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Matanuska glaicer, southcentral Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f/2.8L, 1/30 sec @ f. 16, ISO 100

The Matanuska Glacier is located on the North side of the Chugach mountains, along the Glenn Highway in southcentral, Alaska. It is one of the few road accessible glaciers in the state, and is beautifully situated against a dramatic mountain back drop. During my July visit, the eskimo potato blossoms were profuse and the pink adds a cheerful feel to the landscape.

  • Patrick Endres - Bob, I remember your photos with that Nikon lens, glad to have one now and look forward to experimenting with it.ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Thanks Sam, I wish you good luck, the aurora should be good if the skies are clear for you.ReplyCancel

  • Bob T. - This is a great photo. The Nikon 14-24mm has produced some great images for me. I especially like to use it from a low position looking up, including the sky and clouds. Look forward to seeing more of your great photos with this lensReplyCancel

  • Bruce Faanes - Beautiful shot! Looks like your new “point & shoot” Mark III in your talented hands is working out very well. Image just about looks 3D.
    On a side note, may be sending you an e-mail in the near future for some advise on Polar Bear photography. Going to Hudson Bay 11/6/12 and any advise from the experts is always greatly appreciated. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

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  • Sam Ciraulo - Patrick,
    Stumbled upon your site while searching the web for advice on photographing the Northern Lights (Saw your excellent blog entry on the topic. Thanks for the voluminous advice!) Will be in Alaska from Sept 12 through 26, 2012 to visit friends in Fairbanks and Valdez and of course to do some photography! Your work is extremely inspiring and motivating to me. Appreciate your commentary and text entries as well.

    Your images have “pushed me over the edge” Can’t wait to get back to Alaska!ReplyCancel

Coastal brown bear in a meadow of lupine wildflowers, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS, w/1.4x, 1/400 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 640

This is a cropped version of a photo I took on coastal Katmai last month. Even at 700mm, I could have been closer, but thanks to the great quality of the 500mm lens and the file of the 5D Mark III, I am able to crop in and still have substantial file size for reproduction. I’ve been working on my 2014 calendars and have tagged this image as a possible cover shot for my 2015 calendar. I was hoping for more images like this, but the bears were so busy eating that they rarely looked up, let alone, in a profile or direct view with eye contact. The purple, brown, and green is a really nice color combination, and makes a very pleasing palette.

  • Karen Casebeer - The bear looks like she is in heaven! Great new slideshow pix too. But I miss the polar bear and fox shots! Wonderful blog.ReplyCancel

  • Inge - Great shot as always Patrick! I very much enjoy all of your updates, every Alaskan scene is so recognizable to me now :) Love the flowers, I saw fields full of them in the south when I was there. And today I drove by a Denali grizzly when I was out in the park, and it didn’t pay any attention to me at all – way too busy eating berries! I wonder, did you get any good Fireweed shots from your trip? It seemed it was covering every inch of Denali these last weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Vivian - I second the motion for this photo as the cover for the 2015 calendar! Well, there will be other photo contenders as time goes by, and they may be just as good as this one if not better – so just consider this a tentative vote for the cover photo!ReplyCancel

Coastal brown bear rolls in a grassy meadow with its feet sticking in the air. Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS w/ 1.4x, 1/320 @ f/5.6, ISO 400.

An open grassy meadow, with white daisies dotting the perimeter serves as a good spot for this brown bear to scratch its back by rolling around on the surface. I liked the display of both the pads of the bear’s feet, and its long, distinctive claws. Those claws can do some serious dirt removal, in addition to very dexterous tasks like extracting the brains from salmon.

Coastal Katmai is famous for its large brown bear population. They forage voraciously during the rich and productive summer season, enjoying clams, fish, berries, and other plants, as they pack on the fat for a winter hibernation. This bear had walked through camp early one morning, so we grabbed our camera gear and followed it into a meadow filled with purple, blossoming lupine wildflowers. While there were great possibilities, the busy bear gave little attention to us, and offered only a few profile shots. This is one of them.

Coastal brown bear in a meadow of lupine wildflowers, Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula, southwest Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS, 1/400 sec @ f/5, ISO 400.

During the summer months, the Savannah sparrow is commonly seen and heard in the meadows around much of Alaska. They like to perch on the tall plants which, if your timings is right, can be fireweed or lupine. While photographing brown bears in a meadow along the Katmai coast (bears that were so busy feeding that they rarely looked up), I could not resist photographing the many sparrows that would fly from flower top to flower top. The comfortable range the birds seems to be about the equivalent of a 1000mm lens, but on occasion, one would land closer, or allow a closer approach.

Savannah sparrow perches on the wildflower blossom of a lupine in a lush summer feild of vegetation in Katmai National Park, Alaska Peninsula. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS w/1.4x, 1/320 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 320