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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):

An early morning challenge: Photographing 1,000 Buddhist monks

djc_3784Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for. We’d been hoping to see a procession of monks going out for their morning rounds of alms collecting, when we noticed preparations for a major ceremony and found out that the next day 1,000 (precisely 1,000 in this case) monks would be traveling by boat from the far corners of the Inle Lake region to assemble and then join a procession of boats which would receive donations of food and new robes. Read more »

Alaska Brown Bear Safari Trip Report & 2012 Announcement

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Each year I think our Alaska safaris can’t get any better. But this year, our twelfth of visiting with the Bears and Puffins alongside the spectacular volcanoes and the mountains lining the Cook Inlet was the best yet. We had two fun groups (kept small as always so we can move around with the bears and provide lots of personal instruction) and our daughter Annie helping with lessons on Photo Books and with the gear hauling…

July is a special time for the bears of the Cook Inlet. Just about all the moms have brought their cubs out into the open along the water to graze, to learn to clam and to start thinking about fishing. It is still early enough that the bears are fairly relaxed and haven’t starting panicking in their fall rush to put on weight for winter. We were treated to many scenes of cubs and moms playing and mothers nursing both spring cubs (born this winter in the den and first out in the world only a couple months ago) and “yearling” cubs—last years spring cubs in their final year before being kicked out by their moms.

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All About Nature Photography -- All in One Place!

 

For those of you not familiar with NANPA is one of the oldest, largest and most respected groups of Nature Photographers in the U.S. We've been proud to be a corporate member for several years and this year are especially excited to be offering a half-day workshop on wildlife photography as part of their annual Summit in March. If you haven't been to the Summit it is a great place to meet and learn from experts in the field of nature photography, network with your peers, and get some shooting done.

Southeast Asia Trip Report–Destination Myanmar (Burma)

"Intha Style" boats are family cars for the villagers living on Inle Lake. Here the father takes his daughter to school and his wife to market before beginning his day fishing.After a busy five days in Cambodia we reluctantly took our leave and jetted off to Myanmar. After a short connection in the Bangkok airport (Bill was ecstatic to find they had Durian ice cream there but the foot massages were a bigger hit with most of the folks) we arrived in Yangon (formerly Rangoon and still the largest city in Myanmar) in time to see sunset on the way into town. We get asked a lot about whether it is difficult to get permission to travel in Myanmar and the answer is absolutely not—tourists are welcomed. And once there no country has friendlier people…


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