on the road again…| alaska | portage | alaska wildlife conservation center

Warning: what follows contains literally tens of pictures of bears.

Bears playing.Bears yawning. Bears walking. Bears lying down. Bears chilling with magpies. Bears staring off pensively into the distance contemplating the meaning of life…probably.

You have been warned.  Photographing a bear was on my bucket list, and I scratched that sucker off and then some.

But but BUT I promise if you stick around through the bears, some musk ox and a few wolves will be waiting for you. Maybe even some caribou…and Darnell.

Is there snow on my butt? Because I feel like there’s snow on my butt…

Sharing a secret…

Why do I feel like the one on the left is about to bust out a triple time step?

Ok. Enough with the bears.

Musk ox serving up Blue Steel. It’s hard to be ridiculously good looking.
Arctic Fox
Was not the face I expected to go with that body, but still very cute.
Inner monologue: Ok, Jacki. Wolves are not dogs. Do not pet the wolves. Repeat: DO NOT PET THE WOLVES.


Such sleepy puppers.

SMC (single male caribou) seeks SFC. Hobbies include standing around in my own poop and the poop of others, obsessing about my asymmetrical rack, and badminton.

My nose totally fits through here. I do this all the time. Trust me.
A guy tried to pick me up at the moose pen by asking me what I did for a living. “This.” I said. “I’m a professional moose photographer.”
I couldn’t tell who was more embarrassed: the guy, or the moose.
Needless to say, Darnell was not amused.


on the road again…| alaska | portage | alaska wildlife conservation center

Magpie serving some serious beak. Werk!
I swear, every time I hit the shutter-release, this little guy hid his face.

Never wake a sleeping moose. Seriously. Their eyesight is crap. Combine that with a disoriented, just-woke-up feeling…not good…

A sleepy baby Sitka Black-tailed Deer. Of course I managed to show up during nap time.
Is there ice on my chin? Because I feel like there’s ice on my chin…
I asked how they felt about the newly proposed healthcare legislation, and no joke, this was the reaction. Not a fan, I take it.
Elk like naps, too.

So I was maybe 2-3 feet away from this GIANT brown bear. We were separated only by this electric livestock fence. It was amazing.
Still cannot get over how close we were…

Bald eagle. Just chillin. Not part of the exhibit. Just doing his bald eagle thing…

Majestic AF.
I’m suddenly feeling very patriotic…

Made my way back to the barn, and had to fake out the fox in order to get this shot…
…meanwhile, the moose was still out cold…
Bull Elk
Got it!
Ahhhhhhhhh 🙂
So good!

This is my new Wood Bison friend, Darnell.**

Stay tuned. Pictures of more brown bears, magpies, musk ox, wolves (!!) and Darnell** to come…

**name may not actually be Darnell.