Happy Earth Day! A few photos from our beautiful home

Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska

To celebrate Earth Day, here are a few of our favorite pictures from our time in Alaska and from the road trip that brought us here.  These photos plainly illustrate just how quirky, fragile, and beautiful our planet is:

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Seward snapshot: Not ALL of the eagles are starving

Yesterday, I talked at length about the sad fact that Seward’s eagles are sick, so I thought I’d follow up with evidence that not all of them are starving.  Dale took a photo of an adult eagle last weekend that was posing majestically next to the bay, but he didn’t notice until he processed the photo that this bird had just finished a meal.

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Seward, Alaska: Our starving eagles

“Three more!” I cried, pointing to the birds perched in the tree.

Driving through a neighborhood near the waterfront, we were witnessing something unexpected—a large convocation of eagles.  They were sitting atop telephone poles, perched on satellite dishes and rooftops, and even—as we saw when we turned the corner—blocking traffic in the street.

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Another wildlife weekend in Seward, Alaska: more moose, eagles, and a humpback whale!

We drove to Anchorage yesterday for our monthly pilgrimage to Costco, and on the way we saw eight moose!  (We also saw three more around Seward today, but who’s counting…)

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Seward snapshot: A hungry moose

Since the heavy snows last weekend, word-of-mouth had it that moose were out and about in Seward.  I hadn’t seen one since moving here and was eagerly hoping that my luck would change.  I wasn’t disappointed.

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Seward, Alaska: Snowmageddon

The snow started Friday and didn’t stop until mid-afternoon Saturday.

We’ve never experienced so much snow.  Granted, that’s not saying much, but we heard old-timers in the grocery store commenting that it’s the most Seward’s had in years.

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Seward, Alaska: 10 facts about Steller sea lions

Photos and facts about this beautiful, fun sea creature, plus a comparison between sea lions and seals

Resurrection Bay is home to all manner of sea life, and every time we walk the waterfront trail, we see something, whether it’s eagles or otters or the occasional harbor seal.  A few weeks ago it was a gathering of eight Steller sea lions, which hung out in the same spot near shore for at least 20 minutes, socializing and vocalizing as sea lions are inclined to do.
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Seward, Alaska: Lost Lake Trail in the Winter

Admiring the view of Resurrection Bay and the town of Seward from Lost Lake Trail

With the combined effects of cold weather, new jobs, the snow, and the holidays, we basically spent the past month feeling like this:

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Seward snapshot: A few of our resident bald eagles

Merry Christmas!  Our gift to you… bald eagles in a snow storm, taken on Christmas Eve.

Remember the juvenile eagle that dive-bombed us?  The one that I talked about in our last post?  Well, these may be his (or her) parents.  We have since discovered that there are at least four adult bald eagles living in Seward, plus the two juveniles.

What a sight they are.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Dale and Cheri