Chatham Strait & Kelp Bay

Jul 30, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

In the early morning, National Geographic Sea Bird cruised through Tracy Arm, picking her way through the ice falling off Sawyer and South Sawyer glaciers until reaching Sawyer Island shortly after breakfast. A sunny day awaited as expedition landing crafts took off, heading toward South Sawyer Glacier. Harbor seals watched from the water as the small boats explored the area, taking in views of the glacier as well as the perfect reflections of mountains in the calm water. Looking up, instead of clouds we spotted goats balancing on the mountains, enjoying the vegetation that worked so hard to gain a foothold on the rock. After a chance to warm up from the katabatic winds over lunch, a few brave souls earned another hot chocolate when they jumped into the water in front of Sawyer Glacier while the cheers of onlookers on the bow matched the sound of the calving glacier.

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Sarah Friedlander


Growing up with a large backyard, Sarah spent her childhood exploring the woods and bringing home frogs. When asked not to bring frogs into the house, she learned the difference between frogs and toads and was soon asked not to bring toads into the house either. Raised just outside of Washington, DC, she considers herself lucky to have grown up with exposure to a combination of the outdoors and the city, as it helped her pick with certainty which one she wanted to spend all her time in - the outdoors.

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Brenda Tharp

Brenda Tharp

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

For over 20 years, Brenda has used her photographs of the world to celebrate its beauty, and inspire others to protect what we have. Brenda grew up exploring the woods, lakes, and coastlines of New Jersey and New England and her family traveled regularly throughout the eastern U.S., camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. She spent most of her childhood engaging with nature in some form or another and learning about animal behavior. When her father taught her some photography at 13, Brenda soon combined her love for nature with her newfound passion, and several years later her adventure began as a freelance photographer, teacher, and writer.

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