Whale Play, June 2012. The captain was always on the lookout for action. He turned toward a channel in the fjords and told us he spotted a breaching whale. It was a long way away, and we could barely see the splashes. As we got closer we were delighted to see that it was two whales! A mother and her calf breached together for about 5 minutes and then stopped as we approached closer, and swam away. It was a magnificent sight! The captain was careful not to get too close to the pair, and so learned that a 400mm lens on a crop sensor camera is just not enough reach sometimes. This photo is quite heavily cropped, which also explains why the technical quality of the photo is not "the best." But the content rocks!
Coming or going? It's rather hard to tell if you just look at the bird. But if you look behind, you can see a couple of "footprints" this Puffin left behind as it was taking to flight. These are heavy bodied birds and take to the air by running madly across the top of the water while flapping it's wings to gain altitude. It's quite interesting to watch. Unfortunately, all the photos I took of this one taking flight were completely out of focus. Next time!
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Tufted Puffin in Kenai Fjords. June, 2012. The captain of our tour boat was very adept and experienced at taking us to areas where we had a good chance of seeing cool stuff. And fortunately the weather was very good that day! We saw so many awesome things that day! Thank you Kenai Fjords Tours and especially the captain of our boat. More Alaska adventure to follow.
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Dall porpoise making a splash. June 2012, we were on a tour boat in the beautiful Kenai Fjords and a pod of fast moving Dall Porpoises came racing past our boat. They were so fast and I was so inexperienced at the time, making it extremely difficult for me to get good photos. This turned out to be one of my favorites though. I marveled at the splash patterns that were made as they submerged after taking s quick breath of air. If you look close, you can see a portion of the porpoise ahead of the splash.
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It’s not always predictable out there. Here’s Captain Rusty making quick moves from the wheelhouse of the Nunutak as it approaches Fox Island with a change in plans.
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🇺🇸 Dive Now Work Later :) On vacation and gone diving for a little while. You can try to guess the destination in the comments and I'll send a postcard to the first good guess. Think good diving, lots of sun (hopefully), kind of far and end of whale season :) See you soon! :)⠀
🇫🇷 En vacances et partie plonger pour quelques temps. Vous pouvez essayer de deviner la destination et j'enverrais une carte postale à la premiere bonne réponse. Quelques indices: Beaucoup de plongée, beaucoup de soleil (j'espère), plutôt loin et la fin de la saison des baleines. A bientôt :)⠀
We spent most of our nine hour tour through Kenai Fjords out on the boat’s deck watching the wildlife. I couldn’t believe how many people sat inside and stared at their phone while all of this was right outside their window! I’ve thought about those people a lot since our trip and wondered how many times I have been “that person”... looking down at my phone and missing out of some of life’s most beautiful moments, whether it’s in a national park or at home with Shane. I’m as guilty as they are. Here’s to making a commitment to put the phone down more often to engage with the world around me! #wrightsonthetrail