Aurora Ice Museum
Made from over one thousand tons of snow and ice, the Aurora Ice Museum is open year-round. Parkas are required for the tour but the ice sculptures inside are masterful.
Aurora Ice Bar
You can order a martini at the bar in a glass made of ice! I didn't indulge but it was fun to watch others trying to hold the glass :)
Ice Martini Glass
A unique part of the museum visit. Otherwise known as the glass that couldn't be stolen.
The amazing pieces found in the museum were created by 16-time world champion ice carver Steve Brice and his wife Heather, a 7-time champ!
Nothing says Alaska like bald eagles and snow-covered mountains. Here, an adult and adolescent eagle wait by the harbor in Haines for discarded fish guts to emerge from fishing boats.
On the Wing
There are few things more graceful than a bald eagle in flight. There is an abundance of these amazing raptors all along the Seward waterfront.
This was shot in British Columbia. Strangely enough, we saw few bears in Alaska itself. This was a serendipitous photograph. I was out driving around looking for photo opps and was about to turn around when I saw what I thought was a dog running across the road but it was a young black bear!
This fascinating bird has a brown plumage during the summer months but that changes to a pure white in winter. This effectively makes the Ptarmigan all but disappear in the snow, helping to perpetuate its survival.
Alaska SeaLife Center
This center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research and education.
Many people who visit this great state want to fish for halibut, of course. My wife Linda really wanted to do it but I was less enthusiastic. I get horrible sea sickness out on the waves. I did it anyway because that's just the kind of guy I am :)
Actually, I spent the entire trip out to sea puking my guts up. Still, we managed to catch some nice big halibut (read: Linda caught everything). It was worth it, though, because now we have a freezer full of delicious fish!
Although not located in Alaska, this is a shot of Muncho Lake in British Columbia on the way north. I was stricken by the mirror-like surface in the middle of the day! A rarity, in my experience.
Two Distinct Worlds
Logic tells us that there is only one reality. That may be true but I can't help thinking that the world inside a reflection is equally as real.