Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Katmai Cub

Today's Alaskan image comes from the day we spent with the bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve. This is one of 2 cubs that was having a great time whenever mum caught a salmon. They'd come bounding over and grab whatever they could, usually after mum had made that big crunch into the salmon. 
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Wow ! Way Out West

On Wednesday evening I had full intentions of heading north to Smeaton to check on Birch's Creek, however the sky looked very promising out west. I had actually passed the turn-off onto the freeway when I had another look and realised this was something special. I had to travel a lot further than I thought and ended up way out west, and north, of Trawalla. Luckily its still within my 42km radius, too! I found a nice shearing shed to give some foreground focus to the amazing skies that developed over the next 39 minutes in this series. And as if the skies weren't enough, the added bonus was a very nice double rainbow. It was great to get such fantastic conditions, and especially as it was in an area I have never been to before. The current weather pattern of warm days with a bit of humidity often leads to epic conditions...I'm really looking forward to the upcoming warmer months if this is any indication of whats likely to happen.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazing Scale

Todays Alaska post is from our all-day boat tour at Glacier Bay National Park, our last new USA National Park on this trip. (That makes it 56 out of the 59 parks!). This day was one of the highlights of an amazing trip, and though the day started off very wet, it had cleared nicely a few hours into the trip, giving me many amazing scenes to capture ....I spent most of the day running around with 2 cameras around my neck...one with the big zoom lens, and the other for the overall scenes. We stopped at the John Hopkins Glacier for quite a while and just listened to the silence, interspersed with the huge cracks of the ice calving off the front of the glacier. The last one of the visit was the most epic....luckily the 2 seals in the lower left corner of this gives you an idea of the scale. You really gotta click on this for a bigger look!
After this it was off to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon for an epic sunrise..........!!
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An Eerie Evening

Tuesday in Ballarat was fine, warm and very windy, until later in the day when the wind dropped. I headed off around an hour before sunset and realised that I wouldn't be going too far in my travels....a huge amount of smoke had moved in from (I think) some burn-offs and Lake Wendouree was looking quite eerie. So I spent my time on the north shore watching as the light turned more intense the lower the sun got.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Nice Place For Lunch

I'm working my way through Alaskan images at the moment......this one is from a day we had flying around in the seaplane between Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks. We spent some time this morning flying around the peaks of Katmai and as lunchtime approached, the pilot Glenn thought it would be nice to spend some time inside one of the dormant volcanoes .... certainly the first time we had ever experienced something like this...this view is as were leaving the lake we had just spent lunch on the banks of! This is definitely worth clicking on for a bigger look!
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The Side of the Mountain

Monday was, once again, fine and sunny with clear blue skies, so I thought I'd take the chance to check out the status of the forget-me-not fields on the side of Mt Warrenheip. They are still looking good with plenty to work with. There are also some great gum trees that are covered in new growth, recovering well from the fire in February last year. 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kenai Fjords Wildlife

I spent some time over the weekend going through images from the recent Alaska trip. This selection of wildlife  all comes from the one day, in fact the one trip when we did the all-day boat trip out to Northwestern Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park. Our original trip had been rained out 2 days earlier which worked out well as we got some great conditions this day. It was quite a challenge in parts to shoot from the moving boat, especially with the big zoom lens, so I was pretty happy to come back with such a range of different animals.




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