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Filmmaker/photographer/vanlifer Creating a wild portrait of the Western Coast of North America 📍California➡️Alaska 🚐 @tentreeambassador : tentree.com
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A juvenile grizzly bear watches his brother dive for sockeye salmon in the Russian River, Alaska. A bear’s age usually determines their fishing success. This brotherly duo were making a big mess out of the whole ordeal, splashing about and “Superman-ing”  around, noses often in the air to detect if any intimidating adult bears were near. I imagine they had just left their mum, or at least I hope so, their fishing was quite bad. Luckily enough, after a couple dozen attempts, one of the brothers came out of the water in a pool of salmon blood. They were quick to retreat to the forest and share their meal. -
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A juvenile grizzly bear watches his brother dive for sockeye salmon in the Russian River, Alaska. A bear’s age usually determines their fishing success. This brotherly duo were making a big mess out of the whole ordeal, splashing about and “Super

Russian River (Alaska)
Recently I’ve been studying light beams, using the topography of the mountainous landscape to predict where they happen, and to compose a frame with these beams in mind. Precipitation/low clouds, the angle of the sunset in relation to valleys and gorges, and patience is the formula I’ve devised so far. This photo was after a rainstorm in the Northern Yukon, and experiencing such inclement weather is really behind to change the way I look at landscapes and the experience of capturing them. Shot at 150mm. -
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Recently I’ve been studying light beams, using the topography of the mountainous landscape to predict where they happen, and to compose a frame with these beams in mind. Precipitation/low clouds, the angle of the sunset in relation to valleys and g

Yukon
Perhaps the single cutest animal I have ever photographed, this Northern sea otter surveys his surroundings before settling down to rest for the night. These endangered aquatic mammals are actually important climate change fighters. Because sea kelp forests are important for capturing atmospheric CO2 in coastal ecosystems, their predation on organisms such as sea urchins help keep sea kelp forests strong and healthy. Not to mention, these kelp forests provide homes and food to a myriad of other coastal organisms. It was wonderful to watch this guy feed and socialize with other sea otters before finally laying on his back, drifting off to sleep (pun intended.) -
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Perhaps the single cutest animal I have ever photographed, this Northern sea otter surveys his surroundings before settling down to rest for the night. These endangered aquatic mammals are actually important climate change fighters. Because sea kelp

Seward, Alaska
Sound up! (But it’s loud)
Mexico to the Arctic, Month 2: Canada and Alaska. -
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Sound up! (But it’s loud) Mexico to the Arctic, Month 2: Canada and Alaska. - - Song: Taro- Alt-J - - - - - - - - #alaska #travel #vanlife #californiatoalaska #edit #gonorth #travelalaska #travelcanada #nationalpark #wild #wildlife #wildlifecinemat

Upon arriving to Alaska, it didn’t take me long to realize that in order to do these incredible coastal ecosystems justice, I would need to capture the essential driving force behind them: the salmon. However, capturing these guys underwater was not nearly as easy as I expected. Weaving around the state, looking for clear streams that weren’t dominated by glacial silt, only getting about 10 photos at a time due to waterhousing fog, the bears, timing the shoot with when the sockeye changed this brilliant color, and finally shooting blind, completely guessing the way the exposure would change underwater, with a lens far too long for the occasion. And why not make it a hand held long exposure for good measure! for all the flooded boots, empty rivers, and patient waiting for the salmon to come close, I was rewarded with capturing one of those moments I dream about and that keep me up at night. A photo of a couple fish. I think I might be going insane. -
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Upon arriving to Alaska, it didn’t take me long to realize that in order to do these incredible coastal ecosystems justice, I would need to capture the essential driving force behind them: the salmon. However, capturing these guys underwater was no

Moose Creek, Alaska
Weighing on average between 150 and 300 lbs, the black bear is the smallest species of bear on the North American continent. Having evolved in forested habitats, they are excellent tree climbers and are predisposed to running away and climbing a tree when frightened, not standing their ground like a grizzly. Spending time with these guys up here makes me realize how silly it was to be so afraid of these animals camping in bear country when I was younger. They (usually) don’t mean any harm, and are usually just going about their days like we are. Respect is paramount, but constant education and exposure to these animals is really beginning to shape @those.simple.joys and my perspective on their true nature. -
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Weighing on average between 150 and 300 lbs, the black bear is the smallest species of bear on the North American continent. Having evolved in forested habitats, they are excellent tree climbers and are predisposed to running away and climbing a tree

Alaska
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What hundreds of miles of unbroken wilderness looks like in the Yukon Territory. -
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Shot in color, with minimal editing, at 600mm. 
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What hundreds of miles of unbroken wilderness looks like in the Yukon Territory. - - Shot in color, with minimal editing, at 600mm. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - #gonorth #goldenhour #californiatoalaska #wonder #vanlife #wander #travelalaska #travelca

