Alaska photos: Misty Fjords

Ketchikan catamaran1Misty Fjords, about 40 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska, is known as the “Yosemite of the North.”  It’s light granite, about 50 to 70 million years old, has been sculpted by glaciers that created deep U-shaped valleys throughout.  Many of the glacial valleys are filled with sea water.  The walls of these valleys rise 2,000 – 3,000 feet above sea level, and drop 1,000 feet below it.

Guarding the entrance to the fjord is New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea.

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Misty Fiords is made up of 2,294,343 acres  of Tongass National Forest.  All but 151,832 acres are designated as wilderness.  It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles, harbor seals, humpback whales, and bears.  On our trip, we saw two bald eagles (and then some humpback whales later that evening when back on the cruise ship.)

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7 Responses to Alaska photos: Misty Fjords

  1. Becky says:

    So pretty and tranquil.

  2. Brian says:

    Amazing photos and photographer – it’s like I was there!!! 😉

  3. Great side trip! We didn’t see that. And, as always, beautiful photos!
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  4. Another very nice set! You caught some terrific light in images 3 and 4 and I’m really intrigued by New Eddystone Rock.
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  5. Cheryl says:

    Such beautiful captures of the Fjords…but my favorite of all is the last photo.. It looks like the sky is on fire..such a beautiful capture and lovely reflection.
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  7. Kathy Slamp says:

    I love your photos and I LOVE Misty Fjord. I’ve been several times–both by boat and plane. It’s amazing and such a peaceful place. I can’t get enough of it.

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