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Image of the Month: March 2013

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Brown bear at Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Brown bear at Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Image of the Month for March, 2013, is a brown bear from Hallo Bay last year on the Coastal Brown Bear Photo Tour. 2 spaces are available for the tour this year, scheduled for mid-September. Drop me a note if you’re interested.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Feb 2012

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
A sunset over hiking tracks along the beach of Wrangell St. Elias National park and Preserve, Alaska

A sunset over hiking tracks along the beach of Wrangell St. Elias National park and Preserve, Alaska. Click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

From a walk along the beach one day. The sunset was awesome, I’d setup camp nearby, and my tracks in the sand made a nice subject for the photo.

The rolling waves were a nice soft background for sleeping this night. The tide rolled in and by morning, the beach was trackless again.

Enjoy.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month – January, 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
The Milky Way, as seen over the Copper River, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

The Milky Way, as seen over the Copper River, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

 

Hey Folks,

Welcome to 2013. Here’s a photo of the Milky Way, towering high over the Copper River, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Standing outside at minus 40degrees to shoot at night here is a chore, but a pretty amazing experience all the same.

Wishing you all a great year.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month, Dec 2012: Bald Eagle Take-off

Monday, December 10th, 2012
A bald eagle takes flight along the Chilkat River,  Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Alaska.

A bald eagle takes flight along the Chilkat River, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Welcome back! I’ve just returned from a photo trip to Haines, Alaska, photographing bald eagles along the Chilkat River, in the famed Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Had an awesome, awesome trip, met a lot of cool people, and got some nice images. Anyone wanna join me there next year? The bald eagles are a real spectacle, to watch and to photograph.

All the best,

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Polar bear of the Arctic

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
A polar bear surfaces from the Beaufort Sea, and shakes water from his head. Arctic Ocean, Alaska.

A young and curious polar bear surfaces from the Beaufort Sea, and shakes water from his head. Arctic Ocean, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Here’s a curious young polar bear from our recent trip to the arctic. This young bear surfaced and stood in the shallow water, and shook like a dog; a 400 lb dog, but a dog nonetheless. Fortunately, the light was happening at the time, and I happened to have a camera in my hand.

I’ll be leading a small photo tour back here in 2013. Should be awesome!

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: October 2012

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
A large adult male brown bear, standing upright, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

A large adult male brown bear, boar, stands and looks around the river, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks

Just returned from 2 weeks in Katmai National Park, photographing the great grizzly bears there. This adult boar, who we call ‘Ted’, is a an old favorite of mine to photograph. Beautiful bear, and this year was the first year I’d seen him standing upright. Ted’s a big ole bear!

Heading out in the morning for a trip north, so I’ll follow up with more bear photos later.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Aug/Sept 2012 – Mt. St. Elias

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Mt. St. Elias, viewed through the door of my tent, camped on the Malaspina Glacier, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Mt. St. Elias, viewed through the door of my tent, camped on the Malaspina Glacier, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Apologies for missing a few posts here over the summer. It’s been a busy one, and I haven’t had much time keep up with the blog. So here’s a view from my summerhome. The Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1, camped on the Malaspina Glacier, looking through the door at Mt. St. Elias.

From our recent exploratory hike, from Icy Bay to the Malaspina Forelands, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Awesome walk.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month – Breeding Brown Bears

Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Brown bears (Ursus arctos) breeding (or mating) at Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Brown bears (Ursus arctos) breeding (or mating) at Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. To view a larger version of this photo, click on the image above.

Hey Folks,

Image of the month for 2012 is this photo of a breeding brown bear pair at Hallo Bay, katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, on the coastal brown bear photo tour last week. It was an amazing trip, with some great photo opportunities, perhaps the highlight of which was this breeding pair we found at Hallo Bay.

Twice we were able to watch and photograph this behavior, which was definitely a rare opportunity.

Females will often breed with more than one male during the short (2 month) breeding or mating season. We watched minutes earlier as this sow rejected the advances of another, much larger male, who then chased this male away, then himself walked off up the bay. This smaller male returned, and bred with the sow for 15-20 minutes.

The larger male then returned, and this guy left. The larger male hung around the sow for another hour or so, but didn’t have the good fortune of this guy, that we saw.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Alaska northern lights photo

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Alaska northern lights photo, or aurora borealis.

Alaska northern lights photo, or aurora borealis.

Hey Folks,

From a trip up north in March. I thought the power pole was a nice silhouette against the northern lights, and waited for the brake lights of a car that drove by to add some drama to the foreground. The northern lights came on particularly bright here, briefly, and the only way to add any detail in the foreground was light it up. I liked the drama of the red.

I wanted to get a little tighter on the pole, but the moment only lasted a couple of seconds and it was over.

How’s this work for you?

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month – Alaska Aurora borealis photo

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Aurora borealis, or northern lights, winter Alaska.

Aurora borealis, or northern lights, winter Alaska.

Hey Folks

Image of the Month for May (sheesh, is it May already?), 2012 is an Aurora borealis photo from one of the norther lights photo tours earlier this year. We were treated to some great lights, and had a blast watching and photographing the aurora. Good times, and I’m already taking bookings for these trips next year.

Aurora borealis photography is more difficult than most folks expect it to be. it’s challenging, but also an amazing experience. Great fun and what a blast to see this kind of activity!

Cheers

Carl

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