We set out from Valdez for a day-long cruise into Prince William Sound on the Lulu Belle (highly recommended if you’re there). It was a beautiful day, crisp and cold – just like how I enjoy July, when we came upon these guys sunning themselves on a classic “Alaskan Beach”. They looked at the crazy humans bundled up, then just rolled over and dived into the brisk water.
On our first trip to Alaska, we visited Valdez and Prince William Sound. It’s a real fishing town, with an influx of tourists staying mostly in RV’s and a few motels and B&B’s, that reminded us of what the Colorado mountain towns were like back when we were growing up.
We wanted to take a boat tour out into the sound, and ended up on the Lulu Belle – great boat, fun crew, and amazing sites. Those started just as we were leaving the harbor, when these guys floated over in our direction.
This image combines two things I’ve been fortunate to see several times over the years – Alaska, and bald eagles in the wild. Both stir the soul and touch the wild in all our hearts. The second day of our boat tours into Prince William Sound was cold, rainy and cloudy. I was set to shoot scenic photos with a wide lens – the clouds on the mountains were spooky cool.
Then we turned around a bend and I saw this. We were motoring along pretty well, so no time to change lenses and zoom in. As it turns out, I’m glad – this captures that moment better than a close up ever would.