I had the pleasure of spending a week this September in Lake Clark NP, Alaska to photograph the coastal brown bears. While it was the last week of the season, the experience was superb. I will never forget the experience with these bears and the wonderful guides who kept me safe while staring through the camera.
The plane landed on the beach and one hour later I was laying down on the sand watching this sow nursing her cub by the shore.
This was followed by a family stroll on the beach when we returned after dinner. This shot taken after sunset.
This was the end of the silver salmon run. Just a few stragglers were around. The bears worked hard to catch these last few fish before hibernation.
This blonde bear was stunning in the nice light.
This sub-adult male put on a great show for us by splashing around but lacked the skills to catch any fish.
After a day of shooting, I returned to my cabin to freshen up for dinner. I hear a rustling next to the porch and this cub poked his head up from the bushes a few feet away from me. I quickly set down my tripod with the big glass and picked up the 70-200mm I had strapped on a second body around my neck to catch a few frames before he darted off.
Subadult checking us out at dusk.
Another nursing photo. I liked the pose and the environment on this one.
Tried to make the best of the lighting on this one.
Looking for some locations to photograph wildlife in the late winter-early spring of the year 2019 if anyone cares to share, otherwise, lets see some of your favorite shots from Alaska! Here are some of mine:
I hope I can address the lack of UK Steam railways on Dgrin and Smugmug, by sharing a few photos with you.
Starting with the iconic LNER pacific Flying Scotsman, seen during its visit to the railway last year. This loco is now owned by the nation and has undergone a restoration to running order costing over a million pounds. It draws huge crowds wherever it goes:
Steam trains operate across the majority of the year, not always hauled by the big glamorous locos:
The loco above was built in 1905 and restored to service again in 2012. Preserved steam locos in the UK will be restored for a 7 to 10 year period of operation, before needing major works, which will include a new boiler certificate. Its quite possible at that time, that some locos will find themselves at the "Back of the overhaul queue" which could see them out of service for many years.
At the Bluebell, in common with the major Steam Railways, there will be a fully equipped workshop, where all the repairs are completed, ready for another turn in service. Here we see under restoration loco at the railway:
This loco BR Standard No 80151 is due back in service probably next year (2019). Built at Brighton in the late 1950's
The above photo was taken in 2009 and shows an 0-6-0 loco at the railway, running through some of the lovely countryside. The loco was built in 1896 and returned to service in 2017.
I hope the above is of interest and that I have posted in the right place! Assuming both are right, I will post more railway photos soon.
The shameless plug! to see more photos: nealball.smugmug.com
The Bluebell Railway can be found running between East Grinstead (Mainline station), through to Sheffield Park in Sussex. bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/index.html
From multiple trips to famous Alabama Hills!
1) Arch Popcorn
2) Mobius Golden Hour
3) Rock Pile
5) Eye of Alabama
6) Arch Light
7) Golden Boot
8) Skull Trails
9) The Hills Have Eyes
Just came back from a 2 day trip to Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen. Letchworth is located in western New York State and is known as the Grand Canyon of the East.
An image from the TogsQuad visit to the Silk Mill in Derby, UK, last night. The "14-18 Now - Weeping Window" exhibition started life in the grounds of the Tower Of London and is now "on tour".
The exhibition remembers through the poppies all the lives that were tragically lost during that terrible conflict.
Comments and feedback appreciated!
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles - Another classic design by Frank Gehry.
A 500 to 1000 year old house on the main canal in Bruges, Belgium
Schooners moored at Pont Neuf Paris.
Thanks much, John