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On March 2, 1829, congress provided Block Island $5,500 to build a lighthouse on the northwest point of the island. It w...
03/21/2022

On March 2, 1829, congress provided Block Island $5,500 to build a lighthouse on the northwest point of the island. It was built on unstable sand and gravel, so it was swept out to sea a few years later. Other lighthouses were built for the same price and even more, but there was a problem with them too. The current lighthouse is technically the 4th one built in that area. You can see sill the foundations of two of the failed lighthouses.

I'm sure the government was trying to save money by building the most cost-effective structure. But by taking the cheaper road, in the end, they had to build four lighthouses to get one that lasted.

Moral of the story. Sometimes taking the expensive option is the "cheaper" option, and if you're going to spend the time to build a lighthouse, build one with a public bathroom.. OMG, my batter was about to burst when I took that shot.

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My uncle, Mac, and my aunt Emily were in their 20s when they met, and life up until that point had not been easy for eit...
03/10/2022

My uncle, Mac, and my aunt Emily were in their 20s when they met, and life up until that point had not been easy for either one of them. Emily lost her father at a young age, and Mac had lost his mother when he was even younger. Mac's father wasn't well, so Mac had to drop out of high school to help support his father.

Growing up, when boys typically came to the door asking for Emily, it was to join their stickball team or play another game on the streets of Brooklyn as she was the only coordinated and athletic O'Sullivan. But when Mac came asking for Emily's hand, my grandmother told him that if he were to marry her daughter, he had to have a degree first. Knowing that Emily was the one for him and didn't want to live without her, he went back to school, put himself through college, and married his Emily after he got his degree.

My father lived with them for a while; my dad loved that time when they would have dinners together, sing around an old organ, and play ping pong well into the night. Both army vets, my father, and Mac had a lot in common. Not only did Mac take over the responsibility of caring for Emily but eventually also my grandmother. Mac also got my father his Job at Marsh and Mclennan, starting his 33-year career in Insurance.

During their 59 years of marriage, they bought their first house together, played countless rounds of golf together, moved to Florida together, and now have 6 wonderful grandkids together. Mac gave everything to his family; he lived for his wife and proved definitively that he genuinely didn't want to live without his "Em."

Mac rejoined his Emily last Tuesday, January 8th, a week after my aunt Emily left this world on February 28th.

I will miss them.

While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valent...
02/14/2022

While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death, others claim that the Christian church decided to place St. Valentine's feast day on the 14th to "Christianize" the pagan fertility festival dedicated to Faunus called "Lupercalia"....

On the 15th of February, members of the Luperci, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf. The priests would sacrifice a goat and a dog, strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets. The priests would gently slap both women and crop fields with the goat hide.

Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

I'm going to guess that the church wasn't thrilled with this tradition because convenience stores used to put out all their Lupercalia decorations immediately after Christmas and this annoyed the priests.

Happy Lupercalia Day!
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𝕯𝖔𝖌 𝖎𝖘 𝖒𝖞 𝖈𝖔-𝖕𝖎𝖑𝖔𝖙 ....𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔡𝔞𝔶𝔰 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔫 ℑ 𝔴𝔞𝔫𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔥𝔬𝔭 𝔬𝔫 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔤𝔢 𝔠𝔯𝔞𝔣𝔱 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔥𝔢𝔞𝔡 𝔬𝔲𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔡𝔢𝔰𝔢𝔯𝔱 ...
02/02/2022

𝕯𝖔𝖌 𝖎𝖘 𝖒𝖞 𝖈𝖔-𝖕𝖎𝖑𝖔𝖙

....𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔡𝔞𝔶𝔰 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔫 ℑ 𝔴𝔞𝔫𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔥𝔬𝔭 𝔬𝔫 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔰𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔤𝔢 𝔠𝔯𝔞𝔣𝔱 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔥𝔢𝔞𝔡 𝔬𝔲𝔱 𝔱𝔬 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔡𝔢𝔰𝔢𝔯𝔱 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔞 𝔡𝔬𝔤 𝔟𝔢𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔴𝔥𝔢𝔢𝔩.
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02/01/2022

To deter poachers from killing Rhinos, animal preserves need to cut the horn off a Rhino roughly every two years. They do this because the horn is made of Keratin, the same stuff that your fingernails are made from. Poachers will shoot a Rhino and once it's on the ground, the brutal process of hacking off the horn as fast as they can begins. They don't wait for the rhino to die first, either. 

The three baby Rhinos in the video were orphaned once their mothers were killed for their horns. Many of the skulls that you can see in the video were from Rhinos that were also killed the same way. 

It costs roughly $2500 to dehorn a Rhino, and the process is paid for by donations and or volunteer trips like the ones that @wildtomorrowfund Ltakes people on a few times a year. If you're interested in one of Wild Tomorrow Funds trips or just supporting the work they do, check out their website. 

www.wildtomorrowfund.org

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02/01/2022

To deter poachers from killing Rhinos, animal preserves need to cut the horn off a Rhino roughly every two years. They do this because the horn is made of Keratin, the same stuff that your fingernails are made from. Poachers will shoot a Rhino and once it's on the ground, the brutal process of hacking off the horn as fast as they can begins. They don't wait for the rhino to die first, either.

The three baby rhinos in the video were orphaned once their mothers were killed for their horns. Many of the skulls that you can see in the video were from Rhinos that were also killed the same way.

