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 are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s 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 Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate 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, he spent a year working as a surgical resident in Santa Barbara, California where he also began rock climbing. Taking up this new activity with a passion, Andrew 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. Documenting his experiences with a camera led Andrew into the world of professional photography and he began contributing photos to what was then the Lonely Planet image library. So began a ‘side-line career’ using the creative side of his brain.

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