polynesia in the Tuamotus. The coral, the palms, the secrets they keep. What stories will we find here? I am listening.

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Scouting mission

Approaching Apataki atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

I stood on the deck for a long time last night as we left Pape’ete, Tahiti’s big city. I couldn’t get used to the warm air. After three years visiting the Arctic and Antarctic, I kept waiting for a blast of cold to hit me. I gripped a cardigan thinking that – any minute – […]

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First connection

Dorothy Lubin-Levy at her home in Pape’ete.

I wrote Dorothy Lubin-Levy a month and a half ago on Facebook messenger. I didn’t know her, but I wanted to. She was the first person recommended to me, and she wrote back within a couple of days: “I am very honored to find your message. I am looking forward to have a cup of […]

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Agonizing over packing

A view of some mountains in French Polynesia.

Preparation means packing. I’m away from home five months per year, and I’m still terrible at packing. Especially when I’ve spent the last three years working in the Arctic and now … heat!! I have agonized over sunscreen (reef safe), sun hats (tourist alert), rash guards (new for me), and bathing suits (ugh). I’ve finally […]

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The news goes live

Latte with South Pacific brochures

It’s officially official because we are telling everyone about this project, starting this week. The news is out in my newsletter and across social media. Plus we have plane tickets. Most importantly, I have my first connection. For those of you who know my work, you know that I like to start with one connection, […]

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A new chapter

Globe with the South Pacific at front

This is the beginning of something new. I have been working with photographer Eric Guth for three years, but this will be the start of a new collaboration with filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono …

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