Category Archives: Arctic

Why go all the way to Sweden?

It seems like every time I go to Sweden to photograph dog mushing, I get this question. It started last year when Michelle and I went to Slussfors, Sweden to go on a backcountry dog mushing trip with Petter Karlsson Sleddogs. We were their first visitors from Alaska. And this year, when I returned, I had a few people ask me again, “You have dog mushing in Alaska. Why come all the way to Sweden?” I suppose that is a good question.

2017 In Review

I saw a lot of travel in 2017, so it would be impossible to cover all of my favorite images from the year. But, I found fifteen images that I think represent a good sampling of some of my favorite images from the year. Read further and enjoy!

New Age of Aurora Viewing

Fifteen years ago, aurora chasing was a lonely exploit, fueled by passion, skill and luck. Today, the influx of digital photography and proliferation of social media and apps have changed the nature of the game, making it much more communal and interactive. This piece explores how different of a world aurora chasing is today.

How to Chase and Shoot the Aurora like a Pro

In the “old days,” an aurora photographer would have to wait and watch for a good night, not knowing moment-to-moment when the aurora borealis would make a show. Film cameras added challenges, as you would not know that your shots turned out until the film came back from the lab days later. Nowadays, there are a variety of tools available to help predict, chase and shoot the aurora. This blog covers highlights of everything you need to know about chasing and shooting the aurora in the modern age.

All Creatures Great and Small

People have asked me how it is that I photograph something as massive as a polar bear but also as miniscule as a collared pika. In this post I discuss a bit about why that is and what it takes to cover a broad range of wildlife as a photographer.

An Authentic Dog Mushing Experience

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.

Familiarity in Iceland: Flowers

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.

Top 16 of 2016

A retrospective of my favorite images captured in 2016, from Banff National Park in Alberta to the far northeast of Alaska in Kaktovik, chasing polar bears.

Among the Caribou in the Wilderness

In 2007, I had the pleasure of serving as the Artist-in-Residence for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Alaska. For the first part of my trip, I chose to base camp in an area that was part of the migratory route of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd. This blog tells the story of what I found.