Denesa’s Experience Photographing This Moment

An endangered green sea turtle hatchling makes the most dangerous journey of their life on their first ever swim into the turquoise waters that they will now call home from this moment onward.

This series documents the initial moments of life, providing a rare glimpse into behavior that few will ever see first hand. During my month-long artist’s residency in September 2018, I had the unique honor of documenting sea turtle hatchling events on Loggerhead Key, a small isolated island in the Gulf of Mexico 100 kms from Key West, Florida in the Dry Tortugas National Park. I documented sea turtle research under US Fish and Wildlife Service Turtle Permit 187. No animals were harmed, harassed or handled for these intimate wildlife portraits.

Photographed at Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA, New Zealand in September 2018


Total Quantity in Edition: 111
Quantity Available via the website: 100
Last 11 prints available via private auction.
Size Prints Available
Single Prints:
  • INTIMATE: 8″X12″ | 0.2×0.3m $349
  • PRESENT: 16″X24″ | 0.4×0.6m $499
  • AWAKE: 24″X36″ | 0.6×0.9m $749
  • VIBRANT: 32″X48″ | 0.8×1.2m $1,499
  • MAJESTIC: 48″X72″ | 1.2×1.8m $3,199
Triptych Panels:
  • IMMERSIVE: 6×9′ | 1.8×2.7m (in three panels of 3×6′ | 1.8×0.9m) $9,999
  • GRAND IMMERSIVE: 8×12′ | 2.4×3.6m (in three panels of 8×4′ | 1.2×2.4m) $14,999

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Ecosystem Information

Sea turtles have a global distribution in temperate to tropical regions, which makes them a potent indicator of the health of our oceans and a powerful symbol for the connectedness on which we all depend. They also play an important role in maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, providing key habitat for other marine life, helping to balance marine food webs and facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land.

Environmental Organization Benefiting

MOTE Marine Laboratory

How You’re Helping

Congratulations and thank you so much! By bringing this print inside you’re helping to protect sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks and coral reefs. You’re helping us understand the population dynamics of and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. You’re also helping an extremely special research effort to learn which natural varieties of indigenous coral will survive in ocean conditions 100 years from now, and re-planting dead or dying coral reefs with those native species, which helps the entire reef ecosystem prepare for the changes ahead. You’re helping to catalyze life-giving solutions to help our oceans heal, thrive and continue to be havens of sustainable life. An ocean of gratitude to you. Thank you for helping our seas thrive.



Dye-Infused Recycled Aircraft Aluminum with accompanying certificate of authenticity made of solar-etched reclaimed wood and eco-friendly paper using soy-based inks.

Trees planted per print (from smallest sized print to largest sized print)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Trees planted per edition

111-777, depending on which size prints are collected

is an award-winning carbon-neutral nature photographer from California.

She risks her life traveling to the most exquisite, remote locations on the globe to bring the majesty of nature’s essence into the homes of heart-centered art-lovers all over the world. She donates 50% of proceeds to projects doing tangible, meaningful good for the ecosystems and/or species in each print. Each eco-luxuriously hand-crafted, limited-edition wall-sized photograph is made from recycled materials and protects the ecosystem in the picture, helping it to thrive and continue to inspire the deepest parts of our being.

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