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On the deck of a ship, imagine your eyes wandering along the jagged coastline in Alaska. You are looking for the white spots which indicate Bald Eagles. A movement near the water catches your eye, and heaving itself up onto the rocks you realize that you are viewing a sea lion. Then you notice the cluster of them covering the rocks! Click on the photos to see these amazing critters better!

With their noses pointing up in the air, I wonder what they smell…

Noses in the air

Noses in the air

The sea lions are along the rocks just above the water line!

Sea Lions on the point

Sea Lions on the point

As we sail through the passages, the sea lions swim near the ship. I caught a pair, with one looking at the ship, and another swimming away from the ship!

Swimming with the birds

Swimming with the birds

Heading away from us

Heading away from us

In the Skagway harbor, near the pier, a head pops up from the water. The sea lion is looking right at me!

Inside the Skagway Harbor

Inside the Skagway Harbor

We were so fortunate to see the amount of sea life that we did. If you have the opportunity to visit Alaska, I hope that you too get to enjoy the sea life too!

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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When we visited Glacier Bay and the College Fjords, one of the things that I noticed were the number of ice caves. These caves are openings where the melting waters of the glaciers flow into the channels. People do like to venture into these caves, which can be very dangerous, because at any time the cave can collapse. So, let’s explore these from a distance! Imagine the sound of rushing water…this is what we heard as we neared these caves!

Feel like exploring?

Feel like exploring?

Three caves

Three caves

Looking in

Looking in

Water running out of the cave

Water running out of the cave

Dark caves

Dark caves

Aren’t they cool? :)

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope that you have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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There is nothing that compares to looking out over the rail of a ship, standing in the bitter cold, and looking at a massive glacier! Best viewing of glaciers, so that you can see the amazing colors, is when the sky is overcast. Luck was with me when I took these photos. I love the color blue, and, for today, I wanted to share with you some amazing photos of glacial ice up close and blue!

Jagged

Jagged

Bands of blue

Bands of blue

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

Swirls

Swirls

Dropped

Dropped

Shades of color

Shades of color

Lines

Lines

Isn’t the ice amazing?

Thanks for dropping in today! Have an amazing Saturday! If you are in my neck of the woods, stay dry! Be well! ^..^

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My head is in the clouds today. Clouds can be dramatic, wispy and revealing! Let’s go and check it out, shall we?

Fingers across a glacier

Fingers across a glacier

Hovering over the mountains

Hovering over the mountains

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

Breaking through

Breaking through

Wispy

Wispy

Peaking through

Peaking through

Aren’t they just lovely?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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There is nothing more impressive than coming around a corner and finding yourself facing a glacier! I thought for today I would share some photos that I shot when I last visited the Mendenhall Glacier! This glacier 13 miles from the capital city of Juneau Alaska. The glacier is receding glacier. It has an area of about 37 square miles. So let’s take a look at this glacier!

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake

Wind blows off the top of the glacier making this area 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding valley. The front facing edge of the glacier still calves and the resulting icebergs float on Mendenhall Lake.

Icebergs

Icebergs

As the ice melts, it carries with it glacial silt. This silt makes the water cloudy. It almost looks milky and this is why the call water carrying this silt Mother’s Milk. This photo shows you where the silt is mixing with the lake water…

Mother's milk

Mother’s milk

While the glacier might look as if it is just sitting there, it is not. It it constantly moving. As it moves it shapes the landscape around it. The rounded peaks surrounding this glacier have been smoothed by the moving ice.

Rounded mountain tops

Rounded mountain tops

This glacier is just one of the 38 that come off of the Juneau ice field. Nearby, a hiking trail takes you to a massive waterfall. To give you perspective of how large this waterfall is, check out how small the people seem to be as they stand viewing it.

Nugget Creek Falls

Nugget Creek Falls

Inside the visitor center there was a chunk of the glacier. It is 200 years old, and I got to touch it!

200 year old glacial ice

200 year old glacial ice

One final shot of a part of the glacier up close. On cloudy days the ice is blue. To give you an idea of the size of this glacier, see if you can find the rafters!

A close up of the glacier

A close up of the glacier

I hope that you enjoyed this little trip to the Mendenhall Glacier! Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I love a challenge, and I certainly enjoy the challenge that Alastair Forbes hosts: Sunday Photo Fiction! The challenge is to write a bit of flash fiction using no more than 200 words, and the story has to go with the photo prompt. Here is my entry for today!

After the Snow

After the Snow


He predicted snowfall measuring no more 6″. Forecast models indicated that the days to follow the storm would be sunny and bright. Would he be right?

Cody sat outside on the deck, wearing a down jacket, mittens, and sipped on hot chocolate. The snow was light at first. It started to get heavier with flakes as big as half dollars. He headed indoors early. He had to leave for work at 3:00 a.m.

He awoke to the shrieking alarm clock, wiped the sleep from his eyes, and crawling out of his nice warm bed, made his way to the kitchen. With the coffee just beginning to brew, he went off to shower and shave.

After enjoying his coffee and toast, he donned his jacket to head off to work. Opening the door, he found himself staring at 2′ of snow, and it was still coming down! This was much more than expected.

Heading back inside he realized that he would not make it in to work. Calling the station, he let them know. He loved his job as a weatherman. Why did he? Because it was the only job, where you could be wrong and not get fired!
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Thank you Al for hosting this challenge! And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by for a quick read!
Be well! ^..^

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Taking a trip into the Denali National Park and Preserve, all on the bus are on alert, each looking for any form of wildlife. “Moose at 9:00!” shouts a person from the back of the bus. All heads turn in that direction. The bus slows to a stop, and there off in the distance we are all amazed at the sight of a lone moose. And, it is a male, as only the males are adorned with palmate antlers. I was lucky in getting these photos with such clarity. The moose was between 1/2 mile to a mile away from us. Here are the photos of this moose that I was able to capture!

Please click on each photo, first to isolate the photo, and then click again to enlarge it. That way you can see the details of this amazing moose!

As I searched the area, I was able to spot the moose.

A lone male moose

A lone male moose

He is on the move…

He is on the move

He is on the move

He heads into a depression.

He heads into a depression

He heads into a depression

Watching him, he heads into the bush, his rump barely visible!

And disappears from sight

And disappears from sight

He re-emerges from the other side. He is on a mission.

Then re-emerges from the other side

Then re-emerges from the other side

His mission: To find a female hoping to impress her with his huge rack!

He is in search of a female

He is in search of a female

It was exciting to see this massive creature! Considering the distance he was from us kind of gives you an idea of how massive moose can be. The male stands at almost 7′ tall, and weighs about 1,550 pounds. Those antlers can span up to 6’!

I hope that you enjoyed visiting with this moose in Denali! Thank you for taking your time to drop on by today! I appreciate it! Be well! ^..^

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