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Professional Photographer
David C. Olson

All photos on the webpage are copyrighted to David Olson Photo - all rights reserved

We at Great Canadian Wildlife Adventures were proud to host professional US photographer David C. Olson on our 'Musk-ox, Autumn Colours & Aurora' wildife expedition to the mainland barrenlands of northern Canada. For David, photography is more than just taking a picture. It is about composition, light and color all coming together at the same time to capture a moment that will never happen again. Holding a degree in photography from the Colorado Institute Of Art in Denver, and a graduate in environmental biology and animal behavior allow David to capture these breathtaking visual images. His images appear in leading publications including 'Birders World', 'Sierra', 'Wyoming Wildlife', 'Bugle', 'Alaska magazine' and many more. He just finished doing the photography for a new book on wolf behavior with some of the worlds leading experts titled "A New Era for Wolves & People". 

David Olson on the Nunavut barrens

David Olson has this to say about his autumn wildlife trip with us:

The Nunavut barreland wilderness stretches on and on for as far as the eye can see / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

"As a boy I had dreamed of traveling to the far reaches of the Canadian North. The suddenly the opportunity of a lifetime became a reality: I was on my way to the "Barrenlands" of Northern Canada!

I traveled with my friend Ron Burmeister who had explored the vast wilderness with Tundra Tom and his guides several times before. The flight into this pristine wilderness was dotted with clear water lakes and the rich colors of the tundra. The first thing that I realized is how immensely large this region is."

 

"Our base camp was set up in a strategic location to see caribou, musk-ox and many other animal species of the north. The camp was set up to make our stay in the Arctic as comfortable as possible.

 

 

The 2009 caribou viewing basecamp /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

David Olson himself reading from the camp library /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

Sleeping accommodations in our tents and the food were excellent. Both exceeding my expectations. I have traveled to remote area of Alaska to the rainforests of central America and I was very happy with the camp life here."

"We learned of ancient civilizations that had been here and also were taught the art of 'dancing' in the caribou..."

 

Barrenground caribou bulls /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

An ancient stone 'Inukshuck' overlooking the Thelion River in Nunavut /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

Scouting the countryside for caribou & muskox /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

"Tom and his guides also taught us about the unique landscape and its flora. This area called the Barrenlands is the farthest thing from barren. It's landscapes are filled with endless photographic opportunities."

 

 

 

 

 

"The tundra is a macro heaven, colorful images of plant life were abound. As I lay on my stomach to photograph these jewels of the arctic ground, my scents of smell was enveloped by the greatest fragrance of plant life I had ever taken in. Countless species of berries were ripe for eating."

 

 

 

Autumn flower bloom on the barrens / copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

A boat trip down Chesterfeild Inlet to seek out wildlife /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

"Our days were filled with hikes and boat exploration for wildlife and history of this ancient realm. After long days on the Tundra we could always look forward to a feast every night to fill our hunger."

 

 

"Every night the sunset was an incredible hues of purple, reds and oranges which reflected on the water and tundra with its magnificent light."

 

Sunset at the wildlife basceamp / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

Northern lights curtain over lit tent /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

"At night the photographic opportunities began again, the Aurora Borealis was in full force .Climbing out of my sleeping bag at 1;00 am was well worth it. I spent several hours each night capturing this awesome display of light and color."

 

 

"At times I would be surrounded by the northern lights confused on which direction to point the camera. With the silence of night time in the arctic you could almost here the light's dancing in the sky."

 

A rare photo of caribou sky-lined against a backdrop of aurora borealis - click to enlarge / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved
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Musk-oxen herd gathering, grazing and drinking along a tundra pond in Nunavut / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

"We hiked out into the tundra in search of musk-ox, what a primeval feeling stalking a creature that survived the Pleistocene era over 10,000 years ago. I was armed only with my camera. On this day we had located a herd of over 60 animals!"

 

 

 

"Photographing from a rock blind we witnessed the herd resting,feeding and even some bulls being territorial toward each other, great natural behavior images were taken of this."

 

Musk-ox bull charging on the tundra / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

Willow Ptarmigan on the barrenlands /  photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

 

"Our motto of not disturbing this great mammal was held up by our guide. We were able to witness and photograph the Musk ox and caribou without disturbing their daily battle of life in one of the harshest places to live on earth."

 

 

 

 

"Laughter and a great sense of place were an everyday occurrence here. My travel partners and my guides were only strangers for a short time before the arctic brought us all together. All of us knowing that this trip would change our views of this great place and our place in the world."

 

 

Fellow guests on the cruise boat during Dance with Caribou trip /  photo copyright David C. Olson 0 all rights reserved

 

Goldien sunset at basecamp / copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

 

"All of my dreams and expectations of this land and wildlife were realized with Tom and his wonderful staff they are all very professional, and that is definitely what you want at an outpost like this. I hope to return to this magical land with Tom."

 

 

 

 

"As I stand in the Barrenlands with a cool wind in my face,

only the sounds of nature fill this place.

Bird's on a wing fill the Arctic skies,

the howl of a lone wolf are it's midnight cries.

Colors of the tundra fade green to red,

and the Aurora Borealis is my night light in bed. 

My body and soul would no longer need to roam

for I knew this is a place I could call home.

For this magnificent land has forever changed my way,

this was a journey I remember everyday.

 

- David C. Olson
Rockford, IL

 

 

 

All photos on the webpage are copyrighted to David Olson Photo - all rights reserved

David owns Olson Photography and the Wild Images Gallery in Rockford, Illinois: a full service professional studio and nature gallery lined with images from his past expeditions. David also leads and teaches photography  workshops to remote destinations around the globe to photograph the wildlife and unique people that inhabit these amazing destinations. 

David C. Olson Photography
7801 East State St.
Rockford, IL
61108 USA

(815) 873-1777


Email: davidolsonphoto@aol.com

See more of David Olson's photography at www.davidolsonphotography.com

Sandhill cranes flying over the Nunavut tundra / photo copyright David C. Olson - all rights reserved

 

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