Resurrection Bay was gorged with whales. From the rails of a fine tour boat, nature-lovers scrambled from one shout to another. I really couldn't see at all when I got this shot . . . just boldly stuck my arm and camera between two people and blindly snapped. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the Orca with her calf alongside!
It's a grand privilege to be connected to Alaska through daughter Lynn Swanson, and son-in-law Ron Swanson. Their Son Aaron and family live not far from this magnificent park, and son Brian and family lives on the edge of the pristine, 5.4 million acre Chugach National Forest.
It was June, 2012 and freezing, and drop-dead gorgeous as we plowed through the frigid water toward this massive glacier. When it calved into the water, a sound identical to that of thunder struck our ears. It shocked me to learn that the miniscule white dots that moved across sheer rock, far above us were Mountain goats and their newborns! Thanks to daughter Lynn Swanson for the gift of a memorable 2012 trip.
Steller Sea Lions bask and bark, seemingly unaware of the striking beauty around them. Bald eagles and puffin, otters and many kinds of whale dot the landscape. The Kenai Peninsula and this park is said to be a microcosm of Alaska. It is a salve for the soul. Photos by Mary Martin Weyand