Monday, July 26, 2010

Alaska Photos by Dan Rutan

All photos posted with Dan Rutan's permission

Small brown bear print

Snow Owl

Chopper view of big mama and cubs

Dan told me the story on this one. The photo was taken over his shoulder as he attempted to exit the area. Unfortunately another brown bear was at the other end of the walkway and Dan had to crawl over the rail. The bear passed with-in inches of him. This photo was taken on the Russian River.

Large carabou heard

Big ass Skeeters!

The Crossing, Caribou in action!

Nice Red

Deadhorse Airport, Alaska
The place where a sloper usually starts his or her tour or ends it.

One of the great things about working on the North Slope in Alaska is the people you work around. I am posting a few photos from one of the guys that works for our project, "Point Thomson." The location is remote and requires a great deal of support from helicopters as well as ocean going vessels. The guy who took these photos is Dan Rutan, retired Air Force rescue chopper crew chief. He served two tours in Afghanistan and is now living a true Alaskan life. I usually do not use any one else's photos but my own but I do not get out enough anymore to get these kind of shots. Enjoy them.


judypatooote said...

Well God Bless him for getting out and snapping those pictures...they are beautiful, but I can't imagine finding a bear at both ends of the walk...tell him thank you for letting you share them with us... small bear huh....LOL....

Hope your well, and I like your new sight look...take care friend.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I'm so glad you shared these with us, Randy. I'm with Judy - a bear on both ends of the path? Good heavens. He was a lucky man! Glad he's still with us!

enemy said...

"Refreshing!" the word that came to mind... To be in the wild in such weather and to be closed with the animal, and the aerial view of nature....sigh! priceless..Love the chopper view of the big mamas and cubs.

daniel said...

this is incredible; i'm more and more curious of what a 'sloper' really does. your writing talent is not easily dismissed, either. and yes, these pictures are awesome!

ketchikanalaskafishing said...

Is it really cold in Alaska all year round?

Photos of Alaska