Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Glacier Bay...(and a winner) updated

 This what we awoke to...We had arrived at Glacier Bay.
 We saw some smaller glaciers, but the ship stopped at this one.  On the TV they asked that you not talk while we were viewing the glacier.  It was beautiful.  The silence of the people aboard the ship allowed you to hear the cracking of the glacier and eventually the calving and splashing.
 It really was this color...

 I started watching this cathedral style hole in the glacier...

 The ice began making the cracking sounds and you could see a little of it flowing through the "window."

 When the ice breaks of the glacier it is called calving.  I had no idea as I snapped away if I was getting any good pictures.  I was super pleased when I got home and downloaded them.
 We didn't see much wildlife in Glacier Bay.
 Believe it or not, this is a black glacier.  It is black because as it has receded it takes the soil with it.  (or something like that)
 A close up of an iceberg.
 Just to put the size of the glacier into perspective...The boat you see here holds around 200 people.

Glacier Bay was exceptionally beautiful and hearing nature working was amazing.

If you missed part one or part two of my trip, click on over and check them out.  

And the winner is Miss Mooty!  Miss Mooty if you will email me your address I will put your gold flake earrings from Alaska in the mail.  
When you are out in nature, do you like silence?


  1. Sharon, my hubby and I were on one of those smaller boats a few years ago on an Alaskan cruise and experienced what you describe here. Pure magic!

  2. Beautiful pictures, again! And yes, I love silence when I'm in nature. Even just taking the dog for a walk through the park, I prefer silence to taking an ipod.

  3. Wow! Gorgeous!
    And I love silence in nature. My husband and I take long bike rides and dog-walks and say hardly a word. We love it.

  4. Oh wow! I can't stop staring! How totally super duper awesome!! I feel so tiny! What a great way to view a glacier calving! I love that glaciers calve!! I only see these things on the telly but to be there looks just amazing!! Wow!!

    Oh I totally am for listening to nature rather than talking over these beautiful sounds when countryside rambling!

    Take care

  5. What great pics, and info on glaciers. :) I loooove silence and more nature-y sounds. The best.

  6. Great pix once again. Do envy you the trip. Yes, I love silence when I am involved in watching natural habitats and events.

  7. Awe-inspiring photos! Love nature and silence. Definitely now on my list of places to visit.


  8. Wow! Nature is so often mind boggling and truly awesome! I've loved all of your pics!!

    We used to camp a lot when the kids were younger and the power of Nature's silence is incredible!

  9. I LOVE to listen to nature. It's wonderful. Hearing the cracking of the glacier would've been awesome!

  10. Gosh - what an experience! I do like the quiet of nature. It adds to the experience to be sure! Great captures!
    xo Catherine

  11. These are just beautiful. The silence, the cracking...magical...

  12. i got just one word to say... WOW!!!! for sure those are the coolest pictures. its neat that you just listened to nature. was the sound pretty loud. thanks for sharing out you trip. :)
    ...hugs from lenny

  13. Oh, Sharon. Even in the pictures the glaciers are awe-inspiring. What a trip you had! Thank you for sharing with us. :)

  14. Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing. I bet that in reality it must have been breath taking!
    Id o love science, but am hardly able to remember too much of it.
    Looks like you had a great time. I am happy for you.

  15. Gorgeous! What an adventure! I think the silence helps with the appreciation of the beauty.

  16. So beautiful!!! And I love that cute picture of you and your hubby. :o) I love to listen to nature. It puts me in touch with it: like I'm growing imaginary roots and grounding myself back to where I belong. :o) Silly, maybe, but true.


  17. woowee kazowee THANKYOU Sharon for the wonderful giveaway! Thankyou also for sharing your beautiful pictures and blog about your adventure in my "old slushing grounds"! (as mentioned before I lived on Kodiak Island for 20 years and it rained so much that we slushed/not stomped around!) Your blog is always uplifting and encouraging to me as I attempt to embrace my literary self. :)

  18. Oh, those are gorgeous. The sheer power is humbling and awe-inspiring.

  19. Hi, Sharon. The pictures are awesome. What a great experience.

    CONGRATS to the winner!

  20. so gorgeous. I remember being surprised by that gorgeous blue color of the ice -- I guess I thought it would be white. Hope you are well, friend!

  21. Wow, what wonderful pics!

    Something I love about going on a walk or a run is the quiet--and being unplugged.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  22. Wow, what amazing pictures! Looks like you had a great time. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures.


  23. I loved getting to see Exit glacier when I visited Alaska, it was MASSIVE, hard to believe it was moving.


  24. wow, those are some amazing pics. I can't say I ever wanted to go to Alaska (too cold!) but it sure is beautiful :)

  25. Congrats to Ms. Mooty.

    Those pics take my breath away. I hope I get to see the real thing.

  26. Hi Sharon .. you said the pictures were great - gosh so much to hear and see - it always surprises me how much noise the earth actually makes - if we take time and listen. Those glaciers moving inexorably forward - amazing part of nature ...

    The black glacier seems quite threatening ..

    What a wonderful trip - and a great break together ...

    Cheers Hilary

  27. Glacier Bay is AMAZING! Such beauty in nature.

  28. AH! Aren't glaciers amazing? I love seeing your pictures. Makes me want to go back to Alaska!