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Newsletter: Spring 2017



The Rare and Occasional Newsletter from David W. Shaw

This is the first of what will be a very rare and occasional newsletter highlighting what’s going on in my writing, photography, and guiding-filled life. Here you’ll find updates about recent publications, assignments, and of course, trips and tours. I’ll trouble you with these no more than four times a year, I promise. However, I get that we all receive too many emails, so if you decide to unsubscribe (see link at the bottom) you won’t hurt my feelings. Otherwise, thanks for reading, and please get in touch if you have any questions or comments!

What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been a surprisingly busy winter of road trips, writing, and photography. During December and January, Amy and I drove from Fairbanks to the lower 48 (yes, drove, what were we thinking?) and made a long loop through the Rockies and desert southwest, before venturing north through California, Oregon, and Washington, returning to Alaska on the ferry in late January. We covered 8000 miles in 8 weeks, and it still was not nearly enough.

Upon returning to Alaska, I dove right into working on a suite of articles for publication in photography, science, and natural history magazines (see below), and began piecing together my guiding schedule for the next year. It looks as though it is going to be a busy year of wilderness trips, birding tours, and photography workshops.

In early March, I spent a great week guiding a private aurora photo tour in Wiseman, Alaska. Despite frigid temperatures, we were treated to some spectacular displays of northern lights and had a great time exploring the Brooks Range. (See some photos from the trip HERE.)

In late March I was invited to spend a few days at the Toolik Lake Research Station to do background research for an article I’ll be writing about a wolverine research project being conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society. It was an eye-opening few days exploring the bright, snowy arctic coastal plain. Look for updates on that project in a future newsletter.

Below you’ll find some links to my recent publications over the past few months, and some of the trips I’ve got up my sleeve over the next year or so. If you’d like to join me on a trip or workshop, I’d love to hear from you. Find out more at www.explore.david-w-shaw.com

Photography Publications

I’ve been writing two or three pieces a month for the Digital Photography School. These wide-ranging pieces cover everything from technical details to the more cerebral aspects of the art. You can see my whole collection of articles right HERE.

I’ve also been invited to be a writer at ExpertPhotography and my first article there, on bird photography, has just been published.

Last, my article “Land Lines” appears in the May issue of Shutterbug. On newsstands now! (You should totally go buy a copy.)

Science and Nature Publications

I’ve had a flurry of publications about nature, science, and conservation appear recently as well. One article in particular “What Rural Alaska Can Teach the World About Renewable Energy” published at Ensia, has received a lot of attention and was picked and republished by both Scientific American and Arctic Deeply!

In Alaska Magazine’s March issue you can find a piece I wrote about how rural villages in Alaska are being impacted by climate change entitled “Feeling the Heat”.

The March/April issue of Birdwatcher’s Digest contains my article and accompanying images “Too Many to Count” about the spring shorebird migration in the Copper River Delta.

Upcoming Trips and Tours


If you are looking for a last-minute trip for this June, I’m looking for a small group of intrepid photographers/birders to join me on an experimental itinerary. This 5-day tour is an epic road trip from Deadhorse on the arctic coast, down the famous Dalton Highway (Haul Road), through the Brooks Range and back to Fairbanks. If you are interested, I’ve got three spots available. Find our more HERE.


This summer I’ll be leading my usual four or five wilderness trips for the best outfitter in Alaska, Arctic Wild. While most of the trips I have on my schedule are private, custom tours, there are other great trips you can join. Get in touch with me, or visit arcticwild.com for more information about that. And it’s never too early to start planning for 2018. In fact my schedule for next season already has a few trips. Send me an email if you are interested in getting out in the backcountry with me next year.


In late August through early September of this year, I’ll be leading a private photo tour with some returning clients which will carry us along the spectacular Denali Highway. We will be out during the peak of autumn colors in the Alaska Range, and there should be great potential for wildlife as well. Wish us luck!


There are 1-2 spots available for a 5-day, 4-night trip to the Brooks Range community of Wiseman to photograph the aurora borealis next spring. This is a rare, open-signup trip and a great opportunity to put yourself under the lights at one of the best places in the world to view the aurora. Find out more, check out a sample itinerary and sign up, right HERE.


Big group trips are not everyone’s cup of tea. If you are looking to make a trip to Alaska, Latin America, Antarctica, (or really just about anywhere), get in touch with me. Together, we can design a photography or natural history trip unlike any other. Want to search for Gray-headed Chickadees in the Brooks Range, or photograph the altiplano of Bolivia? I’ve got the expertise to get you there. Send me an email, or explore my site, to get inspired.

Thanks for reading and for your support! If you know anyone who might be interested in this newsletter, please feel free to forward it along. I appreciate it.
I’d love to hear about your adventures, travels, natural history questions and observations, and to see your images. Really, don’t hesitate to reach out.- David W. Shaw

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