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Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush, Zion National Park, Utah.

Indian Paintbrush, Zion National Park, Utah.

We are home from a fun, but interesting trip.  Fun as we saw lots of beautiful country and did a couple of wonderful backpacking trips.  Interesting as in the weather.  Our past trips during that time of year to the same areas often featured highs in the 90’s.  I teased my buddy Patrick a bit for bringing a down jacket, but in the end, I regretted not having mine.  This year we had more rain, cold weather and even snow then we would have back home of the Alaska Coast!  Pretty crazy, but it did lead to some unique photo opps!

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Observation Point

Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah.

Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah.

Back from a killer backpacking trip on the East Rim that began with a hike to the top of Observation Point seen here. I knew the view from Observation Point would be amazing since you look down on Angel’s Landing – but had know idea how beautiful the trail would be – it is an awesome trail!

Here are more photos from Zion from earlier trips.

 

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Zion Narrows

The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah.

The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah.

Yesterday in the Narrows.  Hard to visit Zion without taking a hike up this beautiful canyon.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Another recent image from the Grand Canyon.

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Grand Canyon Elk

Elk, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Elk, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Even the elk seem to recognize the importance of staying hydrated at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

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Grand Canyon Photography

Patrick photographing from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Alaska.

Patrick photographing from the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Alaska.

Janine and I, along with fellow Alaska photographer Patrick Endres just got back from a wonderful couple nights backpacking in the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  We had a wonderful, wide range of weather including rain – it is actually snowing a bit today as I write this.  This was from the evening before – way down in the distance you can actually see Bright Angel Canyon, the location of our campground.  I’ll post more images as I have internet.

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Alaska Shorebird Migration

Western sandpipers, Copper River Delta, Cordova, Alaska.

Western sandpipers earlier this week, Cordova, Alaska.

Home from a wonderful week in Cordova!  We had great weather and lots of birds.  This year, for the first time I was able to watch and photograph the migration from the Delta, something few people are able to experience.  Millions of birds pass through this strategic location every spring.    This image was from Hartney Bay.

I’m home for one day, unpacking, repacking and off to the Grand Canyon and Zion!

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On The Road Again

Bright Angel Campground along Bright Angel Creek, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Bright Angel Campground along Bright Angel Creek, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Well after such a busy winter, it was really nice to have a whole month at home!  It went way too fast!

Tomorrow I begin a fun, busy stretch of travel.  I begin with a week in Cordova helping out a with a couple of photo tours during the shorebird migration.  I’m home for a day before flying to Arizona where we are going to meet up with a good friend and fellow photographer from Fairbanks for some backpacking in the Zion and the Grand Canyon.  We were able to obtain permits for Bright Angel Campground pictured above from a trip two years ago – I can’t wait to go back!

Then in June I’m back in Alaska for a trip across the state to the North Slope.  Followed by my bear tour and a trip into Prince William Sound.  So, I’ll post when I can, but I may miss blocks of time due to lack of internet.  In the meantime, here are photo from our last Grand Canyon trip.

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Bells Alaska Travel Guide 2015

Bells Alaska Travel Guide 2015

I’m doubling up on the shareless self promotion today – it is a treat to have images on the cover of Bells Travel Guides again!  These free guide are great, full of wonderful information and very helpful maps – you see this guides all through out Alaska, but sure to pick one up during your travels.

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Alaska Shorebird Migration

Shorebird migration on the Copper River Delta, Chugach National Forest, Cordova, Alaska

Shorebird migration on the Copper River Delta, Chugach National Forest, Cordova, Alaska

Now that I’m seeing more migrating birds passing through Seward, I’m getting excited to be heading back over to Cordova this Saturday for the amazing shorebird migration – first time in two years.  Like two years ago, I’ll be helping guide two photo / bird tours while I’m there, one for Discovery Voyages, and one for Cheeseman’s Ecological Tours.

Words, and for that matter, photos are unable to do justice to the amazing sight of seeing tens of thousands of shorebirds flying, in beautiful flocks – see the color and patterns change as they “dance” in the air is mesmerizing.

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Sequoia

The giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park, California.

The giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park, California.

For Arbor Day, how could I go with anything other then one of the most magnificent tries on earth, the giant Sequoias!  Even if I had to dig back in the archives to a trip about 12 years ago.

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Ice Road Truckers

A semi crosses a bridge on the Dalton Highway, Alaska.

A big rig crosses a bridge on the Dalton Highway, Alaska.

The Dalton Highway was featured for a number of years of the TV show Ice Road Truckers.  Here is a truck driving that same “highway”, late and night under an aurora sky, as it makes its way towards Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.   This is a combination of two exposures, one for the bright lights of the truck, and a second, much longer one for the aurora.  I exposed the truck for 2.5 seconds at f/1.4 and iso 1600, then once the truck left the frame, I captured a second image with a 6 second exposure.

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