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Photo of the Day – Giant Belly Flop – Kenai Fjords NP, Alaska, USAI can’t say enough about our full day boat trip exploring the Kenai Fjords National Park just south of Anchorage in Alaska. The nine hour boat trip yielded perhaps the most abundant and diverse array of animals that I have ever seen in my life. Puffins, orca (killer whales), seals, bald eagles, sea otters and so much more!
On the tail end of the trip as we were sailing back to the dock, a massive 70,000 pound gray whale breached the surface of the water near our boat, staying still in the air long enough for me to snap this shot before its belly came crashing down into the ocean making a splash big enough to empty most city pools.
Photo of the Day – The Towering Mount McKinley – Denali, AlaskaMount McKinley is HUGE. The centerpiece of Denali National Park in Alaska, Mount McKinley rises 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level – making it the highest mountain peak in North America. To help put that in perspective, the highest ski resort in Colorado is just above 13,000 feet!
Will and I were touring Denali National Park back in the summer of 2010. Driving back south to Anchorage after a couple of days spent in the park, the towering Mount McKinley suddenly appeared through the clouds. Will and I turned the car onto a dirt airport landing strip that we spotted off of the side of the road and started snapping away!
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Photo of the Day – Alaskan Puffin – Kenai Fjords, Alaska, USAFor me, the Alaskan Puffin was a bird I had heard about several times, but I honestly had no idea what one looked like. I finally saw a puffin (actually dozens and maybe over a hundred) during a trip to Alaska last year. I have not been around a lot of interesting birds so I don’t speak with a lot of confidence on this, but seeing a bird this different was more amazing than I thought it would be. Puffins are (as you can see) well known for their vibrant and, shall I say, “AbsoluteVisit Orange” colored beaks! In addition, they have some pretty sweet long white curls of hair that finish off their unique look.
I don’t know that I’ll ever be a bird buff, but I can certainly see how people get into it after just seeing one moderately cool bird. Now, if anyone has seen a white puffin, that is a rare and awesome looking bird!
Photo of the Day – Seal versus Ice – Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, USAToday’s photo is of a seal in Kenai Fjords National Park. We took an amazing boat tour of the Kenai Fjords area where we saw dozens of animals ranging from birds to whales. As the boat pulled in closer and closer to one of the many glaciers in the region, the chunks of ice became more dense as did the population of seals. We spotted this seal darting through the water and caught him as he peeked up and seemed to be starring at this innocent ice chunk.
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Photo of the Day – Cruise Ship at Glacier Bay Nat. Park – Glacier Bay, Alaska, USAA trip to Alaska was always something I wanted to do and I got the chance to be there last May. One of the critical decisions when traveling to Alaska is whether to take a cruise or simply to go at it on your own. Naturally, Brad and I decided to go at it on our own and we combined Anchorage, Seward, Denali, Juneau and Glacier Bay or an unforgettable trip.
Glacier Bay itself is very remote and as we took off on our 100+ passenger boat, I knew we were in for a treat as we approached this ice chunk filled bay and massive glacier. As I was very focused on the front of our boat as we approached, I quickly noticed a giant cruise ship coming up on our side quickly and in no time, passing us to make its way closer to the glacier.
What I really like about this picture is that having the cruise ship in the picture helps to give you, the viewer, a sense of the immense size of the surrounding mountains and glacier. Cruise ships are huge, massive, gargantuan. Now, take a look at the size of the glacier – which was further away – compared to the cruise ship. Hard to imagine, but this place really does exist.
Photo of the Day – Resurrection Bay Harbor – Kenai Fjords NP – Seward, Alaska, USAWill and I had some time to kill before boarding an EPIC boat cruise to visit Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. It was very early in the morning and the sun was shining beautifully through the clouds. Sunrise, clouds, harbor, water – get out the camera! We were able to snap off a few great shots from land before departing on our trip. This would be the first of many “easy” photography days in Alaska.
Out of everywhere my travels have taken me, Alaska is among the easiest places I’ve found for photography. Everywhere you stand there is a dynamic landscape shot in front of you. In addition, the wildlife is abundant and certainly not camera shy. I have an inordinate amount of fantastic shots from visiting Alaska. Where is the easiest photography destination you’ve ever been?