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August 5th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Post #3: Whales, Walrus Bears and Seals

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
A curious young male walrus spy hops to get a better view of our photo group. Nikon D7000, 200-400mm lens.
July 27 – Clear skies, Temp Around 45F Sailing into the midnight sun, Svalbard, Norway. Nikon D7000 The weather continues bright and sunny. For two days now we’ve had skies with virtually no clouds. Some wind yesterday afternoon but amazingly if it weren’t for the desolate landscape, void of vegetation, and cool temps, I would …
 
July 25th, 2011

Svalbard, Norway Post #2: Polar Bear Sighting

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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July 23, 2012 Two years ago on my first trip to Svalbard we found a dead whale, floating in the waters of Holmiabukta. It was partially beached, the underside of its large, bloated carcass coming aground on the bottom of the fjord, 50 feet or more from the gray, rocky shoreline recently void of ice. …
 
July 21st, 2011

Svalbard, Norway Post #1: Montana to Fidembukta Harbor

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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July 20, 2011 Our trip from Montana was uneventful – though flying anymore I find literally painful. When Tanya and I travel overseas we always plan to arrive at least a day early, ideally two or even three. Acclimating to a new time zone slowly can make all the difference on the first part of …
 
May 3rd, 2011

Polar Bear Photography Tour

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Young Polar Bear
This fall, renowned wildlife photographer Steve Kazlowski and I will be leading a polar bear photography tour in Arctic Alaska. Steve has been successfully photographing polar bears in this location for the past 13 years. His images have been published by Time and National Geographic and he is the author of The Last Polar Bear: Facing …
 
March 10th, 2011

Big Night Coming…?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, X-Class Solar Flare, 2003
A major “X-class” solar flare exploded on the surface of the sun yesterday, an event which typically results in active and widespread Auroras here on Earth over the next 24-72 hours.  These things are always unpredictable, but weather permitting, the lights should be visible throughout Alaska and possibly as far south as the Canadian border …
 
March 8th, 2011

Midday Madness

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Grasses in Lake Ice, Northwest Territories
During our recent Aurora trip, we obviously had long hours of daylight when the aurora was invisible. It was usually a good time to get some much-needed sleep after a long night under the sky, but it also offered some great hiking and snowshoeing opportunities. And since the middle of the day is rarely the …
 
March 4th, 2011

Quite a Week

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Celestial Dance
Last night was our final one at Blachford Lake, and it didn’t disappoint. After a slow beginning at 7:30 pm, the lights really got going 3 hours later with a dramatic burst of activity that had everyone outside and gaping skyward.  I tried getting some broader landscapes like this one to balance the many detail …
 
March 1st, 2011

Midnight Magic

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Auroral Loop
The aurora forecasts for Monday night were for “Moderate” activity. In aurora lingo that’s code for a sleepless night that began just after 9 and went on more or less continuously until after 2 am. For hour after hour, the entire sky was filled with swirling bands of light, sometimes bright enough to throw a …
 
February 28th, 2011

Green Waves

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Green Waves and Spruce Trees
Auroras are unpredictable creatures.  They can be brash and lively, shimmering and ethereal, or they be gentle and graceful. The latter is what we had last night. We had clear skies, happily, and despite the -25 C. temps. there was little wind, so it was vastly more comfortable being outside than the night before. The …
 
February 27th, 2011

Live-Blogging the Aurora

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis and Spruces, NWT
Greetings from the Arctic Circle!  This week my friend Steve Shuey and I (as well as our wives and a dear friend) are outside Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, trying to photograph the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.  The sun has been very active lately, so if weather and wind cooperate, we should have a very good …