Made a very quick, short (two nights) trip back to Seward to check on our house where we have had some boiler issues. Seward has an amazing amount of snow this year, it looks absolutely beautiful! Such a contrast coming from the desert!
My 2017 Alaska photo tours have been full, and I hope to announce the 2018 trips soon!
However, I guide a trip for my friend Hugh that covers the whole Arctic autumn that surprisingly still has room. The main attraction on this photo tour is polar bears, but on this particular trip we see so much more. Including auroras, incredible autumn colors in the Brooks Range, muskox, snowy owls – I could go on.
Now I recognize many people prefer the end of the season in October because they hope to capture polar bears on snow. I get that. However October isn’t a guarantee of snow. Or, you might have so much cold that the bay has iced up, and we are unable to utilize the best shooting platform, boats.
I think there are many more advantages to going at the beginning of the season and not the end – this trip is at the beginning Here are some of the advantages:
- Fewer photographers, and usually more polar bears as they gather in mass waiting for the capture of the first whale.
- Longer and much more comfortable days.
- Absolutely stunning autumn colors in the Brooks Range. We photograph these on both the way up and way back giving us peak color in different parts of the range. In another week or so, they will be gone.
- Aurora Borealis photography in maybe the most comfortable conditions you will encounter for this unique event. And, we will have aurora with autumn colors and open water for reflections.
- Many more birds as the migration will be in full swing. I see snowy owls on this trip ever year – I haven’t had the same success on later trips.
- Smaller group.
You can read much more about this Alaska Polar Bear Photo Tour by following the link. I’ll be happy to answer any questions about this trip, although the actual book takes place with Hugh. Thanks!
A back-lit ocotillo on our property. The combination of lots of rain, and now warm sunshine really has things greening up in the desert!
Coatimundi! Another exciting new visitor this morning! Coati have shown up on my game cam at night a few times, but this is the first time I have seen one here. We saw them in Costa Rica, but it is cool they are here in Arizona too. There is a lot going on out in the desert that doesn’t always meet the eye.
A javelina makes it way across the desert.
My feeders have proven to be squirrel proof, but evidently not fox proof. I raised it – the little platform is about feet in the air.
A single saguaro offers endless photo opportunities.
A covy of Gambel’s Quail visits our feeders a couple of times a day. I love seeing them marching out of the wash in a single file line on their way to breakfast. I also love hearing their unique call echo in the hills behind our camp.