The Finnmarksløpet dog sled race is the longest and northernmost dog sled race in Europe. It takes place in the Finnmark, the northernmost region of Norway, and traverses birch forest, river valleys, and northern fjords from Alta to the Russian border and back. The Finnmarksløpet was established in 1981 by the Alta Trekkhundklubb (Dog Sledding…
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.
I see on the news and social media a general hysteria about winter temperatures and conditions in the Lower 48, and I chuckle to myself a bit. We wish we had winter like that up here, we Alaskans generally say to ourselves. Winter is the off season for tourism in Alaska, unless you include tourism related to the aurora borealis. And most out-of-state photographers do not bother to come here in the winter. It is fine with me that fewer people visit here, including photographers, in the wintertime. It helps me to enjoy this amazing season even more.
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!
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.
If you have lived long enough, you recall times in our lives, shared moments of profound history, when you remember where you were and what you were doing in those moments. With this blog post, I recall where I was on 9/11; enjoying my first trip to Denali National Park & Preserve.
Photographers often share techniques and locations, or sometimes they don’t, as part of demystifying certain aspects of photography as an art or a business. But quite often, that is teaching the theory without teaching the practical. I thought it would be useful to share some of the things that I do just to get ready for a trip.
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.
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.
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.