I have to say this is my
all-time prize eagle picture. I just got
He was sitting on an iceberg
in Tracy Arm with a buddy, so I started clicking
away. (And Photoshop made the close-up, above,
As we got closer,
they both got nervous and the one on the left took
Then the second one
This iceberg looks like
dramatic shards of glass to me.
It amazes me that creatures
with such a small body mass can sit on icebergs.
Brrrr... Here is a huge berg in Tracy Arm filled
with seagulls. The blue color is a product of
the denseness of the ice. (No Photoshopping on
We wondered if we would
see full-sized cruise ships this year in Tracy
Arm. While we were sitting in our anchorage (bordered
by icebergs) we got our answer. This ship
had just crossed the Holkham Bar into Tracy Arm.
Apparently not all of these huge ships go all
the way up the arm to the face of Sawyer Glacier.
Some go part way and send their smaller boats
I loved the lacey look
of this iceberg.
This struck my fancy for
its pagoda-like imagery.
And speaking of icebergs,
here are some sitting right on the edges
of the Holkham Bar entrance to Tracy Arm, in
about 80-90 feet of water. Mark and I tried
to light up a sector light on the south shore
of Tracy Arm to help guide us across the bar,
but had no luck doing so.
The buoys in the water marking the channel were
blocked from our sight for part of our approach
to the bar's channel. These pictures should make
you really believe that the buoys at the
bar can (and are frequently) pushed
off their location quite easily by these massive
Fortunately there are range markers on the island
outside and across from the bar. Lining up
with these range makers makes entrance and exit
easy IF visibility is good and IF the bar's
channel doesn't have a big iceberg sitting
right in the middle of it!
Here is Mark driving us through the channel across
the bar (with the iceberg on his side) as we exited Tracy
And here is the iceberg
flanking the other side of the channel through
the bar. This berg appeared to us to be stuck
right on the bar. It certainly made us wonder
if the buoys were in their correct positions.
But we knew that the range markers are sure-fire
for indicating the pathway since they
are stationary and not buoys in the water.
Photo by Mark Bunzel
Perhaps you have had your
fill of icebergs by now. The next email will take
you up Tracy Arm to South Sawyer Glacier.
M/V Royal Sounder