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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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Black Bear Cub

Black Bear Cub

Black Bear Cub

Briefly have internet – trip is going great, here is a black bear cub from this morning!

 

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Heading Out!

Kayaking last Saturday at Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Kayaking last Saturday at Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

This Summer has been busy, but it is about to get busier!  I’m hitting an exciting stretch that I have been looking forward to for some time, although I’ll only be home one day over the next three weeks!

Early this morning I’m flying to Ketchikan to begin my bear and whale yacht based photo tour.  Not only are we going to visit and see some amazing sights, but I have traveled with everybody but one person, and in most cases have done multiple trips with each person, so I know it is going to be a really fun group!  For me, the bears and whales will just be a bonus, although I don’t think they will agree.

Then a couple of days in Juneau with a friend, home for one day, then off for another Alaska Bear Photo Tour!  With all those cubs the June trip was amazing – I still have a bunch of photos I’m excited about that I haven’t had a chance to share from June!  I’m anxious to see how the cubs are doing.

So I may have internet at times, and if I have time, I’ll post some updates, but if you don’t hear from me, you will know why.

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Country Extra Article

Meltwater creates a river on the Root Glacier, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Meltwater creates a river on the Root Glacier, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Over my career I am sure I have easily had over a 1,000 photos printed in various publications, but this is a pretty proud moment – to actually see a story!  If my high school English teacher, Mrs. Foster, was still around to see this she would be shocked!  Yes, I went to a small school where I only had one English teacher.

You see, I seem to have some aptitude for photography, but when it comes to writing, it has been a long struggle.  I did not like English class in high school and frankly paid little attention.  Probably because of this, I have never enjoyed the writing process.

Well, a number of years ago I made a conscious effort to improve my written communication.  Beginning this blog around the same time I believe has also helped with my writing.  But, I never envisioned a magazine actually asking me to write a story as Country Extra did – they were looking for an article on aerial photography, something I have done a lot of!  Whoops, ended a sentence with a preposition, still improving.  :)  So I nervously went about writing and submitting my final article and was looking forward to feedback, but never heard a word.  I reminded myself that I rarely get feedback on photo submissions, it makes sense that articles would be the same – magazines are all business.  But, it must have been adequate as to my pleasant surprise, it showed up in the July issue along with a number of images!

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Going for a ride

Bear cub on mom's back, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Bear cub on mom’s back, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This was from my bear tour last month – very cute!  Well it looks cute, but in reality it was up there because it was afraid of a nearby male.

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Kenai Fjords Kayaking

Janine in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Janine in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Whether in Alaska or Antarctica, I have found that grounded icebergs are by far the coolest and most interesting!

This is Janine exploring Bear Glacier Lagoon last Saturday.  The compression from the telephoto gives the appearance that I was under the overhang, but I definitely wasn’t.  It is amazing just how quickly an iceberg like this can break apart,  roll and almost implode – we saw it happen a number of times during our two days there.  It can be a dangerous place as it is in constant change and deserves a lot of respect, but that is also what makes it such a fun place!

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Bear Glacier

Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

My last image was of our campsite last Friday night, was back up at 4:30 the Saturday morning and was treated to a beautiful morning!

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Kenai Fjords Camping

Camping in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Camping in Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

This is Friday nights campsite – it has been a a wonderful whirlwind week!

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Chugach Reflections

Reflections on a pond, Chugach National Forest, near Seward, Alaska.

Reflections on a pond, Chugach National Forest, near Seward, Alaska.

This was sunrise yesterday morning.  I have never seen this pretty little pond before even though it is only about 1/4 of a mile off the Lost Lake Trail – a trail I run on a couple of times a week in the Summer.  This is one of my favorite places for trail running and now photography!

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