Inside Passage Cruise

This is a poem I believe fits with my favorite photo from our recent trip to Alaska:

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free
— Wendell Berry

This list of what we saw each day reads like a poem itself:

Tracy Arm Fjord and Frederick Sound
South Sawyer Glacier
Harbor Seals
Wedding Cake Falls

Sea Cheetos (Rock Weed)
Hole in the Wall Falls
Icy Falls
King Fisher
Pigeon Guillemots
Humpback Whales

Bald eagles
Sunflower Sea Star
Stikine River
Wolf Tracks
Moose Tracks
one very necessary state park outhouse

Lake full of icebergs up close and personal
Pink Salmon
Wrangell Narrows

Chewie, the wharf dog
Norwegian Dancers

Pink-hard-hatted women tying up the ship to the wharf
Purse Seiners

Stellar sea lions
Harbor seals
Humpback whales krill feeding and double breaching!
Red-necked Phalaropes
Saginaw Bay
Black bears feeding

Peril, Olga, and Neva Straits
Naa Kahidi Dancers

National historic park
Salmon spawning

Totem Pole Forest
St. Michael’s Cathedral
Steller sea lion

Icy Strait
Port Frederick
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
blue mussels
bull kelp
Dall’s Porpoise
Brown bear

Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay Ranger Emily
Huna Interpreter Alice
Sea otters
harbor porpoise
pigeon guillemot
Margerie Glacier
Grand Pacific Glacier
Lamplugh Glacier
Johns Hopkins Glacier
harbor seals
surf scoters
Brown bear eating whale carcass
mountain goats
South Marble Island
Black-legged Kittiwakes
Glaucous-winged Gulls
Black Oystercatchers
Marbled Murrelets
Pelagic Cormorants
Steller sea lion
One lone California sea lion
Tufted Puffins
Horned Puffin
Bartlett Cove
Woodland walk
Muskeg ponds

Glacier National Park Lodge and Visitors’ Center

All of Juneau, coming and going

Not to mention:
Since this was a cruise specifically for photographers, 50 or so lenses by Howitzer and my one, teensy-weensy Coolpix.