Monday, June 28, 2010

Mako's Water Taxi Ride

We spent the morning walking around Homer and going in to shops that were open.  Still early in the season, there were a lot of stores still closed.

We visited the Pratt Museum, just an awesome little place full of interesting displays about the area.  There was a webcam of a place called Gull Island.  Anyone could use the joystick to zoom in on the birds.  We decided we wanted to see it.

We booked an excursion for later in the day.  It was quite chilly on the water so we bundled up.

Our boat guide was most gracious, willing to stop and let us look at the things we were interested in seeing.

Kachemak Bay is stunning, especially wonderful to see in a small boat.

Our guide has spent many years out on the water and knew how to skirt the rocks below.

Gull Island is home to 8 species of birds, gulls, kittiwakes, cormorants, puffins, murres, pigeons and more.  I've never seen so many birds in one place.

In addition there were sea otters, just about the cutest critters on the planet.  The females had just given birth to their young.  They float on their backs with the babies perched on their tummies.  When an eagle flies over looking for lunch, they roll over and dive into the water to protect the young.  We saw it happen and it was so cool!

Alfred Hitchcock had nothin' on this batch of birds!

This male otter was on his own, just enjoying himself.

That was My World on May 24, 2010 and what a wonderful day it was!


Janie said...

Aw, I just love the sea otters. So cute.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, me, too! I love the sea otters! What terrific captures, Loran! You guys had such a fabulous trip and I love all your photos of such beautiful places! Thanks again for taking us along! Enjoy your day!


Riet said...

What wonderful pictures of a great scenery.

noel said...


those are pretty spectacular place, what a fantastic trip and photographs, thanks for sharing these

Ebie said...

How lovely to see all the sea creatures! The snow capped mountains are gorgeous!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Loran... This may be my favorite of your posts so far... I love seeing the birds and all of the sweet little otters. The Otters have the cutest faces. I would have loved that boat ride--even in the chilly weather.


Gaelyn said...

Wow, what an awesome boat ride. Love the sea otters, so cute especially with the babies.

Self Sagacity said...

Wonderful photos! Looks like you had a great trip, so many experiences to share.

Jedediah said...

Gorgeous photos and the otters are so cute. They are just the most relaxed animals on earth, with the possible exception of kangaroos and koalas.

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