This past weekend, we went to Halibut Cover in Homer Alaska. Halibut Cover is on the western side of Kachemak Bay. It’s accessible from the Homer Spit by boat only.
We stayed at the Quiet Place Lodge. It was a magnificent weekend. The sun was shining, which in Alaska on the coast can be a rare thing. We arrived on Friday night at about 10 P.M. The sun was blazing still, even at that late hour.
On the drive down, I was anxious to take pictures because everything was so breath taking. The Arctic Lupine are in full bloom now, and they were everywhere. The volcanoes along Cook Inlet were in full view. It couldn’t have been more perfect for an evening drive.
Then we arrived at Halibut Cove. I couldn’t take pictures fast enough. There were the quaint houses on pilings. There were the cragged rocks that were catching the light of the slowly descending sun. I was awakened at 5:30 by the light streaming in the cabin windows. I got up with my camera and snapped a few early morning pictures. It was magnificent out. The entire cove was bathed in early morning golden light. No wind. Just the birds and me at that early hour.
By the time the trip ended, I had well over 600 pictures that I had taken over the three days. (Click on an image to see a larger image and a gallery of all the images)
(I’d love constructive feedback on the images in the gallery)
I got to experience brilliant lighting conditions and cloudy, rainy weather too. I learned that trying to take pictures of birds on a moving boat in rolling seas makes for poor pictures later on. Too much lens motion, especially when shooting at long distances with my zoom lens.
We went halibut fishing, kayaking, hiking, and birding. We took a leisurely ride around Gull Rock. It was covered with thousands and thousands of birds. Things got particularly interesting when a Bald Eagle would swoop by and send the thousands of birds diving for cover. We saw a huge pod of sea otters lazing in the water. There was a lone seal. Lots of talk of bears, but none were seen, thankfully.
For me, this trip was trying to reintroduce myself to camera techniques I hadn’t used much since I took a photography class in college when I has a manual camera. Once I got my automatic cameras, I stopped really paying attention to the settings. Why do I need to do anything? It was fun to put the camera on M and manually adjust everything to get the looks I wanted. I’m still working on that.
This was the first time in a while where I wanted to snap a picture of everything. It was probably the new surroundings and new things to see. The sea is filled with so many unusual sights–buoys, balls, floats, and ropes. The lodge had so many wonderful items dressed around poles and stumps. As the light would change through the day, I found myself revisiting spots to try to angles and light.
Alaska has such a beauty, and it seemed impossible to capture it within my camera lens. I’ve managed to edit my pictures down to 25 that I like. At least three of these will make their way into the 365 Project. This album gives you a sense of the beauty of Halibut Cove. A couple of these are snapshots, like Evan and his Halibut. Others are me trying to be more “artistic.” Enjoy!