2016 Calendar

Since selling my stock photo agency, Alaska Stock Images, in the fall of 2012, I’ve really been enjoying the freedom to get out, pursue and take my time to photograph the subjects and scenes that inspired me 40 years ago to be a photographer— wildlife, nature, and people adventuring in the outdoors. Sadly, photographing those…

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Glacier Dog Mushing

A couple weeks ago I was asked to do some photography for Knik River Lodge in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley near Anchorage.  A WAY cool location if you’re traveling to Alaska. They offer a helicopter flight seeing trip using Tanalian Aviation with a landing on Colony glacier and a dog mushing ride and tour. My Iditarod…

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#Throwback Thursday 5-21-15

The year was “film days” — sometime in the mid-1990’s. In my mind, I had the idea for many years to make a compelling image for potential commercial stock sales of someone fishing off of a float plane that was sitting on a lake with Mt. McKinley in the background. With the help of my…

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Speaking Symposium

I’m excited to have been asked to give the keynote presentation at the Midwest Sled Dog Symposium in Curtis, Michigan September 25-27th, 2015. During this two-hour presentation on Saturday evening the 26th, I will be sharing several hundred images of mushing photos during 3 segments. Of course I’ll be sharing the “back-stories” to many of…

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Personal Workshop

Last week I did a personal, one-on-one photo workshop with a good friend and professional pilot. We were up in the air at sunrise and flew his super cub in a circuitous route over the Chugach mountains. Had a great opportunity to fly nice and slow, with the window open, and make some aerials, which…

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Denali National Park Workshop

Now is the time to plan for a trip to the wild places of Alaska’s Denali National Park with my fall Landscape and Wildlife photo workshop happening August 15-23, 2015. Only 5 spaces are still available! This 8 night/7 day adventure begins and ends in Anchorage. All of your transportation, accommodations and meals are included. On…

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Iditarod Recap

The 2015 Iditarod was an interesting race and photo shoot opportunity for me. The good trail conditions combined with the amount of teams entered (78) made for a shooting frenzy for me each day. The first couple days saw dog teams arriving and leaving one after another at the checkpoints and on the trail between.…

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Adios Unalakleet

We left Unalakleet this morning and are making our way towards the Burled Arch.  This morning was a beautiful morning with the Northern Lights putting on a purple show around 7am.  This was a nice warm up to another beautiful sunrise to welcome the mushers into the checkpoint.  We are now in White Mountain and…

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Windy in Unalakleet

Last night we arrived into Unalakleet with winds over 30mph with blowing snow.  Our Iditarod Air Force Pilot, Jerry, did a flawless job on landing in those conditions.  Once we hit the ground and found a ride to our bed for the night, Jeff went out and took some beautiful photographs from the sunset.  Unalakleet…

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Making our way to the coast.

We left Huslia this morning around 11am and just landed in Kaltag for a quick stop before we head to Unalakleet this evening.  Aaron Burmister was the first one into Unalakleet to claim the Wells Fargo Gold Coast Award.  This is given to the first musher to reach Norton Sound and it is $3,500 in…

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Good night from Huslia

It was another beautiful day in Huslia, Alaska.  The sun was warming and the sky was blue.  The mushers endured another cold night to make their way into the checkpoint.  You know it is cold when you say it is supposed to be warmer tonight, when warmer means -20℉.  Despite the cold some great photographs…

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Welcoming Arm in Huslia

Welcome to Huslia.  Huslia is a small village located on the banks of the Koyokuk river, which is a tributary of the Yukon River.  This is the home town of the late, great dog musher George Attla.  Huslia has a historical significance to the world of mushing and the Iditarod race that has made this…

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Still in Galena

Galena is a checkpoint that is usually only used when the trail runs the northern route on even years.  Since last year, 2014, was an even year the mushers, dogs, and volunteers stopped here.  2015 being an odd year the Iditarod Trail would not have made this a checkpoint but due to lack of snow…

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Trading a Ruby for a Galena

The mushers are making their way further west on the Yukon River and where ever they are going we are sure to follow.  Today we followed them from Ruby to Galena.  Tomorrow we will leave here and follow the dog teams to Huslia.  Here are a couple of photographs from our departure from Ruby and…

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Out of Tanana and into Ruby

Most of the mushers have left Tanana and are running the frozen Yukon River.  They will take 119 miles of the Yukon to get to the village of Ruby.  Some of the mushers will take a rest while a few will just check in and get back on the trail.  It was a nice sunny…

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Tanana in the Morning

Another cold morning in the bush.  We spent the night in the Tanana Teen Center.  First thing you do when you are sleeping with others who are also trying to find a place to stay is to stake out your spot.  Unroll your sleeping bag to claim your ground.  Make sure that your spot is…

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Leaving Manley Hot Springs Behind

Most of the mushers have checked in at the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint and are back on the trail to Tanana.  Here are a few more photographs from this afternoon.  Just like the mushers we are on the way too, but by plane and not a dog team…unfortunately!    

Moving through Manley

The mushers have reached Manley Hot Springs.  This is their second checkpoint for the 2015 Iditarod.  This is the last checkpoint on the road system.  They are mushing through sub-zero temperatures today and last night to get here. Despite the cold weather, the dogs are still running with enthusiasm.  The Manley Hot Springs community is…

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Nenana Here we come.

Today is the re-start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Due to the lack of snow the re-start was moved from Willow to Fairbanks.  The last time the trail started in Fairbanks was 2003.  12 years later we are back again. A new crowd of excited fans that haven’t had the opportunity to witness The Last Great…

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And they're off!

Today was the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod.  Mushers new and old gathered downtown on 4th Avenue to start The Last Great Race in front of thousands of elated fans.  They braved wind and rain on an unseasonably warm March day.  With the temperature hanging around the high 30’s, the snow that was brought…

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March 4, 2015

Today was the mandatory Veterinary Check for this years Iditarod.  Mushers brought their dogs to the Iditarod Headquarters so that volunteer veterinarians can make sure that the dogs are healthy to run in this years race.  The Veterinarians come from all over the world to give their time and expertise to make sure that the…

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Food Drop 2015

We’re 17 days away from the Iditarod Anchorage ceremonial start day. More and more preparations are going on. Last night I photographed a pilot planning meeting. Today a group of over 40 volunteers, including a large contingent from the Alaska Military Youth Academy, helped to unload, sort, tag, stack and move thousands of musher’s food…

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Straw Bagging

Iditarod is coming around the corner. It felt like “old-home week” again today when I went to Airland Transport and saw many of the same volunteers bagging over 1600 bales of straw. The assembly line precision made short work out of unloading, bagging, tagging, palletizing, shrink wrapping, labeling and reloading the straw. Amazing !! Here’s…

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Northern Lights 300 Wrap Up

I recently held my first ever dog mushing and night sky photography workshop during the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race at Winterlake Lodge — the turnaround checkpoint of the race. Despite a one-day weather delay in flying out to the lodge, it was a great success. There were 3 participants of the maximum of…

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