Photo Essay

The Other Alaska

Whale Play, Sitka

It struck me that with all the furor over the VP candidate for the Republican Party, it's easy to forget the natural beauty and priceless wonders represented by the non-voting citizens of Alaska. I had the great pleasure to visit the State for the first time in August. It was supposed to be a salmon fishing trip, but for reasons that ranged from global warming to overfishing, the salmon were not biting. This turned out to be a blessing because on one day in particular, we decided to forgo the lousy fishing when we saw a spout in a sheltered bay. Turned out to be a mother humpback and her extremely playful calf. Not only were we treated to some really cool "tail" opportunities, we passed a number of sea lion vacation spots that screamed for a camera. The day that seemed to be going nowhere, ended up being wildlife heaven and one I'll not soon forget.

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8 responses

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    going with the flow almost ALWAYS pays off... a day like you describe here, you will carry with you forever!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (15 Nov 2008):

    Great story and pictures!!! Well done!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Nov 2008):

    Loved your story and the photos, quite beautiful. Nature has so much to offer us, more of us need to appreciate and nurture it. Yea it rocks!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (10 Dec 2008):

    Just lovely,YES!!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (27 May 2009):

    Very interesting story supported by nicely shot images.

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (27 May 2009):

    Your featured photos are great to summarise your visit.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (11 Sep 2014):

    fantastic shots.....and narration, vote!!!

  • joe walter

    joe walter gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    Great reinforcement for Alaska on my bucket list

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