Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alaska on my Mind

August and September, 2011
At 17 million square acres the Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the entire United States. It encompasses most of the Alaskan panhandle and can receive over 200 inches of rain in some places each and every year. Without the rain there would be no RAINBOWS, one of my favorite things in Alaska!

Do you remember Roy G Biv? Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet! This is the order of visible light in a rainbow, and of course the color scheme is mirrored in a double rainbow.

The light here is ethereal and ever-changing. Locals proclaim that if you don't like the weather just wait for 5 minutes! As a photographer I appreciate the constantly changing light and the challenges (and opportunities) that come with it!

With vast open vistas like here at Margerie Glacier against the Fairweather Range in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

The stern of the National Geographic Sea Bird reflected in calm water in Petersburg.

A view of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve from the bow of the National Geographic Sea Bird.

Beautiful blue icebergs in Tracy Arm Wilderness Area.

Glacially carved deep water fjords and quiet calm waters make the area a spectacular boating destination. I will once again be returning to Southeast Alaska in August and September, 2012. Perhaps I will see you there?