Aialik Sunrise

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Sunrise over Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Sunrise over Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I photographed this from the boat during last weekends Alaska photo tour into Kenai Fjords – this is where we anchored for the first night!  And if this view wasn’t enough – we could spot bears on the nearby beach!  This is the same beach we went to shore on and photographed bears and icebergs.

Unlike the cruise-ships, my tour doesn’t offer a formal night – that is unless jeans and xtra-tough boots count as formal ware. 🙂  But, I think this kind of view more then makes up for it!

Interview with Manlleu Camera Club

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Sunrise in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Sunrise in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I was interviewed recently  by the Manlleu Camera Club in Barcelona Spain.  Since they asked a lot of great questions, I thought I would share a link to the interview here.  I answer questions about my typical year, the best way to sell photos and who some of my inspiration have been.  To read the interview, click on this link:  Manlleu Camera club.

Whales, Glaciers and More – 3 Day All Inclusive Kenai Fjords Photo Tour

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Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Imagine being anchored up for the evening in front of these amazing mountains and very active tide water glacier!  This is your view as you enjoy dinner and breakfast – tell me what restaurant can compete with this.  When we are not eating meals in front of this amazing view, we are running to shore to a place with wonder fields of wildflowers, in a place that often has numerous black bears.  And, this is just the first evening!

When we aren’t here, we are watching humpback or orca whales, checking out a huge puffin colony, or spending time photographing eagles, sea otters or at one of the numerous sea-lion haul outs.  I have timed this years tour around the peak of the wildflower bloom – the landscape possibilities are endless.  This is an awesome tour.

All this, for less then the cost of a typical 3 day tour into Kenai Fjords without a photography guide!  To learn more, check out our page here:  Kenai Fjords National Park photo tour.   I have room for two more folks.  I haven’t updated the page, but I need to add – the boat I am using now has two separate sleeping cabins, so a couple can now come along and have their own cabin.

Kenai Fjords National Park Photo Tour

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Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Our tour at our first night anchorage in front of Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I have had a number of inquires, and can now finally say I have my dates for next summers overnight photo tour into Kenai Fjords National Park!

This was our boat at anchor the first night of last years tour.  The boat will look a little different next year thanks to the addition of a second sleeping cabin to the back half – although I’m not increasing the number of participants, so this should give everyone a bit more room and privacy.

Let me tell you a bit about last years tour to give you an idea as to how amazing this trip is.  On the first day, we spent some time with a group of sea otters and then we explored along the coast getting up-close to waterfalls and amazing pinnacle rock and arch formations before finally running into a group of humpbacks   We spent a fair amount of time with the humpbacks, then broke away for some harbor seals and finally a nice pod of dolphin – the dolphins played in our bow wave for a pretty long time.  Later that day we checked out the action at Holgate Glacier, an active tide water glacier, before deciding to anchor for the evening in front of Aialik Glacier – this evening we spotted a black bear on shore and saw some huge calving events on the face of the glacier including one of the biggest ones I have ever seen!  That is the beauty of spending time in such an amazing place!  No one wanted to go to bed in case they might miss something.

The next morning we went to shore and explored a number of lagoons and open fields where we not only saw a number of eagles, but were able to photograph a nice black bear.  After going back to the boat for a warm lunch, we motored over to the Northwestern Fjords where our captain placed the bow of the boat at the bottom of a waterfall – an amazing waterfall that tumbled in multiple places down a 1,000 shear granite wall!  We spent the night well in the Northwestern Fjord in direct site of a couple dramatic glaciers.

For the third day we went out to the Chiswell Islands and photographed puffin and other sea birds.  We took a detour thanks to a report of orcas, but weren’t able to find them.  But we did see a number of sea lion rookeries and haul outs, more eagles and sea otters, as we cut across and worked our way along the dramatic coastline of the East shore of Resurrection Bay.

Every trip will be a bit different thanks in part to our Captain and his many many years of boating /leading tours and working with wildlife researchers in the area.  He will be in touch with the other day tour boats so we will have a good feel for where the wildlife is at any given time – but, we can enjoy it in the nice evening and morning light when all the people are gone!

You can learn much more about this trip on our Kenai Fjords National Park Photo Tour page.  Last year this tour didn’t fill until spring, but given how much faster the bear photo tours filled this year (they filled in about a month despite more then doubling the number), I wouldn’t wait.  If you have more questions, feel free to send us an email or give us a call.

Featured in Outdoor Photographer!

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Outdoor Photographer feature pages 1 and 2

Outdoor Photographer feature pages 1 and 2

Outdoor Photographer feature pages 3 and 4.

Outdoor Photographer feature pages 3 and 4.

Outdoor Photographer feature pages 5 and 6.

Outdoor Photographer feature pages 5 and 6.

This is some exciting news I have been really eager to share – I have been featured in the February 2011 issue of the  foremost magazine for outdoor photographers – Outdoor  Photographer!  I started subscribing to the magazine about 15 years ago when I decided to get back into photography and started shopping for a new auto-focus camera.  So to now be featured is really coming full circle!  It is a wonderful honor that I am very proud of.

The article isn’t just about me, but my recommendations on a visit to Alaska, and even a bit on the above / below water photos I have shared here on the photo blog.  If you don’t subscribe, you can read a version of the article here.  But better yet purchase a copy at a local book store!  Judging from the really nice congratulation comments I have been receiving via email, Facebook and Twitter, I would say it has been available in the Lower 48 for a week or two.  I haven’t received my copy yet in Alaska, nor have I been able to find it in any stores, but it should be arriving soon.

All of the credit for this article goes to Jeff Wignall.  He approached me with the idea and then did all the work, I am really grateful to Jeff for doing such a great job.  If you are not familiar with Jeff Wignall, he has to be the most prolific and successful photography writer of all time.  He has a huge number of book titles, and I believe at least one of his Kodak books on photography sold well over a million copies.  In addition to books, he has his own radio show, is a monthly contributor to Popular Photography and regularly featured in other magazines and blogs.  To learn more about Jeff, take a look at his website:  Jeff Wignall, also check out Jeff Wignall’s blog.  Thanks Jeff!

Aialik Glacier

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Aerial photo of Aialik-Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Aerial photo of Aialik-Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I’m trying to get caught up on my editing going back to last August!  Here is a little different view of Aialik Glacier taken from a helicopter with the door removed a few months ago.  If you look close, you can see waves in front of the glacier – it must have just calved.

Bear Glacier

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Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Bear Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Flying into the lagoon where we went kayaking last month.  Bear Glacier isn’t a tide water glacier – the strip of land you see in the distance separates the lagoon from the ocean.  I’m looking forward to spending a couple nights here next summer!