National Geographic : 1991 Jul
On Assignment Not even the bone-chilling waters of Canada's Admi ralty Inlet can deter under water photographer FLIP NICKLIN from taking a swim every Fourth of July. His bare-skin immersion lasted only seconds before the California native dashed for the ice edge and some warm clothes. When protected by a dry suit, Flip could stay under the ice in the 29°F water for only 30 minutes before his regulator began to freeze and "my hands wouldn't work any more." The bonus, however, was 300-foot visibility, and "Where else can you find such amazing things as bow head whales and narwhals?" For Flip, the five seasons he spent at the edge of the Arctic ice contin ued his lifelong fascination with the world beneath the seas. His subjects have ranged from tiny krill to whales, which he documented for the December 1988 issue. "The pub is one place where you find the East Enders at their best," says assistant editor ERLA ZWINGLE, who immersed herself in boisterous pub life for her London Docklands article. "East Enders are strong minded, high-spirited, and wildly colorful talkers, and they have a fantastic sense of humor. In some countries you have to spend ages trying to get people to relax and speak frankly, but in Docklands I had to race to keep up." Racing to keep up is something Erla understands. Her career in journalism took off at American Photographermagazine, where she worked her way from editorial assis tant to managing editor. As a free lance writer she contributed five articles to the GEOGRAPHIC-includ ing "The Tea and Sugar: Lifeline in Australia's Outback" (June 1986) before coming on staff in 1990. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17THANDM STS.N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.