David B in North Dawes
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.
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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…
Getting Underway From Kynoch Inlet
Every year on our way to Alaska, we do a 12-day cruise up the Inside Passage for people who are interested in learning how to cruise the Inside Passage. There’s so much to see and we really only scratch the surface of British Columbia’s coastal beauty. Kynoch Inlet is one of our favorite destinations. It’s remote, wild and secluded. It’s a perfect place to find solitude. Here’s a short time-lapse of us getting underway from Kynoch Inlet in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. To learn more about this trip visit our Learn to Cruise Page.
Baird Glacier Lake
When 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
I 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.
Ice Spires of Lamplough Glacier
There’s a short walk next to Lamplough Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park where, if you take the time you’ll get to appreciate the slow march of glacial history written into the accumulated layers of ancient snowfalls.
This photo was from July 2019 on our Glacier Bay with AdventuresNW Magazine’s Photography Workshop. To learn more about this cruise in 2020, click here…
Sundew, the midge eating plant
Sundew are some of the coolest plants we get to show our guests. They catch insects in their sticky dew-like secretions as a way to get nutrients that are not available in the nutrition poor muskeg. They’re also small and easily missed.
This photo was taken on one of our Petersburg to Juneau Alaska Inside Passage cruises in June of 2019.
Once upon a time, this Glacier was a tributary to Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm. Now it’s a peek-a-boo reminder of a cooler time when glaciers filled Endicott Arm. One thing I like to think about as we pass this particular glacier is how you can see in the vegetation that the glacier had been in its valley as recently as 50 years ago. That’s because the low shrubby willow and alder are considered pioneer plants that are slowly helping to make soils. As time passes trees like cottonwood will begin to grow and eventually those trees will be replaced with a spruce and hemlock forest.
This photo was taken our Southeast Alaska Fjords Photography Workshop. To learn more about this trip click here.
Blue Ice on a Rainy Day
Rainy days are one of my guilty pleasures. Partly because the David B is always so warm and cozy on the inside, but also because rainy days accentuates the blueness of icebergs. This was my favorite iceberg from last year. I was really impressed with the way the two towers stayed propped up against each other as they floated around in Endicott Arm. To learn more about our Alaska cruises.
Killer Whales in Endicott Arm
We had an amazing encounter with these mammal-eating killer whales this past summer. While we were leaving our anchorage they were coming towards us in pursuit of some sort of prey, maybe harbor seals or maybe Harbor porpoises, we could see. But watching them hunt with wolf-like coordination was breathtaking.
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