Last September, Jimmie went on another excellent adventure – this time a cruise to Alaska It started in Vancouver through the Inside channel of Vancouver island Northwest to Juneau Alaska and then glacier icefields further West by Northwest. This is rugged countryside already making the transition in September from Summer to deep Fall. The weather is cool during the day – heavy jackets are de-rigeur. Here are some pictures from that trip:
Start of the Voyage
It is balmy weather off the BC coast for most of the trip up between Vancouver island and the mainland coastline.
Start of the Journey
As the liner approaches Juneau the views are definitely more snow filled:
The Ice Flows
As the cruise ship continued up the coats, the ice flows in September were substantial. This is not particularly from cold weather but rather from the glaciers along the Alaska coast line which due to global warming are speeding down to the ocean and breaking up faster than ever before. Normally there is a lot of fog because the relatively warmer weather and ocean waters result in fog condensation from the ice flows.
On the last day in the ice fields, the boat turns south and east for the return voyage to Vancouver. A big chunk of the journey south is overnight.
Temperatures gradually rise but the outdoor swimming pool still does not get used. Rather, passengers spend time chatting, comparing pictures and experiences on a trip to a part of the country where even without a temblor shows the Earth flexing its muscles.
Jimmie’s Excellent European Adventures started in Rome and unfortunately he forgot to bring his tenis gear. This was particularly vexing because a)Jimmie is a tennis fanatic and b) the hotel he stayed at in Rome had some excellent clay court facilities. or this reason and his unfamiliarity with a new camera, Jimmie offers as reasons for his pictures of Rome not being in his customary top form. You be the judge:
Donna Leon is an American writer who captures the inner beauty and hidden off-season secret charms of Venice in her Commasarrio Guido Brunetti mysteries. They are delight to read because of the subtle ways that Brunetti coaxes information and insights from people on and off the job. In the process Donna has Venice as a backdrop and she too coaxes some of the treasures and paradoxes of this city built on a lagoon off of the Adriatic Sea in Northern Italy. Jimmie’s pictures are a delight because San Marco Square and the many wandering canals and stunning vistas that Guido/Donna frequent are now evident in images that shed light on Ms Leon’s evident affection for Venezia.
Here are some pictures from the trip on the way to Lucerne Switzerland. One knows that Switzerland is mountainous but when you see villages and houses tucked onto steep hillsides the impression of rugged majesty comes through strong and clear. Equally fascinating is the what goes on on the valley floors where cattle, poultry and farming are tucked up against village buildings and houses. Finally, in the very steepness there are dangers from avalanches and rainsoaked mudslides as seen in the slideshow.