This is my last post on Alaska. I won’t bore you with any more from the great white north. Here are some of the better pictures I managed to take with my little Sony camera.
All of these were shot in manual mode, and have not been cropped or corrected. I know some are a touch dark, but sometimes the colors are more representative that way. CLICK TO EMBIGGEN for their full gloriness.
Remember this was a National Geographic sponsored tour, hence my “creativity” with the camera and the amount of wildlife.
Not a great picture, but it’s the best picture I have of a mom (sow) bear and her cubs. They are so effing cute you just wanna play dressup with ’em!
This is a Spruce Grouse that I managed to snap while on one of our rainy hikes in Denali.
This is a picture of Mount McKinley (Denali to the locals) that I shot while circling the mountain in a Cessna. It was difficult to capture the majesty of the mountain- especially through a plane window– and this was my best attempt.
Another picture of “the mountain” as it is also known. This time you get to see one of the large glacier fields too.
Ah, this is me being artsy-fartsy at “Reflection Pond” in Denali National Park. The water was so still that it made for interesting reflection pictures. At least this was representative of the evening up there.
Once again, a more “artistic” shot– me just playing around with the camera. But I wanted to capture the fantastic light. This was taken sometime after 10 at night, the sun was setting in the valley, and it was misting out. Everything was tinged a rose-gold color.
Here’s me being all “Ansel Adamsy” at Wonder Lake in Denali. I wish it hadn’t been as cloudy as it was that day, but since this was the first day it didn’t rain on us, I wasn’t complaining so very much. This picture shows the Alaska Range and the lake (of course).
Yup- same range, just more reflections and artsy-ness.
I like this picture because the green of the mountains in the background sort of pops out at you.
There was supposed to be another Mount McKinley picture here, but I forgot to include it. Maybe some other time. It was one where I was trying to reproduce the famous shot of the mountain and wonder lake. But the clouds weren’t cooperating much that day. Plus I need to “fix” the image a bit I think. Anyway…
This grizzly bear (a yearling) walked right past us while we were at Wonder Lake. At a distance of maybe 15 yards. But the bear was obviously nonplussed by our presence, so we just rolled with it and snapped some pics.
This grizzly bear sat in this spot nearly all day at Brooks Falls. I thought he looked like he was in a jacuzzi– just like many other bears I’ve seen in jacuzzis!
Another bear shot, but this one was scratching his back. I named him Baloo. He was so damn adorable (or as adorable as an 8 foot tall furball of death can be.
I just threw this picture in because you can see a representation of the falls– AND you can see a salmon caught mid-jump. Everyone was trying to get pictures of the fish trying to make it up the falls.
My father calls this the “money shot”. I think it’s a pretty good picture and it was a very lucky shot. I stood with my finger on the button for many minutes just waiting for a fish to jump by this bear. Because it is near the end of the spawning cycle, there wasn’t as much fish activity. This was just a lucky shot.
This is a reindeer shedding the velvet from his antlers. I like the bloody beauty of it.