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One Last Glimpse of Alaska and Her Glaciers


Today I present my longest (10:45) and most ambitious video to date.  In order you’ll see:

  • 0:20 Mark — Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, includes:
    • An impressive ice calving event at the 1:50 mark and another at 2:02
  • 2:15 Mark — Images of the Norwegian Sun transiting Glacier Bay with additional glaciers
  • 3:42 Mark — Norwegian Sun’s sunset transit past the majestic mountains of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park with stunning images of snow-capped mountains bathed in the reddish glow of a setting sun
  • 4:22 Mark — Hubbard Glacier, includes:
    • A column of ice probably close to 200 feet/60 meters tall breaking off from the glacier and crashing into Disenchantment Bay at 6:18
  • 8:20 Mark — Portage Glacier

Beginning next week I’ll return to our Chile-to-Los Angeles cruise.  You’ll recall we got sidetracked with Alaska following my presentation of the Costa Rican jungle.  We’ll take up with our next stop on that voyage — Nicaragua.

As for this week’s remaining blog post, it’s a Fun Firearm Friday with a look at another historic firearm.

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Departing Glacier Bay Aboard the Norwegian Sun


Wrangell–St. Elias

Wrangell–St. Elias

The Norwegian Sun sailed back out through the John Hopkins Inlet.  Once again we passed by both the John Hopkins and Lamplugh glaciers.

John Hopkins Glacier

John Hopkins Glacier

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay

Lamplugh Glacier

Lamplugh Glacier

One fun photo subject are the mini icebergs dotting the bay.  Many seem to magically take on the shape of animals.

Mini Iceberg

Mini Iceberg

Our next stop was Hubbard Glacier, which will star in my next blog post.  Until then, I’m going to leave you with some images taken after we left Hubbard Glacier and cruised past the incredibly tall peaks contained within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, which encompasses both the Saint Elias and Wrangell mountain ranges.

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The Norwegian Sun Cruises Glacier Bay


Glacier Bay

Lamplugh Glacier

Margerie Glacier is just one of the glaciers you’ll visit here in Glacier Bay, but it’s also the closest you’ll come to one.  After leaving Tarr Inlet the Norwegian Sun turned up the John Hopkins Inlet.  Along the way you’ll coast past the Lamplugh Glacier depicted above.  We didn’t get very close, but I was able to make good use of my 400mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto to capture some good shots of it.

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Lamplugh Glacier

Unfortunately you won’t get very close to John Hopkins Glacier as it’s an important wildlife area this time of the year.  Here’s a view of John Hopkins Glacier from a distance:

John Hopkins Glacier

John Hopkins Glacier

And, yes, you’ll still get great views from the comfort of your balcony, so going up on deck and fighting for railing space is not necessary.

Ursula Enjoying the Balcony View

Ursula Enjoying the Balcony View

This area of Glacier Bay is great for seeing the geology of the area, including some very colorful granite.  Waterfalls are also abundant here.

Glacier Bay Granite

Glacier Bay Granite

Waterfall cascading into Glacier Bay

Waterfall cascading into Glacier Bay

Below is today’s slide show of scenes mostly from the John Hopkins Inlet:

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