Ah, Alaska. It’s one of the most photogenic places in all of the USA, and that’s a high bar to start from. Any excuse to drool over these landscapes is enough for us, but this month we had the perfect reason: our graphic designer Aneesa Dalwai is just back from her Alaskan adventure, with hundreds of stunning images in tow. We asked her to narrow it down to just ten...
1 The River Wild, Six Mile Creek
I’ll never forget our first day filming on the wild river at Six Mile Creek.
2 Hey Bear! Lake Clark National Park
Probably the most magical highlight of the trip for me was flying to Lake Clark National Park on a misty day and getting up close to the beautiful Coastal Brown Bears. We quietly watched this mama and baby digging for clams along the beach, came close to a large male pursuing a female and got completely soaked – it was such a wonderful day!
3 Leaving a dollar at The Salty Dawg Saloon
The Salty Dawg Saloon sits on The Spit a thin strip of land jutting out into Kachemak Bay. It's famous for the tradition of thousands of one dollar bills signed by visitors and tacked to the walls. This started many years ago, when a man tacked a dollar on the wall at the bar, explaining that his friend would be by later and the buck was to buy him a drink… We left a dollar, so maybe we’ll be back one day!
4 Waking up in Seward, Kenai Peninsula
We arrived at our campsite in Seward just after midnight - it wasn’t dark as it was June, Alaskan summertime (it never really gets dark). We put up our tents in a misty kind of twilight and went to bed. Due to the mist I hadn’t really been able to see our surroundings. The next morning I woke up, unzipped my tent and saw this epic view of Resurrection Bay!
5 You never forget your first Glacier
This was the first time I’ve ever seen a glacier up so close. Also I felt privileged to see the Exit Glacier as it is receding at quite a rate. It's part of the massive Harding Icefield that stretches across the Kenai Peninsula. It's hard to express the beauty and scale of the glacier in a photo but to help with the scale, spot the tiny figure on the right – yes its epic!
6 Flying through Denali National Park
Denali National Park is beautiful in every direction!
7 A pretty amazing day at sea, seeing Humpback whales and a pod of Orcas!
Marine wildlife cruising in the Kenai Fjords National Park
8 Gone Fishing… Another first for me!
Cooper Landing, Alaska
9 Landing on Mount Denali on a beautiful day
Its said that only 10% of visitors to Alaska get to actually see Mount Denali (it’s often hidden in the clouds), so they call these lucky folk the ‘10 Percenters’. We felt extra lucky as we had a beautiful clear day not only to see it from afar but to fly up and land on it only 11 miles from the summit!
10 My Alaska crew #TeamAlaska #The10Percenters
For being so much fun and just making every moment fantastic!