Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Alaska 2010 - Wolves
My main goal in travelling to Alaska this year was to see wolves in the wild. Through the help of a new friend (a park ranger and fantastic photographer), I knew where to look. The first few days in the park, my wife and I saw the Grant Creek Pack. All nine puppies were playing in a field with the alpha female. It was magical... and unfortunately far away in a downpour... so no quality photos. E-mail me if you would like to see the low quality photos (I'm not going to try to sell them). On our last day in the park, we were driving the park road around 9:30 pm. when the pictured wolves crossed the road in front of us. The grey wolf in the brush is the alpha male. The grey/brown wolf on the road and in the brush is the alpha female. Both wolves are from the Nenana River Pack. It was amazing to be so close to these magnificient animals. Even though it was rainy and getting dark, I was able to get some nice photos of both animals. Click on the photos for higher quality images (You can purchase VERY high quality images at my web store). Note: The wolves are wearing radio collars... the park biologists are able to monitor their travels in an effort to learn more about them.