A few nice photos! And some stories

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
Good morning America! Here’s you dose of Alaskana for the day.

A puffin who would dive for your bait when mooching salmon. Had to be quick cause they easily dive 100ft, fast.

A commercial fisherman who had peddled over to visit a friend across the bay. I slowly went by this guy and noticed he was doing 5 knots on that thing!

And a really cool yellow double two and a half domaflotcher flower? Actually i don’t know anything about it other than the cool part😳
 

Attachments

  • CCDEA3C7-D7D4-48AE-B0B6-A951A2A141DE.jpeg
    CCDEA3C7-D7D4-48AE-B0B6-A951A2A141DE.jpeg
    86.9 KB · Views: 20
  • 67EDE86A-057E-4E51-AD97-B47573294DC2.jpeg
    67EDE86A-057E-4E51-AD97-B47573294DC2.jpeg
    45.2 KB · Views: 20
  • B334A18C-D786-43B9-9F70-4887DF3AA80B.jpeg
    B334A18C-D786-43B9-9F70-4887DF3AA80B.jpeg
    191.5 KB · Views: 21
Last edited:

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
For today, im looking at some of the places we Anchor up for the evenings.
Bettles bay is a very secure Anchorage but some years very buggy later in the year. Anymore i only stay here if im in that area shrimping, long before the bugs come out.
The boat on Anchor at Mink Island. Focal adjustment wasn’t perfect on this shot but the goal was still accomplished. To show the “100 different hues of green”.
Mink island from on the boat. This is another very secure anchorage.
 

Attachments

  • 03EFC1AD-8E16-4677-9F72-E342ED7A257A.jpeg
    03EFC1AD-8E16-4677-9F72-E342ED7A257A.jpeg
    119.4 KB · Views: 18
  • 50FE4973-71DA-4E5C-8297-21D1380CC968.jpeg
    50FE4973-71DA-4E5C-8297-21D1380CC968.jpeg
    171.3 KB · Views: 17
  • CF795063-6692-48D7-92C1-08094AFBE29C.jpeg
    CF795063-6692-48D7-92C1-08094AFBE29C.jpeg
    89.6 KB · Views: 18

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
Good morning, today were looking at a small hook out of Seward where i like to stop and clean fish on my way back in. It’s not unlike a thousand other suitable places except that it’s right on the path taken by all the tour boats as they move about the bay showing tourist the popular sights. This one is right next to the seal rocks so the tourist still have they're cameras out when they come around the corner. I always position the boat with her best side seward and as they pass i’ll hold up a nice one or let a grandkid “beep the boat” (blow the horn) and this always draws hooting and high fives from those less fortunate souls listening to the captain droll on and on about everything under the sun.
i‘m pretty sure im in more Japanese home movies than our Governor!

Deep water bay, is just a pretty place to eat lunch, too open to anchor and little wind protection if one comes up. Out around that left face the cliff continues for some distance and we’ve caught yellow-eye fishing along the steep drop to roughly 200 ft.

And lastly, a nice jelly. In Quillian bay, off Ester Island they must breed / raise young as i’ve never found another place where they are as prolific. In the spring there will be 1,000,000’s of them from this size (12 in) down to dime size everywhere you look. They are so beautiful and nothing exude’s tranquility to me more than one of these Gals sauntering along doing what ever jelly do when no one is looking!

Attachments​

  • 80EB0DB6-D6AF-4BC2-9E91-55C491E7FFC2.jpeg
    80EB0DB6-D6AF-4BC2-9E91-55C491E7FFC2.jpeg
    125.4 KB · Views: 0
  • F868879E-E33B-410D-AAB7-718C2D6A5DD4.jpeg
    F868879E-E33B-410D-AAB7-718C2D6A5DD4.jpeg
    133.2 KB · Views: 0
  • 6D62EF38-35CD-441A-B06F-4BF480E8719E.jpeg
    6D62EF38-35CD-441A-B06F-4BF480E8719E.jpeg
    57 KB · Views: 0
 

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
Thanks @thistlebloom, glad you enjoy these!

