Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

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Bison, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Kansas.
Bison, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Kansas.

On Friday night before my presentation we visited the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, near McPherson, Kansas. It was a wonderful, unexpected surprise, and so great to see bison on undisturbed Great Prairie land! This is home to one of the few surviving wild buffalo herds.

Brooks Range Northern Lights

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Northern lights in the Brooks Range, Alaska.
Northern lights in the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Here is another one from the amazing aurora show I witnessed in the Brooks Range just over a month ago.  I have been asked about the long term aurora cycle, and yes, it is true that we are at the bottom of the 12 year aurora cycle and activity will probably be down this year.   However, despite what some people may think, you can still have amazing shows even at the bottom of the 12 year cycle!   This was with my Olympus E-M1X and 8mm f/ 1.8.  

Curious Bear

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Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

I have been busy this last week updating some of my presentations for my Kansas trip coming up this week – it has been a fun trip down memory road as I pull images – this one is nearly 10 years old. To think, if this bear is still alive, it is now in it prime and much, much larger!

Why I switched from Canon to Olympus

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I have received many questions at to why I made the switch from Canon, which I have been using for over 20 years, to Olympus and the E-M1X. And, just what are the advantages of the Olympus system. It is a long answer, so instead of typing it all up, I thought it would be easier to answer in the video you see above. Let me know if you have more questions!

Antarctica Photo Tour – Fly Down and Back

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Near the Antarctic Circle, Antarctica.
Near the Antarctic Circle, Antarctica.

With 5 new exciting photo tours next year, including two in Kenai Fjords National Park, Katmai National Park and Africa, I haven’t had a chance to mention what might be the most exciting of them all – what I think might be the ultimate trip to Antarctica! This is a trip I’m leading on behalf of the wonderful folks at Cheesemans’ Ecology Tours.

What makes this trip so amazing? Well for one, it is going to be a very small group, just 12 friends, plus me and ship crew! Talk about having maximum freedom! I have always advocated for traveling on smaller vessels to Antarctica because of landing restrictions, and this takes it to the extreme! Plus, we all easily fit into two zodiacs. We will be aboard the Hans Hansson.

I usually recommend 100 passenger vessels because of the Drake Passage which can be notoriously rough. I have seen it flat calm, but I have seen it crazy! I wouldn’t have wanted to be on anything smaller than a 100 passenger ship. However, on this trip we are flying down and back, so we don’t have to worry about the Drake! This is a game changer. In addition, we save two to three days of travel each direction, giving us that much more time on the Antarctica Peninsula. We will have 12 full landing days, giving us the opportunity to see so much! I get so excited when I think about all the amazing places we can explore. If conditions permit, we will visit places outside the range of typical tour vessels.

I also love the timing of this trip in later December, which is early summer down there. So that means penguin chicks, lots of light and so much more. Let me know if you have any questions.

Desert Photo Retreat Update

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Part of of javelina group with two young. In other photos I saw as many as 3 new ones.
Part of of javelina group with two young. In other photos I saw as many as 3 new ones.

Home from a quick trip to check on the Desert Photo Retreat and to refill the water system and automatic bird feeder. Plus, it was a chance to check the game cameras and see who was visiting. We saw all the regulars including the gray fox pair with 2 off-spring, bobcat, javelina with 3 new young, owls, hawks, a pair of coyotes and so much more! Here are a few.

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