Before we went to see the bears, we spent some time on the bay near Homer Alaska in our friend Jay’s boat. We had the opportunity to spend some quality time with these delightful creatures – the sea otter. I’m not sure there is a better definition of cute than a picture of an otter (okay, maybe a koala bear works also). We saw many in singles or small groups but we never did see a “raft” (that really is the plural for otters) of otters that Jay told us were plentiful in the area. Here’s your quota for cute for today!
Another from Anchor Point – a juvenile bald eagle flaring for his landing among the gulls. Beautiful with the color variations on the wings.
Here’s my entry for the week – taken in December of last year in New York City at about 6 in the morning. I really enjoyed my quiet, and cold walk along the East River and watching the city come alive.
Another shot from Anchor Point near Homer, Alaska. This guy had just taken off from the beach and was clipping his wings in the water as he got up to speed. Again, this place was an amazing area for Bald Eagle watching and photography!
After we left the Bears in Hallo Bay, we flew back to Homer for a quick overnighter before heading onto the next part of our trip. We only had a few hours but my “bear mates” had told be about an area outside of Homer which was incredible for getting good close shots of bald eagles on the beach. We borrowed a car and headed out there and it was as advertised. Bald eagles in the trees, on the beach, and flying over the water. There were probably 20-30 of them at any given time and they didn’t seem at all skittish at our presence. This first photo, which is one of my favorites from the entire Alaska trip, gives an idea of the place – an adult bald eagle sitting with a juvenile eagle and a gull. They allowed us to get very close to get this kind of shot. Hope you enjoy!!
I took a long time to decide on a photo for this challenge – mainly because I don’t think I have a great example. In any case, here’s my entry taken in Fiji earlier this year. I think it “could” pass for a merge of urban and rural cultures OR it can be interpreted as a merge of modern life and days gone by (or not).
I thought I’d post this photo of one of my favorite Bears from our trip. This guy was out all by himself on the tidal flats clamming as we were waiting for airplane to come pick us up from the beach. We first walked out without cameras just to spend some time with the bear before we left. After about 10 minutes we all realized that this was a special bear – both very photogenic and very cooperative in posing as he was going about his searches on some of the rocky areas of the flats. We ran about a quarter mile back to the beach to get our cameras and spent about 20 minutes with him before the tide started coming in (quickly). It was a great way to end our stay with the bears and the perfect bear to provide the final fond memory of our week.
Last week I posted a picture of a red fox on the beach. We also saw this guy – first in the weeds and then out on the beach. If you compare the two, they have entirely different coloring with this one being kind of a chocolate brown. I looked for pictures to match this one and came across a “cross fox” which I found differing opinions on – whether it was a red fox with a seasonal coat or whether it is a different species. In any case he was very daper in his different colors and he gave us quit a chase before we got any photos of him.
I apologize for using this photo again as I think I posted it about a year ago. In any case, it is my most obvious choice for “Wrong”…. 🙂
We didn’t get to see any serious bear fights in Alaska as we were past the prime mating period. We did however, get to see a couple of play fights among sub adult males. These two went at it for quite a while including chasing eachother from one side of a stream to the other and then re-engaging. They were fairly rough but you could tell that it didn’t have the intensity or the intent that a real fight has.