Ok, the snake isn't exactly in the grass, but snake in the dirt didn't sound that good. This is the first in a series of shots that I took at Butchart Gardens near Victoria BC. Here is a link to their web site: www.butchartgardens.com
This is one of my favorite shots from our trip of Tracy Arm. I took a lot of pictures of ice in the water. Most of them didn't turn out. Typically, the ice was overexposed. I did an HDR of a single RAW image in order to get the ice texture to show up.
Once we got close to the Sawyer Glacier, we started seeing seals resting on the ice. I took these with my 300mm lens. We were not as close as it might seem. These pictures are cropped and enlarged a bit.
Here are three shots of the Sawyer Glacier that I took from the ship. The top one is pretty much what the camera gave me. We did get a bit of sunlight for a few minutes, so the second one shows some more interesting highlights. The third shot is an HDR that I made from a single RAW image. I really liked what Photomatix did with the rocks and the clouds.
Tracy Arm Fjord was incredible. Everywhere you turned was another view of amazing scenery. I had so many pictures of waterfalls when I got back that I ended up deleting a good bunch of them. It was hard to capture the grandeur.
These two pictures deserve some commentary. Here we are in Tracy Arm Fjord, which is billed as one of the most beautiful spots in Alaska. The cruise ship had just made it up to Sawyer glacier. It was absolutely incredible! As soon as the ship turned around and started back down the Fjord, I looked around and noticed that most of the people left the deck. Show's over. Never mind that we have about an hour left in the Fjord. So where did all the people go? I looked down and saw the people shown in the pictures below. They were buying t-shirts and sweaters. I couldn't believe it. Let's see, I could watch seals, waterfalls and glaciers, or I could shop for overpriced clothing from China. What should I do, what should I do?
I was so dumbfounded by these people that I had to take a couple of pictures.