Surrounded by Acres of Whales

Saturday we took an Allen Marine Tour from Crescent Harbor.  They are offered every Saturday for folks not on a cruise ship.  We went to St. Lazaria with Captain Steve Campbell.  On the way to and from St. Lazaria Steve found us several whales feeding, they were all around us.  The sun hit some of them so we had whalebows.  The spout refracted the light, separating the … Continue reading Surrounded by Acres of Whales

A Sitka Summer Day (June 23, 2015)

June 23, 2015 was a beautiful Sitka summer day.  We walked the docks, went on the Sitka Conservation Society Salmon cruise watching different salmon hunters, including an eagle sitting on a branch that hardly looked like it could hold her.  She dove after a fish that jumped in front of Redoubt Falls and missed.  A gill netter, perhaps had better luck in Deep Inlet.   The … Continue reading A Sitka Summer Day (June 23, 2015)

St Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, Sitka, Alaska, August 1997

St. Lazaria is a volcanic island off of Cape Edgecumbe.  Mt. Edgecumbe forms the backdrop for this island.  Some historians day the island is the top of Edgecumbe when it exploded several thousand years ago.   The island is now a National Wildlife Refuge for sea birds.  We can go out on a boat but are not allowed to set foot on the island. Continue reading St Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, Sitka, Alaska, August 1997