Astoria, OR

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So, life has been pretty interesting here on the Sea Bird. Right now the boat is being pretty kind to me in many ways, and being six weeks into a rotation that’s a really nice bonus. We have a really solid group of folks on board as crew right now, which makes things oh so much better. Everyone has a great attitude and is willing to help each other out. On top of that there’s a woman who has caught my eye and is helping me pass the time with a smile and a laugh. A little love in the air never hurt ones attitude, I’d guess.

The weather has been really nice as well. We’ve had some really awesome light to work with for photos lately, so it makes the beautiful country even more picturesque.

I’ve only got about 8 more days to photograph this place, so I’ll make a real effort to capture as much as I can during that time.

Portland, OR

Half way through my few trips here on the river, and I’m having a pretty good time. All is as well as can be expected, and I’m not totally wore out, yet. I expect that to happen here any minute.

I have been sneaking in some pretty good pictures, here and there, the lighting has been pretty amazing lately.

A few things…

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Moving right along here, one river trip about done and two left to go, I’ve been working on pictures a little bit with good luck. The Alaska 2011 photo gallery is about done at this point, so head on over to that page if you haven’t seen it at this point and take a look. I’m pretty happy with the way things worked out there.

Turning the page, I’ve started a Columbia and Snake River 2011 page and put some photos up. I’m not too sure how many will end up there, but at least you all van get a glimpse of what it’s like out here. 3 weeks isn’t a whole lot of time, but I’ll get a few good shots in.

Up the Columbia River

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We are a day into our first trip now and all is well. The weather is amazing, especially after our last few weeks up in Alaska. It’s about 65 degrees with some scattered clouds, what a huge difference it is!

It’s really nice to be on a different itinerary in a different place seeing different things. Hitting the “refresh” button on life every once in a while is a good thing!

Tomorrow we will be in Clarkston, WA all day, so I should be able to get the rest of my Alaska pictures uploaded and the start of my river season pictures going. Stay tuned for that…..

Back in the US

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We pulled into Friday Harbor, WA today after transiting through Canada the last few days and it signifies the end of the line. We will drop anchor tonight outside of Seattle, then it’s all over for the Alaska season officially.

Tomorrow night we make the 36 hour journey down the coast to the Columbia river. With some luck we will have calm seas, but I’m not holding my breath. Only time will be able to tell….

Hopefully I’ll be able to post some more pictures up tomorrow, but it may have to wait till we get to Portland.

Added more pictures

Today we made our last stop into the little town of Petersburg. If you’ve been reading for a while you know how much I love it here, so it’s a pretty good deal that it’s the last Alaskan town I’ll step foot in for a while. Now we head down through wrangle narrows and south to British Columbia. This is the part I’ve only done a couple times, so I’m looking forward to some nice photo ops down there.

I did get to add about 20 new photos to the Alaska 2011 photo gallery, so be sure to check that out.

A pretty amazing day

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Yesterday we had what I would say would be the best day I’ve ever had in Glacier Bay National Park. The weather was perfect, making lighting very nice all day long. On top of that, we had great views of 5 different glaciers in the morning, followed by a wolf that couldn’t have been more photogenic, then the sea lions at Marble Island and ending the day with several Orcas that hung out with us for over an hour! It just doesn’t get much better than that. What a perfect “last Glacier Bay day”!

I managed to snap over 700 pictures, so needless to say I’ll be adding quite a few of them to my Alaska 2011 page as soon as I can get to some quick Internet.