Adventure Photography Photo Tours

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Pyrrhuloxia male

Whales, Bears, Glaciers

August 23-September 1, 2016


Deposit: $500

Airport In: Juneau, Alaska
Airport Out: Ketchikan, Alaska

**See itinerary below.

Why Take This Photo Tour With Us?

* 2 full days spent ashore photographing both brown bears and black bears.
* Our captain has been piloting boats through these waters for the last 30 years, few people know the area better than he does.
* 2 instructors on board.

Flying in to Juneau (the Alaska state capital) gives time to explore this most northern of our state capitals (and the only one you can't drive to) so arriving one or two days early lets you visit different aspects of this former mining town.
As the adventure unfolds there will be terrific scenery (snowcapped mountains and ice), opportunities to venture ashore in very remote areas, kayaking, fishing, and of course, photography. Two of the best bear viewing areas in Southeast (Pack and Anan Creeks) are on the agenda and usually orcas, seabirds, bears on the shore and other surprises wait around the next bend. Our itineraries are flexible and we look for opportunities to be amazed.
Bobwhite male
Cardinale male bathing
Southeast Alaska is a maze of emerald and ice islands, a land of superlative scenery. Countless fiords penetrate the snow covered peaks that rise right from the water's edge. Hanging glaciers and blue icebergs compete with some of the most magnificent wildlife on the planet for the photographer's attention. This is country best explored by boat--specifically a boat small enough to provide access to the most scenic locations, but large enough to be safe and provide adequate accommodations for a select group of nature photographers. If you’re looking for luxurious cabins, the Delphinus is the wrong boat for you. The rest of the boat has plenty of room, but in the cabins there is room to sleep, but little else. To make up for the lack of cabin space, the galley sends out a steady supply of world-class cuisine. The Delphinus makes the perfect base camp for serious photographers and nature lovers alike.
Green jay pair
Crested caracaras
We’ll have opportunities for icebergs and tidewater glaciers. Humpback whales are pretty much a certainty, as are sea otters and sea lions, and we’ll have a good chance of seeing orcas. Bears however, both brown bears and black bears, are a primary focus of this trip. We will spend a full day at Pack Creek and a full day at Anan Creek, both of which are renowned bear sanctuaries. A shortage of subjects of photograph is definitely not a problem here. If there is a problem, it will be bringing enough cards and finding storage space for all the photos you take. This country is addictive, and you will find yourself wanting to return again and again.
Mexican groundsquirrel
Day 1: We’ll meet up with the Delphinus, board, unpack, have a safety orientation and be on our way. All meals are onboard during the entire trip.
Days 2-9: We’ll be cruising the Inside Passage, constantly looking for photography opportunities—humpback whales, orcas, sea birds, glaciers, icebergs, and of course, bears. We’ll visit 2 very impressive bear preserves and have a chance to photograph both black and coastal brown (grizzly) bears in scenic locations, doing their thing—splashing, fishing, fighting, posing. We’ll have 3 very fine meals each day on our boat and anchor in some spectacular locations, sometimes as the only ones there. The scenery alone is worth the trip, but the animals are a fantastic plus. Participant critique/sharing during one of these days also.
Day 10: We tie up in Ketchikan, have one last great breakfast and we’re off to check out the town, or start heading home.

+ Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, water, lodging, critique and instruction as needed included.