It costs roughly $2500 to dehorn a Rhino, and the process is paid for by donations and or volunteer trips like the ones that @wildtomorrowfund takes people on a few times a year. If you're interested in one of Wild Tomorrow Funds trips or just supporting the work they do, check out their website.
https://www.wildtomorrowfund.org/

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01/30/2022

Last year, I cut this video but never posted it. I shot this right after I got the iPhone 11. In my opinion, the iphone is now the handiest little camera I’ve ever had. I even call it a camera more than I call it a phone.

on set with @misterlynch @theflug @gafroofing

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I remember shooting this image at a time when people were saying, "New York is over," "It's the end of big cities as we ...
01/24/2022

I remember shooting this image at a time when people were saying, "New York is over," "It's the end of big cities as we know it," "No wants to live in a densely populated city anymore.", "Be prepared; NYC is going to go back to what it was in the '70s."

It reminded me of the days after 9/11 when people said real estate in NYC would collapse because no one wanted to live here anymore. I remember a real estate agent on the news talking about how it was pointless to rebuild the World Trade Center because who would rent office space there after all that has happened.

I remember looking at the city from this vantage point, seeing all the activity, seeing all the lights, freezing my ass off (after all, it was cold), and I thought to myself. The great pandemic of 1918 killed more people in NYC than covid did, and people came back. And then I looked at One World Trade Center and thought, "yeah, I'm not too worried about NYC"

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So many questions go through my head when I shoot an image like this. Are these people a couple? Are they going to spend...
01/18/2022

So many questions go through my head when I shoot an image like this.

Are these people a couple? Are they going to spend the rest of their lives together? Did they know this spot was here? Are they as mesmerized by the sunset as I am? What do they do? Are they happy? Are they going to look at each other in 50 years and talk about this sunset and wish they were back in this moment?

I know I'll never see these people ever again. And they won't know that I captured this moment.

Will this image inspire someone to create a moment like this for themselves?......with the person they care about? And if they do, will someone secretly snap a photo of it.. an image that they will never know exists.

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"Hey! Stand over there, I want to get a shot of that with someone in frame."......Is a phrase you might here me say at t...
01/14/2022

"Hey! Stand over there, I want to get a shot of that with someone in frame."......Is a phrase you might here me say at times.
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Most people say, "What?" "No, you do it" ... which uses the same logic as a doctor asking you, "what do you think the problem is." I digress.
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But when hiking with @marrific at the end of the summer in Yosemite, it's a different experience. When we found a cave, I ask her to get in the shot; she pulled out a lantern, stood in a "cool pose," took her phone out for a bit more lighting, and said, "how about this?"
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Turn the tables, and I don't think it would have looked as cool. Unless I was wearing a bear suit... but I left that in the jeep.

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Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! This year’s theme is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration” which is exactly what we do at Wild Tomorrow Fund. We are saving habitat in a global biodiversity hotspot, restoring its ecosystems, and then reintroducing key species including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and more! 🦓 🦒 Our wildlife corridor is home to increasing levels of biodiversity as its ecosystems are actively restored: at last count 52 mammals, 403 bird species, 21 amphibians, 44 reptiles, 235 tree species, 41 species of arachnids..and more. 🕷 Join us in celebrating #worldwildlifeday by reading more about our work saving and restoring habitat at our wildlife corridor, and donating to support our work. www.wildtomorrowfund.org/wildlife-corridor 🦓📸Photograph by O'Sullivan Studios
Wild Tomorrow Fund was honoured to play a small but meaningful role in the release of 3 rhino orphans – Khula, Bhanoyi, and Zimisele - from Zululand Rhino Orphanage back into the wild. Our November Conservation Experience group was lucky to assist with the darting, dehorning, notching, and collaring of these 3 miracle animals in preparation for their release into the wild. Read the story (https://www.wildtomorrowfund.org/blog/rhino-orphan-release) for more information on the rehabilitation and release process of these rhino orphans. Video by O'Sullivan Studios #rhino #rhinoorphan #zululandrhinoorphanage #zro #zululandconservationtrust #zct #helpingrhinos #wildtomorrow Zululand Conservation Trust Helping Rhinos
Our November Conservation Experience volunteers have arrived and been in full force this past week helping out with reserve work, supporting neighboring reserves and communities, as well as seeing the beautiful sights and biodiversity of Zululand, South Africa!🇿🇦🦁🐘 Last week, the volunteers split into two groups and assisted our rangers with a morning snare patrol on both sections of the reserve (the Ukuwela section as well as the Mfuleni section). There were a total of 13 snares found, which is a great help in keeping the wildlife that call the Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve safe from bushmeat poaching. Stay tuned to see what else our November volunteers get up to, and head to https://www.wildtomorrowfund.org/conservationexperience to find out more information about our 2022 trips! 📸Photograph by John O'Sullivan O'Sullivan Studios #snarepatrol #rangers #southafrica #conservation #wildlife #wildtomorrow #conservationexperience
💘 Here’s a cute lil’ dash of playa love for you: this beautiful #drone footage was created “when a guy from Israel asked a guy from NY to shoot his marriage #proposal at a place called Burning Man” in 2017. The art installation that is featured is titled "Flora Resplendica" and it was created by the imagination of 12-year-old honorarium artist Mayahuel Morse. Drone pilot and editor: John O’Sullivan (Officer Friendly) of O'Sullivan Studios #burningman #brc #blackrockcity #marriageproposal https://bit.ly/38AmK37
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