Makawao is a cool little colorful rural town, that has a distinct feel that is much different then the typical Hawaii community. It is made up of small shops and art galleries each with its own colorful character. Add in some nice restaurants, and you have the perfect diversion from the beach – not that you really need one! But just in case…
As I wandered around photographing this fun little town last Friday, it hit me that this was “black Friday”, the busiest shopping day of the year. It was kinda sad to see just how few people were supporting these local artists and craftsmen on the busiest day of the year, knowing full well that 5 or 10 miles away was a Wallmart packed with huge crowds and lines.
A mule train climbing out of the Grand Canyon.
We have updated out section of Grand Canyon National Park photos thanks to our time there this past May. Love this Park and can’t wait to go back!
A lot of the time I have spent in the field over the last three years has been spent creating content I haven’t been able to share here on the blog – video.
There are a couple of reasons I haven’t been able to share much of my video work. For one, I don’t market my stock video – it all goes to an agent under an exclusive license.
In addition, I have also spent a couple of years (2011 and 2012) contributing video to be used in a new film at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center. I was hired to do what they called the “beauty shots”. Lots of landscapes, wildlife time-lapse etc. Now that the production is done (it began airing last Summer), I can share some of my work – they also had an exclusive arrangement.
So here is a short variety of Winter clips. Some of the things I was assigned were more challenging to capture then you might think – like fresh snow blowing from trees. As often as I have seen that happen over the years – it is hard to be set-up and rolling before it happens. The opening clips which go from Summer to Autumn and then Winter were a lot of fun, and something I hope to do more of in the future.
By the way, if you do get by the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, check out the video. I also have a number of photos on the walls of the Center, and in the Visitor Guide – I am proud of the wonderful relationship I have had with the Chugach National Forest over the years.
Northern Lights dancing above an engine from the Alaska Railroad, Seward, Alaska.
Here is another one from early Saturday morning.
Aurora borealis over Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.
Seeing northern lights over Exit Glacier was a rare treat! Something I had always imagined, but never thought I would see for a couple reasons. First, because of our location relative to the Aurora oval – most shows are North or East of Seward – it is rare to see them to the West like you do here. Plus, the road to Exit Glacier is closed most of the Winter – so it took the perfect combination of conditions – a great show, clear skies and a open road.
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24mm f/1.4 lens at 1.4 for 3.2 seconds at ISO 3200.
Aurora borealis over Seward, Alaska.
This was last night at around 3:30 a.m. – that is my little home town of Seward at the base of the mountains. What an amazing night!
Fishing boat hauling in Pink Salmon in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
This is a photo of a salmon seiner hauling in Pink Salmon in Prince William Sound. Sharp eyed viewers might notice the Alaska State Ferry just zooming into the scene in the background.
A motorhome on the Seward Highway passes along Kenai Lake, Alaska.
This is one of the photos that accompanies Janine’s latest article about the Seward Highway in Country Magazine! The link is too an excerpt. It is great to see her receive publication credit! This photo is actually an old Fuji Velvia slide dating back to the late 90′s – nice to see my early work still getting used.
Float plane on Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska.
Just as I got off the plane from my quick trip to Arizona this Fall, I was treated to this wonderful sunset! A nice welcome home!
Horned Puffin and Red Baneberry.
A couple of Horned Puffin and Red Baneberry from this past August.
First year bear cub from June, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
These cute little first year bear cubs are like living teddy bears!
Portage Valley, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.
A field of lupine in the Portage Valley at sunset – last July, in the middle of the night!
Brown bear in a field of lupine, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
I thought I would share another bear image from this Summer just because I love bears!
Mud flats along Cook Inlet, Alaska.
This is a bit different. It is an aerial view looking straight down of the mud flats along Cook Inlet. I captured this on the flight in for last June’s Alaska bear photo tour. The patterns are a combination of the silty water left behind by the receding tides, and the drying of the mud. The higher areas that are exposed to the wind first try much faster, and turn a lighter shade of brown as compared to the still wet muddy areas.
Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska.
It has been a busy few months and I have a number of photos from this past Summer’s travels to Denali, Lake Clark, the Grand Canyon and Zion that I haven’t had a chance to share. I’m just going through those trips now – so I thought I would share of few over the next few weeks while I buckle down on a bunch of office work!
This is Denali reflecting in Wonder Lake this past August on a beautiful evening.
A sow nursing two cubs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
Here is another one from August. Experiencing this behavior up close never gets old! This was actually on the grounds of the lodge I use for my Alaska Bear Photo Tours! We had returned to our cabins for a quick break when she showed up and began nursing! One of my guests (who will remained unnamed) was actually just getting out of the shower when he heard the familiar “purring” sounds the cubs make while nursing, and instantly knew what he was missing. It was some sight seeing him coming out of his cabin with camera gear in hand – wearing just his underwear! Witnessing this event was well worth the teasing from the group.
I like how sows will often use their forward legs to make somewhat of a cradle to help contain her cubs – just like you see here.
It might seem strange to hear how she actually came into the lodge’s yard to nurse. You see, the sows and their cubs are vulnerable to the larger male bears while nursing. The males are not nearly as comfortable around people, or the lodge facilities, and often will keep their distance – except during the mating season. The sows have picked up on this and use it to their advantage. It isn’t uncommon for them to move closer to people when they are vulnerable like they are when nursing or sleeping. It makes for a wonderful treat for photography! Well, except when they are sleeping – they tend to sleep longer and harder when we are nearby since they feel safer.
If you are interested, we only have a couple spots left for next years bear tours.
Aurora Borealis over the Seward Boat Harbor last Wednesday.
Here is another one from last northern light show in Seward last Tuesday night, Wednesday morning. Hard to follow the last image which received a wonderful response especially on Facebook - thanks for all the kind emails, comments and likes!
A lot of people have been asking. This was captured with a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24mm f/1.4 lens used wide open at f/1.4, iso 3200 and half a second exposure.
Aurora Borealis over Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.
This is another one from early Wednesday morning.
Northern Lights near Seward, Alaska.
Up most the night chasing a pretty good show of Northern Lights! This was just a couple of hours ago.
Northwestern Fjords, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.
Took advantage of the beautiful weather on Friday and took a quick trip into Kenai Fjords National Park. This is looking into Northwestern Fjords. The weather has certainly turned to cold, wet and windy. The snow isn’t sticking to the ground in Seward, but it sure is up higher.
Steller Sea Lion, Prince William Sound, Alaska.
When the fur on the large male sea lion dries out a bit, you can see that the longer fur on the back of the neck looks a bit like a lions mane – it is easy to see how they got the name Sea Lion.
This was from a stormy day in early May this year – their warm bodies in the cold area were actually giving of a bit of steam.
Spent last weekend with my folks in the cool little Alaska town of Talkeetna. This is the colorful Mountain High Pizza Pie restaurant – one of a number of cool, fun little restaurants in the area, and a perfect photography subject.
Smack of jellyfish, Prince William Sound, Alaska.
This is a bit different, and probably won’t be too popular, but I think it is pretty neat. This is a smack of jellyfish from my trip last month into Prince William Sound. I’m looking straight down from above – the shadow from the boat, along with a polarizer helped the jellies show even though I wasn’t underwater.
Petersen’s Photographic Magazine
I am very honored and excited to be featured in a multiple page article in this Fall’s issue of Petersen’s Photographic magazine! Very cool! I am very grateful to have such a wonderful supporter as Jeff Wignall who must be the most widely published writer on the subject of photography – ever! More than a million of his books on the subject have been published over the years! Thanks so much Jeff!