Top 20 Favorite Photos From Alaska Trip (Seattle and Victoria are there too)

I’ve always wanted to explore, or at least see Alaska. I did go to college for Wildlife Biology and although that is not the degree that I graduated with, it was not a lack of interest nor passion that made me switch majors. What I really wanted to be was a National Geographic Photographer, but exactly how was I to do that and have a family and be a wife/mom? So, especially because I was going to marry a pilot who would also be gone because of his career, I had to make a choice between struggling to do that and having and raising a family. I chose the latter and a career that would navigate me through the fjords of human emotion. Last week I was blessed to be able to take a cruise on a ship that navigated me through a fjord in Alaska and was blessed again with being able to experience the beauty that made me want to be a wildlife biologist.  I saw whales and sea lions and seals and eagles, all in their natural habitat. I saw glaciers that came right down to the ocean or river and I saw a glacier calve in the silence of a fjord in the wee hours of the morning. Seals/sea lions were floating on little icebergs that broke off of the glacier. I saw unspoiled gorgeous landscape that can only be accessed by boat and/or plane.  Some of this I captured in photos and some is only imprinted on my memory. I only saw a smidgen of Alaska and some of Seattle and Victoria, BC. I met some wonderful people and had the best time with the best traveling buddy ever. I learned about bible journaling and diving into the word of God with paint in hand. God painted this gorgeous world and it’s OK to paint gorgeous pages onto the Word of God!  As a matter of fact, I’m sure that it makes him happy. So, here are a few photos that cannot begin to do the lovely works of God justice, but I continue to try! I look forward to keeping in touch with the wonderful people that I met on the cruise and delve more into the word of God in my journaling bible!

 

 

Top 30 photos of Maine this Summer 

Ever since moving from Maine 20+ years ago – I have to go back – only that place sings to my soul like no other – no matter how short a visit may be – each summer I try to go and “stock my pond” to inspire me through to the next summer. I can take photos – but nothing can capture the smell of the salt air, the balsam fir – the feel of the foggy misty days with the sound of fog bells dinging off shore or the sound of loons calling to each other. This summer we packed a lot of adventuring way up north into just a few short days  – it was well worth it!  (For the sake of accuracy: The last 6 photos were on our way home in NH or Vermont). 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Top Ten Things I love About Maine in the Summer in Photos

Coastal Maine in the summertime is one of my favorite places on Earth. There are many things that photos cannot capture, the smell of balsam fir mixed with the salty ocean air, of lobster pounds boiling sea water and lobster, or of the mudflats at low-tide, the sound of the bells on the navigation buoys dinging on the waves, the fog horns on a foggy day, or the sound of the round granite rocks rolling against each other as the waves go out and carry them across each other. I love the cool summer days where you can wear a sweatshirt when the rest of the country is baking. Acadia National Park is amazing and the small coastal towns and fishing villages are gems to explore. Summer also brings the time for whale watching and Puffin tours. It is gorgeous here in the fall as well. I lived in Maine for years in all seasons and I’ve lived in and visited many other places, but I have never found another place in the summer that is as charming and feeds my soul like the coast of Maine.

1. Gorgeous Views

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2. Exploring the Beaches

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3. Enjoying the Lighthouses

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4. Playing on the Rocks

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5. Gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets

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6. Boating

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7. Lobster Feasts with Lobster Right off the Boat

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8. Cool “New England” Weather When Everyone Else is Hot!

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9. Listening to the Waves

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10. Exploring Small Coastal Town Coffee Shops

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