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Grizzly Bear Photo Tour

Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

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.

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Morning Kayak

Kayaking in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, near Seward, Alaska.  (model released)

Kayaking in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, near Seward, Alaska.

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.

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Fortuna Bay

King penguins, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island, Antarctica.

King penguins, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island, Antarctica.

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.

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Lost Lake Trail

Lupine, near the Lost Lake Trail, Chugach National Forest, near Seward, Alaska.

Lupine, near the Lost Lake Trail, Chugach National Forest, near Seward, Alaska.

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!

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Water Skiing Alaska Style

Saturday evening, Seward, Alaska.

Saturday evening, Seward, Alaska.

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!

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Las Vegas Skyline

Las Vegas Strip, Nevada.

Las Vegas Strip, Nevada.

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   You see that new Ferris Wheel just made our extensive library out of date.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.

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Janine at Havasu Falls

Janine at Havasu Falls, Arizona.

Janine at Havasu Falls, Arizona.

Janine at Havasu Falls, Arizona.  This is definitely one of my favorite hikes ever!

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Canon Photography Gear For Sale

 

Canon 100-400 IS

Canon 100-400 IS

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.

 

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Valley of Fire Clouds

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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!  :)

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Zion West Rim

View from the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park, Utah.

View from the West Rim Trail, Zion National Park, Utah.

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.

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Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona.

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona.

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.

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Valley of Fire Sky!

Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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.

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Mooney Falls

Mooney Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona.

Mooney Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona.

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.

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Sacred Datura

Sacred Datura, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Sacred Datura, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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.

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Fire Wave

Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Last weekend at Fire Wave, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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Valley of Fire State Park

A place I call Sherbert Hills, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Sunday morning at a place I call Sherbert Hills, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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.

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Silica Dome

Silica Dome, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

Silica Dome, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

This was last night in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada as I get ready for two back to back weekend tours.

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Zion Fall Color Update

Fall colors, Zion National Park, Utah.

Fall colors, Zion National Park, Utah.

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.

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Behunin Canyon, Zion

Behunin Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah.

Behunin Canyon, Zion National Park, Utah.

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.

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Upper Navajo Falls Photo

Janine at Upper Navajo Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Janine at Upper Navajo Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

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!

 

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Upper Navajo Falls

Upper Navajo Falls, Grand canyon, Arizona.

Upper Navajo Falls, Grand canyon, Arizona.

A small portion of Upper Navajo Falls.  This waterfall was formed after the flooding in 2008.

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Havasu Falls Photo

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

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.

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Mendenhall Camping

Camping above the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska.

Camping above the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Juneau, Alaska.

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!

 

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Puerto Penasco

Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

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.

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Thinking of June

Brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Photographed this cute little guy last June.

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