Alaska Cruise – 2012 – Part III – Ketchikan, Still

The previous post got us off the ground (nice segue, eh?), and we rejoin the narrative up in the air, and looking at a nice view.

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

This last one seemed primed for some manipulation (all these were done using the Topaz Suite I mentioned before)

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

I snapped away like a maniac on a mission to . . . to . . . well, to snap away like a maniac.  The SmugMug album has many, many photos taken from the air, as befitting a maniac succeeding in his mission. 

However, I’ll only choose a few to showcase here (still probably more than most people care for).

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

On the shore, in the above photo, near the center-bottom, you can see sea lions (or seals) on the beach.  There will be better shots of them later, on the return leg of the flight. 

We saw a number of waterfalls.

We saw a number of waterfalls.

. . . and lots of marshland.  they are not kidding about the amount of water they get.

. . . and lots of marshland. they are not kidding about the amount of water they get.

A couple of things about flying.  It is noisy (as heard on the video), but each person is wearing ear cuffs, and there is either music playing, or the pilot is describing stuff around us.  Each one of us is also miked, and speaking interrupts the music, so you can interact with the pilot (for example, to ask stupid questions designed to lower her opinion of the guy sitting in the back).

Time passes pretty quickly, and soon we were at our destination.

Alaska Cruise 2012That’s right!  We were going to land on that lake, and not only that, get out and walk around in the middle of the lake.  Well . . . not the lake proper, but the smaller of the two islands visible on the lower right quadrant of the above picture.

We banked . . . that's airplane pilot lingo, for all you land-bound people.

We banked . . . that’s airplane pilot lingo, for all you land-bound people.

. . . and flew along the side to reach the far end.

. . . and flew along the side to reach the far end.

You can’t properly see it on this photo (but it’s clear in the SmugMug album’s full size photos), but that little dark spot near the bottom third of the photo, on the water . . . it’s the reflection of another plane ahead of us.  The plane itself is also visible against the trees, just under the wing strut joint (a little red speck).  Click on the photo to open up the larger version of it in SmugMug.

Landed . . . er . . . watered?

Landed . . . er . . . watered?

Taxied to our destination.

Taxied to our destination.

Ms. Masden secured the plane . . .

Ms. Masden secured the plane . . .

. . . and people walked about the little island on a lake on a big island.

. . . and people walked about the little island on a lake on a big island.

I should mention . . . that was one of the smoothest landings Melisa or I have ever experienced.  In fact, I could not tell when we touched down.  But don’t take my word for it . . . watch the movie.  It’s almost 5 minutes long, but if you are just interested in the landing, go to about the 2:oo minute mark.

So, here we are, on this little island.  Guess what I did?

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Yeah; I took a few pictures.  After a while, I heard the other plane take off.  Guess what I did?

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

The pilot . . . oh, screw it!  That’s too awkward.   I don’t know her very well, but . . . .

Meanwhile, Michelle had been busy snapping pictures of the other couples.  Finally, she asked me if we wanted any pictures taken.  Now . . . people who know me, and a number have that misfortune, know I don’t like my picture taken.  Even less, I don’t like people messing with my stuff.  Not because I’m that jealous of it, but because they generally don’t know what they are doing. 

But . . . Michelle’s a pilot.  She pushes levers, turns dials, reads gauges, flicks switches . . . in comparison, my D7000 should be a snap to operate.   And it was.

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Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Of course, I’m not going to clearly show what I look like . . . I’m much more compassionate than people give me credit for. 

The lighting kept changing as the sun played hide-and-seek with passing clouds.  Many, many photos were taken, and I only shared a few in the SmugMug album, and even less here.  But enough to make it worth your while to check them out. 

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

There are a number of shots of the above view, each with slightly different lighting.  I just could not decide between them all.

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

But, eventually it was time to leave. 

Alaska Cruise 2012

As I looked back at the little piece of land, it was interesting to ponder that of all the places in the world, Melisa and I stood on that little island, on an inland lake, on a large island in the Alexander Archipelago, in Alaska. 

