"Leave Nothing but Footprints, Take Nothing But Pictures"

Born and raised on Long Island; presently based out of South Carolina LAURA SALZHAUER is a recent graduate with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and self taught photographer.

My major subject is wildlife photography, however I love taking pictures of just about anything. I hope my pictures inspire others to appreciate the biodiversity on Earth and support conservation.

Please feel free to contact me through my email for any questions. laura.salzhauer@gmail.com

This tumblr blog is my digital portfolio. Please explore my page by clicking on the pictures. There is also the ARCHIVE button to see all posts.

 

Indri Indri- Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

I know these are not the clearest of all photos, but I’m putting them up because of the cool movement the Indri has; this one is also carrying a baby, imagine if humans were like these primates?

The Village of Miaranony, next to Ranomfana National Park, Madagascar

Our camp was at the top of the mountain that this group of awesome villagers lived next to. They were all kind and welcoming, the Ampanzaka (the king) of the village brought us in his house to do a blessing. The only thing that makes him king is that he is the oldest. They put on a show for us, they sung and danced. We danced with them once their show was over. Oh, and the guy in the Slipknot t-shirt is Sambatra he was part of the team!! Sambatra’s name means “the lucky one” and he proved to be just that!

We must have looked crazy to them, vazaha (white foreigner) living on that crazy mountain, doing weird science things and coming down once a week to visit. James Herrera and his team come down every Sunday to show the village what they are finding in the forest. And a few of my classmates worked with the kids of the village, showing them the forest, teaching them what wonders that they should protect (mothers also came with them, they have also never been in the forest). Everything turned out great! They are still doing research on that mountain, I hope one day to return.

Bits and pieces of our trip to Miaranony, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.

I did research here with the most wonderful team! This forest was every word out there, in every language, that means beautiful, for now I’ll use soa, or manja be! It was a 20 k hike from the one road to get to this mountain. It was two of some of the best weeks of my life, even if mother nature kicked my ass everyday, I loved it. This is just a few pictures, if I ever get them all up it would be a miracle.

In a Spiny Desert Arboretum, Madagascar

This was a fun day, it was extremely hot as we followed the guide who was trying to explain to us everything. Since we were such a large group it was hard for everyone to hear everything, so I went around taking pictures avoiding the pointy parts of the plants.

Some of the plants (the ones that kid of look like green beans sticking up) are poisionous. If you got its sap in your eye you can go blind. The antidote is basically right next to it in this arboretum.

Varecia variegata variegata - Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Vatu, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

One of my favorites! It was a great day when these photographs were taken. It was our third species sighting of the day and first time we saw V. variegata variegata! So exciting!!

I know the last picture (jumping shot) isn’t the greatest I did not have time to change the setting before the species leaped into the next tree. Lemurs are very difficult to get pictures of, especially this species because they are very high in the canopy. It was truly amazing to watch.

I’m not sure what species of lizard but it is cute. I put in the last photograph to give some perspective of where it was taken. I was on top of a boulder in Anja National Park, Madagascar.

Weird bug, possibly some kind of locust. He was a little longer then the length of a cigarette.

Taken in Madagascar.

Under the microscope. Kelp in the Seaweed lab at UConn in Stamford, CT. The last picture is a mutant, double stipe.

Working on my senior project: Human Disturbances Effects on Piping Plover Behavior