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Dalton Highway

The Dalton Highway from the Chandalar, Brooks Range, Alaska.

The Dalton Highway from the Chandalar, Brooks Range, Alaska.

This was a couple of days ago (Sunday).  So far we have had amazing fall colors, and great wildlife including a nice bull moose.  And, a wide range of weather – from sunshine to yesterday where it was 18 degrees and blowing snow at the top of Atigun Pass – Hard to believe it was August!  Off for polar bears this morning!

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Looking for Salmon

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

I love brown bears, but now I’m shifting to their big white cousins to the north as I head out today to lead a couple of tours Hugh Rose featuring polar bears, auroras and what should be some amazing autumn color!

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Seward Highway

Shoreside truck on the Seward Highway last night, near Seward, Alaska.

Shoreside truck on the Seward Highway last night, near Seward, Alaska.

I have had a lot of fun this past week traveling between Ketchikan and Seward as part of an assignment for Petro Marine Services / Shoreside Petroleum.  I wrapped it up last night with my favorite kind of photography – working from a helicopter with the doors off!

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Aurora over Seward Campground

Last night, Seward, Alaska.

Last night, Seward, Alaska.

Here is a first – I photographed the aurora last night for over an hour in shorts and flip-flops!  Far cry from my typical aurora clothing where I’m more likely to be in bunny boots!

Only a couple of people in the entire campground had any idea this was happening overhead last night at 2:00 a.m.  I had hoped to stay up for the arrival of the Holland America cruise ship in hopes of getting the aurora over it, but was just too tired to stay up all night.

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Sunrise Bear

Brown Bear at sunrise, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear at sunrise, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Back home after a busy week of assignment work in Southeast Alaska.  Thought I would take a minute to share an image from earlier this month during a memorable sunrise!

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Blue Ice

Iceberg from Le Conte Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Iceberg from Le Conte Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

This was one beautiful iceberg – photographed during the whale and bear trip.

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2016 Alaska Whale and Bear Photo Tour

This brown bear catching a salmon at Anan was one of 18 black or brown bears we photographed there this year.

This brown bear catching a salmon at Anan was one of 18 black or brown bears we photographed there this year.

Again next year I’m doing another Alaska Whale / Glacier / Bear photo tour aboard a yacht in Southeast Alaska.  As great as this years trip was, I think next year will be even better!  Here is why.

  • It will be longer, and will include an extra day and night on the yacht.
  • We will start in Ketchikan and end in downtown Juneau and this trip includes lodging and a welcome dinner at Cape Fox, the nicest hotel in Ketchikan.
  • I’m going to be using a beautiful 87 foot yacht – 50% bigger than the yacht I have used in the past, but same number of people.
  • This yacht has more areas to relax, but also more areas to photograph from, including covered areas nearly 360 degrees around the ship.  Views from onboard are also excellent.
  • I’m using the longest running operator in Southeast, these guys are the ones that started the Southeast cruising in the early 80’s and know all the secret spots.
  • The extra day gives us more time with whales, but still allows for at least two bear viewing locations including the world famous Anan where at one time this year we had 4 black bears and 4 brown bears fishing at the same time!

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, or check out this page for the details:  Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour.

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Humpback Tail

Humpback Whale, Southeast Alaska.

Humpback Whale, Southeast Alaska.

This is from my bear a whale trip a little over a week ago.  Having a skiff so that we can get low in the water really helps!

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Fishing Brown Bear

Brown bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

A brown bear chasing a salmon during last weeks tour.

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Mount Iliamna

Brown bear in front of the Mount Iliamna volcano, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear in front of the Mount Iliamna volcano, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Just back from my Alaska Bear Photo Tour on the heals of my Alaska Whale and Bear tour.  This wraps up two incredible weeks of photography – one of the most productive stretches I have ever experienced.  We had great weather, even in Ketchikan known for its 200 inches of rain a year.  Saw almost 50 bears, had numerous, very active whales, incredible scenery and really fun guests!  I have so much to share!

For those who have traveled with me on previous bear trips – this is Pavlov cubs.  Pavlov was one of our favorites bears and spent hours playing with the cub as she raised it.  Unfortunately it “Pav” met her demise earlier this spring, but it is nice to see her offspring doing well.

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Anan Creek

Anan Creek, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Black bear at Anan Creek, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Back from a wonderful Alaska whale, bear and glacier photo tour!  We had awesome weather and photo opportunities!  Lots to share.  Today, off to Seattle then Anchorage and start a bear trip tomorrow – lots of bears, hard to beat!

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Traveling Fool

Humpback whale at sunset, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Humpback whale at sunset, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Just finished a wonderful month at home in Seward, Alaska. Was able to get a lot of office work done, along with some photography (never enough), plenty of mountain running, cross-fit classes and even some standup paddle boarding. It is a rare treat to be home for the month of July!
But, that is about to change. Flying today to Petersburgh for my whale and bear trip. Then have a bear trip, some assignment work, three polar bear trips before heading to South Georgia for a wonderful trip with the Cheeseman Ecology Safaris. With such a fun but busy schedule over the next few months, my posting activity will likely drop off a bit, but I’ll share images when I can.

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