Glacier Bay, Alaska

These images are from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeast Alaska. Although accessible only by air and sea, a chance to visit the 3.3 million acre preserve should not be missed.

[See more in the Glacier Bay gallery.]

The day these were taken began with heavy fog and mist that lifted, shifted and settled back in again several times during the day. The mountains and even the sea would be fully shrouded for a while, and then the fog would gradually lift revealing perhaps just the ice scattered on the sea, or perhaps a mountainside and glacier before closing in again.

Bergy Bits and Growlers

Bergy Bits and Growlers

250 years ago, glaciers covered the entire bay, but now one must travel as much as 65 miles up to the head of the inlets to see the face of tidewater glaciers that barely touch the sea. The experience reset my sense of scale, of awe — and of loss.

Lamplugh Glacier, Alaska

Lamplugh Glacier

[See more in the Glacier Bay gallery.]

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4 Comments on “Glacier Bay, Alaska

  1. You must have passed by Vancouver Island (birthplace/stomping grounds).
    I will get to Alaska someday: I hear it’s awesome.

  2. We did pass by Vancouver Island, planetross, mostly at night, though. Did make a short stop in Victoria — a bit touristy downtown, but otherwise seemed very civilized. In fact, more civilized that most places south of the border!

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