Brown Bears and Glaciers in Alaska's Inside Passage at Glacier Bay

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John Hopkins Glacier

The John Hopkins Glacier is one of the few glaciers in Alaska that is advancing and appears to be a healthy glacier. The cruise ship in the center is the Zandaam, a hugely gigantic monstrosity. Our much smaller Alaskan Dream was able to get pretty close to the glacier but there is a lot of ice floating about. The Alaskan Dream can maneuver fairly well due to its catamaran.

Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay

The Lamplugh Glacier required a close-up shot to show its intense colors, which are really just reflections of light but you don't have to know that. Nature painted it.

brown bear glacier bay

We spotted many brown bears on shore searching for food. Good thing we were onboard the ship and not strutting about ourselves on the shore. Although, I imagine they prefer fish.

hanging glacier gilman

Not all glaciers reach the sea. Some of them are "hanging glaciers" that slowly move through the valley. This is the Gilman Glacier, which is a hanging glacier.

lichen on rock in glacier bay

Our trip to Alaska has given me a new appreciation for its beauty. I pictured Alaska as walls of ice with polar bears floating on icebergs, and it's a million times more spectacular than that. Here you see lichen on the face of the rock. I sold a home in Citrus Heights on Lichen Street a few years back, and not only did I not know how to pronounce it, I did not really know what lichen was. Now, I see lichen and I know it's providing nutrient-rich soil for plants and vegetation to grow; eventually for trees to take root in which shorebirds will roost and seek protection from the elements; it's the beginning of a new cycle of life.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (4)

Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Absolutely incredible photos, Elizabeth!  Those blues in the glacier run are unlike anything I have ever seen!!!

Sep 09, 2013 03:15 AM
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


Awesome photos! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We did an Alaskan cruise two years ago. It was so worth it. Such unbelievable beauty.

Sep 09, 2013 03:30 AM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

Wow!  Breathtaking!  Thanks for sharing your trip and experiences.  An Alaska cruise to see the glaciers and wildlife are on my bucket list!

Sep 09, 2013 03:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Elizabeth, I am so enjoying following your Alaskan journey.  Love the photos. 

Sep 09, 2013 04:19 AM