Saturday, August 29, 2015

Badlands Coyote

We are now in South Dakota after travelling from Michigan through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota to get here. Been some big days driving though its worth the effort when you get to the National Parks. I was very happy with this nice coyote we captured in Badlands National Park  in South Dakota this afternoon. They don't hang around for long when they spot you, so this one was a great catch. Was very warm today, peaking at around 37C! Sorry if you're feeling the cold back in Ballarat and Victoria! Off to Wind Cave National Park tomorrow before heading over to the Tetons and Yellowstone for the last week of the trip.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Agnes Falls Michigan

Today we put in a big day driving across the upper peninsula of Michigan and fund Agnes Falls towards the end of the day. Plenty of waterfalls in this part of the world which we had visited on a previous trip...first time here, though. Off to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota tomorrow as the trip continues. 
And just for fun, a grizzly bear from Denali in Alaska just a few short days ago......

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Moose Mayhem

As we said goodbye to Alaska we had one last morning in Denali National Park, and came across a fantastic group of 5 moose.....3 males and 2 females. As you can see they were very close, no cropping at all in this image!
Off to Michigan for the drive west across the USA to a finish in Yellowstone National Park.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

I'm Back!

Finally after 2 weeks on the road here in Alaska I've got good wifi access to post a quick report. We just finished a visit to the USA National Parks No. 57, 58 and 59...so have now visited them all! The first 2 on this trip we were way up above the Arctic Circle in true wilderness locations and it was an amazing experience....I now fully understand the meaning of the word "wilderness". The first image here shows what greeted us when we stepped of the float plane onto the banks of the Kobuk River....wolf prints, along with bear and moose prints every where you looked! And that first night we spotted a bear moving down the river bank towards us, luckily he decided to swim across the river away from us! And the 59th was to Denali National Park, a truly amazing place highlighted by the highest mountain in North America....Mt McKinley at 20,320 feet. Apparently in Aguust your chances of actually seeing the whole mountain are vey slim, on average only 4 days in the month, so we were were really happy to have 2 great days of viewing this awesome spectacle....a couple of pics to show you. As you can imagine I have many, many images to work through...those from Kobuk Valley NP and Gates of the Arctic are quite unique. We leave Alaska tomorrow night for Michigan and 2 more weeks on the road driving west across the USA to finish in Yellowstone National Park....back soon, I hope!

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saturday Afternoon

I made another visit up to the North Gardens on Satruday to have one last fly before we head off to Alaska early on Sunday morning. Though quite similar to yesterdays, I went a bit higher, and a bit further out than before and both of these images were worth sharing.
This will be my last post for a while....not really sure when we'll get wi fi access again, so keep checking back for the awesome Alaskan adventure!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Up Above

On Friday afternoon I grabbed a few aerials from the North Gardens on the west side of Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat. Though it was generally quite grey there was enough of a break in the sky to give some great blue reflections off the lake, and I gotta say these high viewpoint images are always very intriguing for what you get to see.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Set Up Day

I spent most of Thursday setting up my Ballarat International Foto Beinnale exhibition at the Gold Museum. I must say I'm thrilled with how it all looks and it makes all those early mornings on cold winter days worthwhile! Whilst the official opening date of the Biennale is not for another 2 weeks, you are welcome to drop in now.
The Gold Museum has decided not to have a launch this year. Instead they have worked out a deal with the Biennale organisers that if you show your Biennale program guide at the GM that will get you in, which I think will bring a lot more people in, especially as there is 4 exhibitions at the GM and that makes it worthwhile for people to make a visit away from the main hub of the Biennale in the city centre.
It looks like I may be giving a presentation on the Sunday after I get back....I’ll keep you posted on that for anyone that would like to come along.
Oh, I did catch a quick cloud image at Lake Wendouree on the way home.......




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