Whale Breaching in Kenai Fjords National Park

I will be spending the next few days prepping for a fall color trip, so I need to keep this blog post a little more conservative on the word usage:) -----

I have spent a lot of time on the water this summer, in Kenai Fjords National Park. Initially,

I had high hopes of being able to finish the project this year, but it is looking more and more likely that it will take next year as well.

Projects have a way of evolving, redirecting, and morphing over time.

I haven't been able to truly analyze where I am in the grand scheme of things. I need to look at the library of images that I've created, and look for holes in the content.

This image is of the same humpback whale from an earlier post, after he (she? I didn't check...) and his mother had moved away from our boat. As I mentioned in that earlier post, I was able to capture 19 separate series of breaches of these two whales. Mostly, it was the younger whale doing the breaching. But early on in the encounter, there were several dual breaches. What an incredible experience, all around!

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I happened to zoom in on the boat behind the whales. There is a person standing on the port side of the back deck, just below the enclosed area of the boat. I have a few series of shots with the same boat in the background. The person on the back deck is facing away from the whale the entire time. Boy, did they miss out on a show!

Are you a photographer planning a trip to Alaska, be sure to check out my ever-evolving guide to photographing Alaska, and specifically the Kenai Fjords photography guide.