Caress

Denesa’s Experience Photographing This Moment

Two courting New Zealand sea lions caress at the Surrat Bay in the Catlins on New Zealand’s South coast. These gorgeous sea lions are the rarest in the world, found only in NZ, and I can’t believe I have the honor of sharing this space, this time, this breath, this beach with them as they do their timeless dance of courtship, wrapping themselves in each other, then running full speed up and down the shore, then coming together again and repeating the whole affair. The heart-melting feeling of connection floods through my core.

Photographed at Catlins, South Island, New Zealand in October 2017
Total Quantity in Edition: 111
Quantity Available via the website: 100
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Size Prints Available
  • 8″X12″ / 0.2×0.3M $888
  • 16″X24″ / 0.4×0.6M $1,333
  • 24″X36″ / 0.6×0.9M $2,555
  • 32″X48″ / 0.8×1.2M $3,333
  • 48″X72″ / 1.2×1.8M $5,555
  • 72″X108″ (in three panels of 72″x36″) 1.8×2.7M (in three panels of 1.8×0.9m) $11,555
  • 96″X144″ (in three panels of 48″x96″) / 2.4×3.6M (in three panels of 1.2×2.4m) $17,777

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Ecosystem Information

The world’s rarest sea lion, the New Zealand sea lion mainly lives on New Zealand’s subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands and to a lesser extend on the South island.

Breeding happens November to January in the Southern hemisphere spring. The males arrive first and determine their hierarchy through battles. The females then arrive and give birth to their young from the previous season. 10 days after giving birth, they breed again. The pups stay on land and suckle on mom’s milk for three weeks, after which time mom will start teaching them to hunt while supplementing their diet with milk. She will nurse her pups for about 8 months before they can fend for themselves.

Environmental Organization Benefiting

New Zealand Forest and Bird

How You’re Helping

Congratulations and thank you so much for your help! By bringing this print into your space, you’re helping to protect the Yellow-Eyed penguins by establishing parks, reserves and restoration projects that have had positive effects. You’re also helping to educate the next generation of nature-lovers as well as the public at large about these sweeties. You’re incredible! Thank you for bringing solutions to life for the good of us all.

 

Medium

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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