In Hawaiian, this Hawaiian day octopus is known as “he’e”
Photographer of the Week, Leighton Lum, is a contemporary artist from Hawaii with a profound passion for the natural world. Through his extensive travels, Leighton strives to capture the beauty of his surroundings and share them with the world—whether that’s far away in the Arctic or in the tropical waters of Oahu. With each beautifully captured moment, Leighton hopes to cultivate a greater appreciation of Earth’s wild places and creatures—and ultimately inspire the next generation to protect our natural treasures.
Leighton began documenting the ocean envrionment in 2012, but he is also a landscape, aerial and wildlife photographer who runs photography workshops to some envious bucket-list destinations. I’ve been mesmerized by Leighton's images for some time now—brillant colors and carefully composed shots are his trademark. Whether on land or underwater, Leighton’s love affair with the tremendous beauty on our planet is evident in each image he creates.
In the Philippines, whale sharks are making a comeback after many years of overfishing
During the winter months, hordes of manatees flock to to the warm waters around Florida
This is Lucy—one of Guadalupe’s largest female white sharks
A southern stingray taken in the Bahamas, where the waters are rich with sea life
Another whale shark found in the Philippines just yards from shore—an amazing encounter
White sharks in Guadalupe glide by effortlessly and majestically without a care in the world
Spotted eagle rays near the surface quickly disappeared into the blue
A rare encounter with a whale shark in Kona, Hawaii
A friendly green sea turtle investigating my new dome port off of Kona, Hawaii