Photograph brown bears in coastal Alaska with Dawn Wilson

  B-Brown_bear_LCNP_2018_15B-Brown_bear_LCNP_2018_15A brown bear (Ursus arctos) swims through Silver Salmon Creek in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska. SOLD OUT

Photo tour information:
- Dates: September 12-17, 2023 in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
- Price: $6,300 per person
- Deposit: $2,500 (due at registration; balance due by February 1, 2023)
   (I recommend purchasing trip insurance.)
- Participants: 5

Join award-winning, professional wildlife and nature photographer, Dawn Wilson, on a trip of a lifetime to photograph brown bears in their natural habitat along the coast of Alaska.

We will travel to scenic Lake Clark National Park and Preserve to be in the bear's world where we will watch and photograph them as they splash in the creek, dig for clams in the mud flats, feed on sedge grasses in the meadows, play, and possibly see little cubs. Brown_bear_LCNP_2017_16Brown_bear_LCNP_2017_16A brown bear cub (Ursus arctos) licks his mother because he wants to nurse as they sit on a beach on a cloudy day in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Additional optional activities and opportunities include fishing, photographing the lush landscape of inactive volcanoes and beaches, taking a boat ride to see puffins, and looking for other wildlife, such as red fox, bald eagles and river otters.

We will meet in Anchorage, Alaska on the evening of September 12 for a meet and greet before we fly to Lake Clark National Park the next morning. A small aircraft will take us on our hour-long flight to Lake Clark National Park on the morning of September 13. Once in Lake Clark, we will stay at a comfortable lodge right on the coast of Cook Inlet, complete with warm, home-cooked food at every meal. This location is in the center of bear activity with bears sometimes even walking through the property.

Brown_bear_LC_4Brown_bear_LC_4A brown bear sow (Ursus arctos) walks off with her catch of salmon in a creek in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. The field adventure begins right away with a professional bear guide. Field outings to find bears will involve some walking, but most trips are on a trailer pulled by an ATV. We will fly back to Anchorage on the morning of September 17. We recommend booking your flight home on September 18 in case of any weather-related delays. Or extend your stay in Alaska; I am happy to share some ideas for places to see and photograph.

Check out the video of previous workshops. Brown_bear_LCNP_2021_13Brown_bear_LCNP_2021_13A brown bear (Ursus arctos) stands in a grassy meadow in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Why go with Dawn? Participating in a photo workshop with Dawn, recognized as a top-ten female nature photographer by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, provides the opportunity to get more personal attention from an experienced and passionate nature and wildlife photographer. Her goals for your photography include helping all participants with composition, teaching about animal behavior for better photos, instruction on how to create visual and emotional impact, and understanding camera techniques. Your photo workshop leader has a varied skill set and can provide a wide variety of photography instruction, including guidance for camera equipment, creative photo techniques, Photoshop and Lightroom, and how to get the best photos of birds, bears and landscapes.

During down times and as desired by the workshop participants, we will download, edit and critique photos from the trip.

Cost for Lake Clark includes:
- all meals, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) in Lake Clark National Park
- round-trip airfare to and from Anchorage to Lake Clark Brown_bear_LC_1Brown_bear_LC_1A brown bear sow (Ursus arctos) scratches her leg while she watches the nearby water for salmon as her two cubs sit patiently behind her on a cloudy day in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
- field instruction and guide services
- software instruction
- permits and park fees and all applicable taxes

Cost DOES NOT include:
airfare to or from home to Anchorage
- lodging, transportation or meals in Anchorage
- tips for lodge staff and bear guide
- alcoholic beverages at lodge

I look forward to having you join the group in Alaska!

Brown_bear_LCNP_2017_15Brown_bear_LCNP_2017_15A brown bear sow (Ursus arctos) walks down the beach as her cubs beg to nurse on a cloudy day in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska About Dawn Wilson

As a professional wildlife photographer, writer and Master Naturalist, Dawn travels extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and Alaska photographing the animals of high latitudes and high altitudes. These animals love the cold and remote regions as much as she does, and she enjoys sharing her stories and photos to encourage others to see and conserve these beautiful regions.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications, calendars and photo exhibits, including Outdoor Photographer, Colorado Outdoors, Wyoming Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic Digital, MotorHome and Colorado Life. She was also recognized as a Top Ten Female Nature Photographer to Watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine. She is currently finishing up a book about bears, called BEARS of the Alaska Peninsula.



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