Flight to Juneau

Flight to Juneau

So, I flew down to Juneau this evening to spend a few days in our state capital photograhing the state soccer championships.  Since I have never flown to Juneau before, I got to see a lot of new scenery.  After taking off from Anchorage, we headed straight up the Knik Arm, over the College Glacier, and over to the Prince William Sound.  It is so easy to forget how close the Sound is; you certainly cannot think of how close it is when driving up the Old Glenn Highway. 

Since I was on the right side of the plane, I saw a lot of ocean and clouds after leaving the Prince William Sound behind.  The next thing I new, we were over some of the largest glaciers I have ever seen.  They were spilling out below me, sheeding ice through calving into what looked like a massive lagoon on the inside of a long barrier shoreline.  A little while later, we were making our way through the maze of islands, channels and bays leading into the Juneau area.  As we approached the airport, I saw no fewer then five cruise ships out and around in various parts of the Inside Passage, with two in port in Juneau.  Evening light cast a golden hue on downtown Juneau, with the two white ships glaring like beacons. 

While not as good as aerial photography in a small plane when you can ask the pilot to go around again for another shot, or to bank or lift a wing, I captured some of my best aerial images ever from a commercial flight.

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