After bringing home a paltry 130lbs of salmon/halibut fillets last season, we didn't quite know what to expect this year. The seas were still warm around Angoon (Chatham Strait) and the fishing report had been mixed. To make sure I wouldn't be too disappointed by the fishing, I rented a 400mm zoom lens for my camera in the hopes of capturing some great wildlife shots. I especially wanted to target humpbacks, so I kept my fingers crossed that there would be enough herring in the area to lure the gigantic mammals into our fishing area.
As you can see, the trip was a bonanza on multiple accounts. We had three separate pods of humpbacks near our boat for parts of each day. I was able to take over 500 photographs capturing their bubble-net feeding from start to finish. We also brought home 230lbs of salmon, halibut and black cod fillets. I love Alaska!
Our family made a point to get outdoors more often this summer after hunkering down on projects in the summer of 2016. The only problem was that many of our favorite spots were buried by record winter snowfall until the middle of July. When the passes opened, we made a bee-line for the eastern Sierra's. Specifically, McGee Canyon near Crowley Lake on HWY 395. The area has everything a family could want: peace & quiet, a fishing stream, amazing geology & killer wildflowers. Not to mention a few stray monsoonal storms to add to the moodiness of the place. Click through the photo journal to learn a bit more about the area!
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.