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 […]

The lights of town as seen from the abanonded Gibson Cove Cannery. Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.

Gibson Cove Cannery

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The general atmosphere, lighting, and drastic color pallet change of the night can make even the most uninteresting, rather ugly subjects, take on a whole new visual and emotional appeal. This image is of an old, abandoned fish cannery during a cold winter night. It is certainly not usually an attractive or popular place to […]

An Alaskan grizzly bear takes a winter nap. Joseph Classen.

Sleeping Beauty Grizzly Bear

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I photographed this grizzly bear on the mainland of Alaska. While it looks like winter, it was actually a rather warm, spring day…by Alaska standards. That bear had been quite active on the morning I photographed it. He was wrestling around with another young bear, eating and chewing on whatever he could find in the […]

Bruce "Buck" Nelson interview with Joe Classen

1000 Miles Across the Alaskan Wilderness…Alone! – An Interview with Buck Nelson

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For three years I produced and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show called Faith Adventures. The theme of the show, in general, was a combination of outdoor adventure and Christian spirituality. The first half of each episode included interviews with a wide variety of interesting folks…discussing a wide variety of outdoor topics…and the second half […]

A bald eagle sits in a tree during a snow storm on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Joseph Classen.

Winter Silence

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After having photographed countless majestic bald eagles in Alaska, it’s very difficult to pick out a personal favorite. I take thousands of photos of eagles each year, but only a small amount of those make the cut and are added to my collection. And, out of those, most end up as stock photos or images […]