Grizzly Bear

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Alaska Brown (aka "Grizzly") Bear & Puffin Photo Safari 2015 (2 sessions)

Dates: 
2015-07-08 18:00 - 2015-07-21 14:00

Session 1: July 8-15, 2015 (only 1 opening)
Session 2: July 14-21, 2015 (only 1 opening)
 
2015 is shaping​ up as another great year for Bears & Puffins

It seems like just yesterday, but 2015 will be my 16th year returning to the Cook Inlet in Alaska to photograph America's most spectacular animals. And even though I'm just back, I'm already excited to announce I plan to head back again in July 2015. 

Spending a week [6 nights, giving us 5 full and two partial shooting days -- longer than other trips to the area] with Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears, often called Grizzlies, is truly a life-changing experience. Unlike the bears at Brooks Lodge in Katmai, which are stressed out and offer very limited viewing, we'll be able to see bears in their native and un-stressed environment.

One day the bears will be grazing on the nutrient rich grass and the next they'll be up to their shoulder digging in the mud for clams. Without question these are my favorite weeks of the year.

We're guests of an exclusive small lodge -- the unique Silver Salmon Creek Lodge -- catering to small groups and accessible only by plane, and the bears are right in the area, so our shooting opportunities are maximized.

Click on the bear above to visit our gallery of images from 2012, 
or you can see some of my favorite images from past trips (some from our traditional photo safaris mixed
in with some from custom "family" trips we've put together to the same location):

Mother Brown Bear & Cub: NWF Photo Contest Winner

As the old saying goes, “f/8 and be there.” That can be just as true of wildlife photography. Even after 12 years of photographing Alaskan Coastal Brown bears every summer, I am surprised with new opportunities each time. This photo of a sow (mother bear) playing “hide and seek” with her cub just won 1st place in the Professional Mammals (I think that means that the photographer is a professional – not the animalsSmile) category of the National Wildlife Federation 2011 photo competition. I’m frankly really honored, as the other winning images are all amazing. A special shout out to fellow bear watchers and dedicated biologists Laura Romin and Larry Dalton, who took first place in the Amateur Baby Animals contest. The images are all showcased on the NWF website and in the November issue of their magazine. Read more »

The Eyes Have it!

_djc6751It is easy to get carried away by dramatic wildlife like the Alaskan Brown Bears (aka Grizzly Bears) we’re busy photographing her in Alaska but to communicate in a photograph it is all but essential to have clear and sharp eyes in addition to a clean composition and a compelling subject…

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Alaska Brown (aka "Grizzly") Bear & Puffin Photo Safari 2010

Dates: 
2010-07-08 (All day) - 2010-07-21 (All day)
Session 1: July 8-15, 2011 (now accepting deposits for 2011)
Session 2: July 14-21, 2011 (now accepting deposits for 2011)
Session 1: July 8-15, 2010 (SOLD OUT, wait list only)
Session 2: July 14-21, 2010 (SOLD OUT, wait list only)

Now Accepting Deposits for 2011

It seems like just yesterday, but 2011 will be my 12th year returning to the Cook Inlet in Alaska to photograph America's most spectacular animals.

Spending a week with Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears, often called Grizzlies, is truly a life-changing experience. Unlike the bears at Brooks Lodge in Katmai, which are stressed out and offer very limited viewing, we'll be able to see bears in their native and un-stressed environment.

One day the bears will be grazing on the nutrient rich grass and the next they'll be up to their shoulder digging in the mud for clams. Without question these are my favorite weeks of the year.

We'll have an entire small lodge to ourselves, and the bears are right in the area, so our shooting opportunities are maximized.

Read more »