Petersburg, Alaska

Jul 16, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

With the pitter-patter of a definitive rain falling in Petersburg, we set off in a number of different directions for a plethora of activities. Some chose to investigate the embryonic peat bog, a very different ecosystem than the lush moss-covered and fern-festooned forest. Sticky little sun dew plants captured insects and dissolved them into nutrients, while back in the forest, dwarf dogwoods acted as miniature trebuchets flinging pollen munitions at each other in a frenzy of dispersal. The fishing village of Petersburg also had interest as we browsed the independent bookstore on Sing Lee Alley and investigated the intricacies of the hardware store and its myriad of offerings.

We closed our day with a Dungeness crab feast. Yum. But wait, there’s more. With crab flying across the dining room and buttered hands cracking open claws, our third mate on the bridge found killer whales ahead. What a dilemma, fresh crab or whale watching? The problem was solved as he alternately offered port side diners a view and then starboard side diners a view of these apex predators. What a wonderful dilemma to face.


A poem from Sawyer Brown

Sea lions

Sea lions

Always on the play

Maybe you will see one today!



A poem from Mia Anslow

Jelly Fish

Floating in the ocean, it’s quite unique

Swimming in the current, floating in the waves

Only seen once or twice, jellyfish are like thin ice.

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About the Author

Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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