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Backpacking, The Movie

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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



Calendar Winners and Mount Blackburn

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
Mt. Blackburn, the Root and Kennicott Glacier, wintertime, sunset, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Mt. Blackburn, the Root and Kennicott Glacier, wintertime, sunset, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Just a quick post to announce the calendar winners from the recent giveaway are Natalie, David and Jason. Happy New Year to these three, and the calendars are in the mail. Congrats all, and thanks to everyone for your entries. Tons o’ fun!

The name of the mountain was Mount Blackburn, from Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The photo in this post was taken from the other side (east) of the mountain, winter solstice a few years ago. Mount Blackburn stands 16 391′ high, and is the 5th highest peak in the United States, the tallest in the Wrangell Mountains.



2012 – A Year in Alaska in 8 minutes

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

An Expeditions Alaska Video Review


Polar Bears Playing on the Ice

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Hey Folks,

A week in arctic Alaska, photographing Nanuq, the magnificent polar bear? An awesome, awesome trip. I took 3 people up earlier this month for a fantastic week, where we were so lucky to get to spend time up close and personal with polar bears; literally, dozens and dozens of polar bears. US F&WS estimates there were nearly 80 bears in the area in sept/oct.

These 2 youngsters were an absolute treat to watch, as they tussled and wrestled and ran and frolicked on the ice. With a great local Alaska native (Inupiaq) guide, we were able to watch these bears for several hours; everyone came home with thousands of great polar bear photos. I grabbed this quick video when I had to stop shooting and change memory cards in one of my SLR cameras. The bears were so much fun to watch.

Next year, 2013, I’ll be back for another round, leading a small photo tour for a week in the arctic, photographing the polar bears. Space is limited; I’ll keep the group to a maximum of 4 photographers and myself. I’ll have full details online this week, but the dates are scheduled for Oct 7-14, 2013. Drop me a note if this is something you’re interested in, as this trip will very likely fill quickly.



PS: Oh, someone asked about the music track; it’s a little R&B groove I recorded (on guitar) with my friend Steve F on bass years and years ago. I found a copy of it and thought it’d be a cool track for this video. Steve sounds great on bass, as always. It sounds better L-O-U-D, so turn your speakers up to 11.

Fat Babies Have No Pride

Monday, June 18th, 2012

“Fat Babies Have No Pride .. and that’s OK, who needs pride?” … Lyric by Lyle Lovett.

Hey Folks,

Heading out in a day or 2 for a week of photography, so I thought I’d post this one of a porky little grizzly bear cub, fat and ready for hibernation. I’m a big fan of Lyle Lovett, and this photo seemed like the perfect match for such a great lyric.

Have a good week, everyone, back in July.



Holiday stockings and Seasons’ Greetings

Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Holiday greetings, from Expeditions Alaska

Holiday greetings, from Expeditions Alaska

Hey Folks,

How was your festive season? I finally got around to putting up my stocking just yesterday. Mine’s the one in the middle

Happy holidays folks. Have a great day.



Alaska Wildlife – Cow moose

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
A cow moose stands outside the house in Anchorage, Winter, Alaska. (Alces alces)

A cow moose stands outside the house in Anchorage, Winter, Alaska (Alces alces). Please click on the image here to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

A fun post.

After all the tromping around in the mountains and wilds of Alaska, carrying way too much weight and camera gear around the hills trying to photograph wildlife, I tried a new approach. Let the animals come to me! So here, taken from the window of the house, a cup of coffee in one hand and my camera in the other, is a cow moose. Anchorage, Alaska.

Now, I wonder if I can get this same technique to work on a pack of wolves!



Usain Bolt in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Hey Folks,

Watch this clip, destined to become a classic, to see a brief, sudden and welcome appearance by the great Usain Bolt; Usain pops up in the video and shows his classic ‘bow and arrow’ pose, while simultaneously unveiling some gorgeous new footwear. I managed to grab a few seconds of him on video before he raced out of sight.

I was trying to grab some footage of the Chitistone Valley in heavy fog, from the “Wolverine” landing strip, when Usain appeared. I believe this is the first time he’s visited Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, indeed Alaska itself. I’m sure he’ll make another appearance or 2 before the end of this season.




Owner and guide Carl Donohue.


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