Posts Tagged ‘North America’

2015 Hudson Bay Expedition – The View from Above

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This changes everything. Like most boys, I dreamt of flying. My young nights filled with aerial adventures that come crashing to earth with the morning alarm. And like most men, I lacked the ambition, attention span or available stockpile of cash to make those dreams a reality. These days, most of my flying dreams are […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Tour the Boat

Canada, Nunavut Territory, C-Dory expedition boat trapped by sea ice on shores of Vansittart Island along Frozen Strait

This boat. This 22-foot floating fiberglass money pit. For the summer it’s my home, my office and my bedroom. It’s also my jail cell and my ticket to adventure, my shelter through the storms to come and my private little shop of horrors. I’ve often compared her to a VW camper of the sea, but […]


Hudson Bay Expedition – Into the Sea

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This whole thing feels like it’s held together with baling wire and wishing thinking. But has it ever been otherwise? After all the running around, stringing wires and stowing cases, it comes down to this: will the boat float and can I make her go. I mention to my friend Chesley that it seems as […]


Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico

Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Not every trip is an expedition. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time or money to head off into some remote corner of the wilderness for a month or two at a stretch. Sometimes it’s just enough to take a short break and see someplace new. New Meixco’s Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge is a well […]


2013 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Animals in Their Environment

Polar Bear, Hudson Bay, Canada

Polar Bear lurking beneath melting sea ice on Hudson Bay, Canada. Photographed July 11, 2012 using a Canon 7D camera, 10-22mm lens and at the end of a six-foot camera boom. Exposure 1/320 second at f/4. I had been making noise for years about going to Hudson Bay to photograph polar bears. The town of […]


Frozen Strait, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Underwater View of Walrus, Hudson Bay, Nunavut, Canada

Underwater view of male Walrus swimming in Frozen Strait, near the arctic circle in Canada’s Nunavut Territory. Photographed August 6, 2013 with a Canon 7D camera and 8-15mm f/4 lens at 1/640 f/6.3, housed in an AquaTech underwater housing. One day I was driving my 22-foot C-Dory through open water near the arctic circle, wondering […]


Mystic, Connecticut

Beluga Whale, Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut

She’s flirting with me. She’s definitely flirting with me.The way she circles past. How her eyes follow me. Finally, she works up her nerve and stops. Through the glass, our eyes meet and her face reveals an enigmatic smile. She opens her mouth and seems ready to speak.And then she bares her sharp teeth, pops […]


Hartford, Connecticut

City Skyline, Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford is certainly a town not lacking in pretension. A city built on stolid insurance premiums grown glossy and sleek on nouveau riche investment swindles. There are grand boulevards…devoid of traffic. Vast public spaces…abandoned. Towering skyscrapers…seemingly vacant. It’s as if the Rapture came and it turned out that God’s chosen were insurance adjusters and derivatives […]


Alaska Airlines Magazine

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From the newstands, Alaska Airlines Magazine used one of my glacier images from Alaska on a recent cover. Photographed August 2, 2010 at Dawes Glacier along Alaska’s Inside Passage using a Canon EOS-1D IV and 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens. Purchase Fine Art Print  | License Stock Image


Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park, Nevada

I walk off into the desert like the poster child for what not to do in Death Valley. 109°. No compass. No water. I wonder how long I can go before my tongue swells, the hallucinations start, my brain begins to shut down, the vultures circle, flare their wings and descend. I’m guessing it will probably […]


Yosemite Valley, California

Yosemite National Park, California

WWAAD? Arriving in Yosemite Valley, I find myself asking that perennial question, “What would Ansel Adams do?” The landscape pioneer was, at the very least, a lucky guy. To be part of the first generation of artists to discover the high Sierra and create a body of work that defines the place to this day. […]


Holbrook, Arizona

Dinosaurs in Desert, Holbrook, Arizona

Holbrook lies along old Route 66, the mother road from Chicago to the California coast and all-purpose symbol of the American love affair with the open road.The town was once home to a bevy of motels and cafes catering to early cross-country drivers, and a dozen or more garages dedicated to nursing post-war Chevrolets across […]


Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley, Arizona

When movie director John Ford changed Marion Morrison into John Wayne, dressed him up in a cowboy outfit and stuck him out in this arid, forbidding corner of the Arizona desert, he created the defining image of the American West. The first time you come into Monument Valley, you’re enraptured. It’s instantly recognizable; the red […]


Katmai National Park, Alaska

Grizzly Bear and Remote Camera, Katmai National Park, Alaska

There has never been a better time to be a nature photographer. In the last decade, we have witnessed a revolution in digital photo technology. Guided tours travel to wilderness areas that were once the sole province of National Geographic and BBC film crews. There has never been a worse time to make a living […]


Katmai National Park, Alaska

Underwater Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska

Underwater view of Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) swimming after spawning salmon in Katmai National Park on summer day. Photographed August 23, 2010 with Canon 1Ds III and 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens using an underwater housing and remote release. Runner-up: Underwater World at 2011 BBC Veilia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Purchase Fine Art Print […]


Midnight Sun, Brooks Range, Alaska

Midnight Sun, Brooks Range, Alaska

On this, the longest day of the northern year, the sun never sets at the Arctic Circle. It loops around, kissing the northern horizon and casting an otherworldly orange glow before rising again. In 1996, I drove north on Alaska’s Dalton Highway, past the Arctic Circle roadside pullout, beyond Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range […]


Yasha Island, Alaska

Steller's Sea Lion Underwater, Alaska

Even before the cold water started to settle around my crotch, I knew this was a bad idea. I’d been trying to photograph Steller’s Sea Lions swimming underwater for the better part of a day, and it was slow going. The novelty of a boat bobbing on its anchor a mile from their haul out […]


Freshwater Bay, Alaska

Jellyfish, Alaska

I came for the whales. I stayed for the jellyfish. There have been days when the whales have gone wandering, the sea lions scattered and the eagles elusive. But during the short Alaska summer, life abounds below the ocean surface as well. While sheltering in a small bay from the afternoon winds that turn Chatham […]


Holbrook, Arizona

Dinosaur Sculptures on Route 66, Holbrook, Arizona

Holbrook lies along old Route 66, the mother road from Chicago to the California coast and all-purpose symbol of the American love affair with the open road. The town was once home to a bevy of motels and cafes catering to early cross-country drivers, and a dozen or more garages dedicated to nursing post-war Chevrolets […]


Hornby Island, Canada

Steller's Sea Lion Underwater, British Columbia, Canada

Underwater view of two playful Steller’s Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus) near Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. “There’s a sea lion attached to my head, biting down just hard enough to get my undivided attention. Swarmed by a gang of adolescent pinniped delinquents, I feel like the new guy on his first day in prison. My last […]


Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada

Scuba Diver and Sea Lion, British Columbia, Canada

There’s a sea lion attached to my head, biting down just hard enough to get my undivided attention. Swarmed by a gang of adolescent pinniped delinquents, I feel like the new guy on his first day in prison. We’re out on our first day diving with Rob and Amanda off Hornby Island, a small speck […]


Tok, Alaska

There’s a black bear in the road up ahead. This being Alaska, I shouldn’t be all that surprised. It’s his fashion choice that’s thrown me. Firmly perched over his head sits an antique ten pound tin of Folger’s coffee, raided from some old trapper’s cabin. Any points the bear gets for style and originality come […]