Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kenai Fjords

I do not think I can describe this icy wonderland better than does the official site for the Kenai Fjords National Park:

Where Mountains, Ice, and Ocean Meet

At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Native Alutiiq relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

We set off in a tour boat 

It was fascinating to see all the wildlife around

Gray whale? humpback what?

humpback whale

orca / killer whale

The glacier views were breathtaking

sea otter

black legged kittiwake (rissa tridactyla)

glaucous winged gull (larus glaucescens)


common murre

sea lions

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