It's been a busy spring and early summer. Watch the website for changes coming soon--a spot for recent photos on the home page, and a column with regular postings on animals, environment, sustainability, and more.
Meanwhile, this spring several cool accomplishments and events:
--Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Susan and I attended the opening of the show of "Nature's Best Photography" Contest winners. It was exciting and moving--my albatross photo was one of only 45 images chosen to hang in the museum, out of over 21,000 entries. A real honor to be "Highly Honored."
--Nature's Best Photography Magazine: My photo of the albatrosses in the Falkland Islands is in the November issue, p. 62. You can find the photo on my website in the albatross gallery.
--Smithsonian Magazine: The May, 2012 issue features my story on the African penguins of Robben Island. If you did not see the story in the magazine, you can check it out here, online: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Make-Way-for-the-African-Penguins.html
--BirdWatching Magazine: This spring and early summer, I've been photographing a family of spotted owls not far from Mt. Rainier. It's for a story for BirdWatching magazine, to run in October, on the growing competition between spotted owls and the invading, much more aggressive barred owls. The spotted owl may be doomed in the PNW, unless, as one biologist put it, "They kill all the barred owls." And the Fish and Wildlife Service has a plan to try killing thousands of barred owls . . . .
--Spotted Owl Photos--I'm posting them in their own gallery so you can easily see them for now.
--I continue to work on a penguin project. More on that soon. But returning to Antarctica in January, and when we return to Tierra del Fuego, will help biologist Andrea Raya Reyes in measuring and weighing Magellanic Penguins in the Beagle Channel. Super-fun. There is nothing more fun in wildlife that holding a living penguin--as long as it doesn't sh*t on you! =)
The journal for the study of Environmental Literature--ISLE, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment--has accepted a big essay I wrote on reading Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" in the Drake Passage: reading and teaching the poem about literature's most famous albatross in the waters where the poem takes place, putting literary albatrosses into a conversation with living albatrosses. Really. Indescribable and life-changing experience, and I enjoyed writing the piece about. I quote students who have traveled with me to Antarctica as well. I'll let you know when it appears.
A new feature article with photos has appeared in *BirdWatching* magazine--on Tufted Puffins and their decline along the West Coast. I visited the beautiful and remote Tatoosh Island several times for this article. It includes five full color photos I took of the puffins on the island.
Several new photos are being featured on greeting cards from Hazeltine cards.
Meanwhile, enjoy looking through my website, and write if you're interested. I've posedt a few new photos from my travels in Ecuador and Peru--including boobies in the Galapagos, and beautiful people in the Amazon and in Peru!
Who Am I? A little about me: Charles Bergman is a writer, photographer and speaker who lives today in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He's twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Latin America--Mexico and Ecuador--and traveled extensively in Latin America from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. He has recently had cover stories in Smithsonian magazine (wildlife trafficking), Audubon magazine (roses), Defenders magazine (parrot trafficking in Mexico). His photographs accompany his articles. He has written three books, and has won the Washington State Book Award, Southwest Book Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award. He was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award.
He loves animals and wildlife of all kinds, and has developed a new-found love for Antarctica and albatrosses and penguins.
Current Projects include:
• Completed an assignment for Smithsonian magazine on the penguins of South Africa and Robben Island
• Planning--researching and photographing--a larger project on penguins and people.
• Living and teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico next fall, directing PLU's on-site semester program there.
• Has a new essay accepted in ISLE, the journal of Environmental Literature, about teaching literature in ways that transform our lives--placing literature in context, putting it in dialogue with place and creatures, and entering that magical and transformative space between them.
Please explore the images on this site, the photos for sale, or get in touch with Charles for more information!