Hi guys. Happy Friday. Yesterday's Daily Nature Fix about whales had me browsing through our photos from last month's trip to Alaska which, in turn, has inspired tonight's post. I'll be sharing several landscapes that were captured while on the ship, or smaller boats. The state has SO much beauty to see, but I do feel some of the best is viewed by sea.
^^^If I'm remembering correctly, this is Reid Glacier which was passed right at the beginning of Glacier Bay National Park. There's only a few of these ice rivers that terminate right at the water of the bay. This was one of them. At the rate that some of these glaciers are receding, I feel fortunate to see them while I could.
^^^I'm not certain where some of these photos were taken, like this one. I'm pretty sure this was taken while we were going through the northwest passage. I liked the valley in this photo. While there is still a small bit of glacier remaining, you can almost picture how it filled the entire area between ridges once upon a time.
^^^This was taken north of Ketchikan somewhere. While the mountains weren't as towering and dramatic as some of the others, I liked how there was still a lot of green coniferous trees around. Most of trees in this area were black spruce.
^^^No idea where this taken along our route. It was just about dusk and the sun was low to the horizon, casting some cool light onto the surrounding peaks. It's awesome when an entire mountains glows like that.
^^^This last one isn't all about landscapes. It was in Auke Bay right towards the end of our whale watching tour (the same one from yesterdays post). At one point, the humpback whales we were observing dove deep. They can go down for over 10 minutes, so we hung out for a while hoping they would return in the same area and didn't take off. Our wait paid off because they resurfaced no more than 10 meters from us. This photo is right when one re-emerged and spouted all of the from its blow hole. You know when you hold your breath for a long time and when you're done, you release all of the air you were holding? That's exactly what they do; sending gallons of water into the air.
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