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Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My!
July 7- 11 , 2014
Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Once again this past summer's Bears, Bears and Bears Oh My! workshop was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I was photographing wild brown bears just yards from where I was standing with no fear of the animals! I have photographed a lot of brown bears before, in Denali, Glacier, Yellowstone and other Alaska locations but I have never been this close to these magnificent creatures without fear. All the other parks have restrictions on how close you be to the wildlife, no such restrictions take place here. People and bears have co-existed for years. The bears go about their business of survival hardly paying attention to the people. At this time of year you will see mating behavior, grazing, nursing, clamming and going about their day-to-day existence without any restrictions! Watching the moms with the cubs was truly an amazing experience. There will be bears on the beaches, bears in the meadows and lots of interactions between mothers and young! It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget!
We will also have the option to spend half a day taking a boat ride to a nearby island to photograph nesting and feeding seabirds.
The folks at Silver Salmon Lodge offer a great experience. From seasoned guides that not only take you to see the bears, but also teach you about bear behavior. They will drive you from location to location on ATV Quads pulling a trailer, so you don’t have to lug your camera gear from location to location! There is some short walking involved, but nothing considered strenuous at all. The lodge will provide you with knee high boots so you don’t have to worry about the terrain and can walk on the beach, through damp meadows or along riversides. And the food is great too! (If you have any special dietary considerations please let me know ahead of time) Everything is taken care of!
Price: $ 4295 for double occupancy (Single occupancy may be available but we will not know until it gets closer to departure date. Single supplement is $ 400)
Round trip airfare from Anchorage to the lodge, 4 nights lodging and meals, guides and ground transportation (quads pulling a trailer) while at the lodge, boat charter to an island to photograph seabirds, photographic instruction, and all tips to guides and lodge staff.
Not included is transportation to Anchorage, Alaska and lodging on the nights prior and after our flights to lodge. We fly to the lodge on July 7, so you need to arrive one day before our departure for the lodge (July 6th) and plan on spending the night of July 11th and depart on the 12th. I recommend staying at the Courtyard by Marriott - info in the packet below. It is possible to catch a late flight on the 11th, but weather is unpredictable in Alaska so I would not chance it!
Here are some images from recent trips
To download the info packet and registration forms click here.
Check back next year!