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Day 222: Up Tracy Arm! Part 2

Later in the day we saw a few other things than a glacier and a couple of bears…

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Another cruise ship!

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A whale drifted by the side of the ship.  That’s his back.

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There is the rest of…his tail…

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There is another one!

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Where?  Way, way out there.  You get used to spotting the blow pretty quickly.

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One last one for today, a little closer…

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I am always amazed how anything that big, and whale tails are BIG, can go down without a splash.

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Want to drive up?  Here is part of the Alaska Marine Highway.  Pay your money and drive on.  They do the rest.

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They stop at a lot of little paces you won’t see on any cruise ship!

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From here until the last photo I have not played with any of the colors or saturation.  That is the way it was.  I just resized for easy viewing, with the tiniest bit of sharpening.

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Canvasbacks!

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And an almost new Moon, just a couple of days old.

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It turned into an incredibly nice day.

Next: Tails of Icy Straight!

~Curtis in Alaska! {!-{>

Day 221: Up Tracy Arm! Part 1

The next day of the cruise we headed up Tracy Arm, a 20 some mile long fjord up to Sawyer Glacier!

“What do you mean, inside down?  It was the right way in the camera…”

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It was a foggy morning.  Apparently we missed a bunch of whales by not being up at 4:30am…althought the Dailylife Wife saw one briefly out our stateroom window.

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It was a bit brisk, too.

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There she blows!  One, two, three, four, and a tail!  (You can just see the first blow on the far right side…)

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There’s another humpback!

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(Click to enlarge!)

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The terminal moraine of Sawyer Glacier, a couple hundred years ago…it retreated before Global Warming even started!  How prescient!  I think they dredged beside it…we went awfully close…

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Better,,,

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but still a lot of fog.

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Here come the icebergs!

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The bigger ones were very blue.

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It comes from the ice being very dense without a lot of air bubbles in it.

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The MS Amsterdam is a good sized ship.  There were around 3000 passengers and crew.

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So here we are winding our way up this relatively narrow fjord…

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One of those special moving pictures!  It looks a little better if you click on it to see it by itself.

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There were other boats and ships too.  The big ships mostly were in the afternoon.

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I like this one.  It is the right size for my runabout after my lottery ticket comes in!  {!-{P

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At long last, Sawyer Glacier!

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Here is a bit better view.  For some reason the Captain didn’t want to get into the icebergs…

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So after he spun the ship around a few times (gotta love those bow trusters!) we headed back down Tracy Arm.  They may close Tracy Arm to big ships in the next year or two, so we were lucky to get up here and see it in comfort.

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The other photographer on the expedition…

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This couple was photo-happy too!

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Just about the last view of the Arm.

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Then suddenly: Bears!

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Spotted by the Dailylife Wife!

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More to come!

~Curtis in Alaska! {!-{>

Day 220: A brief interlude, part 2

After that great Milky Way session, what happens but the Northern Lights came out tonight.

(A three photo panorama!)

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(Click to enlarge; BACK to return!)

Another three photo panorama.

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The Dailylife Daughter #1 and I went out to Bootlegger Trail to view them.  We had a good time.  There were a few other cars doing what we were…Some color showed before we ended our session…

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In wallpaper format…

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And a couple of gratuitous  Milky Way photos.

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~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 219: A brief interlude….

I went out star gazing tonight…

30 Second Exposures…high ISO’s…the first two have meteor trails.  The third one has an airplane trail.

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(30s f/4.0 ISO6400 17mm Canon 7D)

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(30s f/4.0 ISO5000 23mm Canon 7D)

A photo from the Dailylife Wife’s camera…she has the fisheye lens.  I just get to borrow it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(30s f/0.0 ISO6400 9.00 mm fisheye Olympus PEN PL-5)

Not to shabby for a first attempt.  I wanted to do this in Hawaii during my low light workshop there last fall.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 218: Juneau, part 3

Here is our first glimpse of Mendenhall Glacier.

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The Dailylife Wife walks down to the shore.

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Juneau is a lush place…

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Off to the right about a mile is a BIG waterfall.  Those little spots?

