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Ron Niebrugge
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Attended University of California, Irvine
Lives in Seward, Alaska
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Back home in Alaska!  Nice to see this in the mail!  My bear photo of the cover on one of my favorite calenders - cool!
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Southern Nevada wildflower update:

In general, I would say Southern Nevada is much greener and has more wildflowers then what we found in California. There aren't the huge fields like us photographers like, but some very nice pockets here and there.

Valley of Fire State Park had the best, especially in some of the cooler, shady pockets - I found one particularly nice area in the back-country. In general, the brittlebush was the best, and blooming along the highway in spots. There was beaver-tail blooming a many places as well. In addition, I also found some desert gold, phacelia, rabbitbush and even two weakstem mariposa.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area also had a few blooms here and there. There were some nice bunches of desert sunflowers near the North end of the park. The best area was just passed Mile 38 where there was an abundance of blooming beavertail cactus on both sides of the road.

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Cue the Jimmy Fallon thank you note music:  Thank you giant Ferris wheel in the sky for single-highhandedly now making most of my Las Vegas Strip skyline photos completely obsolete.

Actually I can’t complain – since the opening of City Center and the Cosmopolitan a number of years ago, the Strip skyline really hasn’t changed until now – that is a long time by Las Vegas standards!
This is part of a new development known as the LINQ District- pronounced link, that does a nice job of linking this wheel to the Strip with a number of restaurants and shops.

This wheel, at 550 feet high is the tallest in the world, taller then the one in London.  It isn’t open yet, scheduled to begin operations at the end of March.  To give you an idea as to the scale, each of the 28 cars will hold 40 people, and the ride will last about a half hour.  I believe they said the ride will cost $25 per person during the day, and $35 at night.

When we were in Las Vegas for some assignment work at Red Rock last June, they were building a giant Ferris wheel down by the Luxor.  Much too my surprise, that one was never finished, this is actually further North across from Caesars Palace.

Here are lots more Las Vegas Photos:  http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Las%20Vegas.htm
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Last week we got a call from the folks at Sharp Hospital letting us know that our 19 large images were hanging up and looked great!  They were really hoping we could see them and sign a plaque.  We have images in other hospitals, including Veterans Hospitals in Alaska and Las Vegas, but have never seen the final result – so decided it was worth making the round trip to San Diego this past Friday to see the results – I am sure glad I did!

It was great to meet the contractor, and the key people involved in the project, including our main contact who had been so helpful during the whole process.  But what was really rewarding was seeing the actual images on the walls.  Not only seeing them, but hearing how hospital personnel who use this hallway  to transfer patients to  surgery will challenge the patients to try and identify the different San Diego attractions represented in the photos, giving the patient a much needed distraction to what is a stressful situation.

So much of my photography is a solitary endeavor, where I spend countless hours waiting for the perfect light, sometimes coming away with nothing.  When capturing these San Diego images, little did I know how they would one day be used.  To hear stories of my images having an impact on another persons life is incredibly satisfying.
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King Penguin, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.
I have been home for such little time after my Antarctica trip, that I really haven’t had time to share many photos from this amazing end of the world.  So I thought I would share one today.  Too bad an image can't capture the sounds and smells from such a place - well, could do without the smell.  :)
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I watched it several times, it was so funny!  Just think if all those penguins could take off all at once!
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One of the numerous interesting sights in Valley of Fire
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We spent the last few days camping and exploring around Valley of Fire.  I remember first stumbling on this amazing geological feature many years ago while exploring Valley of Fire - I was so excited.  I searched high and low on the internet, and at the time couldn't find another image of this place, so I kinda feel like I discovered it even though I'm sure I didn't.

So discoveries like this were part of my motivation for returning to VOF to look for more.  We did a few long hikes into the back-country and found lots of cool things like animal bones, tracks and just cool remote land, but nothing that compares to this discovery at least photographically.  Guess I'll need to go back!

I say we camped in Valley of Fire, but it was actually full thanks to Spring Break, so we camped nearby in Echo Bay, part of Lake Mead Recreation Area - a place time has forgotten as it is almost a bit of a modern day ghost town.  But, I have much faster internet on my phone out here 30 miles from the nearest business then I did right in Las Vegas!  Go figure.
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Received a number of questions - so here are what I use to light these canyons:  http://www.my-photo-blog.com/led-lights-for-photography
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Thanks! 

+Brian Bridges LOL

+Bill Blohm That probably comes in handy for distant objects.  This is nice for closer, larger subject.  The Coleman is the latern version with 4 removable panels - thought I had a photo of it in the post - I think the link works.  Thanks
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I love penguins! 
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Thanks!  These guys sure have a ton of personality!
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Another unexpected medical issue has forced one of our guests to delay his June Alaska Bear and Puffin Tour back one year – so now we have one unexpected opening for both June and August trips.  Both these trips filled many months ago – so this is a unique chance to spend time with these amazing animals without having to book a year in advance!  Here is lots more information:  http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Photo-Tours/Bear-Photo-Tour.htm
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Professional Alaska based photographer Ron Niebrugge
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I have been a full-time outdoor and nature photographer for over a decade.  I'm based out of beautiful Seward, Alaska, but travel a good portion of the year.  Working with my wife Janine, we have been blessed with a wonderful lifestyle! 

You can follow out adventures here on G+, or on my photo blog.

Here is a gallery of my photography along with a section of Alaska photos.

For those that are interested, I also do a few photo tours each year.  Here is my current schedule for 2013:
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    MBA, 1986 - 1988
  • Eastern Washington University
    Business, 1982 - 1986
  • Glennallen High School
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