Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whittier, Alaska

We saw many glaciers when we were in Alaska.  As a matter of fact, on the tour where I took this shot (26 Glaciers Cruise), the Park Ranger who narrated the tour said there were some 100,000 glaciers or so throughout Alaska.  And of those 100,000, only about 600 are named.  That brings me to the tour where I took this picture...  I took this as we were coming back in to Whittier.  You can see the glacier at the top of the shot which is just above the town.  I'm not sure if it has a name, but if I had to guess, it would be the Whittier Glacier.  I really don't know, though.  Plus, we didn't see 26 glaciers because of the weather which was rather cloudy and foggy, but we did get to see a humpback whale and her calf breach and we saw a glacier calve off about the equivalent of a 9 story building!  Enough to rock the boat a bit!  According to our captain, that doesn't happen too often.

Whittier has a population of about 200-300 people in it and just about all of them live in that tall building you see in the shot.  Whittier is also a port for the Princess Cruise Line as well as cargo ships.  So most of the people that live and work in Whittier support that industry.

You can get to Whittier two ways, either by boat or through a tunnel in the mountains that is only big enough to fit a train or a car/truck.  So if one wants to go through, you need to get staged at predetermined time and vehicles will then be allowed to go one way through the tunnel for about 10 - 15 minutes, then a train goes through, then vehicles get to go through the tunnel in the opposite direction.  So, if you have to be somewhere either in Whittier or outside of Whittier, you have to take the schedule for the tunnel into consideration as part of your travels.  Not too much to do there other than work for the boating industry, but if you want to read more about Whittier, click here.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-E1
Lens - Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 80mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/340
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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