Before we begin I want to reference the Bears of Brooks River 2018 reference guide. Indeed, all these bears are well-documented. So if you see me refer to them by their number, more information can be found in this reference.
This trip sort of started way back in January. January 5th 12:00 AKST to be exact. That is the precise time registration opens for the coveted Katmai Campground. It only holds 60 spots, and it seems that the whole world wants them during the month of July. Attempting to coordinate with a friend (Tim), we were set on grabbing the second week. But that date literally filled up in seconds. Almost suspiciously fast. Alas, we were pushed off our goal of visiting peak season and had to settle for the last week of July into early August. Here’s hoping that the salmon run…runs late.
Continue reading Katmai 2018: Sub-adult Summer
I’m usually not one to chase after astronomy events, but will definitely put in the effort when it happens in our own backyard!
Continue reading Total Solar Eclipse in Teton Valley
Two Katmai trips in a month?? Yup. Here we go again with more bears from a different section of the park.
Continue reading Katmai July 26 – 31: Coastal Bays
Katmai National Park – it’s home to some of the best bear viewing in the world, the iconic Brooks Falls, and the lesser known Novarupta eruption.
For this somewhat impromptu trip, I’m flying from Anchorage to King Salmon, and then taking a float plane to Brooks Camp for three nights.
Continue reading Katmai July 3 – 6: Brooks Camp
With the snowfall from early June a distant memory, this was one of the nicest weekends so far this year. It’s warm summer weather with wildflowers down in the valleys.
Continue reading Yellowstone June 24: Wapiti Wolves and Wildflowers
This last week or so had some a variation of spring-summer weather. Technically meteorological summer has started on the 1st of June. Early summer here means snow-melt and maybe a rogue snow shower.
Continue reading Yellowstone & GYE June 9 – 11: Summer?
Watching the Maple Fire from a distance, I was curious what it looked like from the roadside, since the map showed it so close. Also that bison carcass at LeHardy Rapids was getting some attention. So, I thought to use up my free Saturday on a quick day trip.
Continue reading Yellowstone Aug 27: Some Patient Rewards
My parents are in town, so it’s a rare occurrence to take the time off work and enjoy a few midweek days in the park.
Continue reading Yellowstone August 2 – 4: Hot Summer Days in Hayden Valley
Just in the park for the a day, but it was great meeting up with people I’ve gotten to know over the last couple summers and also catching up with the latest Wapiti drama. The goal for the day was to see them interacting with the Mollies, and maybe get a picture with them all together.
Continue reading Yellowstone July 16: Wapiti Drama
I arrived at Bridge Bay around 9pm Friday. It was already dark from cloud cover, so I went to the ranger presentation instead of heading out for a sunset shoot. Most campsites will have them nightly, and it’s usually an interpretive ranger talking about wolves, bison, park history, etc. Tonight it’s wolves and their history in the park – informative. I also got his opinion on some recent Jackson news I found interesting (and controversial).
Continue reading Yellowstone June 11: Wapiti and Washburn