Friday, July 30, 2010

Reflections on Day Two of our Alaska Adventure

On day two I found an abundance of reflections.
The plan was to kayak across the lagoon and hike to the toe of the glacier.  In spite of the weather, that is what we did, the guide, a fellow traveler and I.
Along the way we passed several kettle ponds.  These were formed when large pieces of ice calved off retreating glaciers, were surrounded by sediment and later melted.
Rushes grew in many of the ponds, it's hard to see where the rush ends and the reflection begins.
The weather hadn't improved when we reached the toe of the glacier.
I enjoyed seeing the reflection of the ice in the water.
Nearby was a stream and wetland with a lovely area of flowers.


We enjoyed a quick view of the flowers and headed back.  It was starting to rain.  We were dressed for the weather and not uncomfortable.

You can find more images to reflect on at Weekend Reflections, hosted by James at Newtown Area Photo 

24 comments:

J Bar said...

Wonderful shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

lotusleaf said...

Absolutely stunning photographs! The one with the rushes is very interesting.

Carol said...

Spectacular photos, Martha! Even better when enlarged. The ice has a beauty all its own. Great reflections too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what stunning photos, I would love to visit Alaska.

Gill in Canada

Gaelyn said...

These are awesome captures Martha! I really like the rushes. Seems unusual to see wildflowers growing next to a glacier. I MUST get to Alaska.

clairz said...

These are all so beautiful--those rushes!--and very cooling to this overheated desert-dweller. So glad you are sharing your experiences.

fredamans said...

Hard to believe flowers grow in those conditions, but they are and they are lovely! Great reflections!

Ebie said...

Awesome! Blue "ice" are incredible! Even the flora is very amazing despite the cooler weather.

Nice reflection photos you have shared.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Wow! these are simply like nothing I've ever seen. Just STUNNING!

Irene said...

Amazing shots! Such beauty, even when the weather is "grey".

ρομπερτ said...

Pictures that come close to poetry.


daily athens

James said...

I love all of these pictures. Alaska is an amazingly beautiful place.

Ann said...

Your 4th and 5th photos looks like the ones I have taken here in New Zealand.

You are right about the reeds. They look like one, not of reflection.

Thanks for link of kettle ponds.

jennyfreckles said...

It looks very beautiful and rather mysterious in the mist. The reeds make an interesting pattern. And who knew that ice was that lovely blue?

'Tsuki said...

I just love the second pic. Looking at it I feel a little lost, unable to get where is up and what is ground... Very nice pictures, thank you so much for the sharing.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my "lazy day" Hawaiian vacation blog post. If your Alaska vacation blog post is any indicator, I know that I am going to enjoy reading your blog posts. I am following you now; I'll be back to read your posts!

Serendipity said...

Wow, these are stunning!

Linnea W said...

Great shots from your trip even if the skies were gray. Boy that water must have been incredibly still to get such perfect reflections!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Ohhhh~ so beautiful. Every pictue outdoes the one before

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I enjoyed looking at the pictures of the flowers. I loved seeing the blue ice of the glacier!

EG Wow said...

OK, I admit it. I am jealous! Your photos are delightful.

Judy said...

I love these photos, especially the one of the rushes in the kettle pond! I love the simplicity of it!!

Barb said...

Martha - I wish I was there to kayak with you! I enlarged all the photos - what gorgeous landscapes. I love the Monkey Flower photo.

Paulie said...

Am enjoying your trip on this hot day in August here. . . only 97 but . . .