reubenhernandez | HOW WAS ANTARCTICA? |

When people ask me, "How was Antarctica?" I usually struggle to find words to describe my experience. I do know that my experience in Antarctica transformed and forever changed me. Never in my entire life have I ever been in such close proximity to so much wildlife and such raw, untouched beauty. Penguins walked up to me and bit my fingers and my camera. Fur seals charged at me to the point where I would have to throw blows to fend them off (they were actually much more aggressive than the bulls I ran with in Pamplona, Spain). There was magic everywhere and so many choices when it came down to deciding what to photograph. Antarctica humbled me, taught me so much, gave me a better appreciation for our planet, and is truly unlike any other place on earth.

I've always dreamed of going to Antarctica ever since I was in 4th grade, and Antarctica made me feel like a kid in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, enthralled and captivated at pretty much everything I saw, felt, and experienced. Our expedition leader told me that I found my wings.

Thank you for following along and for allowing me to share some of my images and stories. I'm forever grateful to be able to share these stories and I hope I have inspired you in one way or another.
I will leave you with a quote about Antarctica that resonated with me: "Take the rockies, the alps, and Mount Washington, cover them with thick, crusted snow that, like frosting spread by a giant's hand, has spilled down over the land, to end in a jagged, uneven boarder where it meets the sea.

Imagine yourself on a spaceship in another world - a world that for 10 million years has been locked away behind ramparts of ice and where escape is blocked in all directions by a cruel, cold ocean.

Take all the adjectives in Mr. Roget's thesaurus and you still haven't got it, not even Mr. Roget's best can convey one's first impression of that vast, mysterious immensity of ice. It's a lesson in humility, an unforgettable reminder of man's immortality, and it is like no other place on earth." - Jenny Darlington

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reubenhernandez | BELLY FLOP|

Happy #EarthDay! Here's a breaching humpback whale upon reentry in Antarctica. There is so much beauty all around us and Antarctica has definitely given me a greater appreciation for our planet.
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reubenhernandez | PARENTHOOD |

Scenes of the Gentoo penguin colony at Port Lockroy, the southernmost post office in the world located in Antarctica.
This year the Penguin Post Office received a record number of applicants for 4 jobs requiring a 5 month stint without running water or electricity.
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reubenhernandez I'm so honored to have my first (and hopefully not my last) NY Times assignment published on page A16 of today's paper. If you get a copy, check it out or click on the link in my profile to read the article and watch the video online.

My heart is full, absolutely grateful, and still a bit shocked.
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reubenhernandez Despite this image that shows a large number of chinstrap penguins on Deception Island, Antarctica, 1/3 of this breeding colony has been lost in the past 20 years most likely due to a warming planet.
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reubenhernandez | CRABEATER |

Ironically, crabeater seals do not eat crabs (there are no crabs in Antarctic waters), but consume more krill (shrimp-like crustaceans) than any other species on the planet.

The crabeater seal is also an important component of the diet of leopard seals, which consume about 80% of all crabeater pups.
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reubenhernandez | PEEKABOO |

A portrait of a leopard seal

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reubenhernandez Some of the colors you see while exploring Antarctica #antarcticaordie 2w

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reubenhernandez Tonight I somehow managed to survive a master class taught by the legendary bboy, Ken Swift, and live to tell about it. He is widely considered to be the individual who has had the greatest influence on breaking and hip hop culture.
Dear Ken,
It was a real honor to meet and train with you tonight. You are so humble, absolutely inspiring, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity. I've always wanted to learn how to break ever since I was a kid, so to be here in NYC, where it all began, learning from the true legend, is quite special and meaningful. Dance is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Thank You,
Reuben
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reubenhernandez Monday Morning Meetings #iaintmad 3w

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reubenhernandez | NEW INK |

My first tattoo represents all of the 7 continents I've traveled to and is a daily personal reminder to be brave, live adventurously, keep exploring, be wild, and to pursue my dreams passionately, wholeheartedly, and without backing down.

Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I was in 4th grade, so it was quite a meaningful experience for me in so many ways.
As simple as it is, I seriously thought about this tattoo for well over a year and decided that this is how I want to make my mark.

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reubenhernandez Exactly 5 years ago today, I reset my life and hopped on a plane bound for South Africa and Mozambique not really knowing what the future would hold.
I'm excited to return to South Africa and Tanzania this upcoming summer with @andrewmklein to hopefully see some big cats play ball, summit Kilimanjaro, and tell some unexpected stories.
South Africa was my first experience in the African wild and it holds a special place in my heart. Pictured here is a lion we encountered on a night drive a few meters from our open air vehicle at Kruger National Park.
These past 5 years have flown by and I look back with a grateful heart as I prepare to come full circle.
All My Best,
Reuben

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