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Muddytaco
07-25-2008, 11:59 PM
Got back today from Alaska and all I have to say is......AMAZING! Easily one of the coolest place I have ever been. Stayed in Anchorage with my sister but got to travel from Seward to Denali so I got to see a TON of stuff, plus it only gets dark around 2 am so you can be out on trails and such for a long time. First time I ever started a hike into the woods at 7 pm. Weather was pretty crappy like 85% of the time (high to low 50's and raining) but we just toughed it out. I got to put my camera on trial while I was there, I got 21GB in pics lol.

I haven't had any sleep for like 48hrs so thats the wrap up on text for now, here are some of my fav. pics I got, I'll get more up tomorrow probably:

Flying in to Anchorage:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/2703261860_116e94351f_b.jpg

Lake at Hatchers Pass that was up in the mountains at like 3500 ft:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3238/2702449341_7f010b9c44_b.jpg

Mountain range, taken with my new B+w F-Pro CPL filter:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3032/2703354696_4769ec22d8_b.jpg

Portage Glacier:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/2702537231_4f26af8a17_b.jpg

Mt. Healy in Denali National Park, climbed to the top, took 4hrs to get to the top, went up to like 3800 ft, pic taken like half way up just so you can tell how tall it really is:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/2703381766_d7ba2904cf_b.jpg

View from the top, it was raining at the time thats why it looks so hazy:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/2702562663_f13d2e2d8d_b.jpg

We got a super rare sighting of a Lynx in Denali, there is almost no chance of a Human seeing one and we saw it trying to attack the beaver in the water:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/2703404656_ffcbaaa14c_b.jpg

Bull Moose:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2702461177_b33002c945_b.jpg

Brown Bear (300mm lens FTW lol):
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/2702474687_48092d5d9f_b.jpg

And finally my fav. pic that I got while there.....stairing straight into the eyes of one of natures BAMF's:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/2703410316_f1c047d5a4_b.jpg

irishwarrior
07-26-2008, 04:00 AM
Those are awesome pics! And is it just me or is that bear smilin', :)?

deano 177
07-26-2008, 04:15 AM
And is it just me or is that bear smilin', :)?
Yea, he was thinkin' about having tacos for lunch!:D Awesome pics!

Ace24
07-26-2008, 04:33 AM
And is it just me or is that bear smilin', :)?

He's got his eyebrow raised too.

I think my fav is the Lake at Hatchers Pass (besides the animal ones). I don't know why... but the way the haze makes a frame... it's like you're in this capsule surrounded by mountains.

The shot across the lake of the mountains with the clouds wisping around is great too.

DFSniper
07-26-2008, 04:52 AM
awesome pics. my parents went to yellowstone a few weeks ago while they were out west and saw all kinds of cool stuff, but i havent had a chance to look at all my moms pics.


btw, i may try to go to school in fairbanks or anchorage :D

battlechaser
07-26-2008, 04:59 AM
Glad you had a good time. Those pics are amazing, ever thought of doing it professionally?

The Pumper
07-26-2008, 06:05 AM
damn taco...those are good pictures...all of them are amazing.

LostCause
07-26-2008, 07:29 AM
wow.....nice pics man...i love the bear one. you guys saw some amazing stuff. and lucky spotting that lnyx

DirtySouth
07-26-2008, 07:33 AM
Wow....NICE pics bro...I wanna start taking pictures now...

shunut
07-26-2008, 10:02 AM
WOW!!! Those are some awesome pictures. I've always wanted to go to Alaska. Really I want to go up there and go where ever it is you go to see the Northern Lights.

Muddytaco
07-26-2008, 11:51 AM
Thanks for the comments, here are a few more I got uploaded for now:

Random Bird, don't know what it is:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3201/2703291890_8c0055db70_b.jpg

Building at old mining site:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/2703276154_85646aaaaa_b.jpg

Old mine tracks:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3116/2702452455_3b48f998de_b.jpg

Chocolate Waterfall at Wildberry farms:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/2702443241_1aa4bfa966_b.jpg

Yes its really raindear, I had some raindear sausage while I was there, its pretty good:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2702501413_e401e272fd_b.jpg

Pika:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2702564473_0ecb57b0c4_b.jpg

Hossy
07-26-2008, 11:54 AM
Where exactly in Alaska were you?

The Pumper
07-26-2008, 11:54 AM
muddy,I'll buy your photos if you become famous ;)

pb34
07-26-2008, 01:16 PM
Wow, those are gorgeous pics. I think I'm gunna use one as my background! :D

Muddytaco
07-26-2008, 02:15 PM
Where exactly in Alaska were you?

Went to:
-Anchorage
-Seward
-Denali
-Portage
-Whitter
-Palmer
and few other small places

xsvly-fat
07-26-2008, 02:42 PM
Those are some amazing pictures, It looks so nice up there

SpyderMan723
07-26-2008, 05:14 PM
gorgeous pictures. so clear.. :tup:

Ace24
07-26-2008, 06:34 PM
Ok... so... Dave... I'm going to Alaska some time soon haha. Those pics are incredible.

battlechaser
07-26-2008, 06:44 PM
Reminds me of home.. little warmer at home though.. :)

badlandsrox
07-26-2008, 08:36 PM
That random bird, if you actually don't know what it is, is a Magpie, its a member of the jay family, as well as the crow family, and if i remember right, the pica genus. They are quite the pests out here, and in the summer months, we have a good 60-70 that take over our property, leaving messes everywhere, taking dog food etc. In fact, one day we came home to a smashed window (dead one laying beside) to our garage, and there was perhaps 30-40 eating 2 big tubs of cat and dog food that we have. They also crow (or whatever its called when they make noise haha) all day, and sometimes all night. All in all, they are perhaps one of the biggest nusiance birds in the praries.

Also to shunuts question, you can see the northern lights down all the way to the 49th once in awhile, sometimes if i'm up late enough, I can see them on a clear night here in calgary. although im sure its nowhere near as awe-inspiring as in the north where there is less light pollution, and they are bigger, and more energetic, as around here, its more of the odd one or two trails of them.

And finally, all those pic's are great, I wish I had that talent with cameras :(

Ace24
07-26-2008, 08:52 PM
I can't get over that building shot. It's almost too perfect. The contrast is outstanding. I swear, I'd think it was a PS/painting if I didn't know better. Outstanding work.

08Lud08
07-26-2008, 11:37 PM
really good, your shots are awesome.

bamf-hacker
07-27-2008, 03:15 AM
Sweet... Glad your back buddy!

TheDarkShadow
07-27-2008, 08:46 AM
Those pics are insane. You could make those into postcards

durrell
07-27-2008, 09:00 AM
Any way we could get some of those in wallpaper sizes?

Particularly the Hatcher's Pass one. :)

mr1 sniper
07-27-2008, 09:27 AM
Wow, those are gorgeous pics. I think I'm gunna use one as my background! :D

The eagle is mine!!! lol

although i do like the hatchers pass and the pika
:up: :up: :up: on the amazing photos

pb34
07-28-2008, 12:23 PM
Haha I used the mountain range one.

Muddytaco
07-28-2008, 02:00 PM
Any way we could get some of those in wallpaper sizes?

Particularly the Hatcher's Pass one. :)


I can send them up to 3888 x 2592, send me a pm with email addy and which ones you want.