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nopants
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A week in Alaska (very photo heavy, seriously)

I just got back from a weeklong trip in Alaska (mid-late May 2022), packed all of my camera gear for the trip and thought I'd share some of the photos we took - everything posted will be wildlife or landscapes / scenery so hopefully no one will object to it being on this board.

Special thanks to my nephew, who I'm sure will see this post, for his hospitality letting us stay with him during our time there and putting lord knows how many miles on his truck driving all over central / southern Alaska.

Tech. Info (for camera nerds)

Cams used:
Eos R
Samsung Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra

Lenses:
Canon rf 16mm f/2.8 stm
Canon rf 24-240mm f/4-6.3 is usm
Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM

Enroute to Alaska:
These are the kinds of things you'll see through the window of your plane, coming in late at night (though still pretty bright even at 10:30pm or so)






I plan on splitting the various days into new replies to keep these posts easier to handle.


nopants
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Day 1 - Anchorage local area

a couple tree swallows in Potters Marsh, near Anchorage



overlooking Anchorage downtown from the Glen Alps area
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bear warning near the powerline trail


continuing


nopants
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Day 2 - Alaska wildlife conservation center, Whittier, Alyeska ski resort

The AWCC houses a variety of wildlife local to the area, helping out injured and protected species.









Ravens were common all over the place, similar to crows here but much larger



The wolves having a midday nap were a highlight for me




Day 2 continued in next post




nopants
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Day 2 continued - Whittier Alaska

in order to get to Whittier, you have to go through an ~2.5mile one lane tunnel, traffic going into town at the half hour and leaving town at the top of the hour (or something similar).. either way, its well worth the trip, the Whittier harbor and surrounding areas are absolutely beautiful

Passage canal in Whittier, various shots around Portage lake / glacier






Whitter harbor area



Magpie doing some hunting in shotgun cove right near Whittier




on the way back to Anchorage, we took the tram near the top of the mountain of the Alyeska ski resort






Day 3 next


nopants
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Day 3 - Hatchers Pass, Eagle River area

a short drive north from Anchorage can get you up to Hatcher's Pass, the Independence Mine abandoned mining town and the usual amount of incredible scenery





Marmot on the side of the path



Eagle River area




A Robin, a Varied Thrush, and an Alaskan tree rat (squirrel of some sort) - all around the Eagle river area





Day 4 next


nopants
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Day 4 - Halibut fishing out of Seward

We headed to Seward very early in the morning to go fishing for Halibut (which by the way are absolutely incredible fried, especially the cheeks) - the views on the way and early in the morning were incredible - the weather for fishing turned miserable throughout most of the day, but worked out in the end



Leaving harbor right around 7am




The actual fishing trip had plenty of rain, rough seas etc but also some incredible sights. We saw multiple whales (no pics unfortunately, seas too rough for me to get anything in focus) puffins, eagles, tons of gulls etc etc.

These don't look like much, but I had hell trying to get them in focus in the swells we were having (Puffins)



first halibut of the day, not huge but perfect size to be damn tasty


The days' final results, limited out on halibut and rockfish


day 5 next


nopants
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Day 5 saw us slowly making our way back to Anchorage, taking time to drive around some of the Kenai peninsula to check out Exit Glacier and other places

we encountered a bear right after getting on the main trail

Exit glacier from a couple angles



I found this sign to be very "Alaska" and I want to stress that these others are just along the road randomly, no special signs or areas - this is 'normal' landscape for Alaska




Lake Tern

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This next set are ones that I had been hoping to get for a while, I didn't really get as many or as good of pics as I would like of these eagles, so I guess that's a good excuse to go back!





Day 6 next


nopants
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Day 6 was definitely one to remember.

We booked seats on a small plane (De Havilland Beaver DHC2) through Rust's flying service out of Anchorage - flying north on a float plane around Denali (highest point on the continent) at ~8000ft (Denali tops out at ~20,310ft)...

I can't express how alien and incredible the scenery is out there around Denali - those who climb extreme mountains may be used to it, but it was mind blowing for me to see.

float plane dock at Rust's at the water section of the Anchorage airport


crazy rivers and oxbow lakes are all over the place in the glaciated valley leading to Denali



Deltas of glacier / snowrun off rivers near the foot of the Denali area



and then the moment of truth as we approached Denali and its neighbors, the very summit was obscured in clouds, but that didn't detract from the incredible scenes at all.










After circling the area, we headed south again for a brief landing at Fish Lake




after a brief stop to take a drink / use the restrooms and collect our thoughts after the incredible scenes we just saw, we headed back to Anchorage





day 7 next


nopants
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Day 7 - Matanuska glacier valley / wildlife

We headed east on highway 1 towards the Matanuska glacier area for out last day (unfortunately) of sight seeing.







The sights did not disappoint. As we took some pictures at this appropriate "end of the road" spot, we thought we were done for the day.


but a short while back up the road near Sheep mountain (appropriately named) we got lucky and saw these Dall sheep resting on a rock on the face of the mountain.





If you've managed to make it through all this image spam, thanks!

I can't recommend visiting Alaska enough - the scenery is absolutely out of this world fantastic. Not to mention the hunting and fishing opportunities. It really does feel like another world / The Last Frontier.



farad
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looks like a nice bucket list mark off...


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RogerTheShrubber
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quote:

It really does feel like another world


Outside of the Anchorage area, it's the like another country and culture.


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wahoocs
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Thx for the time and effort

Great pics


nopants
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Forgot a few "funny" ones. These were taken from the front door / front window of the house we were staying at in Anchorage.

The moose by itself was taken at about 10:45pm (crazy Alaska spring / summertime lighting) and the mom with little ones in the morning - was crazy to see these big beasts in a residential neighborhood.






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metryboy
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Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed them.


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reds on reds on reds
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Incredible. Thanks for sharing


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Crawdaddy
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Any encounters with the Sabe people ?



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Carson123987
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Thanks for taking the time to post all this. Incredible

Been to Alaska 3x. If I was a millionaire, I'd keep a house up there


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highcotton2
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Very nice pictures. Looked like an incredible trip.


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Pelican fan99
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Seward is awesome. We smashed a shite ton of salmon out of Seward about 15 or so years ago


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DFWAggie09
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Excellent photos, and thank you for posting! That shot from the stern of the fishing boat leaving the harbor is so great!


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