My last Alaska post makes me melancholy. It was so great to share and relive this trip through this blog!
I found, after all the destination images and text, there was a large cache of images that were just taken “at sea” while our ship cut through the multicolored waters – in and out of mist and fog and sunshine. We traveled often during the crazy long daylight hours and the sunsets every evening were forever imprinted in our hearts. Below are some of the amazing images we captured, although it should be noted that photos can never really capture the magic of the visions we were treated to.
First are photos of the incredible mountainous islands. There is much deforestation taking place, however all trees that are removed are replaced with new seedings giving the two very different shades of green. The trees that are being cut down look as though they are over 100′ tall with only about 20′ of branches on the top. The forests are so thick that nothing grows under the canopy. Logs are piled up and then shipped on the water by tugboats.
There were many inlets along the way and I wish I had a small boat to check them all out! Although it was clear and sunny, I could not get over the atmosphere magic that created some of the most amazing images.
I captured some of the most interesting images that were just located in the water…the color of the sky reflecting in it and the movement from our ship making such amazing patterns.
And then there are the sunsets…..and we actually saw the majestic purple mountains sung about in America the Beautiful!
Each evening, during what seemed like a magic hour, the sunlight would be strong enough to push through the clouds. These rays of light reminded me of what I imagine the reactions were when Nikola Tesla first lit up the Chicago sky during the World’s Columbia Exposition in 1893. You’ll see what I mean…
We were also treated to the occasional visit from water friends! We saw whales and dolphins!
But I think my favorite night, sitting watching the captivating sunsets, was our last evening at sea. The outdoor movie theater on the ship (which we never made it to because nighttime was quite chilly and breezy) was showing a Pavarotti concert. We could not see the screen from our balcony, but we could hear that amazing voice! Pavarotti playing in the background, the ocean breezes on our face, the sun just hovering over the horizon with boats heading home for the night, and lastly a full moon coming up in the other direction made for the most sublime evening. Yep…Alaska was my Eden.
Thank you for coming along on my spiritual journey. It was the trip of a lifetime and I was so grateful to spend the time with my parents and husband. I appreciate their willingness to stop and wait as I snapped photos. They were so patient with me. I learned so much about photography and I have a much better understanding for their passion to capture what their eyes see. I also understand their ambitious yearning to share their intimate secret moments with the world. There is an intimacy between the camera and the photographer and I hope that you all share in that solitude moment when you have viewed these images. If you ever get the chance to go to Alaska…I hope that you will do so. It is truly magical and I hope to get back there again!