A close-up of an Alaskan grizzly bear. Joseph Classen.

Grizzly Bear Extreme Close-up

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It’s a rare opportunity to get so close to grizzly bears that one can see even the tiniest details of their faces. As it is said, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” Studying the facial features of wild animals gives one an entirely different perspective about the creature and opens up a new […]

A pair of bald eagles sing while enjoying a meal on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.


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Unbeknownst to many who are not able to spend time around these magnificent raptors, eagles are actually very vocal birds. Though their musical vocabulary consists mostly of high-pitched whistle sounds and their famous “screams,” it’s always wonderful to watch and listen to eagles communicating back and forth. Sometimes they talk to each other with these […]

How to catch big summer bass

How to Catch Big Summer Bass

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The dog days of summer are rapidly approaching here in Missouri. As I type these words, it’s a beautiful spring day, May 12, to be exact, and already the mercury is rising to above 90 degrees in the afternoons. Uuughh!!! I can’t say I’m particularly a big fan of the good ol’ summertime. Those miserable, […]

A beautiful sunrise at Mayflower Beach on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.

Mayflower Beach Sunrise

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This sunrise image is quite possibly my number #1 most popular photograph. It was first featured in the September 2013 issue of Alaska Magazine as a full, two-page spread. Since then, it has been seen and showcased all over the world. As of 2017, it is exclusively available only as a limited edition fine art […]