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.
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.
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
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