Best of Southeast Alaska
July 22 – 30, 2019
Reserve space early!
Travel aboard the elegant eight passenger vintage wooden boat, the M/V Westward
(Easy to moderate activity)
Read more about the historic M/V Westward on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Westward
Photograph and explore one of nature’s most spectacular playgrounds. The calm waters of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage teem with breathtaking scenery and captivating wildlife. At this time of year, humpback whales congregate in large numbers and may indulge in impressive bubble-net feeding or provide photo opportunities for breaching, tail lobbing and other dramatic behaviors. Aboard the classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward, you will have a front row seat to sea lion haul-outs, bald eagles and an ancient glacier with giant icebergs calving off its face. We’ll search for brown bears catching salmon or wandering along the shoreline. Walk through lush and serene rainforests and discover wildflowers and nurse trees, explore the prolific variety of creatures in tide pools and skiff or kayak through the gentle waters, drifting quietly past hanging gardens and waterfalls.
Benefit from Wendy Shattil’s 30+ years of field experience as a professional wildlife and conservation photographer. The remote wilderness adventures we’ll encounter from our comfortable wandering home invite a tranquility of the soul. Expect to be stimulated by the quiet solitude and reminded of our place in nature. We’ll do our best to capture these feelings and experiences with our eyes and our cameras and learn the power of our own storytelling ability through compelling imagery. Whatever your skill level, you will learn tips, techniques and strategies to create memorable images. In the comfort of the Westward’s salon, we’ll project our images and review the day’s experiences in a friendly group setting.
Rather than snapping pictures and hurrying to find the next encounter, we’ll take time to savor each moment. Every scene is constantly changing, each animal is an individual and every behavior has a purpose.
Begin in Juneau and end in Sitka, Alaska
$5250 per person (each cabin is a double – single supplement available)
July 22-30, 2019
Easy to moderate activity
Leader – Wendy Shattil
Whether it is your first visit to Alaska or an irresistible return, this photography and natural history cruise will be a trip of a lifetime. Join award-winning wildlife and conservation photographer, Wendy Shattil, on the classic wooden vessel, the M/V Westward. Whales, bald eagles, sea lions and bears will be among the wildlife highlights. Also aboard will be an experienced naturalist who will guide us as we explore lush temperate rainforests and meadows as well as thundering calving glaciers, using drifting icebergs and dramatic fjords as backdrops for wildlife subjects or simply spectacular landscapes.