Immediately after Prince William Sound was it time to go dip netting. My wife Nancy and I headed to the Copper River for 3-days of hard work dip netting before we returned home with fish for the freezer. One night we were privileged to watch the full moon rise and illuminate the Copper River. for a night of fishing.
Two day after the finding the Harlequins I was off to work as a documentarian on a Youth SeaKayaking trip in the stunning Prince William Sound. The trip was part of Chugach Childrens Forest and arranged by Alaska Geographic.
Ten Children between 14-16 ears old sea kayaked,had fun, learned about wilderness, helped with restoring abused campsites, and picked up beach trash, during this 10-day trip.
Beautiful evening light over Port Nellie Juan.
Campsite in the temperate rainforest by Long Bay.
A trip highlight was the presence of several Humpback whales. Seeing them surface near your kayak really gives you a sense of their enormous size.
I went back to the river twice more looking for them. The first time I came back with an empty memory card. The second time I found two males who seemed to be courting the same female.They were quite restless this time and moving around the stream in seemingly random patterns making the photography challenging. Normally I observe which direction they are swimming in and position myself in a location without to many alders and willows blocking the view and wait for them to swim by. This time that tactic was quite futile and I came back with only a handful of useable pictures.