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Not really a personal bio but rather a word about my motivation in preparing these galleries. This website is not about my photography but about my surroundings. Actually its more of an attempt to share the sights of the area in which I live (Prince of Wales Island Alaska).
I am not a professional photographer. All photos are snapshots,hand held using available light. Nothing is set up. Given the oppurtunity of viewing the entire sequence of photos one should come away with an overview of my surroundings. I tend to assume a naturalist view in placing emphisis upon flora and fauna.
Prince of Wales Island is the third largest island in the United States, roughly the size of Delaware. Only the island of Hawaii and Kodiak are larger. It is a part of the Alexander Archipelago . POW Island is situated at the southernmost portion of southeastern Alaska panhandle. A temperaterate rain forest inside the Tongass National Forest & is heavily forested with Sitka spruce, hemlock,, and cedar. We received eleven feet of rain in 1997. Our waterways also team with life: humpback and orca whales,seals, sea lions and porpoise often cavort here.
It is said that there are more deer on this island than humans. Personally I think that to be a huge understatement. It might be nearer a 10X ratio. There are also an abundance of other animals including black bear, mink, marten, wolf and beaver.
To better understand the location think of it as being Northwestern Northwestern Washington state. Though untrue it is a better description than just saying it`s in Alaska because most people have an interpretation that all of Alaska is Arctic. Nothing is farther from the truth. I am located nearer Seattle than to Anchorage. The weather system here is that of the Pacific Northwest which is to say the dominant pattern is an onshore flow of moist marine air coming from the South Pacific. This greatly influences climate. As a result both winter and summer are mild as compared to anyplace else I have been in the northern states inland of coastal areas.
My photos have been used by Alaska Geographic "Native Cultures of Alaska, Thorne Bay Business Association, Prince of Wales Island Chamber of Commerce Island Guide & Ketchikan Travelers Bureau Visitors Guide & Alaska Magazine as well as my own personal publications ( coffee table books & calendars ).
For information and communication email robertspencer@aptalaska.net For a full preview of all books available follow this link:
http://www.blurb.com/user/store/robertspence

Featured Galleries

calendar collection

This gallery has been created as the basis of a calendar. Twelve photo ...

Updated: Oct 31, 2012 11:19am PST

Second POW Coffee Table Book

This gallery is at present a work in progress. I intend initially to a ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2012 1:47pm PST

Fifth Season ( 2014 Collection ) 150 Images

Updated: Mar 14, 2014 1:13pm PST

favorites collection

The beginning of a BIG book. More will be added & many will be deleted ...

Updated: Oct 08, 2013 1:03pm PST

Galleries

Summer

My summer gallery is to feature the months of June, July and August. ...

Updated: Dec 04, 2013 4:34pm PST

First POW Coffee Table Book

This gallery is an assembly of photos that comprise a coffee table boo ...

Updated: Feb 07, 2012 2:18pm PST

favorites collection

The beginning of a BIG book. More will be added & many will be deleted ...

Updated: Oct 08, 2013 1:03pm PST

Sitka Blacktail Deer

The beginning of a BIG book. More will be added & many will be deleted ...

Updated: Jul 23, 2012 10:19am PST

Loon Lake

Welcome to Loon Lake (AKA Boy Scout Lake). This gallery is the result ...

Updated: Jan 26, 2009 6:50pm PST

Boats

Updated: Aug 18, 2013 10:50pm PST

Fifth Season ( 2014 Collection ) 150 Images

Updated: Mar 14, 2014 1:13pm PST

Nautical

Updated: May 05, 2012 3:17pm PST

Wildflowers A Coffee Table Book

Updated: Jul 06, 2012 6:33pm PST

Float Planes

Updated: Jun 09, 2008 1:29pm PST

Sea Birds Journey

This gallery has been created to document restoration progress on my b ...

Updated: Jan 20, 2014 5:02am PST

Eagles and Friends

Updated: Dec 25, 2009 4:32pm PST

Photos Outside Alaska

The title says it all.

Updated: Nov 30, 2013 1:59pm PST

Knives and Guns

Once in awhile I like to photograph my collection of hunting rifles an ...

Updated: Aug 22, 2013 3:32pm PST

Sedona/Superstition Mt Ghost Town

Updated: Feb 27, 2009 10:56pm PST

Family & Friends

Puff the Magic Dragon Puff, the magic dragon Lived by the sea An ...

Updated: Nov 21, 2013 10:35am PST

Rufus

Updated: Dec 23, 2013 2:11pm PST

Second POW Coffee Table Book

This gallery is at present a work in progress. I intend initially to a ...

Updated: Sep 28, 2012 1:47pm PST

Birds of Prince of Wales Island Coffee Table Book

This gallery is at present a work in progress. Thanks for looking & t ...

Updated: Jul 21, 2012 5:34pm PST

POW Birds 2

This gallery is at present a work in progress. Thanks for looking & t ...

Updated: Aug 26, 2013 8:44am PST

Winter Swans of Thorne River: a Coffee Table Book

This gallery is a coffee table book now available to the public. T ...

Updated: Dec 25, 2009 2:30pm PST

Work Boats & Float Planes A Coffee Table Book

Updated: Oct 22, 2009 2:19pm PST

Blues

Updated: Apr 24, 2009 3:40pm PST

Southside Fabrication

Updated: Jun 08, 2009 9:35am PST

Thorne Bay

Updated: Dec 20, 2013 10:12pm PST

Summer On Prince of Wales Island

Updated: Aug 14, 2012 9:15am PST

calendar collection

This gallery has been created as the basis of a calendar. Twelve photo ...

Updated: Oct 31, 2012 11:19am PST

Fall Festival 2011

Photos by Tiana Nelson taken during Fall Festival at the Thorne Bay Sc ...

Updated: Nov 03, 2011 3:27pm PST

Tianas Gallery

Updated: Jan 25, 2014 3:07pm PST

Touching Basses One

This is a collection of basses I have found at various locations aroun ...

Updated: Aug 09, 2013 2:54pm PST

Touching Basses Two

This is a collection of basses I have found at various locations aroun ...

Updated: Jul 08, 2013 10:24pm PST

Touching Basses Three

This is a collection of basses I have found at various locations aroun ...

Updated: Oct 21, 2013 3:57pm PST

Touching Basses Four

This is a collection of basses I have found at various locations aroun ...

Updated: Mar 22, 2014 3:06pm PST

Tele Basses

This is a gallery consisting of Fender Telecaster basses in their vari ...

Updated: Feb 25, 2014 11:43am PST

Telecaster Thinline, & Archtop Projects

This is a gallery I use to document the assembly of my Telacaster Thin ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2014 11:57am PST

Visitors

Updated: Aug 02, 2012 12:44pm PST

Dietrich Christian

Updated: Mar 05, 2014 1:06pm PST