We completed a trip to Alaska with stops in Denali National Park, Katmai National Park, Homer, Seward, Talkeetna, and Girdwood. While in Denali, we took a six hour bus ride towards the interior of the park (as private cars are generally not allowed) and stayed at North Face Lodge where we enjoyed various hikes, wildlife sightings, and magnificent views of Mount McKinley. From Homer, I took a DeHavilland Otter sea plane to Katmai National Park and observed about ten brown bears in their natural habitat. The bear encounters in Katmai were guided by Emerald Air Service.
View of Mount McKinley beyond Reflection Pond, Denali National Park. Mount McKinley rises 18,000 feet
A close up of Mount McKinley. A majority of park visitors never see the mountain as it's frequently
McKinley backdrops early morning mist rising from Wonder Lake.
Mount McKinley rising 18,000 feet above surrounding plains.
Denali with building clowds.
Denali is a vast area, comprising of six million acres. The bus ride to its center takes over five
Care is required while hiking grizzly bear country. This one travels during a light snow in July!
We sighted a Red Fox, Denali National Park.
Traveling from Denali to Homer, we come across Cook Inlet.
Bald Eagle, Homer.
Classic DeHavilland Otter that will take us to Katmai National Park as there is no road that leads into it.
Upon arrival at Hallo Bay, we spot several brown bears walking the beach at Katmai National Park.
Beyond the bear, a Red Fox forages for food in the beach.
Coastal brown bears, benefiting from a richer diet that includes seafood,
A large male brown bear rests from eating. I used a long 400mm lens to observe him from a distance.
Brown bear in Katmai National Park.
This wild fox is clamming in Hallo Bay.
Two sibling brown bears begin a friendly wrestling match.
Brown Bear dance, shot handheld at 1/400th, f6.3 using a 400mm lens
Brown Bears at play.
Bear print at Katmai National Park.
We quietly observed bears as a tight knit group.
Receding glacier, Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park.
© 2008 John Miranda