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Underwater photography is my great escape from normal daily life. It totally immerses me (both figuratively and literally) in nature. I never think about my day job; I am always fully "in the moment." My best underwater photography is in the Underwater Highlights gallery. Bears, birds, etc. are in the Nature galleries.
1. Watch Seattle's King 5 (NBC) TV segment about my photography!
2. A 5ft high "grinning shark" print - just like the one in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC last year - is part of an exhibit of new, limited edition prints at the
Clyde Hill Tully's in Bellevue.
3. NEWEST TRIP GALLERIES -
Socorro - Nov. 2010,
Nootka Sound, BC Canada - Oct. 2010 and
Cayman Islands - May/June 2010
4. I started a new BLOG to keep those interested up to date on developments with my photography and life, and possibly make an occasional observation.
5. ALL PROFITS from my photography currently go to the Int'l Children's Surgical Foundation. In conjunction with my company, Appropriate Balance, my photography has been able to raise over $20,000 for ICSF thus far!.
A 5-day land tour, starting in Fairbanks through Denali Nat'l Park and on to Anchorage, followed by a 7-day "inside passage" cruise from Whittier (near Anchorage) to Vancouver, BC, with stops in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
One of the high points (both figuratively and literally) of the trip for Cheri and me was dog sledding atop a mountain glacier.
43 degrees below zero in Fairbanks! Well, at least in a small room set up for tourists to see what that temp feels like (we'd last about 10 minutes dressed like that in the open at those temps!).
From here on, photos are pretty much in chronological order. The first thing we did in Fairbanks was go on a riverboat tour, which stopped at this sled-dog kennel (sled dogs are a BIG thing in Alaska). Here, they are hooking dogs up to an ATV, which they use to train them when there's no snow.
A sled dog (mom) with her two young pups.
As they finalize getting the dog team harnessed, the dogs get REALLY excited to get going - they LOVE to run/pull, and since they can't go forward yet, the jump several feet straight up in the air. We saw this with several teams of dogs over the course of the trip.
And...GO! Once the brake is let off and the dogs (specifically the lead dogs) are given the cue, they take off at an impressive pace!
About 5 minutes later, the team passed by on the other side of the lake, still at a full run!
...and 10 minutes later, they came barreling back into the yard. Alaskan huskies can run 6-8 HOURS without stopping, so this wasn't much of a workout (mostly for us tourists).
The huskies were let loose to jump in the river to cool off. In winter, just stopping (in wind and 20-50 below zero) cools them off!
The riverboat stopped at a native Alaskan "village" (visitor center), where several native Athabascan guides (including this young lady, who had an adorable sense of humor - "This is the traditional Athabascan moose call.....'Here moosey moosey!'") explained traditional ways of doing things. On the rack are hides from a reindeer (i.e., domesticated caribou), a moose, and a brown (aka grizzly) bear.