Excellent Photo Adventures… Alaska Brown Bears 3

Like a moth to a flame, I am drawn back to Alaska time and time again.  I originally came for the bears…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II ISO 400 f8 @ 1/250

 

And, I still do but, I have discovered that there is so much more to this wild and wonderful place called Alaska.  There is the dramatic scenery which makes a beautiful backdrop for the wildlife that abounds here…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ISO 400 f9.5 @ 1/350

 

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ISO 400 f8 @ 1/500

 

Who could ask for a better view right from the front porch of my cabin…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ISO 200 f8 @ 1/180

 

I have learned to expect the unexpected and to be ready at a moments notice for those rare and wonderful moments that just happen like a pod of Orcas feeding in the bay…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II, TC-20E III ISO 400 f6.7 @ 1/1500

 

Or, Dall Porpoises frolicking in the bow wake of our boat…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR ISO 200 f8 @ 1/500

 

And, I look forward with each visit to seeing my friends (the amazing crew at the lodge Bob, Angela, Shawn and Perry) who welcome me and my band of Excellent Adventurers with open arms…

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ISO 200 f8 @ 1/250

 

Alaska truly is one of the last frontiers where you can safely have close encounters of the bear kind…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR ISO 400 f11 @ 1/250

 

And, I for one count it as one of life’s greatest privileges to be in the bear’s territory and have them not only accept me but, to go on about their business totally unconcerned at my presence, moving about freely and occasionally passing by for a closer look of their own…

Nikon D4, AF-S 500mm f4 VR, TC-14E II ISO 1000 f8 @ 1/1000

 

All too soon the week is over and as the first float plane full of adventures lift off towards Kodiak, the heaviness in my heart is lifted with anticipation of returning next year …

Nikon D4, AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ISO 200 f8 @ 1/350

 

2013 Alaska Brown Bear Adventures…

June 9-16, 2013 6 spots, 4 available

August 11-18, 2013 Full, Taking names