Here is another bear from last summer’s Alaska Bear and Puffin Photo Tour. Next years June trip is full, but we have a couple of spots left in August.
Janine on an early morning kayak in Bear Glacier Lagoon from a wonderful overnight trip earlier this summer.
I am working hard on editing, captioning and key-wording my images from this summer. It was a busy summer, and fun to go back down memory road is I look back over my photos.
Starting to shift gears and prepare for my third trip down to Antarctica / South Georgia! Now that the trip is just a few weeks away, I’m getting excited.
From an overnight backpacking trip last summer not too far off the Lost Lake Trail. This is my favorite trail – one that I run on at least twice a week – gotta say, spending the night up there was an entirely different experience, and one I look forward to repeating again next summer. Except this time with bug spray!
Someone water skiing in front of the house last night in Seward, Alaska. Crazy – as much of the lower 48 battles cold and snow, we have had beautiful days this past week that often broke 50 degrees!
We did take one city diversion during our last trip to update our Las Vegas photos. You see that new Ferris Wheel just made our extensive library out of date. Plus, there are other changes – Wild Bill’s Casino is now something new, and there are even changes in front of Ballys.
Janine at Havasu Falls, Arizona. This is definitely one of my favorite hikes ever!
I’m a bit embarrassed by all the photography gear I have accumulated over the years, and I have decided to purge some of it. Some was duplicate thanks to my foray in 3D, but much of it was slowly replaced or not used and has just sat on a shelf. I’m going to put it on Ebay, but they want 10% of the action, so I thought why not discount the gear and offer it here first. I’ll have them here for a week or so.
Except when noted, I have everything including the original boxes, manuals, cloth bag and caps. I purchased all this gear new and I’m the sole owner. Shipping is extra.
Canon 100-400 IS. Sold Just spent over $400 at Canon Professional Services having the lens completely gone over in which they replaced the lens assembly and image stabilizer. There are some minor nicks on the body, but the glass is in great shape. Looks like they go for $900 to $950 on Ebay, I would like to get $800.
Canon 24 f/1.4 II. I have only owned this lens for a year and a half or so, and used it only a few times. It is in great shape and cost $1,650 new at B&H. I would like $1,050. I am missing the manual on this lens, although it is available for download on-line.
Canon 2x extender II Sold Great condition, $200
Canon 17-40 f/4 Sold Great condition – rarely used, cloth bag and lens hood never used – still in plastic bag. $450
Canon 28-70 F/2.8 Sold Couple of small nicks on the front edge of the filter ring, but not on the threads – filters still screw on smoothly. Fast lens, nice for night photography. $500.
Canon 24-105 IS Sold Two small scratches on front element, but otherwise in great shape. $450
Gitzo 1548 This is a huge carbon fiber tripod. It is older, but in decent condition. I don’t have the boxes or manuals for it. $350.
Original Whiberley Head. Sold Lots of nicks and scratches, but it is still nice a smooth in operation. $250.
If anyone is interested in any of these, I would be happy to answer questions or send photos.
We can take Visa, MC or American Express.
This was a little over a week ago. Fresh rain overnight added some extra color and texture to this unique formation in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.
Funny, I was very excited to have rain while in Nevada – for a long time now I have wanted to see these features wet to see how different they might look. And I love the smell of rain in the desert. Since I have been back in Alaska, it has hardly stopped raining – now I’m equally excited for a sunny day here!
Sunrise from near our wonderful campsite along the West Rim Trail. This was way up there at around 6,800 feet – you hike down into the canyon you see here to reach the upper portion of the Angel’s Landing Trail.
This is the view from the trail – so imagine this, ten miles of a hot, dusty backpack across the desert and then come over a small mesa to see this! It really is an amazing sight. The only thing better then seeing this, is dropping your backpack and swimming into those refreshing waters!
This is on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Havasupai means “people of the blue green water”. Pretty accurate description if you ask me.
Back home in Alaska! I love to travel, but I also love to me home.
I thought I had amazing light during my first weekend photo tour in Valley of Fire State Park – that was until the second weekend. For the second weekend, we had all kinds of cool clouds, light and weather – even rain! This photo was last Sunday night. These tours were a lot of fun, if I can find the time, I hope to do them again next year.
I haven’t had a chance to share this image from our backpacking trip – of all the beautiful waterfalls we were camped by, Mooney Falls has to be the most impressive. For a sense of scale, look for Janine in the upper right corner.
Sacred Datura, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. There were surprising numbers of wildflowers this fall from Zion to Nevada and Arizona. Thanks to a wet summer, this is the second year in a row in which there were more far more wildflowers in October then there were in the spring.
Last weekends Valley of Fire photo tour was awesome! I knew the group would be fun as I have traveled with them all in the past, and we were fortunate enough to have a number of colorful sunrises and sunsets. I’m excited for next weekends tour as an approaching cold front could mean more great skies!
I don’t have cell or internet coverage in VOF, thus the lack of posting. We are in Vegas for a couple of days getting some much needed catching up on business along with updating my skyline images.
This was last night in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada as I get ready for two back to back weekend tours.
This was yesterday along the West Rim Trail a mile and a half past Angel’s Landing at about 6,500 feet. This elevation is at peak right now! Much of this trail is above 7,500 feet, and those colors are past, and most on the ground. In the valley floor, colors are just beginning to change. I would say at the Temple of Sinawava, maybe 20% of the leaves are now yellow, with a bit less further down the valley. The next few weeks should be great.
Looking into Behunin Canyon last night from near our campsite along the West Rim Trail. West Rim Trail was an awesome two day hike – more to come.
Janine last week at Upper Navajo Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona. This is a rare Sunday post since we were able to obtain hard to get back-country permits for the West Rim Trail in Zion! So re-packing the backpacks, and heading back out for a couple of days in the morning!
A small portion of Upper Navajo Falls. This waterfall was formed after the flooding in 2008.
Back from three awesome days camping down at Havasu Falls. Wow, what a beautiful place! I must say, after a hot, dusty ten mile hike with camping and camera gear – jumping into these pools felt so good! Too bad there isn’t a pool to jump into after the hike out.
This was the last time I spent a night in a tent – this past August above the Mendenhall Glacier. Tomorrow we head off to backpack and camp for a couple of nights at Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon – a place that will look very different then this, but hopefully is equally as beautiful! I can’t wait!
Last weekend was the closest we have come to an actual vacation as we stayed with old Alaska friends in their beautiful place on the beach in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
Since then, we have been taking care of business, getting work done on our RV trailer, getting broken phones fixed, etc. – nothing worth blogging about. Hopefully that will change soon.