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Killer whale up close

Killer whale from whale watch

Looking forward to getting back out on the water and having encounters like this one. We had stopped to watch some killer whales that were socializing with each other. The young ones had caught a common murre and appeared to be playing with it. While we were watching the youngsters, this male came and surfaced right next to us. Wow!

To learn more about killer whales join us in June for our Whales and Marine Ecology of Southeast Alaska trip.

Mother with Newborn

Seal on ice in Alaska.

We carefully skiffed past this mother and newborn harbor seal in Tracy Arm. We didn’t want to disturb them on our way to South Sawyer glacier. Harbor seals use ice calved from glaciers to give birth to their young and to protect the newborns from land predators such as bears and wolves.

To learn more about the ecology of southeast Alaska join us when we have our guest naturalist, Josh McInnes on board for Ecology of Southeast Alaska where we learn more about seals, whales, and marine life.
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Holkham Bay Skiff Ride

Iceberg from an Alaska Small Ship Cruise

In the early evening before dinner, we took our guests on a skiff ride in Holkham Bay to look at the icebergs that had grounded at Wood Spit. Getting to listen to the water gently lapping up against the berg and the meltwater dripping into Holkham Bay just added to its beauty.

This photo was taken on a Petersburg to Juneau 8-Day cruise in August 2019. To learn more about this itinerary visit this link.

The Blues of Reid Glacier

Glacier Blues in Glacier Bay Alaska

Growing up, my favorite color was always blue. Maybe that’s why I enjoy bringing people to glaciers so much.

This is from Glacier Bay Nationa Park’s Reid Glacier. There was just a little space at the edge of the Glacier where if you looked just right you could see under the glacier. It wasn’t big enough to be a cave, but its icy blues were tantalizing. To learn more about our photography workshops in Glacier National Park…

Mountain Goat Up Close

Mountain Goat as seen from small cruise ship in AlaskaUsually, when we see mountain goats they are tiny little nature dots high up on the walls of either Endicott Arm or Tracy Arm, but not this day. The David B was underway and I was making lunch for our guests in the galley when I looked up and spotted a female mountain goat and her kid only a couple of hundred feet up from the water’s edge. It was such a pleasure to watch them without having to crane our necks back so far while looking through binoculars.

For more information on our 8-day Alaska Northbound Petersburg to Juneau cruises…

David B in North Dawes

Small Charter Yacht in Alaska

This photo was from August last year. It was a beautiful calm overcast day and we had just spent the morning in the skiff running up to Dawes glacier. For several hours where we got to explore Endicott Arm and watch Dawes Glacier calve ice. On our way back to the boat we tucked into nooks and crannies along the edge of the fjord, stopped to photograph seals and birds and admired an untold number of waterfalls. This image of the David B was taken as we were coming back to our anchorage in North Dawes.

For more information about trips similar to this one visit our Alaska Southbound Juneau to Petersburg page.

Prettiest Iceberg

This was one of the prettiest icebergs we saw last season. It came off the underside of Sawyer glacier in the Tracy Arm / Fords Terror Wilderness area which is part of the Tongass National Forest. It was fascinating to skiff around it and watch how the light played in the ice. We slowly circled around it a couple of times since its colors and textures were spellbinding.

This photo was from our Southeast Alaska Fjords Photography Workshop in July 2019. For more information about this workshop…

Baird Glacier Lake

Lake at Baird Glacier in AlaskaWhen the tide is right we can skiff up Baird Glacier’s river for a short walk to a small lake filled with Baird’s icebergs.

The glacier has changed a lot from when I went there for the first time in 2009. At that time we could walk up to and on to the Glacier. Then a few years ago there was an event that caused the lake to form.

This photo was from one of our Petersburg to Juneau cruises in June of 2019. June is often a good time to visit southeast Alaska as it can be one of the drier months and it’s a good time of year to see Arctic Terms which migrate to Alaska from South America. For more information on our 8-day Petersburg to Juneau cruises…

Glacier Bay Oystercatcher

Birdwatching in Glacier Bay National Park from small ship cruiseI had just stepped out of the skiff at Lamplough glacier in Glacier Bay National Park when this oystercatcher gave me a look that more or less seemed to suggest that the mussels hidden under the kelp were for oystercatcher only.

This photo is from our May 2019 Glacier Bay Photography Workshop. There’s still space for the upcoming 2020 season. Visit our Glacier Bay Photography Workshop page for more information and discount pricing.