Archives for November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

 

Take time today to celebrate what’s right with the world!  May your day be filled with good food, wonderful friends and family and the simple joys in life!

Give The Gift Of Adventure, An Excellent Photo Adventure That Is

Looking for something unique for that special someone in your life?  How about an Excellent Photo Adventure to one of the locales on their bucket list?  2013 holds some wonderful adventures in store…Yellowstone Below Zero, Oregon Winter Waves (tab), Cuba, Storm Chasing in Tornado Alley, Brown Bears of Alaska, Africa, The American Southwest, Fall Rut in Yellowstone and Polar Bears of Churchill (tba).

Want something a little more personal, how about a day or two of personal instruction at the location of your special someone’s choice.  I offer private tutoring either in the Portland area (my home base) or on location.

For more information or to purchase a gift certificate contact lexcell@earthlink.net

Excellent Photo Adventures…Churchill Polar Bears 4

Our week in Churchill was an amazing experience.  We were fortunate to enjoy the arctic at it’s best.  The freeze was just starting when we arrived and throughout the week we experienced temps in the minus thirties (that’s farenheit) with wind chill and we saw the ice forming on Hudson Bay right before our eyes.  We learned that the wind direction played a big role in the freeze.  South winds were warmer and pushed the ice out of the bay and north winds were colder and pushed the ice back into the bay.  It was something to see ice as far as the eye could see one day and then see breaks the next.  We viewed a foreground of ice on Tuesday night when photographing the northern lights and crashing waves on Thursday night from the exact same location.

Along with the weather changes, the polar bear’s behavior changed from bears approaching our buggy in curiosity…

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

to sparring as they sized each other up and established an order of dominance which would carry into mating season in the heart of the winter months…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

When the wind was howling across the tundra, the bears would dig an indentation in the snow and hunker down…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR

 

And as the bay continued to freeze the bears congregated along the shore, pacing back and forth, testing the ice, sniffing the air for the scent of seal…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

It looks like the freeze is coming to the Hudson Bay earlier than in recent years past.  That’s a good thing for the bears and it was a wonderful experience to share a short time in their world learning more about their behavior and enjoying many incredible photo opportunities.  Another Excellent Photo Adventure comes to an end…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

Next stop Bosque del Apache, stay tuned.

 

Excellent Photo Adventures…Churchill Polar Bears 3

Long days and nights with Northern Lights make for very little time to edit and blog.  Enjoy a few from yesterday…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR with TC-14E II

 

Nikon D4, AF 16mm 2.8D Fisheye

 

More stories and photos to come.  Stay tuned.