Bears, Glaciers, and Whales
I have scheduled a five-day photo adventure to Wrangell, Alaska, to see bears, glaciers, whales, and more in the summer of 2020. To keep the trip small and intimate, I am inviting six photographers to join me on my annual pilgrimage. The trip is almost full with just two spots remaining. This will be my 12th year traveling to Wrangell, one of my all-time favorite places in Alaska to see bears, bald eagles, whales, and Alaska’s most southern tidewater glacier.
Anan Creek is one of the largest pink salmon streams in Alaska and provides some of the best opportunities to photograph both black bears and brown bears in their natural surroundings. There are about 35 black bears that frequent the area, along with 10-15 brown bears. Anan Creek is surrounded by one of the most beautiful old-growth forests in Alaska. In addition to bears, there are eagles aplenty. While on my annual pilgrimage last summer there were so many bald eagles on the beach at low tide, I stopped counting once I hit 50 eagles because I realized there were too many to count! We will spend three days visiting Anan Creek by water taxi to photograph Anan bears from a Forest Service wildlife-viewing platform. The platform is a short, half-mile walk from the beach.
We will spend one full day searching for whales in the Wrangell area on the cabin cruiser “The Timber Wolf,” a comfortable 35’ boat that can travel up to thirty knots. The Timber Wolf has a big back deck, a comfortable and heated cabin with all-around visibility, seating for six passengers, and a full-size marine toilet.
Lastly, we will travel to the LeConte Glacier, the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America and one of the most active glaciers in Alaska. We will listen and look for spectacular glacier calvings and plan to photograph seals and glacier blue icebergs.
Our flexible schedule includes five days of shooting, and will be determined by weather, tides, permits. We will spend three days at Anan, one day onboard the Timber Wolf looking for whales, and one day at Leconte Glacier.
Our guides Brenda Schwartz-Yeager and John Yeager are the owners of Alaska Charters and Adventures in Wrangell, Alaska. Brenda is a fourth-generation Wrangellite. I have been traveling to Wrangell to photograph Anan bears for the past twelve years and I always work with John and Brenda. They are good friends and just the best.
Your trip leader: Mark Kelley
I have traveled to Anan Creek for the past twelve years. Anan Creek is one of my most favorite places in Alaska as Anan’s annual salmon run supports both a brown and black bear population. In February, 2014 Alaska Magazine featured my work in an eight-page photo story “The Bears of Anan.”
This Photo Excursion is limited to six participants, just one spot remains!
August 3-9, 2020
Your trip fee includes all boat trips, permits, breakfast and lunch, and a private room accommodation at the Stikine Inn. You will be responsible for dinner. The best restaurant in Wrangell (really the only full-service restaurant in Wrangell) is located in the Stikine Inn. Lucky for us, the food is pretty good. The dock we depart from is conveniently located a hundred feet from your hotel.
Wrangell is located on an island in the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, between Ketchikan and Juneau. You get there by boat or plane. Alaska Airlines flies in twice a day. Look for flights 64 and 65, which are great connections from Seattle.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-586-1993