Archives for September 2010

2011 Excellent Adventures Lineup

With 2010 in it’s last quarter and my Excellent Photo Adventures full for the rest of the year, I’m looking ahead to 2011 with great anticipation of some awesome adventures with a fun loving adventurous group of people. Here is my 2011 lineup so far…

-Yellowstone Below Zero…jan 16-22, 23-39 & Feb 6-12 Sorry Full…sign up to be notified of 2012 dates
-Fort DeSoto…Feb 28-Mar 4 Limit 5 shooters, 3 spots open
-SW Adventure…Apr 11-16 & 17-22 Sorry Full…sign up to be notified of 2012 dates
-Storm Chasing…May 16-22 Limit 5 shooters, 3 spots open
-Brown Bears of Alaska (Spring cubs, nesting birds and more)…May 29-June 5 & June 5-11 Limit 6 shooters, 3 spots open first week, 3 spots open 2nd week
-So Texas Birds…June 20-25 Limit 5 shooters, 3 spots open
-Brown Bears of Alaska (prime fishing season)…Aug 7-14 Limit to 6 shooters, 2 spots open
-Brown Bears of Alaska (fall bears)…Sept 11-18 Limit 6 shooters, 4 spots open
-Yellowstone Fall Rut…TBA

For more information or to sign up contact me at laurie@laurieexcell.com or call 503-703-3872

I look forward to many Excellent Adventures with you!

Winding Down

This is the latest I have been to the lodge in Alaska for bears and it’s been an amazing week. The salmon have run and there are very few fish left for the bears. The heavy traffic of the last week has really died down the last few days with the bears seeming to meander up and down the river finding carcasses as much as live fish and not behaving in the fishing frenzy we witnessed last week. Fall is drawing near and the bears are all fat and healthy looking. I think this picture of one of the regular visitors to the river pretty much sums it all up…

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm, TC-14E II on Lexar Digital Media

I will be leaving the lodge soon myself with my hard drives full of great images and my heart full of the wonder of this special place. While I feel a certain nostalgia at leaving, I have next year to look forward to. I have booked the lodge for four weeks in 2011. If you would like to join me for an adventure of a lifetime drop me a line.
May 29-June 4 babies, nesting birds and more…6 spots 3 open
June 5-June 12 babies, nesting birds and more…6 spots 3 open
Aug 7-14 prime fishing…6 spots 2 open
Sept 11-18 fall bears…6 spots 4 open

Bear Adventure Day 6

It’s hard to believe that it’s fall in Alaska with sunny days and warm temperatures it feels more like summer. With the salmon run a bit late we have been blessed with many bears working the river. The last day of our adventure is no exception with the familiar bears we have come to know along with a few new faces each day. All in all, we were able to photograph over fifteen different bears.

and they all had one thing in mind…

Thanks to a great group of friends who helped to make it an incredible week of non-stop bear photography. The planes have come and gone leaving me here for a few more days of fishing and bear photography.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-17E II. D300S, AF-S 28-300mm VR on Lexar digital media

Bear Adventure Day 5

It’s been an exciting week of non-stop fishing, great action and intimate moments of bear photography…

A normal visit to the lodge includes boating around the bay looking for our subjects and photographing the gorgeous scenery. But, this time with the salmon running late we are here for the end of the run and simply go to the river, plant ourselves and catch the action. And boy, there has been action!

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm VR, TC-14E II on Lexar Digital Media