Posted by: danielfee | May 4, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above – Alaska 05-04-2013

I love taking photos from above. If there is anything to be climbed, such as a mountain,  tower, stairs or whatever, I have to climb it to take photos from above. For this weeks challenge I have so many great photos, I decided to make it a running theme for the week. The posts will be by location and first up is Alaska.

Taku Glacier - Alaska

Taku Glacier – Alaska

One of the must do things when visiting Juneau, Alaska is to take a flightseeing tour over Juneau’s wild back country. The Juneau Icefield feeds multiple glaciers. We landed on the Norris Glacier and got out for a little walk. On the flight back we could see further up towards the mountains and the sweeping bend of the Taku Glacier as it makes its way out of the Juneau Icefield.

Gastineau Channel and Juneau, Alaska

Gastineau Channel and Juneau, Alaska

The Gastineau Channel was a favorite fishing ground for local Tlingit Indians, who had inhabited the surrounding area for thousands of years long before any European settlement in the Americas. The native cultures are rich with artistic traditions including carving, weaving, orating, singing and dancing, and Juneau has become a major social center for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes of Southeast Alaska. In October 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris marked a 160-acre town site where soon a mining camp would be established. Within a year the camp became a small town, which was the first to be founded after the United States purchased Alaska.

Misty Fjords National Monument - Alaska

Misty Fjords National Monument – Alaska

Misty Fiords National Monument is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska. The 2.3 million acres of unspoiled Alaska wilderness which includes uninhabited islands, bottomless bays and fjords, massive trees and towering cliffs were set aside by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.The area is  called “The Yosemite of the North” for its similar geology. The light-colored granite, about 50 to 70 million years old, has been sculpted by glaciers that gouged deep U-shaped troughs throughout the monument. Many of the glacial valleys are filled with sea water and are called “canals”. The walls of these valleys are near-vertical and often rise 2,000 to 3,000 feet above sea level, and drop 1,000 feet below it.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is the fifth largest city in Alaska, with an estimated population of just 14,070 in 2010 within the city limits. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island 235 miles to the south of Juneau. It is the transportation hub for southeast Alaska, which earned it the nickname “Gateway City”. Today its economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is now known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Ketchikan is also the jumping off point for a visit to the Misty Fjords National Monument which is one of the area’s major attractions.

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Responses

  1. Love the top one!

  2. Beautiful photos. I visited Juneau and Ketchikan a couple of years ago, truly spectacular country/

    • Lily,
      Yes it is. It is on our list to go back one day. It is hard to believe we were there 10 years ago. So many places to visit, so little time.


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