"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.


There is a story behind these blurred images. Yes I know they are blurry. I didn’t want to blind her like all the tourists who don’t think before they swarm. Sea turtles come up at night to lay their eggs, blinding them with flash or crowding them will only harm them. This particular sea turtle I saw all the way from my balcony at the hotel, only because people were blinding her. So, naturally I ran down there yelled/told these people what they were doing was well wrong. If you love sea turtles don’t use flash it is that simple (ESPECIALLY DO NOT EVER USE FLASH ON BABY SEA TURTLES, they hatch at night and follow the moonlight into the ocean, flash will only confuse them). Unforturnately despite myself going down there and telling people what they were doing was no good (only some listened anyway) the sea turtle got frustrated or scared and turned around and went back into the ocean without laying her eggs.

See this is why you don’t be an annoying tourist. Of course I wanted the crystal clear picture, but I love animals, all animals and I’m not stupid, of course I still have a lot to learn but I do know not to use flash on a trying to lay her eggs sea turtle.

On another night that I was in Cancun I got to witness a spectacular moment (okay well 2 to 3 hours of spectacular moments). It was 1:00am and I walked down the beach to find sea turtles and I found one. I watched from a distance so  I wouldn’t bother her. I got to watch this gorgeous creature dig her hole, lay her EGGS!, and go back down into the ocean. WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. It was awesome and no unforturnately no pictures :( this does kill me but when I think about it, it probably was for the best.