Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park

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Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Ailalik Bay is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Alaska.  The Pacific Ocean, tidewater glaciers, towering peaks and plenty of wildlife – you can’t beat it!  Of the 500 – 1,000 people who visit this wonderful fjord each day via tour boat, maybe only one or two percent actually ever make it to shore. 

This was a wonderful, calm summer evening close to midnight.  That is the ocean on the right, and a lagoon on the left.

Harding Icefield Trail

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Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Hiker at the end of the Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Of all the wonderful hiking trails in the Seward area, the Harding Icefield trail is my favorite.  It has everything; amazing scenery and wildlife.  The wildlife on this trail includes plenty of marmots, but there is a very good chance you will see bears and mountain goats as well.  But the real attraction has to be the scenery – specifically Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield.  If you have never stood at the edge of an icefield and looked out at mile after mile of ice, snow and nunataks (mountain rising out of the icefield), it is an amazing experience!  I have spent some wonderful nights on the edge of Harding Icefield with my tent watching some beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

The trail is about 8 miles round trip – that isn’t too bad, but like most trails in the Seward area, you do a lot of climbing – it has a 3,000 vertical foot rise in total.  If you don’t do a lot of hiking, you are going to feel the climbRead More

Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

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Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

Just a short, beautiful 12 mile drive from Seward is Exit Glacier.  Exit Glacier is one of the few glaciers in Alaska that you can easily walk up to and view and photograph up close.  From the parking lot, the trail is about a mile, with much of that on a paved pathway.  If you have never seen a glacier up close, it is a fascinating treat.  For the photographer, there are endless photo opportunities. 

This is actually an older photo shot on film.  Unfortunately this glacier has receded a fair amount since this photo was taken, and now the toe of the glacier is off the valley floor.  I think the rate of retreat is going to really increase because the sun can now warm the underlying bedrock.

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Harding Icefield at sunrise, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

I recently broke up some of my categories a bit and discovered I have only posted 4 photos of Kenai Fjords National Park!  We live in the gateway city to my favorite National Park, and I have largely ignored it here on the blog – so I hope to fix that over the next week or so.

Seward Visitor Guide

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Seward Visitor Guide

I promise, this is the last of the new covers!  It had been a couple of months since I posted a cover photo on the blog, so I did have some catching up to do. 

This is current year’s Seward Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide for Seward, Alaska.  The Chamber was one of my very first customers many years ago, and their cover is one I’m always proud to be a part of!

Humpback Whale in Seward, Alaska

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Humpback Whale in Seward

Seward residents have been treated to a visiting Humpback Whale for the past week.  This isn’t one of those whales you can barely see looking South out the bay.  No, this whale has been coming right up to the head of the bay and swimming close to town, and even near the cruiseship dock!  We have seen it on four different days this week from our office – whale watching is sure a nice break from key-wording!  Yesterday there was a pretty big crowd of cars and locals watching.  I think it is pretty cool to see people stopping and still getting excited about a whale swimming by considering most residents of Seward have probably seen a lot of whales over the years.Read More