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Fun Photo Friday — Off-Season Endicott Arm 2

Today’s Fun Photo Friday is Part 2 of my three-part series of Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier favorite. Next week I’ll be rerunning some Christmas articles, and the following week we’ll finish up with Endicott, Dawes, and indeed this entire look at cruising in Alaska during the off-season.

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Cruising Alaska Off-Season — Where Dawes Meets Endicott Arm

Up until now the views I’ve presented of Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier were taken on Cruise 1 on 29 September of this year. That was our misty, cloudy visit. We returned on Cruise 2 exactly seven days later, and the weather could not have been more cooperative. For instance, the photograph above was taken on Ovation of the Seas’ transit of Endicott at 8:26 a.m. on 6 October. Misty pictures can be fun, but sunny days present my preferred canvas. So, let’s compare and contrast, beginning with these three shots taken on 29 September:

Also taken at 8:26 a.m. but on 29 September
A little post-processing magic gives the appearance of a sunlit glacier
Glacier ice floating under cloudy skies

Now let’s see what a difference some cloud-free sunlight makes with this much more dynamic photo gallery/slide show compared to yesterday’s version:

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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:


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