Last week when we were in Juneau I took advantage of the crew perk of being able to go on tours for free. If there is space on a tour, I can get a free ticket to go as a “guide.” All that means is I have to complete a one-page form afterwards giving my impression of how the tour went. Easy peasy! I got to go on a 5-hour photo safari, and it was really enjoyable.
First we went to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau (gorgeous!) and practiced landscape photography:
I also played around with some macro photography of the state tree – Sitka Spruce:
You can eat the new buds and they taste like lime. In fact, explorers and captains in the old days used to eat them to help stave off scurvy. Aaaargh.
Next we went on a small boat for a whale watching tour. I knew my camera wouldn’t be great for this kind of photography since I do not have a powerful lens for zooming in on far off animals, but I was excited for the chance to see some wildlife. We saw a few different Humpback Whales, which I still find thrilling even though it’s not so new anymore. I even managed to get photos of one of them! They’re not the greatest, but I was pleased that you can still identify that it is indeed a whale diving:
I’m hoping to go on more tours as my teaching schedule allows.
P.S. We are now down to yellow level for the Norovirus alert. I’m hoping we’ll go back to green soon so I can have deck privileges again.