LeConte Glacier 2011, Part 1

Today’s post is the first of a couple of posts from the scenic jetboat trip the members of the workshop group took  to LeConte Glacier. Most of the trip was in a light rain and total cloudy conditions. But viewing glaciers and glacial ice is best done in these conditions … with no direct sunlight falling onto the ice, the blue colors intensify and really show through!

As we approached LeConte Bay, the bay we would travel to get to LeConte Glacier, blue icefields appeared before us:

 

Blue Ice as we approach LeConte Glacier, Alaska

 

Taking our time, our guide throttled back the jetboat and we began cruising very slowly past some beautiful, natural ice sculptures:

 

Blue Ice in LeConte Bay, Alaska

 

Blue Ice in LeConte Bay, Alaska

 

Blue Ice in LeConte Bay, Alaska

 

Closeup of Blue Ice in LeConte Bay, Alaska

 

Blue Ice in LeConte Bay, Alaska

 

 

As we cruised further and further into the bay, and getting closer to the face of LeConte Glacier, we began seeing Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina):

 

Harbor Seal watching us

 

But this was only one of hundreds of Harbor Seals we would have the pleasure of seeing! In tomorrow’s post, I’ll share more wildlife images made in this spectacular Ice Kingdom!

 

 

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