Javelina

Javelina, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Javelina, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

The two baby javelina are still alive and growing!  This was last night at sunset.  The night before, the gray fox showed up on my game cam at this same time, so I was hoping for him, but this is a great consolation prize!

I’m excited to see my water feature working.  The drip, made from steal pipe appears to be javelina proof – no small task  But more importantly,  I wanted a nice background which I think I have.  I also wanted to control the access to the water so that the birds and mammals would all have to approach from the same direction.  This way they would be facing the blind and the nice evening light. I had given this a lot of thought and so far it is working – even the birds are facing the camera almost every time!

Sunset – Arizona Style

Recent sunset from the Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Recent sunset from the Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

I’m such a sucker for these beautiful Arizona sunsets!  This was Monday night’s.

Harris Antelope Squirrel

Harris antelope squirrel.

Harris antelope squirrel.

These cute little guys look like a chipmunk, however chipmunks live at higher elevations.

I spilled a little bird seed in my portable blind and had one of these guys come inside and eat it at my feet!  Good sign that you don’t need a blind to photograph these guys!

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated sparrow.

Black-throated sparrow.

This is a cute little ground bird.  Experimenting with blind locations with a temporary blind at my water source last night.

Cows

Cows, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Cows, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Although I don’t like cows, I couldn’t resist photographing this family on a rainy New Year’s Day.  In the last week or so, we have received a lot of rain really greening this area up!

Favorite Photos from 2016

Gosh, another busy, exciting fun year!

We began with a couple winter months in Alaska before heading to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  While there, we closed on 10 remote acres of land in Arizona which will be home to future photography blinds and workshops.  In March I headed to Antarctica where I  traveled below the Antarctic Circle – by May, I was above the Arctic Circle in Alaska!  The other half of April and May was spent in Arizona working on the new land.  We had great success on my photo tours, both the Alaska Bears and Alaska Bear and Whale Whale Tours went very well, as did the polar bear and Alaska North South trips I also guided for others.  By October we were back on the Southern Ocean for more penguins, before finishing the year working hard on our new Arizona land.  No wonder I miss home!

So here are a few of my favorite images from the past year thanks to a tradition started by Jim Goldstein many years ago.

For those interested, here are more:  Favorite Photos of 2015Favorites of 2014  Favorite photo of 2013  Favorite photos of 2012favorite photos of 2011favorite photos of 2010  –  favorite photos of 2009 and finally, favorite photos of 2008.

Humpback whales.

Humpback whales, Antarctica.

I had so many amazing close encounters with whales while in Antarctica with Cheesemans’ that it is hard to pick just one image, but I’ll go with this one thanks to the amazing back-drop of the Lemaire Channel.

 

Bullock's Oriole.

Bullock’s Oriole.

We are seeing a wide variety of wildlife on our Arizona property, especially birds!  This was from May.

 

Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska.

From another Cheesemans’ trip – the Alaska North / South where we flew over Mt. Denali with my friend at Kantishna Air – an amazing experience!

 

Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

From my June Alaska Bear Photo Tour.  Even though we see this every year, it still amazes me when such a powerful creature shares such an intimate and vulnerable behavior.

 

Looking down on the Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

Looking down on Spencer Glacier, Chugach National Forest, Alaska.

I could have included a number of images from this wonderful backpacking trip Janine and I did with Patrick Endres, but I narrowed it down to one.

 

Brown Bear, Baranof Island, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Baranof Island, Alaska.

 

Similarly, I wanted to include a bunch of images from my Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour – we had so many fantastic photo opportunities including humpbacks and sunset with a full moon, but I narrowed it down to this big guy with the perfect pose.

 

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

It was great to have a snow storm for one of the two polar bear trips I guided this Fall, the owl was a bonus!

 

Ice patterns.

Ice patterns.

Ice on the windshield of my car in Seward back in September.

 

Sea otters in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Sea otters in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

I always enjoy my time I spend with Dean and crew with Discovery Voyages in Prince William Sound, and this past Summer was no exception.  In fact, it was exceptional, especially given the warm weather and sunny skies we had for some awesome kayaking!

 

Sea lions at the Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, Alaska.

Sea lions at the Alaska Sealife Center, Seward, Alaska.

My favorite assignment for the year was with the Alaska Sealife Center.  It was a treat to capture all four sea lions in the same frame!

 

Polar bear playing with a stick, Alaska Arctic.

Polar bear playing with a stick, Alaska Arctic.

Seemed like the polar bears were extra active this year – so I had to go with a playful one for my favorite!

 

King Penguins molting at St Andrews Bay, South Georgia.

King Penguins molting at St Andrews Bay, South Georgia.

Hard to narrow down my South Georgia / Falklands trip in October with  Cheesemans’ to just one photo since I captured so many – lots of which I haven’t shared yet, but you can’t beat a nice day at St. Andrews!

 

Aurora over the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Aurora over the Brooks Range, Alaska.

Gotta have an aurora photo – this was from a polar bear trip.

 

Sunset, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Sunset, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Finally I have to finish with an Arizona sunset!  Not only am I standing on our beautiful piece of property, so are all these saguaros!

 

Here are some honorable mentions – as you can see I love bears, and can’t leave these out!

Bear cubs playing in Alaska.

Bear cubs playing in Alaska.

Alaska brown bear in wildflowers.

Alaska brown bear in wildflowers.

Thanks for looking!!

 

Right Whale Bay

King Penguins, Right Whale Bay, South Georgia.

King Penguins, Right Whale Bay, South Georgia.

I was home for such a short period of time, I haven’t had a chance to share very many images from South Georgia, or even the experience I had here at Right Whale Bay that was one of the more memorable wildlife experiences I have ever witnessed.  But, more on that tomorrow.

Wrightwood

Wrightwood, California.

Wrightwood, California.

A quick photo from my iPhone – my car is somewhere in there!  🙂  Ironic, i have been in Alaska the last couple of years for Christmas and we haven’t had any snow.  This year we visited family in Southern California of all places and were treated to just over a foot of snow from an overnight storm – nice treat!