We’ll probably never set foot there again, but for a brief moment, we truly were “away from the things of man” . . . well . . . except for the plane, my stuff, and, you know, the other people there.

Here is a video of the take-off from the lake, and a bit of flying.

One thing that happened that did not please me was that some people changed places . . . Melisa ended up in the middle seat.  Had I realized what the arrangement was going to be, I would have sat with her.  I still feel bad about it.

Alaska Cruise 2012

And here a few things we saw (a lot more in SmugMug).

An interesting cliff rendered in B&W

An interesting cliff rendered in B&W

Some seals resting on some rocks.

Some seals resting on some rocks.

The seals on the previously mentioned island . . .

The seals on the previously mentioned island . . .

. . . did you notice the eagles loitering about?  Click on the picture to see it in SmugMug.

The cone rising above the rest of the island.

The cone rising above the rest of the island.

More views and vistas.

More views and vistas.

That plant is the farthest you can travel on the road out of Ketchikan.  I think it's a fish-packing plant.

That plant is the farthest you can travel on the road out of Ketchikan. I think it’s a fish-packing plant.

Almost back . . .

Almost back . . .

The light was very bad for filming out the front of the plane (too much contrast), so I took photos instead.  This was heavily processed to show as much as it is.

The light was very bad for filming out the front of the plane (too much contrast), so I took photos instead. This was heavily processed to show as much as it does.

I did not make a movie of the landing.  But the pictures turned out nice.

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Alaska Cruise 2012

Both Melisa and I think the taking of this little adventure was well worth the money, and would highly recommend others do the same.

As we got back by the ship, we watched the plane take off again, carrying the next batch of tourists to a great little adventure.

As we got back by the ship, we watched the plane take off again, carrying the next batch of tourists to a great little adventure.

We walked back to the ship, but did not embark.  We wanted to walk around town a bit, and do some shopping.   As we walked toward the shopping district, you guessed it . . . I snapped some pictures.

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

An example of the shops . . .

Alaska Cruise 2012

Alaska Cruise 2012

Basically, the place is a huge shopping center.   We did walk around a lot, but all the nifty places we had read about and planned to visit . . . not really all that striking or photo-worthy.  I did snap a picture of some salmon (post-spawning) waiting to die.

Alaska Cruise 2012

We got back to the ship, and ate.  Then we snacked as we waited for departure. 

From the aft upper deck, I put the food down, picked up the camera, and snapped some pictures.

From the aft upper deck, I put the food down, picked up the camera, and snapped some pictures.

Here is the plane again . . . note how the gangplank is almost level with the floating dock. 

Alaska Cruise 2012

High tide . . . time for us to leave.

Alaska Cruise 2012I kept snapping away . . .

Alaska Cruise 2012Alaska Cruise 2012Planes occasionally passed us up.

Alaska Cruise 2012

We got a good look at the airport.

We got a good look at the airport.

. . . and an old wreck.

. . . and an old wreck.

And then . . . what’s that?

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. . . it looks like . . .

. . . it looks like . . .

. . . Why, yes it is!  The Lady Esther, come to see us off.

. . . Why, yes it is!
The Lady Esther, seeing us off.

Goodbye Ketchikan.  We were the last cruise of the season.  People were literally closing up shop as we left.  As I continued eating, shooting pictures, and watching scenery pass by, I looked forward to Tracy Arm fjord, and Juneau. 

For now, thanks for visiting, and for them who be interested, the SmugMug Album (HERE) covers all the photos from Ketchikan and the flying tour.   Some of you might enjoy exploring the album for photos not included here.

. . . or not.

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29 Responses to Alaska Cruise – 2012 – Part III – Ketchikan, Still

  1. Paul says:

    I am not a comfortable flyer so only if I were guaranteed to be able to bring back photos like these would I risk life and limb and board that small plane. Beautiful shots!

