June 11, 2015 Seward, Alaska

Tern Lake Reflection
Tern Lake Reflection

Day Trip to Hope

The weather has definitely taken a turn for the better, and it looks like it will be quite nice for at least the next three or four days.

Seward Waterfront Campground
Seward Waterfront Campground

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

I remain camped along the shore here in Seward,

Seward Waterfront Campground
Seward Waterfront Campground
Seward Waterfront Campground
Seward Waterfront Campground

but it is getting really crowded with way too much close human activity for my tastes, so I have got to give some serious thought to moving on. Once the weather turned nice, and you can actually see them, one can truly appreciate the incredible beauty of the mountains surrounding Resurrection Bay and Seward.

Thursday, when the weather started clearing here, I headed back north towards Anchorage to drive up the road to Hope. While the sun was starting to make an appearance back in Seward, as I worked my way north it clouded up and by the time I made it to the small village of Hope, it was once again spitting rain.

Turnagain Arm Mudflats
Turnagain Arm Mudflats
Turnagain Arm Mudflats
Turnagain Arm Mudflats

It seemed appropriate to shoot a couple abstracts of the mudflats of Turnagain Arm since I had once more managed to go out of my way to find the rain I thought I had finally escaped in Seward. Other than chasing around in the woods trying, and failing, to get a clear shot at a mother moose and calf, I found little to shoot in Hope and headed back home around noon.

I did run into a couple other moose on the way back …

Moose Calf
Moose Calf

 

Mom's Watchguard
Mom’s Watchguard

Tern Lake

Red-throated Grebe
Red-throated Grebe

On my return drive to Seward, I stopped at Tern Lake and got my first ever shot of a Red-necked Grebe …

Tern Lake Reflection
Tern Lake Reflection
Checking Out Tern Lake
Checking Out Tern Lake

and some kind of different reflection shots of the mountains hovering over the lake.

Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak

Not a great shot since he refused to cooperate, but, being another first for me, I’ll post this shot of ( I think ) a Pine Grosbeak.

The Seward Boatyard

Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard

At the end of Nash Road is the Seward Boatyard, and since I am always looking to add to my collection of reference photos for future watercolors, I had to take a trip through the yard.

Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard
Seward Boatyard

 

Cotton Grass
Cotton Grass

Still no fireweed blooming, but I did find some cottongrass in bloom along the edge of the boatyard.

Lupines
Lupines

Lupines, cottongrass, and dandelions are in bloom now, but I have yet to find any really nice wildflower shots in my Alaska travels.

I had planned on taking one of the half day wildlife boat trips out of Seward yesterday knowing that the weather forecast called for no rain, but then at 3:30 AM as I was having my morning coffee and watching the activity on the water out front,

Celebrity Millenium
Celebrity Millenium

in glided the largest cruise ship I have seen here to date, the Celebrity Millenium. It’s arrival meant that all the tour boats heading out on Friday would be jammed to the rails and not the kind of trip I would want any part of, so now it’s maybe Monday I will go out, if the boats aren’t too booked up.

Sea Otter
Sea Otter

However, not going out turned out to be a good thing for me as my favorite entertainers here, the sea otters, paid another visit to my campsite and I was able to get some pretty nice shots of them feeding on mussels only a few feet off shore. More of them in the next post!

 

 

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