Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Photos from my Cruise -- Cruising and Juneau

So you have to promise to click on the photos because they do look rather uninteresting otherwise. And click on the link to Josie's site below.

This was taken off the ship on a cruising day and gives you an idea of the scenery you can see in this part of the world. This is Vancouver Island, adjacent to the mainland, which you can read about in a wonderful post with fabulous photos and a map, written by Josie, born and brought up on Vancouver Island.


This is looking away from Juneau downtown across to the surrounding mountain area. As usual the place is lousy with these snow covered mountains. And evergreen trees. With bald eagles sitting on them. Well occasionally.



So this is my humpback whale from the whale watching/wildlife cruise. Sorry my camera is only four times zoom. I wish I had a great big telephoto lens when I see wildlife, but I wouldn't be able to carry it around or hold it up, so who am I kidding.


A very large number of Steller sea lions at their favourite haul-out, lolling about in the sunshine and jockeying for the best position.

A rather different lighthouse we saw from the boat. The guide said it was done in an art deco style, which made it very interesting. I'm pretty sure it was not leaning like the tower in Pisa, just the angle from which I took the photo makes it seem that way.

Don't forget I posted the Mendenhall Glacier in this post. We went there by bus, after the rain had set in, just as we docked. This concludes the Juneau portion of the photo tour.

15 comments:

sally in norfolk said...

fantastic Photo's..... looks so fab

Ian Lidster said...

Very nice array of photos throughout. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your saga with all.

jmb said...

Hi Sally,
Thank you, not the best photographer but it's hard to fail with such scenery. Although I certainly did goof up quit e few shots.

jmb said...

Hi Ian,

It's been my pleasure. Glad you enjoyed the ride and the photos.

Josie said...

JMB, the photo of the humpback whale is wonderful. All the time that I have lived in BC, I have never been to Alaska, and now after seeing your photos and your cruise, I must go. I have been to Hyder, Alaska, and have been "Hyderized", but it's not the same thing. But we drove past a gorgeous glacier.

These are beautiful pictures.

Cheers,
Josie

Josie said...

I like the art deco lighthouse. It looks like a little castle, out in the middle of nowhere.

Josie

jmb said...

Hi Josie,
I have no idea where Hyder, Alaska is so I'll have to look it up.
Alaska is right next door and I didn't really think about it for ages, until, as I said, Dana Stabenow got me interested in it with her books.
regards
jmb

Voyager said...

I've never really thought of an Alaska cruise, even though they leave daily from my doorstep, but your posts have me intrigued.
V.

jmb said...

Well Voyager, I can certainly recommend it. It is a very beautiful special place. Mind you where we both live is pretty special too.
regards
jmb

ipanema said...

beautiful photos! lovely scenery. Oh, the humpback!

thanks for sharing jmb. if i have this kind of environment, i'll forget blogging...lol. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Absolutely wonderful yet again. I had no idea that part of the world was so beautiful. The whale and the sea lions are fantastic!

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh such awesome scenery Jmb! Thanks for showing us these. It must have been a thrill to have seen a whale...I have yet to see one in the ocean. Alaska truly is a beautiful state.

jmb said...

Hi ipanema,
Thanks ipanema. It's a beautiful place indeed.
Forget blogging, I don't think so.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

HiWCLC,
I love the wildlife tours, I'm a sucker for animals.
Yes it is very beautiful indeed here.
regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Janice,
Whales are something special. So huge and yet so graceful in the water. Of course we all know they are smart.
regards
jmb