Another year come and gone! This year has been nothing short of life-changing. I graduated with my masters in Wildlife from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, moved from the Interior to the incredible Southeast Alaska, married the love of my life, and have a job I love! Life is great, and life has left me less time to blog recently (lack of time compounded by no internet at my house). However, that doesn’t mean that my camera has been sitting picking up dust in the corner. On the contrary I’ve been out photographing the wild beauty of Hoonah and Alaska all year. Some of these images from 2016 have made their way onto Facebook. You can “like ” my page for daily photo updates at www.facebook.com/ianlww. For other images this is the first time they’ve been shown off! Previous year-end recaps have been in different formats such as dividing by month in 2014 and dividing by topic in 2015. This year I’m just going to scrap the text and the give you the top shots 2016 from around Alaska. I hope you enjoy!
An incredible display of Aurora reflects of the ocean and highlights the islands outside of Sitka, Alaska.
The city of Haines sits below jutting mountains.
Each of the paddlers pulling their weight during the maiden voyage.
A mature humpback whale breaches in Hoonah, Alaska.
Milky Way at Twelvemile Summit, Steese Highway, Alaska
Sunset at Icy Strait Point
The aurora borealis flares up over Castner Glacier, Delta Junction, Alaska
American Pine Marten on Chichagof Island near Hoonah, Alaska.
Master Carver Wayne Price wears the newly woven canoe shawl.
An American Dipper perches with a mouthfull of food that it just scavenged from the river’s bottom.
Broad-leaf Gentians at 3,000 feet above Hoonah
The Milky Way and Aurora stretch over Port Frederick in Hoonah, Alaska
A mature Bald Eagle takes a break from cleaning up a seal carcass at Icy Strait Point
Hello Everyone! 2015 was a great, great year. Traveling took me from the North Slope of Alaska to the southern coast of Texas. Professionally I am headed back to the “real world” after completing my thesis in December, and will enjoying a married life by mid-summer! The images below are some of my Top Shots from 2015. If there was a blog post associated with the image I included it in the caption. I hope you enjoy.
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The Aurora Borealis has become an addiction of mine, and these two particular some of my favorites from the season.
Dog sledding in Alaska has been a tremendous treat, and there couldn’t be a better mentor than my friend Jeff Deeter at Black Spruce Dog Sledding.
These array of landscape shots capture the beauty and phenomena of Alaska and beyond.
From the bottom of tide pools to the tops of mountains, it has been a great year to shoot wildlife!
Fireweed are iconic to Alaska, and I love how a single stalk seems to stand out above the others here.