September 25, 2011

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After a pleasant night in Seward, we took our third and final boat trip through Kenai Fjords National Park.  For our last trip we decided to take the Captain’s Choice Tour, focusing on photography and wildlife. This was the smallest tour boat but there was also only 20 guests on board.  The highlight of the trip was when we came across a pod of orcas!

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After 10 mins of following the orcas one breached twice putting on an amazing show.  It was hard to judge where the orca was going to surface next so we didn’t get the best photos, maybe next time.  After 20 minutes the boat left the orcas because of laws regarding disturbing the animals’ natural behaviors.  It’s understandable, but it was frustrating to watch a pod of orcas swim away as the boat changes direction.

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The rest of the trip was mostly spent visiting bird nesting sites along the cliffs which yielded some nice photos.

Tufted Puffin (280 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 1250)

Horned Puffin (280 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1250)

Purple Ochre Starfish

After the tour we watched the sunset outside of Angel’s Rest, which was the best accommodations of our entire trip.

Looking East toward the town of Seward (44 mm, f/18, 3.2 sec, ISO 100)

Moon rising over Resurrection Bay

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