46 imagesSo much wildlife is undervalued simply for the reason that it is not itself easily recognizable, and its contribution to the planet, ecosystem, or humanity, even less so. This is especially true of the smaller forms -- the strange ones that require us to get down into the undergrowth with a magnifying glass, snorkel a stream, or explore the nooks of a reef to know they are there. The bulk of my work focuses on these unusual yet captivating and often beautiful creatures. I try to create windows to those secret worlds in ways that foster a greater awareness of the magnificence of the natural world and its enormous biodiversity -- and hopefully encourage action to preserve wildlife and wild places.
70 imagesSEE Life Cabrillo is an ongoing project highlighting the stunning and diverse ecosystems and wildlife that call Cabrillo National Monument home. Michael Ready masterfully captures the morphology of his subjects while building an awareness for the biodiversity of the region. These images include some of the commonly occurring and easily discovered species, and others that are rarely seen due to their small size, ephemeral existence, or natural behavior. Merging the worlds of science and art, SEE Life challenges us to take a closer look and garner a deeper appreciation for our diverse world.