Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier

These are photos from Juneau and our trip to the Mendenhall Glacier in the beautiful Tongass National Forest.  Note the salmon nearing their spawning grounds.  Can you spot the baby porcupine napping in a tree?  We also saw (but were unable to photograph) the south end of another black bear heading rapidly north.  The last few pictures were taken at the Glacier Gardens outside Juneau.  The colored patches near the top of the greenhouse are umbrellas hanging from its ceiling.

This was the point in the trip where we broke out our long underwear.  Again, the day started rainy and continued overcast but mostly stayed dry while we were out and about.  I took photos madly  until my (recharged that morning) battery ran out.  I need to buy a backup battery.  :o(

From the side of the Juneau parking garage and library

See spawning and dead salmon

For scale - the dark dots in the right foreground are people.

"The chisel work of an enormous Glacier 
That braced his feet against the Arctic Pole." 
~Robert Frost

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