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In my blog I try to give a bit of insight into how my love for discovering new places over the years has done so and continues to affect me as an artist... and how my reflections upon returning to the studio affects the way I experience future travels.

Alaska 2008

I explored the shore of Alaska in the summer of 2008; a two week trip on a motor boat, with two other artists. We started in Juneau and travelled to through various inlets and bays, eventually out along the south coast of Alaska stopping in small communities along the way, mostly to gas up and shower from time to time.

Being on a wildlife photographer’s boat we spent a lot of time seeking out various animals in the moody misty landscape. We  watched and listened to the unbelievably beautiful music of humpback whales while bubble feeding, off the bow of the boat at Couverdan Island. We followed them along their feeding path, at one point moving the boat just in time to witness their surfacing right in the wake of our boat, about 5 meters away. I could literally see the baleen in their open mouths.

In Taylor Bay I experienced a sea otter’s day from an inflatable boat. In Freshwater bay I spotted two grizzlies salmon fishing in the mouth of a river. Later on we got way too close for comfort to a grizzly with her cub and watched her weaning. In fact one spot we landed on was covered with bear footprints and bear scat, lots of it everywhere!

 

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