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Baja California to the Bering Sea Cover

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My photograph of a schooling jacks in the Sea of Cortez appeared on the cover of Baja California to the Bering Sea, a report on marine priority conservation areas issued by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute (Morgan, Maxwell, Tsao, Wilkinson and Etnoyer):

Schooling fish, circling jacks, Las Animas, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Caranx sexfasciatus

Schooling fish, circling jacks, Las Animas, Sea of Cortez, Baja California.
Image ID: 00249
Species: Bigeye jack, Caranx sexfasciatus

All Animals Cover

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My photograph of a neonate gray whale calf underwater near the Monterey Peninsula appeared on the Summer 2002 cover of the All Animals magazine, the official publication of the Humane Society of the United States:

A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side.  This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey

A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side. This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place.
Image ID: 01135
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California, USA

Ecology Letters Cover

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In addition to the cover of Nature a few years ago, I’ve had interest from other scientific and peer-reviewed journals recently. My photograph of a scalloped hammerhead shark appeared on the October 2005 cover of Ecology Letters, to accompany Direct and indirect fishery effects on small coastal elasmobranchs in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Shepherd and Myers):

Scalloped hammerhead shark swims underwater at Cocos Island.  The hammerheads eyes and other sensor organs are placed far apart on its wide head to give the shark greater ability to sense the location of prey, Sphyrna lewini

Scalloped hammerhead shark swims underwater at Cocos Island. The hammerheads eyes and other sensor organs are placed far apart on its wide head to give the shark greater ability to sense the location of prey.
Image ID: 03192
Species: Scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini
Location: Cocos Island, Costa Rica

As Seen On ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover : Home Edition

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Update: some of my dolphin photos are used to create the gigantic wall murals that surround 11-year old Jael’s dolphin themed bedroom, revealed in the final minutes of the program. The perspective of the room is that of a diver (or another dolphin), surrounded on all sides and below by blue Bahamian water, white sand and many dolphins. It looked pretty cool on the broadcast and I hope to see some photos of the room itself soon. We hope Jael Kirkwood likes her new room and gets a chance to swim with dolphins sometime.

Phillip Colla’s photography will be featured tonight during the January 15th, 2006 two-part episode of ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover : Home Edition. This show is apparently a big hit, although since we don’t watch television we don’t really know that for sure so we will have to check it out and see! We expect you to check it out too, you are going to watch, right? The show airs at 7/6c on Sunday, January 15, 2006 with the second episode at 8/7c.

Background: in November I received a phone call from one of the production managers of ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover : Home Edition, inquiring about our photographs. They must have found the photos on our web site since that is the only way anyone ever finds us to inquire about photographs as we do no marketing whatsoever, being averse to marketing. Long story short, we provided photography that will appear in the “secret room” that is featured at the end of the episode. We cannot reveal the details until after the show airs. We’ll just watch the show and see how it turns out (we don’t know yet), and we think you should too since the photography featured in it will be top notch. We are pretty sure Phil’s photography won’t appear until near the end, since it is part of the “secret room” that is only revealed at the end by Ty Pennington (the host of the show).

We especially send our very best wishes to the Kirkwood Family, who are the great family featured on tonight’s episode, and hope they thrive and are happy in their new home!

Here is a list of contributors to the Kirkwood Family’s new home.

Check it out: 7/6c Sunday January 15, 2006, 2 hrs. Tell ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover : Home Edition that you especially liked the photos. While we are not certain, we think that the program will actually air in two special back-to-back episodes. So tune in, meet the Kirkwood Family and see if you can spot Phil’s snaps.

By the way, if you are interested in having a room-sized mural of our photography created for your home, similar to what appears in Jael’s room in the Kirkland home, please contact Lynn Krinsky at Stella Color in Seattle. She can give you all the specifics and create the mural you are looking for:

Lynn Krinsky
Stella Color
416 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
lynn@stellacolor.com
PH: 206-223-2303
FX: 206-223-7005

Road Trip 2005

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Just returned from a three week road trip. It was amazing. We had lots of fun and shot thousands of photos. It will take several weeks before I get the images organized and available online, so for now some summary statistics of the trip will have to suffice:

  • 21 days
  • 4500 miles with lots of hikes and mountain biking.
  • 5700 photos occupying 130 gigabytes
  • 7 National Parks and Monuments: Zion, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Olympic, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, Crater Lake.
  • 7 States: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California.
  • 3 Aquariums (Seattle, Steinhart, Monterey Bay)
  • 13 Geysers including Old Faithful, Riverside, Daisy, Grand, White Dome, Pink Cone, Castle, Great Fountain, Grotto, Echinus, Anemone and Lion geysers.
  • 17 Waterfalls including Upper and Lower Yellowstone, Gibbon, Lewis, Moose, Kepler, Firehole, Virginia Cascade, Undine, Rustic, Sol Duc, Marymere, Myrtle, Christine and Narada Falls.
  • Many wild animals including gray wolf, moose, grizzly bear, black bear and cinnamon-colored black bear, elk, bison, coyote, golden and bald eagle, osprey, blacktail and whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, marmot, chipmunk, squirrels, banana slug, wild turkey, long-tailed weasel, rabbits and some rabbit-like thing known as a pika.
  • Endless displays of wildflowers in Grand Teton and Mt. Rainier.
  • Several volcanoes: Rainier, Hood, Adams, St. Helens, Shasta, Crater Lake. Even saw St. Helens letting off some steam.
  • Too many rivers and streams to count.
  • One full moon rising behind the Space Needle in Seattle.

The office hangover when we returned is considerable:

  • 30+ as-yet-unanswered phone messages.
  • 1800 emails after filtering out the obvious spam.
  • 5-inch high pile of mail, after tossing the junk.