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.
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.
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.
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 veritable bevvy of more fun photos, this year.
We’re announcing a new brown bear photo tour, to interior Katmai National Park. Info is as below:
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.
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 have a great bunch of trips we’ll be running.
Without further ado, I’ll throw some pictures up for you. Enjoy.
Before the Aurora
We arrived 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…