We were in Juneau on Mother's Day, the 11th of May and oh my, what a day it was! The highlight of our trip was definitely the helicopter flight we did from Juneau that took us over four glaciers before landing on one and having a 20 minute walk-around - very carefully.....ravines & crevasses all over the place where you could easily fall hundreds of feet to an icy death.....oooooooooo......... The scenery was spectacular, as seen by my paltry little digital snaps below. Thank goodness my memory in my own head has a much better capacity for replicating the awesome sights much more effectively than any camera will do.
First two shots are Grant, myself and Joan as well as a lady from Singapore who was also on our flight - her husband took the picture so with the pilot as well, it made 6 in the helicopter. You can see in the next picture how the mountains come straight down to the sea, yes, that's our ship in front of another ship. These small towns swell in numbers when the cruise ships come to town, a small town of 800 (Juneau has around 32,000) can easily have 10,000 visitors when 5 ships are in port for a day!!! You can see why tourism is their mainstay.
Like I said before, the camera doesn't do it justice, I must've taken at least 100 photo's of the glaciers and surrounds while up in the helicopter.
Joan, Grant and myself in front of our helicopter (figuratively, not literally!!!) on the glacier. Next pic is looking down at the other helicopter that landed with us - they go in groups of 3, we figured for safety reasons.
Check out the colour of this blue!!! This was absolutely amazing, the wonderful blue colour deep down in the crevasses was spectacular. This is me standing as close as I could get to the edge and taking the picture straight down. Next picture is a little stream on the glacier, the crusty looking black stuff on top of the ice is just dirt, it's actually very crusty and crunchy to walk on.
Just another couple of shots of another glacier....ho-hum......NOT!
After the helicopter flight we took a bus to the Mendenhall Glacier where you can actually walk right up to the lake in front of the glacier and there's also a waterfall down one side of the rocks of the mountain. The lake in front had huge ice crystals, they were crystal clear and the whole place was surreal! We even saw a bear up in a tree as well as mountain goats on the mountain.
Here's the Mendenhall Glacier with the visitor centre in the foreground and the view of the glacier across the lake. Just to the right of where this picture was taken is the waterfall that you can walk up to, so you can see how close you can get to the glacier itself!
Ice crystals and bigger chunks of ice in the lake....there's that beautiful blue again!
Awwwww.....how sweet......... and Grant at the waterfall with glacier in the background.
There was more escapades in Juneau (Mount Roberts Tramway & an Irish bar!) but I'll revisit that in another post....onto some art....
Yesterday at Scraptivate I taught Faux Metal using credit cards, here's the raffle atc won by Lisa....who I must say seemed very happy with her win!
Next two are the examples I made with Grant being responsible for naming the second burgundy coloured one. (I named the dark one "Untitled #3....imaginative huh!)
Now for the free art give-away....if you want to leave me a comment on this post to win, I'll do a draw on Monday 7th July and you can choose from either of the pieces below. These 2 pieces are both canvasses, 5" x 7" (13cm x 18cm) and it will come with a little easel to stand on.
Important: please remember to leave an email address in your post so I can contact you and remember to check back on Monday 7th July to see who this goes to.
Hmmm....maybe no-one will leave a post now as these pics are crap!!! The green one says "In all things it is better to hope than to despair" and the orange/gold one says "In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves". Fingers and toes crossed that blogger will let my pictures be clickable so you can enlarge them to see details.
Thank you for persevering with me this far, did I not say it was a mega-post! lol