Backpacking season is here again

June 13th, 2015 by
Backpackers traversing a snow-covered alpine pass in Alaska.

Guess where this was taken, the route and the valley, and win yourself a cap. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Just a quick one to say “Let the Games begin!”.

Backpacking season is upon us again, so soon. I’m definitely looking forward to time in these mountains again, it’s always a blast.

And just to liven things up; anyone who knows where this photo was taken, post your answer below, or on the Facebook page, and the first 3 people to post correct answers will snare themselves an awesome Expeditions Alaska cap. The caveats are

  • a) You can’t be one of the 3 people in the photo, or their friends/family (no cheating)
  • b) You need to be specific. The answer “Alaska” doesn’t cut it. Nor does the park name itself. We need some details
  • c) If you already HAVE an Expeditions Alaska cap, you can’t win another one. :)

I’ll give you a hint; the chances are pretty good you’ve never been there.

Partial credit for creative, clever and well-constructed answers.

Cheers

Carl

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Image of the Month, June 2015 – Icy Bay

June 1st, 2015 by
A photo of a young woman balancing a sea kayak paddle on her head, while sea kayaking in Icy Bay. Paddling under the world's highest coastal mountain, the person is sea kayaking in Taan Fjord. Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A photo of a young woman balancing a sea kayak paddle on her head, while sea kayaking in Icy Bay. Paddling under the world’s highest coastal mountain, the person is sea kayaking in Taan Fjord. Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

No prizes for guessing where I’m headed for the start of the summer season! The beach, of course, at Icy Bay, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Funnest place ever! Mt. St. Elias towering above us all in the background!

Cheers

Carl

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A Favorite Polar Bear Photo

May 31st, 2015 by
A younger polar bear sits on his iceberg and watches  the developing icepack on the soon to be frozen Beaufort Sea, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.

A younger polar bear sits on his iceberg and watches the developing icepack on the soon to be frozen Beaufort Sea, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Been a while since I posted a polar bear photo. I can’t wait to get back to the arctic this fall and see these amazing animals.

This image is one of my favorite polar bears I’ve taken so far. Hope you like it.

And, if you’re looking for a great polar bear photo tour, I’m filling up for 2016, so you might want to touch base and get your name in before this one is full.

Cheers

Carl

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Backpacking, The Movie

May 28th, 2015 by

Hey Folks,

Anyone else read A Walk in the Woods?

As far as backpacking movies, this looks like it’ll be fun. The trailer is cool. Nick Nolte as awesome as ever.

I loved Bill Bryson’s book when it came out all those years ago, and am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Walk in the Woods Trailer

Cheers

Carl

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Aurora borealis and the Corona

April 12th, 2015 by
The aurora borealis and corona, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

The aurora borealis and corona, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the phone above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

As the northern lights season, or aurora borealis season, starts to wind down for those of us here in Alaska, it’s often harder and harder to be motivated to get out yet again and spend the night hoping for some nice displays. Last night I saw the data online looking promising for the northern lights, and the skies here started to clear up a bit, I thought I’d keep an eye skyward.

So after movie-time finished, I checked outside and sure enough, the northern lights were kicking overhead. I grabbed my camera gear, threw on some pants, and headed out.

This shot above is a photo of the aurora borealis corona. I’ve often been asked what the corona is, and why it’s called the corona. No, its not enough the famous song, Muy muy muy muy, Corona, by English punk band The Knack.

I’ll tell you a little known secret. The activity or display we call a “corona” is named for a very simple reason; …. Read the rest of this entry » »

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Image of the Month, April 2015 – Aurora borealis

March 27th, 2015 by
The northern light, or aurora borealis, tower above the White Mountains of arctic Alaska.

The northern light, or aurora borealis, tower above the White Mountains of arctic Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Here’s the image for this month, from a crazy month chasing the aurora around Alaska. We had some phenomenal nights this year, absolutely incredible auroras. Great group of folks for the trip, we all made some nice images, and had a bunch of fun.

Cheers

Carl

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Coastal Wildlife Tour

March 4th, 2015 by
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina), Alaska

An adult gray Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina), Katmai Coast,Katmai National Park, Alaska. Click the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

In case you’re thinking otherwise, the Coastal Wildlife and Brown Bear photo tour is NOT all about the bears. Well, it’s definitely mostly about the bears. But we’ll also dedicate a good chunk of time to looking around for, and photographing, some other creatures as well. One of the primary ones we’ll see will be Harbor Seals. And, short of donning your scuba gear and swimming with the pinnipeds, there’s not many better opportunities than this one for some really, really cool Harbor seal images.

If you’re a subscriber to the newsletter, check out the trip special in the latest newsletter I just sent out. A pretty sweet deal for this trip, with limited space available.

If you’re not a subscriber to the newsletter, you probably should be. It’s legendary! Fill in the details in the form on the sidebar of the blog post, and you’re good to go.

And if you’re thinking about what photo tour you might want to take this summer, look no further. This Alaska Coastal Wildlife and Brown Bear Photo Tour is the ticket.

Cheers

Carl

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Polar bear week – Day 1

February 23rd, 2015 by
A cub of the year, approximately 8-9 months of age, walks toward the camera over the fresh snow of arctic Alaska. Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Alaska.

A cub of the year, approximately 8-9 months of age, walks toward the camera over the fresh snow of arctic Alaska. Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

International Polar Bear Day is right around the corner; Feb 27th. So I’ll make this Polar Bear Week. I’ll try to post a picture a day of these ridiculously awesome animals. Starting with this one. Tweet it with #polarbear

This curious young cub approached our group, and by carefully positioning where we were set up, we got nice clean backgrounds, a great low perspective to shoot from, and some really nice images.

This one is one of my new favorite polar bear images. You can see a collection of my polar bear photos on my stock site, Skolai Images.  For info and a look at the polar bear photo tour I run, click here.

Cheers

Carl

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Sea kayaking Icy Bay Video

February 18th, 2015 by
Screen shot of Icy Bay sea kayaking.

Icy Bay sea kayaking.

Hey Folks

How glassy is “glassy”? Here’s a short clip I put together of clips I made playing with a new GoPro last summer. It’s so different to shooting with a regular camera or video camera, there’s a lot to learn. But kinda fun, all the same.

Icy Bay isn’t always this glassy, but it’s unusual either. And it’s an absolutely amazing experience to go out on the water, among these countless icebergs, and just drift along on a kayak, or paddle gently up the fjords. Really, really great fun.

The tune I used here is “Dear Ellen”, by Shane Theriot, from his album, “Highway 90″. I met Shane years ago, when I was in college studying guitar. Shane was teaching there at the ripe young age of 21. He’s awesome. He left the school shortly after my studies ended, and has been playing and writing and producing music since then. He’s currently the guitar player for Hall & Oates, and just last week won a Grammy award. How awesome is that! If you’re interested, you can buy Highway 90 on iTunes. …. Read the rest of this entry » »

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Alaska Sea Kayaking Photos

February 10th, 2015 by

Hey Folks

Here are few images from our sea kayaking trip to Icy Bay last summer. Awesome conditions, we had a blast. Icy Bay is one of the coolest areas for sea kayaking in Alaska; great camping, great beach hiking, spectacular scenery and absolutely unparalleled sea kayaking and paddling. Icebergs, glaciers, seals, dolphins, brown bears, bald eagles, falcon, murres and murrelets, and Mt. St. Elias towering above everything. It’s pretty tough to beat.

Hope you enjoy the photos below. I’ll try to get some video of the kayaking online soon; nothing quite like paddling through all those icebergs across that glassy water!!
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