Alaska Reel

Here’s a short video I’ve been working on recently, of the beauty of Alaska. I picked some of my favorite footage of wildlife, scenery, and sailing from summers there aboard CELESTE. Hope you enjoy it! (I’ve embedded it from Vimeo because I kind of prefer it, although I’ve also uploaded the video to YouTube. If you’d like to watch it full screen, click the on the four little arrows just to the left of the Vimeo link in the bottom right.)


20 thoughts on “Alaska Reel

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Ellen! We both loved it! Piano music was excellent, too.
    What is the name of the unusual seals we saw?
    Keep up the good work!
    XO Babbie and Ludlow

    1. Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed the footage and the music! The seals are Northern fur seals, which breed on islands in the Bering Sea. The males are almost 5 times heavier than the females – you can see that in one of the clips that shows a male with his harem.
      Hope you’re doing well! xoxo

  2. Wow what a pick me up, Ellen! Just logging on for another work-from-home day. Beautiful video!


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  3. Great video Ellen.. can’t say what a kick we get of seeing our old dinghy in places we would love to see! Hope you both are keeping well! Cheers SV Cariba!

    1. Thanks so much! Definitely had lots of fun with your old dinghy! She’s great! Hope you’re doing well and maybe even getting out on the water!

  4. That was gorgeous! Wow wow wow! You almost make me want to go to Alaska!

  5. You two are both great photographers and videographers and I sometimes wonder how much you must have in your archives that we haven’t seen. Always a pleasure to watch.

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, there’s a lot of footage that I haven’t sorted yet, from places other than Alaska. I’ll get to it eventually! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jo Ann! I’m sorry you found it heartbreaking, though. While I certainly intended it as a love letter to one of my favorite places on earth, I guess I didn’t think of the meaning that could be taken from that of potential destruction. Of course, it is indeed very sad what has happened to many, many ecosystems on our beautiful planet – even Alaska with the glaciers receding and the Arctic ice cap melting. But I’m optimistic that there are bright spots of hope out there too. That video footage isn’t all that old, after all! And I’ve seen significant improvement in the health of the coral reef that’s my usual dive site in Hawaii just in the last couple of months.

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