King Crab Traps

This is another Alaska image we both like – it’s the other leader for the Alaska Landscapes and Seascapes gallery. (There are two leaders for each gallery, one on the home page and one on the Galleries page.) In my last post, I wrote about the home page leader image, St Elias Range, so here’s a little behind the scenes on this one, too.

Here, it’s spring in the Aleutian Islands, the off-season for the King crab fishery. As many of you may know from the TV series “Deadliest Catch”, the King crab fishery is a tough business, conducted in fall and winter when strong storms can pummel the Aleutians and kick up big waves in the shallow Bering Sea. What I didn’t realize until we sailed to Dutch Harbor was that the king crab traps themselves are huge: wrestling one of these things onto the deck of a fishing boat would be difficult enough without a winter storm, even with hydraulic or electric winches. I like this image because it juxtaposes the serene beauty of a rare calm and sunny spring day in the beautiful Aleutians with the toughness of living and working there. (Me standing by the traps provides a nice sense of scale.)

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