Alaska polar bear cub playing on ice

January 30th, 2017 by Carl D
Playful young polar bear cub rolling on snow and ice. ANWR, Alaska.
Playful young polar bear cub rolling on snow and ice. As the Beaufort Sea begins to freeze up in the fall the bears get antsy, looking forward to returning to their hunting grounds on the frozen ocean. Ursus maritimus, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, Alaska. Click the image to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Few things are as cute as polar bear cub playing on the snow and ice. This young fella, and his siblings, were having a ball on this particular day. They’d just had a few days of harsh steady high winds and nobody likes that.

The snow fell and after the winds died down everybody was keen to enjoy it. The bears played, the photographers fired away and and it couldn’t have been better. Continue reading…


Image of the Month Jan 2017: Polar Bear on Ice

January 2nd, 2017 by Carl D

Hey Folks,

Welcome to 2017. Here’s a polar bear for ya.

Juvenile polar bear lying on iceberg, ANWR, Alaska.
Juvenile polar bear lying on iceberg, ANWR, Alaska.

Looking forward to more photography and more polar bears this year. Hope you enjoy the photo, and we’ll see ya around.

Cheers

Carl


Favorite Photos 2016

December 4th, 2016 by Carl D

Hey Folks,

It’s that time of the year again. Wrapping up image editing and putting together a quick gallery of photos from the year for you. These are mostly from different photo tours we ran this year.

 


Brown bear fishing – Image of the Month, Sept 2016

September 8th, 2016 by Carl D
A brown bear chasing salmon in a small stream along the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ursus arctos, brown bear.
A brown bear fishing, chasing salmon in a small stream along the coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska. Ursus arctos, brown bear.

Hey Folks,

Been a while. Sorry about that. Summer is too often the season of not updating the blog. This summer, it’s mostly been photographing the great brown bears of the Katmai Coast.

I’ve had a great summer, and spent much of it photographing bears. In another week, I head off for 2 more weeks of brown bear photography, followed by 2 weeks of polar bear photography. Should be a blast.

This shot was taken last week on a fantastic trip camped along the Katmai Coast. Great fun.

Cheers

Carl


Image of the Month, April: Sea Kayaking Icy Bay

April 4th, 2016 by Carl D
Icy Bay Alaska sea kayaking trips Sea kayaker in icy Bay on the icy Bay Sea kayaking trip, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click the image above to view a larger version of the photo.
Sea kayaker in icy Bay on the icy Bay Sea kayaking trip, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click the image above to view a larger version of the photo.

Hey Folks,

Thinking about the coming summer already. Anyone else want to visit Icy Bay this summer? Sea kayaking like nobody’s business.

Icy Bay is on the southern edge of Wrangell  St. Elias National Park. Arguably some of the best seat kayaking in the world. Amazing place!

This is a fun shot from a trip a couple years ago with Chuck. Tons of fun. Definitely a favorite trip for me.

Cheers

Carl


Image of the Month: Brown Bear Cub

March 7th, 2016 by Carl D
A cute young brown bear cub strolls by, Katmai National Park, Alaska.
A cute young brown bear cub strolls by, Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Hey Folks

Here’s a curious young brown bear cub from one of our photo tours last summer. We had a blast photographing this guy and his sibling and mom; amazingly cute, try tolerant of our group, and they loved to play. We all got some great photo opportunities on the trip.

The bear tours are extremely popular, and always a ton of fun. Bears are just such an amazing animal to be around. Continue reading…


2 Polar Bear Cubs Play a Game of Tag on Ice

February 6th, 2016 by Carl D

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Backpacking and Trekking Poles

January 10th, 2016 by Carl D
trekking poles for use hiking on on steep terrain Arrigetch Peaks, gates of the arctic National park Alaska
You can see why hiking poles are so handy on this terrain in Alaska. Often no to very little trail, and it can be steep, slippery, rocky, wet, or all of the above.

Hey Folks,

I’ve written on the topic of trekking poles a few times in the past. Here also. Every year I receive a lot of questions about the use of trekking poles in Alaska. Nothing’s changed. Use them.

The image above illustrates how useful they can be. Backpacking up or down steep terrain like this, often on very little or no trail, with a heavy pack on your back is challenging. Surprisingly, harder still, for most folks, is hiking across the side of a hill like this. Having that pole on your side to lean in to the hill is a big help.

A lot of folks hiking in the lower 48 don’t use them, and I understand that, for sure. The trail systems there are (generally) so good that I don’t think trekking poles hold quite the same benefit there, even though still useful. Up here, however, it’s a different matter (so I now provide trekking poles for all backcountry trips if you don’t have them or don’t want to deal with packing yours up here). Continue reading…


Have a great new years’, folks!

December 31st, 2015 by Carl D
A large male polar bear walks across the ice of the frozen Beaufort Sea in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
A large male polar bear walks across the ice of the frozen Beaufort Sea, silhouetted against a deep red sunrise in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Hey All

From here in Alaska, Expeditions Alaska is wishing you a wonderful evening for New Years’ Eve and all the very best for the coming year!

Cheers

Carl


Favorite photos for 2015

December 21st, 2015 by Carl D

Hey Folks,

So, for my participation in Jim Goldstein’s annual photos of the year presentation, I thought I’d roll along with some of my personal favorites.

The northern lights were fantastic all year, and we had some great opportunities on our trips. Way too much fun shooting these all night long. The great grizzly bears or brown bears of Katmai never ease to amaze, and we had some excellent trips there. Polar bears are always a treat to photograph, as were the bald eagles of Haines and the backcountry trips to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park are always special.

And this year, I came closer than ever to photographing a wolverine. Way, way way too close! Maybe next year. 🙂

So, without further ado, here are some images from this year Continue reading…


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