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Fourth in a series of one humpback whale’s breaching sequence…

BREACH!!!!! That’s often what one hears when a humpback whale rockets out of the water. I confess it’s music to my whale geek ears.

when whales wave, by RedBubbler Karin Taylor . Be sure to check out Karin’s lovely portfolio.

when whales wave
the sky sighs

when whales wave
the whole earth cries
when whales wave
creation revives
when whales wave
hope survives








Talented fellow RedBubbler Sherri Nicholas has begun a gracious tradition of promoting fellow Bubblers’ art with her ARTISTS 4 ARTISTS concept in order to introduce viewers to other artists’ views of the world. Sherri has kindly granted me permission to continue her tradition.

There are many gifted RedBubble artists who post incredible whale images in their portfolios as well as other wonderful photographic subjects. Following are some who have enriched my life with the beauty they share. If I have neglected to mention any other whale photographers, please drop me a BubbleMail and I will happily rectify my oversight. Please have a look at the portfolios of these talented, wonderful artists. Enjoy!

Linda Jackson


Barbara Burkhardt

Nautilus Blue





Finally, the following short video represents why I adore humpback whales. Please forgive my humble, awkward attempts to create video footage of the whales. I think I need a proper HD video camera plus a non-rocking boat in addition to videographraphy lessons. Next time I’ll stick to a DSLR but in the meantime, please enjoy this tribute to my favorite big beasties of the deep.

Frederick Sound, SE Alaska, USA

July 6, 2010

Canon 7D, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS lens, shutter 1/1000, f/5.6, exposure bias 0.67, shutter priortiy, focal length 105mm, ISO 400

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • arteology
    arteologyover 4 years ago

    i can only imagine the intensity and energy, breath taking! the wonder of it all, gallo

  • Gallo, thank you for dropping in to comment. Observing a breaching whale always is an exciting moment. It really floats my boat. All the best!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    FanTAStic!!!!!!!!!!! FLIPPN fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lois, thank you ever so much! I had about as much fun reading your peppy words as I did seeing this breaching whale. :-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 4 years ago

    Wow…what a fantastic series…neat sequencing!! WOW!

  • Hey, Lynne, thanks a bundle! Whales can be so exciting to watch when they turn on the juice. All the best!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Great job, Gina. They are such stunning images. When I roll down fast on the whole series to the right below the description, it’s like seeing it in motion.

  • Hi, AuntDot! You know, you’re right…when I scroll down quickly I also noticed the action effect on the order of those books I used to flip through as a child that showed a dog running or a person walking. Thanks for stopping by!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture…..they move so magestically !!

  • Hey, Sean, thank you! Can you imagine the amount of energy it takes to rocket a massive whale out of the water? This whale did it again and again. Phew! It made me tired just to look at it. :-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Janice, thank you for admitting this image into your group!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

    Now thats a great shot of a whale out of the water.

  • Janice, thank you so much! Finding whales can be a bit of a treasure hunt but when they come shooting out of the water, it’s all worth it.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Scott, thank you very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • shararat
    shararatover 4 years ago

    WOW WOW wht a FLIP …..You r LUCKY 2 c these moments ……LOVE this SERIES

  • Thank you, shararat! Whales captivate me. Every moment spent with them is a gift. Glad you enjoyed them too.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago


  • Helen, thank you very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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