Another interesting day in Alaska, lovely gray skies everywhere! As we stood on the bow of our ship, the National Geographic Sea Bird, we watched a series of seabirds fly off, or paddle furiously with their wings, till they were a good distance from our ship. Geese, different ducks, and marbled murrelets. Off in the distance we saw the once great (we suppose) Baird Glacier, today reduced to a very thin slice of ice, with its front far inland, and having left huge amounts of gravel, rocks, and sand as a frontal moraine on the beach.
Then, as we approached, we slowly entered an incredibly beautiful cove, Scenic Cove, where a series of white-tailed ducks showed themselves off to us, as well as the high-walled cliffs with a few trees and, at the end, a small green meadow.
May 17, 2013
National Geographic Sea Bird