Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Sep 03, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


What a day it was in Glacier Bay National Park! Waking up at the face of Johns Hopkins Glacier, we are delighted by the sight and sound of this exquisite tidewater glacier. Harbor seals dot the bergy bits of ice around our vessel. Dramatic rocky cliffs of igneous and metamorphic rock tower above us, capped by peaks of white. From upper bay to lower, we are treated with a landscape that has undergone an ecological makeover, 250 years in the making. By the time we reach Bartlett Cove, we see a lush rainforest engulfing a rustic lodge and ranger station. Sea otters, sea lions, and sea birds are familiar companions, and we are treated to a coastline briming with coastal brown bears, and a tawny wolf.

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About the Author

Sarah Keefer

Naturalist

Sarah’s fondest memories of nature and wildlife encounters are ones she has shared with friends- especially when those experiences involve birding on the bow of a ship! She is captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study Wildlife Biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii Honolulu. First partial to mammalian studies, it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she truly appreciated the value of watching birds, and what they could teach us about patience, integrity and hope.

About the Photographer

Andrew Peacock

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Andrew was born in Adelaide, South Australia and (mis)spent his youth surfing and kayaking in the ocean, as is the case for many Aussies! After graduating from medical school there, Andrew spent a year working as a surgical resident in Santa Barbara, California where he was introduced to rock climbing. Taking up this new activity with a passion, he began to explore the mountainous regions of the world and volunteered his medical skills in Nepal and India where he has since led numerous treks. After documenting his experiences there on slide film, Andrew began contributing photos to what was then the Lonely Planet image library, and thus began a ‘sideline career’ using the creative side of his brain.

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