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Back to Antarctica!

Antarctica sunset.

Antarctica sunset.

On a plane across country right now, soon I’ll be back in Antarctica! I won’t have internet for the next 30 days, so enjoy the holidays! See you in a month!

I have also pretty much disable comments since last year spammers had a hey day once they realized I wasn’t here to man the ship.

 

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Anza-Borrego Photo Workshop

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.

The last two years have been very dry, but a heavy rain in August, a little rain last week, and possibly more this week give me hope for some wildflowers this year!  Although, even without wildflowers, there is still plenty to see and photograph.

I have been doing a couple weekend workshops a year in Anza-Borrego for many years.  This year I may only do one, and there are only two spots left, so if you are interested, give us a call or email.  Here are far more details:  http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Photo-Tours/Anza-Borrego-Photo-Workshop.htm

Update.  Well that was fast – minutes after posting this, the last two spots filled.  If you are still interested let us know – if we have enough interest, (and rain could do it) we will add a second weekend.  Unfortunately there was a large increase in my Park fees, so we need a few people to make it viable.  Thanks!

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Bohemian Waxwing Photo

Bohemian Waxwing, Seward Alaska.

Bohemian Waxwing, Seward Alaska.

Took a quick break yesterday while packing for Antarctica to photograph these beautiful birds in the backyard – they were everywhere!

Pine Grosbeak, Seward, Alaska

Pine Grosbeak, Seward, Alaska

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Black Bear Photo

Black bear at the Neets Bay Hatchery,Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Black bear at the Neets Bay Hatchery,Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska.

I post lots of photos of Brown / Grizzly bears, but black bears are awesome too!  This was from this past July from my bear and whale tour at Neets Bay, Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Polar Bear Photo Tours

Polar Bear, Alaska.

Polar Bear, Alaska.

Next year (2015) I’m going to do two Arctic Alaska / Polar Bear Photo Tours for Hugh Rose.  I’m going to co-guide with Hugh on a trip from September 11 to the 21st just like I did last year.  This is a great trip that includes time in the Brooks Range for landscapes and Northern Lights, along with time on the North Slope, and of course, time with polar bears!

But, I’m also excited to be doing a new trip for Hugh – this one I’ll be guiding by myself and it will include only 5 guests.  It is earlier to coincide with the amazing Fall colors in the Brooks Range.  This trip will run between August 28 to September 7.  To read a detailed description of these trips and to learn more, visit Hugh’s write up here:  Aurora / Arctic / Polar Bear Photo Tour.  I am happy to answer questions, but for booking information, etc., that is all handled by Hugh who can be contacted by following the link.

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Grey-headed Albatross

 

Grey-headed albatross Cooper Bay, South Georgia.

Grey-headed albatross Cooper Bay, South Georgia.

These huge albatross are beautiful in their coloring – looking forward to seeing more soon.

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Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

View from the hike between Fortuna Bay and Stromness, the last portion of Shackleton's famous hike, South Georgia Island, Antarctica.

View from the hike between Fortuna Bay and Stromness, the last portion of Shackleton’s famous hike, South Georgia Island, Antarctica.

I can’t begin to imagine the feeling of accomplishment and relief as Shackleton crested this ridge to see the whaling station of Stromness marking the end of his incredible journey.  If you are not familiar with it, I highly recommend reading the book on his voyage: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

On the Antarctica trip I do for Cheeseman’s , we are fortunate to hike the final portion of his famous hike.  I’m looking forward to heading back in about a week!  We were also fortunate to visit Point Wild on Elephant Island, the location most his men survived the winter.  As a friend put it, actually seeing these locations makes it even harder to fathom had they survived such an ordeal – the book definitely didn’t exaggerate the harshness of these locations.

Point Wild, Elephant Island, Antarctica.  This is the desolate location where Shackelton left his men as he a a few others left for help.

Point Wild, Elephant Island, Antarctica. This is the desolate location where Shackelton left his men as he a a few others left for help.

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Free Priority Mail Shipping!

Brown / Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown / Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This was from my Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tour last July – amazing morning!

This has proved popular in the past.  For then next week, we will be doing free priority mail shipping within the United States on all print orders over $100.   This is automatically calculated with our on-line shopping cart:  http://www.wildnatureimages.com/

For shipment overseas, we will apply a similar discount.  This doesn’t apply to special orders of metal or canvas prints.

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Seward Morning

Seward, Alaska.

Seward, Alaska.

From my hometown of Seward, Alaska this morning – bright and early at 9:30 a.m.!

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Tongass National Forest

Wildflowers on Mount Stroller White above the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Wildflowers on Mount Stroller White above the Mendenhall Glacier, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Another one from August in the mountains above Juneau, Alaska.

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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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