J.D. Crowe, the staff cartoonist for the Press-Register in Mobile, takes photos of the Gulf oil spill from a coast guard helicopter. (Photo by Mike Bates, WEBY Radio)

One of Crowe's photos (click to view more)

One of Crowe's photographs. (click to view all)

Most cartoonists have been using pen and ink to bring attention to the gulf oil spill, the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States.

But cartoonist J.D. Crowe had the opportunity to use a new tool: a camera.

Crowe, the staff cartoonist for the Press-Reigster in Mobile, Alabama (check out his cartoons here), flew on a coast guard helicopter 120 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico to the "The Source," the name given to the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion where the well continues to gush oil.

"I've been drawing about the oil spill daily, and have been hoping for a chance to see the thing in real life," wrote Crowe.

Check out the photos Crowe took, as well as the write-up about his experience, here.


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