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The Navigator – Regent Seven Seas

My final Alaska post (I think). The Regent Seven Seas Navigator was a great ship. It was our first time on the Regent Seven Seas line (albeit it is only our second cruise and our first in 20 years). It was smaller than most lines with only 490 passengers (vs 2000+). While 490 is far […]

Hubbard Glacier – panorama

This is an extra image from our first day at sea. This is a panorama I made from our balcony. I am glad I brought a tripod(s). To give you a perspective it is actually three shots at 35mm. Remember to enlarge your browser to full screen and click on the image to get the […]

Ketchikan

Today we visited Ketchikan. It is the oldest city in Alaska. It is the farthest south and the fourth largest at 14,000. I tried in vain to get on a bear watching expedition to Neets Bay or Prince of Wales Island but they were full (despite being expensive). We were already scheduled to go on […]

Juneau and Whales

After visiting Mendenhall Glacier, we boarded our third Allen Marine chartered cruise. It was billed as an evening of whale watching. We were told that one in ten trips, an Orca (Killer Whale) is spotted. We saw four. It was cool just to spot them (even if they never did the Sea World jump out […]

Tracy Arm

  I was up early Friday and noticed these floating past our balcony. Our ship had ventured into the Tracy Arm (basically a very large fjord), home to the North and South Sawyer Glaciers (which were one prior to their retreat. To get a feeling for the sheer size of the mountains on the sides […]

Sitka (with Otters, Eagles, and Puffins)

After seeing so many Harbor Seals sunning on ice floes (go figure), we were excited to go on a smaller excursion. We ventured into the quaint town of Sitka, situated at the edge of the Sitka Sound with pretty dramatic terrain. The local fishing is going well. Here is an early morning crew with nets […]

Hubbard Glacier (part 2) – The Seals

This is the second post from Hubbard Glacier. The weather was amazing. Partly to mostly cloudy but the air was clear and no rain. As we neared the glacier and again as we retreated I had a chance to get up close and personal with a lot of Harbor Seals that were sunning themselves on […]

Owlets fledge!

On May 15th the last of the owlets decided it was time to fly the coop. I first noted the Mama in the nest on April 9th. It is amazing how quickly they grew. Here are the last couple of shots as he hops on branches near the nest and finally takes off. Well step […]

Lake Elmo Owls

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am way behind. A month ago I posted the last update and showed our local owl family with the two fledglings. Here is an update. It has been a rainy spring. The last shot with the gaping craw was on 4/17. This is only two weeks later. They grow fast! […]

Great Horned Owls

About a month or two ago I started hearing a deep throated “hoot hoot” in the early morning hours. After a couple of days, there was an echo. I should have realized that this was the mating game. A couple of weeks ago Mama found an old squirrels nest and decided to make it home. […]