Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: June 27, 2018


Late yesterday, we crossed to the west side of Glacier Bay and anchored in a sheltered cove next to Reid Glacier. This morning, the skiff delivered us all to a less muddy spot near the glacier. One of the first things we spotted was fresh bear tracks which made me feel a little vulnerable as I was concentrating on photographing some of the glacial streams.


Coincidentally, after we were back aboard the Delphinus, our captain got a radio call from the Park asking him if he could provide assistance to some hapless kayakers who planned to sleep on the shore but had no bear spray. 


The Delphinus anchored near Reid Glacier




While waiting to board the skiff Ayisha, our cook, decided to test the beauty benefit of glacial mud. She said her skin felt particularly soft after she removed the facial mud. It was a beautiful blue-green color. I was wishing I had a container to take some home.


After lunch the skiff delivered us to the shore across from the glacier so we could photograph wildflowers. Wildflowers were everywhere and every color.



taken with 60mm macro lens
Photographer Mark Kelley, an accomplished Juneau photographer, was very generous with his tips. One tip that worked for me was to instead of using a macro lens to photograph flowers to instead use a long lens. By focusing on one main bloom the rest of the seen becomes a beautiful impressionist background of soft colors and shapes instead of distractions. What a difference.


Leaving Reid Glacier behind, we continued up Glacier Bay toward Lamplugh Glacier, and we anchored in a nearby sheltered cove with a rainbow and lots of eagles.

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