Wild Lynx

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Wild lynx, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Wild lynx, Denali National Park, Alaska.

This was the same day as the sunset I posted yesterday, and of the sheep image I posted a couple of days ago – funny how some days everything just comes together!

This guy really scared us – as we were hiking around through the forest, he burst out of some trees just a few feet from us!  Fortunately, he only went about 20 feet and stopped which is when I captured this photo.  After that, he went to hunting and we were able to watch him for a good twenty minutes.  What a treat!

From what I have read, the lynx population lags the snowshoe hare population by about a year.  The last few years, there have been hares everywhere.  This year, there were very few.  So, I have a feeling that the days of spotting lynx in Denali are about over.  Seems like on my trips to Denali over the last couple of years that I have seen at least one lynx on each trip – but in the years before that, I rarely saw a lynx there.  If the lynx population does crash as expected, I’m going to miss these wonderful encounters.

Color on Color

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Sable Pass, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Sable Pass, Denali National Park, Alaska.

It is rare that a photo captured with a dull color space like AdobeRGB doesn’t need saturation – but this one didn’t!  Between the rich colors and the incredible glow coming off the beautiful sunset sky, it was warm colors illuminating warm colors.  In a way, not unlike what you see in a slot canyon.

Denali Caribou

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Caribou, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Caribou, Denali National Park, Alaska.

I Spent the better part of two days following and watching this guy move about the park as I waited for the light, weather, and for him to stop in a patch of fall foliage like this!

Dall Sheep

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Dall Sheep, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Dall Sheep, Denali National Park, Alaska.

I tried to get these guys over numerous days but was never able to get the right combination of light and fall foliage until almost my last day.  On my second to last evening I found this ram in one of the most colorful parts of Denali right at sunset – I was thrilled!

Denali

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Mt. Mc Kinley, Denali National Park, Alaska.

Mt. Mc Kinley, Denali National Park, Alaska.

I’m back from a wonderful week and a half in Denali National Park.  At first, I thought I had missed the peak fall colors, and I might have in a couple of areas of the park, but for the most part, the colors were amazing.  I can’t believe how that countryside is transformed in the autumn!

This was from my first night – one of many in which I had amazing light to go with the wonderful scenery.

Besides the color, I spent a lot of time pursuing the wildlife.  The wildlife wasn’t as plentiful as it has been in the past, but I still was able to photograph wolves, lynx, fox, a huge caribou and numerous moose.  I’m definitely worn out – but that is a good thing!

Fabulous Alaska and Yukon

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Ulysse travel guide to Alaska and the Yukon.

Ulysse travel guide to Alaska and the Yukon.

I haven’t hit you with any shameless shelf promotion in awhile, so I figured it was ok to work this one in – the cover of the Ulysse travel guide to Alaska and Yukon!  If you look close, you can see that Janine barely survived the crop on the right.  Even at the time I captured this photo I had hoped to place Janine a little more in front of the mountain, but with the land climbing sharply to my right, and Janine being in an area where you aren’t allowed off the trail – this was about as close as I could get.

Long time subscribers here may remember another cover we did for Ulysse.

It is a really nice looking guide book, that is if you speak French.

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!

Wild Wolf in Denali

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A member of the Grant Creek Pack, Denali National Park, Alaska.

A member of the Grant Creek Pack, Denali National Park, Alaska.

This is another new image from this summer – I was really fortunate to at least see if not photograph wolves almost everyday I was in Denali this past summer.  I love watching wolves – even if they are hunting way off in the distance beyond photo range, they are still fascinating to watch.