Raven’s Perspective: Photos of a Science Expedition to the Sea of Cortez

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As the wife of Peter Raven, chairman of the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), I often feel that I have the best job in the universe. It is to travel at the side of my man, with fascinating people, going to unusual places. In the last 15 years, we have been to about 65 countries, with 32 trips just to China. The best journeys are those we have shared with the CRE.

A scientist in my own right, I spent many years in public garden administration and parks management, then transitioned to journalism — and learning how to be a “Chocolate Sherpa” for CRE field inspections.

Since I gave up my day job, some of my friends jokingly call me minister sans portfolio. I prefer to think of myself as a jack of all trades and master of some. The skill I’ve most enjoyed acquiring is that of photography. My eye, my hand, and my equipment have all improved through years of mentoring by NGS experts on these trips. My best camera lessons came while stranded for eight hours in the back of a bus, detained by a landslide on a narrow crumbling mountain road in remote Sichuan province, on our way to the pandas at the famous breeding station in Wolong!

Our January 2016 trip to the Sea of Cortez with the CRE proved to be another great adventure. The images I am sharing here are cherry-picked from nearly 5,000 frames I made during the voyage. They are the images that best sum up what I saw — what I experienced — in such an enchanting part of the world.

My new goal is to improve my editorial skills and workflow so that the best images make it out of my camera and into view. These were all —> Read More