Here’s a rare treat – some great, close-up pictures of about 20 humpback whales near Hoonah, Alaska, which is west of Juneau and south of Glacier Bay. They were taken by Laura Domela, whose day job is a photographer in Portland, Oregon, but who also cruises on Airship, a Nordic Tug 34, that she runs with her husband, Kevin Morris. They lead the annual Slowboat flotilla from the San Juans up to Sitka.
To my mind, much of the appeal of cruising in that part of the world is the random, sudden encounter with whales – and eagles and bears, but whales, particularly. And those encounters serve as reminders that there’s much more going on in this world than what we experience in our everyday lives.
See Domela’s pictures of the whales, and a drone video, here: