Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: Alphabet, Subjects beginning with the Letter “A”

This week's challenge turns out to be more difficult than I had anticipated.  I had lots of subjects in mind, but then thought a little harder.  With all the very upsetting things happening in our Nation this year, I have decided that, for me, the most important "A" subject must be, America.  At age 71, …

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Lens-Artists Challenge #109 Under the Sun…Around the West

The same Sun shines on us all.  Everyone on Planet Earth gets their sustenance from the same Sun.  That Sun shines over Alaska, as well as over the Hawaiian Islands.  I spent two years in Minneapolis in grad school, and I especially appreciated that sunshine in Winter, when it was bitter cold. In 2016, Hubby …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 – Pastimes

One of my favorite things to do when I'm out and about is bird-watching.  I have a 1960s Roger Tory Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds, and I keep a "life list" in the back, checking off the birds I have seen.  I especially like traveling, and seeing birds that we don't have here on …

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What now, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway?

This summer, the cruise industry is forced by the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic to cancel all cruises to Alaska.  Cruises to Alaska leave from the ports on the West Coast, including San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC.  So those ports will miss out on the cruise ship passengers' money, but they have other sources of tourists. …

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Sunset…An End, and a Beginning

The evening of the first day of our cruise to Alaska aboard the Crystal Serenity was beautiful, and clear.  The ship left Vancouver BC just as the sun was setting.  We stood at the rail of the Promenade Deck and watched for long minutes, as the sun set over the channel.  We knew when we …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O

Our cruise to Alaska this year involved traveling over about 1,000 miles of water.  Needless to say, the water (average temperature 50F) surrounded our ship.  The waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Gulf Islands of Canada changed with the weather and the outflows of rivers and glaciated bays.  In Yakutat …

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NOT this week’s photo challenge: Just the Sea and Sky

These pictures were taken from the veranda of our Starboard Side stateroom aboard the Crystal Serenity on the way to and from Alaska.  The sea is never the same from one moment to the next, and neither is the sky.  We sailed through a variety of conditions, from bright and sunny to foggy.  I enjoyed …

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At The Edge: The Sea…Photo Challenge

Over the edge of the Promenade Deck on the Crystal Serenity is the Sea.  The Inside Passage from Canada to Alaska.  The water temperature is a pretty steady 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don't want to fall overboard.  But watching the water go by is hypnotic, and very relaxing. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/