A good scratching post
A variety of animals can be found in or near Lamar Valley, From the large Bison to the more delicate antelope, all are fascinating to watch. This time of year a lot of them still have not shed out their winter coats so they tend to look a bit shaggy or moth eaten compared to later in the year.
On my last trip out I was able to watch a black bear with her
cubs for a short time and then a grizzly with a yearling for a quick few minutes before she left. Click here for more images
Grizzly sow & cub (on the left)
The next to last day at Glacier I was able to get a couple of photos of a grizzly feeding in the bushes. Unfortunately when I headed out that time I did not put the long lens in the truck, just the camera bag with other lenses, this was a mistake and one I won’t make again.
Last night after hitching up the trailer and dumping the tanks in preparation to leave first thing this morning I wasn’t driving anywhere. It looked like it was clearing and sure enough about 11 pm it was very clear out and the Milky Way was visible in all its glory above the mountain. I got out the camera and tripod, set up in the road next to the trailer and took about 12 images using 2 different lenses. Well worth the effort! To my delight I captured a couple of meteors along with the Milky Way. Always fun to see the night sky!
Not a lot going on right now so I’ve taken the time to set up a couple of videos of a few of my images. This one shows some night images set to music. Images were taken in 2014 in the following national parks: Badlands, Denali, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Arches. While in Glacier and Yellowstone NPs I was fortunate to capture the Aurora Borealis. There are also a few images at the end that were taken in Florida. Astrophotography in the National Parks
The second video is a collection of images taken when I did both a day tour and a night tour of the Upper Antelope Slot Canyon in Page, AZ, in the spring of 2013. Upper Antelope Slot Canyon
I’ve just added a slide show comprised of images taken at the bear Viewing Platform in Hyder, AK. You’ll see Black bears, including a sow with a little cub, Grizzly Bears, a wolf, a raven and a brown bat. Photos were taken over a span of 12 days with the weather varying form sunny and warm to cold and rainy. I hope you enjoy it. Hyder Grizzlies & Friends
The last few days have been great for viewing the bears, but it is getting wetter and wetter, raining more often and for longer periods. Fortunately the bears don’t mind and we humans cope because the rewards are worth it.
Thursday I left the creek around mid day for a couple of hours, so naturally a wolf decided to come along and see what scraps were available. Friday at the creek we saw no bears from early morning through about 2 pm. I had to leave then and returned about 4 pm. The wolf returned about 4:30! After that a couple of the grizzlies returned and for a while there the sow was in one area and one of the boars in another. We could see both,but not without turning a bit to do it, and were waiting to see if she spotted him. We were hoping she would stand up, but she never realized he was there. Oh well, these are wild critters and totally unpredictable!
It’s really raining here this morning so I decided to drive to the little local library to make use of their faster wifi to get some images uploaded to my website, catch up on email and this blog. While I’m here I may even check the weather report.
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While in Valdez a couple of people I met suggested i go along the Denali Hwy. a bit, very scenic, etc. Since I was not pressed for time I decided to do just that so I went to Paxson and headed west on it for 21 miles to Tangle Lake BLM campground. Very different area than any other I’d seen in AK. Wide open spaces with snow capped mountains and glaciers in the distance. This first image will give you some idea of the country there. Vast spaces with very low shrubs, no trees, many small lakes (in the indents left from ice age glaciers). The campground was nice, very basic but neat and clean, dry camping in the wide open spaces. The road past the campground is gravel and goes over 100 miles west to connect to Parks Hwy (N/S) near Denali. I drove about 25 miles on the gravel and the country was the same, wide open spaces.
From there I headed south to Hyder, AK. To get there I went back to the Alaska Highway, stopping 3 times along the way for the night. The third night of the trip I was on the Cassier Hwy and stopped at Jade City (free parking lot stop), where I bought some mementoes of the trip).On the way into Stewart/Hyder I passed a couple of glaciers. Arrived in Hyder, AK, Sunday afternoon and secured a camp site for 8 nights. Hyder is well known to some because it is the site of a boardwalk along the Fish River where bear viewing is possible. Salmon are running and I am hoping to capture some special images. The boardwalk is in Tongass NF and there are rangers on hand while it is open, 6 am to 10 pm. My Sr. Pass gets me in free and I plan on making good use of it.
3 miles down the road from the site is the Run A Muck campground, it is really quite nice and very reasonable rates for full hookups (and senior discount, too).
After getting the trailer unhitched and hooked up, feeding and walking the dogs, I headed over to the viewing area and was able to see a black bear sow with her cub. She sent the cub up a tree and came back to the river’s edge to scrounge a dead fish which she then ate (after dragging another one back into the brush).
I’l be returning to the viewing area a couple of times a day for the next few days and hope to post more images soon.