One reader asked in regard to the renovated site if I would still be writing any sailing stories on Gone Floatabout. The answer is mostly, no, not traditional sailing blogs, as I’m shifting the focus to photography – looking outward at our beautiful planet. But, since a lot of our images are taken while sailing, many of my posts will still have a lot to do with sailing! Like this one:
I thought I would start off with the leader image for my first gallery, Alaska Landscapes and Seascapes. This is possibly my favorite image from our voyages in Alaska because it captures so well so much of what I love about the Great Land. There are the jaw-droppingly huge and beautiful snow-capped mountains, the wilderness of coniferous forest, a calm ocean at dawn, and a hardy little fishing boat heading out to make a living from the sea.
It was autumn when we were moored in this incredible corner of the world, at the edge of the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. When I look at this photo, I can almost feel the cold morning air nipping my nose and condensing my breath as I stood on the dock savoring this view.
It was the first time we’d seen the mountains at all since we had sailed into this bay: it had been raining and blowing a gale for almost two weeks. Then, on this morning, the wind lay down and the clouds lifted to reveal the St Elias range, which includes the second highest peak in America. The contrast of the calm, the silence, and the clearing skies after all the wind and rain of the prolonged storm was stark, and most welcome. Alaska is often like that: the wilderness and the weather can be harsh, but so very worth the effort.