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Autumn in Denali

Denali National Park, Alaska.

Denali National Park, Alaska.

Turns out I have a bit of internet – here is a image from Denali National Park – got here just before last light last night.

 

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Heading North – Way North!

Caribou, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Caribou, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Heading off for a week and a half, and likely won’t have much in the way of internet access.  Spending the night in Denali tonight, then off to Fairbanks where I join a friend to help him co-lead his photo tour into the Brooks Range for amazing landscapes and northern lights, then on to the coast for polar bears!  Should be a blast!  Here are the details:  Northern Lights and Polar Bear photo tour.

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Seward Waterfront Campground

Seward Waterfront Campground, Seward, Alaska.

Seward Waterfront Campground, Seward, Alaska.

The campground along the waterfront last week – Seward, Alaska.

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Bear Glacier Surfing

Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I can’t believe how much this place has changed in a month!  When we camped at Bear Glacier earlier this Summer, we kayaked along this stretch of river.  Back then it flowed entirely behind this berm and exited into the ocean almost a mile to the right of the frame.  But, after some substantial flooding last month, the river has breached the berm and now flows straight into the ocean.

This change, has made a well know Alaska surfing spot even that much better!  I was there Saturday scouting for a client and watched head high wave after wave roll in!  I think this area is about to become even better known as word spreads. [click to continue…]

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Seward Alaska Aerial

Seward, Alaska.

Seward, Alaska.

Doing some recent scouting for a client means helicopter charter with the doors off – love it!  This is my home town of Seward, Alaska.

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Mendenhall Glacier Sunrise

    Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

Andy working an amazing morning looking down on Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

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Mount Wrather

Mount Wrather, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

Mount Wrather, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

This is the view of the Mendenhall Towers from across the Mendenhall Glacier on Mt. Stroller White from this past August.

Correction:  Thanks to a friend, those peaks are actually the Mendenhall Towers.

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Brown Bear Reflections

A brown bear walking along a slough, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

A brown bear walking along a slough, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

A brown bear walking along a slough this past July, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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Mendenhall Trees

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Looking down on the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska.  Some serious geological transformation taking place here!

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Girdwood, Alaska

Small stream flowing through the Chugach National Forest, Girdwood, Alaska.

Small stream flowing through the Chugach National Forest, Girdwood, Alaska.

Yesterday in Girdwood, Alaska.

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Herbert Glacier

Herbert Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Herbert Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

This is the Herbert Glacier flowing out of the Juneau Icefield.  I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – photographing from a helicopter with the doors removed is a blast!

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Frederick Sound Humpback

Humpback Whale, Frederick Sound, Alaska.

Humpback Whale, Frederick Sound, Alaska.

A humpback whale breaching in Frederick Sound, Alaska.

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Berg Bay

Looking toward Wrangell Island from Berg Bay, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Looking toward Wrangell Island from Berg Bay, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

I think one of the great things about traveling around Southeast Alaska in a relatively small yacht is the ability to anchor and spend the night in beautiful places like this one.  After a great day watching bears and Anan Creek, we pulled into this beautiful cove late in the evening, and then woke up to this beautiful, tranquil scene the next morning.

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Fredrick Sound Orcas

A couple of orcas in Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

A couple of orcas in Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

Just two from a much larger pod of killer whales we were able to spend time with down in Southeast Alaska.  Love watching orcas!

These are two members of the AF5 pod, AF 18 and AF69.  The larger of the two, AF18 was born in 1969, his offspring, AF 18 was born in 2001.

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Vally of Fire Photo Tour – Second Weekend

A hiker in the Valley of Fire State Park, near Vegas, Nevada.

A hiker in the Valley of Fire State Park, near Vegas, Nevada.

Since the first Valley of Fire Photo Tour filled so quickly, we have decided to add a second weekend, and that one is also beginning to fill.  This Park is closed at night, but I have secured permits to photograph on Saturday night which should be a lot of fun.  So if you want to learn more about night photography, or are interested in seeing this amazing park, check out this page for more information:  Valley of Fire Photo Tour.

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Neets Bay Black Bear

Black Bear searching for salmon in the river at Neets Bay, near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Black Bear searching for salmon in the river at Neets Bay, near Ketchikan, Alaska.

I spend so much of my time watching and photographing the much larger Brown / Grizzly bears, that seeing Black Bears at Neets Bay was a lot of fun and an unexpected highlight.

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Misty Fjords National Monument

Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska.

Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska.

I suppose it was appropriate that we had “misty” weather in Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Anan Creek

Black Bear fishing in Anan Creek, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Black Bear fishing in Anan Creek, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

A black bear fishing in Anan Creek.  The Anan Wildlife Viewing area in Tongass National Forest is a famous viewing bear viewing area and it did not disappoint.  The blind there puts you just a few feet above fishing black bears – a great place to hang out.  This bear was the only one who choose to fish up above the falls, and had a lot of success doing so as this pool was loaded with salmon.

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Breaching Humpback Whale

Breaching Humpback Whale, Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

Breaching Humpback Whale, Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

This humpback gave us some show very close to the yacht!

This was from this year’s Alaska bear and whale photo tour – let us know if you are interested in next year’s trip, it is already half full.

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Mendenhall Glacier Sunrise

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

Another photo from a beautiful morning from our campsite above the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska.

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Back from the bears!

Sea Otter off shore from Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Sea Otter off shore from Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Back from another Alaska bear and puffin photo tour – my sides have just now stopped hurting from laughing so much – it was such a fun group!

I know, this isn’t a bear.  It was actually one of the most cooperative Sea Otters I have photographed, taken on the day we went to the puffin rockery.  We had huge numbers of puffin, by far the most I have seen, and even a Peregrine Falcon.  Unfortunately the weather was a bit tough as this has been one of the wettest Summers in Alaska, but that didn’t detour this tough group who’s efforts were rewarded with some unique bear opportunities.

I don’t have any new bear images to share.  Along with some experienced photographers, I had a couple of somewhat new, very passionate photographers in the group, and I found it far more rewarding helping them acquire bear images then adding to my extensive collection.   Thanks again to the group for making it such a fun trip!

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2015 Photography Tours

Brown bear sow with cub from my this past June during my Alaska bear and puffin photo tour.

Brown bear sow with cub from my this past June during my Alaska bear and puffin photo tour.

I pre-scheduled this as I’m currently on another Alaska Bear photo tour – this image was from my June tour.  I wanted to get this out as we now have our 2015 Alaska Photo Tour schedule available.  My Alaska bear photo tour was one of four featured in Time Magazine, the only one of the four in North America.  These trips usually fill fairly fast, so don’t wait long.  If you have any questions, let us know by phone or email, we are more then happy to answer questions.

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Tongass Sunrise

Sunrise over the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Sunrise over the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

This was the sunrise from our campsite this past Sunday morning – one of the most memorable sunrises I have seen in some time!  Now I’m off for another bear tour – can’t wait!

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Five Finger Lighthouse

A humpback whale in front of the Five Fingers Lighthouse, Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

A humpback whale in front of the Five Fingers Lighthouse, Fredrick Sound, Alaska.

Here is another photo from last week’s photo tour.

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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska.

Back from an awesome whale and bear photo tour in Southeast Alaska!  We had lots of whales including breeching humpbacks and orcas, and even more bears!  It was a great time, but more on that in the days to come.

At the end of the trip a friend and I did a quick overnight trip into the mountains above the Mendenhall Glacier and had spectacular weather including a stunning sunrise.  This is the first of many images from that quick overnight.

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