This morning we are waking up in the most secure anchorage in all of Prince William sound. No matter what the wind direction is, it’s always calm inside this little bay. The narrow entrance and high sides contribute to the safety And the blue mud bottom give you peace of mind that your anchor will stay put.
we’re on shore looking back at the boat and when we turn around 180deg, we walk thru this open wooded area with it’s nice little stream up to the lake 1/4 mile further on. 3 of the 5 salmon specie’s use this lake / stream as a spawning area.

And since everyone is familiar with Alaskan Salmon im tossing this one out for you to see how it works at “the ground level”.
I had entered this bay, heading to the end where i anchor sometimes when the float plane flew right over our head, slowly turned about and landed; then taxied up to the seiner. I didn‘t know these folks but can read between the lines. The seiner is in there waiting for a commercial opener the next morning and the plane is a spotter. His job is to scout the area and radio back the location of “any clouds he see’s below”, clouds as in; schools of salmon grouped up together. At that point the seiner moves in, deploy’s his tender and drags the purse sein around the school. It’s very impressive to watch, especially when the bag is coming over the side and there’s so many fish the freeboard is under water!😳. The whole back of that boat is water tight so it’s not a big deal.

Thanks for sharing this moment with me!
  • 15963074-28E0-4694-82BA-91BDF49C06FA.jpeg
    15963074-28E0-4694-82BA-91BDF49C06FA.jpeg
    140 KB · Views: 0
  • 8A6398C2-82EC-44E2-8498-CC8AE22862D7.jpeg
    8A6398C2-82EC-44E2-8498-CC8AE22862D7.jpeg
    220.6 KB · Views: 0
  • 5BBFF9D5-9BB2-4BA8-940F-D804B3BD011A.jpeg
    5BBFF9D5-9BB2-4BA8-940F-D804B3BD011A.jpeg
    150.1 KB · Views: 0
 

Beekissed

Herd Master
Joined
Aug 3, 2008
Messages
3,426
Reaction score
4,780
Points
433
Location
mountains of WV
What a cool life!!!! I LOVE all the pics and can't imagine living in the midst of all that beauty and still being able to keep my eyes on the road, the river or the path....I'd be gawking all the time. Got any of the Orca? I think I'd really love to see them and also the river otters the most, as well as all the bird life.
 

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
Good morning folks, in an effort to accommodate a dear friend, we’ll change it up a bit. The thread title now reads “a few nice photos And some stories”.

When i compiled this collection i chose 106 of “the nice ones” from the many photos taken. Beyond what we have here there are several hundred others on c.d’s. A “best quality” Orca picture didn’t make the list sadly, and for the following simple reason. Most of my pictures are taken with the boat at rest, as in an Anchorage simply due to the fact the light is nearly always perfect in the morning and the evening. I have some mid day stuff but those came from days where good light remained into the day. Another contributing factor is that typically im the captain, the fish netter, the tour guide, the guy watching out for rocks, the guy, the guy, the guy😳 and having free hands to get a camera going is sometimes challenging. The collection of “ones that got away” fills my head and are generally reserved for quiet moment of conversation with folks over a boat supper or while leisurely moving from one spot to the next. they typically come to mind as you drive thru the location where “the event took place”.”

Sorry @Beekissed, no Orca pictures (unless i find time to log back thru the c.d’s) but i do have an Orca tale worth repeating.

”Fishing for Silvers out of Seward one July, we traveled a couple hours out to the Pony cove / Chevalle Narrows region. This is a popular spot and when the fish are in it’s common to have a hundred boats in the general area. Everyone either slowly trolls around the more open areas or they drift and mooch. This is simply, find a place to nose in amongst the others, shut the boat off and lower bait over the side. During a good bite this is by far the most productive.
On this day roughly 40 of us were in the line slowly moving along with the tide and i could see a pod of 30 some false Orcas (the all black ones) headed our way. They were quite a sight with they’re large dorsals breaking the surface and as they passed under each boat folks just pick up the line and everything works pretty well. Except that on this day the social predator in me quietly whispered in my ear and i succumbed to the urge! Being in such close proximity to the boats on either side of you, you converse about any number of things as you move along and I’d already established the folks on my port side were tourist and they were excitedly snapping pictures as the pod moved thru.
At the moment they passed under us i just casually mentioned that they’re guide was giving them the short end of the stick and pointed out that it’s customary for the guide to break out the big tackle on a rare occasion such as this and let his clients fish for the big fish!
Being local i knew the bite would turn off when the orcas came thru, so we just fired up the boat and moved on but from the burning looks the captian gave me as we left, i have to assume they were chattering about not getting they’re moneys worth😘. It was a good day and we all had fish, including the tourist so my conscience was mostly clean?

