A Day on the Water, Juneau, AK, June 2011

Juneau is an incredible place.

Some people can become claustrophobic given the fact that due to the mountains and water surrounding us, you can’t easily just pick up and leave. However, those same mountains and water provide such an incredible array of things to do and see, with most things being within a 20 minute drive from wherever you are.

Case in point: a halibut fishing trip. Not only did everyone come home with plenty of halibut and enough shrimp for a great dinner, but we saw whales, eagles, beautiful scenery and… a snailfish. It was a completely awesome day. Enjoy the photos!

Chilkat peak.

Chilkat peak.

ATTACK OF THE TOMCOD!

ATTACK OF THE TOMCOD!

Fisheye with a fisheye.

Fisheye with a fisheye.

Living the dream.

Living the dream.

Fishing...

Fishing...

A snailfish. They are weird little guys.

A snailfish. They are weird little guys.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Future dinner date.

Future dinner date.

This octopus was a SUCKER for shrimp bait. (And the shrimp too.)

This octopus was a SUCKER for shrimp bait. (And the shrimp too.)

Whale tail. A real one, NOT one caused by the combo of low pants, high thong.

Whale tail. A real one, NOT one caused by the combo of low pants, high thong.

Aw yeah, buddy.

Aw yeah, buddy.

Shrimp basket.

Shrimp basket.

Seal playing with his food. (A flounder, if you were wondering.)

Seal playing with his food. (A flounder, if you were wondering.)

On the grass, duuuuude.

On the grass, duuuuude.

Thoughtful pose.

Thoughtful pose.

Chilkat peak.ATTACK OF THE TOMCOD!Fisheye with a fisheye.Living the dream.Fishing...A snailfish. They are weird little guys.Nice to meet you.Future dinner date.This octopus was a SUCKER for shrimp bait. (And the shrimp too.)Whale tail. A real one, NOT one caused by the combo of low pants, high thong.Aw yeah, buddy.Shrimp basket.Seal playing with his food. (A flounder, if you were wondering.)On the grass, duuuuude.Thoughtful pose.

Mendenhall Glacier Bears, Juneau, AK, August 2007

The summer of 2007 was a fantastic bear year in Juneau.

If you visited the Mendenhall Glacier anytime between late-July and August of that year, you were nearly guaranteed a black bear viewing. There were 13 black bears concentrated in a roughly 1.5 mile stretch of Steep Creek, feeding on the spawning salmon making their way upstream. The raised viewing platforms of the Moraine Trail – originally built to enhance salmon viewing – proved to be a wonderful and safe way to watch the bears and their cubs go about their feeding.

Skinny Cinnamon

Skinny Cinnamon

Cuddly Cub

Cuddly Cub

Don't Cross This Line

Don't Cross This Line

Caught One

Caught One

Ready to Run

Ready to Run

Yeah What?

Yeah What?

Dinner

Dinner

Curious Cub

Curious Cub

Grassy Bear

Grassy Bear

Lookout

Lookout

High Step

High Step

Mama and Cubs

Mama and Cubs

Fishing

Fishing

Into the Sunset

Into the Sunset

Skinny CinnamonCuddly CubDon't Cross This LineCaught OneReady to RunYeah What?DinnerCurious CubGrassy BearLookoutHigh StepMama and CubsFishingInto the Sunset