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The Eagle Landed

November was slow. I even resorted to posting one of last years Sandies from our trip to the Bosque. Today, driving along the Lake Elmo, Mary spotted our local pair of Bald Eagles. We were only a couple of miles from home so I was able to gear up and catch a couple of nice […]

The Bosque in 2010

Last year in December we went to the Bosque Del Apache for the annual Sandhill Crane and Snow Geese migrations. It was amazing and we’ll never forget. Here is a shot at dawn. I think that it captures the mood and feeling of the day

Migrations

Still getting the hang of the new body and the new autofocus system. I love it but it does take awhile to get the hang of it. In mass takeoffs like this its 45 points come in handy. Geese on Downs Lake. This trumpeter decided to stop in for the weekend. There were a few […]

Fall in Lake Elmo

It has been a great fall in Lake Elmo. Unseasonably mild actually. It was in the 80s the first week of October. Things have settled in and are getting back to normal. I’ve been having fun, learning a new camera body, figuring out its quirks, features and the new bells and whistles. Here are a […]

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 […]

Vancouver

We set out from Ketchikan for Vancouver at about 6pm on Monday evening and arrived at 6am Wednesday. It was 36 hours at sea. Here is our last Sunset in Alaska as we headed in to the Inside Passage. Tuesday started as normal with a nice breakfast. The rude awakening came when we came back […]

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 […]

Skagway

We decided to take a day off from excursions and just explore Skagway. Quite touristy but quaint. Most (if not all) of the buildings have been converted into T-shirt shops, bars or Jewelry stores (Tanzanite is a big seller, apparently). The locals like to assert their independence and in this case, the proprietors sided the […]

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 […]