Professional surfer Anthony Walsh gets tubed in Teahupoo.
Havae Pass, Teahupoo, Tahiti, French Polynesia
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Counter vortices as evidenced by underwater photo of a wave breaking.
Powerful, hollow, tubing, wave at Havae pass in Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Pearl farm workers dive to retrieve Tahitian pearl oysters that have been cleaned by the lagoon's natural fish populations.
Ahe, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
Perfect, tubing wave breaks at Havae Pass in Teahupo'o, Tahiti.
Havae Pass, Teahupo'o, Teahupoo, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Reef eye view of surfer getting tubed.
Perfect, tubing wave breaks at Havae Pass in Teahupo'o, Tahiti
A large wave breaking as seen from the back with coconut trees.
Tikehau Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
A surfer takes to the air and executes an aerial maneuver in Tahiti.
Tahiti Iti, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A scuba diver swims beneath a large school of horse eye jackfish in the Cabo Pulmo Nature Reserve in Baja, Mexico.
The spectacular Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds, Eastern Oregon.
Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds, Eastern Oregon
A man hooks a steelhead on a river in Oregon.
Hood River, Oregon
Gorgonian fan coral displays its patterns in Lembeh Strait, Manado Indonesia.
Lembeh Strait, Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
A surfer paddles towards some circling sharks.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Mount Adams with it's winter snow cover.
Mount Adams, Washington
A calm day reveals the corals and pearl farming buoys under the lagoon's surface.
Tahitian pearls of all the colors of the rainbow in an oyster shell.
A black lip mother-of-pearl shell holds some shiny, brilliantly colored Tahitian pearls on the deck of a grafting house. The house is on stilts over the water so workers have access to optimal conditions for the pearl oysters.
Ahe atoll, Tuamotu archipelago, French Polynesia
The Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds, Eastern Oregon.
The valley of the Painted Hills of John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon.
A bodyboarder duckdives under at Teahupoo as whitewater explodes.
The iconic view of inside the wave that all surfers strive for.
Teahupoo, Tahiti, French Polynesia
The sun shines through the water and illuminates the reef at Teahupoo.
A surfer riding a wave as seen from underwater
A high altitude stream winds through a valley in Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Eagle Cap Wilderness, Medical Springs, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon
Solar panels cover the roof of an ecological, Tahitian black pearl farm in the sunny Tuamotus.
Outrigger canoes sit on stilts above the water with a Tahitian sunset.
Presqu'ile, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A surfer uses his hand to stall for the tube at Teahupo'o, Tahiti.
Havae Pass, Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Wild black lip pearl oysters (Pinctada margaritifera) grow amongst dead coral in the crystal clear lagoon of Ahe atoll in French Polynesia. Tahitian pearl farming has helped to restore overfished populations of these oysters.
Ahe Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
A butterflyfish and two Moorish idols pass by the camera man on their way to clean pearl oysters on a sustainable pearl farm in French Polynesia
Offshore rocks on the Oregon coast stand witness to a red tide.
Southern Oregon coastline, USA
Coastal fog rolls away from the Rogue River early in the morning.
Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon coastline
The Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds, Eastern Oregon
Bright red sockeye salmon prepare to move upstream and spawn in British Columbia's scenic Adams River.
Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
High quality, loose, Tahitian pearls of different colors.
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A man fishes for winter steelhead in Oregon.
A female scuba diver inspects an underwater ravine while some brilliantly colored alcyonarian soft corals feed in the current.
A double rainbow displays its colors in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
A tubing wave as seen from underwater.
Quality Tahitian black pearls on a cupcake with a hibiscus flower.
A collection of high quality, colorful Tahitian pearls.
Loose, colorful Tahitian pearls sit in a mother of pearl shell.
Surfer on a surfboard watches a perfect wave break in Teahupoo, Tahiti
Havae pass, Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
A female surfer paddles her surfboard in perfectly clear water.
Solar panels cover the roof of an ecological, Tahitian black pearl farm in the Tuamotus.
Workers retrieve pearl oysters that have been cleaned by natural fish populations on a sustainable Tahitian pearl farm.
Colorful Tahitian black pearls looking like caviar in a dish.
A girl swims in a lagoon in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Heavy clouds threaten rain over a windless atoll lagoon.
Tahitian pearl oysters in protective baskets, span into the distance in the clear of a Tuamotu lagoon.
Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
Tahitian pearl oyster rearing baskets on the edge of river in French Polynesia.
A perfect waves breaks in Teahupoo, Tahiti showing the tube.
Reef eye view of a surfer getting tubed at Teahupoo.
A large red hermit crab crawls on the coral gravel on a beach in the Tuamotu Archipelago
Thick stalks of bamboo reach for the heavens.
Mataiea, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Summer wild flowers in California's Desolation Wilderness.
Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, California
A scuba diver swims with a large school of horse eye jackfish in the Cabo Pulmo Nature Reserve in Baja, Mexico.
Pristine beach, lagoon and sky of Tikehau.
Tikehau, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia
Black-lip pearl oysters that have been harvested for their high quality shells. The majority of shells will be transformed into shirt buttons.
A large school of horse eye jackfish swim in the Cabo Pulmo Nature Reserve in Baja, Mexico.
A worker on a Tahitian black pearl farm opens oysters with a wedge then holds them open with pegs so that the graft technician can harvest the pearls inside.
A local shack is nestled in the coconut trees on the beach in Tikehau.
The iconic view of the inside of a tube.
A worker reaches to tie on a buoy to help float oysters on a Tahitian pearl farm.
Back-lit sockeye salmon prepare to move upstream and spawn in British Columbia's scenic Adams River.
Two male sockeye salmon prepare to move upstream and spawn in British Columbia's scenic Adams River.
View of San Quentin prison at the edge of San Francisco Bay.
Tiburon, California, USA.
Scenic view of San Quentin prison at the edge of San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco bay during sunset seen from Marin County's Tiburon Hills.
San Francisco, California, USA.
A group of colorful tropical fish around the baskets of Tahitian black pearl oysters.
school of Silvery herring, Clupea pallasii, swimming in Salish Sea, Vancouver Island.
British Columbia, Canada.
Herring, Clupea pallasii, streaming over kelp during Vancouver Island's epic annual migration.
A surfer stands tall in the tube at Teahupo'o, Tahiti.
A man runs barefoot on a mountain trail in the hills of Malibu.
Malibu hills, Malibu, California
young man back flipping off a bridge that connects a Tahitian pearl farm to land.
Unrecognizable man very deep in the tube at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Outrigger canoes await their paddlers as the sun goes down over Moorea
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