Glacier Bay National Park - Reid Glacier in early winter
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A different planet thisâ€¦ The sun is low, all day. In the early afternoon it is late - the sun slides below the cloud shrouded mountains and dusk lingers just three hours past noon. There is only one color to be seen, blue, from the glacier ice and from the fleeting windows through the wind driven clouds. The bits of blue mix with an infinite number of shades of gray - and the white of snow, everywhere.
There is a feud between the snow and gray. Even in the faintest of sunlight snow on the landscape wins and white prevails. All day gray rules the clouds but in the last moments of dusk the landscape concedes and gray is everywhere, then goes to darkness.
The red kayak is my space ship - I slip into another world.
Glacier Bay in the early winter, no cruise ships, no kayakers. Empty. Quite. Peaceful. The baysâ€™ water, usually silty from the glacial melt waters is clear. No bears along the shore but amazingly a single humpback slips into the inlet late in the day and then quickly heads back out into the bay proper. Harbor porpoise surround the boat while at anchor farther down the bay the next day. But otherwise itâ€™s just me and a couple million acres of another planet.