Wednesday, June 11, 2008

EXPLORE magazine cover for June 2008

Well, it's official, I nabbed the cover for explore magazine for this month, my first national magazine cover in almost a year!

The Ramparts reflected in Amethyst Lake in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park

Selling images to magazines is not an easy way to make a living and because of that I rarely pursue magazine sales directly; however, I've been lucky enough in recent years to have quite a few magazines contact me and request specific wildlife or nature photographs. You can see four more images of mine in the June issue of explore, as well as a double page spread in AMA's June Westworld Alberta magazine.

The Province of British Columbia also recently released a beautiful full-colour book British Columbia: Spirit of the People to celebrate their 150th anniversary. I've got three double page photography spreads in it, along with four other images from various parts of BC.

And finally, my new book arrives on Friday, so watch for details on it coming soon!

Cheers,

John

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

2008 Grizzly Bear Pictures ... Finally!!

It was a long and winding road...and road...and road - far too many kilometres to admit to - but I finally got my bear! My first grizzly of 2008 is actually an old friend, a bear that I photographed five times last year, including once while he feasted on grass in the warden's front lawn at Saskatchewan Crossing in Banff National Park.

My first encounter with him this year was at the end of another almost fruitless search along the Icefields Parkway, my 12th sojourn up the road at dawn or dusk in the month of May looking for new grizzly bear pictures. Some years I don't have any luck and go 'grizzly-less' until I leave the Rockies and go elsewhere, but last Thursday (May 29th) I drove back across Bow Summit along the Icefields Parkway just an hour before dusk and there he was, plunging through the last remnants of snow in the pass towards his regular spring feeding grounds.


Marching along at a quick clip across the snow at Bow Summit in Banff National Park

Still marching

And marching...through the deeper snow in the crest of the pass

Hitting solid ground

Grizzly bear portrait in late evening warm light

Another grizzly portrait, crossed legs and all!

Stay tuned for more grizzly bear photographs of this beautiful male from last Friday (the next day). And if you're interested in seeing more grizzly bear photography, please check out my grizzly bear image gallery in my stock picture library.

I'm currently in Altona, Manitoba proofing my new book, so watch for some prairie critter pics in the coming days from my travels across the grasslands of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as info on the new hardcover coffee table book due out June 15th!

Cheers!

John

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