Join us for this amazing photography experience, based in the heart of Alaska’s mountainous south. This photography tour includes a week packed with photographic opportunities in the area surrounding Juneau, southern Alaska. You will have the opportunity to capture images of the impressive bald eagle as it feeds at a creek that sees these impressive raptors grabbing salmon from the water, to photograph bears as they fish for salmon, spend time capturing images of humpback whales &, hopefully, orca during 2 days on our exclusively charted boat that takes us far out into the channels that surround Juneau &, finally, spend time travelling to the glaciers & fjords that have carved the mountainous landscape.
You will spend 2 separate days – the first early in the week, the second on the final day – cruising down the Tracy Arm Fjord to see Alaska’s greatest combination of mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers & icebergs. The ice in Tracy Arm interferes with the sonar of whales, so it is the perfect place for hundreds of harbour seals to have their pups in the summer months.
The face of Sawyer Glacier is a little over half a mile wide & is an active tidewater glacier, which means it “calves” or breaks off. Pieces of ice ranging from the size of a small car to a cruise ship can fall off the face of the glacier, hitting the water with a thunderous roar.
The water at the end of the fjord is nearly 600 feet deep & when underwater calving takes place, the ice remains intact, creating Alaska’s largest icebergs. In other glacier areas, the calved ice generally crumbles but not here. Underwater calvings surface like giant submarines that rise over 250 feet & then settle into the water like large, blue ships! The icebergs are framed by sheer mountain peaks that reach over 7,000 feet.
You will also spend 2 days humpback whale watching in seas bordered by towering mountains with hanging glaciers as your backdrop. If you are lucky, you may also see sea lions, eagles & seals. Our exclusive chartered boat is skippered by the best captain in the Juneau area for whale watching. He will be in touch with all the other boats, so you have the most up to date locations of where the action is happening. With just 6 of us on the boat, there will be plenty of room to move around.
The location that we take you to for bear photography is an excellent spot to observe & photograph bears during the peak of the salmon run. This location is a short creek that flows over a beautiful waterfall and into the saltwater. From the shores of the peaceful cove, you will hear the roar of the waterfall, whilst in the creek itself, the salmon navigate between rocks and bears. You will spend 5-6 hours each on 2 separate days exploring a half-mile of creek photographing the bears as they hunt, fish & play. This day will start with a scenic flight by floatplane to what is considered to be some of the most prime bear country on earth. The backdrop is a dramatic waterfall where the bears fish for salmon. We sit right on the creek bank, where we hope to observe bears as they emerge from the woods to fish. The creek is often a great spot to see mothers with cubs; our viewing spot on the creek bank provides an exciting eye-level view of the action.
This is a photography holiday designed by photographers for photographers to ensure that every element of the experience enables you to achieve photographs that you will be proud to add to your portfolio.
Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
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