Playful Grizzly Bear Cub

This was probably my favorite photo from Alaska. I don’t know what it is but I can’t stop smiling when I look at this. Seeing the grizzly bear cub playing with the driftwood for quite some time, it was fascinating to watch the destruction the cub did on it. See more of my grizzly bear …

The Thrill of the Chase

Frans Lanting once said that, “The worst day in the field is better than the best day in an office.” To me that speaks to the unpredictability of being outdoors. You just never know what will happen. There’s no need to be an alcoholic if you are a nature photographer because your life should be …

Unbearable Headache II

I have to give Ron credit for the blog post title because I couldn’t think of anything else that fit! So here is his version of Un-bear-able Headache. This was taken on the morning of our 3rd day at Silver Salmon Creek. This day was really the only day of my Alaska trip that I …

Cute Grizzly Bear Cub

I like how the grizzly bear cub appears to be smiling. I’m sure it probably didn’t really feel any emotion at this moment but who can resist anthropomorphizing animals? We tend to like what we can relate to. The funny part would be sometimes they would attempt to walk a few steps while standing on …

Hip Waders

Our arrival back to Silver Salmon Creek was quite the adventure. We timed it for the low tide because that is when grizzly bears were most likely to be fishing for salmon at the mouth of Silver Salmon Creek. Due to the low tide situation however, the boat had to be docked about a quarter-mile …

Tufted Puffins

Ron was generous enough to let all of us take turns on this scene halfway up the rocky cliffside with his 600mm f4 + 2x TC. With the 1.6x crop sensor of the Canon 7D camera body I was using the focal length was equivalent to 1920mm in focal length! According to my EXIF data, …

Horned Puffin

On the morning of our 2nd day, Jenny and Drew took us on a short boat ride over to see the historic Snug Harbor Cannery and then to an island frequented by horned puffins and tufted puffins. The ride was pretty nice as you could see countless waterfalls flowing down into Cook Inlet from the …

Wildlife Photography Ethics

I have kept this to myself for a long time but after several discussions about wildlife photography ethics during the photo tour I feel compelled to write about this. Digital technology makes it very easy and convenient to manipulate images however the photographer chooses to but manipulating the trust of your audience is something that …

Where the Wild Things Are

I didn’t quite realize what I had signed up for until David gave us the intro orientation back at the lodge. As he was telling us that he could almost guarantee that a grizzly bear would walk by us at some point during our stay and to not back away when it happens because that …

Parenting. Grizzly-Style.

The plane ride over to Silver Salmon Creek was quite spectacular despite the cloudy conditions. As the plane flew further from Anchorage you could see the city gradually give way to coastal wetlands with nothing in the way of human development save for a few duck hunting cabins scattered about the landscape. Two things that …