Cruising Alaska Off-Season — Dawes Glacier

At the end of our sojourn into Endicott Arm lay Dawes Glacier. The photo above is the end of the fiord, with Dawes in the lower left portion of the screen and some impressive mountains hovering above the glacier. While it may appear that we got close to the glacier, do not be deceived. I was using my trusty DMC-FZ1000 zoomed all the way in to 400 mm (expressed in the 35 mm equivalent). To see how close we actually got, this is a better depiction:

Dawes Glacier at the end of Endicott Arm

We’ve been on something like ten Alaska cruises, including these two back-to-backs I’ve been describing the past several weeks. This was our first to Endicott and Dawes. And while Endicott Arm offers some views, the whole trip is decidedly inferior to Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier located in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Still, any glacier view is a fun glacier view regardless. But you’ll get more impressive calving at much closer distances at Hubbard and in Glacier Bay.

Dawes Glacier is a sea of blue

If you’re on Ovation of the Seas or any other Quantum-Class ship, the North Star observation platform will give you some nice foreground material for your landscapes:

Ovation’s North Star providing thrills

And for the rest of today’s article, I’ll let the following photo gallery/slide show do the talking:



Filed under Photography, R. Doug Wicker, travel, vacation

2 responses to “Cruising Alaska Off-Season — Dawes Glacier

  1. rogparish

    Very nice photos! I was inspired to go back and review my photos from 2001. We took a glacier cruise out of Seward. I believe it was Misty Fjords. It was a rainy day and my low-res Kodak digital didn’t do too well in the misty darkness.

    And my Nikon binoculars got water in the eye cups, into the bargain! Had to send them away for service when we got back home.

    But it was an exciting cruise. The skipper turned off the engines and asked everyone to remain silent so we could hear the glacier groaning.