Sunday, July 4, 2010

Humpback Whale!

Next on the list of thrilling experiences was seeing a humpback whale.  

We've all seen pictures of these magnificent whales with the beautiful tails, but it's just so much better in real life!

Of course I was trying to get that National Geographic shot, without the National Geographic equipment.

But it's hard to do.  Apparently if you get in a smaller boat and are willing to spend a lot of time on the water you can get pretty close for those "perfect" shots.  I was happy just to get to see the whales.

We saw some puffins too.  They are very cute little birds but they aren't fond of getting their pictures taken.  On the Mako Taxi tour our guide told us they will always turn away from you no matter how many times you try to get around them.  This results in a lot of puffin shots that look like this.

They did cooperate a little this time.

Here comes the whale again.

The tail is rising.

And then it disappears.  It looks pretty beat up too.  It must be a tough life for them.

This gull looks straight out of the Little Mermaid to me.  Oh maybe Finding Nemo.

Our skillful boat captain had to negotiate a lot of ice to get close to this glacier.  We could hear it making all kinds of noise before a small chunk of ice dropped off.

We headed back to Seward, very satisfied passengers.


George said...

I think you did a good job of getting a 'National Geographic' shot of the whales. Your pictures of the glacier are wonderful as well.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Humpbacks are huge --compared to the Orcas... I like seeing them both... Son Bert captured a picture of a humpback TOTALLY out of the water once. Amazing!!!!

Love seeing the glaciers also... Glad you didn't get too close.

Have a great 4th of July.

Fotobloggen 2010 said...

It must have been amazing seeing all this IRL. Thanks for showing those great shots !

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures! How exciting and beautiful! And I think you did get "National Geographic" pictures!! The shots of the glacier are breathtaking! What an incredible journey you have had! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the excitement, Loran!!


Gaelyn said...

Wow, these are spectacular! National Geographic has nothing on you. Wildlife is always a challenge to photograph and did great. Those puffins are adorable. I'd be a little leery of getting so close to a calving glacier.

christopher said...

Magnificent landscape and majestic creatures. Looks like an amazing voyage.

On several trips I have seen Humpback and Right whales off the coast of Cape Cod...I could watch them all day.

Janie said...

I think your whale shots were very good. The scenery is very impressive, too.