hi i'm cheryl.... welcome to my blog! just a few of my favorite moments from each session. i had no idea you could have SO much fun turning a passion into a business. thank you to all those i've had the chance to meet and photograph over the last few years! it has been a blast!

ATTENTION class of 2013: it's time to start thinking about senior portraits! can you believe it? i have an almost senior and am so excited to start thinking about locations and capturing this amazing time in life! summer can be the best time to get that senior portrait thing done so take a peek at some of my seniors here on the blog and CALL or EMAIL ME!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

to HAINES for a photography shore excursion!

this is beautiful haines, alaska.  it was a 45 minute ferry ride from skagway - a photography tour my mom and i took with a professional photographer and local resident of the area....  4 hours of shooting some of the most beautiful scenery i've ever seen!

the company that showed our little group around was called rainbow glacier adventures.  it's a local guy who lives in haines and he did a fantastic job!  if you get the chance to cruise up to skagway, take the photography tour shore excursion with them....

this is a fishing weir across the chilkoot river in haines alaska.  somebody stands here and lets salmon out of a gate one at a time....  and counts them.  they make important decisions based on their findings and the number of salmon there are.  amazing!

while i didn't encounter the BIG stuff i was hoping to shoot (bears or a dang moose - still haven't seen one even though i've been looking for years) we were fortunate enough to catch some really great eagle activity.  more than 50% of the country's eagle population can be found in alaska.  we also learned that in haines, there is a portion of the chilkoot river that never freezes....  in november they see almost 4000 eagles in the area!  photographers fly from all over to capture these amazingly majestic birds during the  bald eagle festival.  we also learned that all five varieties of salmon swim in this river.

you'll see little splashes while these little common mergansers (ducks) dashed away from the eagles giant claws.  we watched for 20-30 minutes and try as she might, she never did get one of those baby ducks!

WHEW!  they all swam away safely....

chilkoot lake - another shore excursion was salmon fishing!  this eagle swooped down over their heads to try and grab fish off the lines...

an absolutely breathtaking view where the chilkoot river runs into the pacific ocean!