Heading Out!

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 4 Comments

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.

Kenai Fjords Kayaking

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel Leave a Comment

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!

Exit Glacier Aurora

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 7 Comments

Aurora borealis over Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

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.

Northwestern Fjord

Ron Niebrugge Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel Leave a Comment

Northwestern Fjords, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

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.

Blue Ice

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 5 Comments

An iceberg from Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

An iceberg from Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

 

This was taken during a dark, stormy and rainy day in Kenai Fjords National Park this summer.  Such conditions really help emphasize the blues in glacier ice.

This seemed like a fitting post given our recent weather.  My home town of Seward was declared a disaster area after days of heavy rain – footage of the flooding was on the Today Show this morning.  We are fine, our house is dry, but my heart goes out to my many friends battling flooding at their homes right now – really makes me sad to see such destruction.  The rain finally stopped today, but another large storm arrives tonight.

Humpack Fluke

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 2 Comments

Humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

We were sitting with the boat motor off watching a group of humpback whales when two of them swam right towards us and then dived right before reaching us – some thrill!

Humpback Whale Breach

Ron Niebrugge Alaska, Kenai Fjords, Photos, Travel 6 Comments

Breaching humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Breaching humpback whale, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Even though I have seen humpback whales leap out of the water many times over the years – it still blows me away seeing such a massive animal coming so far out of the water!  The sight and sound is awesome!

I took a bit of a chance holding the camera in a vertical position – I think it better frames the action, but makes it harder to find and frame the animal in the limited amount of time you have while they are in the air.

This was with a Canon 7D with a 70-200 plus a 2x converter which I didn’t really need as this was captured at a focal length of 140mm at f/5.6 and 1/1250 of a second, ISO 800.  This was during my photo tour about a week ago.