Yukon
This photo captures the feeling of backpacking in the Yukon. Glacial rivers sending searing pain through our legs, swathes of trail destroyed by landslides, all complete with a grizzly near camp. Raw, palpably indifferent, and on a scale we had never imagined, the North is redefining how we look at wild places. -
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@those.simple.joys navigates Goat Creek in Kluane National Park. A moose skull rests by the riverside. -
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This photo captures the feeling of backpacking in the Yukon. Glacial rivers sending searing pain through our legs, swathes of trail destroyed by landslides, all complete with a grizzly near camp. Raw, palpably indifferent, and on a scale we had never

Kluane National Park and Reserve
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Grizzly from above.
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Soapbox alert : I do not condone approaching bears, traveling alone with them, feeding them, or “getting close for the shot.” When this happened, months of research, many layers of safety precautions, and a great deal of awareness all came together to keep me safe. I’m no “official voice for the bears”, but if you come here looking, for their sake and for yours, I recommend doing the homework. I’ve seen some scary human behaviors with these bears in my time in Alaska, and for the sake of all involved, I really believe this message is worth sharing.
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Grizzly from above. - - Soapbox alert : I do not condone approaching bears, traveling alone with them, feeding them, or “getting close for the shot.” When this happened, months of research, many layers of safety precautions, and a great deal of a

Alaska
Bird’s eye view of crevasses that could swallow a school bus whole: Salmon Glacier, Alaska -
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Bird’s eye view of crevasses that could swallow a school bus whole: Salmon Glacier, Alaska - - - - - - - - - #alaska #travel #travelalaska #gonorth #landscapelovers #landscape #drone #californiatoalaska #glacier #tentreeambassador #tentreeambassado

Alaska
I could not believe how little this red fox cared as we watched him trot around. It was an incredibly joyful experience to spend a good 25 minutes with this little guy as he continued his hunt for mice and other small rodents. At times he passed only a few feet away, always keeping a watchful eye, but never showing signs of fear or discomfort. -
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I could not believe how little this red fox cared as we watched him trot around. It was an incredibly joyful experience to spend a good 25 minutes with this little guy as he continued his hunt for mice and other small rodents. At times he passed only

Yukon
Traveling North through Canada and Alaska, the talk seems to always circulate to grizzlies. Legends, myths, maybe some true stories in the mix, but when I saw him, rolling muscles, fine motor coordination, and ability to vanish in low brush, I realized all of these stories could easily be true. What some hate, others love, and we all fear as we step into their home, to preserve or to kill, it’s up to you, but you’ll never forget the first time you see one.
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Traveling North through Canada and Alaska, the talk seems to always circulate to grizzlies. Legends, myths, maybe some true stories in the mix, but when I saw him, rolling muscles, fine motor coordination, and ability to vanish in low brush, I realiz

Hyder, Alaska
After tromping through muddy estuaries, crossing rivers with heavy camera gear, and 5 am mornings, I was finally rewarded with this black bear strolling through a patch of brilliantly colorful fireweed in Northern British Columbia. I didn’t necessarily want to just have a clear shot of the bear like I’ve seen in so many postcards, and I wanted to frame the bear with fireweed, a flower whose color is iconic to the region. When he looked up from grazing on clover and grasses, I prayed for the opportunity to have his eyes visible through the thick brush. When the “bear goggles” appeared, and I clicked the shutter, I knew all those days were worth it. -
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I’m hopping borders between Canada and Alaska, looking for Grizzlies now, and so the search continues. -
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After tromping through muddy estuaries, crossing rivers with heavy camera gear, and 5 am mornings, I was finally rewarded with this black bear strolling through a patch of brilliantly colorful fireweed in Northern British Columbia. I didn’t necessa

British Columbia
Waiting for the night to darken, counting the times hurtling rock burned in the atmosphere, listening to trout ripple to the surface, shaking from cold, I could feel my mind melt into the forest around me before the shutter would click, and I would rush to check the frame. Striving to create pixelated representations sometimes takes hours of waiting alone, shivering in grizzly territory, but maybe that’s why this type of photography means so much to me. -
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Waiting for the night to darken, counting the times hurtling rock burned in the atmosphere, listening to trout ripple to the surface, shaking from cold, I could feel my mind melt into the forest around me before the shutter would click, and I would r

Garibaldi Lake
And when the crickets stopped, and life returned, the mountains roared their deepest colors. We began to imagine life anew, and the world’s end far away.
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And when the crickets stopped, and life returned, the mountains roared their deepest colors. We began to imagine life anew, and the world’s end far away. - - - - - - - - - - - - - #hike #canada #takeahike #tentreeambassador #tentreeambassadors #ten

Garibaldi Lake
@those.simple.joys pauses to take in the views on her way up “The Chief” in Squamish, British Columbia. -
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@those.simple.joys pauses to take in the views on her way up “The Chief” in Squamish, British Columbia. - - - - - - - - - - #tentree #tentreeambassadors #tentreeambassador #squamish #canada #travelcanada #travelbc #explorecanada #hike #goldenhour

Squamish, British Columbia
Our first of many trips to regions inaccessible by road, and now back on the mainland, we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come. Taken on our ferry to Vancouver Island with @those.simple.joys -
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Our first of many trips to regions inaccessible by road, and now back on the mainland, we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come. Taken on our ferry to Vancouver Island with @those.simple.joys - - - - - - - - - - #landscape #goldenhour #vanc

Vancouver Island