Morning Kayak

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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.

Bear Glacier Surfing

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Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Bear Glacier Lagoon, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I can’t believe how much this place has changed in a month!  When we camped at Bear Glacier earlier this Summer, we kayaked along this stretch of river.  Back then it flowed entirely behind this berm and exited into the ocean almost a mile to the right of the frame.  But, after some substantial flooding last month, the river has breached the berm and now flows straight into the ocean.

This change, has made a well know Alaska surfing spot even that much better!  I was there Saturday scouting for a client and watched head high wave after wave roll in!  I think this area is about to become even better known as word spreads.Read More

Heading Out!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.