June is a great time to photograph bears in Alaska. Young cubs are actively jousting - and eating; moms are eating, teaching and playing with then every now and then. And, there's always a chance to spot spring cubs (didn't happen this time). The folks at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in the Lake Clark area were, as always, terrific hosts. Lodging is quite comfortable; and the food? Oh my - what wonderful chefs! Whether it was beef, fish or veggie substitutes, all three meals were excellent - and fresh stuff too. We spent mornings, afternoons and evenings searching for grizzlies and we were never disappointed. They're pretty accustomed to having the bear paparazzi (us) around them and at one time came within 50 feet of us. Although we were never in danger, our guides had as back away slowly just the same. Here are images from some of our tour participants.
Here's one from Roberta Kayne. What a great shot - mom and cubs - all facing in our direction. Not easy to do when most of the time we might get one facing us and two looking every which way but towards the camera - takes patience. Nice exposure and composition catching the subjects and their reflections as well.
Sandy Longoria catches this puffin pair among the rocks. Nice detail in the feathers and placement of the birds. You could almost draw a diagonal right through them.
Lee Brissey grabs these two jousting away - like most babies, they play, eat and sleep. The background is very uninteresting and blurring it takes away a potential distraction.
Cheryl Sackett found these grizzly cubs exploring and playing with toes. Hey, our babies did that too.
Well, it's not always about the bears. John Seelinger caught this nice clean shot of an arctic tern flying in his direction.
Here's Maureen Ferry's shot of a couple of oyster catchers. It's a nice clean shot especially when we take into account that it was raining at the time, and we were on a small boat bouncing around a little.
And, it's not always about the birds and the bears. Here's an offering from Dennis Garrood showing us their all-important habitat.