Thursday, September 24, 2009

A bit of Alaska -- 3 -- Skywatching

Potter's Marsh from the last post is along the shore of Turnagain Arm, which is a narrow branch of the Cook Inlet. Well, it may not look terribly narrow here, but the narrowness will come in later when I describe a phenomenon we observed there between taking the pictures on this post. There were several areas where you can stop for a good view. That fog bank looked ominous, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.

Turnagain Arm got its name because Captain James Cook sailed up the arm in his search for the Northwest Passage -- you know, that theoretical sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that explorers of the 1700s were so sure existed. He sent out a boat to look further into it, and they didn't go very far before coming back to tell Cook that they had had to "turn again," because all it was was the mouth of another river.  Perhaps Cook should have spent more time investigating, because he then set sail for Hawaii where he was killed by natives.







The roadway and railway were carved out of the steep cliffs of the Chugak Mountains, where a sharp eye spotted the Dall Sheep below. (or is that above?)


At the end of the day, after other adventures which will be chronicled later, we were treated to this lovely sunset on the way back to Anchorage.




Find SkyWatch posts from around the world linked here.


12 comments:

Cindy said...

I'm enjoying these Alaska pics. Such a beautiful state.

SandyCarlson said...

That's an incredibly beautiful place. Thanks for taking us there.

Janie said...

Such beautiful skies and scenery. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

Regina said...

Beautiful scenes! I always love the mountain views. Great shots.

marianne said...

beautiful! i haven't beewn there for years- it is still gorgeous. thanks for sharing.

Lew said...

Beautiful skies you found!

magiceye said...

lovely blues

luna miranda said...

majestic mountains. the last photo is stunning.

Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

Oh WOW... how magnificent. Haven't ever been to Alaska but I love my mountains and it's a place I know I would love to be.
These are beautiful.

Mary said...

Wow...amazing photos of an amazing place. I just realized you were back from your trip. will have to catch up some.

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Cool photos!

Blessings,
Linda


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Kerrie said...

Kathy, the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I feel as though I was there with you looking at them. We just loved the Moose pics! I wish you could have heard Bill and I oohing and aahing!! Kerrie