Whales Breaching

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by cathy boyles

My first trip to Alaska. Fishing time on the water was spent juggling poles, binoculars and cameras to take in the trip of a lifetime. Experiencing what I'd seen only in photos or TV took my breath away- soaring eagles, pivoting on a wingtip to dive, silent graceful otters, seals and porpoises; ducks bobbing and paddling on the waves; whales breached with huge vaporous sighs and flapped lazy flukes. The eerie calls of loons. I was lucky to have had my camera up ready for the next thrill when, crashing up from below, sea life breached, and collided into the avian world above it.

Location: Prince of Wales Island area, Alaska


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