Underneath

Underneath

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Taken near Chena Hot Springs resort in Alaska on January 1st, 2014

While exploring Alaska in winter with friends we spent New Year’s at the Chena Hot Springs resort. On New Year’s Day we set out under overcast conditions for a snowshoe exploration of the nearby countryside. At the late hour of 2:30 pm the sun set, finding a crack in the clouds and lighting them up an incredible ruby color from underneath.

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Panning for Gold

Panning for Gold

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ken in Alaska along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet near Windy Point on January 5th, 2014

Alaska is an alluring place and attracts folks for a multitude of reasons. 120 years ago thousands of folks headed north driven by the lure of riches in the Klondike Gold Rush. On a winter trip to Alaska I was seeking riches as well, just not of the precious metal variety. Instead I was looking for the golden light of winter sunsets, the sapphire blue of glaciers, and the emerald green of the northern lights. On a day out exploring the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet I was lucky enough to strike gold in the sky. The tide was mostly out and the low water level exposed the silty bed of the inlet. In particular I was struck by the furrows and channels in the silt and how the ridges caught the warm reflection from the low sun. In a sense it was almost like I was panning for my own kind of gold.

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Tanaga

Tanaga

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Taken from Gareloi Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on July 28th, 2009

While working on a seabird recovery project in the Aleutian Islands I was fascinated by our local neighborhood. Foul weather occluded the nearby islands most days, but every now and again a break in the skies would allow the neighboring volcanoes to peek out of the clouds. Here is Tanaga, seen during just such a short break.

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The Leasty Beasty

The Leasty Beasty

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Taken on Gareloi Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on June 17th, 2009.

Just by looking at a Least Auklet you might imagine that this bird, a few inches high and somewhere around 1.5 ounces, is a frail thing. And yet they are capable of hundreds of miles of flight and consume 80% of their body weight a day. They may be Leasts, but they’re also beasts.

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Generator

Generator

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Taken on Gareloi Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on July 21st, 2009

Trapped between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea the Aleutian Islands bear the brunt of atmospheric changes across those huge bodies of water. The mile-high volcanoes stick out of the ocean like giant teeth, trapping moisture and becoming their very own cloud and weather generators.

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The Return

The Return

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Taken on Gareloi Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on June 22nd, 2009

At the end of the day hundreds of thousands of Crested and Least Auklets return from the ocean to their colony.

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Hangin’ Out

Hangin’ Out

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Taken on Gareloi Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on June 26th, 2009

Crested and Least Auklets hang out and chatter on a social pad at the end of the day.

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The Size of Ice

The Size of Ice

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Taken at the Aialik Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, on August 16th, 2009

A gull can be seen flying in front of the impossibly huge face of the Aialik Glacier in Alaska.

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Swirl

Swirl

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Taken in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjord National Park, Alaska, on August 16th, 2009

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2 pm

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Taken along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet near Girdwood, Alaska, on January 6th, 2014

One of the coolest things about photographing Alaska in the wintertime is that the sun barely gets above the horizon. So while there isn’t much light in general, what light there is almost always has a golden hour character to it. Which means that in places like the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet you can get a six-hour long sunset. Good light at 2 pm? I’ll take it!

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Steamed Hams

Aurora Borealis, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

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Taken at the Chena Hot Springs resort near Fairbanks, Alaska, on January 1st, 2014

Anyone who watches The Simpsons may get the joke in the title here. In early January I had my first real experience photographing the aurora borealis. I was visiting Chena Hot Springs near Fairbanks, Alaska for New Year’s and on January 1st a decent show sprung up. As soon as the glowing bands appeared in the sky I dashed out of the hot springs and kitted up to face the -10 deg night. Tromping uphill away from the lights of the hot springs resort as fast as my swaddled legs would carry me I found this patch of spruce facing in the same direction as the aurora. Standing thigh-deep in the snow I set up my camera for a series of long-exposures, the 30-second shots bringing out the color and forms in the sky.

Gold Fever

Turnagain Arm, Alaska, Low Tide Winter Sunset

Taken in Alaska along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet near Windy Point on January 5th, 2014

Alaska is an alluring place and attracts folks for a multitude of reasons. 120 years ago thousands of folks headed north driven by the lure of riches in the Klondike Gold Rush. On a winter trip to Alaska I was seeking riches as well, just not of the precious metal variety. Instead I was looking for the golden light of winter sunsets, the sapphire blue of glaciers, and the emerald green of the northern lights. On a day out exploring the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet I was lucky enough to strike gold in the sky. The tide was mostly out and the low water level exposed the silty bed of the inlet. In particular I was struck by the furrows and channels in the silt and how the ridges caught the warm reflection from the low sun. In a sense it was almost like I was panning for my own kind of gold.