Kenai, Alaska

I love the chance to capture motion. It’s a challenge, especially when the light is low, and sometimes you can get funny expressions that don’t necessarily make for a beautiful photograph. But there’s no image more alive than capturing someone when their muscles are strained, tenuous; the fluctuation of gravity and strength, distilled into a…

North Kenai, Alaska

No matter who you’re voting for in this election, you have to admit that Donald Trump makes some of the greatest expressions. Not sure if it’s intentional, but I’m personally morbidly fascinated by the number of ways that man can contort his face. This shot came from a local theater’s election season political spoof, called…

Nikiski, Alaska

A bit of a throwback to a flag-raising ceremony held in Nikiski at the beginning of September, on Veterans Day. A group of kids from one of the local elementary schools helped with raising the flags to dedicate to the local senior center’s veteran population. Alaska has a huge veteran population for a variety of…

Kenai, Alaska

A runner in the Kenai River Marathon makes it back to the finish line in Kenai, Alaska in September. Taken around noon with a Nikon D-300 and a 28-55 mm lens.

Kamishak Bay, Alaska

Far from town, across the water and deep in a cove, the Paint River overflows into Kamishak Bay on Cook Inlet. Unlike many of the stream systems flowing into the inlet, it is clear, the sands and boulders in the bay glassy near the shore. Sedimentary rocks arch high above the beach, bearing the pocks and…

Homer, Alaska

Mt. Iliamna in the dying light near Homer, Alaska on Sept. 2. Taken with an 28-55 mm lens on a Nikon D300.

Ninilchik, Alaska

The aurora borealis isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes it’s just ghostly sheets of green. Coastal Alaska is often so cloudy you can’t see it, even when it’s out. Sometimes it doesn’t quite dance, more like sliding across the sky. In the summer, when it’s warm, it never gets dark, so you…

Skilak Lake, Alaska

Every part of the Kenai River drainage is this vivid, shocking blue, like this image of Skilak Lake on a recent August day. It doesn’t seem real the first time you look at it. It didn’t look real to me until I got out on it in a boat, and skating across the surface, it…

Salamatof, Alaska

Setnetters come in to the beach with a skiff loaded down with salmon from a commercial setnet operation in Cook Inlet. Taken in July with a Nikon D-300, 18-200 mm lens.

Hope, Alaska

People call the Kenai Peninsula “Alaska in miniature.” The peninsula, the shape of a palm with the fingers all extended downward, is surrounded by the Pacific but for a windswept, mountainous wrist in the northeast. A ridge of mountains runs down the east side toward the southwest; a broad river, the Kenai, runs down the…

Soldotna, Alaska

The conversation I had on the riverbank boiled down to “do it early, do it often.” He was, of course, referring to getting kids out fishing. Some of his own earliest memories involved fishing the fresh waters of the Midwest with his father, he said fondly as he watched the boisterous children pull up to the bank…