Chris Morgan's Wildnotes

Pictures from an incredible film shoot in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

Just returned to Anchorage after an amazing week filming a family of bears fishing for salmon, 400 river miles from the coast in the heart of the Arctic. Gates of the Arctic National Park is the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined! We were really out there.

Click here to see the PBS NATURE season preview, which includes our film, ‘Bears of the Last Frontier’. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/current-season/video-season-29-preview/5726/

P1070135

Wilderness as far as the eye can see. Flying to our location in gates of the Arctic National Park. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier.  (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070150

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070152

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070164

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070172

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070187

Searching for grizzly bear clues. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070198

Bingo – a family of bears shows up (female and three 2.5. year old cubs). On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070202

Our basecamp about 1.5 miles from the river. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070219

Beautiful tundra colors. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070222

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070241

Max Hanft – our local guy from Bettles, Alaska. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070247

Trying my hand at recording some grizzly bear sounds while they fish. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070250

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070263

The hike back to camp after a day of watching the bears fishing. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070270

The team. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070297

Oops – berry splat! On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070305

They are around here somewhere. Grizzly bear tracks. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070310

Bear scat full of cranberries. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070313

Filming the bears fishing in the arctic. Perhaps the first time this has been captured. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070349

Reviewing some of the footage. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070367

Perfect end to a great week of filming in Gates. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070380

Sad to leave the bears and caribou behind. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070384

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070386

Waiting for our floatplane pickup. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070389

Packing the plane to leave camp. On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070396

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

P1070405

On location, PBS NATURE, Bears of the Last Frontier. (c) Chris Morgan

 

One thought on “Pictures from an incredible film shoot in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: