Moon Jellies

 We found a large school of moon jellies during the boat tour. I used to work an aquarium in San Francisco that had moon jellies but nothing compares to seeing the real thing in the wild. See more of my Alaska pictures.  

Orca

 As mentioned in the previous post, I took the Captain’s Choice Boat Tour but this had to have been the most frustrating photo shoot I have ever been on in my life. The seas were quite rough on this day particularly in the open seas around the Chiswell Islands. Shooting from a boat is difficult …

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 …

Creek Crossings in an ATV Vehicle

 Some of the more tense moments during the photo tour had nothing to do with grizzly bears but strategically trying to figure out how to cross Silver Salmon Creek without stranding the ATV vehicles or worse, getting stranded ourselves. Another tour group for example was stranded for several hours out on the beach because they …

Alaska Wildflowers

 Much of the roadside along the Seward Highway from Anchorage to Seward was carpeted with purple fireweed wildflowers. I quickly learned that nothing comes easy in Alaska however as the extremely windy conditions made for wildflower photography nearly impossible during my trip except for this brief lull in action on my 2nd evening in Alaska. …

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, …

Winner Creek Gorge

 Winner Creek Gorge is a nice five-mile roundtrip hike in the Chugach National Forest about 45 minutes south of Anchorage. For the adventurous-types: there is a cool hand-operated tram near the end of the trail that you can use to cross Winner Creek with. Winner Creek Trail is not lung-busting but it makes for a …

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 …

Grizzly Bear Nursing Behavior

 A photo of a grizzly bear cub feeding off it’s mother taken this morning in the rain at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. This place is unbelievable but more on that next week. See more of my grizzly bear pictures.