However, i do have a decent porpoise picture. Which illustrates my earlier point about have too much to do while driving the boat. This is an exception to that because once you pick up a pod of these playful fellows, they sometimes stay with you quite a ways. On this day that was the case and even moving along at 25 knot’s i had plenty of time to record this one. Look close and you see another under the surface to his left. There were 1/2 dozen of them that day. I have some better pictures of another group who cam by once while we were cleaning fish and i was able to capture them swimming around with they’re heads out of the water, curiously checking us out.

Nen there’s the sea lion rocks. Go there anytime and they’re either lying about like this or coming and going as they feed in the deep water below these rocks. When the Grandkids were little they liked getting close like this and “beeping the boat”. We got a loud horn and one good blast would get the few Bulls in the group to barking and before long it would get quite loud.

And after a long day of story telling we like to cap off the day with a nice dinner at which point the Barby comes out and we have to make that always hard decision, Beef or Seafood?
 

Attachments

  • 5CA2C252-27BD-4010-810C-B57AB17107D1.jpeg
    5CA2C252-27BD-4010-810C-B57AB17107D1.jpeg
    105.8 KB · Views: 27
  • 8CA5FC96-157A-46CD-8220-8BDC3CCA2800.jpeg
    8CA5FC96-157A-46CD-8220-8BDC3CCA2800.jpeg
    209.3 KB · Views: 23
  • EB01BBB2-A3A7-4A87-A4E7-9E593629A24D.jpeg
    EB01BBB2-A3A7-4A87-A4E7-9E593629A24D.jpeg
    107.7 KB · Views: 23
  • E24AF06D-E067-4480-9C7F-D78889036E70.jpeg
    E24AF06D-E067-4480-9C7F-D78889036E70.jpeg
    198 KB · Views: 23

Alasgun

Loving the herd life
Joined
Jan 1, 2021
Messages
145
Reaction score
497
Points
133
Location
South Central Alaska
Eagles are just like the rest of us, somedays they’re soaring and somedays are ”bad hair days” for our majestic National Symbol!
Anywhere you stop for very long if you look around, an Eagle will be setting on a limb on shore; looking at you. Now, technically we’re not suppose to feed them however no one cleans fish and takes the leftovers with them. Typically they get tossed overboard and if anything floats, well; the Eagle may just swoop down and grab the easy meal. Such was the case with the first one.
The sad looking one in the next pic, had been standing in the rain for several hours up on that rock. I’m not sure why as there was cover close . Maybe the soft rain water made her plumage fluffy?
the last one is intently looking over a group of salmon headed up the little stream. My last picture is of those salmon, we took the dingy to shore and rowed right up into them. This picture was taken at arms length to the fish. After the Eagle was done dining on his!

Attachments​

  • BFED70CC-FC27-4586-88FD-E6568771C262.jpeg
    BFED70CC-FC27-4586-88FD-E6568771C262.jpeg
    63 KB · Views: 0
  • 3BA73AE8-8A6B-44DE-9A61-289F7E79D46A.jpeg
    3BA73AE8-8A6B-44DE-9A61-289F7E79D46A.jpeg
    126 KB · Views: 0
  • C543BA62-C873-42D3-8262-FB328960262B.jpeg
    C543BA62-C873-42D3-8262-FB328960262B.jpeg
    110.9 KB · Views: 0
  • B64D4E15-E202-41CF-B212-9FCADFAB4F2D.jpeg
    B64D4E15-E202-41CF-B212-9FCADFAB4F2D.jpeg
    156.9 KB · Views: 0
 
Top