July 19, 2012

I'm Back!

mirthful raven at the docks, Tenakee Springs, Alaska 

I’m back! I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing some more of my 2011 Alaska photos during my brief hiatus. For my faithful readers, thank you for continuing to visit me and leave comments! You always help to keep me inspired. 

So why have I been unavailable in blogland lately? We went to Alaska again! We took a small boat cruise on the famed Inside Passage. We saw some of this countryside with a different small boat company back in 1996. But we got to see some new vistas on this latest trip, and this time we went armed with digital photo equipment!

Here’s a little promotional video about the boat and itinerary. 

I’ll go over the trip highlights in separate post. One highlight was in soggy Juneau. We got to meet Paula of Home in Douglas and her husband! They were both delightful. 

At the moment, I’m battling a bad case of road weariness. My get-up-and-go is totally gone. The 4-hour time change and the marathon set of flights home really took the stuffing out of us. We also didn’t sleep that well on the boat. But one glance at our captured photos show that the voyage was worth it. I’ll rest in the days ahead, get caught up with household chores, visit blog friends, and start to process my digital images. 

Southeast Alaska differs greatly from the interior and western coastal areas that we observed last year. The rainforest environment and rugged mountains have a beauty all their own. And since the weatherman served up rain on a regular basis, I was constantly stretching myself to successfully capture some breathtaking scenes. With travel photography, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. So adaptation is key! But with a view like this, who cares if it is raining? 

Ford’s Terror fjord, Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, Alaska 

black and white version


  1. Gorgeous, Donna. So glad you enjoyed your latest trip... Can't wait to see more pictures... But first, get some REST.

  2. Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing all about your latest adventure! From the looks of that photo it's going to be awesome!!

  3. Donna and Jim: Welcome home! It was wonderful to meet you and get to know you a little bit! I am looking forward to seeing your pictures.

  4. yessss, good! wondered when. this raven is a very well done snap!!!

  5. Welcome Home Dear Friend! Can't wait to see all the photos you two took!!!
    Love the edits on this shot!!
    And how fun you got to meet another fellow blogger!!

  6. Truth to tell, it didn't feel as if you were away to me because you're so good about leaving a post here and there. When I read how weary you both are it registers. I hope that you can just relax and catch up on some sleep and do quiet things until your "stuffing" gets fluffed. Those are beautiful scenes and I watched about 4 minutes of the video, which also shows some amazing country. I'm glad that you are willing to go so I can, too.

  7. Welcome back. My that's a gorgeous picture. I wouldn't care what the weather was doing either looking at a scene like that

  8. Wow!! That's pretty amazing. Gonna put this on my bucket list.
    I got a feeling we are going to see some really special photos in the coming days.

  9. Oh I can't wait for more breathtaking photos. I've been absent lately but hope to get caught up.
    I bet you had a blast!!

  10. Oh WOW! You went again! I'm green with envy! But of course that means more wonderful photos for us to enjoy! Welcome home...get some rest!

  11. I noticed you had been missing on Twitter and realized you must have took off rambling with your camera again! Your pics are beautiful as usual. Can't wait to see more from your trip. Now get some rest and relaxation this weekend!

  12. as always I love hearing and seeing photos of your journey..and how neat it was to meet a fellow blogging friend! We hope to take several trips ourselves this year that is on our bucket list . Ammana colonies in Iowa at the end of this month, and then to the Lincoln Memorial in Springfireld Il plus grab a few festivals this fall and Florida this winter, etc. Have sony, will travel..LOL

  13. Welcome back! Glad you had a good trip, and arrived home safely.

    Take care, and rest.


  14. Love the raven! You are so blessed to be able to enjoy your retirement and travel. We benefit as well!!


  15. Welcome home my friend!!! The Raven is so handsome!

  16. That raven is breath-taking! Welcome, home!!!! Loved the video, thanks for posting it!
    xo, misha

  17. I hope this trip was just wonderful!! I bet you two got some great photos!! Can't wait to see them!!


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