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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Last Frontier

Grizzly bears, old-growth rain forest and state-sized glaciers are just a few of the photo opportunities in Alaska‚’s Chugach Mountains

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Prince William Sound. A large part of the Chugach Mountains is bordered by Prince William Sound, and no trip exploring this range would be complete without taking a boat cruise on the sound. Whittier is the access point that’s closest to Anchorage (about one hour south) and is accessible by car. During the summer, a number of full-day cruises depart Whittier, exploring numerous tidewater glaciers, stunning coastal scenery and lots of wildlife. Oneof my favorite areas is Harriman Fjord, a narrow bay capped by glaciers and sinuous waterfalls. Humpback whales, orcas, otters and puffins are seen regularly, sometimes coming very close to the boat for good photographs. Mountain goats patrol the cliffsides beside the glaciers.

For a more intimate view of the sound and exceptional photography, take a trip with Dean Rand on the Discovery (www.discoveryvoyages.com). Live aboard a comfortable boat for multiple days, cruising and photographing at a relaxed pace. You have the opportunity to go ashore numerous times to photograph beached icebergs and rocky coasts. Colorful starfish are found in the tide pools, and black bears forage below the tideline.

I’ll never forget eating a gourmet salmon dinner aboard the Discovery while we drifted in front of the Surprise Glacier. All at once an enormous piece of the glacier began to calve into the fjord. Instantly, everyone jumped up, grabbed cameras and knocked over wine glasses, running out the door to capture the crashing ice. In Alaska, photography trumps gourmet food every time!

Alaska Travel Industry Association
Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cordova Chamber of Commerce
& Visitors Center

Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau
Girdwood Chamber of Commerce
Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau
Seward Chamber of Commerce
& Visitors Bureau

Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau

For more Alaska resources, go to page 100 in Travel & Workshops

To see more of Tom Bol’s photography, visit www.tombolphoto.com.


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