As my prize for winning The National Geographic International Photo Contest, I joined an expedition in National Geographic ENDERVOUR to Antarctica from December 12 to 23 2007. The land has energy and life of its own. Majestic, glorious, and most gorgeous is only some of the world I can use to describe the cold frozen places I walked on and what my eyes experienced. Peaceful beautiful creation of God! The group of friends I made and met where all great warm people from all over USA. Also I Ilearned from the Natural History and Oceanites researchers staff, contrary to all the information we hear, the ice in Antarctica is not melting but actually growing.
My family is the center of my life. My four children are the best gift God could have ever given me, they are my light, my song and my hope. Each of them I have spoiled, but also filled with the immensity of my unconditional love. My parents have loved me to the waste and I am because of them. And my sister & brother ... well; I cannot imagine a world where they are not in. God has blessed me with three nieces and one nephew. The little one Kio, is the 'angel of joy' she is precious and perfect in every way. My grandson Forrest is my 'angel of peace'. He will be a peacemaker when he grows up. That is my prayer.
Although I live in an island and walking distance from the sea,I rarely go inside the ocean. I do not get along with the sand and the sun can hurt my skin in a painful way. But I have to admit that some of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen is when the sea is in harmony with mountains and a sunset.
On the morning of March 17, 2004 as I was travelling from Otjiwarongo to Windoek, in Namibia Africa. I saw this mountains with top clouds formations around 7:30am. From the car I took some 10 shots in 5 minutes intervals. Weeks later I was informed by an expert from NASA , a meteorologist, that there was no data that this event had ever occur in that dry area. It is the most amazing nature site my eyes have ever seen.
On 1996 I made my first trip to India. In that country I met some of the most amazing people that are now part of what I call,'my spiritual family' In the last 12 years I have been blessed to experience the life of many people that physically, and when it comes to culture, are very different from me. But this same people are very much like me in spirit, and the pains and joy's we carry are exactly the same. I am convinced that Peace will come when we all learn to love, respect and understand each other. What I have gain from the people I encounter in far away counties, no school teacher, religion or books could have ever taught me. This are some the people that in one way or another have touched my life and I have chosen to love and make my own.
Her photo won me the first prize in National Geographic 2007 Photo Contest. On march 2010, I visited her in the village of Pockhran, Rajasthan. See her new photos.
© Viveca Venegas