Carl's Blog

photographic journeys with stories

Thu Jul 20 2017
The Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska produces nearly half of all the world's Sockeye salmon supply, supporting 14,000 jobs and a $1.5 billion annual industry. It is also the cultural, spiritual and nutritional heart of the 8,000 residents of the region. It is also the home to a massive copper and gold deposit, which could someday boast the largest open pit mine in North America - at the headwaters of the most productive salmon streams in the region. In 2014, the EPA determined that it would impose severe restrictions on any mine, if built, in order to protect the valuable habitat. But on July 11, 2017, the new EPA took the first step to rescind those protections. Read more to learn the full story and what you can do to speak up for this incredible ecosystem.
Mon Jul 03 2017
When thinking of what sort of trip I wanted to take to celebrate 50 years on this planet, the thing that came to mind was a multi-day dog mushing trip. In Scandinavia. My wife, Michelle, was up for the adventure. We Googled to find a website that connected us with a tour operator in Sweden. It was a hard-working adventure into South Lapland.
Fri Jun 30 2017
We don’t have any human children, so our family consists of children in the feline variety. Amidst the various losses we have had in our human family recently, we had to add to that sadness when we recently had to say goodbye to one of our kitties, Kobuk.
Sat May 20 2017
Digital photography today seems focused on speed, size, technical gimmickry, and everything but the science behind capturing an image. The explosion of the digital industry, along with the proliferation of social media, has driven this tendency to leave behind the fundamentals of photography in favor of just capturing images. With this blog post, I explore the most fundamental thing anyone needs to know in order to create good images - how to see light.
Sat May 20 2017
For people around the world, Alaska is on their bucket list for travel destinations. But what’s on the bucket list for Alaskans? If you ask around, one name might come up time and again – the Sheldon Mountain House. Well, after years of dreaming to go there, this Alaskan finally knocked that destination off his list.
Wed May 03 2017
It turns out that spring is book awards season. Not long after learning about my Gold Medal in the IPPYs, I learned some great news from the folks over at the Nautlus Book Awards.
Tue Apr 25 2017
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about an aurora-related phenomenon called "Steve." I have photographed Steve several times over the years. I just didn't know his name.
Tue Apr 18 2017
Less than a year after publication, "Where Water is Gold" has earned its first award. Read here to learn more!
Sun Feb 19 2017
During our first trip to Iceland in the summer, we were frequently faced with a feeling of familiarity to our home in Alaska. One of the things that stood out the most was the species of wildflowers present about the landscape.
Mon Jan 23 2017
New England is often heralded as THE go-to destination for fall colors road trips. But Alaska has aspects of its fall colors that you can't find in New England, like a seven-week-long fall colors season or entire alpine slopes of mountains turning hues of gold, orange and red. Read more to learn about the ultimate fall color road trip opportunity that awaits in Alaska!