I took a an excursion led by a local and saw some stunning wildlife and views, so this is a picture heavy entry.
If you're interested, I've also posted about Vancouver and the Inside Passage and Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point.
|I mentioned in a previous post that I'm just blown away by the tenacity of salmon.|
Here are some salmon at the end of their journey, spawning, fighting and dying.
|Juneau is in a temperate rain forest. The flora is just amazing.|
|90 years ago this area was under the Mendenhall glacier. As it receded it left behind glacial erratics (rocks). This picture shows you some of the mossiness of the area.|
|Another berry I cannot identify.|
|I wish I could properly capture the colors of the glacier, I don't know how yet. But this gives you a sense of size. Kind of. It's HUGE.|
I was surprised by how dirty it was, but that makes sense when you consider how glaciers churn everything up.
|Maybe this helps convey the size.|
|Note the blues in the ice.|
|Icebergs and blues|
|By the shores of the lake at the foot of the glacier. Yes, the water is cold.|
I sprinkled a little of Kevin's ash here. He would have hated the cold but loved the view.
|These are called bane berries. So named because eating 3-4 will kill an adult. So don't do that.|
|A jellyfish, just minding its own business.|
|While the harbor seal was keeping an eye on me.|
|Humpbacked whale, diving.|
|This whale is named Spot because of the markings on his tail.|
|Bald eagles were everywhere. These two clearly were flouting the sign.|
|I wasn't expecting to see this eagle in flight, so I didn't have the right settings on my camera.|
Nonetheless, I like this photo.
(c)2014 Laura S. Packer