Tundra Swan

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Tundra swan, Alaska Arctic.

Tundra swan, Alaska Arctic.

A tundra swan (notice the yellow near the eye) from a couple of days ago in the Arctic .  Having a great trip – now off to Denali!

Hitting the Road

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A Brown or Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

A Brown or Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Here is a photo from last June I haven’t had a chance to share yet.  I leave today for two big back to back trips beginning with Cheesemans’ North / South trip that begins in Prudhoe Bay and covers most of Alaska!  Then I have my own bear trip.  I’ll be back home July 2!

Margerie Glacier

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Holland America ship MS Noordam last week in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Holland America ship MS Noordam last week in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

You could be one of nearly 2,000 passengers on this ship – or one of 9 on this one.  🙂  :  http://alaska-photo-tours.com/glacier-bay-national-park-photo-tour/

The Discovery in Glacier Bay last week.

The beautiful classic yacht I charter visiting Glacier Bay last week.

Bubble Net Feeding

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Humpback whales bubble net feeding near Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Humpback whales bubble net feeding near Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

This is an amazing cooperative behavior in which a couple of humpback whales dive deep in fish rich waters.  They then begin blowing bubbles which form a bit of a wall or net as the bubbles rise to the surface.  This “net” concentrates small fish near the surface of the ocean.  Then the whole group of humpbacks rise up in the middle of this concentration with mouths wide open as they feed on all the fish.  If you look close, you can see fish leaping out of the water in an attempt to escape the whales.  It is fascinating to watch.

Glacier Bay National Park Photo Tour

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Two humpback whales breaching at the same time last weekend not far from Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Two humpback whales breaching at the same time last weekend not far from Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

I’m excited to be announcing a new Alaska photo tour in 2018; Glacier Bay National Park!  Scouting for this tour was the main reason I was just in Glacier Bay – it had been many years since I had photographed the park, and I wanted to confirm what I had been told, that May is a great time to see the area.  I was not disappointed.  The scenery was absolutely amazing, along with the best whale viewing I have ever experienced!

Why Glacier Bay?  This spectacular National Park has dramatic snow covered mountains rising out of the ocean to over 15,000 feet in elevation.  You have active tide-water glaciers, at least one of which is still advancing.  Lots of wildlife, including large rafts of sea otters, eagles, and bears.  The access to the Park is challenging due to its remote nature plus the number of tour boats and cruise ships are very limited, but with this limitation comes unspoiled beauty and a degree of solitude.  Along with at least 3 nights in Glacier Bay, we will also be visiting other areas of the Inside Passage including some very productive whale viewing areas.

Why May?  Late May on average has the best weather of the summer.  The landscape is stunning, with dramatic mountain peaks still covered with  snow while the lower elevations and beaches are green and can even contain wildflowers.  This time of year gives us access to areas such as Muir Glacier that close beginning June 1.  Whales have arrived, and bears are found walking the beaches.

I can go on and on, but to learn more about this trip including how you can reserve your spot on this Alaska photo adventure visit our website:  Glacier Bay National Park Photo Tour.

Johns Hopkins Glacier

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Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Back from a short, but wonderful trip to Glacier Bay National Park.  Not only was the scenery amazing, but I had some of the best whale photography opportunities that I have ever had including a big group of bubble net feeders and a triple breach!  More Glacier Bay news coming very soon.