Un-bear-able headache

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Brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This little cub might look like he has a headache, but after watching him off and on for the last 4 days, I can say he has a pretty fun life of climbing logs, playing with sticks, playing with mom, nursing and eating – I don’t think he has a headache!

I just returned from my 4 day Alaska bear and puffin photo tour and I had a blast!   I knew we would have lots of bears – males, sows, cute cubs and even puffin, but I didn’t know I would have such a fun group.  Great stories and lots of laughs, it was really a fun time!

I will be offering two, 4 day tours with a limit of 6 people each next year around August 6 through the 12 with the possibility of doing the entire time for someone who would like more time with the bears.  Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks.

Richard, Mike, Irene, Pam, Oliver and myself and the end of a fun tour.

Richard, Mike, Irene, Pam, Wilson and myself and the end of a fun tour.

Alaska Brown Bears

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Brown bear cub stadning on his hind legs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear cub standing on his hind legs, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon I began my Alaska bear and puffin photo tour and in just the first afternoon it has already been an awesome trip!  Great group of people and lots of bears!  Sow with cubs, males – all real close, we even hand a sow nurse a young cub right in front of us!  Gotta keep it short, hopefully I will have time for another quick post while I’m over here this week, otherwise we I get back to Seward later this week.

Nursing brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Nursing brown bear cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Price Reduction – Alaska Bear and Puffin Tour!

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Brown Bear Cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear Cub, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Unfortunately we have had some unexpected cancellations for our all inclusive Alaska Bear and Puffin Photo Tour.  Because we are now getting late into the winter and I want to be sure to fill the tour and return deposits, we have decided to make a fairly substantial reduction to the price for this amazing photo tour.

If you haven’t spent time up close to large number of Grizzly / Brown Bears and or puffin, you are in for a real treat – this is truly a peak experience.  I could go on and on, but I already have here, so take a look:  Alaska Bear and Puffin Photo Tour.

Bears and Puffin Photo Tour

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A brown bear cubs watches and learns how to dig for clams from its mom.

A brown bear cub watches and learns how to dig for clams from its mom.

This is the second of three Alaska photo tours we will be offering next summer.

Spending time watching and photographing brown bears up close is an absolute thrill!   This is going to be a small group (limited to 4) tour where we will live and breath brown bears pretty much day and night thanks to Alaska’s long summer days.  We will be staying in a wonderful lodge in a beautiful setting along the coast.  We are near a clear flowing salmon stream with a wonderful snow capped mountain backdrop.  Thanks to the wide variety of food sources – salmon, clams and sedges, this area sees a large gathering of coastal brown bears, from huge bores and sows to cute, playful cubs.

I say we will live and breath bears, but actually we will take a portion of one day to travel by boat to a nearby island where we will go to shore for a wonderful opportunity to photograph horned and tufted puffin up close.  Our timing should be perfect since the puffin will be actively traveling back and fourth to their burrows with mouths full of fish.

To learn more, check out our page on the bear and puffin photo tour.

2009 Milepost

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The Milepost Travel Guide

The Milepost Travel Guide

I’m really excited to have the cover of the The Milepost for the third consecutive year!  As I have written before – I grew up in the small town of Glennallen Alaska, and it seemed like evey visitor through town was carrying this guide, so for me, this is like the ultimate cover!  We really appreciate the relationship we have with all the folks at the Milepost over the last decade or so – thanks!

I captured this photo last summer at Lake Clark National Park – here were my Lake Clark blog posts from that awesome trip.

Puffin Photos

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Puffin Photos

Horned Puffin.

We have finished our updates to our website and have a new section of Puffin photos.  Puffin rock!  We have also updated our section of bear photos.  Come to think of it, bears rock too!

In addition, we were able to migrate our all 4,970 pages of our website from the obsolete FrontPage to a more more appropriate program, Dreamweaver.  What a huge relief!

Fishing Bears

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Lake Clark National Park Fishing

Bears aren’t the only ones to hit Silver Salmon Creek for fish – its just that the bears have the right of way!  When the bears approach, the fishermen back out of the river and bunch up for safety.  If you hook a fish and a bear shows up, you have to cut it loose. 

This little cub seemed as intrigued by the people, as the people in the bear.

We now new sections on our website for Lake Clark National Park, And Halibut Cove, Alaska.