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  2. Emily Heath says:

    It makes me happy that places like this still exist. Places where humans have not chopped the trees down and put fried chicken shops on all the available land. I watched the plane landing video – love that the plane can land on water!

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    • disperser says:

      I myself plan to develop that little island . . . I’m thinking a small fried bread concession stand ought to net me a bundle!

      Seriously, there is an attraction to Alaska precisely because the human footprint is not significant on the land. There is also the feeling it’s one of the places where people basically do what they want with minimal interference, and are generally more self-reliant.

      When I moved to Colorado, it was in part because that’s how it seemed as well. I watched it change in the past 9 years, and, in my opinion, it’s not going the “right” way.

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  3. Susanne Haun says:

    Great photos, thank you for showing us!
    Happy New Year!
    Greetings from Susanne

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  4. seekraz says:

    What a treasure, viewing your photos, Emilio…have never been there and don’t know that I will ever do so, but wow…beautiful images…love that island within a lake within an island within a lake thing they’ve got going on up there…and those massive cliffs…stunning, truly. Thanks again for sharing the trip.

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  5. You really had an adventure going to Alaska, Disperser. I especially enjoyd your airview photos of the landscape, but also a lot of others.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks, it was enjoyable, but does not compare to the land cruise we took in 2001. We rented a 26 foot motor home (they gave us a 29 footer), and my wife, her father, and I put over 2,000 miles on it in 11 days. Unfortunately, those were the pre-digital days. Still, I should scan those in and write it up . . . someday.

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  6. Luisella says:

    Awesome pictures! I would like to visit Alaska one day. I love the landscape pictures…it gives me a sense of peacefulness.

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  7. I’m caught up with Part II and Part III now, Emilio. The pictures here in part three are stunning! I like all of them, but some of these almost take my breath away they are so good. Love what you did with the pictures of you and Melisa. Thanks for sharing your vacation. Now I feel as though I’ve seen another “new” part of the world.

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  8. drawandshoot says:

    Gosh, these are just gorgeous, Emilio. A stunning landscape, what a trip!

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  9. AnnMarie says:

    I THOUGHT those looked like eagles on that tree branch but I did not go to Original to check them out so I’m glad you mentioned that. Someday Isle return to the SmugMug gallery and check out some of my favorites in Original . . . there’s always something special to discover.

    Well, all there’s left to say is . . . that I’m left speechless by the awesome beauty of your photos and their subjects. A truly wonder-full post!

    And here’s a quote that fits quite nicely:

    The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

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  10. mvschulze says:

    Great pictures, and such a reminder of our experience. Thanks again, btw, for what will be at least another two evening session of being immersed in your world. I’m just getting started here, and haven’t even gone to the SmugMug site yet. Good night for now!

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  11. mvschulze says:

    Getting back to this 2012 Alaska series of your’s, I love the images (as well as the text of course.) One, above… “the cone rising above the rest of the Island.” particularly caught my attention, as I too have a shot that same feature, or so it seems. It was from the water, as our excursion was one of the seaplane in, and boat out, back to Ketchikan. If I could figure how to include a link to that Aperture picture in this comment, I would. It’s been a long day here and I’m computer brain-dead tonight! (At least that’s my excuse!_ Any ideas? Also I’m assuming you continue to be aware of these comments on older posts. M

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    • disperser says:

      I don’t know of a way to link an Aperture picture (it would be like linking a Lightroom or Photoshop picture; those reside in a person’s computer).

      If you do not have a Flicker or Photobucket account, you might consider getting one. I know for a fact Photobucket is free. You could then upload picture there, and link to them here or in your own posts.

      Personally, I would use Google+ (Picasa), as that is both free and can easily be shared as a link, but you would need a Google ID. Other than that, I don’t know another way one would put a picture in the comments.

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  13. AnnMarie says:

    This post is always a pleasure to revisit, especially your flying videos. Yes, links to previous posts are a great idea (going back now to finish reading the Lake Hood Seaplane Base one).

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