Readers’ wildlife photos

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Reader Joe Dickinson sent a second moiety of his three-part series on Alaska (his first set is here). Joe’s notes are indented:

I’ll begin with another shot of Denali from the train just because it was so stunning for the entire trip.

Here are more brown [grizzly] bears (Ursus arctos) fishing.  You can probably tell from barnacles, seaweed and the like encrusting the rocks that these are in salt water channels,  but they are near salmon streams.

Also a couple more orcas (Orcinus orca), one blowing and the second just because I like the glossy texture of the water.

Here is clump of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) with a male only recently out of the water at the top.

Another sounding humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) shows us its flukes.  The hump from which they get their common name shows nicely in the first shot.

This one blew just before sounding, and the setting also is nice.




  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    When I was little I discovered I could invoke an illusion really close to the Denali picture when it was a blue sky with big clouds and I was low enough near a good section of trees. I can still do it. It’s very interesting.

  2. W.T. Effingham
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    “…the setting is also nice.” That’s putting it rather mildly😼. Alaska just elevated several notches on my bucket list (as if it weren’t close to the top already).

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted December 24, 2018 at 10:02 am | Permalink


  3. Merilee
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Glorious photos, Joe. I especially love the grizzlies.

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Great shots Joe. Alaska is calling to me.

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Wonderful pictures! Just seeing those things for real must be highly treasured memories.

  6. charitablemafioso
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Fantastic photos! They are a good reminder of why I would like to visit Alaska in the next few years. What month did you visit?

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted December 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      It was late July and into August.

  7. Charles Minus
    Posted December 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    So who wins a fight between an orca and a grizzly bear?

    • Joe Dickinson
      Posted December 24, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I’d put my money on the orca unless we’re talking about a beached whale.

  8. Posted December 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    The wet male is funny (to me at least) – looks like an obese dog.

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