In mid-September I made a quick trip north to Alaska to visit the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge at Lake Clark National Park. A number of my clients have had good experiences at Lake Clark, so I felt I was overdue for a visit, but scheduling a short trip late in the season was the only way I’d be able to get a taste of what the place has to offer.
My visit was only three days long, but that was enough to scout the lodge and the area to see if it might work as a future photo tour destination. My timing was not the best due to a premature salmon run and weather that was primarily cloudy and wet… and yet, it was still a lot of fun and quite fruitful from a photographic perspective! The main goal during visits to Lake Clark is bears. The Alaska Peninsula brown bear (also known as coastal brown bears… and technically the same species as interior grizzlies) are abundant in this area. They emerge in the spring to feed on grass and dig for clams before turning their attention to spawning salmon.
By the time I arrived, the salmon (which had started early this year) had wrapped up the spawn, so there was little fishing action to be seen, but that did not prevent me from having close bear sightings during every outing. About eight to ten individual brown bears made regular appearances in the meadows or on the beach not far from the lodge, so there was always something to photograph. There were bonus encounters with other species as well, including red fox, gray wolf, Trumpeter swan and Bald eagle, with a few other bird sightings mixed in.
Make no mistake though, this show is all about the bears. I’ve published a new gallery featuring my bear photos from this trip, with a few other animals thrown in. A short preview is below.
View the full Alaska 2018 gallery here. And remember that you can order prints directly from the photo archive.
Want to join me on a photo tour in Lake Clark? This scouting trip was a success, so I will be leading a short trip back in September 2020. Learn more about the Alaska Brown Bears photo tour!