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Alaska Range, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Alaska Range, Denali National Park, Alaska.

This is the Alaska Range with the flanks of Mt Denali in the foreground captured from a small plane this past June at about 12,000 feet!  An awe inspiring landscape.

2017 Whale and Bear Photo Tour

Brown Bear fishing at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Brown Bear fishing at Anan Creek Wildlife Viewing Site, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

People wonder how close we get to bears on my photo tours.  This is an un-cropped image captured with 100-400 lens on a full frame camera at 330mm!  It was shot from the blind at the waterfall at Anan Creek.  We saw this bear catch salmon after salmon from this spot.

I’m announcing my Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour for 2017.  This is my favorite trip of the year because it includes so much, from breaching and bubble net feeding humpback whales, to black and brown bears.  This trip has proven so popular that I’m offering two of them in 2017.  Here are the highlights:

  • Visits to Frederick Sound, one of the best places in the world to observe humpback whales, where we should seeing bubble net feeding and breaching.  Orcas are also a possibility.
  • Visit some of the best bear viewing locations in Alaska for brown and black bears.  We will be seeing them in stunning rain-forest landscapes where we can capture photos different from the typical bear viewing photo trips in Alaska.
  • Visit Tracy Arm for dramatic mountains and tidewater glaciers.
  • Large, comfortable 87 foot yacht with a maximum group size of 9 so we have lots of room to spread out.  Outdoor decks (mostly covered) surround the ship and are close to the waterline, great for whale photography.  Two skiffs and kayaks give us more options and allow us to explore on shore.  By using a yacht, we are able to anchor and spend the night in stunning, remote coves so we can have great photo opportunities around the clock.
  • Lots of other wildlife including bald eagles, sea lions, sea otters to name just a few.
  • Nine days total including 7 nights on the yacht and a hotel and welcome dinner in Juneau.  Everything is included except tips for the yachts staff.  This includes shore excursions, fantastic meals along with beer and wine.
  • I’m using the longest running operators in Southeast, these guys are the ones that started Southeast cruising in the early 80’s and know all the secret spots.

These are just a few of the highlights, follow the links below for far more details, or send us an email or phone call with questions.

In 2017 I’m offering two trips with different itineraries, what is the difference?

The trips are somewhat similar; both trips will visit Tracy Arm for the stunning scenery and tide water glaciers.  Both spend time in Frederick Sound for amazing whale viewing, along with other “hot spots”  Here are the differences:

The trip from Juneau to Ketchikan is one I have being doing for a few years and it will include the Anan Bear Observatory.  Anan is my favorite bear viewing place, with dramatic waterfall, rain-forest environment with both brown and black bears – last year we had four of each fishing at the same time.  The area is also loaded with eagles. The boat I use is permitted for Anan, so we can spend an extended amount of time there.  This trip will visit a wide range of scenery, including passing through the Wrangell Narrows.  It ends in Ketchikan where you could add a day to see the historic totems poles and other sites.  Here are details on the Juneau to Ketchikan Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour.

The other trip is Juneau to Juneau.  This itinerary will include more brown bear stops and will include some places recently discovered by the Captain and relatively unknown.  We will visit Chichagof Island which a bear biologist recently said has a higher concentration of bears, and larger bears than even Kodiak.   Here is more information on the Juneau to Juneau Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour.

 

 

Columbia Glacier

Stan Stephens tour boat in front of the Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Stan Stephens tour boat in front of the Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Last month on a beautiful day hiking in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Spencer Glacier View

Looking down on Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Looking down on Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Can you find Janine?  Looking down on Spencer Glacier earlier this week.

Spencer Bench

Campsite way above the Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Campsite way above the Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

We have spent the last few days up in the mountain above Spencer Glacier – you can see Janine relaxing in camp. More details to come, but fun hanging with Patrick Endres.

Nursing Brown Bears

Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

A brown bear sow nursing her two young cubs last month in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Bing Background

Humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Nice surprise to have the cover of Bing today!

Meares Glacier

Meares Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Meares Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Meares Glacier, one of the few that has actually advanced in recent years.  It can be hard to capture calving events, as the falling snow and ice can get lost against the face of the glacier.  I think it helped to be looking down the face from shore instead of straight on from a boat.