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Friday, August 23, 2013

An Evening at Sawyer Glacier!

Be prepared for ice…lots of ice….and do you notice how BLUE the ice is?  It’s like the tidy bowl man came in and had some fun ----but it’s actually the minerals that make the ice this color.

As we worked our way up Tracy Arm, the fjord leading toward Sawyer glacier – the wonder of the surrounding wilderness brought about a sense of awe and reverrence amongst everyone on the ship. 

We traveled silently, slowly making our way past the floating chunks of ice ----the air turning colder the closer we got to the glacier itself.

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Big and Blue ---this is Sawyer Glacier in the center of the photo.

We were lucky enough to have the sun peeking through the clouds – and the reflection of the mountains in the icy water was beautiful.

Sawyer Glacier was as far as we could go.  The ship turned slowly, all the way around – and we headed back out the way we came in watching the ice float all around us.

I’ve uploaded all the scenery shots into a slide show. If you can’t view the slide show on your mobile device, click the image below to be taken directly to the photo album.
Sawyer Glacier, Alaska 2013

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15 comments:

Annette said...

Absolutley amazing....cannot wait, June 2014 we will see it ourselves. Thanks for sharing, Annette, Melb.Australia

ana s. said...

When I was raised in AK in the 50s and 60s, you could really touch Portage Glacier ice. Now it has moved miles and miles back into the valley and it is harder to get close to. Really really blue.

Laura said...

Sawyer Glacier would be a great name for a quilt. I'm thinking blues and grays.

qltmom9 said...

Thanks for taking me to Alaska. I've loved traveling with you.~

Lucy~

Julie Kennedy said...

WOW what beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Maybe one day I may get to see some of these things in real life, in the meantime thank you so much for sharing your trips with us. It may have been just as cold where you are as it was here last night, 3 degrees Celsius or 37 degrees Fahrenheit, chilly! Julie Australia.

Janet O. said...

Gorgeous!

Material Girl said...

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing Bonnie. I've never been and will probably never be to Alaska so it's nice to see pictures.

Luann said...

I saw the Sawyer Glacier 3 years ago. It was bigger then Such a shame that it has retreated so much!

HelenMarie said...

WOW! Mother Nature sure is beautifuL!

Regina said...

Great pics but they cannot convey the sound and cold when you are seeing and feeling and hearing the calving of a glacier. I have never experienced anything like it. Awesomeness!

Candace said...

AMAZING photos Bonnie. Thank you for taking the time out to share them with us!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Beautiful.

Judymc said...

Our ship spent the whole day at the glacier, turning completely around so all passengers could enjoy the beauty of the place. The crew barbecued chicken skewers that we ate with caesar salad on the back of the ship. We froze our buns off while we were eating and looking at the glacier! But it was absolute fun!!!

Barby T said...

Bonnie,

Having lived in Juneau for eight years, I so well remember going to the glaciers. Thank you for sharing. It's like going home for just a little while.

BT

Ivani said...

Stunning pictures, Bonnie. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Ivani in Brazil.