I am excited to announce that I will get to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my friend, world-famous bird photographer Arthur Morris.
While Artie is primarily a bird guy, he’s a great wildlife shooter as well. And he’s worked for two years to set up a special trip into Alaska to photograph rare, native Coastal Brown Bears. These would be called grizzlies by some, but these bears are much larger and are a rare subspecies native to this particular part of Alaska. They are the world’s largest bears, weighing as much as 1500 pounds.
The opportunities on this trip will be absolutely unparalleled. We will be within yards of as many as 35 coastal brown bears catching and eating chum salmon.
I’ll get to photograph bears catching salmon during the peak of the chum salmon run. There will also be great macro and scenic opportunities. Chances to photograph moose, young Bald Eagles eating salmon carcasses and Mew Gulls eating roe.
We’ve timed it so we can (carefully) photograph Spring, one-year old, and two year old bear cubs.
I will fly from San Francisco to Anchorage and then we will fly to Kodiak from Anchorage on the early morning of Sept 4. Then we’ll travel by float plane to Katmai National Park where we will meet our chartered boat. (Three planes and a boat!) We’ll cover all areas of the park including Geographic Harbor, and points far from the usual bear platforms.
We won’t be standing on wooden planks at Brooks Falls under the watchful eye of paranoid park rangers. We’ll be up river where the bears roam free and we’ll be on our own. There will be nothing between us and the bears but 15 feet of air.
Ancient travelers left the remains of their campsites along this coast 8,000 years ago, and were followed by a long series of resident Native cultures, hunters, trappers, traders, travelers, priests, scientists, and fishermen. Now here come the photographers.
It will be exiting to say the least. I am working on sponsorships now for the images, but will go either way and hope to keep a running report here on the blog while I am on the trip.
(I think Artie has booked all the seats on this trip. He is offering a few commercial seats at $6,499 each. Contact him if you’re interested in joining us. He may have a cancellation.)
For Instructional Photo-Tour or Product Info:
Call: (863) 692-0906
Write: Arthur Morris / Birds As Art /
4041 Granada Drive, P.O. BOX 7245,
Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855
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