We’re announcing a new brown bear photo tour, to interior Katmai National Park. Info is as below:
Dates: July 28 – Aug 4
Details: We’ll meet you in King Salmon, the morning of July 28 (you’ll want to arrive the previous night and overnight in King Salmon). Fly in to Katmai National Park and make camp. From camp we have endless miles of relatively easy hiking and perfect brown bear photography terrain. Open tundra, small clear salmon streams, tens of thousands of spawning Sockeye Salmon, and as many as 40-50 bears right in the area.
We’ll fly back to King Salmon on the 4th, and you should be be able to either overnight there or fly back to Anchorage that evening.
All the details are pretty similar to our Grizzlies in the Fall trip, but it’s a different location, with as many or more bears, fewer people in the area, and really nice array of backgrounds and photography options.
And so slides by yet another year. They seem to disappear more quickly than ever these days.
I thought I’d toss up a few images from the year. Mostly bears and northern lights as I was pretty busy with those trips this year.
Looking forward to 2019. We havea great bunch of trips we’ll be running.
Without further ado, I’ll throw some pictures up for you. Enjoy.
Before the Aurora
We arived at our spot early and waited for the aurora to fire up .. and while we were waiting, this happened.
Good things come to those who wait, eh? This aurora fire up late, and came back again even later. Always something of a treat to see.
A fun early season trip was packrafting Nizina River, The water levels were not too high, and we had a blast running through the canyons and camping beneath the amazing Mile High Cliffs. One in a million trip.
We had a GREAT bunch of trips shooting brown bears this past summer/fall. I spent nearly 6 weeks leading tours and shooting on my own, in some favorite haunts of past years as well as some new locations as well. Awesome year.
We were lucky to catch some great moments with these amazing animals in 2018. This trip is truly a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph the great Nanuk.
A few images from our weeks at Haines in November. Really a fun couple of weeks with some great people and lots of opportunities for bald eagle images. We had a blast.
I realize it’s a little heavy on the polar bears, lol. They’re just so amazing to photograph. Really, really a beautiful animal.
I’ll try to add a few more images over the next few months from other trips and activities. Packrafting, backpacking, rafting and more .. stay tuned.
In the meantime .. I and all of us here with Expeditions Alaska wish you the very best for the coming New Year. Travel safe, and enjoy.
2 new trips on the website for 2018, and more to come.
The first one is one Rhane guided in 2017 for us as an exploratory trip, in Lake Clark National Park. We’re offering custom trips to Lake Clark National Park this year, either basecamp trips where we camp, hike and packraft for a week, or a 4-6 day backpack trip through the heart of the Alaska Range in this classic Alaska walk. Continue reading…
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Anyone coming up to Alaska this winter? Here’s a good reason why.
The Wrangell mountains, in al their alpenglow-ing glory are second to none in the winter.
Here I’m looking across the Copper Winter toward the Wrangell Mountain range. From the left the peaks you can see are Mt. Sanford (in the background), Mt Drum, Mt. Snyder, Mt. Zanetti, and Mt Wrangell at the right hand edge of the frame.
Tonight we have some rather ugly news. Sadly, I present to you that portion of the US Tax Bill passed by the US Senate tonight that seriously threatens a place very dear to me. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, as it’s casually called.
Click to read it and weep.
“The Secretary shall issue any rights-of-mayor easements across the Coastal Plain for the exploration, development, production or transportation necessary to carry out this section”.
Here’s a nice surprise. I just finished a week of bald eagle photography, and picked up a new lens from B&H photo and a night sky of aurora borealis. So what better way to finish a 600 mile drive back to interior Alaska than to enjoy my new Zeiss 25mm f1.4 lens shooting the northern lights over the Wrangell Mountains in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve?
The mountain peaks are, from left to right on your screen, Mt. Sanford, Mt. Drum, Mt Snyder, Mt Zanetti, Mt. Wrangell and Mt Blackburn. Blackburn, far in the distance on the right hand side of the range, is actually the tallest of these mountains. Mt Sanford is the 2nd highest. You can also see the fog rising off Copper River in the foreground.
The aurora was pretty crazy tonight. At times I was shooting at 1/5th of a second, ISO 1000 @f1.4. That’s pretty intense aurora. Speaking of aurora, wanna join me on the Spring Aurora Borealis Photo Tours this coming year? Love to have you come along.
Oh, and the Zeiss lens is pretty sweet. More testing to come.
Wow, November is here already. Here’s an image from our Canning River Rafting trip in the ANWR this past summer. This year we took group of 6 people out in the refuge for 12 days, with 2 rafts, tons of food and we all had a blast. Fun trip, a great mix of people, and nice weather.
And because I didn’t get a chance to keep up with the blog too much this past summer (it’s many, many long stories), I’ll add a couple images from this trip for you here as well. Be sure to click the images to see a larger view.
The Marsh Fork is such a beautiful section of river, that gorgeous turquoise water is SO inviting.
The trip was a blast. Saw a wolverine right by camp, had a nice batch of weather, great camping, great food, and some awesome, awesome kayaking.
The Tyndall Glacier was in the news a good bit recently. A landslide right by the toe of the glacier (out of frame on the left of your view) dumped many, many tons of debris into the Taan Fjord and on top of the glacier. A Tsunami several hundred feet high resulted, scouring the fjord and completely redrawing the landscape. It was amazing to get back to the area and view some of the carnage. I’ll write a review of that for you later. Incredible what power that wave wrought.
Look for more coming blog posts here over the next few months. The season has wound down a bit, and I’ve time to catch my breath and update the blog. until then, enjoy the view.