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Woman Leaves Corporate Life to Snap Breathtaking Shots of Humpback Whales Breaching in Alaska

One Pennsylvania woman decided to leave behind her corporate job in marketing to fulfill her dream of taking breathtaking photographs as a profession to inspire the world. That life choice is what led photographer Mary Parkhill, based in Pittsburgh, to travel to Alaska where, while out on the water fishing for halibut and salmon, she spotted humpback whales surfacing. She was enchanted, and set out to capture their sublime beauty on camera. “I started noticing humpback whales coming up for air and found myself gazing at them until they showed their flukes and dived to the depths of the ocean,” she shared on her website. “These gentle giants grabbed my heart and ever since, I have been hooked trying to photograph them in an effort to tell their story.” Achieving that goal, she realized, would take patience and fortitude, for whales breach quite unpredictably and follow no schedule, other than …

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