for a cat who did not travel well he has had a lot of adventures through this blog. This year he will be able to join the trip in spirit. We have his ashes and will be taking them with us, I have set him up in a travel case. Side note is we won’t have to be concerned about curvy roads, ashes DO Not get car sick. The memories involved with road tripping with Buki are many. One of my favorites is the fact that he knows you do not drive at night it is for sleeping. So if the sun set at 5pm he thought for sure we needed to be at our destination. The other thing I remember the most is curvy roads disagree with tummy, (I have to say will not miss this). His own personal hidey hole an used disposable litter box. Our road trips with Buki have always been an adventure, both Roy and I will miss him. He is in a better place and did not have to endure to much pain on this side.
I am sharing just a few of the many cute pics of him.
The bald eagle will always be my favorite bird to shoot. It was day 6 of our photo adventure, the morning was Skilak Lake and this was another morning play hooky. It just was a choice, I knew eagles were more of a sure thing.
Lisa and Len took us to the secret spot just as the rain stopped. I started to get disappointed because parking would have required a walk. Never fear Len drove right on the beach. This gave Dee, Wendy, and me great position. It was amazing to see a zillon eagles everywhere fish scraps do the trick.
The other interesting thing was to watch the pecking order for food. First mature bald eagles, then juvies, and at the bottom gulls.
This guy is not sharing.
I think this little guy hasn’t figured out you can’t eat seaweed.
Walking along the beach I took pictures of shells, kelp, fish bones, and coal which washed up on the beach.
This year the gulls were waiting their turn by playing a game of follow the leader.
On the way over to find orcas the group stopped by to take some landscapes and reflections. Here is one and it is not upside down.
As we were leaving the harbor in Seward Alaska, this grand bird gave us a wave.
Those who remember when we stayed right on the water in Seward here is the view of combat camping from the water.
Here is the man made waterfall to control flooding.
The picture with the baby sea lion has been edited let’s just say the shell was not placed to cover anything. I did think it was cute that they really do hold sea shells.
On the way home we stopped by a fish weir and I was able to catch a jumping fish. On the way out of town we stopped by to take pictures of a local bird lady, here’s a small woodpecker.
I got a few, never did get a full breach. This is ok because the fin is unmistakable
This is as close to a breach as I could come.
The boat trip up the Kenai was not bad. I was able to get a few pictures of the birds along the way.
This squacky duck is a grebe they had to rebuild their nest due to fast rising water.
The pair were quite loud.
We saw this set of gulls floating down a river moving at about 7 knots
We never did get super close to this pair of trumpheter swans, but my zoom did.
The cool thing is watching how the swan will take a drink by winding his neck down to the water.
The day I played hooky from the bears we still went and shot in the evening. This mama had a very young baby near her. I was not able to get a picture, I did see her though.
She enjoyed showing off for us but did get a little restless which was our clue to leave.
Driving through the area we ran across another mom with a calf who decided to play hide and seek with us.
We were so lucky to see so many babies
Homer was filled with moms and babies causing cuteness overload. Here are the baby moose, twins I say. Mark this one off the bucket list.
Pulling out of the harbor I saw the ferry we took two years ago.
On the trip the gulls were getting their fill of tiny fish, I call this a fish ball.
Also in the mix was a Tufted Puffin.
I have never seen so many otters with pups.
Of course there always has to be one,
On the way home we stopped by the Russian Orthdox Church here’s a cemetary shot.
The cherry on top was two hours of an eagle baby being fed. AMAZING
We were not able to spend much photo time on day one due to weather. Here are 4 photos. A float plane from Lake Hood Float Plane Airbase. This is the largest base in the world. A loon lives here.
We stopped along the way to take pictures of water falls
We were able to photograph Sandhill Cranes with a baby and one moose. Both were from a distance.