Hello everyone and welcome new subscribers! If it seems like I haven't been here in a very long time, it's the fault of a wonderful cruise I was on in Alaska! Since I don't have anything new to show from my studio at the moment, I thought I'd share some scenes from Alaska. Now I'm no lover of winter, but I found the snowy, icy vastness of Alaska quite awe-inspiring. Our cruise departed from Seward and took us to Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan, and ended in Vancouver. We were a group of 11 family members, checking off the bucket list of a soon-to-be-80 birthday girl.
Our first taste of the far north was the last 1 1/2 hours of our flight from Dallas to Anchorage, where from the plane we could see snow-covered mountains and glaciers as far as the eye could see. Not a sign of human activity.
The Hubbard Glacier is North America’s largest tidewater glacier and rises about 350 ft out of the water. Rain and fog couldn't mask the beauty of this behemoth, with its pale turquoise ice that looked like whipped frosting from a distance. It was dramatic to hear and see the thunderclaps of huge chunks of ice calving off.
One of the highlights of our trip was walking on a glacier at the end of a helicopter ride over the Juneau Icefield. For us this was like landing on another planet! The multi-colored ice was fairly easy to walk on, once you got used to the 'moon boots' provided by the chopper company.
In Skagway we took the very scenic White Pass railway and were treated to steep ice-capped mountains, gorges and waterfalls at every turn.
Icy Strait Point revealed the second major trip highlight - being amazingly close to a feeding humpback whale! From the shore we could see it herding krill by making a net of bubbles, and then bursting forth from the water with enormous jaws wide open to collect its bounty. And this it did over and over again, to the incredulous delight of its fans who followed it up and down the shore with their cameras. It was truly an awesome experience. Check out the video!
Ketchikan is a picturesque town with a lovely quaint shopping/gallery district called Creek Street. It's a boardwalk perched seemingly precariously above the banks of Ketchikan Creek. These shots were taken at extreme low tide... we had kayaked there earlier when the water was about 10 ft higher!
One of our favorite things to do on the ship was to relax in one of the lounges listening to live music and watching the never-ending landscape panorama noiselessly glide by outside.
After the wild beauty of the previous days it was a bit jarring to wake up in Vancouver with its acres of concrete, crowds and gleaming skyscrapers. Nevertheless, it had a beauty all of its own.
As a lover of the environment and all things natural, I hope that seeing these Alaskan vistas and wildlife up close and personal, will renew my efforts and that of my 2000 fellow passengers, to preserve this beauty.
Aa a bonus, I sold these two shawls on the ship, both to two lovely ladies named Lori!
What a wonderful experience... now it's time get back to the studio!