Friday, September 21st, 2012
Cruise Ships in Fog in Skagway

Fog blankets uppper Lynn Canal and engulfs some of the cruise ships docked in Skagway. It was a little eerie heading down to Haines through the fog in zero visibility and with the foghorn blasting every couple of minutes.

I will not be posting any new photos for a few days as I am heading up to the Arctic Coast of Alaska to guide a Polar Bear tour. Stay tuned for some awesome pictures soon!

 

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Favorite Channel

Aerial view of Favorite Channel looking north toward Lynn Canal, with Shelter Island on the left and the mainland with Point Lena, Lena Cove and Tee Harbor on the right.

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
The View From Above Our House

This image provides a slightly different perspective than yesterday, as it looks down at our house (marked with a red dot) in downtown Juneau. Also visible beyond downtown are Harris and Aurora Harbor, Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island, as well as the Mendenhall Wetlands and the Juneau International Airport in the distance. Pictured beyond the wetlands is Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Shelter Island, Lynn Canal and the Chilkat Peninsula on the horizon. I will continue posting pictures taken from a narrow radius around our house this week, so this image will be an exception.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Storm Brewing Over Eagle Beach And Favorite Channel

One thing that I have quickly learned about the weather in Southeast Alaska is that periods of good weather can be very fleeting. Skies can be clear one moment and overcast the next. It seems even more dramatic on the water. Last weekend I fell asleep to a quiet ocean, only to later wake up to a pounding surf. Here, a storm brews over Eagle Beach and Favorite Channel, with rain showers hanging further west along the Chilkat Mountains. So when the sun is shining around here, don’t delay, go out and enjoy that precious moment!

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Monday, September 19th, 2011
Killer Whales Patrolling Lynn Canal

I was very fortunate to see a pod of Killer whales (Orcas) last week in Lynn Canal, with an Orca calf swimming alongside older pod members. Both resident and transient Killer whales are found in Southeast Alaska waters. Residents are salmon specialists, and Chinook salmon makes up the majority of their diet, year-round. Transients are mammal-eaters, specializing on smaller marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, and occasional calves or juveniles of larger species such as grey whales and humpback whales. In fact, the term “Killer whale” is derived from this type of killer whale, which is the only species of whale that kills other whales. Killer whales rely on echolocation to find their prey.
According to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, resident Killer whales live in a complex matriarchal society, in which sons and daughters stay with their mother throughout their lives, even after they have offspring of their own. These bonds remain strong between siblings even after the mother has died. In the resident assemblage, these family units are known as ‘matrilines’. A pod is a larger unit that is made up of one or more matrilines that travel together and may be related. A clan …

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Friday, September 16th, 2011
Humpback Whales In Lynn Canal

Back in Juneau, I have been reintroduced to the magic of marine life on a photo tour with Gastineau Guiding yesterday. Thanks to Stacy La Mascus for sharing your passion about the marine world and Humpback whales in particular. Pretty soon, we will bid farewell to most of the Humpback whales pictured here, as they will take a break in their Alaska feeding frenzy and embark on their 3000-mile seasonal migration to their breeding grounds in Hawaii. As Stacy put it, “their kitchen is in Alaska, their bedroom is in Hawaii!” This shot was taken on the west side of Lynn Canal, close to the Chilkat Peninsula near the base of Mount Golub.

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011
"Sucker Hole" Over Lynn Canal

A “sucker hole” is a small patch of clearing amidst a gray overcast sky. The tiny area of blue sky, like here over Lynn Canal, tricks some people to think that maybe the skies are going to clear up, only to be duped when the hole disappears and the solid overcast returns — as in Mother Nature going: “Sucker!”

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Sea Kayaking In Lynn Canal

Greta’s niece Katie McKeown paddles in our sea kayak at sunset near Camping Cove off Lynn Canal last weekend. A fleeting beam of light from the setting sun pierced through the clouds above the Chilkat Peninsula and illuminated our outing.

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
C-Dory

Much of Southeast Alaska is only accessible by air or sea. A little boat like our C-Dory, anchored here in a cove off Lynn Canal, opens up many possibilities to discover new places. If the marine weather cooperates, we hope to explore some of the islands and bays around Juneau over the next few days. By the way, our C-Dory has no name yet. Any suggestions?

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Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Homecoming

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I love to fly. The aerial perspective reminds me how everything is connected. On this past flight back to Juneau, it also reminded me how much I have come to appreciate where we live now. On the descent, places such as the Chilkat Peninsula or Lynn Canal seemed so familiar, even though during our short time here we have barely scratched the surface. There’s so much to explore. Where to start? Our own neighborhood seems like a great place to start… and always return to.

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