Alaska! The very word is synonymous with beauty and adventure. Stories of Alaska’s extraordinary treasures, both cultural and natural, easily leap to mind: the Klondike gold rush, Iditarod sled dog race, the annual salmon run, glaciers and snow-capped mountains, and… brown bears!
Going to Alaska for a photography trip this summer had not been on my radar screen (although in retrospect, it should have been). But I was open to the idea when I heard about a last-minute cancellation on a week-long Brown Bear Photography Workshop being led by David Swindler (Action Photo Tours) and Juan Pons (Juan Pons Photography). The opportunity was too great to pass up — so I signed on for the trip, with only a couple of weeks to get ready before I’d need to be "wheels up" for Alaska.
If you’re looking for tropical beauty, it’s hard to beat The Bahamas. Traveling by boat, you can visit one lovely island after the other, anchoring each day in a scenic cove that offers the opportunity for water sports adventures, explorations on the beach, and sunrise or sunset photography. And you are continually surrounded by beautiful sea water that ranges from the deepest blue to a stunning turquoise.
As an aspiring wildlife photographer, I’m always looking for natural areas teeming with wildlife. And while there’s no shortage of animals in the woods and parks surrounding my home in northern Virginia, I’ve been thrilled to aim my lens at more unusual animals who are further afield. This article describes my adventures during a photography workshop in Yellowstone, which has been appropriately nicknamed “North America’s Serengeti.”
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