Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia

Aug 26, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


The number of ways one can describe the Marquesas is very close to the number of ways one can fall short of conveying its utter otherworldly majesty. The primordial elegance that radiates from vibrant emerald shores has taken hold of all of us on so much more than a visual level. Sailing away from every island imbues us with an imprint, a persistent memory of every moment experienced and a desire to one day return.

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Ian Strachan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

One steady constant in Ian’s life has been the ocean. Born by the rocky shores of mid-coast Maine, his family repatriated to far north Queensland in Australia early on in his life where he became a dual-citizen and sparked his passion for exploring new environments. Living only an hour away from the Great Barrier Reef served to direct, if not focus, the exhilaration of discovery and set him on his current path. Returning to native soil for education, Ian was fascinated by altogether too many subjects, leaving him with a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Psychobiology, focusing on animal behavior and perception, and with minors in Astronomy, History, and Environmental Science.

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