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Into The Great Wide Open

Juneau, AK

Variations On A Tram

A couple of these images have already hit the site, but since I was posting a new one I decided to post all the images of the world-famous Juneau Tram. By posting all of them I was hoping to share a little photography lesson. The lesson….’Change Your Perspective’! There are infinite ways to photograph the same subject so try to mix it up. Although I know the lesson, I still have to force myself to do it. If you know it, keep doing it…if not, give it a try. It’s something that creative people like you and I will work on for our entire lifetime so let’s get started!

Alaska – Part III

Huge Alaskan Leaves
Alaska is Green! It is super lush. Everywhere I hiked, I would find ‘Jurrasic Parkesque’ plants the likes I had never seen before. If dinosaurs could have tolerated the colder climates, I’m pretty sure the would have liked this place. I shot this image while following a small pedestrian path to a very famous glacier. When you see foliage this big, you just have to take a photo of it.

Remember, you can always click on a photo to get a larger version to save to your desktop.

Photographer’s Note – I spot metered the leaf so I could darken up the background a bit.

Alaska – Part I

Whale Fluke

Howdy! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was beautiful here in CO so I was able to get some good miles in on the bike. I posted a question asking our Facebook fans what they would like to see Monday. The response was overwhelmingly, ALASKA! So much so, I decided to spend the entire week on images from Alaska. If you ever visit, it will become very clear that Alaska is still wild. You will see grizzly, reindeer, eagles and yes whales! You will see whales breaching as if they were trout feeding on a hatch. The place is amazing, and I’m looking forward to sharing what I discovered with you.

Today’s Image

I shot this image on a photo safari in Juneau bay. Watching these whales from a small boat, is an experience you won’t forget. As the whales approach, you begin to observe their timing and estimate where they will surface. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes they surprise you and surface right alongside the boat. The wildlife commission keeps detailed records of whale flukes and uses them to track their migrations. Many of the whales in Juneau return here every year. They even have records of one whale returning for the last thirty years. These creatures are amazing, and can teach us the wonders of the ocean if we are willing to listen.

Here is the boat we were operating out of.

Whale Safari Boat Juneau

Watching whales surface within feet of this small boat puts things in perspective.

The Contrast In Flora

Alaskan Forest

Even a short stroll through the forests of Alaska will quickly reveal the lush flora that covers the state. It could have been the Bov Iver I was listening to when I processed this image, but it reminded me of the feeling I had as I made my way through this beautiful place. I was intimidated by its scale and at the same time I was curious to see what was over the next hill.