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Images of the month Fall, 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

hey Folks,

Whoops sorry about this. I haven’t posted in a while. Things were pretty hectic since July, and I’ve now got a little bit of down time so I’ll try to make up for that. Instead of posting an Image of the Month for November, I’ll upload a handful of photos, one for August – Nov. So, without further adieu

Image of the Month August 2015 – Chitistone Canyon, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

Part of the Goat Trail hike, the view down Chitistone Canyon, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Part of the Goat Trail hike, the view down Chitistone Canyon, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click the image above to view the full size version of this photo.

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Image of the Month, July 2015 – brown bear on whale carcass

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
An adult brown bear feeds on top of a floating whale carcass off the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska.

An adult brown bear feeds on top of a floating whale carcass off the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks

Just back from a great brown bear photo tour to Katmai National Park with some fun folks, where we got to witness some fantastic brown bear viewing and photography opportunities. Absolutely awesome!

This one is from our 2nd last day, where we found a brown bear (or group of brown bears) feeding on a whale carcass. Here, at high tide, the carcass was floating in the bay, and the bears would swim out one at a time (typically) to feed. Often crawling up on top of the carcass made for some fun photo opportunities, which we all made the most of. Good times!

I have the following days set for this tour

  1. 2016; July 31 – Aug 6
  2. 2017: Aug 1 – 7

Let me know if you are interesting in a trip next year

Cheers

Carl

A Favorite Polar Bear Photo

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
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

Polar bear week – Day 1

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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

Image of the month: grizzly bear in the fall

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
A young grizzly bear, or brown bear, takes a drink early in the morning, fall (autumn) (Ursus arctos) Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A young grizzly bear, or brown bear, takes a drink early in the morning, fall (autumn) (Ursus arctos) Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks

Welcome to Feb, 2015! Here’s a grizzly bear, or brown bear, image from our Grizzlies in the Fall photo tour. I know it’s not really grizzly bear season right now, they’re hunkered down for the winter, but I haven’t been shooting much around Alaska lately as I’ve been gone a while. It’s great to be back!

Summer will be here before you know it, and this year I’ve a number of trips I’m looking forward to. Stay tuned for some fun stuff!

Click here for info about this photo tour.

Cheers

Carl

Happy New Year, all!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Wishing you all the very best for the coming year.

Cheers

Carl

Bald Eagle Silhouette; Image of the Month, Dec 2014

Saturday, December 6th, 2014
A soaring bald eagle silhouetted against a gorgeous Alaska sunrise.

A soaring bald eagle silhouetted against a gorgeous Alaska sunrise. Please click the thumbnail above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

A quickie before I take off? I’m not really that kinda guy .. but here’s a photo from our recent trip to Haines, taken the last morning of the trip. I was pretty stoked to see this pop up on the viewfinder.

Heading down under to see my folks, so not sure how much I’ll be able to post over the next month, I’ll try to post something though. You all have a wonderful holiday season.

Cheers

Carl

Brown bear and a Sockeye salmon: Image of the Month, Nov 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
A mature male Alaska brown bear carries a bright red Sockeye Salmon by the dorsal fin, in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A mature male Alaska brown bear carries a bright red male Sockeye Salmon by the dorsal fin, in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Meet Little Otis, one of the most beautiful brown bears I’ve had the good fortune to see and to photograph. I’ve shot this guy for a number of years now, as he’s grown from a cute young cub to a cautious young subadult bear to a nearly full grown adult male brown bear; Little Otis is no longer quite so “little”, but always  treat to photograph. He’s definitely one of the most photogenic brown bears I’ve photographed.

Nearly full grown, he’s just as magnificent as ever, with a beautiful light brown coat, blond highlights and markings, and a playful, easy character. I’ve watched him play and wrestle with other young male bears, and never once seen him show aggression toward another bear. He pretty much (typically) goes about his day looking for salmon. He also has this rather curious technique of carrying salmon by their dorsal fin; he’ll often catch a fish in the stream, then grab it’s dorsal fin and carry it ward shallower water, where he’ll eat it. I’ve not seen a lot of other bears carry the fish this way, particularly big male bears and certainly not so predictably.

Little Otis is an awesome bear.

Cheers

Carl

Polar bear cub and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Image of the Month, Oct 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014
A young polar bear cub cautiously approaches over the slush ice and snow of the Beaufort Sea, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.

A young polar bear cub cautiously approaches over the slush ice and snow of the Beaufort Sea, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Still here in the arctic. And it’s very arctic indeed . we’ve had some crazy weather the last week, but things settled today and we were able to get out and shoot some images. This young cub approached us over the slush ice and snow at the edge of the barrier island, and I used a 28-70mm lens for the wide view. How cute is cute?

Cheers

Carl

Brown Bear in Katmai National Park: Image of the Month, Sept 2014

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Brown bear (Ursus arctos), and a reflection in a lake, sunset, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Brown bear (Ursus arctos), and a reflection in a lake, sunset, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Sorry for the delay again, I’ve been in the field, and still catching up with everything here since getting out; And part of that catching up involves packing for the next trip, where I’ll be leading 2 sold out photo tours to Katmai National Park for the Grizzlies in the Fall trip. Definitely a favorite trip of mine, and one I look forward to getting back to every year.

Hopefully this year we get some light and scenes like this one to make a few images. Fingers crossed!!!!

Cheers

Carl

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