Polar bear cub in snow – IOM June 2021

June 1st, 2021 by Carl D
Curious polar bear cub in snow. ANWR, Alaska.
Curious polar bear cub in snow.

Hey Folks,

June is here so time for another image of the month. This one from a few years ago. We had a great time photographing this young polar bear cub. He was very curious, far more so than his sibling and always gave us some attention. Great for photography. And a nice cover of fresh snow doesn’t hurt either!

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Backpack the Malaspina Glacier

May 11th, 2021 by Carl D
The Lost Coast on our Malaspina Glacier trek

Hey Folks,

Super stoked to head back down to the Malaspina Glacier this fall. Rhane and myself are going to be leading this adventure. Sept 7 – 17. See the link above for details, it’s all there, but ….

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Brown bear fishing – IOM, May 2021

May 1st, 2021 by Carl D
Brown bear fishing for Sockeye Salmon, Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Brown bear fishing for Sockeye Salmon, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Back to posting photos of the month! What better way to start back than a shot of this awesomely cool brown bear about to destroy a spawning Sockeye salmon in Katmai National Park? This image from our Bears of Summer photo tour a couple years ago.

You can see how much the technique is “the paw”. Pretty cool. you can also see just how the thick the water is with salmon here. All that deep red in the foreground is salmon.

Can’t wait to get back here.

Cheers

Carl


Alaska Northern Lights Tours

April 20th, 2021 by Carl D
Alaska northern lights photo tour
Photographing the northern lights, March, Alaska

Hey Folks,

We’re trying to get back into full swing. We’re scheduling our March Alaska northern lights photo tour for 2022. March is a fun time for the northern lights. It’s still “winter” in Alaska, and that means we have a good possibility of some nice wintery landscape foregrounds, long dark skies and fewer people. But it’s not mid-January, so the weather’s a bit warmer and life under the Alaska night time skies a little easier.

March is also the time of our vernal equinox, when day length and night length are approximately the same. For some reason, the equinoxes seem to yield the best northern lights activity. Nobody seems to know why this is so, just that it is so. it’s our favorite Alaska secret (that and smoked salmon). It’ll be an awesome aurora fest for the eyes.

I didn’t get to Fairbanks this spring, and I’m looking forward to returning in 2022 to photograph the northern lights. Wanna join me? We’re setting 2-3 weeks of dates, and it should be a good time for all. The auroral activity seems to be returning towards a peak, so hopefully the displays in Alaska will be excellent. This past month they were as good as ever. Next year hopefully even better.

If you’re new to photographing the northern lights, no problem. That’s what I’m for. I’ll help you with your knowledge and skills to make these photos. And if you don’t have it, this primer ebook is a great start for learning what it takes.

Download the ebook, gear up, make some plans and join us for a fun Alaska northern lights photo trip this coming spring.

And if you’d rather come in the Fall, for an entirely different context to photograph Alaska’s Northern Lights, look at this phototour in October.

Cheers

Carl


The Tao

April 12th, 2021 by Carl D
Backpackers looking over alpine tarn near Iceberg Lake, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, 7 Pass Route
The eternal moment

“When her work is done, she forgets it.

That is why it lasts forever.”

Lao-tzu, “Tao Te Ching”


Return to the Great Bears

April 2nd, 2021 by Carl D
brown bear mother chasing salmon, Katmai National Park

Bears Chasing Salmon

Hey Folks,

Bears are my favorite photography subject. By far. 

Mostly because I have had the exceedingly good fortune to photograph them as often as I have.

This summer I’m so looking forward to getting back to the Alaska Peninsula and the Katmai National Park area to see the great bears of the Katmai region. 

I definitely love catching the action of a hungry bear hot on the heels (tailfin) of a spawning salmon. This hungry young mother bear had 3 even hunger and younger mouths to feed, and she was pretty intent on doing what needed to be done to make that happen.

Great memories of a great trip.

We still have space on Fall Grizzlies Tour as well.

Hopefully when we return this summer we’ll catch more action like this. And if not, it’ll still be awesome just to be around these magnificent animals. They’re good for the soul.

Cheers

Carl


Favorite Images, 2019

January 6th, 2020 by Carl D

Hey Folks

Wrapped up another year, and to start off the new year, here’s a look back at some of our favorite images from 2019. And we look forward to making a whole lot more, along with a vertitable bevvy of more fun photos, this year.

Enjoy,

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Brown Bears of Katmai in the Summer

May 12th, 2019 by Carl D
Two young brown bear cubs playing on the tundra, Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Two young brown bear cubs playing on the tundra, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

We’re announcing a new brown bear photo tour, to interior Katmai National Park. Info is as below:

Price $4400.00

Dates: Aug 4-9, 2021

Details: We’ll meet you in King Salmon, the morning of Aug 4 (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.

Please be in touch directly, this trip will fill quickly. Contact me here.

Cheers

Carl

A male brown bear on the tundra is dwarfed by a distant ridge of the Alaska Range in Katmai National Park.
A male brown bear on the tundra is dwarfed by a distant ridge of the Alaska Range in Katmai National Park.
brown bear chasing Sockeye Salmon, Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Brown bear chasing Sockeye Salmon, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Favorite Photos, 2018

December 29th, 2018 by Carl D

Hey Folks

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.

A beautiful evening sky against the arctic Alaskan boreal forest, Alaska.
A beautiful evening sky against the arctic Alaskan boreal forest, Alaska.

Aurora borealis

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.

Northern Lights fire up over a snow-covered boreal forest in interior Alaska.
Northern Lights fire up over a snow-covered boreal forest in interior Alaska.

Packrafting Nizina

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.

Packrafting Nizina Lake, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.
Packrafting Nizina Lake, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bears

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.

Polar Bears

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.

Bald Eagles

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.

Cheers

Carl


New Trips to Lake Clark National Prk

January 31st, 2018 by Carl D

Hey Folks,

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.
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