Playing Polar Bear!

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Polar bear playing with a stick, Alaska Arctic.

Polar bear playing with a stick, Alaska Arctic.

Back from another great polar bear trip!  Had everything from aurora to a black wolf, but polar bears are always the highlight!  Sometimes it is hard to believe such a playful animal can be dangerous – they are often playing with sticks or other objects they find.  I was splitting the guiding duties this trip, and seemed to have bad timing when it came to good light – but the guests came away with some awesome images including glowing light, sunset light and play fighting!

Aurora

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Aurora over the Koyukuk River, Brooks Range, Alaska.

Aurora over the Koyukuk River, Brooks Range, Alaska.

Here is an aurora from last week’s polar bear trip.  Take off again today for a second trip – sure hope it is as good as the last!  I actually missed the best aurora show since it happened the first night, I was busy helping clients – but we got a great round two!

Nursing Polar Bear

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A polar bear nursing its cub, Alaska Arctic.

A polar bear nursing its cub, Alaska Arctic.

Back for two full days after guiding an awesome trip to the Arctic!  The autumn colors were outstanding.  We had two awesome nights, and one average night with aurora.  But, as always, the polar bears are the highlight including this sow nursing her young cub.

Autumn in the Arctic

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Autumn colors in the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Autumn colors in the Brooks Range, Alaska.

It still looks like summer in Seward, so it is hard to believe when I fly North in the morning that I will be heading into Autumn!  This is from the same polar bear trip last year.

Lung Feeding Humpback

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A humpback lunge feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska.

A humpback lunge feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska.

Last week we had an amazing evening surrounded by lunge feeding humpbacks, right at sunset with a full moon!  It was a magical evening – we stayed with the whales until dark.