A quick update from Ketchikan

Don’t mean to mislead people, but the title refers to the location where this is being composed, and it’s not — in fact — a post about Ketchikan. 

By the way, in this Internet Age, I won’t be including a whole lot of background information about the places we visit. That’s what Google is for. 

That’s one of le lounges on the ship. I beautified it a bit, but it looks pretty nice all on its own. 

As I mentioned before, the visit to Glacier Bay was very nice because the weather was just about perfect for both viewing and for photography. By that, I mean it was bright enough to get decent photos, but not so bright that the ice would reflect back too bright. 

Once back to the condo, I’ll do proper updates with names and better photos. The panoramas from the phone as not as good as I would like because each app has different speeds they prefer. 

My current app of choice for shooting photos with the phone is Open Camera

The Captain said this was the closest they have ever got to the glacier . . . 600 feet. 

The face of the glacier is about 400 feet tall. We did see a bit of calving and it’s both visually and aurally impressive (sure hope I spelled the word correctly . . . and used correctly, too). The ice makes a *very* loud sound when it cracks; a sound that travels across the water and hits with a level disproportionate to what you imagine given the distance and scales involved.

We saw more than one, but we only got close to two of them.

I snapped hundreds of photos with both my D7000 and the P900. One comment about the P900 for anyone interested in purchasing one. Get extra batteries. 

Wait, one more comment, this one directed at the Nikon engineers responsible for arranging buttons in the back . . . move the movie record/stop button to a location better suited and more natural to rest one’s thumb. I will have to edit most of the movies because the act of hitting stop jostles the camera when hand-held. If using a tripod, it’s no problem.

The other button is the one switching between the viewfinder and the preview screen. Move that button next to the new location for the video record/stop button. 

Oh, and add RAW processing while you’re at it. 

Seriously, I’ll take the buttons as they are if you add RAW. 

Having said that, given a cursury review of the photos, I think I’ll be happy with most of them. 

And now, a selfie.

That’s me, sitting at the back of the ship as we left Glacier Bay and headed toward Haines. 

This is Haines . . . 

These were taken whilst standing in the middle of the street pretty much in front of the local IGA (for all you foreigners, it’s a supermarket). Surprisingly, the prices were not outrageous despite this being pretty much in the middle of nowhere. 

Also, Sheldon has a museum here. 

They wanted $15 to visit the inside . . . I opted for a few outdoor photos. 

That is a neat polished rock and a small evergreen. Across the street, there are a couple of colorful buildings . . . 

I thought that combining the two might be a good idea.

There were a number of sculptures adorning the space around the museum . . . 

Most of the scenery photos were shot with the P900, so this will have more close-ups and macros than anything else. But, don’t worry . . . you’ll eventually see about 300 other hotos from Haines. Some might even be good.

This next photo is of a coring(?) or boring(?) machine called The Keystone Driller. It was used to sample the ground by drilling out a bunch of dirt and checking for gold content. 

This was taken during a walk to the “new” part of the town. The “old” part consists of the original fort. Again, more when I do proper post. 

I didn’t make it down to read the little sign accopanying this display, but my guess is that it has something to do with either dogs or wagons or both.

This next shot is of the ship moored to one of the piers. As I mentioned, we stopped in Haines because a rock slide hit the pier in Skagway. That means that ships scheduled for Skagway were redirected to other ports. Haines usually gets one ship a week, so they were happy for the business. In contrast, Skagway can get up to four ships a day. 

While I’m at it, here are some signage . . . 

Noth sure what that’s supposed to signify since most people do that without being told. 

Here is one more of the ship.

The Coral is one of the last remaining jet-powered cruise ships. The sucker can really move when it wants to, but the noise can be verwhelming . . . that’s why they give you earplugs for when it’s under sail. 

The fort part of Haines is a mix of beautiful Victorian-style homes . . . 

. . . Homes that are being renovated, and older still historical buildings. Some people have old stuff on display in their yards.

To the upper right of the frame, you can see a small cannon . . . I presume it’s a version of a harpoon gun for whalers, but I suppose it could also be an actual cannon from the original fort. 

. . . I wish I could have cannons in my front yard . . . 

I also saw a number of fun guys during our walk . . . 

At the center of the historical area there are ruins of the original bunkhouse. Within those ruins, there are works of art. Had I not been told about it, I would have assumed it was just an area where people threw their junk. 

I’ll have the brochure of the place when I do a proper update, but meanwhile, enjoy some of the art. 

I call that “time stands still” . . . the crank and chain used to turn the hourglass were rusted and inoperable. 

There were some art pieces I couldn’t get to because of overgrown plants and rubble blocking the way. I think this is a work in progress.

Here are a few more things . . . 

One of those photos is a panorama, but since both are scaled down to the same size, they are indistinguishable from each other. 

It’s difficult to see because I’m shooting against the light, but that is the ship in the distance. In the foreground is a tidewater pool where I skipped a few rocks. From there, I headed back to the ship, taking a lot of macro shots along the way. 

Some of them with the phone.

That last one is the end of a piece of driftwood . . . actually, a piece of driftree. 

I played around with it a bit . . . 

It kind of looks like a wood waterfall . . . or maybe, some type of cosmic cloud. 

So, tomorrow we are at sea, and Saturday we are in Vancouver. That means no Internet. Our phones will be off lest Canadians steal our data. 

If I have a chance and am bored, I might do a quick post before we leave, but it’s not likely.

Thank you for spending some time with me and my photos.

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8 Responses to A quick update from Ketchikan

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Thank you so much for the laughs . . . ‘breathe’ . . . cannons in your front yard . . . Sheldon (I’m trying to imagine what items would be in there . . . Bazinga!)

    I didn’t realize the ship has jet engines . . . odd . . .

    I have a difficult time with calling some of those items “art”, but I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder!

    Enjoy the rest of the trip.

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  2. 1)The stern of the ship.
    2)Harpoon Gun in the top RIGHT of the frame.
    3) crank not cranck!

    Now tell me that you were just testing to see who is reading this STUFF!

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    • disperser says:

      I’m reasonably certain it’s the back of the boat, but you can call it whatever elitist word you want.

      Not on purpose . . . I’d the same problem when golfing . . . Which occasionally pissed off people I golfed with after they hit and I would say “I meant the other left was safe to hit.”

      Did you read my disclaimer about composing on a phone? It’s not easy.

      . . . FYI, I assume everything you write is copied on some tiny screen with a keyboard to small for your fingers . . .

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  3. HA! I love the fun guys you hang with!
    What cool artwork, scenery, signage, houses, etc!
    Love the wooden waterfall!
    HUGS!!!
    BTW: your feet look like they are having fun! :-)

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