Saturday, August 28, 2010

Inside Passage Cruise
















This is a poem I believe fits with my favorite photo from our recent trip to Alaska:

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free
— Wendell Berry

This list of what we saw each day reads like a poem itself:

Tracy Arm Fjord and Frederick Sound
South Sawyer Glacier
Harbor Seals
Orcas
Wedding Cake Falls


Sea Cheetos (Rock Weed)
Hole in the Wall Falls
Icy Falls
King Fisher
Pigeon Guillemots
Humpback Whales




Wrangell
Bald eagles
Sunflower Sea Star
Stikine River
Wolf Tracks
Moose Tracks
one very necessary state park outhouse



Lake full of icebergs up close and personal
Pink Salmon
Wrangell Narrows

Petersburg
Chewie, the wharf dog
Norwegian Dancers



Pink-hard-hatted women tying up the ship to the wharf
rainforest
muskeg
Purse Seiners

Trollers
Stellar sea lions
Harbor seals
Humpback whales krill feeding and double breaching!
Red-necked Phalaropes
Saginaw Bay
Black bears feeding

Sitka
Peril, Olga, and Neva Straits
Naa Kahidi Dancers



National historic park
Salmon spawning



Totem Pole Forest
St. Michael's Cathedral
Steller sea lion

Icy Strait
Port Frederick
Lion's Mane Jellyfish
Barnacles
blue mussels
bull kelp
Dall's Porpoise
Brown bear
Kittiwakes

Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay Ranger Emily
Huna Interpreter Alice
Sea otters
harbor porpoise
pigeon guillemot
Margerie Glacier
Grand Pacific Glacier
Lamplugh Glacier
Johns Hopkins Glacier
harbor seals
surf scoters
Brown bear eating whale carcass
mountain goats
South Marble Island
Black-legged Kittiwakes
Glaucous-winged Gulls
Black Oystercatchers
Marbled Murrelets
Pelagic Cormorants
Steller sea lion
One lone California sea lion
Tufted Puffins
Horned Puffin
Bartlett Cove
Woodland walk
porcupine
grouse
Muskeg ponds



Glacier National Park Lodge and Visitors' Center

All of Juneau, coming and going




Not to mention:
Since this was a cruise specifically for photographers, 50 or so lenses by Howitzer and my one, teensy-weensy Coolpix.

3 comments:

Wanda said...

Love it! I can see your little Coolpix amidst the Howitzers. You ROCK!

Nancy Slavin said...

Love the poem, Karen, by Berry. So true, those wild things to not bother with the grief to come. And all the sights and sounds and smells for you - wonderful. I had no idea rock kelp was called cheetos. Funny!

Martha Goudey said...

Karen. Love this. On the top of my travel list is a cruise to the inside passage. Ben is not excited because he's an old sailor and can't imagine being on a cruise ship. But I can!!