Close-Up (Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is… CLOSE UP!

There were big plans to take new photos just for this challenge but as I sit here with my head about to explode thanks to a head-cold, I’ve chosen a photo of some barnacles from Sitka, Alaska.

Sitka Barnacles Big and Small

This is just how the inside of my eye-lids feel at the moment, as if there is something rubbing behind them, so thought this capture rather apt.

Please tell me it’s time for coffee now…




Hauling in the Crab Traps – Monochrome Madness

Every part of our Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s Tour whilst in Ketchikan was enthralling. Right down to watching the water spraying off the winch as the crab traps were hauled up on deck!

Hauling up the Ketchikan Crab Traps

This was one of those rare shore excursions where we were all so happy with the choice that no one was asking… “mum, how much longer?”

Yesterday’s Beauty

To see this flower when it first bloomed would have been lovely but looking at even now, there’s a beautiful mystic about it (and just a cob-web or two).

Mendenhall Magic

The cold of the Mendenhall Glacier beside it no doubt preserved this flower of yesterday much longer than its intended stay. However, once the warm weather and winds come visiting one can only guess… “mum, how much longer?”

Express Yourself (WPC)

Being the lady I am I won’t repeat what I said when I initially read this week’s prompt, Express Yourself, from the Daily Post, lol. 🙂 However, as time went on I calmed down and before I knew it, had many images come to mind.

Finally I selected this, as the motivation behind this graffiti still baffles me as to
a) how, and b) why this person chose to express themselves here.

Graffiti in the Middle of NO WHERE!!! Why???

You see, here, is on a small rock face on an island’s edge outside Ketchikan, Alaska. Although the rock-face provides a natural canvas for this graffiti, there’s no easy path to it as it’s on the side of cliff, albeit not a very large cliff, but still not somewhere you just “happen” upon.

Yes, some graffiti is quite good and yes, in the right places is quite effective but here in what seems the middle of nowhere, and the middle of mother nature’s true beauty, it appears quite sad really.

It certainly wasn’t “fresh“, appearing to be quite faded, but as to completely disappearing, well… “mum, how much longer?”

Sitka Sound

The beauty of doing holiday albums is that you get to relive your holiday as you sort through the many photographs taken, trying to decide on those to choose.

This is Sitka Sound, Alaska on the morning we sailed in on our Alaskan Cruise.

Arriving in Sitka - simply glorious!

That cruise was absolutely FABULOUS and I’d do it again in a heart-beat but in reality…  “mum, how much longer?”

Now THIS is an Eagle’s Nest!

Late January you may remember I was wondering if MY Bald Eagles were beginning to “make camp“. You can read my naive musings here if you aren’t familiar with, as my twelve-year-old calls it, my Bald Eagle Perving, lol! 🙂

So, whilst in Ketchikan – Alaska on our “Bering Sea Crab Adventure“, we were taken to Eagle Corner where we were shown a true eagle’s nest. This nest was years and years old – a true family home!

Seriously, now THIS is an Eagle's Nest!

Okay, perhaps I was a tad overconfident with my own Bald Eagles but it’s only made me all the more hopeful that one day an eagle family might take up residence in that tree but… “mum, how much longer?”


It rained today like I haven’t seen it rain here for a long time. Naturally it was the day I had a “to-do” list as long as a fresh roll of toilet paper. Murphy’s Law huh?!

Skagway Raindrops glistening in the morning light!

Don’t know what it is but raindrops on fresh foliage for me is such a beautiful sight, and if this rain persists as forecast, you’ll be looking at all my raindrop captures shrieking… “mum, how much longer?”


Our day at Juneau!

Our last sea day, the perfect time to sit back reflecting on yet another wonderful holiday filled with incredible experiences and places. One of these places was Juneau – we saw and did so VERY much – it was brilliant!

For now I’ll limit myself to the unique opportunity Hubby and I had of spending a morning with a local photographer touring Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching. How gorgeous is this, looking through the trees at Mendenhall Glacier with the reflection in the water?

Mendallhall Glacier through the trees for something "artistic", lol!

Following this, we then headed out into the bay in search of whales where we passed sea lions jostling for position to sun themselves on a buoy!

Sea Lions of Juneau unite!

Not much further along we spotted our first whale, oh my! Fortunately we were only a small group of eight so we could all go where we wanted when we wanted. This helped us all ENORMOUSLY in getting THE shot, especially when they were THIS close!

Humpback Whale up REAL close!

We spent an hour with eight of these huge majestic beasts of the ocean. When even the boat’s captain gets excited you know you’re onto something special!

Humpback Whale Tail - yea baby!!!

Following a late lunch back on the ship with the children we then took them ashore for a look around. Master Twelve and I had a hoot up at the Juneau Raptor Center but more on that another day otherwise there’ll be much… “mum, how much longer?!”

Sitka… simply breathtaking!

Yesterday I bet money on the fact today was a sea day – I lost big time! Well, it was only the bet I lost as Sitka was such a beautiful port of call.

Sitka - how gorgeous is this?!

Like us, many of our fellow passengers, we opted NOT to do any shore excursions, preferring to walk around the small town, exploring it for ourselves.

Sitka Totem Square!

One great find was The Back Door Cafe. We literally entered via the back-door having walked around the streets admiring the architecture of the various buildings. This eclectic cafe had our heads darting in all directions admiring the various collections.

Back door Cafe - a quick favorite of ours!

We sat enjoying the sun and scenery, sipping hot coffee on our balcony when leaving port. That was until the ship turned and once out of the sanctuary of the bay, the icy Alaskan winds hit us. We attempted “toughing it out” but we soon turned to each other with a look that said… “mum, how much longer?”

Icy Strait Point, hmmmm…

Talk about bad luck, Hubby and Master Twelve were schedule to go “Deep Sea Halibut Fishing” today whilst we were docked at Icy Strait Point but sadly a bug had Hubby confined to bed all yesterday so it was Mama who went fishing instead. Didn’t take long before our bait was taken!

H bringing in the big one!

Talk about catching the big one!

The one that didn't get away!!!

Only joking, as you can see that photo was taken in Juneau with the aid of a green screen up at the Raptor Center. We did however have some wonderful company as we fished.

Fishing buddies - how cute are they?

On returning from our fishing trip we had not only a lovely surprise of Hubby and Miss Ten meeting us, but some wonderful local culture greeted us also.

Traditional dancers!

This was our only port using tenders to take us ashore, the pier providing an ideal setting to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch.

Icy Strait Point Pier

Although tenders are the children’s preference it’s not mine as when using tenders it always makes me overly aware of the time, asking myself many, many times… “mum, how much longer?”