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…People…

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There are spotting scopes to view the glacier through in the Visitor’s Center.

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The View.

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A nice view of the glacier in the Sun.

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And a few moments later, not so much Sun.  As I recall from stopping in Juneau on our 2009 Cruise, this is the only glacier in the US of A that can be seen from a Walmart parking lot…

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Fireweed.

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Unknown.

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Dwarf Fireweed.  With flies.

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Alas, the only real downside to these Cruise tours (other than the cost!!!) is that you are on a schedule and can’ spend all the time you’d like in some places.  It is back to Juneau!

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And then onto the Ship.  I think we were late for our 2-hour feeding…

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~Curtis in Alaska! {!-{>

Day 217: Juneau, part 2

Next we went to the Glacier Botanical Gardens.  This was a landslide a guy named Steve recreated into a Botanical Garden to reclaim the area and prevent another slide!

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Besides being very lush and colorful (and wet…), Steve had another great idea!  He takes trees, with roots still attached, and plants them in the ground upside-down.  The he plants flowers in the roots.

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It is a neat idea, and works very well.

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Lots of flowers on the ground, too.

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Now part of the tour of the Garden is a ride to the lookout on top of the slide area.  They have these Clubman 12 passenger golf carts geared way, way down and they crawl up this steep road they made to the overlook.  Here is how steep the road is, all the way up!

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On the far right side is a corner. It is a “post road” corner.  They laid out tree trunks and then buried them in dirt.  This used to be a common road making method, pre-pavement.

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And a look down from that corner.  Great Fun!

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There is a boardwalk at the top for the overlook.  The Dailylife Wife is in the center with the white hat.

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Looking North over the Juneau Airport we see Sunshine!

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Southward we see Juneau, still in the rain.

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And if you look a little closer…

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…closer still…you can see our ship.  Well, the Grande Princess.  We were just behind her to the left.

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Of course, it being a Garden, more flowers!

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And a pond!

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The Greenhouse/Gift Shop/Snack Bar was colorful, too!

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And the Dailylife Wife’s favorite:

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One last upside-down tree…

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And then on to the bus and Mendenhall Glacier!

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~Curtis in Alaska! {!-{>

Day 216: Another guest posting!

Toots’ rainy day contribution!

Sunflowers in the Rain, by Toots

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(Nikon Coolpix P7100)

~Curtis, in slightly damp /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 215: A guest posting!

A brief interlude on a rainy day: Lugnut, Toots and I went a photographing down by the River today!

Trestle in the Rain 1, by Lugnut

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(Nikon Coolpix P7100)

Trestle in the Rain 2, by Lugnut

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(Nikon Coolpix P7100)

~Curtis, in slightly damp /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 214: Juneau, part 1

Yup.  They change the day on the elevator rug to let people have some idea of when it is…if they want to mess with you they just have to  “reorder” the week a little!

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A two photo panorama from the top deck of our damp morning.  This is also a nice view of the moveable roof over the Lido Pool.

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Just some of the water going by…wallpaper sized, of course!

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Pilings and pipes from someone’s former abode…

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A couple of the waterfalls.

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Surf Scoters in flight.

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Approaching the dock in Juneau.

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You can ride a tram to the top of a mountain overlooking town.  I am not sure why, today…

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They place the gangway with a forklift here.  These towns have been pretty ingenious about how they accommodate the cruise ships.  Some of them are very dependent on them for the Summer’s income.

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Then we were off the boat and on an excursion.  First stop: a salmon hatchery.

The salmon were running and the ladder is full!

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The entrance is full of salmon, and occasionally otters…

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Some of the fish were jumping up the ladder, and occasionally you’d get one going the other way…

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Some of the fish in the tank.  They don’t raise salmon here, they just help them on their merry way.

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A close up form the aquarium.

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Stand by for Part 2!

~Curtis in Juneau! {!-{>

You might have notice that in some of the panoramas the buildings tilt to the side some on some of the end photos.  That is an artifact of the panorama process that Adobe Elements uses.

 

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>