Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Whale of a Day!

Goldfish brought my sister to the Museum of the Aleutians today then we went beachcombing at Little South America. The herring are running by the island so it wasn't a complete surprise when we saw this whale just 100 yards off the beach. What WAS surprising though is what happened about 90 seconds after this photo was taken - the whale breached completely out of the water and landed with a huge splash, still close to the beach. Bummer we didn't get THAT shot - we were too busy talking to be ready so we just stood there with our mouths open . . . . I do have the mental snap shot and I'll cherish it as a day well spend on the beach with my sister.

We also saw puffins and other birds, and then finished the day off photographing eagles and a fox - in the same frame. Quite a day and the weather even cooperated! We're keeping a close eye on nearby Okmok Volcano which has shown increased activity today . . . . cheers and good night . . . .

5 comments:

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I went whalewatching at Monterey Bay in California about two months ago, caught a BEAUTIFUL shot of a humpback sounding, completely out of the water, then numerous fluke shots. I was one LUCKY guy that day! Gorgeous!

Man, do I like your photographs!

BZ

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AK: take a look at my blog for my blogroll intro for you.

BZ

Z said...

Hi, Alaska Steve...i got here thru BZ........so glad I did.
I've never been to Alaska and am enthralled with all of your beautiful photography! I hope to see a lot more.
God bless, and see you again! z

Lothian said...

Wow! How lucky you are to see such awesome things. I am glad you and your sis had a good visit.

AlaskaSteve said...

BZ, thanks for your kind words and blog roll introduction! Whales are special, I'm glad you had the chance to be around some and had the presence of mind to record that breach on film, it's one of nature's most amazing spectacles . . . .