Glacier – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Walking on Fox Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand

G is for glacier . . .  or glacial ice. Practical Information:  A glacier is a river of ice that is slowly moving downhill. Fox and Franz Josef are the two best known glaciers in New Zealand, and are often considered to be the most accessible glaciers in the world. They each travel through subtropical rainforest, […]

Photos: Blue Glacier Ice in New Zealand, Norway, and Alaska

Blue Glacial ice of Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

The first time we saw blue glacier ice was from a helicopter, looking down at Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand.  There was a fresh layer of new snow across much of the glacier, but in several spots we got views like this: A few years later we found ourselves in Norway in the summertime, and […]

Photos of Mount Cook – Flying Over New Zealand’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Cook - New Zealand's Tallest Mountain

Flying over Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, was an unexpected bonus on an already spectacular helicopter flight.  While driving up the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island we stopped in the Fox Valley. Many years earlier, when the girls were really young, we had visited and after leaving made a decision that […]

Juneau and Other Alaska Highlights ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Hiking Savage River Trail in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Two weeks is not enough time to spend in Alaska in the summer time, but that was all we had.  We traveled by train, car and boat. Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, and accessible from the air or sea. Here are some of my favorite shots from one of the most beautiful areas […]

Alaska Photos – Glaciers, Waterfalls, and Reflections

alaska photos

Today I am sharing more of my Alaska photos and, since it’s Friday, I am also Celebrating Small Things, which come in the form of a few funny comments by teens and hubby.: I opened the bin of freshly baked Toll-House cookies and found only a note which read: “Thank You, Love, Cookie Monster.” Hubby […]

Travel Photo Tips: Waterfalls, Glaciers, Whales in Juneau Alaska

Photo tips for capturing whale tail shots. This one Juneau, Alaska

Like so many of us, I take lots of photos when we travel and I am always looking for that edge, those travel photo tips that will improve my images. Today we picked up a few. Cruising Alaska on the NCL Sun takes us to some stunning locations. While many of the ports are easy […]

Hubbard Glacier and Floating Icebergs in Alaska

hubbard glacier

It was truly amazing to get this close to Hubbard Glacier whilst on a cruise ship!  We were on the NCL Sun (Norwegian Cruise Lines).  The glacier itself was incredible. The blue color was so easy to see, much more so than the glaciers we have seen in either Norway or New Zealand. To be […]

Anchorage to Whittier – A Photo Journey (To The Cruise Ship)

Brown bear in Alaska

We like to make every journey an adventure, so when we discovered that the cruise ship leaves out of Whittier, a few hours from Anchorage, we hired a guide to get us from Anchorage to Whittier.  And not just any guide.  We hired Steve from Greatland Adventures who picked us up at 9am and dropped […]