Saturday, July 25, 2009

Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

We spent the last few days getting very cold and very wet. But, what a landscape! The Valley of Ten Thousands of Smokes in Katmai National Park is a visually menacing place. It dominates you from start to finish and serves as an instant reminder of our small place in nature. In 1912 Novarupta exploded some 20 cubic km of volcanic debris in the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century, covering the valley in 100m of ash and pumice. As the ash settled to the valley floor the existing rivers boiled and the water turned to steam. The steam found its way to the surface and gave the valley its name. Fortunately the mountains seem a little calmer these days and offer some outstanding trekking and mountaineering. I'm itching to go back!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

STORY: Back to Lewis Point

After a long day in the production room we just finished this little project. Its a photostory with some great words by Lewis Point fishers Timmy Wonhola, Anna Andrew and Moxie Andrew Jnr. Sit back, turn the pace of life down a little on your speed dial and enjoy.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fishin's Hot in Bristol Bay

Two helicopter rides, a big processing ship and 24 hours on a driftboat catching wild sockeye salmon. A little snapshot below.

Upcoming shootings while I'm in Alaska include a sportfishing lodge, hiking into the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes including an attempt to summit Mount Katmai and then the usual kayak trip along the Savanoski Loop.