Alaska Pictures of
the Day #2
Breech - Resurrection Bay, near Seward. Aboard a Kenai
Fjords Tour I was fortunate to see this Humpback breech several
times. I snapped this image on its last breech and the one closest
us. The sound of the animal breathing was louder than the splash
of the water. Well, at least that's my memory. I did not crop
this image. I shot it with my Pentax 28-80mm at full zoom. Not
much of a zoom, really. We were all quite happy to be so close.
We were scheduled for a 7-8hr. tour, but the weather
turned very rough as we headed out to The Gulf. The 6-8' rolls
had more than a few people hating life. The captain decided to
turn back after giving it a try, "This tour is about fun
and I see a few of you aren't having any. We'll go back into
the bay. If we go out, it will only be worse coming back."
We saw a ton of wildlife and were happy to be off of the rolling
seas. If you go to Seward and you do only one thing, make it
a Fjord Tour.
McKinley - I'll use the president's name for this
peak here because it's the one most familiar to those of us in
the "lower 48". If you look on a map that is published
in Alaska, you will see the 20,320' peak is called by it's Athabaskan
name, Denali, a.k.a., "The Great One". Denali is shy
and is only visible 30% of the time. I was blessed to see it
at every opportunity I had during my three days in the vicinity
of the park. The mountain is so large that it commands its own
weather that one can observe to change quickly. The fickle weather,
along with altitude and techincal challenges, is why only 50%
of the 1000+ people who attempt to climb it every year are successful.
After a recent in-depth survey, another challenge has been found
to grip the climbers, "virus-laden poo". Check out
the story at:
FYI, I took this image on the Tundra Wildlife Tour
at Polychrome Pass. I look forward to returning and taking the
bus all the way to Wonder Lake, maybe in the autumn.