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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Whale Warning.....

It was 2005 on the far outer coastline of Resurrection Bay...the Kenai Peninsula extending out from southern Alaska. We had left Seward 100 miles behind us early that morning.

Late August is the very end of the Whale season in Alaska...the weather turns cold and the water rough in early September. That is when the whales leave for Hawaii until late Spring. As we rounded the point of the barren rock jutting out of the water we were greeted with thousands of seafaring birds...the sky almost white with flight. This was a sure sign that whales were feeding nearby. The ancient whalers always new that when the birds gathered together....they were feeding on vast schools of fish in the nearby waters and where there were large schools of fish...there were also whales.

The air was already crisp and with the spray of the water and the dampening of the fog rolling in...the signs of an abrupt change in the season were all around us. For one brief day...we were transported to a different world...so alien to a Midwest boy but so grateful to be there.

That late Summer in Alaska was a time of reflection and revitalization for me...I have to return someday.

Dan

11 comments:

Sunny said...

This picture is mesmerising, I couldn't stop looking at! How fascinating that there is the lone black bird. (It looks like a Cormorant).
I can understand why you would want to return.
☼ Sunny

DawnTreader said...

Wow, that picture looks surreal, it could be an illustration out of some fantasy novel...!

shabby girl said...

This is fascinating! Really, so much to see, so many textures.
I have wanted to see Alaska for so many years. When I do finally get there, I'll have to stay for 3 months just to soak it all up!

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...thanks. The day out there was as mesmerizing as the photo. It really was surreal with the fog, the change of seasons and rough waters...quite unlike the Ohio River!!!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...if anyone would know about fantasy novels...you would! Thanks,

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl and yes ...three months would help but it would still just scratch the surface! Didn't you say one time that your brother lives in Alaska?

Dan

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septembermom said...

This one caught my eye for quite some time. It has many layers to appreciate.

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...Homer was not far from where I spent most of my time...in Seward. It is a beautiful state to be sure.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Dawn Treader...speaking of Dawn Treader...I just watched a movie trailer for guess what....Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Disney. The newest of the Narnia series and it will be out in December of this year. It looks great!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Septembermom...it is a land to behold. That day especially with the abrupt change of seasons.

Dan