Day 2 was one of the most amazing days of my life. Alaska is big and beautiful and awesome. The wildlife is fantastic.
Today we drove from Sterling to Homer and I saw my first moose of the trip. The views near Homer are beyond description.
We embarked upon a boat that held the 8 in our group and the captain and mate. It was a great size boat to enjoy the day and get close to the wildlife. There were large numbers of birds and otters. The mountains that surround Katchemak Bay are overwhelmingly beautiful.
I took around 3,100 pictures. I’ve never done that before.
We had lunch in Homer and almost everyone ordered Halibut. It was unlike any Halibut I have ever had. It was delicious. It was probably because it was so fresh!
We took pictures of the many lupines that are in bloom and stopped to take photographs of eagles and more moose.
I left for Alaska recently from Florida. It takes 3 different flights to get there. Fortunately, my son lives in Seattle so I took two flights to get to Seattle the first day and spent the night at his new home. Then, I left for Anchorage the next day.
Whew, I’m exhausted. I’ve had to bring a lot of clothes and camera gear for my 10 days in Alaska. I’m spoiled with traveling mostly in a motor home where packing is not an issue. When I arrived in Seattle after a long flight and sitting for an hour on the Seattle runway before we got to the gate, I was tired. I took the light rail to Jason’s home which was fantastic. But, I had too much stuff to drag along. Jason picked me up at the light rail station to go the 1/2 mile to his new house.
He just purchased the home and was moving that day. It turned out to be an interesting experience. The movers were slow and didn’t finish until after midnight. I don’t know when they left because I crashed around midnight. I woke up at 3.00 a.m. in St. Augustine to fly to Seattle. So midnight was 3.00 a.m. according to my internal clock.
Pushing the slow move aside, it was great to spend time with my son and his partner. I love their new home and will visit them on my return. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the 10 days while I am in Alaska.
I got some pictures from the airplane. It’s tough to get decent pictures from the airplane but I tried. On my way to Alaska, I put a sweater over my head and the camera to reduce the glare on the window. As I was moving north from Seattle to Anchorage, there were too many clouds to get good picture.
I arrived in Alaska at least 4 hours before I could check into my Air BnB. I stayed at the airport and tried to occupy myself. I had a long lunch and finally grabbed an Uber to arrive a little before checkin time. I was able to get in.
The place is on the water and there is a nearby trail. I had plans to walk along the trail and take astonishing pictures but I’m pooped. I went into town to pick up some items for breakfast and decided to hit the sack early and get a good nights sleep so I can be as refreshed as possible for the next 10 days.
It is highly unlikely that I will have internet access over the next 10 days, so I will draft posts but not upload them until I get internet access.
I’ve been working with my photographs to make them look like sketches, watercolors, oil paintings, etc. I’m attaching a few here so you can see some of what you can do with your photographs in post processing.
I primarily use Adobe Light Room for basic photo adjustments. I use Photoshop to clean things up and get rid of distractions. For example, there was a chain fence in the picture above with the Bighorn Sheep that I removed. I used Topaz Studio to stylize the photos.
On a sad note, we found a bunch of Bluebird feathers under our Crepe Myrtle tree. We think a hawk got one of the bluebirds. I think it was the male. The second batch of babies fledged late last week and the male began sitting on top of the next box as if he was getting ready for a third round. He was singing a lot. There are no Bluebirds singing today. I know the hawk has to eat but it breaks my heart because we have become attached to our little Bluebird family.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Regis and I recently volunteered at the GTM Reserve to download some video for a research project. We encountered a gopher tortoise going in and out of the water. I thought this was unusual because I understood they might do this to get rid of ticks. But, this tortoise wasn’t staying in the water long enough to get rid of ticks. Regis thought it might be cooling off.
On the home front, we have bluebirds nesting in a box we placed when we moved here at the end of February.